Trip Coach: April 11, 2006 Budget Travel Editors answered your questions Budget Travel Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006, 6:11 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Trip Coach: April 11, 2006

Budget Travel Editors answered your questions

Budget Travel Editors: Thanks for joining us this week. Let's get to your questions!
 
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New Rochelle, NY: My husband and I are planning a trip to Uxmal, Mexico over Thanksgiving weekend. We've never been to Mexico and we were concerned about hurricanes during that time of year. Since it is our first trip there, we could use all the advice we can get. Sincerely, Dolores and Harry

Budget Travel Editors: Hurricane season lasts from early August to late October. Considering the damage Hurricane Wilma did to the Yucatan last year in mid-October, it's no wonder you're concerned with visiting Mexico. However, it's very rare to have a hurricane form in the Gulf of Mexico or Bay of Hunduras in late November, so I don't think you have anything to worry about during your visit to Uxmal. Enjoy your trip.

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Boston, MA: Is there bus service or a train from Warsaw to Vienna?

Budget Travel Editors: There's a nightly overnight train from Vienna to Warsaw called "The Orient Express" (not to be confused with luxury Orient-Express line) that makes several stops along the way. Raileurope.com sells a "European East Pass" which encompasses both cities and allows for five days of unlimited travel within a one-month period. First-class tickets are $244 each, and second-class are $172.

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Charlotte, NC: I plan to fly from Charlotte to the Hudson River area in New York and rent a car this July. I am a single traveler who is looking for economical accommodations. Any suggestions? I will be there 3 nights. It might be good to stay in one town and travel from there - I don't know. Thanks for any info you can provide.

Budget Travel Editors: Our advice would be to rent a car at the airport and take a scenic drive up the Taconic to explore the EAST side Hudson Valley. In three days you'll barely scratch the surface, and you would be wise to "pick a side." (This way, you'll also have access to all the great cultural sights/goings-on in the neighboring Berkshires too--Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Mass MOCA, Williamstown Theater, etc.) Another reason we like the east is that it's less developed and therefore many of the great landscapes painted by the Hudson River Valley School appear just as they do on canvas. As for accommodations, here are three suggestions:

Rhinebeck: Beekman Arms, 845/876-7080, beekmanarms.com
Saugerties: The Villa at Saugerties, 845/246-0682, thevillaatsaugerties.com
Also in Saugerties: Saugerties Lighthouse B&B, 845/ 247-0656, saugertieslighthouse.com

If those don't appeal, there's also website dedicated exclusively to lodging in the Hudson Valley: hudsonvalleylodging.com

For ideas on what to see and do, check out our "Hudson Valley Revisited" article.

Also, two of our 10 Coolest Small Towns in the U.S.A. are in/close-by: Hudson, NY and Great Barrington, MA

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Chicago, IL: What's the deal with these air courier sites? Which ones are most trustworthy? Do they even save you money? Thanks! Lindsay

Budget Travel Editors: Air courier travel is legit, and it can save you loads of money on plane tickets (international flights for less than $100 and sometimes free). The drawback is you can take little to no luggage since you're swapping your luggage space for the cargo you're accompanying. You also have to pretty flexible on where and when you want to go in order to get the deepest discounts. Joining an air courier organization works best for an individual who lives in or near a major city and has a open schedule and a great sense of adventure. Because couriers are solitary travelers and typically have to be over 21, it doesn't work for family or group vacationing. Check out aircourier.org or courier.org, two of the leading services; they provide good FAQs explaining the basics, and for less than $50 a year, members have access to different national and international courier opportunities.

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