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