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Passport Newslette
— Many travel authorities believe this is one of the best travel newsletters in America. We at agree!

This is THE luxury newsletter you read about in the February 20, 2004 issue of USA TODAY!

Passport Newsletter has been around since 1965, publishing unbiased reviews, reports and tips on upscale places to stay, restaurants, shopping, cruises and tours — information that helps subscribers avoid mistakes that can ruin a vacation or business trip.

Many of North America's top travel agencies and the world's most discerning travelers are among its subscribers. We endorse Passport as a source of sound travel information. It’s strong on opinion, doesn’t accept advertising and isn’t afraid to criticize.

A one-year Passport subscription is normally $99 —

but available through SoloTravelPortal, you can subscribe for $89 — a nifty saving of $10.00!

You'll enjoy 12 monthly issues plus complete access to its extensive website.

For more details, click here.

Longing for a travel experience that is "different from home" — different people, customs, language, food, surroundings?

Since the 1970's, Bradt Travel Guides have kept their focus on you — the adventurous traveler who seeks out off-beat places and the dreamer who would like to travel there but perhaps never will.

New titles include: Baghdad, Budapest, Cameroon, Canary Islands, Chile, Dubrovnik, Faroe Islands, Kiev, Madagascar, Mali, Zambia and Cork.

Upcoming titles include: Chile, Estonia, Panama, Riga, Sudan

To purchase, click: Bradt Travel Guides
— InsideOut City Guides — $9.95 — banish the bulky guidebook syndrome.

Inside platinum colored covers, they'll give you everything you need to find your way around — including popout maps that open and close in a single motion.

These 64-page guidebooks offer six sections: See it, Watch it, Taste it, Buy it, Know it and Speak it.

Guides are available to London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Barcelona, Prague, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Berlin, Las Vegas, Orlando, Dublin and Majorca.

Orange County Area Driving Guide — It's so California!

This 44-page guide is designed to help visitors discover the hidden treasures of the Orange County area.

The colorful free guide, which is designed to resemble a car owner's manual, highlights local hotspots, such as the picturesque hideaways of the South, from Dana Point to San Clemente; quaint, historical San Juan Capistrano; the walkable seaside of Laguna Beach; the canyons of Silverado, Modjeska, and Trabuco; historic sites in Anaheim and Orange County and some unknown treasures at Newport Beach, just to name a few.

To get the guide, click: ORANGE COUNTY or call: (714) 765-8888.

It also is available at the Anaheim Resort Visitor Information Center, located at 1500 South Harbor Boulevard, in the McDonald's parking lot across the street from the Disneyland Resort.

Orange County comprises 34 cities and boasts 42 miles of coastline and beaches, including Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Clemente.

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iJET provides detailed "Travel Intelligence" destination reports which are updated weekly and reflect the local conditions in over 160 worldwide destinations.

These reports differ from typical destination information in that they provide current, independent, unbiased knowledge focused on potential travel concerns.

Provided in PDF format for immediate downloading, these reports are priced at $14.95 per destination and available for purchase on

To buy these reports at, click: here

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Travel Alone & Love It — A Flight Attendant's Guide to Solo Travel — by Sharon B. Wingler, Chicago Spectrum Press.

Here's an excerpt:

"I welcome the air of mystery that surrounds a woman dining alone. Not that I cause a stir — you needn't worry about jaws slacking and conversation coming to a standstill as you enter the room alone. It's just that there seems to be a natural curiosity of a friendly sort that does not make me the least bit uncomfortable.

Waiters see my journal and often ask if I'm a writer. In some countries, if you seem receptive, people at nearby tables may initiate conversation. In others, such as England, France, and most northern European countries, privacy is sacred and yours will not be intruded upon — you will have to make the first move."

Visit Wingler's website: Travel Alone & Love It

To buy this book, click: here

The Traveling Woman — by Catherine Comer and Lavon Swaim — Impact Publications.

Veteran travelers with degrees in tourism management, Comer and Swaim were inspired to write this guide when, while on a trip to Mexico, they learned about the death of two women tourists.

They focus on how to plan a trip wisely, book accommodations, protect oneself in different situations, and deal with unexpected problems and emergencies.

The Traveling Woman also features a travel health and safety quiz and a review of 55 key Web sites.

To buy this book, click: here
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Zagat Hotel And Restaurant Guides — Visiting Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles?Check 'em out!

The Good Pub Guide 2003
— edited by Alisdair Aird, Ebury Press

This guide offers descriptions, opening hours, prices and facilities.

5,000 pubs listed satisfy the criteria of a good pub — a place where you feel at home.

To buy this book, click: here
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Budget accommodations in London, Paris and Rome?

Follow the lead of guidebook author Margo Classé; she examined more than 1,300 budget hotels and bed-and-breakfasts for her guides, "Hello Spain!" "Hello France!" "Hello Italy!" and "Hello Britain & Ireland!"

(To buy her books — they include information on economical restaurants:
click: here

The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook (1995) by Shel Horowitz — Discover secrets of big savings on travel, fine food and drink, live music and theater, etc.

To buy this book, click: here

Volunteer Vacations (1999) by Bill McMillon — Volunteer vacation organizations fall into several categories. Some focus on building and construction projects; others combine volunteerism with eco-tourism and scientific research. A third emphasizes cultural exchange. Discover what's best for you.

To buy this book, click: here

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Great Vacations for You & Your Dog: USA, 2003-04 — by Martin Management Books

Great Vacations for You & Your Dog: Abroad, 1996-97 — by Martin Management Books

To buy this book, click: here

On the Road Again With Man's Best Friend:
A Selective Guide to the West Coast and British Columbia's Bed and Breakfasts, Inn, Hotels and Resorts that Welcome You and Your Dog —
by Dawn Habgood.

(There are more "traveling with your four-legged best friend books," including On the Road Again . . .: United States.; Southwest; New England)

To buy this book, click: here

Note: For more information on dog travel, dog care, etc., click: here

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Karen Brown's France: Charming Inns & Itineraries 2005 — by Karen Brown

Completely updated every year, Karen Brown Guides point you to the most charming inns and B&Bs in Europe and the USA.

To buy this book, click: here
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You Are Here: Traveling with (2003) — by Eric Leebow with John E. DiScala

This is THE book for anyone who has been happily overwhelmed by the wealth of travel information displayed on

This is THE book, rich in websites and descriptive paragraphs, keyed to

This book is a MUST for any wannabe savvy traveler!

To buy this book, click: here

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