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Riding rickshaws around the world
Lonely Planet Publications founder Tony Wheeler produced “Chasing Rickshaws” a magnificent photo-filled portrait of the world's most appealing way of getting from here to there. FMI – www.lonelyplanet.com
Passing time Palenque
A thousand years ago, the steamy jungles and volcanic mountains at the base of the Yucatán Peninsula were the heart of the Mayan civilization. FMI - www.colegiomexsur.edu.mx/english.html
Tips on traveling together
Kipling observed that whoever travels fastest travels alone, but speed is not always the only consideration and a good traveling companion offers many benefits.
Tips on traveling alone
Traveling solo can have distinct advantages, in addition to having the opportunity to do only what you want to do.
Cut the cost of solo travel.
“Price based on double occupancy” is a phrase that is painfully familiar to anyone who travels alone. No doubt about it, solo journeys can be expensive.
Going to extremes in the USA
Here's a quick list to sharpen your geographic awareness. Name the most southern, northern, eastern, and western states in the US.
Going gonzo over Gozo
This tiny Mediterranean island coastal is often called the Ireland of Malta. It's a Brigadoon realm of quiet hilltop villages, stone-lined lanes, and sun washed seascapes. FMI – www.visitmalta.com
The worst seats in the air
With the tight configuration economy class actions, all planes these days on all planes these days, getting a seat from hell can be a miserable experience, especially on a long flight.
Off-road on Hawaii's Big Island
At 4000 square miles, the Big Island of Hawaii is a Connecticut sized micro-continent with slices of 12 of the earth's 14 different climatic regions. FMI www.gohawaii.com/big_island
Ski lines online
Current information about skiing has never been more accessible. There is a blizzard of data about ski areas and snow conditions around the world all available right click of a mouse. FMI - www.skimaps.com, www.skinet.com, www.skicentral.com, www.onthesnow.com, www.skiresorts.com, www.cdc.noaa.gov
Where whale watching is best
All creatures great and small, none are more magnificent than the great whales. Here's where you can go to watch them up close and personal.
A fragrant fragment of France
Today is a celebration of independence in the Comoros, a nation of three small islands situated in the Indian Ocean between the coast of Africa and Madagascar.
Keeping in touch at sea
Once people took ocean cruises to get away from it all, but in today's Type-A age of telecommunications, some cruise passengers seem to crave constant contact even more than the midnight buffets.
First flight day
103 years ago today at precisely 10 a.m. in Kitty Hawk North Carolina, mankind first slipped gravity's bounds.
Airport idle time activities
No doubt about it, long layovers can be miserable, but some airports are now providing more interesting diversions for passengers who are temporarily stranded in transit.
Airline charter flights
Charter flights still offer a combination of advantages that can make them an attractive alternative for lower-cost travel.
Talking travel online
Computer savvy travelers can tap into newsgroups to swap stories, seek specific answers, and share advice about destinations around the world.
Shark fishing in New Zealand
If you appreciate the thrill of big game fishing, mark Waitangi on your map. Author Zane Grey was not the first to collect the anglers Eldorado.
Travel under the Christmas tree
According to a recent survey, the gift that tops most people's gift wish list is still a pre-paid vacation someplace special.
Bone fishing on Christmas Island
A 140 square mile sand spit in the middle of the Pacific Ocean 1200 miles straight south of Hawaii happens to harbor the world's largest coral atoll.
Camera film and airport x-ray security
Metal detectors and x-ray security devices at airports have had a positive impact on airborne terrorism. Unfortunately, they can also have a negative impact on camera film.
Doing laps in Lapland
These are dark days in Hammerfest Norway, situated as close as anyone can drive to the North Pole. Winter’s long night here last for 67 days.
A Little Snoring in England
Many English-speaking countries have odd names for some of their cities and towns, but none can hold a candle to merry old England.
On Margarita Island
This huge island just off Venezuela’s northeast coast could pass for paradise. Its beaches are long and sandy, its waters warm climate, its climate perennially sunny. FMI - www.islamargarita.com.
Another New Years day
This is the first day of the first month of the 2000 and ninth year of the Gregorian calendar. January first is also the world’s most widely celebrated holiday.
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