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July 31, 2008

Disappearing Destinations: Q&A with Authors Kim Lisagor and Heather Hansen

By Erika Lloyd

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Disappearingdestinationsc Writers Kim Lisagor and Heather Hansen set out to document significant locations in the world that are in environmental danger in their new book, Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them.'s Erika Lloyd chatted with the authors about their experience researching and writing the book. Read an excerpt of the book on here.

What inspired you to write Disappearing Destinations?
HH: We were at a conference in Denver, talking about the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, which had just come out. We tossed around the idea of 1,000 Places to See Before THEY Die. Once we started looking at our favorite places in that context, we became obsessed with writing a book that could help travelers see their dream destinations as whole places with real issues that affect the lives of the people who live there and, ultimately, the viability of the locations themselves.

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Hollywood in the Desert

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LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: Riding at Old Tucson Studios, Arizona (Beth Blair)

Driving the winding road up over Gates Pass and past thousands of Saguaro cacti is really an attraction in itself, but it's what lies on the other side of the Tucson Mountains that really excites our kids, not to mention the kid in both parents as well.

Since 1939, Old Tucson Studios has been bringing the Old West to the big screen. While it's unlikely our children recognize John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, and Kirk Douglas, they do know what a cowboy is—and that's enough to pique their interest.

The studios, about 12 miles from downtown Tucson, started out as the backdrop of several Western films until 1960, when it expanded into a family theme park. As local Tucsonians, my family and I have sauntered into Old Tucson Studios any number of times. My children are ages two and four, plus I have two teenage stepsons, so believe me when I say Old Tucson Studios is fun for all ages.

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July 30, 2008

Stuff We Like: Merino Wool—Your Next Go-To Travel Shirt

We love it when something subverts expectations—meaning, we're enamored with wearing wool during the summer. By wool, of course, we mean merino wool, the all-organic distant cousin of the thick, scratchy sweater of your youth. It breathes better than cotton, wicks sweat from the body like a sponge, and keeps you surprisingly cool when you're overheating. And, unlike most synthetic fabrics on the market, it claims to be entirely odor-free—a trait that could make it an invaluable piece of travel apparel. But we wanted to confirm this last proclamation… which is why I wore just one shirt for an entire week's-worth of workouts in one of the most humid cities in the country during one of the hottest months of the year—without washing the shirt once.

The test subject: The GT 180 Short-Sleeve Chase Crew T-shirt (pictured), made by New Zealand merino wool wonder-company Icebreaker.  Lightweight yet substantial, it's not the lightest in Icebreaker's line (that's reserved for the near-paper-thin GT 140 apparel), but the shirt was perfect for my needs, with a dropped tail and reflective graphics that cater to the cyclists, a right-hip zipper stash pocket for the runners, and flat-lock seam construction to reduce chafing when wearing a pack. I first wore it for two days while hiking in the Peruvian Andes, and it performed admirably—but when I got back to Washington, D.C., and washed the Andean dust from its seams, I decided to really put it to the test. That test included:

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Journey to the Dark Side, or How I Learned to Love (and Even Own) a Speedo Swimsuit

By Gary Chandler

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Growing up in the U.S, there were few things more unthinkable than wearing a men's bikini-style swimsuit, aka a Speedo. I couldn't fathom how any man could think a swimsuit like that was a good idea. Even the most perfectly proportioned and expertly waxed come off, at best, hopelessly vain. The lumpy older guys who belly up and down the beach in a square foot of Lycra were aliens to me. (God forbid they accessorize with a fanny pack.)

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July 29, 2008

Exotic Istanbul

TRUE BLUE: Istanbul's Blue Mosque (Glen Allison/Photodisc)

family travel expert: steve jermanok An older man strolls down one of Istanbul's main thoroughfares during rush-hour, dragging his two pet brown bears in tow. Except for several tourists, who stare in utter amazement, throngs of Turks walk by on their way to work oblivious to a scene that would either halt traffic or send people fleeing in terror in most cities across the globe. Yet here in the former city of Constantinople, a metropolis of over six million people that Mark Twain befittingly dubbed the "eternal circus," surreal visions are the norm. Istanbul is laden with incongruities: the mix of Eastern and Western cultures, antiquity and modernity, as well as wealth and poverty. The result is a unique and complex city that continually stimulates all five senses as families wander through its streets.

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Sites We Like: DailyCandy's Travel Edition

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July 24, 2008

Backpacking in Southeast Asia

By Karen Chen

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Ask any budget traveler on a round-the-world trip about his or her itinerary, and it'll surely include somewhere in Southeast Asia. For years now, the region has been the backpacker's equivalent of the Mecca Hajj—and frankly, I was not about to be one to buck the trend. Recently, I had about five weeks to travel through Southeast Asia, hitting Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia on the trip. I would assuredly see some amazing things along the way, but perhaps one of the things I was looking forward to the most was chillin' with other backpackers like it was my job—and I was working overtime at it.

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Parasailing Gone Bad

By Liza Prado

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GET SET: Parasailer in Florida (courtesy, Visit Florida)

I spent most of last month on the Riviera Maya updating the Yucatan books that I write with my husband, Gary. And one of the newest additions to each hotel that we visited was a legal notice—either nailed to the walls or prominently placed on brochures—that the establishment could not be held liable for any parasailing accident that occurred to its guests. Not on the beach, not on the water, not on hotel property. Not anywhere. I thought it was strange; Mexico is the sort of country where legalese is limited to government buildings and tourist visas. Even speeding tickets are "handled" roadside. But suddenly here, hanging next to the television in our room and on the stairway down to the beach, were signs effectively bringing tanned tourists back to reality: if you die strapped to a parachute, sue someone else.

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Acadia National Park: Big Family Adventure on a Human Scale

NICE & EASY: Sand Beach, Acadia National Park (courtesy, Maine Tourism)

family travel expert: steve jermanok Atop the short summit of Acadia Mountain, peering down at the lobster boats anchored in Southwest Harbor, it's easy to understand why so many families are drawn to Maine's Acadia National Park. Everything here is on a human scale, even the hour-long climb up Acadia Mountain. The only mountains on the East Coast, vast pockets of forest, the Atlantic Ocean, even a landlocked fjord are all within grasp in this compact national park.

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July 23, 2008

Top 5 Florida Family Vacations

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As the family-travel expert for both and Visit Florida, my family has spent the last year testing the waters, figuratively and literally, to find the best family-friendly destinations around the Sunshine State. (Hard life, I know.)

With two boys in tow, ages seven and nine, we usually opt for active adventures—with some downtime for mom and dad. Our travels have taken us from the Gulf Coast to the Space Coast and everywhere in between. Here's a list of our five favorites (in no particular order!):

Clearwater Beach
From parasailing to bungee-trampoline jumping to Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise, there is enough on Clearwater's pristine white-sand beaches to keep us coming back. We recently discovered the new Sandpearl Resort, which offers daytime programs through Camp Ridley and evening activities including astrology nights. Right across the street is the famous Original Frenchy's Café, where grouper sandwiches and fried Oreos are a local staple. My kids love to finish the day with a stop at Beach Gameland across the street. Another Clearwater Beach landmark is the Mandalay Surf Company, where you can pick up a skimboard, take it down to the wet sand, and give sand surfing a try like the locals. For a quick day trip, head over to St. Petersburg for some fun with the kids at The Pier. Or, drive to Tampa for shopping at International Plaza or a family fun stop at Busch Gardens or Lowry Park Zoo.

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