Archive | December, 2006

The Gordon’s World Heritage

There are so many dimensions to the Gordon River experience it’s hard to know where to start. For a Tasmanian — and I am a native of that place — there are the still fresh memories of the battle that pitted the State Government against an embryonic environmental movement that was determined to let the […]

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December 31, 2006 by | 1 Comment

Trip Planning: An Ode to Coffee

Few things make me feel more rooted to a place while traveling than a good cuppa joe. Once, while wandering the wilderness that is suburban Minnesota, my then-girlfriend and I, having driven hundreds of miles already, nearly wept with joy to stumble across one of those mega-chains, still open and churning out super-sized lattes. Normally […]

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December 29, 2006 by | Comments Off on Trip Planning: An Ode to Coffee

Suggested Itineraries: Africa

What is it about Africa that makes the eyes widen and the adrenaline start pumping? Maybe it’s the element of the unknown, maybe it’s the sheer range of things to do. Whether you fancy a five-star safari experience in Kenya, or hurling yourself with a bungee cord off the Victoria Falls Bridge over the Zambezi, […]

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December 28, 2006 by | 1 Comment

Warm Weather Holiday Celebrations

I was in our local coffee shop a few days back and it occurred to me that much of this holiday season is associated with snow. Fake plastic snowflakes were “falling” from the ceiling and the thought of real snow made me shudder. Unlike some people who have a snow alert for skiing, I steer […]

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December 24, 2006 by | Comments Off on Warm Weather Holiday Celebrations

Wonderfully Weird Amsterdam

OK, so we all know what Amsterdam is all about don’t we? That’s right clogs and cheese. That’s what you were going to say isn’t it?! Amsterdam is truly the home of the weird and wonderful in Europe attracting visitors from all walks of life. If you can see past the Red Light District and […]

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December 20, 2006 by | 3 Comments

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Without a doubt my favorite thing to do in Australia is to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. I will never forget the first time I snapped on a pair of goggles, stuck a snorkel in my mouth and somersaulted backwards off the deck of a boat into the warm blue waters of Tropical […]

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December 18, 2006 by | 1 Comment

Let It Snow

If you’re like me, you have Yahoo! Alerts set up to email you every time 10 inches or more of snow falls in your favorite ski area (super handy, I highly recommend it). I’m a novice skier, but I have some ambition about getting better, and that means practice, practice, practice. If I get too […]

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December 18, 2006 by | Comments Off on Let It Snow

Rhine River Cruises

I am not a big cruise lover. I love the water, but don’t like being committed to spend a ton of time on a boat, I get restless, I want to get off and see that church we just passed or explore that cute village. When I was visiting Germany last summer for the World […]

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December 14, 2006 by | 2 Comments

Las Vegas: Suggested Itineraries

Las Vegas is one of those places that actually is all things to all people. You want gambling 24/7, after-hours clubs and exotic shows? No problem. Looking for fine dining, upscale spas and shopping? Yup, lots of that, too. Las Vegas also has tons of activities for families and outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re not sure […]

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December 13, 2006 by | Comments Off on Las Vegas: Suggested Itineraries

Hot Air Ballooning for Beginners

A while ago, I was lucky enough to join some friends on a hot air balloon ride in Las Vegas. I’m not one for heights related adventures, so I anticipated the trip with some mixture of dread and excitement. Our guide’s pick for the best wind conditions were sunrise, and we arrived bundled up and […]

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December 11, 2006 by | Comments Off on Hot Air Ballooning for Beginners