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Great Travel Links for 01.28.2008

Happy Monday to all….is it me, or does the holiday craziness just now seem to be slacking? I’m actually getting a modicum of work done these days (although if I don’t get to the grocery store today, there WILL be a Family Travel household toilet paper crisis!)

North and South America

** I like finding travel articles like this one about Oklahoma City (featured in the Miami Herald) because it shows that every location can be a travel destination. Don’t be a travel snob, and always look at your own hometown as a place to visit – puts your backyard in a whole new light.

** Those who know me as a major “culture vulture” might be surprised to know that I really had a great time at Dollywood: Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains theme park near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. What’s even more fun is that this article is in the UK’s Guardian newspaper; talk about a culture shock for some of our British visitors. Check out the writer’s description of the “Dixie Stampede” dinner show….

** For the winter-hardy amongst us, there’s fun and frolic on Michigan’s U.P. or Upper Peninsula (where the residents are called Yoopers.) Budget Travel magazine had a great article about the region last spring. Speaking of the season, CNN.com Travel also has tips for taking the kids: scoring a winter deal.

** No-brainer New York City info right here, from Gridskipper: Candy Shops in the Big Apple.

** From the blog Southern Byways: places to go and things to do with your family in the (U.S.) South. Tons of links and ideas.

Europe

** Handy for your trip planning – Rick Steves offers 20 ways to stretch your dollars in Europe, including very specific tips on lodging and dining.

Asia/Australia

** From Fox Business News online, I learned that Mickey and Minnie have special Chinese New Year outfits right now at Hong Kong Disneyland.

General/Worldwide

** What a pleasant surprise….the PC2Paper blog featured Family Travel as its Travel Blog of the Week. Thanks, guys!

** A new site offers narrated travel videos by a variety of travel writers and editors: TravelGuru.tv (hat tip to the Travel PR Blog.)

** Don’t let disability stand in the way of travel; this woman found that her deafness broke down travel barriers. I also recommend that you read my fellow blogger Karen (DeafMom on Twitter) and her blog A Deaf Mom Shares Her World.

** Is a vacation with the Disney tours outfitter a good idea? The Intelligent Travel blog takes a look.

** Finally, World Hum has a good link to info about (college) freshman year abroad as an alternative to the traditional junior year abroad. The post comments are interesting. Related: my post about the gap year for study abroad.