Rundown for the week of July 25, 1998
Have you ever been to a place where the sights and sounds and the
smells are so foreign that you almost wonder how it could exist on the
same planet as the place you're from? And what if that place has a
stigma... newspapers and politicians have deemed it an evil empire,
for example. How then do you deal with the people of that
culture? Do you keep your head down and try not to be noticed? Greet
them with cautious acceptance? Journalist James Reston Jr. came face
to face with some of these questions in a recent trip to Iran, and he
sent us this postcard. Reston has just published his book The Last
Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000 AD.
Q & A I -- Best Seat Mate
After hearing tales of horror last week, Rudy takes listeners' calls
about the best seat mates they've ever had.
Deal of the Week
Delta Airlines is offering something called the Executive Women's
Travel Network. Except here's the funny thing--you don't have to be
an executive or even a woman to join. It's going to save you a bunch
if you fly with Delta, and it costs you nothing.
First you'll receive a fistful of valuable discount coupons on Delta.
You'll get a one-class upgrade certificate, $25 off a weekend Delta
Shuttle ticket, and a coupon good for a discount of between $30 and
$100 on your next flight. But here's the best perk: You'll also
receive a coupon that allows you to take a companion on a round-trip
flight anywhere in the continental U.S. for only $99. The only catch:
you must pay for your travel with an American Express card.
Now, you've gotta join by September 18th, and the coupons are good
'til the end of the year. Join by calling 888-241-8526 or by visiting
Delta's web site. You'll also
receive certificates for other stuff, like upgrades on rental cars and
a discount on ordering flowers. Me, I got sucked in by that $99
companion travel deal. And even though you have to complete travel by
the end of the year, next year you'll get another envelope full of
Delta's Executive Women's Travel Network -- good even for unemployed
guys -- that's my Deal Of the Week!
Q & A II -- General Questions
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel. He mentions:
Villas in Bali
- Private Villas Ltd. in Bali--call them at 62-361-703-060 or reach them by e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Traveling with Pets
- AAA Pet Guides cost $8.99 for AAA members and $12.00 for non-members.
They're available at any AAA office.
- For more information on travel pets and pet-friendly accommodations,
try Heather McLean's series Take Your Pet Along and Take
Your Pet Too. To order, call 908-879-7564.
Spend the Eve of the New Millennium on the International Date Line
Adventures and Cruises offers cruises and yachts to charter for
sailing between Tonga and Samoa. Call the Tonga Visitor's Bureau for
home stay information: 011-676-25-334
- Prasad and
Associates has package tours to Fiji, where the date line crosses
the island of Taveuni. Phone: 905-785-0360
- First Light Tourism in Gisborne, New Zealand will also offer
millennium events in the area. Phone: 011-64-6-867-2000
Mystical Journey in Peru
Every once in a while, we're thrilled to bring you a story that runs a
little longer than usual because we really want to take you away
somewhere, even if you're stuck in traffic or sitting in your kitchen.
Today, The Savvy Traveler's Sandy Tolan leads us to a religious
festival high in the Peruvian Andes: Kollor'iti. "I think that this
journey is not supposed to be easy, that the cost of the trip--$45 for
two nights of camping, food, tour guide--isn't the real price. That
somehow, the difficulty of the journey must be related to what lies at
the end... at 16,000 feet..." There are so many rich layers to a
country like Peru, that as a traveler it's hard to know where to
begin. You can visit colonial cities, the streets and buildings which
still maintain the history of the Spanish conquistadors. You can visit
the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco or explore the lost city of Machu
Picchu. Tolan set out last month on a journey through the Andes with
the intention of taking a walk back in time to the last days of the
Incan Empire. But on his way toward the Inca trail, Sandy got
waylaid, took a different turn, and -- as happens so often in travel
-- went on a much more surprising journey.
Next Week on The Savvy Traveler
We'll take a tour through wild animal game reserves in South Africa...
"It is very very dangerous. The animals are pretty wild. They're not
tamed at all. We've had incidences of people trying to take
photographs, jumping out of their vehicles and it did turn out to be
dangerous at some stage."
The sights and sounds of South African wildlife in next week's
journey. And we'll get the chance to chat with renaissance man John
Lurie who's latest adventure took him on fishing trips with some
pretty famous guys. So if you've ever wondered what it's like to go
fishing with Dennis Hopper...
"He's the worst fisherman you ever met so mostly I spent time
untangling his line is what I spent most of the time doing."
We're goin' fishin', riding the rails of Alaska, and we're swapping
tips on how NOT to get duped on the road...That and more in next
week's voyage with the Savvy Traveler. I hope you'll join us.
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