* California: Nina Murphy, Redondo Beach: "Kaiser Grill, 205 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262; telephone (760) 323-1003. Excellent California cuisine, such as pancetta-wrapped grilled prawns with a citrus reduction and grapefruit marmalade. Attentive service." Dinner entrees: about $15-$33. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
* Scotland: Lemlem Getachew, Sherman Oaks: "The Pend Guesthouse, 8 Market Place, Arbroath DD11 1HR; tel. 011-44-1241-876-479. Delightful B&B; run by an Australian and his Scottish wife, who treated us warmly. In a fishing town near Carnoustie golf course." Rates: about $35-$49, double.
* South Africa: David Campbell, Los Angeles: "Backpackers Airport Shuttle, P.O. Box 15048, Vlaeberg, Cape Town 8018; tel. 011-27-21-426-0294, Internet http://www.extremeadventures.co.za. Half the price and twice as safe as other shuttles from Cape Town International Airport. You don't have to be a backpacker to use it." Rates: about $9 per person; less for two or more riders.