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

New Passport Requirements for US Citizens

Travelers have been sending us questions about the new passport requirements for US citizens. So a recap is in order, in case you’re unaware of the most sweeping changes to US travel documentation in a decade. Beginning January 23, 2007, all US citizens traveling to/from the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and Central & South America must […]

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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

The Office Holiday Party, Done Right

It happens every year, the often-dreaded office holiday party. For some it’s an excuse to let loose, eat free food and drink too much white wine. For others it’s an event to fear: small talk with co-workers, small talk with the boss, small talk with your cube mate. A whole industry has grown up around […]

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December 23, 2006 by | Comments Off on The Office Holiday Party, Done Right

New Year’s in Sydney, Australia

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December 21, 2006 by | Comments Off on New Year’s in Sydney, Australia

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

Travel with Kids

Swimming with Dolphins For most of my life the idea of traveling with children never crossed my mind. It was something other people did, other people with kids. But not me. Fast forward a few years, and all of a sudden the idea of family travel isn’t so strange. That’s mainly thanks to my 9-month […]

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December 19, 2006 by | 2 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