Sunday, Jan. 01, 2012

Travel to New Places

A new year and a new world of opportunities to explore — and places, too. Travel of some sort is on almost everyone's agenda, and some of the first things we tend to think of in a new year are those exotic destinations we'd hope to seek out. Take that road trip to rugged Nova Scotia, ride a hot-air balloon over the strange terrain of Cappadocia, go on your first ocean cruise. Or don't. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, budgets are tight and staycations are in. Besides, not traveling spares all the headache of planning, applying perhaps for a visa (yes, Americans have to do that too sometimes), fretting over getting scammed in some foreign locale and getting someone to tend to your plants and puppy. There's a reason why travel and travail sound so similar.