Travel Essays

Space Tourism: Which Ship To Pick For Your Flights?

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Four and a half years ago when President Obama predicted that Americans would fly through space to Mars within 20 to 30 years my long-held dream of landing on the Red Planet seemed unlikely to be fulfilled in my lifetime. And two months ago, I mulled over the possibility of getting there even if I […]

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Breaking Up (Your Country) Is Hard To Do

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Back in the 1962, American pop singer Neil Sedaka’s single, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” was a hit not only in the U.S. but around the world. But what’s that got to do with “Travel”? Plenty.

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Falling in Love (With Venice) All Over Again

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Falling in love with a place once is something many travelers have experienced. But falling in love with the same place twice? Is it possible? After an absence of over two decades, online journalism professor Mindy McAdams of the University of Florida comes back to Venice, Italy, and writes about finding true love of place […]

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This TV Program Will Make You Hate Air Travel Even More

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The Smithsonian Channel is going to do something that will so put you off air travel that you may never willingly board a commercial flight again. How? By showing you what the golden age of passenger air travel was like back in the last century when it airs “I Was a Jet Set Stewardess” tonight […]

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Making It to Mars

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After reading Robert Heinlein’s 1949 sci-fi novel, Red Planet, more than a half-century ago, I was convinced that someday I would be living on Planet Mars, not Planet Earth. After seeing the 1956 film, Forbidden Planet, in the theaters, I had no doubt that since interstellar travel was technologically feasible (at least in Hollywood) flying […]

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World Cup, Your “Football” Isn’t My “Football”

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Unless you were vacationing on the far side of the moon last weekend and were disconnected from the Internet, you know that Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win the quadrennial World Cup of soccer. But if you were just “up in the air,” flying around Planet Earth on a commercial jetliner, you may have been […]

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Traveling In Columbus’ Wake

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“In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” When I was growing up back in the last century, every American school kid learned the opening lines of that ditty about Christopher Columbus’ voyage of discovery. And the rest, as they say, is history. Columbus made three trips to the “New World” in the 1490’s […]

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Remembering America’s Birth: A Capitol Fourth

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Hot dogs. and beer. It could be any summer day. But today is the Fourth of July, when we not only wash down those quintessential America wieners with copious quantities of the hop-laced brew, but celebrate the birth of the U.S.A. Here’s PBS television’s visual remembrance of the country’s roots. Enjoy your Fourth, readers. Tales […]

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“Droning” Over National Parks

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Since I shoot video when I travel and have produced a few TV travel “shorts,” I’ve been intrigued with the idea of using a miniature helicopter, such as the Phantom 2 Vision Drone, to make my own version of  travelogues like “Over Hawaii.” But there’s one set of places where I won’t be able to […]

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“Driving The Damned Road” – A Cinematic Essay

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A scenic highway runs almost arrow-straight through the Canadian Rockies from Banff to Jasper. It’s the only practical way to travel quickly and easily through that mountainous region. But should I have followed the advice of a “local” I call “The Cowboy” and shunned that road? That’s the question posed by following short film which […]

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“Southeast” – A Cinematic Essay

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Southeast Alaska is one of the most remote places where one could live in the United States. No roads connect its few towns, which are scattered wide apart over 35,000 square miles of mountains, forests, glaciers and sea. Should you move there to permanently live, or merely pay it a brief visit on vacation? That’s […]

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