TheTraveler - March 2003
Traveler's Tales, Adventure, Ideas & Resources, and musings from The Traveler... The adventure awaits...
March 2003 * 03/24/03

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Welcome to The Traveler

Welcome to the March issue of The Traveler-

Spring is here and we at The Traveler are keenly aware that we are amidst uncertain times, especially when considering leisure or adventure travel. In times like these it's important to remember that it is possible, even vital, to explore the natural wonders of this world with awe, and encounter other people and cultures with acceptance and an open heart. Not to deny the ills and evil in the word, but neither to deny the wonder and promise that is before us everyday.

The Traveler welcomes the coming of Spring - new life and new beginnings - and hopes that through peaceful exploration and interaction, the promise and hope of peace may come just a little bit closer.

Onto the fun stuff! In this issue we'll take you to some of the best romantic room views in one of the most romantic spots on earth - Hawaii!

Then escape to the wilderness - the urban wilderness that is, with a rundown on some of the best urban trails in Arizona.

Next, visit the Rainbow of the Caribbean - St. Kitts.

These feature articles plus our travel writing Pick-of-the-Month, featured travel ideas and resources for March, and What's New at

Feature Articles

Hawaii's Most Romantic Room Views - Find some of the most romantic room views in all the islands.

Escape to Arizona's Urban Trails - To get away from it all, you really don't have to go that far.

St. Kitts - The Rainbow Island - The Caribbean that memories are made of.


Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

A slight departure from the usual travel literature we feature at The Traveler but a departure well worth it. Learn of a quiet life on the Left Bank of Paris, the wonders of the piano, and the passion of those that care for them. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank.

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

Free Half Day Scenic Tour on the Big Island of Hawaii - Hawaii's Waikoloa Beach Marriott, an Outrigger Resort on the prestigious Kohala Coast of the Big Island, is offering a FREE half-day scenic tour with any five-night minimum stay. As part of its "Celebration of the Land," from April 15 to November 15, 2003, the resort will give one guest per room a Kohala County Falls Adventure worth $89, based on a five-night stay. Find out more by visiting their website, or calling reservation at (888) 924-5656.

More Than 20 Airlines Announce Flexible Wartime Travel Policies - Brought to you by, get the details here.

Weekly Vacation Specials at - Expedia offers special vacation packages updated weekly. Here's the current special -

Post Your Travelogue Online - In partnership with, The Traveler offers this free service to share your travels with the world or your own select list of family and friends. Free address book, "express update", email box, and more. Find out more.

Riviera Maya, Mexico - Visit the site voted #1 by the Wall Street Journal for the Mexico Caribbean coast - The Riviera Maya. Comprehensive site has everything you need to plan and book the perfect adventure to this popular destination.

Amazon Adventure in Luxury - From US$448 (US$520 before discount), not including airfare. Features four days at the Ceiba Tops where private rooms with air conditioning provide Amazon adventure in luxury. Experience hikes in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops that includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes. Tours are offered by Amazon Explorama Lodges, find out about this and other travel packages on their website.

Retrace the Steps of the 1898 Klondike Goldrushers - July 25 -31 and August 2 – 9. $1530 US. (Not including travel to Yukon, hotel stays, transfers, food while not on expeditions.) Hike the famous Chilkoot Trail and paddle a portion of the Yukon River. Suitable for the inexperienced. Sea to Sky Expeditions offers this and other trips including backpacking, dogsledding, sea kayaking and more. Find out about these trips on their website.

Special Deals on Amtrak - One person pays full fare, the second person pays half price, and the third person rides for free. Find out more.

Greek Islands Vacation, 10 Days in May, incl. Air for $899 - offered by, this special may sell out quickly, so get all the details now at the TravelZoo website

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We're always adding new resources and features for your travel and adventure. Make sure to check out the latest by visiting our What's New page - We've added a lot of stuff for March!

Everything for the Smart Traveler

Return to Tourist Travel

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

--From the International Institute on Peace through Tourism


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