There was a time when Americans hurried across Europe and Britain like musicians on one-night stands. While the tour bus rolled ahead, some on board were uncertain whether this was Austria or Germany. And by nightfall they didn't give a hoot. All they wanted was a meal and a bed. That's how hectic things got. Although thousands still travel on the run, a lot of Americans are changing their styles, settling down in little villages and becoming one of the "locals" for a few days. Or in some cases for an entire summer. The foreign government tourist offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco can counsel you, but here's a spot in Britain where you can unpack and stay put for only $150 a week. It's a 17th-Century yeoman's cottage outside Cambridge. Recently restored. Surrounded by lawn, trees, flowers. Three bedrooms (one a double), with a crib for infants. There's a dining room with an inglenook fireplace plus a living room, kitchen, garage. Fully furnished (garden furniture to dinnerware) and only 20 minutes by car from Cambridge or an hour by train to London. For details, write to Mary Mahew-Blair, Rose Cottage, 17 Wood End, Bluntisham, Huntingdon, Cambs., England PE17 3LE.
Yosemite on Horseback
During summertime Yosemite stables operate saddle trips to the park's High Sierra Camps. These are relaxing rides. Someone else does the cooking. And there's a hot shower waiting at the end of the trail. The camps are about eight miles apart, equipped with tents, beds with springs/mattresses, blankets. But you've got to sign up soon. Trips sell out early. Usually sometime in February. The 1987 prices haven't been published yet, but last year a four-day saddle trip came to $340 and a six-day ride figured out to $536.50. For details, call the High Sierra Reservations Desk (209) 252-3013 or write to Yosemite Reservations, 5410 E. Home Ave., Fresno, Calif. 93727. (Custom trips are also being booked.)
Wolfgang Hallauer is back in the saddle this year, leading rides in California, Hawaii, England, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya. Hallauer has added China to his list. Claims it's a first. Takes in the Tien Shan Mountains. Riders do 15 days along the northern slopes of the Tien Shan. The group will be led by Jeff Salz, an anthropologist from San Diego. Salz has traveled extensively in China. Knows Tien Shan well, Hallauer says. For rates on this and other rides, write to Hallauer c/o FITS Equestrian, 2011 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, Calif. 93463 or telephone (805) 688-9494.
Margaret Zellers who writes for Fielding has put together a 40-page booklet that takes in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Yugoslavia. Thumbnail sketches of dozens of little-known towns, villages. In Switzerland, Zellers delivers her readers from Appenzell to Zuoz in the Upper Engadine Valley. In Austria the list ranges from the spa town of Bad Aussee to Strassburg, a medieval wall town near Gurk. Zellers also provides tips for touring, details on handicrafts, music, painting. Addresses of the five tourist offices are listed in the back of the booklet. For a free copy write to the Alpine Tourist Commission, Department 871, Box 1137, Radio City Station, New York 10101.
Paul Hogan, who does all those commercials on television for Australia, is responsible for drawing huge crowds Down Under this year. Used to be a bridge painter in Sydney. Now he's the country's most familiar personality. In connection with tourism's dramatic rise, Australian Airlines is continuing to sell its "Go Australia" air pass. Enables visitors to take advantage of special fares. Big discounts off regular economy prices. For around $400 you can fly for 6,000 kilometers, take advantage of five stopovers. Passes are on sale year-round in conjunction with round-trip international fares. Your travel agent can fill you in on the details.
If you've ever had the urge to ride herd on cattle in one of those Westerns like they show on TV, here's your chance. Pat Dickerman, who writes books about guest ranches, has published a Cattle Drive Newsletter that tells all about getting a role. Only it's not just sitting in the saddle and gazing at scenery. These are working vacations. In other words, you pay to play the role of cowpoke. Vacationers trail cattle, help with the branding, vaccinating. Dickerman has been steering vacationers to cattle drives in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nevada and California for years. On her list this year is a 75-mile drive at Two Creek Ranch in Wyoming. Involves nearly 1,000 head of cattle on a ride to summer pasture at the 7,500-foot level. Other drives in the foothills of the California Sierra. For a free copy of Dickerman's newsletter, send a stamped, self-addressed No. 10 envelope to Pat Dickerman, 36 East 57th St., New York 10022.