Comment From Lindsay:
What are your favorite online trip-planning resources?
i don't have a single one...reason? i'm still a huge fan of a two word concept we've lost in this country -- HUMAN BEING. i actually like talking to one. remember, the web doesn't think creatively. it only thinks in linear ways. i'm not saying NOT to use the web. what i AM saying is don't totally depend on it. always talk to a human being first (reservations agent, travel agent et al) and get the best deal you can. then put it on hold for 24 hours and then surf the web and see if you can do better. do NOT do this the other way around or you'll likely be trapped by a deal you really didn't want
Comment From Helen:
What tour companies do you recommend?
i like trafalgar, tauck, intrepid travel, micato safaris, abercrombie and kent
Comment From Guest:
Hi Peter! How many languages do you speak? And what's the best way to learn a language before embarking into a overseas trip?
i speak spanish, a little french and a little thai....i actually like the rosetta stone programs
Comment From Daniel Anderson:
I was planning on traveling down to New Orleans. Should I reconsider my travel plans in light of the oil spill?
you should NOT reconsider. this is exactly the time to go....because you get to combine a regular vacation with an opportunity to give back and help.i heartily endorse the concept of a volunteer vacation at every opportunity
Comment From ELIZABETH SHINER:
Hi Peter, I have a prescription for medical marijuana in California to treat my glaucoma. I'm 73, and I don't want to travel to Amsterdam. What are other travel destinations that would be prescription friendly?
the best course of action is to talk to the california legislative office in sacramento and ask them to get you (they've done the research) which states or countries have also legalized medical marijuana.
Comment From Val in NJ:
Any specific safety tips for women traveling alone?
first off, never walk to your hotel room alone at any time of the day or night. ask a uniformed member of the hotel staff to escort you. always travel with duct tape (it handles everything) and use a small piece of it to cover the peephole on the inside of your door. then you remove it only when you want to look out (because of incidents where stalkers reversed the lenses on guest room doors and were peeping in).
Comment From L.C.:
Any rules or precautions you always follow when travelling to other countries, when it comes to eating, to avoid getting sick?
simple rule i always follow: if it's cooked you can eat it. ok to drink beer. but if ordering soft drinks, make sure you wipe off the lip of the bottle or can. and never order ice with your drinks, unless you know the water has been purified.
Comment From Shaun V.
I have plans to travel to the World Cup in South Africa. Is there anything I should know about traveling there? And with a lot of demand on hotels rooms, is there any way to find specials so that I'm not paying an arm and a leg? Mostly a leg as this is soccer after all.!
check out my website....petergreenberg.com
we have archived everything you need to know about world cup -- ticket availability, alternatives to hotels and transportation
Comment From Laura :
I would like to tour Europe this summer, but I use a wheelchair. Are there any cities you recommend that are good for mobility-challenged people?
this is a continuing and disturbing problem. most of europe has still not embraced the basic principles of the ADA...london is better than most cities. italy is pathetic -- all stairs, no ramps. spain is the same...switzerland has made great inroads for those with mobility issues. and the other big offender? cruise ports. they are still not all ramped.
Comment From Jenny :
I ride a motorcycle and am looking for groups to tour with who are over 50 - can you help?
once again, on my website petergreenberg.com we have listed a number of great companies that sponsor motorcycle tours -- from bare bones up to upscale journeys complete with mobile kitchens and chefs
Comment From Andrea:
Hi Peter, is it still as romantic and picturesque taking a cruise on the Nile down to Upper Egypt as back in the day, or have the views of the riverbanks drastically changed to the worse due to land development and agriculture since?
yes....still great....and the big news is that they've really done wonders in alexandria....cleaned up the harbor...it's great now...
Comment From PJ from DC:
I was going to a spa in Scottsdale but don't want to go to Arizona due to the recent law. Any other great locations you can recommend?
check out the montage in laguna beach california. great spa. another choice would be the ritz carlton in batchelor gulch colorado. another great spa.
Comment From Lisa Gravelle:
I am going on a Galapagos cruise but am told they may pair me with a roommate. Is there any way I can have a say in who that is?
yes..a number of tour companies don't charge a single supplement. backroads, for example has something called a guaranteed share on their trips, which means if they can't pair you with a roomate, the single supplement fee is waived. also check out lindblad tours...
Comment From Ana:
Peter, you've been looking great. How do you keep healthy?
haven't had red meat or chicken since november 2008. fish and veggies. lots of fruit juice. i'll cheat with a cookie (actually two) each day. and the real key is to keep hydrated all the time. water, apple juice...all the time...
Comment From Jane:
I'm traveling to New York in two weeks. I like off-beat hotels, do you have any recommendations. My budget is less than $300 a night. Enjoying the chat!!!
lots of new hotels in nyc, especially in lower manhattan, in soho, the meatpacking district. rates are a little more than 300 a night. closer to 380. we have a list of some of those new hotels on petergreenberg.com