Tips from Travel Experts Part 2

More tips and recommendations from travel guides, authors, and professional tourists.



The Expert: Called "the John Gunther of travel" (San Diego Tribune), "an omniscient travel companion" (New York Daily News), and "the A to Z wizard of travel" (Los Angeles Times), Kane has made the candid, pithy recommendation a trademark. His multi-volume A-to-Z series blankets the planet, with personal appraisals of museums as well as hotels, architecture as well as restaurants, subways as well as shops.

His Travel Hints: Explore as much as possible by foot, and by all means, go inside-be it a church or a cafe. In cities, book at centrally located hotels, avoiding those on the fringes. Read local papers, regardless of language; so long as the alphabet is Roman, you'll understand more than you suspect. Always pack a collapsible umbrella. Lay hands on a good map; they're usually free at national or municipal tourist offices.

Recommendations: The beaten path--in North America as well as abroad--is well trod with good reason. Get to know the classics--Grand Canyon, Banff, New York, Acapulco--in our own part of the world, and the great foreign destinations--England, France, and Italy in Europe; Japan and India in Asia; Brazil and Peru in South America; Kenya and Egypt in Africa; Australia and Tahiti in the South Pacific--and then go beyond.


The Expert: Harvey S. Olson, chairman of Olson-Travelworld Organization and author of six informative travel guidebooks, is one of the world's most experienced professional travelers. Olson has crossed the oceans of the world more than 200 times and spent a combined total of more than 13 years abroad.

His Travel Hints: Travel with an open mind; be thrilled, not provoked, with things that are different. He who travels lightest travels best; before departing on a trip abroad, build two piles in the center of your living room-one of luggage, the other of money-then slash the luggage pile in half and double the money supply and a happy balance will have been reached. Unless you are a hopeless vagabond, don't take a trip abroad without a preplanned day-by-day itinerary established with expert advice. Advance confirmed reservations for transportation and lodging are now as essential as tickets.

Recommendations: Two superbly deluxe hotels of another era which are as elegant today as they were when making history through the lives of their famous guests are the Villa D'Este, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy, and the Peninsula in Hong Kong. The twilight and evening view of the Place de la Concorde, the Chamber of Deputies, and the Champs Elysees stretching to the Arch of Triumph is one of the most magnificent in the world and can be viewed from a front room of the Crillon Hotel, Paris. A great restaurant with an incomparable setting is Vistaero, Roquebrune-Cap Martin (French Riviera). The world's most fascinating cities (in the order listed) are London, Paris, Rome, and Kyoto. The world's most beautifully situated resort cities are Lucerne, Switzerland, on Lake Lucerne, and Nice, the queen city of the French Riviera. The most legendary and scenic river trip is the Rhine between Koblenz and Mainz. Outstanding opera houses: La Scala, Milan, most lavish interior; Vienna, magnificent exterior, plush interior; Paris, the most historic, dramatically situated.

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