Musings From Colin Treadwell

From London to Alaska

I saw The Great Land through London’s stories of survival in the wilderness, of rugged, hearty men on the trail in the frontier, trying to survive against the odds in battle with the harsh forces of nature, often encountering bizarre circumstances that could only happen in Alaska.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/14/2019
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Tags: Travel, Tauck, National Parks

The Danube – Rolling on the River

To me the word “Danube” always sets off the soundtrack of The Blue Danube waltz by Johann Strauss in my head. I can’t see that word without hearing a little blurb of that soaring melody and the exuberant, widely swinging waltz beat that Strauss popularized. That music almost can’t fail to lift your mood. 
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/31/2019
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Tags: Travel, Tauck, Europe, River Cruise

Galápagos – A Trip that Changed the World

The tiny archipelago of volcanic islands 600 miles west of South America in the vast Pacific is unique in many ways. But it seems a most unlikely place to alter the course of history. And yet, in a very real way it did. It can really be said that these islands played an important role in shaping the destiny of humankind. 
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Travel to a New Beginning

Another year has ended and we are at the beginning of a new one. They flip by faster and faster, it seems. 
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/3/2019
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Tags: Travel

Joy to the World - The Gift of Travel

I love the December holiday season when the year slows down heading into the winter solstice and the normal activities of the world pause to give recognition to certain values that seem to get lost during the year.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/20/2018
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Tags: Travel

Travel and the Joys of Aging

When I was in grade school I was often in the presence of gray-haired ladies, such as school teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, den mothers, etc., who often addressed children as “dear.” At that time I gave no thought to what the word meant. It was just the way they talked. It was almost like an expletive, a sound with no definition...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/6/2018
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Tags: Travel, Canada

Thanksgiving: Traveling with an Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving weekend is considered to be the heaviest travel weekend of the year, but it’s different from most travel. For most people Thanksgiving is a special day once a year for spending time with family or close friends. It’s not necessarily a trip back home in the geographical sense, but it’s a journey back home for the ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/15/2018
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Tags: Travel, Holiday, Thanksgiving

Exotic America

I grew up in the middle of America far from any ocean or mountains, far, I thought, from anything that mattered. It seemed like everything that happened happened somewhere besides the Midwest. I wanted to travel to places where things were happening. In my fantasies I traveled the world, to all the exotic places I had learned of in books or movies....
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People to People: Eisenhower's Vision of Peace

Since 2000 I have been aware of President Bill Clinton’s People to People program because it provided the opportunity for Americans to travel to Cuba for the first time in decades. It created a way for Americans to travel legally to Cuba even though our government has maintained an embargo on Cuba since the early ‘60s.
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From New Amsterdam to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is such a special city in so many ways, it would be hard to catalogue them. I feel a special connection to Amsterdam because New York, my home, was originally New Amsterdam. It was founded in 1625 by the Dutch West India Company. And even though it was later taken over by the British and eventually became part of the United States, the or...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/4/2018
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Tags: Travel, Tauck, Amsterdam

The Kindness of Strangers

It’s a recurring theme with me. It often seems that we live in troubled times. But perhaps the times are no more troubled than the times have always been throughout history. Maybe it just feels particularly rough when I see so many disturbing stories firing at me from all sides 24/7 through a variety of media channels in a news world that nev...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 9/20/2018
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Tags: Travel, Tauck, Nature

A Rhapsody to Autumn Travel

Ah … now, as we slip into September there has been a break in the weather in the Northeast. The temperature is in the 70s. The cool temperatures are startling, like a memory from the deep dark past. It is a reminder that the dog days of summer will soon be coming to an end. 
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Russia in Person: Beyond the News

Sometimes it seems travel and the news are diametric opposites, one canceling out the other. When I am traveling I don’t often catch the news, and I find I don’t miss it. In fact it’s a relief not to hear the incessant prattle, that tense tone of voice relating so many disturbing events. Unlike movies or literature, which often gl...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/16/2018
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Tags: Travel, Tauck, News, Royalty

The World Through a Gorilla’s Eyes

When someone asked recently which of the wilderness experiences of my life have had the most profound effect on me, the first thing that came to mind was gorilla trekking in Rwanda. It is really in a class by itself. Scientists say gorillas share 98 percent of human DNA. As close as we get to our pet dogs and cats, how amazing to encounter a fellow...
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The Wilderness of the World

I just returned from some weeks in the wilderness, and I am still buzzing and glowing from the charge of being immersed in nature. I know that we’re always really immersed in nature, even in the city. But I think we city folk need to periodically get away from the artificial environments to remove our blinders and really look at the world we'...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/19/2018
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Tags: Travel, Tauck, history, Nature

