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Rundown for the Week of January 8, 2000

Riding the Rails in Europe
Remember the wondrous days of slumming it through Europe? You'd throw all your important worldly possessions into a backpack (important possessions at the time being a toothbrush and a couple pairs of shorts) then hop a train, never knowing where you might end up or who you might meet? Well, The Savvy Traveler's Cash Peters thinks those days don't necessarily have to be over. You can still have the romance of the rails now that you're all grown up...well, sort of.

The Open Road: Urban Travel Legends
One of the great things about travel is the stories you bring home...the drug-sniffing dog that knocked you over in customs...or the memory of some person that became your best friend for a day on the road. Chances are, though, it won't be long before the conversation turns from stories of first-hand experiences...to stories that happened to a friend of a friend, or that you heard on the news, or got via email. Stories that may seem a bit suspicious. Hal Cannon of The Open Road recently visited his old folklore professor to find out about these "urban legends of travel."

Gorillas Sleeping in the Mist
Doug Lansky, our Vagabond Traveler, hangs out with some primates in Uganda. What do you have to brag about when you have an encounter with a sleeping gorilla?

Under the Sea
Our Vagabond Traveler recently left an interesting message on our answering machine...from an underwater hotel in Florida!

The Truth about Timeshares
According to the American Resort Development Association (that's the trade group for timeshare industry) two million Americans owned timeshares in 1999. That's a 25 percent increase from the year before. Cynthia Huheey is the president of the association. We asked her just how this whole system works.

Deal of the Week
A Lunchtime Steal

Travelers' Advisory
Plane Health

Question of the Week
Hometown Hotspots

Rudy's View
Millennium Letdown

Culture Watch
Coming of Age

Next Week
We do some traveling closer to home next week when we spend a Saturday night in Berkeley, California...even throw a little poetry around.

"I don't need your goddam poetry, boy! I need a man. A man who doesn't hide behind his Barnes & Noble journal and his word processor. Are you that man?"

Whoa....I don't know if I can be that man. I'll just listen along with you when we go Poetry Slamming in Northern California next week. And, while we're on the subject of me, I get a lot of people asking what it's really like to travel as The Savvy Traveler. Well, an old friend of mine reveals all...

"The Savvy Traveler possesses the superhuman ability to spot abandoned Smart Cartes no matter how busy the airport. Should he entrust you with this daunting task, don't panic."

No need to panic when you come along for the ride during next week's journey with The Savvy Traveler.

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