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David Bear is the creative force behind THE TRAVELER’S JOURNAL, the series of “audio postcards” heard daily for a decade on public radio stations across the country. Bear has spent much of his professional life as a writer and traveler, and he has extensive experience in marketing communications and public relations, particularly in the retail travel industry.

Travel editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1998 through 2008, Bear's award-winning travel articles have appeared in newspapers across the U.S. He also pioneered the Post-Gazette's podcasting efforts. Bear is also a published novelist (Keeping Time) whose articles and short stories have appeared in numerous newspapers and national periodicals.

In addition to THE TRAVELER’S JOURNAL, Bear has also produced and hosted several public radio series, including "A Century of Heroes" for the Carnegie Hero Fund, and "Dinosaurs and More" for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Bear's eclectic resume also includes stints as a travel agent, tour guide, sales executive for a European travel company, and researcher for the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau.

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Featured Travel Articles

The Traveler's Journal programs are written and hosted by David Bear, travel editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. [Read More About Us].  Bear’s columns and articles appear regularly in numerous newspapers across North America. You can access more than 500 of these articles by scrolling these lists or using the search function to to the left.  

Backpackers brave wild animals, heat and exhaustion in wilderness reserve
10-14-2017

By several measures, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is South Africa's premier game park.


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5 Reasons To Plan Your Winter Getaway Now
09-21-2017

Traveler's Journal mentioned in HuffPost article!


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The melting pot of Malta
08-31-2017

Rich history has given this Mediterranean island an eclectic flavor


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Getting Gaudi in Barcelona
08-30-2017

Architect Antoni Gaudi's vision left mark on Barcelona


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The Many Mansions of Marrakesh
07-22-2017

"Colored cottons hang in air, Charming cobras in the square, striped djellebas we can wear at home"


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King Biscuit Blues Festival
07-14-2017

Kicking out the blues in Helena, Arkansas


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Rome in a Day
10-16-2016

One of the best ways to explore an unfamiliar city is in the company of a knowledgeable someone who lives there.


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Bridge walk over the gorge
10-12-2015

You can stroll across under the New River Gorge Bridge anytime, but on only one Saturday a year, you can walk across it.  


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Winging it: Soaring on a glider plane gives a bird's-eye view and experience
10-10-2015

The uplands of Central Pennsylvania have become a mecca for glider pilots


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Montara in the Fog
02-17-2015

An early November trip to see our son in San  Francisco provided a chance to check out this rugged California  coastline 20 miles south of the city.


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In Toronto, the arts scene shines
11-25-2013

Canada's largest city is a far more sophisticated place than the recent behavior of its mayor might lead you to believe


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Put hoodoos on to-do list
10-18-2013

If you're in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, check out Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, a remarkable geological formation along Interstate 25.


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Fall's Finest Foliage awaits in Ohio's Hocking Hills
10-08-2013

Although the great glaciers never covered these hills, they left their mark on the landscape. That's especially evident in the Fall. 


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A Visit to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
09-23-2013

Starting October 9, hundreds of hot air balloons will fill the skies of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here's a preview with a Special video presentation


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At home on the Sea of Cortez
09-09-2013

The American Safari Quest provides an intimate experience that expands notions of luxury at sea. Special Video presentation


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Featured Travel Releases

Hotels, airlines, cruise companies, travel agencies, tour operators, adventure travel outfitters, local visitor and convention bureaus, state and national tourism offices all regularly release press information meant to promote themselves to the traveling public. Updates about big changes, special travel events, exotic trips, and everyday bargains, it is indeed news you can use.  
 
This selection of press release information is provided by the travel supplier involved and/or its public relations representative. You can scroll through these lists (live link to press release page) or use the search box to to the left. These releases are presented here as a service to the public, and The Traveler's Journal accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of any information, prices or other material in this section.

International Dial Code Directory
09-05-2017

Thanks to technology, people all over the world are talking (and texting) more than ever before in history. This is a great thing, helping make our world a more connected and understanding place. To do our part, we've created a complete listing of all the international Country Codes for dialing anyone all across the globe. We've also added all of the two-digit and three-digit ISO codes for each country.


