July 14, 2008
by Wendy Perrin
This one comes from reader Mollykins: "We are interested in a first-class trip to South Africa, with a stay in one of the luxury camps. An extension to Namibia is being considered.
Can you recommend a travel agent, or more than one, who might have the expertise we are looking for? I have tried to access your travel agent
list on the Web site without success."
Yeah, the 2007 Top Travel Specialists List online is hard to find . . . and even harder to navigate. Definitely use the updated 2008 List that is about to come out in print in our August issue. Also peruse the feedback about the different travel specialists that is being shared by readers on my new Travel Specialist User Reviews page.
I'm going to recommend you contact two very different travel planners for southern Africa (at two very different price points) and see which one you hit it off with best in an initial conversation over the phone. After the jump, I've reprinted the descriptions of these two travel agents from my upcoming August article:
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June 25, 2007
by Wendy Perrin
Today I explored this ancient Roman city by the sea.
There I am, resting along the main Roman road.
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October 04, 2006
By Wendy Perrin
On my morning train commute into Manhattan yesterday, the stranger sitting next to me managed--despite an obsessive preoccupation with his Blackberry in one hand, cell phone in the other, and Wall Street Journal in between--to notice that I was perusing an itinerary for Russia. He asked if I was going there and said he'd been many times. We got to talking about our favorite countries. Turned out he's a Wall Street corporate financier and seasoned international business traveler.
Twenty minutes later we were comparing the food precautions we take in different parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to avoid getting sick on the job. We discussed the basics--avoiding salads, eating well-cooked meats, peeling fruit ourselves, sticking to carbonated water when the flat bottled water looks suspect--and the foods we pack for when we need to skip meals that seem unsafe. I always take dried fruits and nuts, energy bars, and/or bread and peanut butter. He, on the other hand, swears by baby food!
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