South of the Border
music drifts to the outdoor table cooled by the mist of the Atlantic.
It's sensual and moving, as is the sway of the people passing by."Beautiful
People," South Beach Miami? No. Rio de Janeiro, on the come back. Pack
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learned to enjoy life. Your money goes far and you can too. It's not carnival
and that's important; prices are great and the atmosphere is also. Bad
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Hands, Not Flamenco
couldn't claim we hadn't been warned, a couple of times. First by the
federal government who advised that Spain was safe to travel in but look
out for pickpockets; the next time by our hotel whose information folder
welcomed us in large print, "Do not carry valuables with you. Use
your room safe." and then added, disconcertingly, at the bottom of
the page, "We are not responsible for valuables left in room safes."
Crowd Heading for the South Pacific
popularity as an international travel destination for younger travelers
has not waned, despite the war in Iraqand the outbreak of SARS. Contiki
Holidays, which specializes in affordable vacations especially designed
for 18- to 35-year-olds, reports an increase in overall business Down
Under and has introduced its 2003-2004 brochure with more than 25 itineraries
throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.Two new packages expand on
Contiki's popular Getaway and Lifestyle tour concepts, offering shorter
and more culturally diverse vacations that appeal to the younger traveler.
Rambling through Aotearoa by bus,
bike, boat and rail:
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Zealand is one of the most popular destinations in the worldtoday. It's
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is easy -- most roads are sealed, the signs are in English, and an efficient
tourist infrastructure caters to travelers. Getting off the tourist path
is tougher -- unless you have your own wheels and can drive on the left. Dozens
of agencies rent cars or motorcycles. Bring a tent, or just stay in the
inexpensive cabins available at nearly all holiday parks, and you'll save
hundreds on hotel costs. Nearly all private Kiwi campgrounds feature kitchen
facilities in addition to modern ablution blocks with hot showers, Buy
a campground guide on arrival. There are dozens of internet databases
detailing rental car options in New Zealand.
New Zealand Tourism is a good place to start. continue
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