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The Best American Travel Writing for 2006 




“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”

David Attenborough-
Broadcaster and Naturalist

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And we haven't even got to this month's issue yet.

Ever wonder how warm and cozy it would be if you lived in an igloo? You'll find out in our first feature article by freelance writer Jennifer Price. This is Jennifer's first article for The Traveler, but I'm sure you'll see more from her in future issues.

Our travel writing pick-of-the-month features Tim Cahill's selections for the best travel writing of 2006. Great stuff.

Finally, we have this month's roundup of travel ideas, bargains, and resources.


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Feature Articles

Igloo Village
Warm and cozy? Just make sure to bring your thermal underwear...

The Land of the Elephant
The Traveler reminisces on his time spent among the elephants

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

The best travel writing, in our humble opinion, is not so much about a place in and of itself, but the story of a place. The best travel is, after all, a story to be told, or should be. The collection in this year's Best Travel Writing of 2006 holds true to that ideal.

Facts and figures are important, but are best left to the travel guide or travel brochure. To really get a sense of a place requires someone telling a good story. And that's what you'll find in The Best American Series 2006 edition of The Best American Travel Writing.
The Best American Travel Writing 2006 (The Best American Series)

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A Future Travel Writing Pick?
From what we know of Carla's work, we imagine so. Carla King is a San Francisco based writer and member of the Wild Writing Women group whose work The Traveler has reviewed in previous issues. Carla's latest effort American Borders Breakdowns in small towns all around America tells the story of her solo journey around the United States on a Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle. The Traveler hasn't had time to review this book yet, but we will soon. You can too! Get Carla's book and let us know what you think! American Borders Breakdowns in small towns all around America by Carla King

Why We're Taking up the Cause of the African Elephant
Immediately after a 1989 international trade ban on ivory, illegal elephant poaching was nearly stopped dead in its tracks. Now, some eighteen years later, poachers have come back with a vengeance, due in large part to the fact the enforcement of the trade ban has declined through lack of funding from countries most effected by the poaching.

Many of these countries, such as Zambia and Zimbabwe, are poor and ensnared in economic and political turmoil. It is difficult for such governments to fund the enforcement necessary to protect the African Elephant from poachers. In the year ending August of 2006, up to five percent of the remaining elephant population in Africa was slaughtered, amounting to more than 23,000 elephants and 240 tons of ivory.

Many of Humankind's problems are solved, at least initially, through economic incentive. If countries too poor to feed and protect their own human population are expected to fund enforcement of illegal trade laws and stop poaching, then the international community needs to step up and provide funding and support to enforce the ban on the illegal ivory trade. It isn't hard, or even that expensive, for rich nations to accomplish such a goal, it takes nothing but a desire to do so. We did it before, and we must do it again. Saving the elephant is, in part, saving ourselves.

I wish to believe that the money The Traveler spent two years ago to journey to Land of the Elephant helped to provide, if just a little bit, the means for those living in Botswana to live an honest life. And they, in turn, helped us do the same, if just a little bit, by allowing us to witness first-hand the power and majestic beauty of the Elephant and land she occupies.

Nothing connects one to the earth and all its creatures more than standing quietly in the yawning dusk of the African savannah, watching a family of great elephants move quietly through the tall grass. To this day, chills go up my spine remembering that day, how humbled and awestruck it was to actually be there, in the Land of the Elephant.

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