Spring 2013 | RTX Traveler Magazine

East Meets West

Scottsdale and Williamsburg offer healthy doses of history, culture and fun.

Situated on opposite sides of the country, these two destinations are about as different as can be in some ways. Vast desert landscapes and stunning red rock formations surround chic and sunny Scottsdale, while lush coastal scenery changes with four distinct seasons in charming Williamsburg.

In Williamsburg locals might sip sweet tea and eat biscuits with every meal, while Scottsdale natives sip drinks with prickly pear juice and see who can make the best fry bread. Williamsburg’s horse-drawn carriages are the answer to Scottsdale’s cowboy schools, and while you can shop for a hand-made straw hat in Williamsburg, you can find the perfect pair of cowboy boots in Scottsdale.

Despite the many obvious differences, Scottsdale and Williamsburg do share a prominent common thread that not every vacation destination can boast. Both towns strive to preserve history through storytelling, live performances and art, and they both do a fine job of it.

In Colonial Williamsburg, history comes to life with a stroll down Duke of Gloucester Street. You are taken back to the 18th century as you’ll see how people dressed, what they ate and how they lived and worked. You’ll get a similar feeling visiting Old Town Scottsdale and nearby Native American reservations where history is very much a part of the present. Both towns have museums dedicated to their area’s history and both feature regular performances that depict their founding cultures.

Join us on our travels as we explore the treasures of Scottsdale and Williamsburg, and log in to your RTX account to start planning your exchange vacation to Williamsburg or Scottsdale. Not a member? No problem. Contact us for more information.

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Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale’s nickname, “The West’s Most Western Town,” might conjure images of cacti, tumbleweeds and cowpokes, but there’s much more to it than the old west kitsch. The town’s proximity to Arizona State University, corporate mecca Phoenix and a headquarters for the Mayo Clinic along with a rapidly growing aviation industry all keep the area modern and sophisticated with some of the best shopping, dining, golf and resort options in the Southwest.

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Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia

In Colonial Williamsburg, history comes to life with a stroll down Duke of Gloucester Street. You are taken back to the 18th century as you’ll see how people dressed, what they ate and how they lived and worked. Beyond the historic walls, Williamsburg thrives with restaurants, shopping, golf and family fun. Visit nearby Jamestown for another dose of history or tour the beautiful campus of The College of William & Mary. Williamsburg is at once inspiring, relaxing and exciting for all ages.

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We love hearing about places our members have visited and the experience they’ve had with their RTX vacation. If you would like to share your RTX experience, email communications@rtx.travel and let us know.

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Public Wi-Fi Safety | RTX Traveler Magazine

Public Wi-Fi Safety | RTX Traveler Magazine

Staying connected is important for many of us when we travel, whether it’s to keep up with work correspondence, upload your vacation photos each day to document your trip or just to kill time at the airport or in the hotel. Most travelers take steps to keep our cash, credit cards, personal identification and belongings safe, but public Wi-Fi is often taken for granted. Here are some recommendations from the tech guru site Mashable for protecting yourself while using public Wi-Fi:

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Check out these road trip essentials for your health, safety, entertainment and sanity.

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Amazing Exchange Vacations Spring 2013 | RTX Traveler Magazine

Amazing Exchange Vacations Spring 2013 | RTX Traveler Magazine

What’s the best part of making your exchange vacation plans? We think part of it is having that much more time to get excited about your next great trip. It’s always good to make your vacation plans early in the year, so we want to give you some inspiration. We asked our RTX Travel Consultants about the top five places people should go this year.

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