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1) New York City: Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell

Synopsis: A collection of essays by New York Observer columnist Candace Bushnell based on her and her friends’ varied lifestyles.

: A collection of essays by New York Observer columnist Candace Bushnell based on her and her friends’ varied lifestyles.

Travel notes: The realism about the New York City single life in these essays, coupled with the spin-off HBO series and the new release of a feature film, has been credited with enhancing the tourism appeal of the Big Apple. Spots featured in the film and series – from trendy bars to big name department stores – have seen greater exposure and business; hotels offer "SATC"-themed packages; and tour operators offer "SATC" tours, visiting locations featured in the series and film (like Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue, where Charlotte got her engagement ring, and Pastis on 9th Avenue, where Carrie had a romantic rendezvous).

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  • Roundtrip airfare from Portland to New York City
  • 3 days, 2 nights
    • Luxury boutique hotel centrally located on W 46th St.
    • Walking distance to Times Square and Broadway
    • Nightly wine hour and in-room internet included
  • Sex and the City Tour (for 2) Tour (for 2)
Tour (for 2)
: The realism about the New York City single life in these essays, coupled with the spin-off HBO series and the new release of a feature film, has been credited with enhancing the tourism appeal of the Big Apple. Spots featured in the film and series – from trendy bars to big name department stores – have seen greater exposure and business; hotels offer "SATC"-themed packages; and tour operators offer "SATC" tours, visiting locations featured in the series and film (like Tiffany’s on 5 Avenue, where Charlotte got her engagement ring, and Pastis on 9 Avenue, where Carrie had a romantic rendezvous). Tour (for 2)
  • $530/pp

    2) South America: The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevarra

Synopsis: The famous author tells of his journey on the back of an old motorcycle through South America, including Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia

: The famous author tells of his journey on the back of an old motorcycle through South America, including Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia

Travel notes: This best selling book (and the popular film it spawned) has helped promote adventure travel to South America; for the U.S. traveler, travel to this part of the world still offers great value since the dollar remains stronger against South American currencies; flipped seasons also help spur off-season vacations at big savings

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  • Roundtrip airfare from Portland to Buenos Aires
  • 13-night cruise through Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil
    • Includes several land excursions
    • Port fees included
  • Sail date: December 7, 2008 (summertime in South America)
: This best selling book (and the popular film it spawned) has helped promote adventure travel to South America; for the U.S. traveler, travel to this part of the world still offers great value since the dollar remains stronger against South American currencies; flipped seasons also help spur off-season vacations at big savings
  • $2688/pp (includes R/T airfare from Portland)

    3) Alaska: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Synopsis: A well-to-do man from Washington DC spends two years traversing the Alaskan wilderness

: A well-to-do man from Washington DC spends two years traversing the Alaskan wilderness

Travel notes: According to Outside Magazine, this book and the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation have helped increase tourism to certain parts of Alaska by 100%; cruise travel to Alaska continues to surge in popularity; competition is bringing pricing down during "shoulder" seasons; and a greater number of cruise companies are designing sea-and-land trips to Alaska

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  • 7-night Alaskan cruise roundtrip from Seattle via Hubbard Glacier
    • Ports of call: Seattle, Juneau, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria, Seattle
    • Sail dates: June, July, August, September 2008
: According to Outside Magazine, this book and the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation have helped increase tourism to certain parts of Alaska by 100%; cruise travel to Alaska continues to surge in popularity; competition is bringing pricing down during "shoulder" seasons; and a greater number of cruise companies are designing sea-and-land trips to Alaska
  • $599/pp inside cabin
  • $649 ocean view cabin

    4) Santa Barbara, CA: Sideways by Rex Pickett

Synopsis: A soon-to-be-married bachelor and his friend drive to Santa Barbara wine country, where they learn to appreciate wine and get into trouble

: A soon-to-be-married bachelor and his friend drive to Santa Barbara wine country, where they learn to appreciate wine and get into trouble

Travel notes: To this day, this book (and the Oscar-winning film adaptation) generates increased tourism (including a younger wine drinking audience) to Central California wine country and surrounding towns; a trip to this area includes access to high-end spas whose menus often feature wine-themed treatments

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  • Spa Package from Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn & Spa, a AAA 4-Diamond resort in Los Olivos, California (in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country)
    • Deluxe overnight accommodations in Fireplace Room
    • Two 50-minute Vino Therapy treatments (grape oils and wine are used as part of treatment)
    • Breakfast for 2
    • Complimentary bottle of Fess Parker wine
    • Complimentary tastings at area wineries
: To this day, this book (and the Oscar-winning film adaptation) generates increased tourism (including a younger wine drinking audience) to Central California wine country and surrounding towns; a trip to this area includes access to high-end spas whose menus often feature wine-themed treatments
  • $395 Total

    5) France: A Good Year by Peter Mayle

Synopsis: A hard-working investment banker in London moves to southern France when he inherits a vineyard from his uncle

: A hard-working investment banker in London moves to southern France when he inherits a vineyard from his uncle

Travel notes: This book and its movie adaptation (starring Russell Crowe) taps into the surging trend in culinary travel to France; despite the dollar’s weakness against European currencies, airfare and hotel pricing is down overall, and vacation packages (many of which have been pieced together before the dollar’s latest drops) can offer awesome values

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  • Roundtrip airfare from Portland to Paris, France
  • 2-night hotel accommodations in Paris
  • Rental car for 5 days
  • 2-night hotel accommodations in Dijon (in the heart of Beaujolais)
  • 2-night hotel accommodations in Lyon (in the heart of Burgundy)
  • Breakfast daily
: This book and its movie adaptation (starring Russell Crowe) taps into the surging trend in culinary travel to France; despite the dollar’s weakness against European currencies, airfare and hotel pricing is down overall, and vacation packages (many of which have been pieced together before the dollar’s latest drops) can offer awesome values
  • $1319/pp

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