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David Bear is the creative force behind THE TRAVELER’S JOURNAL, the series of “audio postcards” heard daily for a decade on public radio stations across the country. Bear has spent much of his professional life as a writer and traveler, and he has extensive experience in marketing communications and public relations, particularly in the retail travel industry.

Travel editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1998 through 2008, Bear's award-winning travel articles have appeared in newspapers across the U.S. He also pioneered the Post-Gazette's podcasting efforts. Bear is also a published novelist (Keeping Time) whose articles and short stories have appeared in numerous newspapers and national periodicals.

In addition to THE TRAVELER’S JOURNAL, Bear has also produced and hosted several public radio series, including "A Century of Heroes" for the Carnegie Hero Fund, and "Dinosaurs and More" for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Bear's eclectic resume also includes stints as a travel agent, tour guide, sales executive for a European travel company, and researcher for the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau.

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Featured Travel Articles

The Traveler's Journal programs are written and hosted by David Bear, travel editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. [Read More About Us].  Bear’s columns and articles appear regularly in numerous newspapers across North America. You can access more than 500 of these articles by scrolling these lists or using the search function to to the left.  

Where the wild things are
05-13-2021

Life is a safari for animals and humans at the Wilds, a vast wildlife preserve in southeast Ohio.

Click here for a short video preview.


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Doing the Kaibab Shuffle: A 25-mile rim-to-rim hike reveals many Grand Canyon wonders
03-04-2021

Looking up from nearly a mile deep inside the Grand Canyon, I saw only one twinkle in the otherwise total blackness.


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One week before the mast
02-25-2018

A seven-day vacation on the schooner Heritage, off the coast of Maine, emphasizes relaxation and camaraderie


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Backpackers brave wild animals, heat and exhaustion in wilderness reserve
10-14-2017

By several measures, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is South Africa's premier game park.


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5 Reasons To Plan Your Winter Getaway Now
09-21-2017

Traveler's Journal mentioned in HuffPost article!


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The melting pot of Malta
08-31-2017

Rich history has given this Mediterranean island an eclectic flavor


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Getting Gaudi in Barcelona
08-30-2017

Architect Antoni Gaudi's vision left mark on Barcelona


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The Many Mansions of Marrakesh
07-22-2017

"Colored cottons hang in air, Charming cobras in the square, striped djellebas we can wear at home"


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King Biscuit Blues Festival
07-14-2017

Kicking out the blues in Helena, Arkansas


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Rome in a Day
10-16-2016

One of the best ways to explore an unfamiliar city is in the company of a knowledgeable someone who lives there.


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Bridge walk over the gorge
10-12-2015

You can stroll across under the New River Gorge Bridge anytime, but on only one Saturday a year, you can walk across it.  


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Winging it: Soaring on a glider plane gives a bird's-eye view and experience
10-10-2015

The uplands of Central Pennsylvania have become a mecca for glider pilots


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Mayan ruins of Caracol provide exclusive experience
01-30-2015

Caracol is the largest and most recently discovered of the ancient Mayan ruins in Belize.


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Three Great Houses of England
02-10-2014

England boasts dozens of so-called Great Houses, the castles, palaces and sprawling estates established by history's wealthy and sustained  by their heirs. Here are quick sketches of three in the East Midlands about 100 miles north of London. 


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In the Cradle of the Industrial Age
02-10-2014

It's common to think of Pittsburgh, with the steel mills that sprang up along tits rivers at the end of the 19th century, was the birthplace of the modern metals industry. But that distinction belongs to the upper reaches of the Severn River, 100 miles upstream from Bristol.

 

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In Toronto, the arts scene shines
11-25-2013

Canada's largest city is a far more sophisticated place than the recent behavior of its mayor might lead you to believe


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Put hoodoos on to-do list
10-18-2013

If you're in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, check out Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, a remarkable geological formation along Interstate 25.


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Fall's Finest Foliage awaits in Ohio's Hocking Hills
10-08-2013

Although the great glaciers never covered these hills, they left their mark on the landscape. That's especially evident in the Fall. 


