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May 2004 * 05/25/04








Molokai - A Tale of Two Dawns: Test & Photo by Tom Schueneman
















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The Soundman Chronicles:

The Traveler's latest chapter in the life of pushing faders, and some of the interesting things that happen.





Color Treatment of Trinidad Flowers - Photo: Tom Schueneman
Nature Teaches Geometry  in Las Vegas New Mexico - Photo: Tom Schueneman
Evening descends on Kona, Hawaii - Phtot: Tom Schueneman

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The Only way to Travel in Europe

Welcome to the May 2004 issue of The Traveler!

Here at The Traveler we've been sitting around scratching our heads, wondering where the first half of 2004 has gone. Come to think of it, we were doing the same thing last year about this time, and the year before that...

So it goes, time marches on and there is still a whole big beautiful world to discover. We've got some ideas in this issue to help you discover an exotic locale halfway around the world or just down the road a spell. You'll find all the latest in the Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains section.

This month we introduce four new writers to The Traveler for our feature articles. We'll explore Tanzania, the Canadian Far North; discover some magical moments in Mackinaw, and finally find how a few scary moments can lead to a very important lesson learned during the fun and sun of Florida's Spring Break season.

An as always, we round out our offering with the Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month. On tap this month is a practical guide to the art of travel with Travel Wisdom by Lynne and Hank Christen

In addition to all that, The Traveler offers his own look at a Molokai dawn and adds the next chapter to his popular soundman chronicles. So make sure to check out all the nooks and crannies of this issue to find all the fun stuff!



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Feature Articles

Counting Crocodlies
A hard life close to the land is still a good life in Zimbabwe.

Minority for a Week
A trip to Cape Dorset offers a glimpse into the life of the original settlers of Canada's Far North.

Mackinaw: A Step Back In Time
It is said that you can never go back; but some places harken back to a more innocent time, and of love, both timeless and new.

Learning the Hard Way - Being Safe on a Spring Break Break Vacatiion

A young woman enjoys the beaches, sun, and fun - and learns a valuable lifetime lesson.

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Our travel writing pick this month is a down-to-earth practical guide to traveling smart. Travel Wisdom is packed with useful information on things like packing like a pro, managing travel money, staying healthy while traveling, travel etiquette, dealing with setbacks, and much more. Humorous anecdotes are interspersed throughout. This book provides useful information for all travelers, especially those interested in group travel and cruising. Everyone will find something useful in Travel Wisdom: Tips, Tools, and Tactics for All Travelers

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains


Adventures and Travel Packages For Every Interest - offers tours, travel packages and adventures geared for your specific interests and lifestye. Whether it's archaeology, high adventure, astronomy, art, history, nature, deep-sea fishing, diving, bicycling, camping... You name it, has what you're looking for - even if you never thought you'd find it. Find our more by visiting the InfoHub Specialty Travel Guide

Comprehensive River Rafting Directory at - is an exclusive directory of river rafting outfits across the United States and the world. Instead of listing every outfitter, lists the best outfitter for each state or region, based on's own rigorous criteria. In addition, you'll find information and resources for experienced rafters and first-timers alike. If you need information about river rafting, start here.

Pan Pacific San Francisco Offers Family Fun Package - Priced from $395 per night for an ample Pacific Suite, which can easily accommodate a family of four, the package includes freshly baked cookies and milk; 20% food and beverage discount in the hotel’s Pacific Restaurant; complimentary overnight parking; San Francisco coloring book (created by the hotel’s concierge Andrea Freda); and the exclusive Pan Pacific city passport for kids, which features a special directory of “Family Friendly Things to do while visiting San Francisco.” For added comfort, families of four may want to get an additional room for only $139. Find out more at the Pan Pacific website

Chicago's Newest Boutique Hotel - Our offering this month from our friends at Stay at the 4-star Amalfi Hotel this summer for just $129 a night including breakfast.. This introductory offer is valid May 25-August 31, and includes both the Memorial Day and July 4th holidays. The special rate saves you about 60% OFF the standard rate of $309.Find out all the details

International Travel Planning from OneWorld - Specializing in around the world travel packages, OneWorld is a consortium of leading international air carriers offering customized itineraries and travel packages worldwide. Find out more at the OneWorld website.

Get Help With Unresolved Travel Issues - ATC ( offers a website for consumers that serves as a powerful forum and problem solving agent for travelers the world over. It saves consumers from making a costly mistake when choosing a travel service while also serving as a conflict resolution medium for people who have experienced problems while traveling. Users file feedback and complaints about their trips and experiences. This solution delivers the real experience from real people. ATC, through a consumer-based system allows consumer oriented traveling businesses to reveal their excellent service quality and guides the customer away from businesses with questionable credibility Find out more at

Discover Lewis and Clark's America - The Nature Conservancy offers comprehensive information about the courageous "Corps of Discovery" that set out on a bold westward trek for our young nation. Modern day adventurers interested in finding their own sense of America can learn of the journey, places, and environment that Lewis and Clark encountered. With this information, the Nature Conservancy allows you to create your own "Corps of Discovery". Find out more at the Nature Conservancy's website.

Great Deals to Hawaii - has put together some specials this summer for travel to the islands. Check out Travelocity's Hawaii Vacation Deals

Affordable China, Thailand Tours - Ritz Tours is one of the most experienced tour companies in the United States specializing in services to Asia. Apart from being Asia Specialists, Ritz Tours has also expanded our professional services into other parts of the world such as destinations to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the Continental USA. Find out more at the Ritz Tours website

The Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam - The Grand Canyon Tour company offers various tours and trips to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. From hiking to helicopters, you can discover this region with the Grand Canyon Tour Company of Las Vegas.

Maps, Weather, and More - offers a map store, point-to-point directions, world atlas, recreation maps, weather information, and more. To use all of resources Click here

All Your Travel Needs In One Place - Find a flight, rental car, winter vacation, weekend getaway, or the adventure of a lifetime! You'll find everything you need from airline tickets to vacation packages to travel insurance, foreign currency exchange, and passport processing... It's all at!

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