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A Track in the Desert: The Savuti Marsh, Chobe National Park, Botswana. Photo by Tom Schueneman



















 A Sense of Place by Michael Shapiro - The May Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month







The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.

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Kauai Sunset from Lawai Beach - Photo by Tom Schueneman
Orhids on Kauai - Photo by Tom Schueneman
The Road Less Traveled - Kauai, Hawaii - Photo by Tom Schueneman

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Welcome to the May issue of The Traveler!

Welcome to the May issue of The Traveler.

Happy Memorial Day! The Traveler is proud to present two special website feature articles in honor of the 60th anniversary of the end World War II in Europe.

Of course, we have our regular monthly feature articles from our network of top-notch travel writers. From exploring the enchanting wonders of Santa Fe to visiting a training camp for elephants in Thailand, exploring mysterious crop circles in eastern Europe, or enjoying a special place in Provence, we've got you covered this month.

The Traveler takes a slightly different tack for our Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month. Instead of looking at great travel writing, we'll look at great travel writers in Michael Shapiro's A Sense of Place.

Last but not least is our usual lineup of Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains so you can get out there and see the world!


Feature Articles

Santa Fe--the City Different
Explore the cultural center of the Land of Enchantment

A Special Place in Provence
A charming country inn combined with the beauty of Provence

Van Gogh and Pelé in the jungles of Thailand?
That fetching watercolor was painted by an artist trained in Thailand - oh, and she's an elephant too.

Wylatowo Traveler
A small town in eastern Europe has story to tell that's out of this world.

Memorial Day Special Features from

Travel to Remember and Never Forget -
Sixty years ago the most devastating war Europe had ever known came to an end. The ghosts of those tragic years live on in certain special places. Places with names like Auschwitz and Oradour-sur-Glane, some well known, some not so. Join Danny Hizon and Joseph Yenkavitch as they visit these places sixty years on. Will remembering help to never repeat the past? In honor of all that fought, endured, and survived the tragic years of World War II we provide our monthly feature articles: Oradour-sur-Glane - A Village Stopped in Time and Remembering Auschwitz.

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

This month we take a look not at travel writing per se, but at travel writers. In Michael Shapiro's A Sense of Place we'll talk with such names as Bill Bryson, Pico Iyer, Tim Cahill, Isabel Allende, Paul Theroux and many others. Names that have highlighted past installments of the Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month and others that will surely be featured in future issues. Get inside the heads of these great travel writers with A Sense of Place : Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration (Travelers' Tales)

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

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A Premier Example of an African Wildlife Safari - Capricorn Safari was the outfitter for
The Traveler's wildlife safari last year. Their combination of knowledge, experience, and dedication to the African wilderness provided The Traveler with an unforgettable introduction to the African Bush of northern Botswana. It's a brand new safari season in Botswana, the jewel of Africa, so now is the perfect time to visit their website to find out more.

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Molokai - The Other Hawaii -
Regular readers may be familiar with The Traveler's adventures on the island of Molokai (you can read all about it in "Molokai - Hawaii for Hawaiians" Now is your chance to experience a quieter, less tourist oriented Hawaii with the "Sprit of Molokai" package from The Lodge & Beach Village at Molokai Ranch. Get all the details at the Molokai Ranch website.

Find Great Unpublished Fares -
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Asia in a Week from Ritz Tours -
Ritz Tours rolled out a series of "Asia in a Week" tours that combine Tokyo with mainland cities in six-night itineraries. A package combining Tokyo and Bangkok includes three nights at the Akasaka Prince inn Tokyo and three at the Montien Riverside inn Bangkok, with breakfast, a sightseeing tour of Tokyo and two sightseeing tours of Bangkok. The Tokyo portion is the same in packages that combine Tokyo with Beijing and with Hong Kong. In Beijing, the package includes three nights at the New Otani and a sightseeing tour of Beijing. The Hong Kong package includes three nights at the Hyatt Regency and a sightseeing tour of Hong Kong. Get all the details at the Ritz Tours Website.

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Gate1Travel offers tours to Istanbul Turkey from four to six nights starting from $699. Package includes airfare and much more. Get all the details at the Gate1 Travel website.

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Vacation Homes and Condos from $99/night - is a resource for premier vacations in the U.S., Mexico, and beyond. Take your pick of stylish studio apartments, resort condos, villas, and cottages. Get all the details at 

Swallows and Amazons -
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