Annual auction sponsored by SATW, the Society of American Travel Writers, runs through Nov. 20

From Arizona and Bermuda to Costa Rica and Dubai, more than five dozen travel packages — valued at $65,000 — are up for bid in the Society of American Travel Writers’ annual travel auction.

Someone named “Anonymous” currently leads the bidding on many items, but there’s still plenty of time: the SATW auction runs through Nov. 20.

As for me, I’ve got my eye on the St. Andrews golf package in Scotland or maybe the Fairmont Monte Carlo getaway. Lake Tahoe looks good, too, and New Orleans is always fun, not to mention various destinations in Colorado and Quebec. And I wouldn’t mind taking another Nile River cruise.

You can dream, too — and, of course, bid any time — at the website here.

The money raised goes to SATW’s professional development programs.

And, full disclosure: I’ve been a member of SATW since 1985, along with about 1,300 other professional travel writers and tourism industry representatives in the U.S. and Canada.

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