United States, Where to stay / 12.07.2017

While we were raising our kids, we took several wonderful trips to different areas of California. Martin and I have also visited on our own. Our son and daughter-in-law moved to San Francisco a few years ago, so now we venture there to visit our kids and enjoy their big new state! Often times, while the kids work during the week, we rent a car and head out of town to explore. Wine country was calling to us, and off we went to beautiful Sonoma....

Air travel, Travel prep / 26.05.2017

Join one of Homeland Security’s trusted traveler programs to make getting through airport security checkpoints largely hassle-free. Both of the major programs require you to begin with an online application. If you clear this background check you are required to attend an in-person interview that includes fingerprinting. TSA PreCheck is the best $85 that I ever spent on travel. The five-year pass let’s you speed through security with shorter lines (most of the time) with no requirement to remove laptops, liquids, shoes, belts or light jackets....

Travel prep, Travel security, Travel Tips / 11.04.2017

It’s natural to have questions, concerns and even fears about traveling. But it’s nothing you can’t handle with a little preparation, precaution and common sense. While specific safety and security details vary greatly by location, situation, type of travel and more – the same fundamentals apply for a weekend getaway as an exotic adventure. We asked our friends and global security experts, Robert Macpherson and Veronica Kenny-Macpherson of Cosantóir Group, for their top tips to stay safe. Here are 10 to dos for a safe trip:...

Travel prep, Travel Tips / 21.03.2017

Trip planning is exciting. You may think you have it all covered. Accommodations? Check. Itinerary? Done. You’ve researched everywhere to eat, explore and enjoy. However, you may be overlooking something small that could have a major impact on your stay. Are there any annual festivals or local events that could disrupt – or enhance – your plans or affect the vibe of your stay? This may seem like an open and shut case, but it’s not that easy. Let me share a few stories with you....