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Travel is the transport of people on a trip/journey or the process or time involved in a person or object moving from one location to another. Reasons for travel include: Tourism—travel for recreation. This may apply to the travel itself, or the travel may just be the necessary investment to arrive at a desired location. Visiting friends and family Trade Commuting–going to various routine activities, such as work or meetings. Migration—travel to begin life somewhere else; nomadic people do this Pilgrimages—travel for religious reasons
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AA Maps
Design your own travel maps in New Zealand.

"AA Maps is New Zealand's most comprehensive mapping information service. You can use it to find anything from a simple street map, to get driving directions, to locating points of interest, and places to stay when you arrive. All you have to do is choose from the options listed. It's that easy."
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Added: 05-07-2006 - Updated: 12-07-2006
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AA Roadwatch
Daily closed roads/warning reports for all roads around New Zealand.


A site run by the Automobile Association, with data from Transit New Zealand.

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AirNav.com
"The Pilot's Window into a World of Aviation Information"

My brother, who is a pilot, recommended this site "where all US airports, their weather, specs, technical data, even nearby accommodation etc, are available".

Added: 10-09-2006 - Updated: 25-10-2006
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All about Guatemala
See the color and beauty of the "Land of Eternal Spring".

GUATEMALA is the "Land of Eternal Spring - a small, but very rich and VERY, VERY complex country...The only Central American country where time traveling is possible." GUATEMALAWEB is an ideal starting point for learning about Mayan archaeology and Guatemala's abundant bird life.

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Added: 22-06-2006 - Updated: 05-07-2006
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Auckland traffic
Transit New Zealand's updated report on the Auckland traffic.


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Added: 05-07-2006 - Updated: 12-07-2006
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Australia's Great Train Journeys
The official website of Great Southern Railway Ltd, Australia.

In late 1997, Great Southern Railway was the successful bidder for the Passenger Rail business of Australian National. This made Great Southern Railway the first government owned transcontinental passenger business to be privatised in Australia. Great Southern Railway originally consisted of a consortium of Australian and International financiers, operators and service providers. These partners all contributed solid financial backing. In October 1999, Serco Asia Pacific bought out the other partners, placing the company in a strong position for future growth.

Great Southern Railway is in the tourism business over and above being a rail transport operator. Great Southern Railway is customer focussed and committed to growth of tourism in Australia. Recent initiatives, eg. launch of the Trainways holiday program and extension of The Ghan journey to Darwin, are evidence of this commitment.
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Added: 11-07-2006 - Updated: 12-07-2006
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Beautiful Britain
Pictures and merchandise depicting Beautiful Britain

This site is a bit of a mystery. There is no About Me/Us page and the person who has put it together and who updates it regularly isn't named anywhere. But it has lovely photographs of Britain's countryside and gardens. I found it while looking for information on the Laburnum Walk at Bodnant in North Wales (that's what's in the photograph here).

The site includes:

* Picture of the Day

* On This Day Events from Britain's past

* Weekly Updates on Britain's changing seasons

* Picture of the Week

* 88 piece downloadable jigsaws

* Monthly Updates

* Wallpaper downloads

Note added on 19 December 2006:

Since typing the above I have received the following information from Howard the owner of the Beautiful Britain site:

Thanks for the e-mail via the Guestbook:

"This is a lovely site, which I will include in mine BUT:

* where is the About me/us page? I can't work out exactly what the site is intended to do/be? Can you send me a summary (which I will use).

* who is "I" throughout the site? The author of the entries doesn't appear to be named anywhere."

I didn’t feel that an ‘about me’ page was needed. I’ve read so many personal ‘blogs’ from people who try to hotlink to my wallpaper pictures and realized that most of the ‘bloggers’ didn’t really have anything interesting to say, apart from such statements as, (quote) - "Hello, my name is Phil. I don't like cheese." J

I don’t think that most people are really interested in who I am, they’re interested primarily in visiting the site for desktop wallpapers etc. The site currently averages 2500 ‘unique visitors’ per day, but this peaks in the spring to 3500 unique visitors as people also browse the website to visit the nesting birds / wildlife / pond sections. Many visit the site looking for one thing and say that they become absorbed in reading the other sections, which is very pleasing.

