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Great Travel Links for 12.17.2007

It’s mid-December and I’m sure “the holiday crazies” have set in for many of you, so kick back with a cup of your favorite comfort and surf some family travel tips for awhile….

** The International Herald Tribune‘s Globespotters travel blog is written by their reporters who live in various news hotspots; here’s the Rome reporter with Ragazzi in Rome; The Dolce Vita with Kids.

** An seasonally-appropriate place to visit in central Florida: Fort Christmas Historical Park. Also in Florida but way over in the Panhandle, a thoughtful article about a son seeking his father at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

** There’s a neat story behind why the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa from their bunker in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. Now they incorporate Google Earth for a 3D experience.

** The Web Worker Daily blog has web-savvy ways to make travel easier and cheaper, and consultant Nicole also has 5 tips from a traveling tech.

** Remember my post on that gem of the Midwest, Kansas City? There are many festive holiday events on tap at

** Travel covers Revolutionary holidays in Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

** Those of you who live in California and the US western states probably read Sunset magazine, but did you know that they have a travel blog?

** Ever thought about being a travel guide and guidebook writer, like Rick Steves in Europe? You might change your mind after reading how he sorts through his (exhausting) 2008 travel plans on his Blog Gone Europe.

** If you’re looking for travel ideas in upstate New York, check out the New York Traveler.

** It might seem strange to be thinking about water parks this time of year, but the indoor Great Wolf Lodge waterparks are a year-round, temperature-controlled fun destination. There’s a special Snowland family event all through December at Great Wolf.

** Are you in the UK or Europe for the holidays? The Guardian’s Observer has a family-friendly 25 great things to do this Christmas.

** How many of them have you visited — Fodor’s 10 Tourist Traps We Love. I assure you that North Korea is not on the list, but the Gadling blog’s Neil Woodburn got a chance to visit and filed a fascinating series of reports from the Hermit Kingdom.

** Finally, kudos to Arthur Frommer’s hard-hitting criticism of the New York Times travel section’s apparent obsession with luxury lodging. A nice resort might be one of many reasons to visit a new place, but flying a gazillion miles to wallow in luxury is not what most of us are about.

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