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Disney World Made Easy and Really Easy

Budget Travel’s version of Disney World Made Easy: to avoid gigantic parking fees, park outside an overflow lot on the far end of the resort, walk ten minutes, then take a shuttle bus with a transfer to another shuttle bus to arrive at a different gate. Arrive at an obscenely early hour so you can [...]

Common Good Cafe an uncommonly good stop on Mt. Desert Island

If you find yourself on Mount Desert Island, perhaps to see the most extravagant beauties of Acadia National Park, take a stop to the often-neglected southwestern corner of the island for two highlights: the Wonderland trail leads to a low-tide tidepooling paradise with starfish and limpets and mussels and crabs and an astonishing variety [...]

Travel to Aroostook County Maine? Keep the Uniform Anti-Gay Landslide of 2009 in Mind

Since the the November 2009 vote in Maine to abolish marriage equality by passing Ballot Question 1, I’ve been looking at the vote in greater detail, tallying up and mapping results for the towns of Maine from county to county. In most counties there has been variation to show, with some towns voting to ban [...]

Outside Passamaquoddy Territories, Washington County Maine is Gay-Unfriendly

Are you and your same-sex partner planning a trip to Washington County, the most Northeastern of the coastal counties in the state of Maine? Looking for the first sunrise in Eastport or a quasi-Canadian experience in Calais? Consider what kind of reaction you’ll get: as the map below shows, with two exceptions each and every [...]

Towns of Piscataquis County, Maine Vote in Gay-Unfriendly Landslide

I’ve been looking at the towns of Maine from county to county, comparing them according to their November 2009 vote to preserve marriage equality (NO on Ballot Question 1) or to abolish marriage equality (YES on Ballot Question 1). Sometimes, the results have not been heartening. In even the most gay-friendly counties, some towns voted [...]

Vote Reveals Only One Gay-Friendly Town in Somerset County, Maine

Election Day 2009 revealed the moral character of towns across the state of Maine in a manner useful to travelers. A “Yes” vote on Ballot Question 1 this year was a vote to take away the legally-granted marriage rights of gay and lesbian people in Maine. A “No” vote on Ballot Question 1 was a [...]

Only 4 Gay-Friendly Towns in Kennebec County Maine, Judging by 2009 Vote

When gay and lesbian couples travel, their research can never be as simple as a catalog of attractions. The question “Am I welcome?” lingers in the back or the front of the mind. It’s unfortunate but true that in 21st Century America there are still some places where gay and lesbian couples can be shoved [...]

2009 Vote, Noted: Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly Towns in Oxford County Maine

Should you visit Oxford County, Maine?

If you’re a gay or lesbian American, the question isn’t as simple as looking into the recreational, cultural and historical opportunities of the area. It’s unfortunate, but same-sex couples have to consider whether they’ll be welcomed, shunned or worse.

Recent political activities provide some answers to this question [...]

Sarah Palin Big Government Spender On Travel for Her Kids

Palin justifies her big government spending on her travel expenses for her children by saying that her kids had to travel because they were working on official state business. How did 7 year-old Piper Palin and 17 year-old pregnant Bristol Palin conduct official state business? [...]

Prairie Oaks, a Natural Stop for Road Trip Kids on Ohio I-70

One of the necessities of the long car trip with kids is the rest stop — a place not only for the younguns to decant, but also to run and stretch and get their restless bodies tired out before getting back in the car. The typical rest stop visible from the highways of our country [...]

Time To Expand Amtrak, Cut Air Travel

The train is a much more enjoyable way to travel. There’s more leg space, and people are free to get up and walk, or use electronic devices, as they wish. Trains also use significantly less energy to get from one location to another, compared to airplanes. Moving from air travel to train travel is one way to cut a lot of carbon emissions. [...]