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June 2004 * 06/25/04

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Welcome to the June 2004 issue of The Traveler!

Everyone here at The Traveler is getting geared up for our African Wildlife Safari in Botswana next month. More about this exciting trip and a host of other fun travel tidbits are in our Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains section.

We have five feature articles this month for your enjoyment. Our writers take us on a walking tour of Chinatown in San Francisco and canal boating in Great Britain; we'll also discover a better way to enjoy a few weeks in France, feel the excitement of seeing a tiger in its natural habitat, and explore a not-yet-overdeveloped Mexican jewel on the Yucatan Peninsula.

We'll round out this issue with our travel writing Pick-of-the-Month.

That's a lot to keep your sense of adventure and discovery engaged - Enjoy!

Look for the July issue of The Traveler to arrive in your inbox a little earlier than usual next month; we'll be sending out the July issue the week of the 12th to accommodateThe Traveler's adventures in Africa during the last half of July.


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Feature Articles

Walking Tour of Chinatown
The best way to see Chinatown is on foot

Going in Circles
Canal boating in Great Britain

Rent a House in Europe
Become a temporary local.

Tiger Bright
On the joy and irony of seeing a tiger in the wild

Puerto Morelos
A Mexican jewel

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Paul Theroux is on of the best travel writers ever to have trotted the globe and told the story of what he has discovered; both in himself and in the world. This is Theroux's first collection of essays and articles devoted entirely to travel writing. A Traveler favorite - Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings, 1985-2000

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

Botswana Wildlife Safari - The Traveler in Africa! The Traveler will join the president of Wilderness Travel Adventure to experience their exclusive Botswana Wildlife Safari in July. We'll visit Chobe National Park and the famed 800-mile-wide Okavango Delta. The trip will end at Victoria Falls just over the border in Zimbabwe. This is Africa away from the tourist crowds, deep in the varied African ecosystems. A special treat for The Traveler will be recording the sounds of the African night. Find out more about this and other exotic wildlife adventures offered by visiting the Wilderness Travel Adventure website.

Romantic Honeymoon Safari in South Africa - From breakfasts in bed to romantic sundowners and private bush dinners, this trip has everything newlyweds could want. Enjoy game viewing, nature walks, and city tours in beautiful South Africa. Add a 2-night luxury train trip through the interior, and you have an unforgettable honeymoon escape. This package is offered from our partners at

Montana’s Wilderness Escapes…a Little on the Wild Side - Wilderness River Outfitter offers an adventuresome style river trip. They run oar rafts, paddle rafts and inflatable kayaks so their guest can choose how much excitement and challenge they want on the river. Rappelling instruction is a favorite option. Joe Tonsmeire, owner and guide says, “Some people come on these trips expecting camping to be difficult in the wilderness, but with the guides setting up the kitchen and preparing the meals, the guest have leisure time to try a fishing hole, relax by the river’s edge or hike to Castle Lake. And one of the guides is always eager to accompany the guest on side excursions.“ For more information, visit the Wilderness River Outfitter website.

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Twelve Day Turkish Treasures on Sale - from $899. From Gate 1 Travel, package includes Izmir, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara, and Istanbul. Get all the information at Gate 1 Travel.

Global Eco Spritual Tours - Choose a unique travel adventure combining ecotourism and spiritual awareness in the heart of the Himalayan Mountains. The tour is a tax-deductible, charitable donation that you participate in as you travel. Find out more at the Global Eco Spritual Tours website.

Two for One Deal with Singapore Airlines - As the world witnesses its first nonstop flight on Singapore Airlines from Newark on June 28, there are some great introductory rates to sweeten the deal. But they won't last long. Now is the time to book your trip in Raffles Class on the new Newark to Singapore nonstop flight - especially when you can take someone along with you for free. This offer is available through 1st-Air-Net, the premier web source for discounted luxury flight information. Visit their website to get all the details.

Save Money When Visiting New York City - The New York Pass offers discounts to popular tourist sites, tours, Broadway shows, and more. To find out more, go to the New York Pass Website

The Great Escape - The Great Escape Foundation sponsors the "Global Scavenger Hunt", a fundraising event raising up to one million dollars for international causes. Find out more about this organization and all the resources they offer for travelers at the Great Escape website.

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