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What do you love most about travel? I love the feeling of freedom from my day-to-day routine, freedom from pressures, and mostly freedom from stress! Plus, the adventure of seeing new sights, meeting new people, and immersing myself in another culture.

So how do you get that without actually traveling? My favourite way is to read a great book. It can be an old favorite, or a new adventure, but it has to pull me right in and keep me there so snuggly that I can't even think about anything else! My whole body says, "Aaahh." Then I get excited about what's going to happen next. The atmosphere and adventure of another time and place can work its magic to make me feel I've left my own home and flown off to some great new experience.

My most recent favorite book for that type of "travel without travel" is Adventures of a World-Traveling Scientist by Stanley Randolf. Imagine discovering secrets of unusual cultures, weird animal species, new perspectives (like "following your Soul Voice"), and scary moments just around the corner! From China to Rarotonga, I felt very-well-traveled, like an aristocrat from earlier lore.
Then there is the foreign film with subtitles in your first language. You may find yourself thinking differently about life after watching something that takes place in another land. But I still prefer the books!

Another way to travel without traveling is through finding new cultures right at home! Or nearby, if you can get to a larger city. Most towns have at least one ethnic restaurant that will not only serve new-to-you food, but will delight you with a unique atmosphere or artwork and music, and possibly even entertainment native to the owner's original culture.

Still, books are the best to me, because I don't have to eat the unfamiliar cuisine if it sounds really awful, but I can pretend I'm still open to it. And with a good imagination, books can make you fly away to lands unknown with a joyful freedom of heart and soul!

Imagine yourself where you want to be. The beach in Hawaii? The Taj Majal? The Great Pyramids in Egypt? No matter where you long to go, if you read about it, you will have a greater feeling of being there than with video, though that may help. Simply think about not just how it would look to you, but how it would smell, sound, feel emotionally, and even feel physically when your feet hit the sand, or your hand touches a very old stone. It can become very real and truly turn into a "mini-vacation."

Author: Debbie A. Johnson

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Consider a new way to explore the world in this vacation, if you are tired of traditional vacationing and lying on a chair along the swimming pool. You can start your vacation appreciating wildlife with a Tanzanian safari. If your closest coming across animals is in the zoo, here you will really appreciate the nature, the wild fields of unexplored land and the wild free-running animals. Tanzania safari is a total stimulation of the senses, thus taking your mind away from the mundane responsibilities and bringing you closer to nature. A safari is an entirely new way of vacationing and the deal here is total relaxation by means of doing nothing. If you go to Tanzania there will not be a minute of dullness. There is so much to see and so much to do there. It might just bring you back the enthusiasm in your vacation.

You will have the chance to be very close to such a live breathing wild dangerous animal that will certainly get your blood boiling. Through the Tanzania safari, you can learn about the habitat and history of the wild animals you see on documentaries. Since some of these animals are in declining numbers all over the world, it gives the exclusive chance to encounter these wild animals where you can go close to see them. Lions are very dangerous and their large size and aggressive demeanor pose a threat to cattle and smaller stock. They are one of the flagship animals for the country and are very valuable for Tanzania's tourism and research. They are also preying on zebras, hartebeest, and bongos. Large carnivores in Tanzania have reduced populations but they are still very dangerous for farmers and livestock.

Spotted hyenas are also one of the endangered and at the same time extremely dangerous animals to be seen in conservation. They can be seen in almost every Tanzania Park and are sometimes blamed for decreasing population in some rhino families. Being on this safari, you can get across a praying hyena. Another endangered animal you can spot during the safari is the cheetah - the fastest animal on earth. These beautiful creatures are diminishing in numbers and the loss of their habitat is the number one reason for that.

There are some popular wild African dogs and you can meet some of them along your exciting journey. They are also among the animals that experience a huge contraction to their geographical range.

Tanzania safari is the best way if you want to know about endangered animals. Through it, you can get information about their lifestyle. That is a great alternative for everyone.

Author: Mitchell Sue