The founder of the Consumer Travel Alliance, Charles Leocha, asks for airlines to post all extra charges clearly before a passenger purchases a ticket; the CEO of OnCall International, Mike Kelly, reacts to the breaking news of the deaths of Boston University students during an outing in New Zealand, and describes what his company is doing for the victims and injured; Andrew Evans, the National Geographic Traveler’s “digital nomad,” reports on his latest trip to South Africa and describes how he Tweets, Facebooks, blogs, and posts videos in real time as he travels the globe; and Rudy Maxa wraps up the week’s news in travel and lists his Deals of the Week.
Airline analyst Ernie Arvai of Boston’s Arvai Group explains why US Airways is so interested in merging with American Airlines and why American is trying to ignore its suitor. How many ways can you die in Yosemite? Author and Arizona river guide Michael Giglieri, author of Death in Yosemite, explains how to visit the park and live to tell about it. Also: the co-author of an authoritative new book titled Markets of Paris, Marjorie Williams, explains how to find the bargains and hidden delights at food, furniture, and other markets in the City of Light; and don’t forget the gardens of Paris, advises Susan Cahill , author of Hidden Gardens of Paris. Plus, travel expert and rabbi Peter Tarlow marks National Travel & Tourism Week by tracing tourism to Biblical times, and Rudy Maxa wraps up the week’s news in travel.
Asia and Europe have had high-speed trains for years, whooshing passengers between cities—the photo here is of Japan’s “bullet” train. Will our first one be in the middle of nowhere?
I mean no disrespect to Victorville, CA, or Las Vegas, NV. But conventional thinking has it that high-speed, or bullet, trains will only be cost-effective if they link big-population centers that have light rail connections that feed the fast train.
Like between New York and Boston or DC. Or LA and San Francisco. But Victorville and Vegas?
If a group of investors who have already spent tens of millions of dollars and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada get their way, those two American towns will be the first to be linked by high-speed rail. Now, Victorville is 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Will people be willing to drive to that distance to catch a train?
The mayor of Victorville thinks so. He says people will want to save a couple of hours driving and avoid weekend backups on the interstate. He’s also counting on the train linking with an LA-San Francisco high-speed train. But that project remains in doubt. And I have to say, I think taxpayers will wind up heavily subsidizing the Victorville-Vegas train if it happens.
I hope I’m wrong.
During the opening segment, Rudy replays David Letterman’s “Top Ten Things You Don’t Want To Hear Your Pilot Say” and delivers the latest travel news; Jim Lapides, owner of the International Poster Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston, discusses the lure and increasing value of vintage travel posters; Thomas Finkbinder, senior chairman of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, argues against the construction of a high-speed train linking Victorville, CA, and Las Vegas; Rudy answers listeners’ questions and reveals his travel Deals of the Week.
It’s getting more and more difficult to find parking in major American cities as city planners try to encourage greater use of mass transit and bikes. From Boston comes a clever idea.
What if you could type in your destination in a major city, indicate the time you’ll arrive, and get immediate information on where not just parking lots have space but where someone is about to leave a space on street? Or where someone has a private parking spot he or she might be willing to let you occupy?
That’s the premise behind a simple website I came across in Boston called SpotScout.com. The goal of the site is to save you gas and the world from more carbon monoxide by linking you with someone who has a parking space you might need. You may well pay a modest sum for the spot, but it’ll probably be cheaper than a commercial lot or circling around the block a dozen times in hopes you find a legal place to park.
Prices can adjust, too, depending on whether you’re looking for prime-time parking or not. Participants are pre-qualified so both parties can be sure they’re dealing with someone reputable. I think it’s a great idea.