The site is just a hobby (sometimes it seems more like a way of life!) but people tell me how much they enjoy it and how it relaxes them on stressful days at the office. See - http://beautifulbritain.co.uk/cgi-bin/bb2006/bb.cgi There have been desktop wallpapers on the site now for 5 years and I know from some of my regular correspondents that they have stayed with the site since day one. I’ve even met up with some of them when they’ve visited Britain.

There is some new content each day and a new wallpaper and downloadable jigsaw each week, which gives people a reason for returning to the site on a regular basis.

There’s also a section about where I live - http://www.beautifulbritain.co.uk/htm/whitworth/whitworth_rossendale.htm I’m not mentioned by name on the site, and neither is my e-mail address, but it still doesn’t stop me being deluged with spam mail, hence the Guestbook is now the only means of contact. All Guestbook entries with a valid e-mail address are answered …… eventually. Cyber vandals try to attack the Guestbook as well, which is why messages are not posted ‘live’ but are vetted for content first.

Re "I can't work out exactly what the site is intended to do/be?" Maybe a quote from one Charles M. Schulz on of my wallpaper pictures sums us the site’s philosophy (if it even has a philosophy!) "My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?"

The Beautiful Britain site primarily shows the diverse countryside in this small but beautiful island and it gives me a reason for going out and about and sharing my photographs with others, rather than just viewing them on my own computer. I’ve lost count of the number of times people use the words soothing, calming, relaxing, peaceful, beautiful etc. when they write to me about the wallpapers they use from the site, so maybe it’s a form of ‘stress busting’! Google shows almost 700,000 matches for stress busting, but my site comes at no cost and with no medication required. J

Re. "Can you send me a summary (which I will use)." I think that what you’ve put is fine. Thank you for the inclusion.

Re. "The author of the entries doesn't appear to be named anywhere." I used to be the village school Head Master in the area in which I still live. Sometimes keeping your anonymity is no bad thing!

Best wishes,
Howard

webformreply@beautifulbritain.plus.com
www.beautifulbritain.co.uk

Added: 17-11-2006 - Updated: 29-12-2006
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Bill Bryson
The website of the American humourist and occasional travel writer

It is to the American writer John Updike that we owe the brilliant observation that "Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face".

The most outstanding examplar of this grisly principle is Bill Bryson, the travel writer manque.

The logo above - well, it's not really a logo: what I have reproduced here is the front page, in its entirety, of the little man's website - tells much of the story, I feel. Here is the rest of it.

Once upon a time, long ago and far away, there was an American journalist of, as he himself frequently tells us, average (actually very, very average) appearance who was not distinguished by any particular ability or skill who wrote a successful book of reminiscences/travel anecdotes entitled The Lost Continent (1989). This, memorably, began with the line "I was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Somebody had to be."

The Lost Continent was quite a good book - on Amazon.com's famous scale it is rated 3.5 stars (out of a maximum of five), which is about right, it seems to me.

What was not obvious then (it was, after all, the man's first book), but which is of course abundantly clear now, is that The Lost Continent was primarily a book about Bryson, a person who is very, very average in every conceivable way, including his ability to write prose.

This, of course, is something which is true of most travel books - that they are primarily about their authors, I mean; not that they are about Bill Bryson - and it is that which ensures that their appeal and interest is linearly related to the appeal and interest of the author and his thoughts about his subject. If the author is a crashing bore, the attraction of his company wanes swiftly.

Bryson's next book was Neither Here Nor There (1991), a clone of The Lost Continent, only in this case based on perfunctory "travels" in safe parts of Europe. I can remember nothing of it.

