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January 2006 * 01/27/06

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Sunset on the Okavango, Botswana - Photo by Tom Schueneman












 The Best American Travel Writing for 2005 - The January travel writing pick-of-the-month.








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Jelly Fish, Monterey Bay Aquarium - Photo by Tom Schueneman  
A Road No Longer Traveled - Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii - Photo by Tom Schueneman
A Lone Swing - Molokai - Photo by Tom Schueneman  

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A new year begins at The Traveler!

Whoa! 2006? The first decade of a new millennium and new century already half over? At the risk of starting the new year with a cliche - time flies.

We're excited to start a new year, and in celebrating of new starts, we're instituting a slightly more organized look for our travel resources, bargains and deals section. Let us know what you think!

We've got a bit of a theme going for our feature articles this month. Can you guess what it is? But theme or no, you'll enjoy a walk through the charming village of Bratislava, a cruise along the Elbe in an historic steamer, and a look at human resilience in the long aftermath of war. All testaments, perhaps, to the human spirit. And all from our most treasured resource here at The Traveler: Our crack team of writers!

Our Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month we offer our traditional New Year offering with the Best of American Travel Writing for 2005.

Last but not least, we've got the latest in travel resources, ideas, and bargains (with our spiffy new organization) to start a new year of travel and adventure off right.


Feature Articles

A View over Sarajevo
Exploring a City Devastated by War, but on the Road to Recovery

The Krippen - Still Steaming Proudly
Born in 1892 and still chugging...

April in Bratislava
A quaint city's charm finally overcomes a traveler's funk

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

We love to start every new year by featuring some of the best American travel writing for the previous year. 2006 is no different; with the 2005 edition we have essays from Tom Bissell, John McPhee, Pam Houston, Ian Frazier, William Least Heat-Moon, and more.

Through the eyes of this expert observers and story-tellers, we see a clear picture of the world we inhabit. The Best American Travel Writing 2005 (The Best American Series (TM))

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Interesting Stuff:
Central Park - The Next Best Thing to Being There
Can't make it to New York right now? You can still visit Central Park! A world-class urban park deserves a world-class website, and that's what you'll find at

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Experience the Magic of Romance at River Dance Lodge
A wise little bear named Pooh once said that by watching a river slip slowly away, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.  If such a place exists outside of Pooh’s realm, it’s River Dance Lodge, located on the banks of Idaho’s Clearwater River and just minutes away from the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness Area.

That's right, romance. You've made your plans for Valentine's Day - haven't you? Don't worry, we've got last minute getaways available that are sure to make this a Valentine's Day to remember.

Join Rescue Ship on Tall Ship Activity Sailing Holidays Around the Caribbean Islands
Sail on the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos, which rescued American trans-Atlantic rowers Sarah Kessans and Emily Kohl last week, on activity sailing holidays around the islands of the Caribbean. US citizens can find out what it is like to sail a modern-day tall ship on a series of 10-night sails operating during February and March on board Stavros S Niarchos, with the first departing Barbados on Tuesday 31 January 2006.

Do You Enjoy America's National Parks?
Then it is important to be aware of proposed policy changes in the management of these magnificent resources. Find out more about this and other issues concerning American National Parks, explore and discover at the National Park Conservation Association Website.


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