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Letters | May 2010

Belizean Hideaway

I was thrilled to see the Belizean coastline on the cover of your March issue, but let me extol the virtues of traveling inland, too. My husband and I spent a wonderful week at the Ka’ana Boutique Resort (doubles from $450), in the rain-forested Cayo District. The location is perfect for hiking, spelunking, and exploring some of the world’s most beautiful Mayan archaeological sites—all arranged by a warm and welcoming staff. —Sumbul Chai, Baltimore, Md.

Return to Sender

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed Guy Trebay’s “The Future of the Postcard.” An unexpected postcard from a faraway place is a treat for both the eye and the soul. My work has allowed me to travel to many exotic destinations around the world, and the first thing I do in each place is seek out unique postcards. Then I find a local bistro or coffee shop and write to family and friends. I also make sure to send a card to myself at home, so I’ve collected wonderful souvenirs of all the places that I’ve visited over the years! —Gretchen Mayes, San Antonio, Tex.

Reader Tip Sheet

After reading about travel nightmares in your March issue, I must say that some of them could have been easily avoided. A tip for Trevor Smith, who was “Bedridden in the Big Apple”: Before going on an extended trip, you should purchase travel insurance that covers your emergency medical expenses as well as your travel costs. As a general rule, the younger you are, the cheaper it is. And here’s another simple solution I’ve learned: For cruises or guided excursions, plan to arrive a day before embarkation. That way you’ll have some extra cushioning in case of flight delays, and it’s also just a more relaxing way to start your vacation. —Hugh Stevenson, Washington, D.C.

In the Hot Seat

I just read Mark Orwoll’s Smart Traveler article about how the days of reserving airline seats for free are numbered. I understand that everyone has to make a profit, but all of this “à la carte” pricing is driving me crazy. Like the flying public does not have enough hassles already. Just raise the price of the ticket and give us a break! —Teresa E. Winkler, Taylorsville, Ky.

Hot Topic: Romantic Destinations

Our February cover story sparked a red-hot debate on TravelandLeisure.com. Here, a few of the highlights, plus your own suggestions.

The Isles Have It

Unfortunately, Santorini, Greece, did not make your list, but I’d highly recommend it—the islands have amazing ambience. Also, you can’t go wrong with the French Caribbean. —Travelandleisure.com member lingtsui

More Royal Treatment

For romance and adventure, your suggestion of Mihir Garhthe palace-style hotel that offers safaris on horseback in Rajasthan, India—looks amazing. —Travelandleisure.com member alishaoutridge

Making a Como-tion

Thirty places listed with 20 more online, only two in Italy—and neither of them was Lake Como? —Travelandleisure.com member infamazz

Editor’s Note: Italy often tops our list of romantic destinations, which are chosen based on a variety of factors—including hotel news. We’ll consider Lake Como for a future issue.

Love is in the Air

Just don’t forget that a romantic moment can happen anytime, anyplace. —Travelandleisure.com member jchoi

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