Dear Heloise: What are the best times to travel? My husband and I want to go to Europe, but my husband hates crowds and waiting in line.

 — Eleanor T., Taos, N.M.

Eleanor, the best time of year is probably before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Summer and holidays are generally busy times of the year, with tourists booking hotels and events, and longer lines to visit tourist attractions.

— Heloise

Make a list

Dear Heloise: My wife and I love to travel. We’ve learned a few things over the years to ensure a safe and fun vacation:

n Buy travel insurance.

n Photocopy all import­ant documents. Carry a copy with you.

n Alert your bank and credit card companies of your plans.

n Carry a bottle of water on the plane and stay hydrated.

 — Bill and Emily in San Antonio

Cold air

Dear Heloise: Living in Southeast Oklahoma, where it gets very hot, I have tried to limit opening the refrigerator to a min­imum. After meals, I gath­er all the leftovers by the side and place all the items in at one time, thus saving the cold from escaping each time the door is opened.

 — Judy H., Soper, Okla.

Thanks for nothing

Dear Heloise: I send little gifts to friends and my grandkids. Usually, I don’t get any “thank-yous.” I know I need to stop sending gifts unless people send a thank-you. I feel bad, because I was raised to acknowledge a gift with a thank-you of some kind.

 — Sandy R., Woodland Hills

Good manners are clas­sy and polite. If your grand­kids haven’t been taught to show a little ap­pre­­ci­ation with a thank-you, talk to their mother or father and ask why. If you don’t get a thank-you by telephone call, email or note­card, stop sending things to the people who do not acknowledge them.

— Heloise

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