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Welcome all Travelers! With the July issue of The Traveler, we now start our second year of publication. The Traveler himself wants everyone to know how grateful we all are to our faithful readers... It isn’t easy getting an ezine off the ground, and we couldn’t have done it without all of you! Well, I suppose we could have done it, but what would be the point? So thanks to all of you... We hope that you’ll continue to enjoy The Traveler for many years to come!

This month we focus on a very important segment of the travel and tourism industry, one that has rapidly gained popularity the past fifteen or twenty years...


It is an important time for ecotourism, 2002 is designated as the International Year of Ecotourism. It is a time when standards and practices are being reviewed for all that calls itself “ecotourism”. The future of responsible travel will be shaped by decisions that are made today. Much of the success of ecotourism is shaped by the consumer perception of what exactly it means to be an “ecotourist”. As well, it is important to realize that much of what the travel industry dubs as ecotourism is such in name only. Many tour operators and travel service providers attempt to capitalize on the term without following the concept in practice...

This month The Traveler will attempt to sort this out for the concerned tourist.

We’ll provide information and resources to discover what exactly responsible ecotourism is, as defined by the International Ecotourism society; we'll also provide plenty of resources to help you find the perfect eco-adventure!

“But wait”, you may ask...

“I just want to take the family to Ohio to see Grandma!”

Well, don’t despair. As always, The Traveler has resources for airfare, hotel, and car rentals at bargain prices. And you can always find a great weekend getaway on our getaway page at

We hope you find our special Ecotourism issue enlightening and entertaining!

First, let’s take a look at how the The Traveler got his feet wet as an ecotourist a couple years back when he visited the Asa Wright Bird Sanctuary and Nature Center on the island of Trinidad in the West Indies...

Feature Articles

High Tea In The Jungle
Birding and Jungle Exploration in Trindad's Rainforest

Ecotourism Special

Our July Travel Writing Pick of the Month

Paul Theroux travels (paddles, actually) the blue Pacific in The Happy Isles of Oceania...

From New Zealand's rain forests, to crocodile-infested New Guinea, over isolated atolls, through dirty harbors, daring weather and coastlines, he travels by Kayak wherever the winds take him--and what he discovers is the world to explore and try to understand.

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The Traveler is on the air!

And finally, as if we didn't have enough to do here at The Traveler, in celebration of one year of publication, we are proud to announce (drum roll please) the introduction of Traveler Radio! That's right folks, web based radio is a trend that The Traveler is excited to be exploring so we invite you to give a listen to our expanding playlist of jazz, blues, and world music (with an occasional dash of rock and folk). In addition, if you listen carefully, you might actually hear The Traveler himself as he reads from one of his travelogues and tells, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, of his world travels...


So check it out today - Traveler Radio!

Until next month - Happy Trails!


-The Traveler

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-- Native American saying

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