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In this issue
Special Report
A New You For 2014 -- Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
Know Before You Go
In The Steps Of Nelson Mandela
From Our Englishman
All Things Scottish
Riding the Rails
More Florida Discounts
Safety Tip
Winter Driving Tips
City Insider Report:
Québec City, Canada (Part 2)
Top Ten Travel Deals Include:

Brazil: Classic Rio Private Tour Package
3 nights from $1,079. You'll be sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide on this privately guided tour. Incl taking a train 2,400 ft to the top of Mt Corcovado to visit the 100-ft tall landmark, Christ the Redeemer with stunning views of the city, beaches and mountains. There’s also time on your own to explore the exciting landscape. Incl bkfst daily.

Elvis & the Southern Sounds 37th Anniversary Memorial Tour
7 nights from $1,329. Begins in Memphis with visits to the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio and Graceland. Incl: a candlelight vigil where fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Next, head east to Nashville where you’ll have premier seats at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Record your own song at Studio B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio. Go behind the scenes at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Extra: Attend a private performance and discussion with John Carter Cash, Johnny and June Cash’s only son.

Steal of the Month:
Amazing Vietnam Package

9 nights from $2,199. On this tour you’ll explore the historic capital, Hanoi; cruise thru picturesque Halong Bay (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); relax in the charming town of Hoi An, which has traditional Vietnamese architecture and a lovely beach; and enjoy the dynamic pace of Ho Chi Minh City — still called Saigon — which was once known as the Paris of the Orient. Along the way you’ll visit Ho Chi Minh’s House on Stilts and the infamous prison called the “Hanoi Hilton,” see a landscape of rice paddies and water buffalo, shop for bargains in Hoi An and tour Saigon’s French-colonial relics (the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and Gustav Eiffel’s Post Office). There are also optional tours to Hanoi’s Old Quarter by rickshaw, the Cao Dai Temple, the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, Saigon’s vibrant nightlife and the fascinating Mekong Delta. incl: r/t air from San Francisco to Vietnam, all intra-Vietnam flights, 5-star hotels, daily American buffet bkfst, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
Back Talk From Our Readers:
Five Must Pack items
Quotable Notable:
Tom Jones
From Our Publisher Nancy Dunnan:
Remembering The Scottsboro Boys

About our Top Ten Travel Deals
These deals are not advertisements nor are we paid to list them.
We recommend them because based on our research we believe they are "the" best. Caution: Prices (p/p dbl), dates and blackout periods often change after we go to press. Cancellations and fully booked tours also occur. Fuel charges, airport and other fees are not always included. TravelSmart is not responsible for any data inaccuracies nor for the level of service provided by these companies.

Nancy Dunnan's 'Recession Proof Your Financial Life'
TravelSmart publisher Nancy Dunnan's latest book "Recession Proof Your Financial Life" is now available.

Dunnan is the author and co-author of over 30 books, including the best seller "How To Invest $50 To $5,000" and other personal finance titles.

She also writes the weekly "Dunnan on Dollars" column for The Online Investor as well as the weekly "Ask Nancy" column for brokerage firm

"Recession Proof Your Financial Life" addresses the topics we're all concerned about -- how to handle a layoff, find a job, get out of debt, save for college, avoid foreclosure, repair your 401(k) and more.

In Dunnan's chapter "It's Chic to be Cheap" she gives great tips for having fun on a budget -- including when traveling. And, in the chapter, "Helping Those of a Certain Age," she covers the best deals, including travel deals, for the 50+ crowd.

If you purchase a copy of the book, for yourself or for a friend, let Ms. Dunnan know by emailing her at She will send you two sample issues of TravelSmart magazine and the special TravelSmart Ballpoint Pen with a Light!

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