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The Smart Traveler

August 27, 2006

You can maintain your beauty routine with these substitutes

New federal regulations prohibiting liquids, gels or lotions in carry-on luggage have put the squeeze on some popular makeup and beauty products.


Sedobe Travel Guides; $18.95

Colleen Norwine gave up the rat race to travel the country, and she stayed in hostels to afford the trip. She wants you to know that not all hostels are "dirty and scary" places; they are not all just for backpacking college students carousing between semesters. Here, in her listings of hostels nationwide, she recommends only those places she has stayed in, places that have passed her test for cleanliness and safety. Norwine addresses practicalities such as whether linens are provided, where the bathrooms are and options for private rooms.



It takes a village to run a safari

This month, a new safari camp opens in South Africa. This latest entry in the growing safari market -- the Thakadu River Camp, in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve on the Botswana border -- is owned by the villagers of Molatedi. The Nature Workshop, a South African travel company, has a 15-year contract to manage the game park, one that will provide a transition period for the people of Molatedi. "We train the staff and give them the skills so they can one day run it themselves," says Christopher Rightford, chief executive of the Nature Workshop. Thakadu has been designed as an upscale tented camp, with private decks overlooking the Marico River, fine dining, a swimming pool and game-drive safaris led by local rangers. For reservations, e-mail



Ferry service expands after storm

Alabama's Dauphin Island, recovering from damage by Hurricane Katrina, is open, and ferry service to the 8-mile-long barrier island on Mobile Bay has expanded. An important birding site, Dauphin has counted 345 species, resident or migrating. The largest public observation area is Audubon Bird Sanctuary. The island also offers an aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, historic Fort Gaines, fishing, hotels, camping and beaches. The Mobile Bay Ferry operates 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost is $14 per auto, truck or van with one passenger (plus $4 for additional passengers). 251-861-3000;



A cool breeze may be welcome on a hot day at the beach, but a mighty wind is another matter. Swirls of gritty sand blowing all over you, and, on cooler days, chilling gusts, are no fun. Good thing, then, that the folks at WesArt have created a new and improved version of their ingenious Windthingy. The nylon 3-foot-high fan-shaped umbrella has a 7-foot "wingspan," that, when staked to the beach or ground (two plastic stakes included), shields users from whatever is blowing their way. The Windthingy can be rotated on its central aluminum shaft if the wind changes, though it has to be restaked with each shift. Makes a nice shield for campfires on windy nights as well. Windthingy is $30 from WesArt; 800-358-3269;


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