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If you’re the pampered-adventure sort, now might be the time to take your trip of a lifetime. Abercrombie & Kent, renowned for sophisticated safaris and the like, is holding a unique one-day travel sale on Thursday, May 6. You can save up to 60 percent on independent journeys with a private guide in Europe, Jordan, Chile, East Africa and South Africa for travel between June and September. The sale will also include canal and river cruises in Europe and luxury train journeys on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express and The Royal Scotsman during peak summer months.
On Facebook? You might want to be because Facebook fans of the company get the first pick of 18 itineraries, with a discount of 25 percent off, during a private pre-sale from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on May 6. Visit www.facebook.com/AbercrombieKent and click “Like” to become a fan. Once a fan, you’ll be able to use the link on the page for the private pre-sale.
The countdown sale will begin for the general public at 9:00 a.m., with a savings of 5 percent. Prices will be reduced by 5 percent every 30 minutes, to a maximum of 60 percent off the retail price when the auction ends at 3:00 p.m. There are a limited number of trips, but most offer a choice of departure dates and multiple rooms may be booked.
Full itineraries, details, terms and conditions of the sale may be found at www.abercrombiekent.com.
Q. I just returned from the Caribbean and have bumps on both legs that really itch. I don’t remember seeing any mosquitoes or other insects, so am worried that I was attacked by bed bugs, is it time to call the exterminator?
A. It’s possible that you shared your room with bed bugs, but don’t rule out other possibilities. In the tropics many of the flying and jumping insects that feed on human blood are much smaller than they typical Minnesota mosquito, so it’s likely that while you were hanging out on the beach you feeding the local wildlife. Possibilities include sand fleas (aka sand flies, beach fleas and no-see-ums), which are only about 1/8-inch long, but can jump than a foot high – a likely explanation for why the bites are on your feet. An over-the-counter antihistimine will help relieve the itching.
- Jim Buchta
The National Forest Lodge, in Superior National Forest near Isabella, Minn., is a wooded haven for cross-country skiers and snow shoers. Meals are served buffet style at shared tables in the main lodge. A sauna and hot-tub help ease any muscle pain from hours on the trails. And if you book by December 15, you can save 10 to 15 percent. Check them out at the link above, or call 1-877-353-0707.
The ski season officially opens at Lutsen November 21. To entice you there, the North Shore ski resortt, with 92 runs, is offering to double your online discount when you purchase lift tickets online through November 15. Also, buy a day lift ticket and a single night of lodging and you'll get another lift ticket and night for free. To read more, go here.
Turn on the television this Saturday at 9p.m. local time. That's when Ian Grant, who for years has been shipping antiques and unique finds from all over the world to his Bjorling&Grant store, debuts on the Travel Channel. The show is based on Grant's exchanges with artisans in the field from Suriname to Thailand, and I, for one, will be staying home for it.
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