Incredible Journey Newsletter Issue 12
December 2005

Dear Reader,

During the holiday season we should all be reminded that having compassion towards one another and respecting other cultures makes the world an incredible place to explore. When traveling this season I highly encourage all of you to experience how others celebrate this wonderful season. Whether you find yourself in another state or a foreign country, there is always something special to discover about the people and the culture. Travel is more than just sightseeing, it is about experiencing new places and connecting with the people who live there. So always remember to be a traveler, not a tourist.

In this Issue
  • Hawaiian Christmas
  • Feliz Navidad
  • Now's the Time to.....
  • Ask Endora

  • Feliz Navidad

    Almost everybody in Mexico takes off the last two weeks in December to celebrate Christmas. They party, spend time with family, visit with old friends, and even make new friends. Several weeks before Christmas, elaborately decorated market stalls or puestos are set up in the plazas of every town and city. Some people travel for days from remote areas to get to these markets. The puestos offer crafts of every conceivable kind, foods such as cheese, bananas, nuts, and cookies, and flowers such as orchids and poinsettias.

    Now's the Time to.....

    • Reserve your 2006 Hawaii Holiday cruise, with only 6 cabins left, space is filling fast. Contact Patricia today for details.
    • Ask about our special Valentine’s Day romantic getaways.
    • Call Joyce for unadvertised special packages to Tahiti now, before they’re gone.
    • Whale watching on your mind? Contact Vicki, our Hawaii specialist, to reserve our fabulous beach front condos on Maui for a show of a lifetime featuring these graceful giants.
    • Hurry and book your Summer 2006 privately owned homes in Hawaii and Mexico before all space is gone, and it is going quickly.
    • Keep an eye out for our newest destination to be offered on our website – Central America and the countries of Panama and Costa Rica.
    • Don’t forget, Disney’s 50th Birthday Bash ends May 2006!

    Ask Endora

    Darlings, here is a list of my favorite travel goodies, something for every budget and everyone to enjoy on their next Incredible Journey.

    $50 or less

    Sweetie, if you are not picky with your toiletries, or heaven forbid you forgot something at home, do I have a site for you to visit.

    Hawaiian Christmas

    Even the traditional symbols of Christmas come with a twist in Hawaii. Every year, hordes of residents line up at the appointed hour to watch Christmas trees being unloaded from refrigerated containers. They wait for their chance to pick the best of the islands' limited supply of grand firs, nobles and other popular varieties. Until the 1960s, when refrigerated containers started crossing the Pacific in great numbers, such mainland conifers were unavailable. Instead, holiday revelers used Norfolk Island pines, a tree species established in Hawaii long ago from a South Pacific island "neighbor."

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