Go Away With … Casey Anderson

“I have the best job on the planet!” says Casey Anderson, the 37-year-old naturalist who hosts the Nat Geo WILD series “America the Wild.” “I get to go to some of the most amazing places for work. So when I go on vacation, I go home. There is nothing more relaxing then sitting on my deck, watching the wildlife, the sunsets, and listening to the creek.”

Go Away With … Joan Osborne

Ever since her 1995 hit single “One of Us,” Joan Osborne has remained a strong presence in the music world, collaborating with members of the Grateful Dead, participating in the Lilith Fair concerts and appearing in the documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” The 47-year-old singer-songwriter is now playing dates nationwide to support her latest CD “Little Wild One.”

Cheap Scandinavia, without roughing it

Scandinavia is known for its high standard of living and its equally high prices. But by using Frommer’s Scandinavia on $50 a Day and doing a little bargaining, we were able to find decent accommodations at reasonable prices. We spent one week each in Norway, Sweden and Denmark and spent $1,000 apiece on lodging, food, transportation (not including the $700 round-trip airfare) and entertainment. We didn’t go hungry, we weren’t overly exhausted, and we weren’t bored. It wasn’t that difficult, really. We decided to travel by train from city to city, rather than by car. By sleeping on the longer journeys, we could save a night at a hotel.