Why should you travel?

In Adventure, Travel Stories by scott

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Everyone has their own answer, of course. For me, I was smitten with the travel bug early-on. That’s me, above, exploring the Uzon Caldera in Kamchatka (Russia) earlier this month.  My grandmother was a travel writer and my grandfather was a newspaper executive. My grandfather was a million-miler on TWA back in the 1950s. They were a traveling couple who made it their business to see the world. I’m trying to catch up, I suppose.SCAN0044_044

It’s more than that, of course. Through the years, I read their letters and post cards from around the globe. Their jobs were varied: my grandfather wrote a front-page series on traveling to Alaska—and another one about Indonesia. My grandmother was a bureau chief for the Associated Press (the first woman to hold such a post), before moving on to an editor’s position at Pacific Travel News. Here’s a photo of the two of them (right) at their 50th Anniversary celebration. It was held at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara.  Their overarching mission was to build bridges between people and increase understanding. When you travel, you learn that most people have similar dreams, aspirations and desires. They love their families. They are eager to learn about you and your family. They have questions about your country and its people. We have all of these things in common. In between, there are incredible sites, amazing cultures and the wonders that really are worth writing home about.

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So, I’ve made a practice of sharing these wonders with you (Above: flying over Greenland). Turnabout is fair play, eh? Perhaps it’s time for you to share some of your stories.

Where have you traveled? Did you take some great photos? Did you get a good deal? Do you have some secrets to share with the class? Why not write it down and send along some photos?

Oh, I have some prizes. I took a photo of some of them (right). There are a couple of business-class amenity kits from Condor. Some pins from the Mighty Alaska Railroad. Some “Alaska Love” stickers.

Here’s how to share:

1. CLICK HERE on the link to share your story. There’s a place for your name and address so I can send you a prize. Thanks, Lorena Knapp, for making a handy Google form!

2. EMAIL YOUR PHOTOS: [email protected]

3. While you’re at it, would you tell your friends to sign up for my newsletter? It’s free (you know that). They’ll get good deals (you know that, too).


Hey—BIG Thank You to those of you who already subscribe to the Alaska Travelgram. Subscribers are the FIRST to know about special events, like the PFD Travel Fair coming up next month! Lately, we’ve traveled to Hungary, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Iceland, the South Pacific, Russia and a host of other places. We share the goods with you…because traveling is a good thing.

Travel on…..

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