Unraveling Traveling

Thursday, May 01, 2008

No, you're not imagining it-- travel today really is more complicated and expensive than it used to be. So today we're kicking off a month-long series on summer travel. Wendy Perrin, consumer news editor at Condé Nast Traveler, talks about where to go this summer, how to avoid the common pitfalls, and how to do it all without breaking the bank.

Where would you like to go this summer? Do you have any questions for Wendy? Let us know, comment below!


Wendy Perrin

Comments [18]

Francesco Collenghi from New York

Wendy Perrin mentioned a website with fare information. It was something like 'itasoftware'.
I thought I wrote down the correct name but I could not find it. Could you please post the correct name?
Thank you

[[from BL Producer: it's]]

May. 03 2008 09:49 PM
Robert Stewart from central New Jersey

In today's interview, Wendy Perrin mentioned a Web site where air travelers can find specific information about the good and bad points of every passenger seat in a commercial plane if they know the type of plane they will travel on.

I did not fully hear Wendy say the URL address of that Web site. Would like to know it.


[[from BL Producer: it was]]

May. 01 2008 11:53 AM
Connie Smith from Waccabuc (Westchester County)

Hear,Hear! Bring Marty Goldensohn back. He has a great sense of humor...sorely needed these days.

May. 01 2008 11:24 AM
Connie Smith from Waccabuc (Westchester County)

Congratulations! You are the first radio interviewer whom I've heard pronounce "Conde Nast" correctly. I think the lady has lots of great ideas.

May. 01 2008 11:21 AM
jz from nyc


song is from the hbo series Flight of the Conchords. They released a musical cd, but I don't think that one is on it.

If you like that song, you'll love the show- I highly recommend you go get the series on dvd.

May. 01 2008 11:05 AM
Publius from Washington Heights

I dig you and remember you from WBAI. You must not cut your guests' sentences off. Please.

May. 01 2008 10:42 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

More Marty Goldensohn! Where has he been -- behind the scenes? Why doesn't he have his own show -- or at least a regular guest host? Love his wry take on things. Bring him back -- or come back -- please!

May. 01 2008 10:41 AM
Gustav Rech from manhattan

Just a note - Jet Blue now charges extra for the emergency row seats - I believe its $30.

May. 01 2008 10:40 AM

Canceled flights in Asia (at least Singapore Air, Vietnam Air, and a few others) are always compensated and a delay of more than four hours automatic hotel room. This based on my experience.

May. 01 2008 10:38 AM
Steve from Manhattan

Please ask Wendy - we were thinking Austria - is this going to cost a fortune?

May. 01 2008 10:38 AM
Katherine Sheppard from New Jersey

If people have difficulty in finding the best prices, why aren't they calling a travel agent.
Many times these travel professionals have access to a lot more sources of information at their fingertips than going to website after website trying to find the best price.

May. 01 2008 10:35 AM
Fernando from Midtown, NY

Bogotá or Cartagena, COLOMBIA are couple of the NEW HOTTEST destinations in the Western Hemisphere. These two cities are now SAFE, SECURE and full of culture. Great South American charm combined with first-world standards go a long way as the dollar still goes a long way down there.

Question though, WHY IS WNYC so Euro-Centric when it comes to covering traveling???

Times have now changed, so much Euro-centricity especially when it comes to seeing the world reminds me of the old-days of my parents (kind of boring if you asked me)

May. 01 2008 10:34 AM
inquisigal from Brooklyn

Marty, please tell us who did that satirical French song you just played, I want to find it!

To answer this vacation question, as a freelancer, the concept of the "summer vacation" is often moot. I usually just take 3-day weekends and drive to beaches accessible by the LI Railroad and ferry. Every other year, I go to Cape Cod for a week with my family. I don't look at the summer as a time to fly anywhere - it's too expensive, and also I don't want to be schlepping around a foreign city when it's super hot out. Overseas vacations (if I can afford them, time or money-wise) I reserve for the spring, when I'm dying to get out of NYC, or in the fall - when the crowds are gone, but it's still warm.

[[from BL Producer: the song we played is "Foux du Fafa," from the Flight of the Conchords CD.]]

May. 01 2008 10:34 AM
Naseem from Brooklyn

Can you please have your guest address how, specifically, to go about renting an apartment? Where do you get the information, who do you contact, how do you reserve, etc.?

May. 01 2008 10:31 AM

We're going on a road trip to San Francisco - Portland - Seattle this summer and planning on sleeping at hostels.

May. 01 2008 10:30 AM
Virginia Franklin from Bronx

Are there still courier fares and are they still a good deal?


May. 01 2008 10:30 AM
Frances from NYC


pls address the fact that in this country it's often hard to have a real, meaningful vacation b/c we get so few vacation days a year -- compared to most other countries (where I work I only have 10 vacation days a year and NO sick or personal days..)

this always should be addressed when speaking of vacations -- Americans and everybody working in this country are at a big disadvantage here..

thank you..

May. 01 2008 10:23 AM
Katie from Forest Hills

I want to go to Sandals to St. Lucia.

May. 01 2008 10:14 AM

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