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January 2005 * 01/27/05
Welcome to the January 2005 issue of The Traveler!
Our first issue of the New Year starts on both an exciting and sad note. We are always excited to plan our travel adventures for the upcoming year and eagerly anticipate reading about the exploits of our worldwide network of writers.
But we can't let our discussion of the new year pass without expressing our heartfelt sadness for the destruction and loss of life from the enormous convulsion of our planet that not only created a devastating tsunami, but actually shifted by one inch the axis and hastened the earth's rotation ever so slightly - we've all wobbled and the days are shorter. While these effects are imperceptible to all but the most exacting measurements, the effects of the enormous wave that washed over South Asia are most certainly not.
That it hit areas that attract people from around the world for it's relatively benign climate reminds us of the fragility we all ultimately share. We come together to share the earth's bounty and beauty. And we come together to help those most in need when the calm and beauty is shattered by this sudden catastrophic event. It seems that there is a lesson in there, perhaps several, if we care to find them.
The Traveler has writers that will soon be on the ground in the most effected areas to report on the conditions there. Look for their submissions in upcoming issues of The Traveler.
For those concerned about travel to South Asia, we have some information on how travelers can help the region, as well as the latest information on conditions for those planning on traveling to the region. We have also provided a special link from Google.com that lists several sources of general information about the tsunami and some of the best charities that are grateful for your support.
We've got some great feature articles for your enjoyment this month; find out what your tour guide really means when he says "Go ahead, give it a try..."
If you're looking for a chuckle or two, you'll find it in our Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month, a new anthology of humorous travel essays from the folks that bring you Traveler's Tales.
And in our Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains section, we'll give you plenty of ways for you and your special someone to spend a romantic Valentine's Day weekend as well some other resources for your adventurous spirit.
Well, enough pontificating - let's get on to business...
Guiding Around Europe
Rafts and Alligators
Once Around the Island
When you are a stranger in a strange land, a sense of humor is often the best diplomat - and the best defense. With an introduction by Tim Cahill, this Traveler's Tales anthology is a mostly light-hearted and very fun examination of the various ways we can all make a fool of ourselves across the globe; presented here by some very funny (and very foolish) travel and adventure writers. - Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure (Travelers' Tales Guides.)
Tsunami Recovery Travel Facts -
Learn About the Recent Tragedy in the Indian Ocean and Contribute to the Relief Effort -
Romantic Rail Travel Through Europe -
Travelers Offset Climate Change Impacts -
British Airways Offering Two Nights in London for Free -
Last Minute Travel Packages -
iLoveInns.com Names 11th Annual Top 10 Most Romantic Inns in the Country for 2005 -
Gulliver's Travel Services Discount Hotels - GTA.com offers great discounts on hotels andother travel services in Asia, Europe, North America, and all over the world. Check out the their website for World-Wide Discounted Hotels Reservations.
Discover Yosemite in Winter -
Secret Waterfalls of Marin: A TouristTravel Exclusive -
Your Travel Needs In One Place -
What's New at TouristTravel.com-
TouristTravel has a new look! With the help of webby award winning web designer Kate Kilbourne, we're rolling out our updated look just in time for the new year. We've done away with some of our clutter and spruced up our site navigation to make TouristTravel.com even more fun, enjoyable, and informative. Make sure to check it out today - and often!
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