Monday, December 24, 2007
Months ago, a New York Times
writer asked me to comment on the trend of people traveling as a way to mark special events, such as birthdays. I wasn't convinced it was a trend, but I agreed anyway. Now, looking back at 2007, I realize that the vast majority of my trips were as much about being with people I care about as they were about the destination. Travel is an ideal way to carve out time so we can focus on people who matter to us, without the constant distractions of daily life.
When entrepreneur Brian Jones spotted a Cleveland duplex up for sale on eBay, he bought it in 24 hours for $150,000—without ever setting foot in Ohio. He didn't need to. He'd seen the house countless times in his favorite holiday movie, A Christmas Story
. Find out how to visit the renovated house and museum, where you can purchase your very own leg lamp.
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
About 70 readers of this blog commented on our recent post Can you still afford Europe?
, and many of those comments were from readers who say that next year they plan to go to Alaska, Asia, and Latin America instead of Europe because of the weak buying power of the dollar. How are current exchange rates affecting your travel plans? And where are you headed in 2008?
tell us now
SPECIAL TRAVEL GUIDE
Our travel guide is packed with great advice and getaway deals—whether you're headed for the mountains or the beach. Here are some highlights!
THE REAL DEALS
A package starting at $1,115 capitalizes on the new movie, Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
, by combining airfare, six nights' accommodations, and a rental car with a cruise on Loch Ness, a 3-D movie on its fabled monster, and a Historic Scotland Pass for admission to castles and monuments.
why it's a deal
Since ships' cabins are notorious for having minimal closet space, we always pack a tension rod. We set it up between the TV stand and the wall by the porthole, window, or balcony door, and voilà—we have a second closet! —Lisa Palumbo, West Orange, N.J.