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15-second Safaris
03-29-2016

 The exceptional guides at Passage to Africa get to witness some extraordinary spectacles. Step into their world for just 15 seconds


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Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises in Europe
03-16-2016

European Waterways -  The Lock-Keeper


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150 way to see Germany,
03-13-2016

Beer exhibitions, travel deals & more


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Dine & Hike the Dolomites - Michelin Stars paired with Stellar Scenery
03-10-2016

Combine haute cuisine, luxury hotels, biking and hiking the narrow valleys of an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE IN JERUSALEM
03-10-2016

Geek Picnic - April 25-27 at Jerusalem's Sacher Park


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Maine Spring
03-04-2016

 What's Happening


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Ski Québec-Charlevoix
03-03-2016

MOUNTAINS OF FUN OUT ON THE TRAILS BEYOND MARCH BREAK


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Maine Winter Happenings
12-14-2015

Maine Office of Tourism 


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FOUR SEASONS BALI AT JIMBARAN BAY
12-11-2015

Fitness, Wellness and Food
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Gifts Out Of Africa
12-02-2015

This year, give the gift of Africa. Heres a  holiday gift guide featuring the hottest presents that your loved ones didn't even realize they wanted.


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Win a Trip to Houses in Hong Kong, Beijing and Chengdu
12-01-2015

THE HOUSE COLLECTIVE BY SWIRE HOTELS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE CAMPAIGN


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AFRICA'S SELINDA NATURE RESERVE
11-24-2015

EXPLORE THE WILD WHILE GIVING BACK 


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ARISTOCRATIC TRAVEL: A NEW WAY TO SEE BAVARIA
11-23-2015

Experience sophisticated craftsmanship, regal shopping experiences, fairytale accommodations and royal activities


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Explore German & World History Along the Footsteps of Martin Luther
11-22-2015

Newsletter from the German National Tourist Office


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In & Around Ko Olina Resort on Undiscovered West Oahu
11-20-2015

The west side of Oahu is home to the island’s largest community of Native Hawaiians. It is the island’s most natural area, with the best weather—hardly a drop of rain, few days without sunshine.


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3 Hot Places To Surf:
11-11-2015

 BALI, HAWAI'I & MALDIVES


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What We Dug Up - Israel Tourism
11-10-2015

2,000-Year-Old Chanukah Stronghold Discovered in Jerusalem After 100-Year Dig


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Quality Arts & Crafts Made in Germany
11-10-2015

German National Tourist Office 


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Like Manhattan, Moab Never Sleeps
11-02-2015

On average, there are 244 sunny days per year in Moab and just 9 inches of rain annually. The US average is 37.


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Say Hueque | Argentina Adventures Explores Rarely Visited Wonders of Salta
10-26-2015

 “We developed this off-radar itinerary because we wanted to take travelers to one of the most impressive and undiscovered parts of this region.”


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Tranquility Awaits
10-22-2015

Relax and experience something a little different with Unique Inns.


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Common Whitewater Rafting Misconceptions Identified and Answered
10-21-2015

What Western discovered is that simple fear of the unknown often hinders enjoyment of one of the best experiences in life – like river rafting. 


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Win an Afrcian Safari
10-20-2015

 Register Now for Zakouma, Chad Solo Safari


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Ski the famous Dolomites
10-15-2015

Stay in different mountain rifugios each night and enjoy lift access to hundreds of miles of prepared terrain. 


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FULL MOON CHRISTMAS IN BALI
10-14-2015

FIRST CHRISTMAS FULL MOON IN 38 YEARS INSPIRES EXTRAORDINARY FESTIVE CELEBRATION AT FOUR SEASONS RESORTS BALI


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THE LONE RANGER ON THE SERENGETI
10-13-2015

New package for solo travelers at Four Seasons Safari Lodge


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AdventureSmith Explorations Thinks Outside The Boat
10-13-2015

 With Costa Rica – By Land, Air and Sea


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Travel Worry Free with Travel Insurance?
10-08-2015

by John W. Cook 


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What We Just Dug Up
10-07-2015

Israel Government Tourist Office, North America 


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FULL MOON YOGA IN BALI
10-06-2015

RIVERSIDE AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT SAYAN


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TourCrafters Offers 4-Night Paris Winter Package from $269
09-28-2015

“Unbelievable Paris Package” includes four nights at the 3-star Paris hotel of your choice, daily buffet breakfast, a scheduled arrival transfer and service charges—all for only $269..


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STAY IN AN ICE HUT TO EXPERIENCE THE AURORA BOREALIS
09-25-2015

AT THE AURORA VILLAGE OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE IN BJORKLIDEN, SWEDEN


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VIEWS THAT PHOTOS DON'T DO JUSTICE
09-25-2015

 From Shiela Donnelly and Associates


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Québec City and Area Travel News Travel September 2015
09-24-2015

Québec City kicks off the winter season with a weekend to remember


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​START LIFE TOGETHER WITH A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
09-23-2015

New honeymoon package by Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti 


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Maine Huts & Trails :Fall Foliage has Begun!
09-22-2015

This is one of the best times of year to enjoy all that Maine Huts & Trails has to offer.