It is this book, I believe, which should have told us all the whole story, as Neither Here Nor There was less amusing, less interesting and altogether much less convincing than its predecessor. But all, or nearly all, was forgiven, and Neither Here Nor There was quite well received, because of the legacy of good will created by The Lost Continent.

Bryson's next book - Notes From a Small Island (1995), based on a walking tour in safe parts of Britain - was simply awful. What I can remember about it is that he made a lot of cracks about:

* the weather

* the food

* and the place names

Well there, if ever there were, were three barrels labelled:

Fish in Here. Please Shoot Them.

And it's not even as if these were sitting targets of a kind found only in Britain. After all, you and I, gentle reader, live in a country where there are towns named "Whangamomona", where the sun seldom shines, and where most of the food on public sale is of the most wretched quality imaginable.

And, what's more, Bryson himself is a native of a country - America - where there are towns with names at least as hilarious as any of those in Britain, where the weather in much of the country is much worse than it ever gets in Britain, and where the food on public sale is the worst - not just in the world - but in the history of the world. (And if you think that last statement is hyperbole, ask yourself this: of which country can it be said that most of the food on public sale not only has no nutritional value but is in fact damaging to human health?)

Notes From a Small Island did have one redeeming quality, however. Those who had had read his first two books now began to see that in many ways Bryson himself was funny. Who, for example, could not laugh at a man who, after whining about Britain and its inhabitants for a couple of hundred pages could conclude thus:

"Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain - which is to say, all of it. Every last bit of it, good and bad - old churches, country lanes, people saying 'Mustn't grumble' and 'I'm terribly sorry but,' people apologizing to me when I conk them with a careless elbow, milk in bottles, beans on toast, haymaking in June, seaside piers, Ordinance Survey maps, tea and crumpets, summer showers and foggy winter evenings - every bit of it."

Like many of his fellow countrymen, Bryson is a master of the art of the pulled punch, in which you say what you mean, and then say you didn't really mean it, or if you did mean it, you don't mean any more, which is not to say you won't mean it again tomorrow...[contd. p94].

[The rest of this piece is in the TUW messageboards under "Sense".]

Added: 07-01-2007 - Updated: 07-01-2007
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Central America Travelogue
Exploring Central America on local transport.

An interesting and sometimes quirky travelogue through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras & Belize, travelling on local buses and staying at two-star hotels.

There are some good photos here of Mayan sites, including Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Tikal, Palenque and Copan.
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Added: 06-07-2006 - Updated: 06-03-2007
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Greve In Chianti
Useful information on what to see and where to stay in the chianti classico wine zone

Encylopaedic information source on the popular area of tuscany in italy, located beween the art cities of florence and sienna. covers farmhouse and village tourist accommodation, as well as art, architecture, food and wine, history, plants and animals of chianti.

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Guthrie Castle, Scotland
Fairytale Scottish Castle fully restored

It took a larger than life American family to restore Guthrie Castle, fill it with a huge collection of antiques and then also build a private golf course. Now open to the public (for a price), dreamers can satisfy themselves with the great pictures on the website.

Guthrie Castle is north of Dundee (which is north of Edinburgh), on Scotland's east coast.

From the website:

"Since the Peña Family moved in to the 55 room historic 15th Century story book Castle in 1984, there have been many requests for entry to it from all over the world - including from as far a field as Australia. The requests covered; film & movie makers, documentary producers, wedding organisers, hoteliers, private citizens, photographers, corporate hospitality organisers and Members of The Guthrie Clan (for good reason). With a few exceptions for day visits, all requests have been politely refused and access to the grounds has been very limited.

"However - the Family have always planned on allowing others to bask in what they have carefully restored, preserved and tastefully added over the years and that time has come. To read comments from guests who have already visited Guthrie Castle "click here".

"The Peña’s children are now of mature age and all live in the USA and Mr. Peña is phasing down his active life. So, after 19 years of being kept as a private estate, Guthrie Castle's fairytale ambiance is finally open for private hire and group bookings.

