Bid for travel deals in annual SATW auction

Get in on the final days of bidding for prizes such as hotel stays in the Canadian Rockies, Spain, Thailand, Portugal and Venice in the annual fundraising auction sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), North America’s largest organization of travel journalists.

The auction here
closes at 10 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Items include attractions and hotels in the United States and around the world, and range from a Colorado culinary tour valued at $160 to four nights in Bali valued at $4,422. Bids for some items start as low as $25.

The auction, updated in real time, is similar to Ebay and other online goods for sale by bid. Browsers and bidders log on with a specially created ID and password and bid as often as they like.

Proceeds from the donated items go toward professional development programs for SATW members such as myself — I’ve belonged to the organization since 1985.

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," and is the copy editor for She also has written for websites including and