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Rundown for the week of September 25, 1999

Italian Hamlet
Every now and then one of our reporters stumbles on a mini paradise - the perfect place for a holiday. This year Martin Stott discovered his utopia in a small medieval hamlet in the Tuscan hills of Italy called Peralta. You won't find it in any holiday brochures - it's a haven for artists. Not surprisingly, Martin wanted to keep the place a secret. It's taken The Savvy Traveler team a whole lot of persuasion to get him to spill the beans.

Your Answers: Airports to be Stuck In
Rudy talks to listeners about airports where you might actually find something to do during your layover.

Culture Watch: The National Storytelling Festival
Writer Paul Fussell once said, "Anyone telling about his travels must be a liar...for if a traveler doesn't visit his narrative with the spirit and techniques of fiction, no one will want to hear it." And it's in that spirit of storytelling that we bring you this week's Culture Watch.

Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A. Interview
Rudy talks with Michael Stern, who, along with Jane Stern, authored the book Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A. They've spent the last 25 years sampling the fare at roadside eateries across the country. When they began their mission they thought they'd be documenting the end of American cuisine. That was in the days of Velveeta, Thousand Island dressing and chicken fried steak. Michael discusses local specialties and whether roadside food has improved since they began their quest.

Singles Travel
If you like to travel but have a hard time finding someone who wants to travel the way you do, when you do, and you don't want to go alone, there are alternatives to group tours. The Savvy Traveler's Wesley Weissberg offers this antidote for the single traveler: the Travel Companion Exchange.

Deal of the Week
Down Under prices are way down, if you go just before the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Ask Rudy
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel. He mentions:

  • Honeymoon in Italy
  • Belated honeymoon in San Francisco
  • Reykjavik layover

Lone Biker Postcard
Listener Dave Karlotski called a few weeks ago with his extraordinary story of finding $751 on the sidewalk. Being a good citizen, he brought it to the police station but no one ever claimed it, so the money reverted back to Dave. He decided to do something radical and fulfill his lifelong dream of taking off on his motorcycle, across the country until the money ran out. He sent us this postcard along the way.

Next Week

Travel with us again next week as we hear one man's tribute to country of Turkey....

"Enormous half-melon domes among sand castle pyramids bounded by giant candlestick spires. And at night the mosques are lit up like fairly tale palaces luminous gestures embracing the ground, yearning for the skies."

We honor the beauty of this place that's been devastated by tragedy. Plus, we'll hear your hitchhiking stories. And, how do you and your spouse get along on vacation?

"When people don't know where there are, they get hostile. And since they don't know anyone else in Kyoto to take it out on, they take it out on each other."

Tips for surviving vacation with your mate during next week's journey with The Savvy Traveler.

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The Savvy Traveler Newsletter
The Savvy Traveler newsletter is now available. For more information, call toll-free, 888-SAV-TRAV (888-728-8728), extension 3, e-mail mail@savvytraveler.org, or visit rudymaxa.com.

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