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Rundown for the Week of January 4, 2002

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The Future of Travel
We've brought in a panel of travel experts to talk about the next step in our evolution as travelers. To start off the New Year, we're going to ask them just where travel is headed this year, next year and 20 years out.

Postcard - Baksheesh
Some customs are not in danger of changing any time soon. Travel writer Rolf Potts writes us a post card from Egypt about "baksheesh," an accepted Eastern form of tipping that thrives wherever tourists -- and even locals -- are found.

An Outsider's Guide to Graceland
An Englishman doesn't quite grasp the "Elvis phenomenon." Good thing we sent Cash Peters to Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., where Elvis fans are gathering to honor The King's 67th birthday. He sees that Elvis Presley's spirit still weighs on the American consciousness.

Interview with Gretel Erhlich
Gretel Erhlich, author of "This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland," talks about her love of the icy landscapes of winter. Gretel made it her mission to get to Greenland after being struck by a bolt of lightening in 1991.

Deal of the Week - Business Class for Less
Airlines are trying to lure back business travelers. So a number of airlines are offering business class fares at a steep discount -- and Rudy Maxa helps you reap the rewards.

Traveler's Aid- Making the Most of Your Frequent-Flyer Miles
Here's a few New Year's travel tips from our travel expert in residence, Rudy Maxa.

Laughing Club
January 10 will mark the 4th anniversary of 12,000 giggling, sniggling members of laughter clubs meeting to belly laugh in unison. Our contributor Judith Ritter traveled to India to experience the origin of all this group guffawing.

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