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October 2003* 10/28/03
Welcome to the October 2003 issue of The Traveler!
Halloween is just upon upon us and with it the beginning of another holiday season. Now is the time to start making those holiday travel plans and exploring options for exciting adventures in the coming year.
In our feature articles this month, we'll take you on a romantic rail journey through the breathtaking vistas of northern Montana, then half way around the world to the mystic, Buddha-filled caves of Raya Maha Viharaya in Sri Lanka, and then back to the states to follow the ancient footsteps of the Anasasi in Northern Arizona.
As always, we also offer our travel writing pick-of-the-month. We'll round it all off with some travel ideas and bargains sure to get those creative juices flowing as you dream of your next adventure.
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the Rails on the Montana Daylight
to Face With Buddha
de Chelley - Ancient Footsteps
Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month
This month The Traveler takes a little departure from our typical travel writing pick. Regular readers know that one of our favorite writers is Bill Bryson, whose many selections of informative, insightful, and downright funny travel books have been featured in past columns of the Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month. This month we features Bryson's latest book "A Short History of Nearly Everything". Bryson takes us on the ultimate journey as he presents our current scientific understanding of the world around us. From the unimaginable vastness of the universe to the unbelievably infinitesimal and strange word of quarks and protons and all the tiny bits of matter that make up everything we see. It's a journey of discovery for the curious but scientifically untrained among us - which is most of us. Bill Bryson presents fascinating and complex ideas in his usual easy and humorous manner. Another highly recommended book for anyone the least bit curious about what makes our universe - and ourselves - tick. A Short History of Nearly Everything
Travel Ideas, Resources, and BargainsGreat Fall Color - Now Peaking - Many have visited our special Fall Color Page we introduced last month. Many parts of North America are now experiencing"peak color" and other parts will soon reach their ultimate color display. You can use the resources on the Fall Color Page to find out the best places to go to see the wonderful colors of autumn! Visit our Fall Color Page and find out more.
It's Springtime in New Zealand - Air New Zealand is now offering special airfares and vacation packages for travel now through December 2003 (like the 12 night "Best of New Zealand" package starting at $1899). To find out more about all they offer, including packages to Tahiti and other destination throughout the South Pacific, check out the Air New Zealand website.
It Isn't Spring in Hawaii - But the weather this time of year is still great! In fact, it's The Traveler's favorite time of year for visiting the islands. A great place to start exploring the islands on the web is at Hawaii.com, where you'll find a plethora of resources and information about the islands and ways to visit. The Traveler also recommends the 33rd annual Kona Coffee Festival on the Big Island (The Traveler's favorite island). Find out all about it at the official Kona Coffee Festival website. For more information about visiting the Big Island, read our travelogue The Big Island Revisited and our web photo albums. For travel information, places to stay, and resources on the Big Island, check out BigIsland.com. Aloha!
the Rails on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad - Relive
the romance of a bygone era aboard the Great Smoky
Mountain railroad. Passengers will enjoy the year-round
scenic beauty of North Carolina, traveling across
fertile valleys, through tunnels and across river
gorges in a spectacular region of eastern America
called the Great Smoky Mountains. Exciting special
events such as a ride with Thomas The Tank Engine,
the Santa Express, Railfest 2003 and our Fall Leaf
Spectacular make the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
a special treat. Find out about the train, learn about
all the special events, and book online reservation
at the Great
Smoky Mountain Railroad website.
Get One Night Free in Europe - E-vacations.com is offering one night free for cities throughout Europe, including Paris, Rome, Florence, and Amsterdam. Find out more about these great specials for hotels in Europe
Perfectly Located San Francisco Hotel for only $99 per night - A TravelZoo.com special (one night stays are $109. The ultra-hip Hotel Triton is offering this great deal through January 2004. Book your reservations online, or call Hotel Triton reservations at 1-800-800-1299 and ask for the Triton Exclusive.
welcomes tourists enchanted by acclaimed film "Lost
in Translation." - Film goers dazzled by
the vision of Tokyo in director Sofia Coppola's critically
acclaimed new film Lost in Translation, starring Bill
Murray, can now check into two Tokyo hotel packages
inspired by the film. The new Oakwood Residence Aoyama
is where director Sofia Coppola and her crew stayed
during the Lost in Translation filming in Tokyo.
is located in Tokyo's creative hub, Aoyama, the heart
of Tokyo's fashion, music and art world. The Oakwood
Residence offers beautiful suites complete with flat-screen
TVs, all-cotton linens, silk pillows and high speed
internet. Each suite has its own kitchen and washer/dryer
property is adjacent to Omote-sando, one of Tokyo's
favorite shopping streets. Oakwood's bilingual front-desk
staff help guide guests to the best of Japan. Rates
at Oakwood Residence Aoyama begin at ¥18,000/night
Back in Time at the Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi in
the exotic and ancient city of Istanbul
Valide Sultan Konagi is an old ottoman house of the
19th century and a special category family
run hotel situated in Sultanhahmet, very close to
the Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
For more information visit
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