TheTraveler - May 2003
Traveler's Tales, Adventure, Ideas & Resources, and musings from The Traveler... The adventure awaits...
May 2003 * 05/15/03

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Welcome to The Traveler

It's May and another season of summer travel and fun is upon us! (Except of course, for our good friends "down under", now enjoying autumn).

No matter where you are on this Earth, the coming months offer some great opportunities to visit new places and see new sights. Check our Ideas, Bargains, and Resources section to see what's on tap for this month.

We've got three feature articles this month, including a reprint of the much acclaimed "Out to Service" originally published in the April issue. We also travel to Southeast Asia with "Bring Me Sunshine" and then on to Uruguay and "A Refuge By the River". We welcome two new writers this month as we travel the world! (for those interested in helping us support new writers, please see our sidebar below.)

We also have our travel writing pick-of-the-month and what's new at TouristTravel...


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Feature Articles

Out to Service - College buddies looking for the Mexico of Spring Beak fame find reality in a dusty tourist town.

Bring Me Sunshine - The Smiling People of Laos.

A Refuge By the River - Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay; Intimate, peaceful, overflowing with secrets.

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Critics either loved or hated Craig Nelson's account of his worldwide adventures; from exotic and remote Indonesia to the Amazon Jungle and deep inside east Africa. Nelson does occasionally leave the reader wondering just what he is trying to say, but this is mostly a humorous, entertaining, and informative traveler's tale. Let Get Lost


Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Cancels Travel Advisory for Singapore -
On Tuesday May 6, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formally removed Singapore from its list of countries subject to “travel advisory” arising from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). For updates and more information, please visit the CDC or the WHO web (reported by 1st Air.Net, specialists in premium international travel)

Bike the Back Roads of Ireland - Bike the Back Roads of Ireland with Emerald Trail Cycle Tours. Ireland is a cyclist’s dream – quiet roads, friendly people and some of the most inspiring scenery in the world. Emerald Trail, a premier Irish cycle tour company, offers week-long tours from May to September on the back roads of Ireland which tourists rarely see. Tours typically cost $1,750 per person and includes all support, breakfast and evening meals. Bring your own bike, or hire one for an additional $120. Custom designed tours are also available. Visit their website. (reported by Nancy Pfeiffer, The Adventure Travel Media Source)

Queen Charlotte Islands Sea Kayaking Expeditions - Ecosummer Expeditions, the premier operator of active and educational adventures worldwide, is offering three different sea kayaking journeys to the Queen Charlotte Islands off the northwest coast of British Columbia. The 10 to 17 day sea kayaking and camping expeditions for outdoor enthusiasts interested in natural history, adventure and culture are scheduled throughout the summer of 2003, beginning the end of May until mid – September. Find out more at the Ecosummer Expeditions website.

Alaska’s Denali Park - Denali Park Resorts, which celebrates its 25th anniversary at Alaska’s Denali National Park & Preserve this year, has announced the May 15 opening of an all-new guest lodge at the McKinley Chalet Resort and the unveiling of extensive property and room renovations. The new lodge still has availability for the 2003 season (May 15 through mid-September). Start you Alaska adventure to the breathtaking Denali National Park by visiting their website.

Destination Sydney - The recent travel dispatch from the New York Times Travel Section has Sydney, Australia as the featured destination guide. Resources include current travel packages and deals, traveler's tips, weather, and other pertinent information for travel to Sydney, as well as access to dozens of articles, opinions, and editorials. Visit the Sydney destination guide, or find another destination guide from the New York Times.

Visit a National Park this Summer - From Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii, to Arcadia National Park on the eastern coast of Maine, the USA has a some of the most beautiful and unique national parks in the world. Visit one this summer and experience for yourself some of this nation's greatest treasures! Comprehensive information about the entire national park system is available on ParkNet, the official website of the National Park Service.

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What's New at

The "Road Dog in the West" travelogue coming soon as The Traveler ventures out in his little pickup truck across the Great American West. Featured destination will include Arches National Park in eastern Utah. Watch for this new travelogue and read past travelogues at our stories page.

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.

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