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Out a Window or in a Mirror?

Out a Window or in a Mirror?

Both for the few adventuring travelers who still exist and for the larger number of travelers-turned-tourists, voyaging becomes a pseudo-event. . . . Planned tours, attractions, fairs, expositions ‘especially for tourists,’ and all their prefabricated adventures can be persuasively advertised in advance. They can be made convenient, comfortable, risk-free, trouble-free, as spontaneous travel never was and never is. We go more and more where we expect to go. We get money-back guarantees that we will see what we expect to see. Anyway, we go more and more, not to see at all, but only to take pictures. Like the rest of our experience, travel becomes a tautology. The more strenuously and self-consciously we work at enlarging our experience, the more pervasive the tautology ...

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Five Fun Ways to Die in New Zealand

Five Fun Ways to Die in New Zealand

Soon I’m headed to New Zealand for the first time. Three weeks isn’t enough time to even think about doing everything on one island, much less both. But that’s the time I have and must make do. I’m a serious planner and researcher, and have tried to boil down what I feel is the best New Zealand has to offer. Although, looking at my itinerary now, I realize that I just might not make it back to the Northern Hemisphere alive.

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Calling all Kiwis (and New Zealand Lovers)*Revised*

Calling all Kiwis (and New Zealand Lovers)*Revised*

Kia ora! It seems like only yesterday that my husband and I were deciding where our next trip-of-a-lifetime would be. Thailand was mentioned. I thought Spain and Morocco or Greece and Turkey would be the ticket. We tabled the discussion when my husband was called to Dubai. He returned and was singing the praises of New Zealand. That’s where he wanted to go. Since I chose our last trip-of-a-lifetime (Rome), I figured that it was his turn to pick.

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