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A Visit to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
09-23-2013

Starting October 9, hundreds of hot air balloons will fill the skies of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here's a preview with a Special video presentation


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At home on the Sea of Cortez
09-09-2013

The American Safari Quest provides an intimate experience that expands notions of luxury at sea. Special Video presentation


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Crossing Alder Creek
08-05-2013

Hikers encounter nature's force in West Virginia's Dolly Sods 


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Door County - Cape Cod of the Midwest
07-25-2013

Peninsula in Lake Michigan makes lovely summer retreat


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Taking orchids to Jan Mayen on the MS Hanseatic
07-20-2013

An Arctic expeditionary adventure cruising across the sea of the midnight sun to Iceland


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Malta's Popeye village is strong to the finish
07-17-2013

Movie sets are generally struck when the filming is done, but this one has been preserved as a tourist attraction.


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Unwinding in the Turks and Caicos
07-13-2013

Geographically, the Turks and Caicos are two clusters of low-lying, reef-ringed, sand cays in the deep South Atlantic some 600 miles from Miami.


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Capturing a green flash
07-11-2013

A green flash is an atmospheric optical phenomenon. When conditions are right, at either the first moment of sunrise or the last of sunset, a brilliant, tight band of turquoise can flash along the horizon.


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We come to Bury St. Edmunds ... and to praise it
07-10-2013

Cambridge is the quintessential university town, but many other attractions await visitors to the surrounding English countryside


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Mex appeal
06-02-2013

Train ride through Copper Canyon provides 'Chepe' thrills


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The magic of music in Nashville
08-26-2012

For more than a century music has flowed to Nashville like rivers to the sea.  We write a pop song. Check out special audio 


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At Sea in the Lap of Luxury
07-24-2011

When it comes to luxury at sea, the Europa is as good as it gets


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Naming Mount Obama - An Antiguan Adoration
08-23-2009

It is always a notable event when a politician from one nation is moved to confer such a tangible honor on a living politician from another country.


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Casual Anguilla harbors miles of superb beaches
06-03-2009

Anguilla is nothing if not laid back.  Special Note: the Caribbean Tourism Organization selected this article as the “Best Newspaper Feature" and "Best of Show"


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St. Maarten blessed with serene beaches
03-09-2008

Beach side resort gives whole new meaning to the notion of an airport hotel.


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Bahamas' Andros hooks travelers looking for sport, relaxation
11-05-2006

The largest of Bahamas' 700 islands, Andros is mostly wilderness with precious little in the way of modern tourism amenities, but plenty of peace and unadulterated nature.


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A touch of Basque
06-20-2004

A proud people maintain their identity despite competing French, Spanish influences


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Featured Travel Releases

Hotels, airlines, cruise companies, travel agencies, tour operators, adventure travel outfitters, local visitor and convention bureaus, state and national tourism offices all regularly release press information meant to promote themselves to the traveling public. Updates about big changes, special travel events, exotic trips, and everyday bargains, it is indeed news you can use.  
 
This selection of press release information is provided by the travel supplier involved and/or its public relations representative. You can scroll through these lists (live link to press release page) or use the search box to to the left. These releases are presented here as a service to the public, and The Traveler's Journal accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of any information, prices or other material in this section.

100 Sites to See in Hawaii
04-24-2018

 If you're heading to Hawaii, Your RV Lifestyle offers some excellent suggestions


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International Dial Code Directory
09-05-2017

Thanks to technology, people all over the world are talking (and texting) more than ever before in history. This is a great thing, helping make our world a more connected and understanding place. To do our part, we've created a complete listing of all the international Country Codes for dialing anyone all across the globe. We've also added all of the two-digit and three-digit ISO codes for each country.


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Ski Québec-Charlevoix
03-03-2016

MOUNTAINS OF FUN OUT ON THE TRAILS BEYOND MARCH BREAK


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THE LONE RANGER ON THE SERENGETI
10-13-2015

New package for solo travelers at Four Seasons Safari Lodge


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AdventureSmith Explorations Thinks Outside The Boat
10-13-2015

 With Costa Rica – By Land, Air and Sea


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Travel Worry Free with Travel Insurance?
10-08-2015

by John W. Cook 


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Unique Inns Spring Break
03-26-2015

Bright blooms and dazzling days make this sunny season a fabulous time to plan the perfect getaway with Unique Inns.


