Travel Expert and Radio Talk Show Host Stephanie Abrams - Traveling Feet Shownotes
Traveling Feet - March 21, 2009 - Shownotes & Audio Archive

Homeric Tours joins “Traveling Feet” at the 2009 New York Times Travel Show; Author Patricia Schultz Suggests “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”; Medical Evacuation by Air Ambulance Card; The Urban Oasis of the Mandarin Oriental Miami; Special Promotional Offer from Sun Swept Resort for “Traveling Feet” Listeners.

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When Stephanie learned high school student, Nathan Warmack was denied entrance to a school dance because he wore a kilt to promote his Scottish heritage she was inspired to send the young man and his parents on a nine day trip to Scotland. This was just one of her many fairy godmother activities. She has since been invited to the young man's wedding.

On a sadder note, Andrea Knott, a listener of “Travel with Stephanie Abrams” on KCEO AM 1000 in San Diego, CA and Prize Winner of a four night chateau stay in France, passed away due to a heart condition. Stephanie is now arranging the trip for Andrea's mother.

Despite the recent negative press on the expense of travel, visitors came in droves to the 2009 New York Times Travel Show. Stephanie's booth at the show was adjacent to the pavilion of Greek National Tourism. John A. Klados joins “Travel with Stephanie Abrams” once again to discuss Homeric Tours, one group stationed at the pavilion. The company celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

People often travel to Greece and island-hop rather than cruise. Others want to have a tour that focuses on sites of antiquity and some want to do a combination of both in addition to cruising. Homeric Tours caters to all three ways of traveling. Land tours can be more strenuous and Homeric Tours' classical itineraries allow travelers to see some of the most important sites while still offering the reprieve of cruising.

Cruising allows for passengers to visit many different islands and removes most of the strain from extensive traveling. Often travelers will return to Greece and pick the islands they liked most from their cruise experience. They will then spend a greater amount of time on the individual islands.

Many come to Greece to experience the highlights of antiquity. The theater at Epidaurus is renowned for its exceptional acoustics. Stephanie stood in an amphitheater where she could hear the guide standing center stage drop his keys and whisper. Another site that possess amazing resonance is inside the Beehive “Tomb of Agamemnon”.

Homeric Tours has offices in all the destinations it travels to including Spain, Portugal, Budapest, Israel, Egypt, Jordon, Morocco, Turkey, Prague, Italy, Vienna, Russia and Croatia. The company offers several “faith based” travel packages with religious itineraries in Italy, Israel, Jordan, Greece and Turkey.

For more information visit http://www.homerictours.com/

Patricia Schultz, Author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”, joins “Traveling Feet” at the New York Times Travel Show. Schultz has had a life of travel experience and has been a travel journalist for years. She has written many guide books and worked as a freelance writer for renowned travel author and publisher, Arthur Frommer. Schultz states that “the more you travel the more you realize that you haven't even scrapped the surface”. She recommends using her “1,000 Places” books (there is a 2007 edition that focuses just on North America) as a guide. You may not be able to visit 1,000 places in the world but you can at least narrow your list down to some of the must-see destinations.

For more information visit http://www.1000beforeyoudie.com/

Fun Facts:

In 2007, Georgia Tech acoustics expert Nico Declercq published a paper on the efficient acoustics of outdoors amphitheaters like Epidaurus. Unlike later theaters, Epidaurus was built using limestone which removes low frequency sounds. The actors' voices projected because they were of high frequency pitch whereas crowd noises and wind did not project because they were low frequency. When lower frequency sounds did come from the stage the audience heard what is called a “virtual pitch”. They filled in the missing tones themselves.

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Arthur Frommer's famous guide “Europe for $5 Dollars a Day” remains relevant. Wherever she travels in the world Stephanie sees a backpacking student standing beside her.

