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My 'Dam Life by Sean Condon - The November Travel Writing Pick of the Month








All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware
-Martin Buber


Rainbow over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
A Path through the rainforest, Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Windows Arch - Arches National Park, Utah

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Welcome to the November issue of The Traveler!

Another year, and another holiday season is upon us.

With the season comes gift lists, parties, and holiday travel. The Traveler has you covered!

Find last minute holiday travel resources, gift ideas for travel and adventure, and more in our Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains section.

Our Travel Writing Pick of the Month is from popular Australian author Sean Condon, telling his tale of three years spent as an ex pat in Amsterdam.

We bring you two Feature Articles this month: From the caves of the southwestern United States to the villages of Vietnam we've got the world for you to explore.

Whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, or just celebrating the passing of the seasons and the intricate workings of a mysterious universe on the Winter Solstice, this is a season that celebrates peace and togetherness; where often the words "Peace on Earth" are exchanged. Even in a dangerous world like ours, especially in a dangerous world like ours, we need to have a season where we gather together and say hopefully to one another "Peace on Earth". Maybe one day our hopes will become reality. May all your travels serve to open your heart and mind.

Enjoy the holiday season.

And enjoy this issue of The Traveler!


Feature Articles

Vietnam Gem
Exploring an exotic landscape with the help of locals eager to share their corner of the world.

Wanted: Dead or Alive
A living world much more than six feet under.

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Sean Condon weaves an amusing, insightful, and self-deprecating story of his move with wife Sally from Australia to their new home in Amsterdam to work on a magazine that shut down shortly after their arrival. The travails of earning legal residency, finding gainful employment, and securing a decent place to live in this city of canals, cloudy weather, cannabis, and culture is a well told story of interest to all ex pats and ex pat wanna-be's. Condon is able to describe life in Amsterdam in intimate detail while giving the reader a look into his head as he ponders the meaning of his own life and his place in the world.
My 'Dam Life: Three Years in Holland (Lonely Planet Journeys (Travel Literature))

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

Winter Travel Deals - Two Winter Promotions From Travelocity
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The Perfect Gift for Students of All Ages -
The International Student Exchange ID Card is an internationally recognized identification and discount card available to students of any age, faculty members, and youths between the ages of 12 and 26 years. Give the gift of travel this holiday season! Save worldwide with the ISE Card. Discounts on museums, hotels, airfare, and more!

Bookstore Tourism: A Great Holiday Gift for the Well-Read Traveler
Not sure what to give the well-read traveler in your life this holiday season?
Try the how-to guide that has single-handedly popularized a new travel niche for booklovers: Bookstore Tourism: The Book Addict's Guide to Planning & Promoting Bookstore Road Trips for Bibliophiles & Other Bookshop Junkies.The obvious goal of the project is to promote and support independent bookshops by marketing them as a tourist destination, Portzline says. Many small and specialty bookstores are fighting to stay open because of stiff competition from the "mega-chains" and online booksellers, "so bringing busloads of booklovers through the front door is one way to reverse that trend," he explains. Find out more at the website.

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New Hampshire in Winter - Something for Everyone -
New Hampshire’s winter landscape offers something for just about everyone. Its classic New England villages, snow-covered mountains, cozy inns and world-class resorts abound with activities for those who enjoy the invigorating outdoors, as well as for those who prefer to stay warm while experiencing the state’s many shops, galleries, museums and cultural attractions. From snowshoeing to snowmobiling, snow tubing to ice harvesting, winter carnivals to cooking schools, New Hampshire in winter is the place to be – even if you don’t ski! Find out more at the New Hampshire Visitor's Bureau website.

Natural Habitat Adventures Turns 20 in 2005 -
Natural Habitat Adventures has shown people to the wonders of the natural world since 1985. One of the premier nature/adventure tour providers in the world, NHA offers excursions to such exotic locals as tropics, Antarctica, Africa, the Galapagos, and much more. Find out more about NHA and all their offerings, or get a free catalog at the Natural Habitat Adventure website.

America's Greatest Cities -

It is now easy and fun to book getaways in America's greatest cities (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle) Book hotel, airfare, car rentals, and get city passes at the newly launched America's Greatest Cities website.

Indian Pacific Outback Christmas Welcomes the Working Class Man - Jimmy Barnes -
Australian Rock and Roll Legend, Jimmy Barnes, has been booked for a transcontinental Christmas journey with a difference when he embarks on the famous Indian Pacific Outback Christmas to entertain townsfolk from Sydney in December. The Indian Pacific journey is one of contrasting landscapes. It highlights the best Australia has to offer, and gives travelers an appreciation of just how vast, diverse, and spectacular Australia is as it journey 4,352 kms over 3 days from Sydney to Perth. To find out more about this classic Australian train journey, visit the Indian Pacific Outback website.

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