"Guthrie Castle, which is offered on an exclusive basis, is a suburb venue set in 156 acres of outstanding natural beauty; it has its own 9-hole golf course, a beautiful 2 acre “historically important” walled garden, magnificent lawns and a private Loch. The function “Pavilion”, built specifically for entertaining, can site 350 comfortably for a dinner dance, whilst the various cottages around the estate add to the numbers that can be accommodated overnight.

"We provide only the highest levels of services and comfort; we want you to feel very much at home within the beautiful surroundings ensuring that your event will be remembered for the rest of your life. We have built our excellent reputation through a flexible and enthusiastic approach to our business, and our guests always comment on how friendly and helpful they find our staff."

The Castle can be hired from Friday to Sunday, including "continental breakfast served in the castle on Saturday and a full Scottish breakfast served in the Pavilion on Sunday" for £9500 (roughly NZ$28,000).

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Added: 07-07-2006 - Updated: 12-07-2006
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LA Weekly
LA Weekly is an amazing site about life in Los Angeles

* News

* Blogs

* Film/TV

* Music

* La Vida (sample headlines: "She is Barbie. Hear her roar"; "Take a load off, Mandrake" etc etc)

* Stage

* Art/books

* Eat/drink



Added: 27-01-2007 - Updated: 27-01-2007
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Lake Atitlan and Panajachel
The jewel of the Guatemala highlands

Atitlan.net is the best source of news about Guatemala, because it is updated every 5 minutes, 24 hours per day, every day. It has links to news stories about Guatemala, from 4500 news sources around the net. Atitlan.net also has the BEST MAPS of Guatemala, based on satellite photographs. I think you can see every house in Guatemala!

Atitlan.net also contains thousands of photographs, and videos of Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, and Antigua, Guatemala, and the people who live there.

Atitlan.net also contains 100 pages about Guatemalan coffee and 100 more pages about Guatemalan chocolate. There's some great recipes here.

Added: 05-11-2006 - Updated: 12-12-2006
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Multimap.com
Find any street, anywhere in the world, via Multimap.

"Multimap is Europe's leading provider of mapping and location-based services. Our company delivers more online maps, point-to-point driving directions and geo-spatial ("where's my nearest?") searches to businesses and consumers than any other supplier in Europe. Multimap.com is Europe's most popular mapping web site, offering a range of free, useful services to assist with everyday life. Key features include street-level maps of the United Kingdom, Europe, and the US; road maps of the world; door-to-door travel directions; aerial photographs; and local information. Multimap also provides a range of complementary services through its partners. These include entertainment, hotel, holiday-cottage, restaurant and train-ticket booking services, SMS weather alerts and the ability to buy both historic and aerial photograph prints. Since its launch in 1996, Multimap.com has become the number one online directory in the UK, and one of the 10 most-visited sites in the UK overall. In 2005 the public web site regularly delivered more than 140 million page views per month."

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National Geographic Online
The website of the National Geographic Society

Oddly, the website says nothing about the Society itself. Here is what Wikipedia, much more helpfully, has to say:

The National Geographic Society, based in Washington, D.C. in the United States, is one of the world's largest not-for-profit educational and scientific organizations. Its research interests include geography and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history. Its historical mission is "to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world's cultural, historical, and natural resources." Its current President and CEO, John M. Fahey, Jr., says National Geographic's purpose is to inspire people to care about their planet. The Society is governed by a twenty-three member Board of Trustees composed of a group of distinguished educators, businesspeople, scientists, former governmental officials, and conservationists. The organization sponsors and funds scientific research and exploration. The Society publishes an official journal, National Geographic Magazine, and other magazines, books, and other publications in numerous languages and countries around the world. It also has an educational foundation that gives grants to education organizations and individuals to enhance geography education. Its Committee for Research and Exploration has given grants for scientific research for most of its history and has recently awarrded its 9,000th grant for scientific research, conducted worldwide and often reported on by its media properties. Its various media properties reach about 280 million people around the world monthly.

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