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THE REBIRTH OF A LEGEND: PALMILLA IN LOS CABOS TO WELCOME GUESTS BACK APRIL 20, 2015
03-25-2015

Reborn Iconic Los Cabos Resort Raises the Bar for Baja Peninsula Ultra-Luxury


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EXPLORE THE UNDERWATER WORLD OF THE MALDIVES
03-24-2015

WITH FOUR SEASONS RESORTS MALDIVES 'DIVE DISCOVERY'


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LEARN TO DIVE IN TWO DAYS!
03-24-2015

With the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives new ‘Learn to Dive’ package 


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Tours to England featuring Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) f
03-19-2015

Celtic Dream Tours adds Tours to England featuring  Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) for 2015 and 2016 


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Summer Adventures at Maine Huts & Trails
03-17-2015

From fly fishing to paddling, biking to hiking and everything in between, there is a guided or self-guided trip for you and your family. 


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$500 Savings on TourCrafters’ 2015 Italy by Train Package
03-16-2015

 To Rome, Florence and Venice 


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NEW ADVENTURES AWAIT WITH FOUR SEASONS SAFARI LODGE
03-12-2015

SERENGETI'S ‘BIG FIVE FAMILY SAFARI’ PACKAGE


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Action-Packed Outdoor Activities in Bar Harbor, Maine
03-12-2015

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping


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13 MOST ROMANTIC SPOTS FOR SPRING FLINGS
03-12-2015

Selected by SDA Associates


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Viceroy Zihuatanejo Sets the Stage for “Semana Santa”
03-10-2015

Easter Week Activities & Events for All Ages


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Castine, Maine Set to Celebrate the Hermione
03-10-2015

 Celebration Planned for Replica of 18th-Century Historic Ship


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A Photographer’s Dream: India's Pushkar Camel Fair
03-09-2015

13-Day India Tour for Only $1,899 

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“Romance on the Delaware River”
03-05-2015

Fresh from a $4 Million Expansion Program, Lambertville Station Inn and the Dazzling Delaware Set the Scene for Singular Weddings Year 'Round  


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Indulge Your Passion on a Maine Windjammer Association Specialty Cruise
03-03-2015

Three to six-day themed cruises are designed to suit guests' passions and hobbies 


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‘Stellar Tourism Experience’ in Spain's Duero Valley
03-03-2015

LeDomaine Introduces Powerful New Telescope and Perfect Viewing Conditions


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HOTEL HASSLER ROMA ANNOUNCES NEW "FLAVORS OF A JOURNEY" CULINARY PACKAGE
03-03-2015

 Culinary package highlighting the innovative cuisine of Chef Francesco Apreda from the hotel's Michelin-starred Imàgo restaurant. 


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Richmond, VA to Commemorate the 1865 Fall of Richmond April 1-4, 2015
03-03-2015

This April marks the 150th anniversary of a transformative moment in our nation’s history.


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Unique Inns
02-27-2015

Relax and Revive 


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TEL AVIV TOPS THE WORLD SMART CITIES AWARDS
02-27-2015

Beats out 250 competing cities at the recent Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.  


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SECOND ANNUAL KO OLINA CHILDREN’S FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL
02-26-2015

FEATURES FROZEN AT SUNSET AND YOUNG LOCAL MUSIC LINE-UP


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2015 Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival
02-18-2015

Music Will Resound on Beaches & Streets of Zihuatanejo

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PLANS FOR TWO NEW ONE&ONLY RESORTS IN MEXICO
02-17-2015

These new resorts will complement the experience offered at the award-winning One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico.


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Great Getaways on the Delaware
02-05-2015

New Packages from the Lambertville Station Inn


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Valentine's Day at Jade Mountain Resort, Saint Lucia: All-Inclusive Total Romance Package
02-04-2015

Jade Mountain is romance every day of the year.  There is something for every couple and new discoveries to be made in the world of “Amour.”


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Unique Inns
02-03-2015

Make 2015 the best year ever by enjoying amazing accommodation, fabulous fare and exclusive experiences with the one you love. 


