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Archive for September, 2008

Catch the Wave

By Linda Tancs

Where can you learn to surf on the world’s largest man-made waves? Answer: Siam Park, Europe’s greatest (by someone’s estimation) water fun park located on the south coast of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Siam is, of course, the ancient name for Thailand, and the Thai ambience is evident throughout the park. Even the building materials originated from Thailand. With rides like the Tower of Power promising an adrenaline boost the likes of which you’ve never known, this park is sure to please thrill seekers. For those seeking something a little more tame, there’s a relaxing river ride; the Sawasdee River cuts through the park. Whatever you do, enjoy the ride.

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Days in Rodanthe

By Linda Tancs

So the movie Nights in Rodanthe got me thinking–what’s on in Rodanthe? Rodanthe, along Highway 12 at the northern reach of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, is a beach goer’s delight. The movie highlights Mirlo Beach (named for a tanker sunk during World War I) and the beach rental, Serendipity. Water sports abound here. There isn’t much else to do, really. Leave the laptop home as internet access is a bit spotty. With all the kayaking, fishing, surfing, and sailboarding that awaits, perhaps that’s by design.

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Swiss Heirs

By Linda Tancs

In 1845 two Swiss residents from the canton of Glarus were sent to the U.S. to purchase land for a Swiss settlement. The prosperous homestead that followed became New Glarus, Wisconsin, a rural slice of the homeland just a hop, skip and jump away from Madison. And for those yearning for the alphorns, yodelers and folk dancers of the old country but unable to afford the real McCoy, this might be the perfect staycation for you. New Glarus is boastful of its observation of the traditional holidays and Swiss-German dialect. And the chalet-laden downtown offers up enough cuckoo clocks, lace, cheese and chocolate that you might even forget there’s no duty-free allowance–or international baggage restrictions–to worry about. For every time there is a season. Yours may be just a hilly, hairpin curve away.

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Do CPAP Machines Cause Baggage Woes?

By Linda Tancs

Statistics indicate that over 12 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from sleep apnea, an obstructive sleep disorder. So it shouldn’t be surprising that travelers want to take their CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines onboard to use during long flights or at their final destination. Needless to say, one must determine in advance of flight whether the device will be considered part of normal carry-on items. FAA regulations, for instance, permit medical devices as an additional piece of carry-on luggage. But if you can bring it on board, can you use it? International carriers’ policies can vary widely on the subject. Some airlines may permit, or prefer, battery-operated devices and not require medical clearance. Others may require medical clearance by their experts in advance of flight regardless whether the device is powered electrically or by battery. Best not to leave this one up to chance, as any delay in flight arrangements may not be recompensed by insurance when it’s the passenger who is delayed rather than the plane.

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Get Chummy

By Linda Tancs

One is the loneliest number, the song goes. For lonesome travelers, an alternative is at hand. You could try out TravelChums, a site that matches up like-minded travelers. Create a free account, and you could be on your way to finding that perfect companion to save yourself the indignity of single supplemental fees. Beats the classifieds, doesn’t it?

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French Island Flair

By Linda Tancs

St. Barth’s is a French island in the West Indies, popular among jetsetters for it charm and sophisticated relaxation but no less fitting for visitors of any budget looking for lazy days in the perennial sun of this beach-fringed volcanic island. Listen to a sampling of the island’s delights at Travelrific Travel Show.

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Travel Insurance Concerns Are Abated

By Linda Tancs

With today’s economic uncertainties, travelers may be taking a closer look at the “comforts” of travel insurance. Of course, that coverage is only as good as the company standing behind it. That’s why purchasers of AIG’s Travel Guard may have suffered some heartburn recently, at least until news of Uncle Sam’s $85 billion bailout. For greater ease of mind, the company has sent out a release assuring customers that subsidiaries, like Travel Guard, are able to meet their obligations. If only the same could be said for the rest of the industry.

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