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What is the creed of the peaceful traveler and a great world citizen?

The creed of the peaceful traveler Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to: Journey with an open mind and gentle heart Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter Revere and protect the natural environment which …

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Favorite Northern California/Southern Oregon Getaway

Here is information about my current favorite Northern California/Southern Oregon Getaway! For the past 12 years or so I have been regularly taking some variation of this 7-10 day adventure you will find set forth below. I recommend that during the non-winter season you schedule your trip to include a visit to Ashland Oregon’s Shakespeare …

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“Whistler, British Columbia, Canada with side trips to Vancouver and Victoria, Any tips?”

When I was in Canada on assignment for Essence Magazine a few years ago, I discovered some resources, tips and side trip ideas from locals and wanted to share them with you.  Below you will find info on Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria. Canada’s proximity and prices make it attractive to Americans, not only for leisure …

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Internet Travel Deals by Elaine Lee

Numerous travel deals lurk within the internet’s virtual alleyways, the trick is how to find them, because the sources for finding travel bargains are as varied as the bargains themselves. There are amazing deals through websites, email alerts, newsletters and listserves. To make your life easier  consider subscribing  to the following sites, www.smartertravel.com , www.travelzoo.com …

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Where can I get good deals on rental cars?

I often find good deals at www.autorentals.com, autoslash,www.economybookings.com as well as priceline.com (use bid feature), hotwire.com and carrentalexpress.com. Don’t forget to ask for promo deals, affiliation discounts, e.g., (aaa/aarp) and “local” only deals. I recently found good deals on craigslist.com.  Most recently I needed to rent a car for a week in Columbus, Ohio with …

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