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PAUL THEROUX’S TRIBUTE TO AMERICA’S “DEEP SOUTH”
09-21-2015

FOUR SEASONS ROAD TRIP 


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NORTHERN LIGHTS FORECAST
09-11-2015

 SURPRISING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER NORTHERN LIGHTS SET TONE FOR UPCOMING SOLAR CYCLE AND AURORA VIEWING


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Special 60% Flash Sale Savings on New Fall Coastal Expedition Cruise with Haimark’s MS Saint Laurent
09-02-2015

Explore ‘The Undiscovered Caribbean’ November 20- December 2, 2015:  Sail Trinidad to Cartagena from $2,399, Includes Roundtrip Air from Select Gateways


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VISIT GIANT PANDAS IN CHINA
08-31-2015

 WITH THE 'DISCOVER PANDA JOURNEY' PACKAGE FROM THE TEMPLE HOUSE, CHENGDU


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PAUL THEROUX MARKS 50 YEARS OF GLOBAL TRAVEL WRITING
08-26-2015

WITH WORDS AND PICTURES, A ROAD TRIBUTE TO AMERICA’S “DEEP SOUTH”


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Explore Ohio's Beautiful Covered Bridges
08-26-2015

The Inn at Cedar Falls


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One-of-a-kind get aways in the great North American West
06-18-2015

 Unique Inns


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WHITE-HOT POLAR SAFARIS DEBUT SUMMER 2016
06-17-2015

 By PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions


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“SURFING WAVE” ROLLS IN MUNICH AIRPORT CENTER, JULY 31-AUGUST 23
06-17-2015

Visitor Surfing Participation, European Championship Event, and Kids’ Camps Scheduled for Fifth Year of “Surf & Style”


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Park Service launches new 'Find Your Park' campaign
06-16-2015

 To help celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service


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RE-IMAGINED RAIL AND RIVER
06-16-2015

 Award-Winning Journalists Lead Escorted Journeys by cazenove+loyd


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ANGAMA MARA LODGE OPENS
06-15-2015

KENYA'S MOST ANTICIPATED SAFARI LODGE


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TourCrafters Offers Music Under the Stars in Pompei Package
06-15-2015

3-day/2-night package includes two overnights at the hotel of your choice, daily breakfast, car rental for three days plus tickets for the Pompei Festival in August and September.

 


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THE LATEST TRAVEL NEWS FROM ISRAEL
06-12-2015

 ISRAEL GOVERNMENT TOURIST OFFICE NORTH AMERICA


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Tigers, Temples and the Taj Mahal—All for $1,599
06-10-2015

World Spree’s Incredible India Tour Includes Air Fare and 5-Star Hotels


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Dream Package: Black Forest Driving Trip with Porsche Rental
06-08-2015

TourCrafters 3-day/2-night Dream Package


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Solar-Powered Electric Car Charging Stations at the Savage River Lodge
06-03-2015

Solar-Powered Electric Car Charging Stations Elevate Ecotourism 


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TourCrafters Offers Sipping Champagne Tour from Paris
05-27-2015

2-night Sipping Champagne Tour is an easy—and inexpensive—way to see some of the great Champagne houses, the vineyards and villages of Champagne


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Meet Haimark Line’s Onboard Experts for Summer 2015
05-21-2015

MS Saint Laurent Summer 2015 Coastal Expedition Itineraries, Starting with May 30 – June 8 Inaugural

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Twenty Monumental Origami Sculptures Showcased on the Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden, Santa Fe, NM
05-19-2015

 "Flight of Folds" is a collaboration between Kevin Box and Robert J. Lang, one of the world’s most renowned origami artists. Lang folded one of the most complicated cranes ever made from a single, uncut square of paper ... no cutting, no gluing and no tape. 


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Discover the Big Bear Lake Artwalk Festival
05-13-2015

 - the #1 fine arts festival in the San Bernardino Mountains


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FOUR SEASONS RESORT BALI AT SAYAN LAUNCHES DHARMA SHANTI YOGA BALE
05-06-2015

 A Gathering Point for AntiGravity Yoga, Meditation, Introspection, and More..


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UNPLUG WITH A FOUR SEASONS BUSH-TO-BEACH ADVENTURE
04-29-2015

New Flight Offers an Unforgettable Experience In the Serengeti and the Seychelles With the Safari Unplugged Package


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Tel Aviv to Rock Out in May and June i
04-23-2015

BACKSTREET BOYS, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, DIONNE WARWICK, LAURYN HILL AND OTHERS TO ROCK TEL AVIV THIS SUMMER


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European Savings
04-23-2015

Europe is a Bigger Bargain with TourCrafters’ Discounts


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ARCC Brings American Teens to Cuba for Service, Adventure
04-23-2015

 Two 14- day study trips offer groundbreaking cultural immersion and service projects that help island neighbor lift veil of secrecy.


