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WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of September 2015

Journey into Middle Kingdom

Journey into Middle Kingdom

From the name of it, you’d think Ted Alan Stedman was referring to a flight of Harry Potter fantasy. A voyage on the Yangtze River cruise offers a seamless look at China’s past and present, its middle and its Venice of sorts.

SPECIAL REPORT FROM THE BAHAMAS, PART 1: WHEN ROGUES RULED THE ROOST

SPECIAL REPORT FROM THE BAHAMAS, PART 1: WHEN ROGUES RULED THE ROOST

“We had here a rare opportunity, a chance to take something base and shape it into a government... But in two years we pissed it away,” lamented Benjamin Hornigold, who with Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard) helped found a “Pirate Republic” in 1715 on a tiny island some 180 miles east of Miami.

SPECIAL REPORT FROM THE BAHAMAS, PART 2: TOURISTS GO TIPLESS

SPECIAL REPORT FROM THE BAHAMAS, PART 2: TOURISTS GO TIPLESS

The 400-room Breezes Resort and Spa just outside Nassau bills itself as a “super-inclusive” property – meaning just about everything you’d like to eat, drink and do there is covered by a flat rate along with your room – even gourmet dining and high-end booze. Even tips.

DEFINING BLUE PERFECTION

DEFINING BLUE PERFECTION

Nothing’s quite so blue – vibrantly, rivetingly, blindingly blue – as the blue of the lagoon on Tikehau, an hour’s flight from Tahiti, in French Polynesia. Travel authority Anne Z. Cooke and photographer Steve Haggerty look deep enough into the blue of Tikehau, Tahiti and the Tuamotu Islands to find that blue is actually a whole lotta clear.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT SKIERS

OPPOSITES ATTRACT SKIERS

You say black diamonds; I say blue. What’s the right slope for one skier is almost never the right one for your hubby, wife, kids, or whomever you’re skiing with. That said, Canada has it all at Revelstoke and Big White. Travel writer Yvette Cardozo reviews the differences under the same blanket of snow.

GET DOWN IN TOWN

GET DOWN IN TOWN

White Fence Farm is by all practical descriptions a restaurant—a family place where honest corn fritters are followed by possibly the best chicken in American heaped on platters. Nancy Clark reports that if you take a youngster with you and The Farm is a solid contender for the honors of happiest place on earth.

I Am Not a Sailor, I Am a Captain: Behind the Words of ‘La Bamba’

I Am Not a Sailor, I Am a Captain: Behind the Words of ‘La Bamba’

People who hang their sombreros around Veracruz, home of the iconic Mexican folk song La Bamba, are often asked what the song is all about? Some say it has something to do with weddings. Others think it was a work song, brought to Mexico by African slaves from a village along the Bamba River in Angola.

A Wild West Weekend

A Wild West Weekend

Travel authority Rich Grant urges readers to get to Cheyenne, but not during Cheyenne Frontier Days. Instead, recommends Grant, go after the hullaballoo, when there’s room to breathe in the rich history and the legacy of famous gunslingers. Oh, yes, and stop for a beer in the handful of places Grant points you to…it is, after all, the fuel that won the west.

Autumn at Lake Elkhart, Wisconsin

Autumn at Lake Elkhart, Wisconsin

I’ve always had a passion for the ocean. I figured that it’s the mystery and majesty of that massive, churning water that got to me. But then I visited Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and realized it isn’t the inability to see to the other side or the tumultuous waves that drew me in.

TASTEFULLY WRITTEN TASTEFULLY WRITTEN

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Courtney Drake-McDonough is a Colorado-based writer and editor. A Denver native,she has written for magazines and newspapers, locally and nationally, for nearly 30 years, specializing in topics of travel, restaurants, theater and parenting. With roots in marketing and public relations, Courtney also helps companies with marketing content including writing websites and social media messaging. When she's not writing for other people, Courtney is also the editor of a news and reviews blog she founded at www.InGoodTasteDenver.com. Courtney considers herself extremely fortunate that eating wonderful food, traveling to beautiful places and meeting great people is part of her workday.

TED ALAN STEDMAN TED ALAN STEDMAN

CONTRIBUTOR

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After working in the corporate world and confining his travels to annual vacations, Colorado-based writer Ted Alan Stedman cut the cord more than 20 years ago and is now a frequent traveler on the hunt for compelling experiences. His various magazine assignments have taken him to the Philippines, Australia, throughout Africa and South America, parts of Europe, islands of the Pacific and Caribbean and beyond. You can catch his work in magazines that include Sport Diver, Alaska Beyond, AAA Journey, Men’s Journal and others.

The author’s story was based on Victoria Cruises’ “The Majesty of the Yangtze” river cruise. www.victoriacruises.com.

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