Rundown for the week of November 14, 1998
Hotel Stolen Items
Everyday, in hotels across America, guests make off with stuff. Lots
of stuff. In fact, according to the American Hotel and Motel
association, more than 100 million dollars worth of hair dryers,
telephones, TV remote controls, even light bulbs are stolen every
year. But one hotel in Los Angeles is offering amnesty to all those
who've "accidentally" borrowed hotel property over the past 75 years.
In fact, they'll even invite you to a special reception if you give it
back. All you have to do... is 'fess up. Here's The Savvy Traveler's
Kitty Felde to tell you all about it.
Q & A I --
Rudy talks to listeners about what things they have stolen while
P.J. O'Rourke Interview
Witty and ironic are the first two words that come to mind when
thinking of P.J. O'Rourke, author of bestsellers like Holidays in
Hell and Parliament of Whores. His latest book, Eat the Rich, is an
eye-opening look at wealth around the world. P.J. examines the
economic situation in eight countries, ranging from capitalist
success on Wall Street to poverty in Tanzania--a place he says, that
"has little money but is fabulously rich in other ways."
From Tanzania you can hop a midday flight from Dar es Salaam, connect
through Zurich, and 2100 miles later at around midnight you'll land
in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Sure, when most folks go to
Europe they tend to visit places like London, Paris, and Rome....but
if want to try something a little different, hop on a train from
Ljubljana, travel 70 miles and get off at our next stop-- a
northeastern Slovenian town most of us have never even heard of. The
Savvy Traveler's Judie Fein takes us there.
Deal of the Week: American Airlines Ups Ante
First the airlines started e-mailing special weekend fares every
Wednesday. And now American Airlines is upping the ante and going
DAILY. But here's the difference--you have to do the work by vising
http://aa.com to check these out.
Here are some sample round-trip fares last week:
- New York City and Nashville, $198
- DC and San Jose, California, $298
- Dallas and Abiline, Texas, $88
Remember, the destinations change every day.
Watch for competitors to try and catch up.
Q & A II -- General Questions
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel. He mentions:
Sightseeing in Santa Barbara
- Mission Santa Barbara is located at East Los Olivos and Upper Laguna
Street. For tours and reservations, call 805-682-4149.
- The tourist information office can help you find a B&B: 800-676-1266.
- Stearns Wharf is the oldest operating wharf on the west coast. It has
boardwalk-style restaurants, a fishing pier and views of the bay.
- The Santa Barbara Museum of Art at 1130 State Street has a variety of
ancient and Asian art. 800-963-4364.
Irish Pubs in Chicago
- Fado Irish Pub is at 100 West Grand Avenue. It's an historic pub
shipped from Ireland and reassmebled here. Ornate woodwork decorates
each of its three levels. Fado serves up traditional Irish food with
its Guinness. Older kids are welcome. 312-836-0066.
- Vaughan's Pub at 2917 North Sheffield Street. Old-fashioned and tastefully decorated,
this pub welcomes both dogs and children. You can listen to Irish folk
music while eating a hearty Irish stew or shepherd's pie here.
In today's final destination...a postcard from Wendy Paris who's on
the road with her boyfriend Giles and they're driving through a place
that seems a bit...alien.
Next Week on The Savvy Traveler
Next week, Hal Cannon heads out onto The Open Road to spend time with
sheepherders who travel the old-fashioned way...
"This is literally almost 100 years old, this wagon and it's still a
serviceable traveling home for these shepherds."
Modern nomads who give new meaning to the phrase "Savvy Traveler." And
how do you get your kids to cooperate when you take them on an exotic
"Jonas does not want to go elephant riding. To express his
disapproval with our itinerary, Jonas is in full tantrum, screaming
with such volume and intensity that even the elephants seem
What to do when your five year old is more formidable that an
elephant. And don't forget to call me with stories of the unusual
places you've spent Thanksgiving. That and more so please come along
for the ride in next week's edition of The Savvy Traveler.
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