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“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

-Maya Angelou, American Poet

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Welcome to the June issue of The Traveler.

You'll forgive us getting the June issue out on the 2nd of July. An undertaking such as The Traveler is, of course, dependent on computers, servers, web hosts, and the like. When any one of them (how about all three?) start acting up, well, it slows us down and turns our hair gray. But neither crashed computer, slow server, or downed web host well keep The Traveler from its appointed rounds.

So let's get going!

Our feature articles this month take us from the tops of moving busses in India (as in bus surfing), to a bucking horse in Wyoming, and finally to a most unusual chapel along a twisting, turning road along California's beautiful northern coast. That's a lot of moving around, so if you're prone to motion sickness you might want to go slow!

Our travel writing pick-of-the-month is a little different than our normal fair, but if you've always wanted to learn Spanish but just haven't gotten around to it, we've got the perfect book for you. You'll be making your way through Madrid and talking up a Spanish storm in no time.

As always, we cap this issue with the latest travel ideas, bargains, and resources for your summer (or winter) travel and adventure.



Many readers will be enjoying the Fourth of July Independence Day celebration this coming Wednesday. In honor of the celebration, The Traveler offers our readers an essay called Thomas Paine: the First American Blogger, written for our
Have a safe and fun holiday.

Six Years of The Traveler!
This issue marks the anniversay of our first issue of The Traveler published in June of 2001. Our six year journey had been fun and exciting. We've made our share of mistakes and hopefully learned a thing or two along the way.

None of this would be possible without our loyal readers. So here's a great big thank you from The Traveler!

Feature Articles

Bus Surfing in India
The dudes riding the waves in southern California have nothing on the bus surfers of India

Cheyenne Frontier Days - The " Daddy of ‘em All"
The wild west comes alive every year in Wyoming

Welcome Interlude on a Corkscrew Road
An enchanted chapel along a quiety twisting road lead to a contemplative spirit

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Our travel writing pick is a little bit different this month. Instead of tales of exotic adventures, we have a book that will help you on your own adventure.

Knowing a foreign language, at least enough to function without causing any problems or embarrassing situations for yourself, is one important aspect for the intrepid world traveler.

Spanish teacher and author Meg Graham combines phonetic learning and important cultural clues and tips to help readers learn to communicate gracefully and efficiently in everyday situations.

If you've tried learning Spanish before and found it difficult or the learning process daunting, this book is for you! Ahora Hablo Travel Edition "Seven Simple Steps To Authentic Spanish (Ahora Hablo)

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Travel News, Ideas, and Fun Stuff:

Boundless Journeys' Palau Oceania Odyssey
Explore Palau’s unrivalled sea kayaking and snorkeling in the Rock Islands, paddle to hidden marine lakes, hike to waterfalls deep in the rainforest, and discover remnants of WWII archaeology. Find out more about this Pacific adventure at the Boundless Journey website.

Family Adventures from Horizon & Co.
Horizon & Co. is one of Canada's leading boutique travel companies. They've recently launched a series of innovative Family Adventures. Jennifer Deacon, Horizon's Senior Trip Planner says,
"The concept of our Family Adventures is simple: take our renowned itineraries around the world; weave in enriched activities, unique events, and learning opportunities for kids and adults; and make them available on a private trip basis for families of four or more. Whether it's the grandparents taking three generations to Africa on the ultimate mobile safari or a quick March-break getaway to the jungles of Belize for mom, dad and the kids, there's something for everyone." Find out more at the Horizon & Co. website.

Sustainable and eco-travel is important for us at The Traveler. A great place to get started on your next eco-vacation is at Responsible From their site you'll find
1000's of adventure holidays, family holidays, eco-friendly holidays, eco-tourism, walking holidays & eco places to stay from specialist operators. Get all the information on your next eco-holiday at the Responsible Travel website.

What's New at

As we mentioned last month, we're seriously considering moving The Traveler to a blog publishing format. This would help us keep our costs down and simplify our publishing process. It should also help us keep in touch with our readers more efficiently with fast-breaking travel news and opportunities. If you have any thoughts or comments, please let us know!

New stories are posted on our website, make sure to check them out! Look at past web features (not shown here in The Traveler) on our monthly feature article index page.

We're always adding new resources and features for your travel and adventure. Make sure to check out the latest by visiting our Home Page

A new addition to the History Blog Project! We've recently added our Albert Einstein Blog to our lineup of "history blogs", including Mark Twain and Thomas Paine.


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