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March 2007 * 03/29/2007

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A Quiet Beach on Molokai : Photo by Tom Schueneman















The Risks of Sunbathing Topless : The Travel Writing Pick-of-the_month 













“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

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Welcome to the March issue of The Traveler

Spring is here, and so is autumn, depending on where you hang your hat. Soon The Traveler will be on spring break, heading south from The Traveler's San Francisco offices to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park in hopes of some excellent hiking and photography.

We'd like to thank everyone that took the time to fill out our reader's survey. We're still analyzing all your great answers to our questions and using that information to help plan The Traveler's future. We appreciate everyone's support of our efforts, The Traveler wouldn't be here if it weren't for all our great readers. That's you, so thanks!

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Let's get down to business! This issue we've got three new feature articles. We start in the North Sea, with a look at the Isle of Man from veteran writer and photographer Cindy-Lou Dale; next we head to Thailand for a magical afternoon in the land of the spa; and then back 'round the world to Antigua while our old friend Kathryn Lemmon checks out the Jolly Roger Resort.

After that is the travel writing pick-of-the-month for March. Another anthology of travel writing from funny women, the kind that make you laugh, guffaw, and generally have a great time.

And to top it off, as usual, we have this month's roundup of travel ideas, bargains, and resources.



Feature Articles

Jewel of the Irish Sea
Cloaked in Irish culture and history, the Isle of Man shimmers as the Jewel of the Irish Sea

Paradise: Koh Samui, Thailand's Island of Spas
Relax, you're in the Land of the Spa

The Jolly Roger at Antigua
Everything you need for fun and sun in the Caribbean

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

The Traveler thinks one of the most important things you should never leave home without is a sense of humor. In that vain, we present our March travel writing pick-of-the-month, an anthology of stories from funny women out on the road. Travel the world and see how humorous it all really is. The Risks of Sunbathing Topless: And Other Funny Stories from the Road

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains
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Fun Stuff
King Pacific Lodge Reduces Carbon Footprint
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Gamewatchers Launches Kenya's First Sea Kayaking Safari Program
Gamewatchers Safaris, a Nairobi-based safari company, is thrilled to announce the launch of Kenya’s first sea kayaking safari program featuring unique eco-friendly access to the remote, wild and beautiful islands of the Lamu Archipelago.
Guests paddle through the amazing Kiunga Marine Reserve by day and enjoy accommodation in classic safari-style tented camps by night. Program highlights include learning about the ancient civilizations of the region and marine ecology as well as enjoying activities such as snorkeling, fishing, birding and exploring the wildlife of the tropical islands. Find out about this and other safaris offered at the Gamewatchers website.

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