Guests Include:

John A. Klados, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Homeric Tours.
www.homerictours.com

Patricia Schultz, “1000 Places to See Before You Die” and “1000 Places to See in the U.S.A.& Canada Before You Die", Workman Publishing.
www.1000beforeyoudie.com

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It is necessary that you protect yourself when you travel by being a member of an organization that allows you to have peace of mind when you are thousands of miles away from home.  If you need to be transported by air ambulance from an international location back to America in order to receive medical care the cost can be astronomical and even financially ruinous.

Air Ambulance Card is a travel insurance company that provides emergency air care and transportation world wide. Members pay a flat yearly fee and receive medical evacuation to any hospital of their choice. This is not the standard operation of all travel insurance companies. The Air Ambulance units are flying ICUs. Each plane is equipped with the staff, medication and equipment needed for the particulars of the medical situation. One traveling companion is allowed to accompany the passenger who is in need of care.

The annual cost of Air Ambulance Card is $195 USD for an individual and $295 USD for an entire family. Membership covers any and all trips that the customer takes within that year whether it is domestic or international travel. Stephanie Abrams listeners receive a $30 rebate on the cost if they enter “sabrams” in the group code section of the enrollment form.

For more information http://www.airambulancecard.com/ or call 800-863-0312

Some of the best chefs in the world are in Miami, Florida. One of Stephanie's most enjoyable dining experiences was at renowned chef Michael Mina's restaurant Bourbon Steak. Bourbon Steak is located at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in Aventura, Miami. Stephanie recommends the crab cakes.

For more information visit http://www.fairmont.com/turnberryisle/

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami is accessible from all parts of Miami. It is in a centralized location that is sequestered away in a tranquil urban oasis. The hotel is completely surrounded by water on an exclusive residential island, Brickell Key, which looks out over the financial district of Miami. It is a 15 minute drive from the South Beach area and a 15 minute drive from Miami International Airport.

Guests cross a bridge to reach the hotel's entrance. Upon arrival they immediately feel the effect of the resort's ambience. The sound of water is heard from the lobby's fountain, incense is burned in the evening and visitors are greeted with floor to ceiling windows the look out over the Miami skyline and water. The Mandarin Oriental provides fabulous service based on Asian heritage.

The Mandarin is an intimate hotel with the 326 guest rooms that have a residential feel. Each room has a private balcony that overlooks the water. There is an Infinity-edge swimming pool adjacent to the hotel's private beach. The decors of the rooms emphasize light and bright colors designed to give a sense of place and luxury. Deluxe rooms at the hotel have an open area between the bathroom and bedroom that allows for viewing the gorgeous skyline from multiple vantage points.

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami is extremely pet friendly. They have designed a program that caters to pet's health and comfort. Pets get a turn down service of their wonderfully plush bedding. They receive edible treats, their own bottled water and food and water bowls placed on a bone shaped mat. There is also a food menu with items for the pets.

Though other pets are welcome, the majority of guests travel with their dogs. There is a doggie boot camp that provides play dates between pets as well as training exercises. Special trainers are brought in for puppies. Pet walking is done on a complimentary basis and is organized through the concierge. The Mandarin requires a $200 deposit fee when booking with a pet. $100 is returned if there are no damages to the room and the remaining $100 is used for a deep cleaning of the room. Pets that weight beyond 30 pounds are not accepted.

For more information visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/

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Visit Sunsweptresorts.com or call 800-544-2883 to a book reservation at the luxurious Body Holiday LeSport, St. Lucia or the Rendezvous St. Lucia. You will receive a free room upgrade and a 50 dollar per person spa credit at either resort if you tell the booking agent you heard about the promotion on “Travel with Stephanie Abrams”. Listeners can also email USreservations@thebodyholiday.com for a reservation at the Body Holiday LeSport.

Guests Include:

Atticus Rominger, Communications Director, Air Ambulance Card.
www.airambulancecard.com

Jill DeMone, Director of Sales and Marketing, Mandarin Oriental, Miami.
www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/

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