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Sunset Palm - The Big Island of Hawaii - Photo by Tom Schueneman














 Ask the Pilot - The March Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month








If I'd had it my way, I'd have been a professional athlete, a sailor, a beachcomber, or some other form of hobo, a painter, a gardener, a novelist, a banjo-player, a traveler, anything but a rich man.

-William Steig












River on the Island of Kauai - Photo by Tom Schueneman  
Canyonlands National Park, Utah - Photo by Tom Schueneman
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Welcome to the March issue of The Traveler

We didn't make our deadline for this issue, you'll notice. We hate to keep our loyal readers waiting! By way of explanation, we'd like to ask if anyone has any good jury duty stories... Feel free to let us know if you do, and, someday soon, we'll tell you ours.

Now, on with the show!

A long March it has been here in our San Francisco-based headquarters. As of this writing, we are still waiting for Spring. I look out the The Traveler office window to see yet another wet, late afternoon - darkening gray into evening.

But The Traveler has another Big Island Hawaii travelogue due later this year, so, as our job demands research, and research we shall. We will be heading off to warmer and hopefully sunnier climes very soon. Stay tuned for the latest Big Island Report from The Traveler.

But right now we have another issue ready for your review.

Our feature articles this month present two unique ways to travel and do good at the same time; next comes a tale of a daughter and her mother experiencing, for the first time, the delights of Amsterdam (and the ensuing generation gap), and finally a walk through the back streets of Cairo.

The Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month for March is, admittedly, a little geeky. We'll explain later - and it's still a fun read.

No issue of The Traveler is complete without our monthly update of travel resources, ideas, and bargains.


Feature Articles

Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica
A second spent day dreaming and suddenly you find yourself sitting under a tree counting birds...

Pueblo Ingles: Like No Place on Earth
No cell phones, no email, and only English is spoken here in Valdelavilla

Mom Versus Amsterdam
Two generations experience Amsterdam for the first time - together

A Day of Discovery in Cairo
The dusty, twisting, ancient streets of Cairo - off the tourist-beaten track

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

No, it's not great literature, but if you've ever had any questions about anything related to air travel (especially the part that happens while you're on the plane) then this little book probably has the answer.

If you're an aviation geek like The Traveler, then you'll have a lot of fun with this book.

Also great for jurors that find themselves with plenty of time to fill while waiting to do your part in administering justice. Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

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Interesting Stuff:
Grand Opening - The Canadian Rockies’ Newest luxury Lodge in Yoho National Park

Cathedral Mountain Lodge will be welcoming guests starting May 21, offering the privacy, luxury and comfort of exclusive log cabins in the middle of one of the most naturally stunning and serene places on earth – the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

The newly completed timber frame lodge, built with re-claimed Douglas fir posts and beams, was designed by renowned Vancouver architect, Brad Lamoureux. The Riverside Dining Room and Grand Room are distinguished by an indoor/outdoor river rock fireplace, 24 foot vaulted ceiling and 18 foot high windows, providing majestic views from every vantage point. Find out more at the Cathedral Mountain Website

Walking Adventures
The Traveler loves it when we find a fun new website and business, like the one at Scott Walking Adventure. I'll let them say it from their website:
Our Mission is to offer inquisitive travelers an authentic walking and hiking experience, in beautiful places of natural history and cultural heritage with environmentally responsible and safe principles to our guests, our guides and the local communities in which we visit.
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