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The sun sets on the Kona coast - Photo by Tom Schueneman












 The Bird Man and The Lap Dancer - Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month for April







“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”

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A study in design and color, Hawaii Botanical Gardens - Photo by Tom Schueneman  
Rainforest trail, Volcanoes National Park - Photo by Tom Schueneman
The Kona Coast, south of Place of Refuge - Photo by Tom Schueneman  

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Welcome to the April issue of The Traveler

It's been a rainy spring so far at The Traveler's offices in downtown San Francisco, but we managed to dodge some of the rain with eleven days on the Big Island of Hawaii. Of course, the islands have had enough rain to drown a horse - literally in some cases we'd imagine.

Fortunately, The Traveler was able to avoid all but the finest mists in the rainforests and lava craters of Volcanoes National Park, and that's just the way we like it. You can read more about The Travelers latest adventures to the islands at The Traveler Blog.

But we've got work to do, so we're back in the office to prepare the latest in travel adventures from around the world.

And it's adventure that we've got with our April feature articles! Some adventures are born of necessity, like Susan Stephenson'sRocky Mountain Hi. Others are discovered, like Keith Kellet's Madrid Bus Ride. Still others are brought on ourselves, as with Cherie Thiessen's Patagonia Passage. In all cases, our veteran writers let us enjoy their adventures from the comfort of a comfortable chair.

The Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month for April is another ideal solution for the armchair adventurer. From exotic tropical jungles to living on the high seas and in remote villages strewn across the globe, you'll see it through the eyes of a man who lived it and who always knows how to tell a great story.

Spring is here and for now the rain has stopped. It's when The Traveler's thoughts turn to warmer days and a world to explore. We've got our latest travel resources, ideas, and bargains to help turn those thoughts into reality!


Feature Articles

Rocky Mountain Hi
All together now... "Sing... ing in the rain, just in the rain"... All in the name of relief.

Madrid Bus Ride
What to do the next time you find yourself in Madrid with some time on your hands

Patagonia Passage
Don't forget your motion sickness medication, and have another glass of wine

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Eric Hansen has spent a lifetime doing what most of us only dream of: traveling the world in search of adventure and enlightenment. His witty and expressive prose bring it all out in this sagacious, insightful, sometimes poignant, and always fun collection of travel essays. Hansen is a master storyteller. The Traveler took this book along with him to the Big Island, not sure what to expect. He was pleasantly surprised and found it hard to but the book down.
The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer : Close Encounters with Strangers

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Canyonlands and Beyond
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Cool Sound in Spain this Summer
The Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival celebrates this year its 30 anniversary and is an indispensable appointment in the Spanish musical scene. The characteristic of those three decades of music is the mix of the modernity and the experience of the great jazz musicians. And this year is no exception.
The Festival will present between July 8th and 15th exclusive concerts from the “Colossus” Sonny Rollins and Paco de Lucia with Wynton Marsalis, who is going to premier the Vitoria Suite. Make this summer something special. Check out all the details at the official Vitoria Jazz Fest website.

Run Away with Huck Finn this Summer
One might think that looking like Huck Finn is only reserved for a place like Hannibal, Missouri, but in Victorville, California they've been picking a boy to be Huck for the past 30 years. It's all part of the annual Huck Finn Jubilee - This year held June 16-18. Word has it that Mark Twain himself will make an appearance.

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