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JULY 31, 2000 VOL. 156 NO. 4

How to See Paradise with the Help of a Paddle
If you're a novice looking to get your paddle wet for the first time, consider heading to Thailand

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Web Crawling
Giving teens the chance to get away from the folks but still explore Asia with adult guides

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New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands are among the most environmentally delicate in the world

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Where there be dragons

Bye, Mom Cyndi Lauper spoke for teenagers everywhere when she once declared in song that she wouldn't go on holiday with her parents anymore. Now a company called Where There Be Dragons gives teens the chance to get away from the folks but still explore Asia with adult guides. Among the destinations are Nepal, Mongolia and China's Great Wall. Kids can go camping and hiking, experience other cultures—and learn to tell off their parents in a foreign tongue.

Merck Travel Health

Smart Steps Paranoia about health and hygiene can kill the fun in any trip. But traveling with reckless abandon can kill you. This site, run by the Merck pharmaceutical company, offers the lowdown on healthy travel. The section for pregnant travelers is especially informative, with advice on the dangers vaccines present to the unborn baby. For people with chronic illnesses, the site provides wise counsel: translate your medical history into the language of your destination.

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