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Alaska This YearRundown for the Week of July 12, 2002

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Cairo Balcony by Martin Stott
Most of us think of travel as a form of escape, but there are some things impossible to hide from. As Martin Stott's just found out in Cairo, sometimes it's the travel itself that forces you to face up to hard truths about who you've become...

Big Chill in the Big Easy by Michelle Kholos
Travelers can measure where they are in their lives by the type of traveling they're doing. Usually intrepid traveler Michelle Kholos has joined up with an old group of friends, all of them travelers, all of them now traveling differently than they used to for different reasons.

Interview: Kathy Turco Real Audio Listen in RealAudio   
Kathy Turco travels with the highest-tech microphones made today into the Alaskan wilderness to record the sounds that animals make -- sounds we normally don’t get to hear, far from civilization. Kathy joins the animals in their world, and just listens.

Melting Ice and Stranded Penguins: A Story About Global Warming by Kathy Turco

Planning your own trip to Alaska?
AlaskaThisYear.com: Books, travel planner, vacation tips and interactive events calendar

Interview: Doug Lansky Real Audio Listen in RealAudio   
We can count on at least one guy to forge ahead in traveling the world with great gusto -- and that’s Doug Lansky. Doug, who‘s now writing “The Rough Guide To Traveling Around The World,” checks in with us about buying an around-the-world ticket.
Check out Doug Lansky's previous piece on "How To Plan A Trip 'Round The Globe:"

American Sanitary Plumbing Museum Real Audio Listen in RealAudio   
We send Cash Peters, and his offbeat brand of humor, to the oddest, and usually classless, destinations on the planet. Sure enough, he’s done it again. As matter of fact, this could be the lowest he’s ever sunk: the American Sanitary Plumbing Museum in Worcester, Mass.
American Sanitary Plumbing Museum at SignOnSandiego

Deal of the Week: Urban Safari
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, unleashes his Deal of the Week: incredible deals to popular destinations, like Vegas, New York City and New Orleans, via a Web site called travelzoo.com.

Traveler's Aid: Fee Frenzy
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, helps us crack the case of the nebulous entity taxes and surcharges. What are these charges added to our airline, hotel and rental car bills -- and, can we avoid them?

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