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January 2003 * 01/27/03

















Travel Writing Pick-Of-The_Month








The International Institute on Peace through Tourism's Credo of the Peaceful Traveler

Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:

Journey with an open mind and gentle heart

Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter

Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life

Appreciate all cultures I discover

Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome

Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet

Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,

By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace











Our Monterey Web Album is now online!

Auburn Leaves in the Afternoon Sun

Impressions of Monterey...












sea-smoothed rock
jelly fish - Monterey Bay Aquarium
the sea and the sky - Pt. Lobos

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2003 Begins - Welcome to the January issue of The Traveler!

We may not be the first, so let us be the latest to wish you a Happy New Year!

With all the festivities behind us, winter can start to seem like a long, dreary deep freeze. What a perfect time to start planning your next adventure! We've got information and ideas for some great winter getaways, or start planning for a trip later in the year.

Our feature article include a trip through time and history, and an informative and well-written introduction to the Napa Valley region of Northern California. All that and a couple of tidbits from The Traveler.

Feature Articles

Glacier Girl - Travel back in time as a dedicated team of explorers uncovers a living piece of World War II.

The Wine Country Uncorked - Regular contributor Mike Marino takes us on a journey through Northern California's famed Napa Valley.

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Think travel writers are always cool, always have it together when they journey to new places to write about? Not so! At least not all the time. This humorous and entertaining book tells of some travel disaster stories encountered by authors of the renowned Lonely Planet series of travel guides. Lonely Planet Unpacked

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

Save on an Alaskan Cruise by Booking Early - The Traveler doesn't often recommend cruises. But after looking at what Cruise West is doing, we think those interested in nature and scenic wonders will like there tours as well. Book a trip by February 14th, 2003 and $50 to $400. They also offer a Best Price Guarantee. Get more information on their website.

Second Global Summit on Peace Through Tourism - The International Institute on Peace through Tourism is holding it's second Global Summit in Geneva Switzerland February 5-8. To find out more about the Summit and the Institute's mission, visit the IIPT website.

Discover the Top of Switzerland - From central Switzerland’s highest mountains to its broadest, most beautiful lake, spend six days in Lucerne and Interlaken hiking, boating, and—if you dare—floating high above some of the country’s most dramatic scenery. This unforgettable 6-day/6-night sojourn will leave you fit, invigorated, and refreshed, starting from $739! Find more information about this vacation package here.

Quiet New England Retreat - The "Quiet Corner" of New England, the northeast region of Connecticut, is host to a dozen hotels offering a two-night "Peaceful Pleasures" package through April 30. Starting at $160 per person, these packages include lodging at a B&B, one dinner in a choice of restaurants, an afternoon tea, and vouchers for Old Sturbridge Village and three museums. More information is available at

Learn a Foreign Language - Learn the language, not just pass the test. Go from beginning to advanced in one course. This is the perfect way for the world traveler to learn a new language. Find out more about's foreign language courses.

Transportation Security Administration Offers Tips to Travelers - For updated information on the new rules and regulations for the flying public, check out the TSA's website.

Escape the Cold Grip of Winter With a Sunny Winter Getaway - Imagine strolling a sandy beach in the warm sunshine in the dead of winter. The Caribbean and Mexico offer vacation packages so you can do just than! More Caribbean vacation information is here, and Mexico vacation information is here.

Discover Iceland - Who needs warm sunny beaches? Iceland is "never out of season" and offers some of the best that nature can offer. Find out more about this unique tourist destination here.

Save Money When You Travel to Asia - offers the most comprehensive listing of hotels, resorts, and tour packages throughout all of Asia. Find out more here.

Last Minute Getaways - You can get away this weekend or next to some great destinations, and save money to boot! Check out the latest specials from Site 59.

Discover the Power of Nature - Natural Habitat Tours offers worldwide adventures to bring the casual adventurer the thrill of experiencing wildlife in its natural habitat. For more information and to receive a free catalog go to their website.

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Return to Tourist Travel

Turning the truck heading west on route 152, I feel the restorative powers of the Monterey Peninsula flood in like the warm rays of the late afternoon sun streaming through the dirty windshield, the fresh air tinged with the smell of saltwater and seaweed.

Arriving in Monterey, I find myself stopped at a traffic light next to two cars, one from Ohio and another from New Hampshire. Both cars are caked in the grit and grime of a long drive, originating from the cold grip of winter, the car from New Hampshire puffs blue smoke out its tailpipe.

I can't help but feel a little bemused, a little privileged. These folks from back east have driven across the country to get to this seaside town full of the ghosts of Spanish explorers and 19th century adventurers; in later years of sardine factories, fishing boats, and the characters of Steinbeck novels; of John Steinbeck himself; of Old Doc Rickets, whose modest brown wooden lab still stands guard along Cannery Row, a bit of the past surviving amongst the tee-shirt emporiums, Thomas Kincaid Galleries (one can only guess if he himself has actually been here, and why, at one time, he felt the need for three of his galleries along Cannery Row), and shops selling brightly-colored plastic "jelly fish" lamps. Perhaps only days ago these folks started their cross-country journey amidst snow drifts and sub-zero temperatures, and now sit in amazement as they take in the sea breeze, crystalline blue sky, and spring-like warmth.

I have nothing against Ohio or New Hampshire. I was born in Lodi, Ohio, and remember the green, rolling hillsides of my early childhood. Much later, I spent all of twenty-four hours in a small, historic New England village in the rural stretches of New Hampshire forest, running sound for Jesse Colin Young in a handsome old church that spends its Saturday nights as a musical "coffee house", one of several I visited throughout New England on that short concert tour.

But it is a special privilege to climb in my vehicle on a warm, sunny afternoon, the Golden Gate Bridge shimmering in the sun, and two hours later deposit myself and my loved one next to the rolling surf of Monterey Bay; to sit and watch the tide roll away, the sea birds gliding effortlessly above the waves, and the sea otters barking their contentment as they bask in the warmth of the California Sun.

Yes, indeed. Welcome to California - The Promised Land.

--The Traveler


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