Get Away With Fran

October 21, 2009

Stressed in Boston – but maybe a Princess Cruise will help

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Even travel writers have off days and I was having one yesterday. But today I woke up with a new, and better, attitude because it turns out I live in one of the most stressed out cities in America. So I am not alone.

My epiphany came courtesy of Princess Cruises, which has released the results of a Harris Interactive survey it commissioned on – get this – Life Balance (gee, can you tell the cruiseline is based in California?).

My city, Boston, tops the list of¬† places where people’s lives are not in balance, as in, we are crazy stressed out or, presumably, lead unbalanced existences. More stressed out than Beantown, is Chicago and Houston and rounding out the list is Los Angeles and San Diego.

Cities where people are more mellow. or at least claim to have balance in their lives, are Miami, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth (hot and lively, boring, boring, crazy lively, boring, so go figure).

The survey, according to the surveyors, finds “Americans continue to strive for the ultimate life balance, which includes juggling work and personal priorities” but concludes “only approximately one-quarter of people in the U.S. actually have achieved this goal.” Gee, and you thought (more…)

September 10, 2009

Free admission at museums in Boston and across the U.S.


On Saturday, Sept. 26, museums around the country will do as the Smithsonian museums do in Washington, open their doors for free. It’s the Smithsonian magazine’s 5th annual museum day event, and it’s a perfect excuse to see what’s new at your favorite museum

In Boston and surrounds, there are 16 participating museums so far, and they include the JFK Presidential Libray and Museum (site of the recent memorial service for Sen. Ted Kennedy), the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, the Old South Meeting House and the Lowell National Historical Park.

If you’re in other cities or on-the-road that day, know that some 1,200 museums in all 50¬†states will likewise invite you to visit that day – for free (but you do need to print out an admission ticket online). Check the listings on a clickable map.

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