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November 2006 * 11/29/2006
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Welcome to the November issue of The Traveler
Another holiday season begins (just in case you haven't noticed, or perhaps, can't believe it).
Fortunately, everyone here at The Traveler offices in beautiful downtown San Francisco already have all our holiday shopping done... Okay, maybe not quite... Okay, perhaps we haven't even started yet. But that's okay. There are more important things to do right now, like bring our loyal readers another batch of fresh travel writing, hot off the press, and from around the world.
So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter (or summer) solstice, or just marvel at the passing of another year, settle in here by the fire as The Traveler warms you with travel tales, our travel writing pick-of-the-month, and the short list of travel resources, ideas and bargains for your holiday and winter travel.
This is a very busy time for everyone, and sometimes it seems hard to maintain a perspective of what is important. Gift-giving is a way to show those we love that we care, but perhaps with all the hustle and bustle, jockeying in line to get the latest gadget (oddly in short supply except for the hype), and keeping up with all that is expected of us, we lose sight of the original reason we're all running around like mad little Santas, trying to beat the clock before Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or the solstice) arrives.
Many of us are very lucky in that we already have plenty of stuff. It isn't the gift, it's the giving. Of course, you don't need us to tell you that. But maybe when you're feeling the stress and strain of life during this most hectic time of year, unsure of what trinket to give someone, try giving a simple act of kindness, a smile, a kind word, a pat on the shoulder, a warm hug, a thoughtful letter. It's been said a million times, and we're going to say it again: that's what the world really needs right now - simple acts of kindness and understanding. And it can start with each one of us.
Eco Tourism and Adventure in Trinidad
Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month
Do you love to fly the airlines as much as we do here at The Traveler? Do you look forward to walking in stocking feet, carrying the contents of your pockets, your shoes, and the one carry-on bag (sans liquid) to the little chair just beyond security so that you can reassemble yourself and then wait for your flight in anticipation of even more comfort? The Traveler himself is nearly six feet four inches tall, and he tells us how giddy he gets just waiting to board a plane to find his seat made especially for people like him - if only he was six inches shorter.
But as travelers we must endure, and one way to do that is to have available some light and humorous reading to help take our minds off the rigors of flying in these days of tightened security and airlines bleeding cash and cutting service.
Elliott Hester knows all too well what can happen in the cabin of an airliner, and he relates his experiences with this amusing and light read. The perfect companion while waiting for your flight to Grandma's house this holiday season. Plane Insanity: A Flight Attendant's Tales of Sex, Rage, and Queasiness at 30,000 Feet
Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains
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Enjoy a Luxury Canadian Rail Journey this Season
What's New at TouristTravel.com
In Case You Missed It: Our fall color photo album hit the stands last month, thanks to some great submissions from our growing list of photographers. Have a look here!
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What would Thomas Paine think? The Traveler has recently moved from his WorldHistory.com to start his own Thomas Paine blog. The original blog is still up at ThomasPaineBlogging.com, and make sure to help us make the new blog a success by visiting ThomasPaineBlog.org today!
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