Enlarging Your World at the Hermitage

A listing of the world's largest museums puts the Louvre in Paris on top with 782,910 square feet of floor place. St. Petersburg’s Hermitage comes in a close second with 719,480 square feet. But if you make the comparison based on the number of art pieces in each collection, you get a different picture. The collection at the Louvre conta...
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How Tourism Became a Protector

Ever since I first saw pictures of Machu Picchu and heard about the mysterious ancient city I had a powerful urge to see it for myself. It took a while, but I finally made it, and the spectacular terraced mountaintop ruin was even more magnificent than the pictures. 
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/14/2018
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Tags: Travel, Tauck, history

Switzerland: Sharing the Natural Beauty

What do you think of when you think of Switzerland? The mountains no doubt, the Alps. My earliest memory of Switzerland is the story of Heidi, a young girl living in the mountains. After that I experienced a series of more or less random, unrelated associations. There was Swiss cheese, which I first experienced in cartoons as a comical image o...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/31/2018
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Tags: Travel, Europe, Switzerland, Nature

Following the Music

Sigmund Freud theorized that we have multi-track minds, and I’m pretty sure that one track of my mind is always dedicated to music. If there is no music in the environment, there is still always some melody playing in my head. I know many others share this condition. People talk about earworms, tunes that seem to lodge in your head and keep p...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/17/2018
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Tags: Travel, Europe, British, Music

Spain: Mystery and Romance

For me growing up in America, the cultural footprint of Spain was so broad and deep that it almost faded into invisibility. My first history lesson said that Columbus discovered America and claimed it for Spain. I learned to take that assertion with a grain of salt, but it is true that Spain kicked off the wave of exploration and colonization ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/3/2018
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Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain

Travel to the Ends of the Earth

When I discovered that there are tour operators who will take you to Antarctica, I immediately decided I wanted to go. It seemed the closest to interplanetary travel that I would be able to experience in my lifetime.
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Finding Myself in the Animals

When I was growing up, there were always animals around. My parents had a Springer Spaniel named Debbie, who seemed enormous, and a grouchy orange cat named Rudolf, who was almost as big as the dog. At my grandfather’s farm I saw chickens, cows, horses, cats, dogs and wild animals too, birds, snakes, raccoons and deer.
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Visiting Italy – My Adopted Mother Country

As the first stop for most immigrants coming to America, New York always had its various ethnic neighborhoods based on the historical waves of immigration, retaining some of their former cultures. But in the Midwest where I grew up, culture was diffused. By the time immigrants settled there, they were assimilated.
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Contemplative Awareness

Contemplation is about seeing, but a kind of seeing that is much more than mere looking because it also includes recognizing and thus appreciating. The contemplative mind does not tell us what to see, but teaches us how to see what we behold.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 3/2/2018
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Tags: Travel, China, Contemplation

The International King of Cheeseburgers

There is no doubt that the United States has undergone a wave of heightened culinary sophistication over the last 30 years. Americans are more knowledgeable about food, and cuisine is considered a more important part of the travel experience than ever before.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/13/2018
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Tags: Travel, Food

Come Away with Me – The Romance of Travel

It’s no wonder so many people take romantic vacations. Travel is close to the very essence of romance. What better way to ignite passion, or to celebrate it, than to run away together? When a couple is swept away by wild romance, it follows naturally that they want to go off together to some romantic setting, such as Rio, Paris, Tahiti, Hawai...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/31/2018
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Tags: Travel

The Joy of Spring Travel

In spring, a man’s thoughts turn to… travel… at least mine do. How nice to hear that song this morning on the radio about the unforgettable experience of April in Paris! It tells of someone who never really experienced the full impact of spring before experiencing it in Paris. I think that’s a true story. There are many ti...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/16/2018
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Tags: Travel

Resolutions and Hopes for a New Year

At the end of the year, when the calendar turns over and it’s not just a new month but there is a new number on it, it’s hard to avoid taking a reckoning of the fact that another year has slipped into the past, never to return again. And there are only so many of them allotted to each of us. It’s always a reminder that whatever yo...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/3/2018
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Tags: Travel

Live Longer by Traveling

I came across an article the other day that caught my eye called “Advice From a 104-Year Old Doctor.”  Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara of Tokyo certainly had some interesting things to say, but the thing that struck me most was this: “Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot.”
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/19/2017
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Tags: Travel

Enchantment in India

I awake this cold morning in the Green Mountains of Vermont to thoughts of India, a sense of it hovering around me, as if I am stepping hazily out of a forgotten dream. Perhaps it’s something still reverberating on the mountain surfaces from when Rudyard Kipling wrote “The Jungle Books” in a house in Dummerston, Vermont, a few mil...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/5/2017
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Tags: Travel, India

