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Travel Articles by David Bear
Versions of these articles and columns have appeared in newspapers around the county. Please enjoy them for your own use, but if you want to reproduce or publish them in any form, please let us know first by emailing us

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Cruising off the beaten path

02-28-1999

Never have the world's waterways been more available to leisure travelers.
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MAKING WORLD MORE ACCESS-ABLE

02-21-1999

Disabled individuals can enjoy quality travel experiences from ocean cruises to all manner of special tours, from skin-diving to exploring national parks

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Packages and group trips offer rewards and risks

02-14-1999

Offered by airlines, railroads, bus companies and independent tour operators, inclusive packages combine basic transportation to a destination with accommodations at selected hotels
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SOUTHERN GARDENS AND IRISH ROOTS

02-14-1999

Although spring arrives this week, we can only gaze out of their frosted windows and dream of warm breezes and sun-drenched flowers. But there are places where spring comes weeks before it does in these lands north of the Mason-Dixon line.
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CONSOLIDATED INFORMATION ON AIR-FARE SAVINGS

02-07-1999

What can you do when you want to get a low-cost reservation for a particular flight? One good strategy is to call a ticket consolidator.
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IN CHONGQING, CHINA'S LARGEST CITY

01-31-1999

Long known as one of the "furnace cities" of central China,Chongqing swelters in the summer and fall, when daily downpours turn to steam and veil everything in mist. It's said that in Chongqing, dogs bark when they see the sun shine.
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PEEKING AT BEIJING

01-31-1999


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PARTING CHINA'S BAMBOO CURTAIN

01-31-1999

Obtaining information about schedules and prices for travel and accommodations within China can be difficult; confirming reservations and obtaining tickets can be tough as well.
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ON THE RIVER THAT FLOWS FROM HEAVEN

01-31-1999

For more than 50 centuries, China's Yangtze River has been the aorta carrying the life blood of the planet's most peopled place
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A FEW WORDS ON LITERARY ITINERARIES

01-24-1999

Travelers for whom words are an inspiration often seek out homes of favorite writers to pay homage and to gain insight about the source of their vision.
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THE WORST SEATS IN THE AIR

01-17-1999

It's more than shoulders bumped, egos bruised and necks stiffened trying to catch a glimpse of the in-flight movie. It can be a matter of room to breathe, or Lebensraum as the Germans would call it.

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STRETCHING YOUR MONEY OVERSEAS

01-03-1999

Travel budgets and expenses vary widely, but certain wallet-stretching maxims hold true no matter where you're headed. Here are three.

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MANAGING HOLIDAY EXPECTATIONS

12-20-1998

Trips, just as gifts, come wrapped in anticipation, anxiety, expectation, joy, disappointment and the creation of memories.

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THE ART OF SOLO TRAVEL

12-06-1998

WHILE THE COSTS MAY BE SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER, GOING BY YOURSELF HAS ADVANTAGES, TOO 
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A MIXED BAG OF LUGGAGE LORE

11-29-1998

It is true that virtually all checked luggage does fly on the same plane as its owner and arrives when and where it should, give or take a few minutes.
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ADVENT OF EUROS MAKES IT A BRAVE OLD WORLD FOR TRAVELERS

11-22-1998

After centuries of discussion, a major new currency debutS on the world's marketplaces.
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WHERE THE WHALE-WATCHING IS BEST

11-15-1998

to see cetaceans court, calf, feed and frolic, you have to travel to their natural habitats.
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ARE YOU A U.S. CITIZEN? CAN YOU PROVE IT?

11-15-1998

Passports expire 10 years from the date of issue. Whether you want a new passport or need to renew an old one, the State Department is the place to apply. 
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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME

11-08-1998

Rental vacation property and time-share condos are concepts with which many travelers are familiar, but relatively few Americans WOULD consider trading their abodes for a few weeks.

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ACCESSING SKI LINES ONLINE

11-01-1998

Current intelligence about skiing has never been more accessible, at least in theory.
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FINDING THE FLIGHT THAT SUITS YOUR TRAVEL SCHEDULE

10-25-1998

what happens when the perfect one - the one that will make your travel dreams fall into place - has no available seats?
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KEEPING AND MAKING VACATION PLANS IN WAKE OF HURRICANE GEORGES

10-18-1998

What effect will the great storm have on your winter vacation plans? 
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FLYING ON Y2K DAY IS LIKELY TO INVOLVE MORE DELAY THAN DANGER

10-11-1998

Putting aside questions of whether or not Jan. 1 will be the first day of the next millennium, it certainly won't be an ideal date to travel.
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A GREAT WAY TO EDUCATE AND ENTHUSE FUTURE TRAVELERS

10-04-1998

In 1987, alarmed at the erosion of young America's knowledge of the world, the National Geographic Society rallied Congress to create an annual event to focus attention on the situation and correct it. 
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HOW TO CHOOSE A CRUISE

09-27-1998

A cruise can be great hassle-free vacation. Because one price generally covers accommodations, meals, and primary transportation, a cruise can even be something of a vacation bargain.


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