Welcome to the February 2005 issue of The Traveler!
Can you feel it in the air? Perhaps just a light wisp of sweet fragrance riding on the cool breeze? A little more warmth from the noonday sun? That's right! The seasons are changing and for those in the northern climes, spring is just around the corner!
What's that you say? You look out your window and see barren trees and a blanket of snow? Well, then, never mind. Just have faith that spring will come, as it always does. And for our friends downunder (and we're lucky to have a lot of friends from south of the equator) it's autumn that is approaching. Frankly, we're just a little jealous. Sure, we love to see the end of winter just as much as the next guy, but deep down we know that autumn is our favorite time of year.
Whatever the season, there is a world out there to explore. We help you with that right here, starting with our feature articles. This month we start with a bit of a medieval flair from regular contributor Amanda Kendle's Castles, Counts and Leaky Coffins:Bojnice Castle, Central Slovakia.
We keep that old Europe flavor going with Jacy Meyer's Stumbling Along: England's Old Sarum.
Rounding out the feature articles this month is The Traveler himself as he reprises his tale of the search for the perfect martini in a tropical climate; (here's a hint, there is no such thing).
Next is our Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month. This month we have on tap our annual "Best of" series with The Best American Travel Writing for 2004. This year's edition is particularly good and features an introduction by Pico Iyer. Make sure to get your copy!
Finally, we present a full offering of Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains for you to explore the world on your own and plan your next adventures.
So until next month - when we'll be getting ready for our third adventure on the island of Kauai (yes, it is a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it)...
Castles, Counts and Leaky Coffins: Bojnice Castle, Central Slovakia
Visiting a castle built by a Count for the woman he loved
Stumbling Along: England’s Old Sarum
A walk back to Merry Olde England
Getting a Good Martini in a Tropical Climate
The Traveler's ongoing quest
Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month
Every year we feature this popular anthology of the best travel writing of the previous year from the top storytellers and authors currently roaming the planet. This year is no exception. The world is not just a place, but also a state of mind.You'll find many differant places and viewpoints with The Best American Travel Writing 2004 (Best American Travel Writing)
Ideas, Resources, and Bargains
Thoughtful Travel -
Mind-opening and thought-provoking vacations aren't always easy to find, but Environmental Restoration Adventures offers exactly that. The company is dedicated to promoting tourism that is fun, educational, enhancing to the environment and personally rewarding. They have two adventures scheduled for spring 2005. Find out more about these trips at the Environmental Restoration Adventures website.
Paris in Springtime, Romantic Roman Holiday, London Fog...
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Small Ship Cruising in Alaska -
When cruising in Alaska, bigger is certainly not better. Cruise West offers several cruise packages from a classic Inside Passage to the adventurous Wilderness Inside Passage that explores the deep wilderness of Alaska; a truly inspiring experience. For details on these and other cruises available, visit the Cruise West website.
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Recovering From Tragedy-
The areas hit by the recent Tsunami continue to dig out from the devastation. Rebuilding lives and businesses is the ongoing task at hand. As a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, many hotels in Phuket Thailand have reopened and are eager to serve the tourists that are so important to the area's economy. Precision Reservation Systems can offer significant discounts for Phuket Hotels
Speak the Language When You Travel -
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Spectacular White Water Rafting -
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Take a Green Planet Expedition to Australia -
For over twenty years, Green Planet Expeditions has provided nature expeditions to some of the worlds most beautiful and exotic locations. Join a twelve day Outback Adventure this May. For details on this and other expeditions, visit the Green Planet Expeditions Website.
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Air New Zealand to Offer Three-Class Service -
Air New Zealand introduced a Pacific Premium Economy class on its flights to New Zealand. The new class, along with Business Premier and Pacific Economy classes, creates a three-class arrangement, which will be available by August on San Francisco-Auckland flights and by the end of the year on Los Angeles-Auckland flights and Los Angeles-London flights. Flights will be on Air New Zealand’s fleet of refitted Boeing 747-400 aircraft and eight new Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The new Pacific Premium Economy class offers many of the advantages of the premium cabin, including 39 to 40 inch pitch seats and the premium beverage service. Visit the Air New Zealand website
Just in Time for the Oscars -
The Story of the Weeping Camel, a premiere release from National Geographic World Films - has been nominated for a 2004 Oscar-award for Best Documentary Feature. National Geographic World Films, movies without borders, is an initiative of National Geographic Feature Films created to showcase great movies from around the world. It reflects the Society's mission to bring films made by and about world cultures to a broader audience. Having already won the 2004 Directors Guild Award for Best Documentary, The Story of the Weeping Camel is an enchanting story of cultural wonder that follows the adventures of a family of herders. The DVD is available at the National Geographic online store: A world of gifts for adventurous shoppers at the National Geographic Store!
Secret Waterfalls of Marin - Volume 2: A TouristTravel Exclusive -
Last month we introduced Volume 1, but there are even more waterfalls to explore in beautiful Marin county! TouristTravel.com is proud to produce and feature a brand new series of e-books by travel writer Michael McCarthy for locals and visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and you'll be in the most beautiful county in America - Marin. Right now during the rainy season is the best time to explore the region and discover the secret waterfalls of Marin. To find out more about the e-books (which sell for only $5.99 each) visit Michael's site, Intentional-Traveler.com
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