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Great Travel Links for 03.17.2008

I’m glad to get back into the swing of our planned posting schedule, thanks in part to the organizational mojo in my spiffy new FeedDemon RSS feed reader, and open the week with a round-up of travel goodies from around the Web and around the world.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, especially to those in cities with green rivers!

** Thanks very much to Roaming Tales for generously hosting the 5 March Carnival of Cities while I was tied up getting geeky at the South by Southwest Interactive tech conference (this edition featured the FT post about Rotterdam.) The current 12 March Carnival is hosted on the unique blog.

** On the BootsnAll Traveling with Children forum, I found a link to the soultravelers3 family YouTube video of young daughter “Mozart” playing her violin in lots of neat places as they travel around the world (take me!) Continuing down the online discovery path, my Twitter friend Dayngr blogs about the wonders of Miami Metro Zoo.

** A UK family gets tips in the Independent for an active holiday in a UK national park (they really enjoyed a similar vacation in California — too bad those parks are under threat of closure.)

** Also in the UK’s Independent, the complete guide to the beaches and deserts of the Sinai. (Related Family Travel posts: Visiting Israel and Travel with Kids to….Iran?)

** The hunt for good travel deals: best rates are often found directly on airline Web sites, there’s a new cheap bus option between New York and Washington DC and thanks to an early Easter this year, the Caribbean will have good deals into April.

** How about a Mom’s volunteer vacation with her daughter to Mexico to build houses? Here are eight hot spots for volunteer travel, including Bolivia and the Dominican Republic.

** I’ve never been to Taiwan, but I’d sure like to go after reading about having tea inside Taipei’s National Palace Museum.

** Florida’s Universal Studios theme parks aren’t just for kids….maybe that would work for the current interest in multi-generational travel.

** Good stuff: chocolate tours in New York, making the California missions interesting for kids, the reinvention of Pittsburgh and a cool spy-themed hotel opening in Washington DC (related Family Travel posts: Washington DC for kids, Part One and Part Two.)

** Finally, please help me to welcome a new voice to the blogging world, but not to the travel world. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel‘s travel editor, Tom Swick, was kind enough to let me monopolize his afternoon a couple of years ago with an informational interview, when I was just starting out as a writer. He now has a blog, Travels, along with his Travel section in the newspaper, occasional work with World Hum and two books — Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland and A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania With a Maverick Traveler. It’s always great to have a classy voice in the blogosphere.