Rental cars cheaper at nonairport sites
WASHINGTON -- Taxes and fees for car rentals this year add an average 25.8 percent to the bill compared with 24.4 percent in 2003, according to a study released by Travelocity, the online travel site.
The study also showed that it's often cheaper to rent vehicles at non-airport locations because taxes and fees are higher at airports because of service and facility fees.
Tracey Weber, Travelocity's senior vice president of air, car and last-minute deals, said to avoid sticker shock, travelers should look at the total price when renting a car, including taxes and fees, rather than just at the daily or weekly rates.
Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport had the biggest jump in taxes, adding 66.1 percent to the bill.
Dallas-Fort Worth International had the second-highest at 61.4 percent.
Free retreat scheduled for cancer patients
STOWE, Vt. -- Cancer patients and their families are invited to spend April 29 to May 1 in Stowe, Vt., for the annual Stowe Weekend of Hope retreat.
Accommodations are free, with rooms donated by local hotel and lodge owners, but guests pay for their own meals.
Oncology specialists from around New England will present free lectures on cancer prevention and treatment.
Other activities -- all free -- include support groups, concerts, events at places of worship and workshops on subjects like healing, comfort and spiritual enlightenment.
People not using the donated lodging are welcome to attend any of the events.
There is a $50 registration fee to hold a room, but you get the money back when you check in, with an option to donate it to a cancer charity.
For more information or to register, visit www.stowehope.org or call (800) 467-8693.
Scholarships available for student travel
CLARKSTON, Mich. -- Do you know of a student who can't afford to participate in a school or group trip?
The School Youth Travel Association Foundation is offering $1,000 "Road" Scholarships for students under age 26 toward the cost of taking part in an educational trip sponsored by a school or other type of youth group.
Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, five times a year, and must include a nomination by a teacher or other adult group leader.
The Michigan-based School Youth Travel Association also sponsors an annual "The World is a Classroom" essay contest for high school students.
Submissions, due by Aug. 12, must be 500 words or less. The essay should describe what the writer learned on a favorite student trip, whether the destination was a local aquarium, a national monument or another country.
The winner receives a $750 scholarship.
To obtain applications and rules, or to make a donation to support the scholarships, visit www.sytayouthfoundation.org or call (248) 693-1872.
Ehrlich art on display
An exhibition of the digital photography of Richard Ehrlich -- "Graffiti 1," "Homage to Rothko: Malibu Skies," "Sand House-Namibia" -- opened recently at Nashville's Tennessee State Museum.
The show closes June 12.
For more information, call (615) 741-2692 or visit www.tnmuseum.org.