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I hope you are enjoying the beautiful spring
colors blooming on the trees and also the
longer daylight hours.
This is my first attempt to stay in better
contact with you using a new and improved
newsletter. I hope you enjoy it.
has Kristina been up to lately?
has been "laying low" right here
in Seattle since last December. She spent
the entire month last November travelling
around East Africa on her own, scouting out
new camps and visiting camps where she's
taking her groups next. It was a great
chance to get to know the managers and
guides for future safari groups.
made many new acquaintances and
renewed many old ones. It is always nice to
she'll see you on one of her group
departures soon. She'll be happy to design a
group just for you and your friends and also
escort your group. Just ask!!
My groups for 2008 to Africa are filled.
However, if you like to plan a tour, a cruise
or a safari or if you have a few friends who
want to travel with you, contact me and I'll
be happy to help you plan it and even escort
There's a group forming now for South America
in April/May 2009. We're planning it around a
visit to Machu Picchu. If
you are interested to join me, send me an
email and I'll keep you informed.
I'm off to the biggest conference for the
travel trade on Africa, called Indaba in
Durban, lasting 4 days from May 9-13. Before
that I'm visiting Namibia and after that I'm
off to Botswana. I'm doing research for you -
OK - somebody has to do it, right? I'll be out
of the office from May 1st until June 5th.
Blogging is the latest craze. It's a place
to post the latest news and trip reports.
It's ultimate success should be unbiased,
free from advertising and strictly
informational. I will post occasional good
deals there, but in the end, it depends on
your participation. Blogs can also be
A blog is an "interactive" website
where we can share and chat about anything
travel related. Please feel free to post
questions there also, but please keep it to
travel related subjects here. There are
blogs for everything on the Internet.
Wouldn't it be fun if everyone would
contribute and post their travel experiences
on my blog? It's really easy to do and we
can benefit from each other's experiences.
Every blog article has a place to leave a
comment at the bottom. That is blogging.
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ALL PERSONS traveling by air outside of the
United States are required to present a
passport or other valid travel document to
enter or re-enter the United States.
LAND AND SEA TRAVEL
The following summarizes information
available on the Department
of Homeland Security's website.
CURRENTLY: U.S. citizens need to present
either (a) a passport, passport card
(available in spring 2008), or WHTI-compliant
document; or (b) a government-issued photo
ID, such as a driver's license, along with
proof of citizenship, such as a birth
LATER:On June 1, 2009, the U.S. government
will implement the full requirements of the
land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules
require most U.S. citizens entering the United
States at sea or land ports of entry to have a
passport, passport card, or WHTI-compliant
Note: The passport requirement does NOT apply
to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning
directly from a U.S.
U.S. PASSPORT AND WHTI COMPLIANT DOCUMENTS:
U.S. Passport: U.S. citizens may present a
valid U.S. passport when traveling via air,
land or sea between the U.S. and the
aforementioned Western Hemisphere countries.
Passport Card: U.S. citizens may begin
applying in advance for this new, limited-use,
wallet-size passport card beginning February
1, 2008. We expect cards will be available and
mailed to applicants in spring 2008. When
available it will only be valid for land and
sea travel between the U.S. and Canada,
Mexico, the Caribbean region, and Bermuda.
WHTI-Compliant Travel Documents for U.S.
citizen travel via land or sea, as of January
For further information see U.S.
Customs and Border protection.
- Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI,
- State Issued Enhanced Driver's License
- Enhanced Tribal Cards (when available)
- U.S. Military Identification with
Military Travel Orders
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when
traveling in conjunction with official
- Native American Tribal Photo
- Form I-872 American Indian Card