Cruising into Greece’s economy
On Mondays at 2 p.m., The Washington Post’s travel writers and editors discuss your travel stories, questions, gripes and more at live.washingtonpost.com. Edited excerpts from a recent discussion:
We’re finalizing plans for a November cruise from Venice to Greece, including Crete, and I’m not sure what to think about the economic turmoil over there. We haven’t booked flights yet, and our final cruise payment isn’t due for two months, so there’s still time to change plans, but we still want to see Athens if possible. Under what circumstances would you change your plans if this were your big trip of the year?
Great question. Actually, I’m working on a story about this issue. My instinct, based on previous stories I’ve written about the Eurozone economic crisis and tourism, is that the effect will be minimal. Personally, I would not cancel a vacation to Greece at this point. But I’m researching this. I’d love to include your question inmy story and find a more precise answer. E-mail me, and I’ll domy best to help.
— Christopher Elliott
My husband sent in his expired passport for renewal last week because we have no international travel plans until October. However, over the weekend my Canadian grandmother has fallen ill and it seems clear that she has only a fewdays left with us. Her service will be within a week after her death, so probably in the next two weeks. Is there away formy husband to get up to Canada for the event?
So sorry about your grandmother. Itmay be possible for him to get a passport, although not a certainty. The State Department has published a list of instructions for those who need a passport in a hurry. Your best bet is to make an appointment today. Call 877-487-2778.
— Carol Sottili
I’m visiting the Norwegian fjords and am having trouble finding automatic-transmission cars in the small airport of Sogndal. Also, any tricks on mitigating the eye-wateringly high rental prices?
Auto-Europe publishes a guide on car-rental fleets in Norway. After you’ve made a reservation, follow up to ensure there’s a suitable car held for you. Believe me, you don’t want to drive a car you’re not comfortable with in Norway. I’ve mediated too many ruined transmission cases.
The wife and I are planning a trip to Europe. We want to visit only two of these: Rome, Florence, Milan, Munich, Vienna or Budapest. What’s the bestway to decide? We enjoy urban environments, art, dining and some history. We try not to treat travel as work, when it becomes like the Bataan Death March.
The only one I wouldn’t go to, based on your interests, is Milan. The others fit. I’d opt for Vienna and Munich, although Rome and Florence are also lovely.