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 Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon - The Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month for June










Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.

- Thomas Fuller
British clergyman and writer, one of the most prolific authors of the 17th century. 1608-1661












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Welcome to the June issue of The Traveler!

Starting our 5th year of publication!

What do we have to say for ourselves after four full years of publishing The Traveler? A big, heart-felt thank you!

Thanks to our worldwide team of writers that have consistently provided The Traveler with new and exciting stories, thanks to all our merchant partners that bring fun and adventure to each issue, and thanks to our special joint-venture partners at the American Writers & Artists Institute making available one of the best travel writing courses available.

But, most of all, a great big thanks to you, our readers. You are the reason we do this, and we've had a heck of a good time bringing you each issue these past four years. We look forward to continuing to bring you The Traveler for many years to come. Are you curious what our fist issue looked like? Check it out here! (We all hope you think we've improved a bit over the past four years...)

To help celebrate our anniversary, we've started The Traveler Blog, which will enable you to stay in touch with The Traveler between regular newsletter issues. It's free, of course, and you can avoid the hassles of email while still enjoying The Traveler Blog. Find out all about it here.

Of course, we have our regular monthly feature articles from our network of top-notch travel writers. This month we get a close look at the 2005 season of Ashland Shakespeare Festival, watch as four Bodacious Blondes corrupt Mexican checkpoint soldiers, visit the Wild Animal Park in San Diego, and finally to the charming and multi-cultural town of Lecce, tucked away in the "heel" of the Italian "boot".

Next we have guest reviewer Michael McCarthy, a working travel writer based in Marin County California, for our Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month.

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

As Always - Enjoy!

Feature Articles

Ashland Shakespeare Festival
An informed look at the 2005 season

Bodacious Blondes Corrupt Mexican Checkpoint Soldiers
Four Blonds and a Blender...

Lecce: Jewel of the South
A Crossroads of Culture

Lions and Tigers and Bears... I expected
Expect that and more at the San Diego Wild Animal Park


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Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Our pick and review this month is by Michael McCarthy of Intentional

Everyone once in a while I run into a travel writer or traveler who hasn’t read this book, or hasn’t even heard of it. How can this be? This book ought to be mandatory reading for everyone over the age of 10. William Least Heat Moon paints a portrait of America on the printed page in the same way that Norman Rockwell put it on canvas. It’s a classic.

Of course, as with any classic, it’s all in the writing. Moon reveals himself as a lyrical stylist with a good memory for conversation and a keen eye for details. Consider this description of North Dakota : “There was something stretched about the landscape as if all dimension but length had been pulled from it. It seemed incapable of hiding anything. The buffy western soil was now the color of hazelnuts, and I knew I was nearly across the prairie.”

Who doesn’t long just to pack it all in one day, and just head out with “no direction home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone”? If there is such a thing as a guidebook into the soul of America , this is it. Blue Highways : A Journey into America

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

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Last Minute Deals Still Available for This Weekend -
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The Design Capital of Europe -
Barcelona lays claim to this vaguely pretentious moniker. But perhaps with some justification. New hotels like the Hotel Omm - a study in cutting-edge, Zen-like cool - have sprung up in Barcelona. The website reflects this ultra-hip, slightly pretentious, and very cool city. Check it out the Hotel Omm website.

Experience Easter Island -
Lanvacations presents a tremendous travel deal to the beautiful Easter Island and Santiago, Chile. With the 5-night "Santiago and Easter Island Special" you will visit one of the most elegant and vibrant cities in the Spanish speaking world, Santiago de Chile, a city surrounded by hundreds of miles of nature, wilderness and the mighty Andes Mountains. From Santiago your journey continues to Easter Island or Rapa Nui as it is anciently known. Easter Island is one of the most isolated places on earth. The Island will leave you in awe of its beauty and in wonderment of the gigantic stones placed in unique positions.
The "Santiago and Easter Island Special" includes roundtrip air on LAN Airlines, 2-nights hotel in Santiago de Chile, 3-nights hotel on Easter Island, tours, transfers and meals as specified in the itinerary and more. Package price starts from $1949. Find out all the details and book your trip at the Lanvacations website .

Visit Antarctica this Summer -
Of course, it's winter now in Antarctica, so when summer rolls around, those looking for a real adventure may enjoy Wilderness Travel Adventure's newest tour to The Falkland Islands & South Georgia. The Traveler personally recommends the tours offered by Wilderness Travel (though we haven't been to Antarctica - yet). If Antarctica isn't you bag, you are sure to find an adventure to suit your tastes at the Wilderness Travel Adventure website.

Custom Vacation Packages -
Expedia is offering vacation packages that can be custom tailored to your interests. Check out to find out how to Customize Your Trip  

Weekly Travel Specials -
From Russia to Costa Rica, you'll find great Weekly Specials from One Travel

Trinidad & Tobago Gourmet Jazz Festival -
When Tobago plays host to The First Annual Trinidad and Tobago Gourmet Jazz Festival from August 12 –14, 2005, the island will be hoppin’ to music from mega-artists such as Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Toni  Braxton, Chaka Khan, Lucky Dube, and Shaggy. Jazz enthusiasts should check out The Palms Villa Resort, Tobago, where seven nights for the price of six from August 4-18 will save them more than the price of a ticket.
Get all the facts at the First Annual Trinidad and Tobago Gourmet Jazz Festival website

Travel Deals to Croatia and Central Europe -
Gate One Travel has numerous packages available for travel to croatia and central Europe. Visit Gate One Travel to get the latest deals.

Get the Spirit of Aloha -
Aloha airlines offers trans-Pacific flights from $199 and inter-island flights from $74.
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