Travel writers' auction runs through Monday


If you’ve ever dreamed of skiing or golfing at Boyne Highlands Resort near Harbor Springs, check out the annual auction of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Bidders are vying to score a discounted rate for a three-night getaway at this northern Michigan resort, among nearly three dozen other auction items.

But you must act fast to bid on that and other travel packages, from whitewater rafting in Tennessee and sailing on a Maine Windjammer to luxury hotels in Mexico or Newfoundland, Canada. The clock is ticking toward the closing deadline at 11:55 p.m., Monday, when the gavel falls on this year’s auction.

Among the 35 items on the block are money-saving CityPass coupon books to Seattle, Tampa Bay and New York City and guides to New Orleans and the Upper Peninsula in the “”100 Things to Do … Before You Die” travel book series.

To really whet your wanderlust, there are two “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” gift sets. The auction also offers an opportunity to be “honorary duck-master” at the historic Peabody Memphis hotel and to tickle your toes in the sand at a couples-only Sandals resort in the Caribbean.

Auction proceeds are used for SATW professional development sessions, which helps make better travel writers.

Check out the auction catalog at

Happy bidding!

Bid on a discount at Sandals Resorts. (Photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts).


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, Lakeland Boating, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide." She also writes for websites including, and