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Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii - The August Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month









“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain quotes (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)


















Spanning the Zambezi - Seen from the Vic Fall Hotel, Zimbabwe - Photo by Tom Schueneman  
  Yosemite National Park - Photo by Tom Schueneman
Arches National Park, Utah - Photo by Tom Schueneman  

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Volunteer conservation projects abroad
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Welcome to the August issue of The Traveler

Here in the United States, Labor Day is nearly upon us, heralding the end of summer; at least symbolically if not quite the actual autumnal equinox. But schoolchildren were seen trudging off to school outside The Traveler offices this morning, heralding another change of season and anticipation of our favorite time of year here at The Traveler - fall!

We've got a full complement of feature articles for our readers to anticipate this month. We start with a look at the greener side of Prague, then down under for a biking adventure through the north island of New Zealand, then it's is off to the beach in sunny - no you didn't guess it - Scheveningen, The Netherlands. Next, we're off to experience rich Hungarian culture and hospitality, and finally, we feel what it's like to be a woman of a certain age traveling alone in Bali. Indeed, our network of adventurous travel writers cross the globe to bring you, dear reader, the world!

For our Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month, this month we, well, don't have one. Actually, that's not entirely true; in fact, we feature one of our favorite authors of all time. You'll see what we're talking about below.

And, as always, we have our monthly offering of travel resources, ideas, and bargains for all your late summer and fall travel plans.

-To all our loyal readers...


Feature Articles

Prague Au’Naturel
You've beat back the throngs, seen all the tourists haunts. Now it's time to visit the open spaces, parks, and natural beauty that is Prague Au' Naturel.

Two Souls Departing – Cycling New Zealand’s North Island
If you really want to experience the landscape - and the people - bike across it.

The Copacabana, Bora Bora, Bars, Beachfront Boardwalks, but not a windmill in sight. Don't let cliches cloud your perception.

The Best Little Hotel We Never Stayed At
Sometimes a mistaken hotel reservation leads to the best service - and the best time.

Alone in Bali
A woman traveling alone in Bali - get out your camera...

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

"I thought you had the travel writing pick-of-the-month this issue "...

It seems as if nobody here at The Traveler's offices took it upon themselves to review a new travel writing book for August. We've been hard at work keeping abreast of the latest travel resources, researching new adventures, reviewing articles from our team of travel writers, but no new travel book reviews came across the editor's desk.

Truth be told, we may have done it on purpose. It's times like these that we bring out some of our favorites from the past, and there's none better than our hero - Mr. Mark Twain. We've been feeling like we could use a good dose of Twain lately.

In Letters from Hawaii we get Twain's impressions of the Sandwich Islands, later to become the Hawaiian Islands, through his regular dispatches for the Sacramento Union in 1866.

Twain observed the world in which he lived, but he is timeless in the way he can bring to bear a sense of place, filtered through his own sardonic wit and ironic twist of phrase. We think this should be required reading for all visitors to Hawaii - or anyone else interested in reading a great American writer, traveler, and philosopher.  Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

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Vacation Packages/Rentals:
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Interesting Stuff:
Travel Dispatches From a Shrinking Planet is a website after The Traveler's own heart. Focusing on the journey more than the destination, focuses on travel as a means of discovery and change. You'll find some of the world's top travel writers as contributors, and there's even an opportunity for up-and-coming writers to submit their work. Explore the world at

One Stop for Official Travel Documents
Birth certificates, passports, and visas, all facilitated through one source. Not sure which documents you need for the country you're traveling to? Confused by all those forms? is the website to visit.

Get the Latest Airport Security Measures Straight from the Source
The Traveler remembers, way back when, the day he could show up at the airport and just walk on the plane. With a pocket knife in his pocket, a bottle of water in his carry-on bag, and excitement in his heart in anticipation of a brand new adventure. Those days are gone. At least the part about the pocket knife, and now the bottle of water. Get the latest baggage restrictions from the Transportation Security Administration.

Yosemite in Autumn
After Labor Day the crowds subiside just a bit and the colors of autumn come out in Yosemite Valley. It one of The Traveler's favorite times to visit Yosemite; in fact, he'll be reported from the park this October. Why not you too? You'll find everything you need for your trip to Yosemite - from lodging to ways you can help preserve the unmatched beauty of the park - at

Amtrak Gets You There
Yes, to Yosemite, and to points all over the country. Train travel is a great way to see the countryside in luxory and comfort - and, yes, bring along all your fluids and leave your shoes on...
Get the latest hot deals from Amtrak here.

Cheap Hawaii Vacations! - Save up to 50%
Can you say Aloha?

Theatre Breaks with Superbreak
Ready for the best of London theater? Oh, pardon... we mean theatre? Get your pick of the best seats at the best shows in London, complete with hotel and many other extras.
Get all the details here

Take a Vacation and Make a Difference
Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that brings science to life for people concerned about the Earth's future. Founded in 1971, Earthwatch supports scientific field research by offering volunteers the opportunity to join research teams around the world. This unique model is creating a systematic change in how the public views science and its role in environmental sustainability. Be one of Earthwatch's 4000 volunteers that give their time every year to help create a sustainable future. Expedition contributions are set to increase on October 1st, so sign up now for all available 2006 and 2007 expeditions at the current 2006 price. Get all the details at the Earthwatch Insitute's website.

What's New at

Our third annual Fall Color issue (part 1) soon hits the press! The Fall Color issue have been some our most popular issues here at The Traveler. We're excited to bring our third annual series of Fall Color issues for 2006. Part 1 is due out in mid-September, and the follow up in mid-to-late October. If you love Autumn and the magnificent color that comes with the season, then you'll love the Fall Color Special issue of The Traveler!

We've got new stories posted on our website, make sure to check them out! Look at past web features articles (not shown here in The Traveler) out 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

Concerned about climate change and global warming? Check out our new site: - Find out what causes global warming, the current science surrounding the issues of climate change, and what you can do about it. We've also just started our blog at

What would Thomas Paine think? The Traveler is involved in a new project sponsored by The idea is to blog historical figures of the past, using their own words to current events and life in our modern world. Check out our little bit of this interesting project at


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