Monday, August 27, 2007
These days, there are times when it feels like no matter where in the world you're going, you already know everything about it—thanks to guidebooks, virtual hotel tours, and even magazines (like ours, perhaps?). But while all this advance work can take some of the uncertainty out of travel, it can also remove some of the thrill. So we decided to send a writer and his wife somewhere they knew nothing about. And we weren't even telling them where until the day they were leaving. At least that was the plan…
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
This past weekend, Southwest Airlines took on United Airlines at San Francisco Airport by introducing 18 daily flights. Some round-trip fares we recently found were to Las Vegas for $118 and to Chicago for $189—both for travel between August 26
and October 31.
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, travel was perilous, expensive, and time-consuming (consider that a trip from the Balkans to Turkey would require at least 30 days). Most Europeans stayed home and formed their impressions from early maps and fantastical depictions of far-off people and places. A collection of 60 such works is now on view at the National Gallery of Art in D.C.—you can catch highlights in our online slide show!
THE REAL DEALS
Grab your girlfriends and head to the Sunshine State for shopping discounts, spa treatments, yoga, and bike rides—just some of the amenities included in lodging packages from $80 a night.
why it's a deal
Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Osaka, and Mount Fuji are highlights of this eight-night package, with airfare, sightseeing tours, meals, and intercity train travel, from $2,825.
why it's a deal
ONLINE TRIP COACH
Doug Kirby and Ken Smith, editors of the website RoadsideAmerica.com, will answer your questions about roadside attractions on Tuesday, August 28, at noon (ET).
Submit a question now
I download TV shows to my iPod to watch while I fly. I was having trouble figuring out a way to watch hands-free until I discovered that the plastic cups that airlines serve drinks in are the perfect size and shape to prop up an iPod. Put a cup on your tray table and place the iPod inside; the screen will be just above the lip—the perfect position. Everyone I've shown this trick to says it works great. —Kristi Wright, Norman, Okla.