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Rundown for the Week of April 8, 2000

Rudy's Prowl: Get Away to Paradise
This time of year, we close our eyes and imagine white sandy beaches with warm coastal breezes, right? Well, what you're imagining is exactly what you can find on the little known Turks and Caicos Islands in the British West Indies. Our host Rudy Maxa not only investigates, but tells us how you can win an all-expenses-paid vacation there. Find out about The Savvy Traveler's Tropical Island Getaway.

Smithsonian Rejects
Spring cleaning often means throwing away out-of-date clothing or trinkets. But some people think their old stuff is valuable enough to be displayed at the Smithsonian. The Institution receives thousands of inquiries and packages containing unsolicited objects each year. The Savvy Traveler's Lex Gillespie went to Washington D.C. to find out what makes the cut, and what doesn't.

Hit the Road
Maureen Geoghegan and Annice Tatken found during a drive from Chicago to the Grand Canyon, that a good roadtrip can be the mother of invention. They've opened The Roadtrip Store for all you motor travel needs. The Savvy Traveler's Elizabethe Meister recently met the two women to hear about it.

The Ears Have It
The indefatigable Geo Beach tells us about one travel accessory that's small enough to fit in your pocket, cheap enough to purchase with pocket change and can change your whole travel experience

Interview with Pico Iyer
It hasn't taken long for the transportation and communication revolutions to make the world a much smaller place. In his new book The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls and the Search for Home, famed travel writer Pico Iyer talks about the changing nature of travel...and how it's changing us.

Deal of the Week
Gambling for Air fares, Vegas-style

Question of the Week
We hear about border and customs stories

Travelers' Aid
Beating jet lag

Rudy's View
Car-free in the US?

Culture Watch
Celebrating the Buddha

Next Week
Come along for the ride next week when we hear how, in spring, a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of the perfect travel companion...but how do you know when you've found her?

"This Marina, number 5572. She's 26 years old. Her weight is 130 pounds..."

Some people travel all the way to Russia for the most efficient route to surefire romance. We tag along during the next edition of the Savvy Traveler.

And don't forget to send in your essay about the one person, any person in the world, real or fictitious even, with whom you'd like to be stranded on a deserted island. Check out the rules and send in your essay, no longer than 250 words please. You can also call 888-SAVTRAV to get more info. Remember, you're doing this to win a free trip to Middle Turks and Caicos island in the Caribbean. Or did you think I was making you write an essay for nothing?

Cassette Copies
If you want your very own copy of The Savvy Traveler, order an audio cassette. It's easy. Just call 303-823-8000. The price is $15.

Rudy Maxa's Traveler Newsletter
Check out Rudy's monthly newsletter at www.rudymaxa.com.

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