leisure 05.15.03

Out of Town

Tumi and Kipling luggage lines virtually never go on sale and they've never had a sample sale before now. From today through May 17th, 20 W. 57th [5th/6th] 6th floor, prices will be from 60%-80% off retail. Hours are Th and Fr from 10-6:30, Sa from 10-4. Major credit cards accepted.

We always do a pre-boarding check-in with Flight 001, 96 Greenwich Ave. [Jane/12th] 212.691.1001, a store with the latest travel accessories. You can shop online, too, at www.flight001.com.

A reader tipped us off to Bidding for Travel, www.biddingfortravel.com, and it's worth knowing about. Its purpose is to help you figure out the best ways to bid on priceline.com. You have to invest some time into the site but our cub reporter says her office has saved thousands of dollars on hotel rooms as a result…For last-minute weekend getaways, we like the nicely-designed Site 59, www.site59.com.

The bright idea for the Ride On Carry On came from a flight attendant who's also a mother. This rolling piece of luggage has a jump seat for kids and is tough enough to hold a child up to 40 pounds. With it, you can leave the stroller at home. It's $44.95 and available at www.rideoncarryon.com.

You may have heard about the easing of restrictions for bringing dogs and cats into the U.K. Well, not quite yet, at least not from New York. For more details, go to www.britainusa.com/pets.

General passport info is available at travel.state.gov/passport_services.html…The NY Passport Office at 376 Hudson [Houston] 212.206.3500, is for those traveling within 14 days. You need to make an appointment…For expedited passport and visa service, the company called It's Easy can help out. Call them at 212.286.8500 or find them at www.itseasypassport.com. A passport in eight days costs $75. In 24 hours, $135.

SARS information: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/travel.htm.
For wonderful armchair travel, pick up a copy of Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto by Victoria Abbott Riccardi ($23.95, Broadway Books).

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