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The Best Deals and Destinations in Summer Travel

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The dollar is strong, which makes this summer a great time for international travel. That is, if you can afford the expensive flights. If not, there are plenty of great summer vacation spots just a drive away. We talk with three travel writers to get their tips and take listeners’ questions.

Destinations Discussed On-Air

Listed alphabetically


Alaska: caller recommends not taking a cruise but instead exploring via float planes;another listener recommends renting an RV and exploring the state

Channel Islands: very uncrowded; less than 30,000 visitors per year


Arabella Bowen, editor in chief of Fodor's Travel

Peter Fish, deputy editor of Sunset Magazine

Don George, travel writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine


China: caller said visit to Great Wall exceeded his expectations; food was great

Highway 89: Highway takes you though Jackson Hole, Wyoming and past Grand Tetons National Park

Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada

Pinnacles National Monument

Pt. Reyes National Seashore



International Destinations


Faroe Islands


Istanbul, Turkey

Japan: look into staying at a minshuku; Japan Rail pass is a worthwhile investment if covering a significant amount of ground>



Myanmar (Burma)

Nambibia: roadtrip friendly; good for a DIY trip to Africa


Nova Scotia, Canada

Oaxaca, Mexico



Spain: recommended as a good destination to take a high school graduate

Sri Lanka


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