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We've heard from plenty of you who like roughing it...and plenty who simply don't, preferring instead to seek-out the high life. I can think of one guy in particular. Tom Verde. Now this guy knows how to travel. From the beginning we've been following Tom around the world as he... rented an antique Morgan to cruise the English countryside, we were green with envy when Tom took an upscale Rovos Rail train ride through the South African countryside...gourmet ostrich medallions and all the champagne he could drink included, thank you very much. Tom even knows how to live it up in-between stops. Remember when he was hanging out in exclusive airport lounges?

by Tom Verde

Listen with RealAudio: Lounging in style

...for high-end travelers with more pleasure than business in mind, nothing compares to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London's Heathrow airport, without question the Disney World of airline lounges. In the mood for music? How about a little Placido Domingo in the club's soundproof music room! Thirsty? Nothing like a crisp British ale to wash the dust of the open road from your throat. Hungry? Virgin offers an extensive menu of entrees, everything from Mexican chicken to Japanese noodles, all at no charge.

After lunch, the garden-like serenity of the conservatory might appeal to some, while others might prefer to snooze in the embrace of an overstuffed leather armchair in the library. As for me, I was up for a little indoor putting. Oops! Watch out for that sandtrap.

Next, a little spring skiing on board the game room's electronic ski simulator, followed by a relaxing shampoo and haircut in the club's salon, where passengers can also get complimentary facials, manicures, massages, and -- mineral-enriched hydro-therapy baths. Grouch Marx once said he'd never belong to a club that would have him as a member.

But even if you're not flying first-class, you can't go wrong by joining one of the airline clubs, if only to get a little peace and quiet while traveling. So, for your next trip, why not kick back, relax, and see how the other half flies?

There are clubs in airports and then there are clubs of people who like all things aviation. How about when Tanya Ott took us to meet members of the Airline Historical Society? Those folks collect all kinds of things related to the airline industry...ALL kinds.

by Tanya Ott

Listen with RealAudio: Airline collectibles

Well, I asked everyone I talked to who's the weird of the weird in airline memorabilia collecting and each came up with the same answer: the barf bag boys.

"My name is Robert Gorve, I'm from San Diego, and I collect barf bags."

When you tell people you collect barf bags, what's their reaction?

"A mixture depending on how well they know me between surprise and horror, but basically it's puzzlement, was the overall impression."

Where do you store 'em all?

"Each bag that I have is individually framed and is hanging on my bathroom walls."

Why the bathroom and not another room?

"The dinding room for example? There is a limit to propriety."

Bob Grove isn't the only barf bag guy; they're seriously trading these things. So serious that one collector from Amsterdam is scrambling to buy up every bag he can. He walks around airports wearing a yellow shirt and a hat that says "I want barf bags," just so he can make the record books.

My sources tell me the Europeans have an edge on Americans; in fact many of the largest airline sickness bag collections are found in Germany, and just this fall, one of the top American collectors, a guy from Ft. Worth, Texas, sold his entire collection to a German. It seems barf bag collecting was getting too - well - cutthroat for him.

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