Thanksgiving: Traveling with an Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving weekend is considered to be the heaviest travel weekend of the year, but it’s different from most travel. For most people Thanksgiving is a special day once a year for spending time with family or close friends. It’s not necessarily a trip back home in the geographical sense, but it’s a journey back home for the ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/14/2017
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Tags: Travel, Holiday, Thanksgiving

The Traveling Perspective

In a materialistic society we are highly conscious of what we lose as we get older and see the physical perfection and vitality of youth slipping away. But there are gains, too, as we get older, though they are more inward and subtle.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/8/2017
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Traveling Back in Time – Exploring Your Roots

Most of my travel has been an outward reach, venturing farther and farther from home and the familiar. But recently I had occasion to return to the town I grew up in and left behind decades ago. Returning to a long-abandoned home is a different kind of travel, a different kind of discovery.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/24/2017
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Tags: Travel

The Authenticity Boom – The Evolution of a Trend

In America we still have debates about biological evolution, but no one doubts social evolution. Looking back to the ‘80s, ‘70s, ‘60s and ‘50s or a hundred years before, the changes are too dramatic to deny. One field of activity that is particularly affected by the restless winds of change is travel.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/10/2017
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Tags: Travel, Small Group Travel

Vietnam – A Personal Reckoning

If the purpose of travel is to expand the mind and enlarge one’s perspective, there is no more challenging destination for an American than Vietnam. If your purpose is to experience exotic beauty there is none more poignant than that of the ancient culture of Indochina. It requires a new definition of beauty. But Vietnam is unique even beyond...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 9/26/2017
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Tags: Travel, Vietnam

Intergenerational Trips - Travel Through Time

I heard that being a grandparent was one of the greatest things that could happen to you, and I believed it because of how profoundly being a parent changed my life, and how fondly I remember my grandparents.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 9/14/2017
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Tags: Travel, Family Travel

Paris in the Footsteps of Hemingway

I keep running into Hemingway. On a recent visit to Cuba, I discovered that Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20 years and wrote seven books there, including A Moveable Feast. That was the first Hemingway book I ever read, the first book assigned in my freshman English class, and is still my favorite Hemingway book.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/29/2017
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Tags: Travel, Paris, France, Art Travel

Last Chance Travel – Get There While You Can

As a child I came across a book in my mother’s bookcase that she had brought with her from England called “How Much Do You Know?” It was an old, tattered volume that she must have had since she was a child. It was a little treasure chest of questions and answers about all sorts of fascinating facts. It was there that I first encou...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/16/2017
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Tags: Travel

Discovering Service

My wife returned home the other day with a handful of packages, breaking into conversation as she came through the doorway. “I stopped at that store we don’t like,” she told me. I knew what she meant. The little convenience store a block from our home had been our go-to place for a generation. We saw it pass from father to son. We...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/1/2017
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Tags: Travel

Serendipity – Do You Believe in Magic?

While we were discussing travel, someone said “serendipity” and the word danced into the room like a melody. Serendipity – what a charming word! I had a feeling of the word from its context, but it’s mysterious. So I went in search of a definition.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/20/2017
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Tags: Travel

The Zen of Packing

Traveling would be worthwhile if only for the fact that it is good discipline. No matter how many possessions you have accumulated, when you travel you have to leave everything behind except what you can carry from place to place. You must streamline your existence to a bare minimum. That is a huge accomplishment in itself and a major component of ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/5/2017
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Tags: Travel, packing

London Calls

No other place could possibly loom larger in my imagination. London is many worlds, layers upon layers, constructed over millennia. From its founding by the Romans as Londinium, London was never just an English city, but was a much larger entity that spread far beyond. It was the center of the largest empire in the world, and though it dismantled i...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/21/2017
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Tags: Travel, London, England

New England Spring Foliage

On the morning of April 1 I awoke in my favorite part in Southern Vermont to find that it had snowed eight inches the night before, placing a soft, fresh layer on top of the crusty snow that had accumulated and hardened over the winter. Then when I returned to the same place in the last week of April, it had transformed almost beyond recognition. I...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/25/2017
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Tags: Travel, New England

Is the GPS Making Me Stupid?

It was in the early days of having a GPS that I first noticed a change. I was on my way to a New Year’s party. I wasn’t familiar with the area, but I had typed it into the GPS so I was sure of making it. That thing would get me there one way or another. If I made a wrong turn, it would recalculate and get me to my destination from where...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/11/2017
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Keep Moving

After touring Cuba (and boy, was that great!) I returned to a pile of tasks that had to be done. The pile was messy and stale. So on Monday morning I launched into it, bore down and by the end of the day I was feeling pleased at how much I had gotten done.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 4/20/2017
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Discovering America: Where to Begin?

