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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Early planning's the key to a successful trip to Europe

By J. Michel Knight

October 25, 2006 | A cool summer breeze brushes softly against your feet as you quietly sit and enjoy a Nutella and banana crepe at a quaint little bistro in Paris. While devouring your new found joy in life, you look through your bag and search for your favorite travel book to discover what new destination you plan to go.

This can be a common situation for anyone who wants and desires to travel through Europe for the first time or for a return trip. Megan Ridge, a senior at Utah State University said, "People think that traveling through Europe is scary and dangerous, but if you prepare for it in advance it can be very rewarding." Ridge, a senior majoring in interior design, recently returned from an internship where she lived in London and traveled throughout Europe.

"The difference about my experience is that I got to live there and be part of their culture," said Ridge. This idea of becoming part of a culture while just visiting is not far off. Anyone can eat and shop where the locals do, as long as you plan ahead and find sources that will aid you in making a memorable experience while abroad in Europe.

To have a truly successful experience one start planning early. Start looking for airfare and plan on getting your application in for your passport if you don't already have one. It is important to be prepared with all the documentation necessary so that are not frantically searching for it at the end. Also it makes traveling much easier on your nerves.

Now that the proper documentation has been taken care of, now comes the exciting part of planning where to go and what to see. Start planning about four to five months in advance to allow yourself to find tours or specific festivals and exhibits that you might be interested in attending. There are many ways to go about finding such information about what to see and when is the best time to go. Rick Steves is a great source in finding such information especially for the first time European traveler. Steves has guided tours as well as printable information if you are the kind of person who likes to discover things on your own.

After the desicion has been made where you want to travel, it is time to start searching for airfare . Most travel agents suggest starting to look for airfare about three to four months before you plan to travel. Some of the popular places to fly into are Rome, Paris , and London. It is to your advantage to watch for the best possible prices so that you can save money to spend somewhere else while you are traveling through Europe.

At this point it might be wise to make a few reservations at a few hotels along your way. If this is a route that you would like to take make sure that you have allotted yourself enough time at each destination so that you will have adequite time to see and do all that has been planned. Another venture that might spark some interest is staying in hostiles along your journey. Hostels are inexpensive and if traveling with a larger group they are reasonably safe.

If you chose to use more hostels rather than hotels it is wise to not carry a lot of goods and money in your pack because the chances of theft are moderate. Don't be afraid to stay at a hostel, they are safe and in most cases nice. Also the experience is something that will last a lifetime.

As always when traveling, be safe and always plan ahead for things to go wrong. Have all your documents copied i.e. passport, drivers license and anything else you are using for traveling. Keep both copies and real items in separate safe places. If by chance things do get stolen you will have copies of those items, which is better than nothing. Keep track of everyone in your group and make sure that no one is lost at any time. Having these small and simple precautions taken care of will make your travels easier and more enjoyable.

There is no right or wrong answer to where you want to travel. It is your story, create something that will keep you talking for years afterwards.

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