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“We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend”

Robert Louis Stevenson quotes (Scottish Essayist, Poet and Author of fiction and travel books, 1850-1894)




 Plane Insanity - The Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month







Trinidad Rainforest - Photo by Tom Schueneman  
  A Fallen Tree on the Island of Kauai - Photo by Tom Schueneman
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico - Photo by Tom Schueneman  

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Welcome to the November issue of The Traveler

Another holiday season begins (just in case you haven't noticed, or perhaps, can't believe it).

Fortunately, everyone here at The Traveler offices in beautiful downtown San Francisco already have all our holiday shopping done... Okay, maybe not quite... Okay, perhaps we haven't even started yet. But that's okay. There are more important things to do right now, like bring our loyal readers another batch of fresh travel writing, hot off the press, and from around the world.

So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter (or summer) solstice, or just marvel at the passing of another year, settle in here by the fire as The Traveler warms you with travel tales, our travel writing pick-of-the-month, and the short list of travel resources, ideas and bargains for your holiday and winter travel.

This is a very busy time for everyone, and sometimes it seems hard to maintain a perspective of what is important. Gift-giving is a way to show those we love that we care, but perhaps with all the hustle and bustle, jockeying in line to get the latest gadget (oddly in short supply except for the hype), and keeping up with all that is expected of us, we lose sight of the original reason we're all running around like mad little Santas, trying to beat the clock before Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or the solstice) arrives.

Many of us are very lucky in that we already have plenty of stuff. It isn't the gift, it's the giving. Of course, you don't need us to tell you that. But maybe when you're feeling the stress and strain of life during this most hectic time of year, unsure of what trinket to give someone, try giving a simple act of kindness, a smile, a kind word, a pat on the shoulder, a warm hug, a thoughtful letter. It's been said a million times, and we're going to say it again: that's what the world really needs right now - simple acts of kindness and understanding. And it can start with each one of us.

Happy holidays!

Feature Articles

Not Your Mother's Russia
If Mother Russia could see you now...

Christmas in the Arctic
If you don't see Santa, at least you'll see his Reindeer

Eco Tourism and Adventure in Trinidad
Nature is the star of this Carribean nation - part one of a series

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

Do you love to fly the airlines as much as we do here at The Traveler? Do you look forward to walking in stocking feet, carrying the contents of your pockets, your shoes, and the one carry-on bag (sans liquid) to the little chair just beyond security so that you can reassemble yourself and then wait for your flight in anticipation of even more comfort? The Traveler himself is nearly six feet four inches tall, and he tells us how giddy he gets just waiting to board a plane to find his seat made especially for people like him - if only he was six inches shorter.

But as travelers we must endure, and one way to do that is to have available some light and humorous reading to help take our minds off the rigors of flying in these days of tightened security and airlines bleeding cash and cutting service.

Elliott Hester knows all too well what can happen in the cabin of an airliner, and he relates his experiences with this amusing and light read. The perfect companion while waiting for your flight to Grandma's house this holiday season. Plane Insanity: A Flight Attendant's Tales of Sex, Rage, and Queasiness at 30,000 Feet

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

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Enjoy a Luxury Canadian Rail Journey this Season
This December, spend the holiday season in the lap of luxury with Rocky Mountaineer Vacation’s Canadian Winter Indulgence package, set in the heart of the snow-covered Canadian Rockies. Combined with the spectacular two-day Rocky Mountaineer train journey, this vacation package is the embodiment of luxury and pampering. Also included in this winter holiday are accommodations in suites at elegant Fairmont Hotels, private limousine transfers and tours, fine dining and a $300 CDN per person credit, which can be used towards on-site activities at Fairmont Hotels including the world-renowned Willow Stream Spa.
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Paddle through Deep Canyons and Heart Pounding Whitewater on Colorado's Piedra River
Experience a true Rocky Mountain whitewater adventure on Colorado’s Piedra River. Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours runs three trips on the Piedra in May and June: the Upper Box (an intermediate adventure for guests ages 12 and up), the Lower Box (and advanced adventure for guests ages 16 and up), and the Two Day which runs the Upper Box on the first day and the Lower Box on the second day after a night of catered camping in the beautiful alpine wilderness.
Get the details at Mild2Wild's website.

What's Hot for 2007
Wondering where to go as you plan your adventures for next year? Check out this article by Mike O'Connor writing for

Vacation Rentals - Minimal Environmental Impact Encourages Ecotourism in Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai, Hawaii provides one of the most effective examples of ecotourism in the United States today by offering a tourist destination that has preserved its natural beauty while opening its arms to visitors from around the world. The growing availability of vacation rentals in places such as Kauai, Poipu, Princeville and Hanalei has lead to a change in the visitor experience. These vacation rentals offer tourists a unique opportunity to engage in the local communities and share in the true "Aloha" of Hawaii. Check out the recent press release to learn more and find your next vacation rental on Kauai.

In Search of Father Christmas
Perhaps you've been inspired by Christmas in the Arctic story and are eager to pack your bags for the North Pole? Then Santa Holidays is just the thing for you. Discover one of the most unique Christmas experiences you can have this holiday season! Many tours are still available, but if you want to find Father Christmas at home, you'd better hurry! Get all the details at

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In Case You Missed It: Our fall color photo album hit the stands last month, thanks to some great submissions from our growing list of photographers. Have a look here!

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