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"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love"

Ernest Hemingway
American novelist and short-story writer, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, 1899-1961



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Welcome to the October issue of The Traveler!

Happy Halloween from The Traveler!

Happy Halloween from The Traveler!

It's a little boo scary here at The Traveler this Halloween. But that doesn't deter us from bringing our fearless readers another issue packed with feature articles, travel news and resources, and our travel writing pick-of-the-month

Our feature articles this month have us whiling away a lovely day in Melbourne, taking a living history lesson through northeast Italy, and then - after a night's sleep in a Ford Focus - exploring the Dordogne Valley in southern France.

But wait! What's that I hear? The creaking door of an ancient castle? A faint mumble in a darkened room when no one is there? BOO! In celebration of All Hallows Eve we've added two special Halloween Feature Articles as a special treat from The Traveler!

Our Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month is inspired by The Traveler's recent visit to Key West, Florida. Incidentally, we missed Wilma by one week and we wish everyone in the area the best as the recover from yet another devastating hurricane - especially our friends at the American Writers & Artists Institute in Delray Beach: Hang in there guys!

Last but not least, we've got the latest in travel resources, ideas, and bargains for all your late autumn travel needs.


Feature Articles

A Day in Melbourne
Visit Australia's most livable city

A Journey Through Roman History in Northeast Italy
A living history lesson

Rapture in the Dordogne Valley
A visit to the Perignon Noir region is worth even sleeping in your car

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

We recently spent a couple days in Key West, and found what every west coast boy already knows: watching the sun set like a great orange ball into the vast blue ocean is the best way to end the day. The Traveler may still think that Hawaii is the place for him, but he can understand why Hemingway and Truman - among many, many others - found Key West as a "Paradise". That The Traveler isn't among them is of little consequence.

In the interest of giving Key West a fair shake, we offer the insights of a place that only an astute cabby would have. Michael Suib may let loose with a cliche now and again (don't we all - or it wouldn't be cliche), but he's likeable enough and his book gives an insider's look of Key West that no west coast boy ever could. A fun and easy read:Confessions of a Key West Cabby

Happy Halloween from The Traveler!Holiday Feature Articles - Happy Halloween from The Traveler

Spooky Europe
Explore the haunted places of Europe

Haunted Holiday in Victoria, BC
So you think ghosts don't really exist? Perhpas you haven't been to Victoria

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

All Your Travel Needs In One Place -
Find a flight, rental car, winter vacation, weekend getaway, or the adventure of a lifetime! You'll find everything you need from airline tickets to vacation packages to travel insurance, foreign currency exchange, and passport processing.. It's all at!

Peace on Earth -
If only we could provide even a hint of such a thing. But wait! At least you can find a little peace and quiet when you board that next jetliner or move through a crowded, noisy city. NoiseBuster® noise canceling audio headphone is the perfect gift item for frequent travelers, commuters, users of lawnmowers or motorized exercise equipment, music lovers, or anyone who just needs a little solace from the constant din that surrounds us. From now until December 31, 2005, the NoiseBuster headphone is available for a discounted price of $50, nearly 30% off the regular $69 price, when purchased online at

Two Hawaii Updates and Special Deals:
Captain Zodiac is on the Case -

Captain Zodiac whale watching adventures off the Kona coast on Hawaii's Big Island is gearing up for the whale mating and migration season that begins in a few weeks. The experience brings travelers within a 100 yards of the up to 40 foot long, 40 ton humpbacks that dive, jump and slap the water upwards of 50 times in order to attract a mate. Captain Zodiac vessels are specially equipped with hydrophone listening devices on board the rafts that enable passengers to hear the underwater sounds of the mammals. For more information and pricing, visit

The Fairmont Orchid -
Located on Hawaii's Big Island, the Fairmont Orchid is offering an Empty Nest package geared at adult travelers whose children have all gone off to college. Those who book a room this fall on the Fairmont Orchid's Gold Floor will receive a fifth night for free, starting at $599 per couple. Complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening appetizers and honor bar are some of the perks of staying on the Gold Floor. The plan is valid through Dec. 20. Log on to for more information.

Pack N' Fly Fall and Winter Sale -
Catch great air fare deals on United this fall and winter with sale fares from coast to coast and many places in between. With your airline discount, visit friends and family, embark on a dream vacation or meet with a business partner or client in person. Whatever your reason, just “Pack N’ Fly” on United through February 3 and save. But you've got to hurry! You'll need to book your travel by October 31st! Get all the information and book your travel at the United Airlines website.

Find the Perfect Airline Seat -
We all love to travel here at The Traveler. Otherwise we wouldn't be having so much fun doing what we do. But there is one thing we find harder and harder to endure as the years go by - airline travel. The Traveler has even taken to referring to an airplane as a "torture tube". Now that may be a little harsh, but if you're trapped in a bad seat with the guy in front of you reclined right in your face, it can seem like a mild form of torture after a few thousand miles. While there isn't always anything you can do about it, you can at least give yourself a fighting chance by arming yourself with the best information on the airline's seat configuration for their fleet of airplanes and using that information to get the best seat you possibly can when you fly. There are two great sites that offer the consumer this information. Check them out before you board another airplane. and

New Expeditions from Earthwatch -
Work closely with scientists as they conduct research projects in archeology, marine mammals, coral reefs, and many many more. Find a rewarding way to travel and see the world that goes well beyond the usual vacation. Get all the information at the Earthwatch website.

Cairo from $699 -
A great deal from our friends at Gate1 Travel. This package includes airfare, 5 nights deluxe accommodations, and breakfast daily. Get all the details at the Gate1 Travel website.

Wine & Mushroom Fest -
The 6th annual Mendocino Wine & Mushroom Fest is November 10 through 15. A northern California extravaganza featuring exhibits, a county fair, mushroom growing classes, winemaker dinners, coast botanical garden walks, and much more. A great autumn tradition in beautiful northern California. Get all the information at

Package Deals on Resorts and Condos From Snap Travel -
Snap travel offers "pay for a long weekend, stay for a week deals". Get all the details at Snap Travel.

Back from the Brink: EcoTravel Companies Adjust After Patagoni -
Despite a destructive fire last February, Patagonia still offers some of the finest EcoTravel opportunities in the world. Find out more here.

Wolves of Yellowstone from Natural Habitat Adventures -
In 1995, the gray wolf was reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park after nearly seven decades of their disappearance from the Park.
Yellowstone in the winter is something to be experienced that words can’t do justice. Every winter as the Park is blanketed with snow, a silence falls over the landscape. Buffalos sport a winter coat of frost, geysers create warm clouds of steam, and the howls of the wolf can be heard across the valleys. From the comfort and warmth of our snow vehicles, you will traverse the Park in search of wolves, elk, buffalo, and the mighty Old Faithful!
The elusive wolf can be seen walking across the snow, howling on a hillside, or running with the pack.
Come venture into Yellowstone this winter and explore the wildlife of America’s Serengeti! Find out more about this great adventure from Natural Habitat Adventures.

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