Bachelor No. 1

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So, travel industry bachelorettes, who's the cutest travel tech guy of them all?

That honor just may go to Dan Whaley, co-founder and chief technology officer of Palo Alto, Calif.-based www.GetThere.com, which provides Internet booking systems to suppliers and corporations.

Whaley was the only travel industry member among "Silicon Valley's 10 most eligible bachelors," as featured on the Web site Women.com.

Check out the site ( www.women.com/sex/dating/svmen) for Whaley's picture (accessorized by tasteful gold-hoop earrings) as well as an extensive list of his favorite things.("He wears: Levi Strauss and Hanes. Pairs of shoes: Stopped counting at 10 -- 'Guys aren't supposed to have a lot of shoes, right?' ")

Bachelor Dan Whaley as seen on www.women.com.Within such silliness, Whaley manages to come off as refreshingly low key and intelligent. His television set is "turned off"; he volunteers at Habitat for Humanity, and his mom said that he "admires people who think deeply and have ideas of their own."

Whaley said he chose to participate in the Women.com list mainly to "get a little more recognition" for GetThere.com. He's actually "gotten a lot more publicity than I thought," including a number of interviews with local media and mentions in Associated Press and Fortune magazine articles.

Still, he said, "it's not like when I walk out of the building there's a throng of people standing around."

He also reported receiving "maybe 10 to 20 e-mails" from women who'd checked him out on the site. "They're just curious," he said.

But despite his newfound fame as a cyberhunk, "I haven't gone on any dates [with my fans] -- and I don't expect to."

Although he said his profile on the Web site was pretty much as had been described to him by Women.com execs -- "not drop-dead serious" -- still, he noted carefully, "there's an element of competition that wasn't described to us."

That would be the contest for the sexiest Silicon Valley bachelor, which Whaley didn't win

(Peter McNally, a corporate communications manager at Sun Microsystems, did.) We have a feeling that Whaley probably wasn't too broken up about the loss, though.

Why the euro will be good for us

If you want to make more money, consider diversifying your services into foreign currency exchange -- an "overlooked revenue source for many travel agencies," according to Evan Shelan, president of Forex Software, a Longview, Texas-based company that provides foreign exchange software.

Through its new Project 2002 travel agent educational program, Forex will help agencies better understand the benefits of currency exchange and the impact of the euro.

www.forexsoftware.com.The company's research on what travelers can expect from the introduction of the euro will be presented to industry groups nationwide this year.

According to Shelan, the advent of the euro makes offering foreign currency in your agency even more attractive, since you'll be able to offer a discount of roughly 30% per transaction on advance sales -- while experts predict that travelers on the road will be charged a surplus greater than traditional foreign currency rates due to decreased revenue from cross-border money exchange.

Another strong selling point for European travelers to get euros in advance: There will be fewer foreign exchange offices, so long lines are sure to await travelers at the few remaining exchange offices.

Traveling with diabetes

Here are some hints for travelers with diabetes, courtesy of Medport, a manufacturer of diabetes medication organizers:

  • Well before a trip, schedule a
  • medical checkup, including any vaccinations, and obtain a doctor's note stating condition and treatment needs. Keep the doctor's note available to avoid problems at customs and at airport check-in.

  • Update all medical alert information so that it can be carried or worn on a medical ID tag, bracelet or necklace in case of an emergency.
  • Test blood sugar levels whenever possible during a trip.
  • Most air carriers will arrange for a special diabetic meal if contacted 24 to 48 hours in advance of a flight.
  • Pack all medications in carry-on luggage, with temperature-sensitive medications in insulated cases for protection and temperature control. Syringes should be safely stored in appropriate cases to avoid injury.
  • For vacations that require a great deal of walking, take extra care to wear comfortable shoes, check feet daily and avoid walking barefoot in areas where shells or rocks may cause small cuts. Equally important is to get plenty of exercise, sufficient rest and drink enough liquids to avoid dehydration.
  • When traveling abroad, even if you expect to be surrounded by foreigners who speak English, it is important to learn and practice the following phrases in the native language of the country: "I have diabetes; please get me to a doctor." "Sugar or juice, please."
  • Make sure to pack enough oral medication or insulin and syringes for one extra week beyond the trip's duration, and also take along all written prescriptions.
  • Pack blood glucose and urine monitoring equipment as well as bandages, antiseptic and sunscreen.
  • To obtain a free brochure entitled Tips for Traveling With Diabetes, call (800) 299-5704.

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