Travel stories - whether from seasoned pros or bumbling amateurs- can be
a lot more than reliving someone else's summer vacationin the Catskills.
When we struck out on the Web to gather travelsites, we found that mundane
accounts of tired, roadsideattractions were in the minority. With little
effort, we wandered deep into untamed adventure as seen through the eyes
of clerk-typists, college students and middle-aged free spirits. Stories of
quaint country inns and darling continental breakfasts took a back seat to
train rides in Nigeria, motorcycling through Oman and living the casino high
life in Special Region 4 - a.k.a. Mong La, Burma.
A smiling Buddha in cut stone greets visitors to TravelPod's easy-
to-navigate collection of story links. Tucked in the upper-right corner of
the page are links to sections sorted by country, writer or most recent
entries from Arkansas to Vietnam that briefly describe each travel blog, then
link to sites located outside TravelPod's
domain. Wanderers can also post their journals here as events unfold.
One cross-country adventurer sent in entries for five months as he drove from
Ontario to Vancouver, then to San Francisco, then headed toward Houston
and back up to Ontario again in what he titled, "Me, a Car and a Case of Mr.
Noodles." Another has just begun submitting his accounts and photos of a tour
of Asia - after spending New Year' s Eve in Bangkok.
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Tim Wyatt, Around the world in seven Web Site., 01-20-2000, pp 5F.