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Rundown for the week of September 12, 1998

Titanic Attraction in Nova Scotia
Last week the video for the movie Titanic went on sale. Did you hear the reports of people beating each other up in order to get the last copy on the shelf! Titanic fever is still out of control. And now the Savvy Traveler's Kitty Felde has discovered that, ironically, a tidal wave of tourists have flooded Nova Scotia, inspired by the biggest box office grossing movie of all time.

Q & A I -- Most Embarrassing Moments
Rudy talks to listeners about their most embarrassing moments while traveling.

Ira Glass
Rudy spends some time with Ira Glass, host of the popular public radio show, "This American Life." We talk about what travel means to him.

Deal of the Week: Air Travel Deals to Europe
Icelandair offers deals on round-trip, stop-over flights if you book through its web site by next Friday.

  • Luxembourg, $250
  • Copenhagen, $450
  • Helsinki, $450
  • Oslo, $450

At Icelandair's web site, ignore fares quoted and type in "Special Offer Club." After listing your travel dates and cities, don't choose the option "Charge My Credit Card," instead type in "Call Me." Within 24 hours Icelandair will phone you to finalize the details.

Fares are good through October.

Q & A II -- General Questions
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel and mentions:

Volunteer Vacation
Global Volunteers schedules 15-day trips to Ecuador several times between January and February. 800-487-1074 International Workcamper offers programs ranging from two weeks to a month. There is a $195 registration fee. 802-259-2759

Traveling to Quaxaca with a Baby
Traveling is safe, but Mexico may lack the conveniences and sanitary standards in the United States. Bring provisions for the baby from home. Check with your insurance company about coverage.

Hosting a Large Family Reunion
A good bet: the Port Ludlow Resort and Conference Center on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Rooms start at $95/night for singles or doubles. The condo-like setup allows you to connect up to four rooms. 206-292-1189

Maori Caravan
What do you get if you stop on the side of the road to help a large Maori tribe with a flat tire? You get thanked in the traditional way -- by touching noses. That's just one of the adventures as Savvy Traveler's Judie Fein takes a road trip in Europe with a New Zealand tribal family.

Next Week on The Savvy Traveler
Be sure to join me next week. We will travel on a luxury cruise ship and learn that cruising isn't for everyone.

"And what about my wife Ruth? After seeing the activities list (how many ping pong balls can you stuff into your bathing suit? The hairy chest contest) she talked about swimming to freedom in Cuba."

So if the love boat isn't quite your style, we'll seek out a little adventure on the bus.

"There we were, just two hours into a day-long Greyhound journey across the great plains, and one of my sons, Zach, already had a story to tell."

Hitting the road AND the high seas, plus calls from those of your who are already planning trips for the holidays. That's in next week's edition of The Savvy Traveler.

For tapes of the show...
If you want your very own copy of The Savvy Traveler, order an audio cassette. It's easy. Just call 303-823-8000. The price is $15. As Rudy says, it's a steal.

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