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Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips

August 30, 1987|Jerry Hulse

Bookworms are having a holiday in Wales. This is no spoof. Saint Deiniol's, near Chester (England), takes in boarders. Only 19.65 (about $31.50 U.S.) a day, 137.55 (about $220 U.S.) a week (full-time students get a break at 98 per weekend). Rates include a room, three meals a day, morning coffee, afternoon tea. Accommodations for 46 guests in single, twin-bedded rooms.

This is the world's only residential library. Read, write and research under congenial conditions. More than 150,000 books available. Saint Deiniol's has been described as a "home for mental and spiritual refreshment and research." Founded in the 1800s by the Victorian Prime Minister William E. Gladstone. Open to thinkers from around the world. For details write to Saint Deiniol's Library, Hawarden, Deeside, Clwyd CH5 3DF, North Wales, Great Britain.

Tennis Ranch

Adam Benson of La Mirada asks for the name of a tennis ranch in Arizona. John Gardiner operates two--one in Scottsdale and a brand-new property in Boynton Canyon, near Sedona. A spectacular setting. Dead center in Sedona's Red Rock country. Topnotch accommodations. Rates for a double with breakfast and dinner figure out to $225 a day. Tennis packages start at $1,200 per couple for five days, including breakfast and dinner daily, a champagne reception on arrival and massages. Gardiner's ranch covers 70 acres. Open year-round. Casitas blend with the surrounding wilderness. Wood-burning fireplaces, kitchenettes, balconies for viewing spectacular sunsets.

John Gardiner's Enchantment, P.O. 2945, Sedona, Ariz. 86336 or telephone toll-free (800) 826-4180.

British Columbia

A new booklet describing fishing opportunities, riding, mountaineering, sailing, camping and river rafting is offered free by the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, 3400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 34, Los Angeles 90010. This is a slick, 46-page magazine with gorgeous photographs. Details on adventure resorts, guest ranches, parks. A section on bicycling tells about trips in the Gulf Islands (rural scenery, deserted beaches). Fishermen are given information on world-famous Campbell River and the Cariboo Chilcotin with its lakes and streams for fly fishing. Dozens of other destinations for rod and reel vacationers.

Nearly 100 parks are listed in the guide, covering most of British Columbia. To obtain a copy in a hurry, phone the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism at (213) 380-9171. Ask for the "Adventure Vacation Guide."

Medical Help

A pocket-size guide devoted to medical assistance around the world provides the names of English-speaking physicians in dozens of countries, along with an immunization chart. Contains a set of 24 climate charts with details on food/water, diseases that plague travelers. The guide is produced by a nonprofit organization. Although donations are accepted, the guide is free. For a copy, write to IAMAT (International Assn. for Medical Assistance to Travelers), 736 Center St., Lewiston, N.Y. 14092. You'll receive a membership card that names doctors charging a preset fee. The organization was established by a Canadian doctor. We've had good reports on IAMAT over the years.

Discount Club

Sears, Roebuck has founded a travel club offering travelers huge discounts on packaged tours, cruises, flights, other travel programs. Membership is $45 a year per family. Major discounts offered on "short notice travel" (both domestic and international). With lead time of three days to eight weeks you get big breaks. In other words, if you can get away in a hurry, your chances of obtaining cheaper prices are that much better. Average discounts range from 40% to 45%. For additional information, contact Sears by calling (800) 331-0257.

India

If your travels take you to India, here's a trip worth considering. It's a 22-hour journey by ship between Bombay and Goa (roughly 320 miles). Features interesting coastline. And it's cheap. Only $23 for the owner's cabin, $20 for what the company describes as "deluxe cabins" or $17 for first-class passage. If you want to sneak away on the cheap, deck travel costs only $3. And this includes three meals as well as the passage!

Just remember one thing: "deluxe" or "first class" on certain Indian ships doesn't necessarily mean luxury. Here are the details: Daily departures except Tuesday from Bombay with arrival in Goa the following morning. Return from Goa every day but Wednesday. Contact Shipping Corp. of India, New Ferry Wharf, Bombay, India or locally, the Government of India Tourist Office, 3550 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 204, Los Angeles 90010. Telephone (213) 380-8855. Trips are offered throughout the year except during the monsoon season (early June through early September).

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