Kids On the Fly
A restless child and a crowded plane can make for a lousy trip, and as more and more kids are joining their parents on the road, airports and airlines are coming up with ways to be more family friendly. At Chicago's O'Hare Airport for example, kids have their own place called Kids On the Fly -- a kidport -- complete with a control tower, play cargo facility and bike powered helicopter. Edie Rubinowitz from WBEZ in Chicago paid a visit.
To get a list of all the airports in the U.S. and Canada that have children's play areas, send a self addressed stamped envelope to:
Airports Council International
1775 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Biking Through the Himalayas
Some have called it the most dramatic alpine route in the world. It's the road from Leh to Minali, in the Indian Himalayas. India's military built the road to defend its border with China. A decade ago, the government opened it to tourists.
Reporter Samita Paul recently returned to India, her family's homeland, and traveled this famous road - on a mountain bike. This is the story of her journey
Adventure travel has always appealed to those with a high tolerance ---even appetite--for risk. But as we just heard from the adventurous Samita Paul, more and more people are pushing their limits because adventure travel has gotten more accessible. One place to find out about what's happening in the adventure world is "Outside Magazine"--which has just come out with its 20th Anniversary Issue. Mark Bryant has been with "Outside" for 15 years and he's been the editor almost half that time. I asked Mark to define exactly what he means when he uses the phrase adventure travel?
Deal Of the Week
Listen: Even I can't believe how cheap airfares are to Europe these days. Now, along comes Icelandair with a two-for-the-price-of-one sale if you can depart from Boston or New York.
Fly between Monday and Thursday, and you and a friend can travel between the East Coast and London for $472, not including airport taxes. That works out to about $235 per person, round trip! Or about the cost of a one-way shuttle ticket between New York and Washington, D.C. Other European destinations including Oslo, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Copenhagen will cost you a bit more.
Now, here's the fine print: Purchase tickets by October 10th and complete travel by December 14th. And since this is Icelandair, you stop en route in the town no one can spell, Reykjavik. Heck, you can even just go to Iceland, which, after all, is part of Europe. Jerry Seinfeld went there this summer because he heard the country had the most beautiful women in the world, so how bad can a few chilly nights be?
Call Icelandair or your travel agent for details. A twofer to Europe--that's my deal of the week!
Travel Then and Now: You tell us how your style of travel has changed over the years.
Tooth Fairy Museum
But you know boys and girls...take it from Uncle Rudy....even the best brushers among us are bound to lose a tooth every once in awhile. And then what do you do? Everyone knows where Santa lives--at the North Pole of course. But where do you turn when you need the Tooth Fairy? How about Deerfield, Illinois where a small museum is dedicated to the preservation of dental lore and customs from around the world---Harriet Baskas pays a visit.
Next Week on The Savvy Traveler
The 26th Annual Balloon Festival in Albuquerque
You'll hear everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about airline food,
You'll learn about the job of a hotel general manager
"I'm sort of like the police department. I serve and I protect at the same time."
That and more in next week's voyage with the Savvy Traveler. I hope you'll join us.
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