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Welcome to the July issue of The Traveler!

The July issue is out a little early this month. The Traveler will be journeying to Botswana in a few days to participate in a private wildlife safari sponsored by Wilderness Travel Adventure. We'll be traveling with the president of Wilderness Travel and look forward to reporting back to our readers about our adventure in the months ahead.

Our feature articles this month offer a quiet lunch in Venice; the scene on the street one recent New Years Eve in Sarajevo; a museum in Orlando, Florida that is a must see for those that appreciate the art of Luis Comfort Tiffany; and a tour of Pacifica - that "other" city on a hill in Northern California.

Find your next adventure, bargain, or just browse the world of travel in our Travel Ideas, Resources and Bargains section.

Our travel writing Pick-of-the-Month features Bill Bryson's African Diary. Bryson donates all proceeds of this book to project CARE.

We've moved up our schedule this month, but didn't skimp on bringing you the best travel writing and travel resources.


Feature Articles

Sarajevo New Year
Amidst the ruins of a war-ravaged city, citizens celebrate the future

The Morse Museum of American Art
Home of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Collection

Leave Your Heart in San Francisco - Spend a Day in Pacifica
Just down the road is this quiet community by the sea.

A Quiet Sunday Lunch in Venice
It's possible to avoid the throngs of tourist to enjoy a quiet Sunday in Venice


Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Read the account of famed travel writer - and Traveler favorite - Bill Bryson's account of journey to Africa as the guest of CARE International. Bryson arrived in Kenya with a set of mental images and expectations gleaned from television and low-budget Jungle Jim movies from his Iowa upbringing. All that was wiped away the instant he experienced the vibrant reality of Kenya and its people. This is a sometimes lighthearted, sometime serious, but always enlightening account of daily life in Africa. Bryson donates all proceeds of this book to CARE International. Africa is calling this month with Bill Bryson's African Diary

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

Kayaking Tours in British Columbia - Northern Lights Expeditions has specialized in sea kayaking in the extraordinary paddling areas of Vancouver Island and the fabled Inside Passage region. They specialize in close encounters with wildlife, especially the orcas of Johnstone Strait and the Robson Bight orca sanctuary. Get all the details at the Northern Lights Expeditions Website.

Visit the Galapagos with Natural Habitat Adventures - The Galapagos originally found notoriety in the mid 1800's, when Charles Darwin formulated his theories on evolution from his observations of the unique and plentiful fauna of the archipelago. In 1934, the government of Ecuador set aside most of the islands in the Galapagos as a wildlife sanctuary – a perfect spot for Natural Habitat Adventures. The animals of the Galapagos show no fear of humans. Sea lions play alongside swimmers, and boobies and frigate birds pursue their mates within arm's length. Pods of dolphins swim playfully alongside the boat and red-footed boobies may perch on the ship's railing to hitch a ride. Ashore, mingle with the same friendly creatures that inspired Darwin over 150 years ago. To get more information about this adventure visit the Natural Habitat Adventures website.

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Save Money on Your Next Visit to London - The London Pass offers free entry to over fifty of London's premier attractions such as The Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and Kensington Palace. The Pass also allows users to beat the queues, access to free transport on buses, tubes and trains and numerous restaurant and theater discounts. Find out more about maximizing your next visit to London with the London Pass

Worlds Best Responsible and Ecotourism Holidays -, based in the UK, offers a directory and information for dozens of family holidays, adventure holidays, ecotourism, responsible travel and tourism, and "ethical travel packages" throughout the world. To find out more, spend some time at the Responsible Travel website.

The Official National Park of the Month - The National Park Conservation Association's pick for Park of the Month is the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Find out all about this national treasure from the National Park Conservation Association.

See America's National Parks with Amtrak Vacations - Amtrak now offers special packages to 13 of America's most spectacular National Parks, including Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Park. Book train travel, hotel accommodations, sightseeing trips, car rentals, and National Park Passes; all from the Amtrak Reservations system. The Traveler has used Amtrak to book travel to Yosemite National Park and personally recommends using Amtrak and leaving the car at home. For more information, visit the Amtrak website.

Beatlemania Strikes Brown Palace - Since 1892 the Brown Palace has been Denver's premier hotel. One of the most memorable nights in the hotels history was August 26th, 1964. The Beatles stayed at the Brown Palace that night. The two-bedroom suite in which they stayed that night after playing a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater has been renamed the Beatles Suite. In commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of that special night, the Brown Palace is offering a "Beatlemania Special" throughout 2004, including a traditional room for only $189/night and a host of other special amenities .Find out more about this special and the Brown Palace.

The "Other" Louisiana Where Elvis Got His Start - Shreveport offers a variety of cultural attractions including museums, botanical gardens, festivals, and a rich musical heritage including one of Elvis' first public performances at the Louisiana Hayride To find out more about this "other" Louisiana destination, visit the Shreveport-Bossier convention and tourist bureau website.

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Do Something New and Life Changing With Your Summer - Even if you only have one week to spare, you can make a difference in someone else's life - as well as your own. Volunteer abroad. Visit to find out about volunteer travel opportunities.

A World to Explore with National Geographic - The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Their mission is to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world's cultural, historical and natural resources. National Geographic has funded over 7,000 scientific research projects, supports an education program combating geography illiteracy and reflects the world through magazines, television programs, books, videos, maps, interactive media and merchandise. Your purchases help make this important work possible. Explore the World at the National Geographic website

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