Trip Coach: Oct. 25, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions
Budget Travel Editors: Welcome to this week's Trip Coach. Let's get started...
Detroit, MI: Which hotels would you suggest in Seattle during the first of April and why?
Budget Travel Editors: I'd recommend The Inn at the Market (doubles from $155), a small luxury hotel with stunning views overlooking the Pike Place Market. It's also near some terrific restaurants, including the adjoining Campagne restaurant and the more affordable Cafe Campagne bistro. More info: innatthemarket.com. I also like Hotel Monaco, also located downtown and near the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Symphony. Doubles from $145. More info: monaco-seattle.com (click on "hot dates, great rates"). You can find these, and many other great rates when you book your rooms through Seattle Super Saver, a program produced by Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau: seattlesupersaver.com. Have fun--and don't forget your umbrella!
Shelbyville, KY: A group (6) of senior citizens (Mid-60s) will be visiting Buenos Aries, Argentina from Jan 7 to Jan 15. What are some not miss sights we should plan on visiting?
Budget Travel Editors: Argentina's capital, famed for its European flair, remains cheap for Americans and is currently a hot destination for shopping, dining, nightlife and just about everything else. Among its tried-and-true attractions are the Sunday antiques fair at San Telmo, where you'll find knickknacks, vintage glass soda bottles and chandeliers, local artwork, plus performers tangoing in the street, and Recoleta Cemetery, an elite city of the dead lined with ornate, several foot-high mausoleums and tombs, including that of tango singer Carlos Gardel and of Eva Peron and her family.
Guided tours (in English) of world-class opera house Teatro Colon will take you behind the scenes for a glimpse at rehearsal spaces and storage for costumes and sets and treat you to a brief violin performance in the lavish presidential box. The sprawling parks in Palermo are home to lovely rose and Japanese gardens, with horse drawn carriages rides available; the Galerias Pacifico, an upscale mall with frescoed ceilings, carries both luxury brands and inexpensive homegrown ones. Don't leave without catching a tango show (try Bar Sur for the intimate variety or El Viejo Almacen for a more flashy, Broadway-style) or strolling in Puerto Madero, the refurbished waterfront now boasting a stunning, pedestrian-only bridge by Santiago Calatrava.
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St Louis Mo: When is the best time to visit Vancouver Canada? I would like it warm and rain free as possible.
Budget Travel Editors: Warm and as rain-free as possible? Then August and September are the best times to visit. Expect mild, sunny weather during the daytime (mid-70s). Nights are cooler (50s-60s), especially near the water, so bring a sweater.
Opelika, Alabama: Hello, I need some assistance in planning a trip. I am a single woman, and would like to take a relaxing vacation, but don't know where to begin looking. I am not gay, a bar hopper, nudist, or promiscuous- thus I often feel that specialty travel agencies don't have much to offer. I am obviously not a world traveler, but would be thrilled to visit in or outside of the USA. Any suggestions?
Budget Travel Editors: First of all there's no reason why you should feel compelled to take a vacation with a tour operator that doesn't meet your needs. It's like you say, if you're not a nudist, then don't take a nudist vacation. That said, there are a number of tour operators that exist just for singles, thus eliminating the hefty single supplement charges that most tour operators charge and providing you with an enjoyable solo traveling experience.
However in order to do so, most pair you up with a traveler of the same sex that you would potentially share a room or cabin with. If you like to travel alone and still meet new friends along the way, it's a great way keep costs down on your next vacation. Here are the most popular single travel operators:
O Solo Mio Single Tours, 800/959-8568, osolomio.com
Travel Chums, 212/787-2621, travelchums.com
Travel Buddies Worldwide, 800/998-9099, travebuddiesworldwide.com