by Beverly Shaver, El Cerrito, CA

Years of travel have taught my travel companion and me the value of a pause between segments of intensive touring. After a week of “Bags out at 7:00,” we find it wonderfully restorative to spend a quiet interval by ourselves in some interesting city, easily sandwiched into our itinerary.

And so, after a 9-day tour through western Germany in October ’02, we scheduled ourselves a week’s time-out before embarking in Amsterdam on a river cruise...


by Tyler Morse, New York, NY

The top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania was my goal, so in May ’02 I joined 11 others in Amsterdam and we flew to Nairobi, where we boarded a bus and rode for seven hours through southern Kenya and then northern Tanzania to the Marangu Hotel in Moshi. This was the embarkation site for our climb up the mountain.

The Marangu Hotel (P.O. Box 40, Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania, East Africa; phone 255-27-275-6594 or 255-27-275-6361, fax 255-27-275-...


by William Schoenemann, Port Ludlow, WA

Latin America is so close to the U.S., but for some reason (mainly security) many international travelers shun countries other than Costa Rica. My wife and I decided we should visit some of our neighbors.

Finding a reasonably priced trip that took in more than one country was not easy, but we finally decided to go with a customized itinerary from Global Travel, visiting Guatemala and Belize in February ’03.

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