COMING AND GOING
COMING AND GOING
Dallas's New Image
Dallas, long known as a Baptist stronghold and home of Stetson-wearing business types, is touting a new image: gay travel destination. The city has joined other locations, such as Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in actively reaching out to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender visitors.
"Our secret is out," says a page at http:/
Gay and lesbian travelers, meanwhile, cite San Francisco; Key West, Fla.; New York City; Fire Island, N.Y.; and Provincetown, Mass., as the top five gay-friendly U.S. destinations-- meaning safe and free from threats -- according to a recent national survey by the Travel Industry Association.
The study also noted that gay men spend more than heterosexuals when traveling.
Studying at Sea
If college tuition hasn't already exhausted the second-mortgage fund, consider sending the kids to study abroad aboard a ship.
The Scholar Ship will launch its maiden 16-week voyage in September with 600 graduate and undergraduate students who will study academic programs developed by corporate executives and academicians at six international universities.
The first voyage leaves from Athens and ends in Kobe, Japan. The second voyage, departing in January 2008, will travel in the opposite direction. Cost: $19,950. A $2 million scholarship fund has been established. Details: 410-962-7344, http:/
While the Scholar Ship program is new, Semester at Sea has been operating since the 1960s. Students can earn 12 to 15 credits from the University of Virginia while traversing a major swath of the world. Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be on board for the spring semester. Prices start at about $17,000; some scholarships are available. A shorter summer voyage begins at $8,375. Details: 800-854-0195, http:/
Made your Mardi Gras plans for February? New Orleans is ready to roll, promises Arthur Hardy, publisher of the Mardi Gras Guide. If you prefer partying in snow, Burlington, Vt., boasts the biggest Mardi Gras in New England. Find those and other Fat Tuesday celebrations at http:/
BARGAIN OF THE WEEK
Southwest has launched a systemwide Web sale for travel through May 10. Fares of $49 to $159 each way are available for sale through Jan. 22. A 14-day advance purchase is required. For example, the fare between BWI and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., is $119 round trip (including taxes); fares on other airlines start at $165. Go to www.southwest.com to purchase.
Reporting: Gary Lee, Cindy Loose
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