Until the middle of the 1700s, beaches were considered dangerous. It was where you encountered pirates and thieves and invaders. But shortly after the industrial revolution got started, doctors began recommending beach vacations to improve your health. Burt takes a look at the history of beach vacations and visits the Palm Beach area on the east coast of Florida, which was one of the earliest destinations for a beach vacation in America. He visits a marine center that is saving the sea turtle, an... [see more] Equestrian competition, the Bear Trap at the PGA National Resort, and sees an extraordinary example of medical tourism.
Travels & Traditions is a series of 13 half-hour programs in which award-winning journalist Burt Wolf travels to cities around the world, telling the stories of local traditions that have influenced us all. In many locations, he also shows how foreign traditions have influenced the city he is visiting. He reveals the relationship of marriage and food and the history of gaming. And, of course, he examines society and culture through eating.