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Pet Friendly Inns
04-23-2015

Unique Inns April Newsletter


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ASHFORD CASTLE REOPENS AFTER EXTENSIVE RESTORATION
04-16-2015

IRELAND'S PRIME MINISTER TO REOPEN ASHFORD CASTLE 


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Xanterra Parks & Resorts Joins “Find Your Park” Campaign
04-14-2015

 Find Your Park campaign conducted by the National Park Service and National Parks Foundation and co-chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush


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Mazama Village in Crater Lake National Park to Open April 24
04-13-2015

Low-Snow Year Enables Facilities to be up and Running Four Weeks Early


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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Dazzles with Alpine Scenery
04-10-2015

 Discover the top scenic railways journeys in the Swiss Alps and how to capture them all in nine amazing days


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See Maine from the Sea Aboard a Maine Windjammer
04-09-2015

 A different vantage point for viewing the familiar rocky coast of Maine.


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150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION - APRIL 14 AND 15
04-08-2015

FORD’S THEATRE TO COMMEMORATE ASSASSINATION WITH AROUND-THE-CLOCK PROGRAMMING

 

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Experience Bar Harbor's Culinary Traditions
04-02-2015

Taste of Bar Harbor - May 14-17 


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Getting a Charge, Going Green! Three West Coast Hotels Offer Free Car Charging Services
04-02-2015

Electric Car Charge at Bardessono, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Willows Lodge


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Lincoln Castle: a world-class heritage attraction.
04-01-2015

 Medieval musicians, a Feast of Fools and free family fun today marked the end of a four-year, £22m transformation of Lincoln Castle


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CARNIVAL PRIDE RETURNS TO PORT OF BALTIMORE FOR YEAR-ROUND CRUISING
03-30-2015

Following Multi-Million-Dollar Upgrade, Ship Began Offering Unique Array of Five- to 14-Day Cruises to Top Destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas and Florida March 29


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It pay to compare travel insurance
03-30-2015

Tailoring your coverage to your specific needs--and potential needs--can save you a lot of hardship and money under worst case scenarios


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Unique Inns Spring Break
03-26-2015

Bright blooms and dazzling days make this sunny season a fabulous time to plan the perfect getaway with Unique Inns.


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THE REBIRTH OF A LEGEND: PALMILLA IN LOS CABOS TO WELCOME GUESTS BACK APRIL 20, 2015
03-25-2015

Reborn Iconic Los Cabos Resort Raises the Bar for Baja Peninsula Ultra-Luxury


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EXPLORE THE UNDERWATER WORLD OF THE MALDIVES
03-24-2015

WITH FOUR SEASONS RESORTS MALDIVES 'DIVE DISCOVERY'


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LEARN TO DIVE IN TWO DAYS!
03-24-2015

With the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives new ‘Learn to Dive’ package 


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Tours to England featuring Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) f
03-19-2015

Celtic Dream Tours adds Tours to England featuring  Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) for 2015 and 2016 


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Summer Adventures at Maine Huts & Trails
03-17-2015

From fly fishing to paddling, biking to hiking and everything in between, there is a guided or self-guided trip for you and your family. 


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$500 Savings on TourCrafters’ 2015 Italy by Train Package
03-16-2015

 To Rome, Florence and Venice 


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NEW ADVENTURES AWAIT WITH FOUR SEASONS SAFARI LODGE
03-12-2015

SERENGETI'S ‘BIG FIVE FAMILY SAFARI’ PACKAGE


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Action-Packed Outdoor Activities in Bar Harbor, Maine
03-12-2015

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping


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13 MOST ROMANTIC SPOTS FOR SPRING FLINGS
03-12-2015

Selected by SDA Associates


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Viceroy Zihuatanejo Sets the Stage for “Semana Santa”
03-10-2015

Easter Week Activities & Events for All Ages


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Castine, Maine Set to Celebrate the Hermione
03-10-2015

 Celebration Planned for Replica of 18th-Century Historic Ship


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A Photographer’s Dream: India's Pushkar Camel Fair
03-09-2015

13-Day India Tour for Only $1,899 

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“Romance on the Delaware River”
03-05-2015

Fresh from a $4 Million Expansion Program, Lambertville Station Inn and the Dazzling Delaware Set the Scene for Singular Weddings Year 'Round  


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EXCLUSIVE CHARTERS ABOARD FOUR SEASONS EXPLORER
03-04-2015

Tailor The Ultimate Maldivian Cruise With A Private Charter For Up To 22 Guests


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