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March 2005 * 03/29/05

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Lost in Mongolia by Colin Angus - The Traveler's Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month










It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off.

- Woody Allen
American actor, author, screenwriter and film director, b.1935












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Welcome to the March 2005 issue of The Traveler!

The Traveler will be off to Kauai in a few days. Having been cooped up in the office since our wildlife safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe last year, we're eager to get "on the road" again and bring you new first-hand experiences of the world. So we're off to Hawaii - yes, it's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it! We'll be updating our travelogue in real time (as opposed to unreal time?) and you'll be seeing highlights in upcoming issues of The Traveler.

In this month's issue we bring you five feature articles to keep you in touch with the world. First is a look at Phuket, Thailand and surrounding areas from new contributor Sandra Scott. In her article People Who Need People, we'll see first hand the progress of recovering in the areas devastated by the recent tsunami.

Next is Moon Hill Reflections, where we'll huff and puff with Susan Stephenson up Moon Hill in Guangxi Province, People’s Republic of China.

Our next s
election, On Your Bike, is a follow-up from author Sean Condon whose story of his expatriate adventure in Amsterdam was our travel writing pick-of-the-month last November. (
My 'Dam Life: Three Years in Holland (Lonely Planet Journeys (Travel Literature)

Did we say we were going to Kauai? Yes we did! We'll wet your appetite for the Garden Isle with an article from one of our favorite contributors here at The Traveler. Always one to offer a unique and informative look at popular culture, Mike Marino rests his gaze on those "sons of the beach" with Kauai's Surfing Nation. If you like Mike's style, you'll love his book
The Roadhead Chronicles: Popculture and Chrome Meet Asphalt and Art.

Our final feature article introduce new contributor Daniel Eggerding's interesting essay on the romance found in the written form of the Chinese language with Romantic Chinese Characters .

That's a lot of features, but we love bringing you some of the best travel writing that you won't find anywhere else.

But we've got even more travel writing to feature with this month's travel writing Pick-of-the-Month. If you've never heard of the Yenisey River, you'll now it from one end to the other after reading Lost in Mongolia by Colin Angus.

Finally comes our list of this issue's list of travel ideas, resources, and bargains for your online exploration and travel planning.


Feature Articles

People Who Need People
The people in Phuket need the people of the world to come back

Moon Hill Reflections
A Hill in China With the moon at its end

On Your Bike
An ex-expatriot's story update

Kauai's Surfing Nation (Sons of the Beach!)
A "Roadhead" look at Kauai's surfing culture

Romantic Chinese Characters
A look into the Chinese character

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

A trio of young explorers travel from the high slopes of Mt. Otgen Tenger in Mongolia down the full extent of the Yenisey River through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean. If successful in their challenge, they will be the first group to run the world's longest unchallenged river.
A true adventurer's tale. Lost in Mongolia : Rafting the World's Last Unchallenged River

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

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British Columbia's New Gulf Islands Park Shelters a Kayaker Haven -
Imagine gliding along a pristine watery path, your paddle rhythmically submerging into the depths to propel you ever- forward.  Your scenery, nothing short of spectacular, offers up only one audible distraction - the piercing cry of an eagle.  Welcome to the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Jeff Hunter-Smith, a trained naturalist with a degree in ecology and environmental science, heads Island Adventure Tours which leads enthusiasts through this array sheltered islands. This four-hour trek features plenty of challenges, a stop for a gourmet snack and a chance to see an abundance of wildlife including eagles, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales. Get more information at Island Adventure Tours Website

The Ultimate in Armchair Travel -
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Tying the Knot Caribbean Style in Tobago -
The Palms Villa Resort's Wedded Bliss package lets couples hand over the organization staff who takes care of the license, wedding cake, photographer, flowers and even witnesses, if required.
Touches include a photo album, welcome cocktails and breakfast for the couple. Find your wedded bliss at the Palms Villa Resort's Website

Deals on Mini-Vacations to Premier Destinations -
Priceline has incredible 2 and 3-day package deals to Miami, Orlando, San Francisco and other exciting hot-spots right now! Pick the exact hotel or resort you want and we'll choose flights that give you plenty of play-time at your destination. Get all the information on Priceline's Max Savings on Mini-Vacations!

All You Need to Know to Survive Your Next Airplane Trip (smiling and in one piece) -
Ex-flight attendant Diana Fairechild (who's flown more than 10 million miles!) has updated her popular book Jet Smart to include new information and advice to combat the problems of air travel. She discusses deep vein thrombosis, cabin air and water, jet lag, airplane sanitation, "sardine seating",; and much more -- and offers hundreds of suggestions for conquering these "dragons" of air travel. (She'll also tell you why she's an ex-flight attendant.) Absolutely indispensable! Paperback, 147 pages. Jet Smarter  

Climate Sensitive Travel - offers a way for jet travelers to help compensate for the greenhouse gases their travel will produce by offering "tickets" based on the length of your trip. By purchasing MyClimate tickets, you support projects that allow for the compensation of the impact that your flights have on our climate. These projects are primarily dedicated to climate protection issues; they reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. This goal is mainly achieved by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, enforcing energy saving measures, or by introducing new, more effective technologies. The Traveler uses these tickets for all staff jet travel. Find out more at the website.

Horizon & Co. Culinary Villa Trips -
These Tuscany and Provence experiences will have you hosting dinner parties twice a week and dazzling friends with homemade aioli. Itineraries appeal to enthusiastic cooks and those who enjoy good food, wine and a passion for the art de vivre. Daily activities leave time for individual exploration. Guest chefs and instructors are chosen for their ability to communicate genuine passion for regional cuisine. Find out about this and other tours at the Horizon & Co. website.

Unique Safety Products for the Traveler -
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Special Deal on Maui's Plantation Inn -
A 19-room bed-and-breakfast in the center of Maui's whaling town of Lahaina, is offering a promotion through Dec. 15, 2005. The offer includes a three-night stay in a deluxe room, daily breakfast for two, a dinner for two at Gerard's restaurant, a lei greeting, car rental, a picnic backpack and a Hawaiian-print beach blanket. The price is $816, double. Visit

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