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Rundown for the week of October 9, 1999

Hawaii Trade Winds
Wouldn't it be nice to take a couple of weeks off and go to Hawaii to warm up? Imagine the shift to your senses. Instead of drinking hot chocolate and smelling wood burning in the fireplace, you're tasting fresh pineapple and feeling sand between your toes. A vacation offers all kinds of opportunities to stimulate the senses. When the Savvy Travelers Robert Rand visits Hawaii, he feels something special...in the wind.

Bad Taste Tour: Museum of Urology
We're always happy to take you to the other end of the travel spectrum and lead you through one of our Bad Taste Tours. Those of us on The Savvy Traveler staff are always amazed by the vast number of oddball, disturbing, even offensive museums and tours that are brought to our attention. The Stripper Museum in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada, the Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Would our listeners really go to these places, we ask ourselves? Well, the truth is, we just don't know...but someone is paying to get in. And we figure, who are we to define bad taste? So about once a month, we visit these places through the eyes of our brave, brave tour guide, Cash Peters. And today he takes us to...the Museum of Urology. I'm not making this up...it's a real museum. And here's the disclaimer...as with any other Bad Taste Tour, you may find this journey...well...how else to say it? In bad taste.

Trends in Luggage
Okay, you're in the airport biting your nails, praying that you're suitcase is going to show up on that endless carousel filled with other people's bags. Then, you see it...wedged between a baby stroller and an army duffle bag. You're halfway home...now you just have to pray that the baggage handlers were kind and left your suitcase in one piece. Sound familiar? Since we all know the angst of baggage claim, we decided to send The Savvy Traveler's Kitty Felde to a luggage convention, to hear about the latest innovations in the world of baggage.

China Postcard
A postcard from one traveler who had a journey inward when she journeyed all the way to China. The lessons you can learn when you immerse yourself in another culture. Reflecting on how travel can make you rethink everything you've ever known about your place in the world.

Heidi Yorkshire Interview
This is the time of year wine lovers wait for the harvest and in places like France you see banners proclaiming "Le Beaujolais est arrive." Translated from my rotten French that means, "The Beaujolais is here." But it's not just beaujolais that's ready to drink--nearly every variety of wine imaginable makes it debut in the fall. Now, most wineries across the U.S. and Europe welcome visitors, but since wine has that....I don't know...snobby association, I guess, it can be a little intimidating, going to a vineyard for the first time. So we brought Heidi Yorkshire on board to offer a few tips. Heidi is the author of the book Simply Wine, and she's a regular contributor to Bon Appetit magazine. I asked her what I should say to someone who's nervous about visiting a winery because they feel they don't know enough about it.

Deal of the Week
Hawaii...once is never enough.

Culture Watch
Frankfurt Book Fair

Question of the Week
Life lessons from the road

Travelers' Advisory
Danger zones

Next Week
Next week, meet Pulizter-Prize winning author Stanley Karnow, who headed to Paris one summer in the 1940's...and ended up staying ten years. We'll hear his musings about the passionate Paris of days gone by.

And do you avoid going on vacation because you're worried about leaving your pets behind? Well, you wouldn't be the only one.

"Guilt: most every pet owner suffers it. That overwhelming feeling of remorse that you've abandoned a beloved and helpless member of your family when you go on vacation."

Now there's a way you can make sure that Fido of Fluffy is in good hands. Hear about a kennel with digital cameras, so that you can log onto the net, anywhere in the world, and look in on your furry friend. That and more, so please come along for the ride during next week's journey with The Savvy Traveler.

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