Letters | May 2010

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


Readers’ Finds: Another Top Adventure Outfitter

I’m surprised that Zegrahm & Eco Expeditions (14-day tours from $6,980) wasn’t listed as one of your “World’s Top Adventure Trips.” With Zegrahm I circumnavigated the Black Sea and explored Melanesia by snorkeling from Fiji to New Guinea—the two best trips of my life. —Karen Carlson, Corona Del Mar, Calif.

Cozy B&B on the California Coast

My husband and I recently took a road trip from San Francisco to Mendocino. Late one night, we arrived at the Agate Cove Inn (doubles from $179, breakfast included), with 10 cozy cabins on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. Upon waking, we found spectacular ocean views from every window in our room. One of our most lasting memories of the weekend was of watching the sun descend into the water from the front lawn. It was a magical ending point to an amazing journey. We will definitely return. —Wendy Zacuto, Playa Del Rey, Calif.

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T+L Asks: If You Were Offered an All-Expenses-Paid Trip Anywhere in the World, Where Would You Go—and Why?

These are just a few of the responses posted on our Facebook wall (facebook.com/TravelandLeisure) and tweeted to us (@TravlandLeisure).

Tokyo, for the contrasts: sakura-tree contemplation and cutting-edge technology, Shinkansen rides and Fuji trekking, tea ceremonies and fugu sashi, shodo calligraphy and Superflat postmodern art. —Carlos Felipe Rodríguez Velázquez, Puebla, Mexico

Let’s pretend the eastern rim of Africa is just one place: wine country in Cape Town, safari in Kenya, ancient rock cathedrals in Lalibela, Ethiopia, and a luxury cruise up the Nile to Cairo. —Lynn Pitts, New York, N.Y.

The original Orient-Express route from Istanbul to Paris, to get the East-meets-West experience. And then I’d return home on the Concorde. It no longer exists, but it’s still a dream. —Gabriella Berenyi Crosby, Pasadena, Calif.

With UNICEF, wherever needed, to help disadvantaged children around the world. —Evelyn Spencer, Philadelphia, Pa.

The island of Capri. Beautiful seascape, good food and wine, handmade sandals, gorgeous scenery. Bellissima!Gina Feddersen, via Facebook

A two-week family fishing trip along the coasts of British Columbia and southern Alaska, moving between lodges by floatplane. —John Thornberry, Wichita, Kans.

Space. I’d love to experience weightlessness and to see planet Earth from up above. —Dan Sakaue, Renton, Wash.

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