Some people say they have “done” France and cross if off their bucket lists after visiting Paris. I’m not a big fan of that kind of bucket list. By that logic, someone could cross the USA off their bucket list after visiting Los Angeles. And they would know about as much about America as an ant knows about an elephant.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 4/6/2017
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Tags: Travel, USA, National Parks

Traveling Ambassadors

Most of the people I know who work in the travel industry are fueled by a deep-seated belief that travel is good not only for yourself, but for the world.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 3/23/2017
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From Bookworm to Travel Butterfly

In my life books and travel have always been inextricably linked, so much so that it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Like length and width, they seem to be two essential aspects of the same thing.
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Posted by on 3/9/2017
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Tags: Travel, Books, Reading

Discovering New York

People who grew up in New York City had it all, everything that self-contained wonderland had to offer. But a native New Yorker could never experience what I experienced coming from a small midwestern town to New York City, where practically everywhere I looked I found myself gazing upon some iconic monument that had lived in my imagination as long...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/23/2017
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Tags: Travel, New York City

Bad News – Turn It Off

Today some people get so depressed by bad news they barely want to get off their couches and go out into the real world anymore. And that’s really sad because one of the best antidotes to depression is to go traveling. The news ain’t what it used to be back in the day when Americans turned on the 6 o’clock news and there was Walt...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/9/2017
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Tags: Travel, News

Music: The Soundtrack of Travel

Everyone has certain affinities and personal interests they are drawn to, some of which seem to be inborn, others which are acquired along the way. Some human universals can be seen everywhere there are people. But food, clothing and shelter are never generic. They always appear through the respective cultural prisms of each place.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/26/2017
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Tags: Travel, Music

Living History in Cuba

One of the most wonderful things about travel is that no place is ever quite what you expect when you encounter it for the first time. Our preconceptions are composites of impressions compiled over years, forming a mental model. But that model is only a mental construct and will shatter the moment we encounter the real thing. And what a glorious sh...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/12/2017
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Tags: Travel, Cuba

Lessons from Scrooge

Every December I look forward to the time I can pull out the video of a 1951 English movie called “Scrooge.” It’s a cinematic retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” starring a charming Scottish actor named Alastair Sim as Scrooge. For those who don’t know the story, it’s about a mean old m...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/22/2016
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Geography: Where on Earth Am I?

In 2014 three countries in West Africa were struck with an epidemic of the lethal virus Ebola. Although it only took hold in three small countries, it devastated the tourism industry on the whole continent of Africa for more than a year...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/8/2016
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Oberammergau: Passion for the Passion

A small town called Oberammergau has all the beautiful touches you might expect to see in a village in the Bavarian Alps: quaintly crafted alpine style chalets with flowers overflowing from their window boxes, ancient cobblestone streets lined with shops and cafes, and the misty silhouettes of the mighty Alps looming in the background. It’s a...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/1/2016
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Tags: Travel, Oberammergau, Europe

Expectations versus Reality

On some trips I like to travel independently, but when I want to really discover a new destination I like traveling with a professional tour operator who can take care of all sorts of things I know nothing about and guide me to the best possible experience of the place.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/20/2016
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The Joys and Snares of Retirement

A friend from my high school days recently asked me on Facebook when I was going to retire. I said, “It should be soon. I want to retire so I can travel and write.” But that is mainly what I do now, so I’m not sure how it will be different. Am I retired now? I’m not sure.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/6/2016
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Falling in Love with Foliage

AHHH! Fall has arrived, and what a relief! September has broken the iron grip of the Dog Days and brought in those moderate days when conditions seem perfect for human comfort. A cool breeze caresses your cheek. The sun has taken on a new, softer and lower angle, casting long shadows that emphasize the features of everything its oblique rays fall u...
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Vitamin N – Nature is the Best Medicine

My friend Dan Mahar, the CEO of Tauck, has a name for something that is very important to him, as it is to me. Dan calls it “Vitamin N.” Simply put, it refers to the health-promoting benefits of nature.
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All Inclusive – Awfully Confusing

Whoever invented the concept of “all inclusive” must have been a genius. Or maybe there was no single inventor, but it was just an idea that had to happen. In any case, the idea of an all-inclusive vacation experience has certainly struck a chord. Any travel product labeled “all inclusive” gets a favorable reception.
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Flying Solo

