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Episodes for May 2008

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May 2008







May 6.

Airline charter flights

Deregulation changed the airline charter business, but charter flights are is still a good option for low-cost travel, especially to popular tourist destinations.


May 7.

In Kiwi adventureland

New Zealand has been described as the young bachelor version of Australia, rumpled, adventurous, and lusty.  That's especially true of South Island. FMI –


May 8.

Travel insurance dvice.

Travel insurance covers many issues, but always it's wise to know how well and what you're covered for before you leave home. It's certainly better than discovering it when you really need it. FMI –,, or


May 9.

Altoona Railroaders Museum

It's fitting that this museum in the south-central Pennsylvania city of Altoona is dedicated to the people who spent their lives working on the railroad. FMI


May 10.

Driving the Golden Spike

“Two engines facing on a single track.  Half a world behind each back.”  Bret Hart penned that verse on this day in 1869 at Promontory Summit, Utah.  The world has never been the same.  FMI


May 13.

Traveling while pregnant

Once mothers-to-be were advised not to travel at all, but in the absence of specific medical issues, maternity no longer automatically precludes the possibility. FMI




May 14.

Mud-walking on the Waddensea

Living in a country without mountains, canyons, or whitewater rivers, the Dutch are hard-pressed to find local adventures.  Witness the popularity of wadlopen.  FMI


May 15

Taking pets on vacation

Travel always involves extra planning for people who own pets.  Take them along or leave them at home?  One survey of found travelers split evenly on the answer. FMI –,,, or


May 16.

The Maine event

Portland, Maine is a city of pleasant contrasts, small enough to feel familiar and big enough to allow one to discover new things all the time. FMI – or


May 17.

From Landsend to John O'Groats

The British didn't exactly invent walking, they just perfected it.  Foot paths lace through countryside, over more and mountain, along beaches and down sheer cliffs, but first among them is the Long Path. FMI –


May 20.

Lindbergh/Erhardt crossings

On this day in 1927, a brash young pilot took off from an airfield near New York City and soared into the headlines and history. Five years later, an adventurous aviatrix followed him to fame. FMI –



May 21.

Following indian guides.

The Canyon Country of the American Southwest is a singular landscape.  When exploring it, having a native guide certainly helps. FMI –,, or


May 22

Entranced by Banff

Canada's first national park was organized more than a century ago by railroad interests who were trying to attract people to hot springs located 80 miles west of Calgary. FMI or





May 23.

Yoho serenade

Situated between two much larger and better known national Canadian national parks, Yoho certainly packs plenty of stunning scenery into its 800 mi.². FMI –


May 24.

Sento sensibilities

Communal public bath houses have long played a special role in Japanese life.  A visit to a sento is still a regular ritual for many.


May 27.

America's national monuments

We appreciate America's national monuments, 91 relatively undiscovered travel treasures scattered from sea to shining sea. FMI –


May 28.

Good migrations

There's been a surge in folks making journeys to witness mass movements of wild birds and beasts.  Here's a one-year calendar of notable migrations. FMI –



May 29.

Campus visits

With more than 3500 institutions of higher learning across the country, the choices these days can be overwhelming for both students and parents. Here are some thoughts to help you focus your search. FMI –



May 30.

Stevenson in the Cevennes

In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson set off to find himself, undertaking a solitary 120-mile trek through a wild range of mountains in south-central France. FMI –



May 31.

Airport idle-time activities

These days many travelers are spending more time at the airport. So many more airports are providing extra diversions for passengers in transit. FMI –




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