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Luxury cruise from the Air
02-03-2015

STUNNING VIDEO FROM FRENCH CRUISE LINE PONANT SELECTED TO DEBUT AT PREMIERE NYC DRONE FILM FESTIVAL


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DISCOVER AN O‘AHU LOVER’S GETAWAY THIS VALENTINE’S
02-02-2015

THE IHILANI RESORT & SPA


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Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Calling All Lovebirds
01-30-2015

 With Island Romance Package to Celebrate Love on Valentine's Day and All Year Long


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Valentine's Day Specials 2015
01-30-2015

 Special events aroud the USA


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Henrietta Recommends:
01-28-2015

Highly Personal Journeys in 2015 Sabbaticals, Tracking & Trekking


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All You Need Is Love
01-28-2015

 – And a Great Valentine’s Day Package From Four Fabulous Resorts

 

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This Valentine’s Four Seasons Tailors Island-Lovers Bali Romance Package
01-28-2015

 Double The Romance At Two Four Seasons Bali Retreats 


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You Won’t Miss the Taj Mahal on World Spree’s India Tour—
01-28-2015

And It Won’t Cost You $50 Million


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February 2015 Major Events in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay
01-21-2015

 A Lineage of American Perceptual Painters


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Be part of Magna Carta history:
01-21-2015

 Visit Lincoln, England, in 2015! 


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ASHFORD CASTLE UNVEILS NEW BILLIARDS ROOM AND STATE-OF-THE-ART CINEMA
01-16-2015

Recently named one of the world's top hotels by Conde Nast Traveler,


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HEARTFELT BALI
01-13-2015

FOUR SEASONS RESORTS BALI INVITES  NEWLYWEDS TO HONEYMOON IN 2015 ON THE ISLAND OF THE GODS


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Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Launches New Yoga & Meditation Experiences
01-12-2015

 The new program is the latest addition to the menu of rejuvenating treatments  at the Lodge's Spa & Wellness Retreat


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Do I really need travel insurance?
01-12-2015

The answer is “you may or may not need travel insurance, depending on a couple factors.


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Baha Mar, Nassau’s New Riviera
01-08-2015

Now Taking Reservations for Guest Arrivals Beginning March 27


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The Maine Windjammer Association Announces Annual Great Schooner Race
01-08-2015

39th Annual Great Schooner Race will be held on July 3, 2015, in Penobscot Bay


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JERUSALEM OLD CITY FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR FOURTH YEAR
01-07-2015

THE SOUNDS OF THE OLD CITY FESTIVAL RETURNS IN MARCH


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Why Not Spend Your Summer Vacation at Oxford University?
01-06-2015

The Oxford Experience Offers Courses at Prestigious Christ Church


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DISCOVER THE REAL-LIFE PADDINGTON BEAR
01-06-2015

 INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL INVITES GUESTS TO DISCOVER THE REAL-LIFE PADDINGTON BEAR


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Maine Woods Bird Identification Class and Walk
01-06-2015

With Bob Duchesne


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Celebrate Ike, Abe this Presidents Day Weekend
01-05-2015

Follow in the footsteps of our nation’s greatest leaders in Gettysburg, Pa.


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The Flu and travel insurance
01-05-2015

 Flu is reaching epidemic levels!  How does that effect travel insurance?


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How to protect your home when traveling
12-30-2014

Recommendations from QuoteWright.com.


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12 BUCKET LIST TRIPS FOR 2015
12-19-2014

FROM SDA CLIENTS WORLDWIDE


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Four Seasons Resort Bali appoints former Buddhist monk new Resident Wellness Mentor
12-17-2014

FOUR SEASONS RESORT BALI AT SAYAN NAMES IBU FERA NEW RESIDENT WELLNESS MENTOR FOR THE SACRED RIVER SPA


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What’s Hot in 2015 with cazenove + loyd
12-16-2014

Henrietta Recommends Where to Go Next 


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COMPLIMENTARY TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM FOR CHRISTMAS
12-12-2014

THE ISRAEL MINISTRY OF TOURISM TO OFFER COMPLIMENTARY TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM TO TOURISTS CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS IN ISRAEL


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Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa Rings in the Holidays with Special Festive Dining Menus
12-11-2014

Five-star hospitality in the fashionable Via Brera district of Milan


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AMAZING VIETNAM TOUR FOR AN AMAZING $1,899
12-10-2014

11-Day tour includes round-trip air, 5-star hotels, sightseeing, cruise, meals
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Bar Harbor Events for 2015
12-10-2014

Looking for even more reasons to plan a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, and Acadia National Park? 


