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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 traveling.

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.

Alien Encounters
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 vacation?

"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 impressed."

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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