In a group of friends the other night someone raised the subject of solo travel and it led to a lively, extended conversation with a number of people chiming in with various points of view. I had not realized the extent to which traveling solo is becoming a very popular way to travel.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/11/2016
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Tags: Travel, Solo Travel

Manuel and My First International Travel Experience

By the age of 14 I had never crossed an international border. The nearest one was hundreds of miles away and my prospects of getting there were not good. But fortunately for me the international travel experience came crashing into my world, into my own bedroom.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/21/2016
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Off the Grid

Sometimes you just have to unplug! I am sitting by the Rock River in Vermont, and the water is so clear you can see the bottom of the swimming hole. No one filters the water, it just flows down the mountains that way. You can drink it. It’s a revelation for a city dweller to come out into the country...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/7/2016
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Family Travel: It's Back, But It Never Went Away

Family travel is the most natural thing in the world. Before the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago, family travel didn't have a name. It was just "life." When we talk about family travel, we are getting very close to the core of human existence. We modern humans are evolved from people who traveled in extended family groups their whole live...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/23/2016
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Tags: Travel, Family Travel

Tours, Events and Other Parties

A tour was never just a series of places on a map. In Arthur Tauck Sr.’s historic first classified ad for a tour of New England he used the word “party” three times in just a few sentences. He knew what he wanted.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/9/2016
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Tags: Travel, Tauck Events

Adventures in Africa

When we pulled up to the safari lodge and got out of the car, I found myself enveloped in a rich, fresh atmosphere, surrounded by green plants and trees, and a sense of calm and well being descended upon me. We followed a wooden plank walkway over a tiny pond to the registration desk at the main lodge. There was an instant change in my mood just be...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/19/2016
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Tags: Travel, Africa, Safari

Why I Don’t Fear Traveling

On a recent trip one of my fellow travelers asked me if I am afraid to travel to Europe now. At first I drew a blank, not understanding what he was talking about. But after a moment I realized he was referring to terrorist attacks that have taken place in Europe over the last year. And then I wondered to myself: Why is it that I don’t react t...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/5/2016
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Wildlife Viewing in the Yellowstone Winter

It was the week of the full moon when I took the tour of Yellowstone in winter, and with the moon reflecting brightly from mountains blanketed with snow, it was as exotic as any place I have ever seen. It was an enchanted world, so drastically different from my customary frame of reference it was as if I’d been transported to another planet, ...
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Small Ship Cruising: Good Things in Small Packages

Sailing aficionados love the meditative state of sailing, finding balance with the natural elements, attuning oneself to the rhythms of waves, gravity and wind. Sailing is one of the most ancient activities of humankind.
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Where the Sun Shines and You Are Traveling with New Friends

The other day I asked my friend Arthur Tauck, the dean of escorted tour operators, the question he has no doubt heard thousands of times: What is your favorite destination? “Wherever the sun shines and you’re traveling with new friends,” he said.  
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 3/10/2016
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Cuba: Step into Hemingway’s World

There is arguably no more exotic destination for an American traveler than Cuba. You can get on a plane in Miami and in less than an hour step off into a world that is so removed from what you left behind it seems like another planet.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/25/2016
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Anatomy of a River Cruise

If a tour operator could put wings, or wheels, or even feet on a hotel it would solve so many problems! A tour operator has to parcel out the 24-hour day so that it includes time for the necessary functions of sleeping, eating, bathing and transportation, and still have enough time to get an enriching experience of the travel destination.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/11/2016
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The Eye of the Traveler

Traveling is good for the mind and soul. It affects you long after you get home. I believe my travels have fundamentally changed the way I experience life, even when I am not traveling. It’s as though I am always on a trip now, even when I am home. I had an experience that brought that home to me vividly a few weeks ago.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/28/2016
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Tags: Travel

Looking Beyond the Camera

I remember when taking pictures was expensive. You would buy the film and then would have to pay to develop it after you got home from your trip. You wouldn’t know if the pictures were any good until you got home. I would take a few rolls of 24 or 36 exposures on a trip and each frame was like gold. I took pictures very sparingly.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/14/2016
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Photos, Travel Tips

The Power of Travel

Many people in Asia believe that the horn of the rhino ground into powder is good medicine for a variety of ailments. The belief goes back thousands of years, and though there is little scientific evidence to support it, it’s possible that rhino horn may have some health benefits. But there are four and a half billion people in Asia. If even ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/10/2015
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Born to Travel

I believe each person comes into the world with a unique purpose. We all have certain gifts, and in exchange for the supreme privilege of living we must use our gifts to bring something of value into the world before we pass on. We each discover our own purpose by listening to our own hearts, or as Joseph Campbell put it, 
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/2/2015
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

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