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"NONSTOP SUMMER TEL AVIV GAY WINTER FESTIVAL"
12-09-2014

TEL AVIV LAUNCHES WINTER FESTIVAL


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Weatherproofing your trip is easy.
12-09-2014

With QuoteWright.com’s weather coverage comparison chart 


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CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES TO OFFER LONGER VOYAGES IN 2015-16
12-05-2014

10- to 14-Day Voyages Depart from Seven U.S. Homeports on East and West Coasts, Gulf of Mexico, Visiting Destinations Throughout Caribbean, Bermuda and Mexican Riviera


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Winter a great time to get away to Gettysburg, Pa.
12-04-2014

From outdoor adventure to cozy nights at historic inns, small town keeps winter brigh


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THE HIGH LINE HOTEL
12-03-2014

WELCOMES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A 'VINTAGE CHRISTMAS IN CHELSEA' PACKAGE

 

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Unique Inns Newsletter
11-27-2014

 November 2014


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Enjoy the best of Maine's winter recreation
11-25-2014

Come See Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park Sparkle in Winter


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HOTEL HASSLER ROMA OFFERS SECRET COLOSSEUM PACKAGE
11-25-2014

Offers unique opportunity to take a customized and private tour of the Colosseum


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Holiday season warming up in Gettysburg
11-25-2014

Small town blends rich history with warm hospitality, spirit of the holidays


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INKATERRA PUBLISHES BOOK ON LORD OF MIRACLES
11-25-2014

SHOWCASING ONE OF PERU'S MOST SACRED TRADITIONS  


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INDIA FOR $1,499
11-24-2014

World Spree Does It Again: Air Fare, 5-Star Hotels, Incredible Value


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Spectacular Savings to Turkey & Greece
11-24-2014

European Tours: Don't Miss Out


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QAMEA RESORT AND SPA FIJI ~ THE EPITOME OF SOUTH PACIFIC LUXURY
11-24-2014

 WINS “LEADING SPA RESORT IN FIJI” AT 21ST ANNUAL WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 


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LONDON'S MILESTONE HOTEL TREATS EXPECTING PARENTS LIKE ROYALTY
11-21-2014

 NEW BABYMOON PACKAGE 


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Montana’s Historic 320 Guest Ranch Welcomes 2015 With Sleigh & Stay Winter Package
11-21-2014

Montana Residents Can Enjoy a Pre-Christmas Preview at Discounted Rates


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PONANT Expedition Cruises to Alaska
11-18-2014

French Luxury Yacht-Style Cruise Line 2015 Expedition Cruises Retrace Footsteps of American Gold Rush Pioneers & Voyage Into Arctic Adventures


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‘The Pierre Pampered Pups Experience’
11-17-2014

For the Most Discerning of Dogs 


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One World Trade Center is Now the World’s Third-Tallest Building
11-17-2014

Council on Tall Buildings 


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Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild Asks "Who Would've Guessed?" Philadelphia, PA
11-13-2014

These stories bring to life the challenges of growing up and functioning in the adult world


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Experience the Holidays Two Ways this Season at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York
11-04-2014

 ‘The Magnificent Holiday Shopping Package’ & ‘The Let It Snow Family Package’


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Ebola and Travel Insurance
11-03-2014

The Ebola outbreak has had a far reaching domino effect on the world economy and the travel insurance industry is no exception. 


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A DIY, Eco-friendly Thanksgiving at Maine Huts & Trails
11-03-2014

Celebrate the holiday with a family gathering, a group of friends or your favorite couple at one of three huts in the woods of western Maine


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Save $400 on China Spree’s 14-Day Best Treasures Tour
10-30-2014

$2,699 Starting Price Includes Air Fare, Luxury Hotels, 28 Meals, More


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Relationship Between Grand Canyon and Xanterra Parks & Resorts Intertwined for More Than a Century
10-30-2014

The Fred Harvey Company – now part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts – was instrumental in opening the region to tourism and offering fine dining and accommodations.


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The Ultimate Learning Vacation
10-27-2014

A Summer Week at Oxford University with No Tests, No Papers


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NEW ERA OF LUXURY FOR HAWAI‘I’S “PLACE OF JOY”
10-27-2014

FOUR SEASONS RESORT O‘AHU AT KO OLINA


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Relax, Sunbathe and Reconnect with your loved one at the Avila Hotel
10-27-2014

Caribbean island of Curaçao is a sun sure island outside the hurricane belt 


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Yellowstone Y Not Winter Package Geared Toward First-Time Winter-Season Visitors
10-24-2014

Developed to address concerns of prospective guests who are under the perception that such a trip to the park is only for hard-core adventurers


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