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Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips

June 12, 1988|JERRY HULSE | Times Travel Editor

Loads of pets are flying these days. Only Jerry Mishler says that sometimes it can be a bum trip. As head of Action Pet Express he's an authority on air travel for animals. His travel agency for pets (based in Van Nuys) provides taxi service to LAX and other airports.

Action Pet Express assists with health and rabies certificates, quarantine information, customs and public health clearance, shipping kennels. Mishler says: "We do not allow pets to wait unattended at the airport. We check arrival times and are there waiting for their flights."

Pets should fast for at least eight hours before traveling, Mishler advises. He also lectures against the use of tranquilizers before flights. Action Pet Express provides transportation throughout Southern California (Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Riverside counties), operating round-the-clock seven days a week. For Mishler's file on pet travel send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (legal size) to Action Pet Express, 14338 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys 91401.

California Map

Bob and Sharon Porter have updated their detailed little map of the Northern California coast. Beginning at San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, it takes in 26 coastal villages along a 209-mile span of California 1. All the way to Leggett. Details on Stinson Beach, Point Reyes, Tomales, Bodega Bay, the Victorian village of Duncan Mills, Jenner, Ft. Ross, Sea Ranch, Gualala, Little River, Mendocino and Ft. Bragg. This is one of the prettiest stretches of coast in the world. The map contains tips on motels, inns, B&Bs, restaurants, galleries, gift shops, vacation home rentals, camping/recreation, plus a 24-hour tow-truck number to call in the event you break down.

Free copies from the Porters, P.O. Box 999, Gualala, Calif. 95445.

Africa

A giveaway worth writing for is African Classics' 56-page brochure on safaris and other activities. Dozens of color photos. Recommendations on game parks for first-timers as well as returning adventurers. Veteran photographer/safari leader Michael W. Fox zeros in on Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. Other excursions to Rwanda (home of the mountain gorilla), the islands of Lamu and Mauritius, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Fox's brochure contains details on camel and fishing safaris, trips to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Lake Nakuru/Lake Baringo in the Great Rift Valley. For honeymooners there are trips to beaches along the Indian Ocean, wildlife parks, Bill Holden's old (and elegant) Mt. Kenya Safari Club (riding, tennis, swimming), the Masai Mara and a hot-air balloon ride at Little Governor's Camp. Even if you're only an armchair traveler, this handsome booklet is enjoyable reading.

For a free copy, write to African Classics, Department RG1, 625 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago 60611.

Car Rentals

No one denies that Europe is expensive this year, but shrewd planners are beating the rap by using B&Bs and dining at small neighborhood restaurants. Meanwhile, Connex (based in New York) has put together a car-rental program that's hard to beat. Prices guaranteed in dollars. Unlimited mileage. Weekly rates: $88 in Luxembourg, $89 in Portugal, $98 in Belgium/Germany, $99 in Spain, $105 in Holland, $112 in Britain, $115 in Yugoslavia, $126 in Israel, $139 in Ireland, $145 in Denmark, $147 in Greece, $154 in Austria/Italy and $199 in Switzerland. Reservations must be made before leaving the United States. Connex also does hotel/car packages with a go-as-you-please plan featuring 500 hotels.

Contact Connex, 983 Main St., Peekskill, N.Y. 10566, toll-free (800) 333-3949.

Alaska

John G. Regan Jr. (based in Anchorage, Alaska) describes himself to travelers as their "host, driver, tour guide and trail boss." Promises loads of enjoyment on trips in his 25-foot, self-contained motor home. A one-day "turnaround" excursion to the bush village of Hope, Alaska (90 miles south of Anchorage), costs $30. Or for $35 Regan will deliver you to Matanuska Glacier (100 miles east of Anchorage). Both trips include snacks/lunch. Other tours to the Kenai Peninsula. A five-day jaunt visits Denali National Park, Wonder Lake, Fairbanks and GlenAllen. Regan says the five-day outing appeals to travelers who "can do without a radio, TV, newspaper or a shower every night." Promises his guests that they'll "see and feel the real Alaska." Rates from $400 per person. Regan also does custom tours.

John G. Regan Jr., Bed & Breakfast on Wheels, P.O. Box 190411, Anchorage, Alaska 99519-0411.

Island Adventure

International Friendship Service of El Toro keeps popping up with travel bargains. Now it's a two-night cruise to the island of Corsica (birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte) from Nice/Marseille, France. The ship sails in the evening, arrives early the next morning. Passengers are bused around the island. The cruise/tour with two nights aboard the ship (restaurants, theater, shops, disco) costs $250, including lunch at a mountain village on the island.

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