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Radio Guests – W Retreat & Spa, Vieques, Puerto Rico – May 28, 2011

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W Retreat and Spa Vieques Puerto RicoIs there such thing as too much information when it comes to airline safety? Pilot Patrick Smith reports on recent safety incidents and shares his take on how media affects travelers’ perceptions.

Do you know what sets apart a traveler from a tourist? Noted author Rolf Potts explains how to have an authentic travel experience, and the answer may surprise you.

Plus, we’ve got an insider’s look at the island of Vieques, from local conservation efforts to  the island’s booming art and culinary scenes.

On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Peter Greenberg Worldwide broadcasts from W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.

Featured guests include:

Patrick Smith, airline pilot and Ask the Pilot columnist for Salon.com, talking about whether there is such a thing as too much media coverage of airline safety;

Mark Martin Bras of the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, discussing the expanding state of conservation efforts in Vieques, including the island’s unique bioluminescent bays;

Rachel Friedman, author of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure, describing the lessons she learned from traveling around the world on a year-long trek;

Kate Cole, co-owner of El Quenepo restaurant in Esperanza, highlighting what makes the cuisine of Vieques Island special and the most popular local dishes;

Rolf Pottstravel writer and author of Marco Polo Didn’t Go There, explaining why it’s not always necessary to go “off the beaten path” to have an authentic travel experience;

Michelle Baran, senior editor at Travel Weekly and BudgetTravel.com blogger, encouraging you to bypass international roaming plans when you travel and why that could save a bundle;

Barbara Hylandpresident of the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, sharing recent efforts to protect the environment of Vieques as well as her recommendations for a private beach experience;

Ed Hewitt, features editor for Independent Traveler, detailing seven ways to keep your stuff safe when you fly as well as the latest on airlines fees and surcharges;

Ernesto Peña, Vieques-born artist and local sign maker, describing the reasons he returned to Vieques, the island’s beauty, and the state of the local art scene;

Terry Gardnertravel journalist and contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, giving information about the basics of the cheap seats and pointing out how not all airlines are created equal when it comes to budget flights.

As always, Peter will be taking your calls and answering your travel problems on the air! Call in with your travel questions at 1-888-88-PETER (1-888-887-3837) or email peter@petergreenberg.com. (Write “ASK PETER” in the subject line.) 

For more on Peter’s broadcast location, check out the Web site of the W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.

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