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Rundown for the Week of November 1, 2002

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A Long Day On The Road by Larry Massett
Being inconvenienced is a common oddity of travel. When the inconveniences are actually happening to you, you're mad, you're hot, you're hungry, you're tired, you're fed up, and all you want to do is go home. Contributor Larry Massett took a trip to Russia, and the title of his story sums up what he went through: "A Long Day on The Road."

Denki Bath by Karin Muller
Traveling the globe in search of the fountain of youth may be a centuries-old quest, but the spa is the hottest, most "in" travel destination of the 21st century. The choices at your disposal worldwide are far-ranging: from Hawaii's healing gardens to the Native American sweat lodges, you can pamper your skin and soul today as never before. Our reporter Karen Mueller took a trip to Japan, a country famous for their hot baths. And as Karen found out, relaxing sometimes takes on different interpretations in different cultures.

Doug Lansky: Travel Insurance Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
When you think about all the things that could go wrong on a trip, the concept of travel insurance seems like a pretty good idea. Doug Lansky, who joins us regularly with practical tips for long international trips, has advice for self-sufficient travelers who backpack and trek and throw themselves at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Links:
http://www.insuremytrip.com
http://www.worldtravelcenter.com
http://www.sosinternational.com
http://www.travelguard.com
http://www.unicard.com

American Pie Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
We're into November, and many are finalizing plans for Thanksgiving, the holiday that's all about food. Today, we meet a woman who drove from state to state in search of the most authentic slice of pie in America. We first ran this interview with restaurant critic Pascale le Draoulec around July 4th -- and now is the perfect time to revisit it. Pascale's book about her trip is called "American Pie."

Links:
American Pie Council - http://www.piecouncil.org
American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads
The Best All-American Apple Pie Recipe

Traveler's Aid: Online Update
The "Golden Age" of bargain-basement Web-only fares may be starting to wane. America West has already cut way back on deep-discount Internet fares, and US Airways has recently agreed to give travel agents the same fares it offers on Orbitz. Can we expect this trend to continue? Antonella Pianalto, executive director of the Interactive Travel Services Association, talks with us about the future of online booking.

Traveler's Aid: New Hotels for Global Nomads
Hotels are about so much more than just finding a place to lay your head. They’re frequently a travel destination in their own right -- part home, part office, part fantasy. No one knows that better than Don Albrecht, the curator of a new exhibit that opened in this week at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York called New Hotels for Global Nomads. He joins us to talk about the past, present and future of hotels.

Deal of the Week: Sleep Cheap in Alexandria, Virginia
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, unleashes his Deal of the Week: bargain deals at the Morrison House.

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