RUNNING OUT for those wishing to attend the Boryeong Mud
Festival, which will be held on Daecheon Beach at Boryeong City,
Korea July 16-22. The mud in the area has been found by various
research institutions to be rich in minerals that are healthy for
the skin. Sanctioned by the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism,
the festival includes such events as a grand mud bathtub, mud
sliding, self-mud massage, a mud wrestling contest, high-tech mud
massage, a mud photo contest, a mud beauty contest, a street parade
and traditional Korean music performances. For more information see
or contact the Korea National Tourism Organization at http://english.tour2korea.com/.
RIDERS International, a company that combines tourism with
volunteer service, is planning a trip to Rajasthan, India, Oct.
6-20. The trip will combine traditional sightseeing outings with
relief activities, such as distributing medical or educational
supplies and food, or assisting in medical activities. Founded by
Alexander Souri, a filmmaker and creator of special effects for The
Matrix and The X-Men, Relief Riders works in partnership with
organizations like the Indian Red Cross. For more information call
(413) 329-5876 or visit www.reliefridersinternational.com.
WHO are looking for an unusual wedding, NOMADIC
EXPEDITIONS of Monroe Township, N.J., can arrange a traditional
Mongolian wedding at the Three Camel Lodge in the Gobi Desert in
Mongolia. Adventurous brides and grooms who opt for the package can
wear colorful, traditional Mongolian dress while they enjoy the
Mongolian ambience with celebratory vodka toasts and blessings from
Buddhist monks. Accommodations are in traditional nomadic tents
called gers. Each room has 24-hour electricity produced by solar
panels, housekeeping service, Western style bathrooms and showers a
close walk away. Stays in the Three Camel Lodge are priced
$100-$250 per night, including meals and guide service. Wedding
arrangements are additional. Call (800) 998-6634 or visit www.nomadicexpeditions.com.
TOURS is offering an 11-night Yangtze Summer Saver
itinerary priced from $1,599, plus taxes, per person, double. The
trip will be offered for selected departures between July and early
September. The tour will include sightseeing in Beijing (the
Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tomb Museum, Tiananmen
Square and the Great Wall). After that, the tour heads to Chongqing
for a Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang and back.
Departures are set every Monday through Thursday from July 4 to
Sept. 4. A minimum of two passengers, are required for a departure.
Call (800) 900-2446 or log onto www.ritztours.com.
AIRWAYS is adding nonstop flights between Sydney and Los
Angeles to accommodate increased demand during the summer peak
travel months. On top of its standard schedule of 17 nonstop
flights a week between Los Angeles and Sydney, Qantas will add six
nonstop flights June 27 and July 4, 11, 17, 20 and 25. For detailed schedule information see www.QantasUSA.com.
The reservations line is (800) 227-4500.