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Budget Travel magazine

BONAIRE: Yeah, it really is that beautiful

$3.99 • MARCH 2010


IN THIS ISSUE

• Uppsala, Sweden page 22

• Vancouver, B.C. page 4

• Paris, France • Bermuda

page 12

page 5

• Grand Teton National Park

• Libya page 19

page 3

• Sochi, Russia page 34

• Bonaire

• Hawaii

page 15

page 5

• Lake Titicaca

• Madagascar

page 4

page 30

• Sao Paulo, Brazil

MARCH 2010

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DE PA RT M E N T S 3 National Parks: Tetons Yellowstone’s little brother, with less tourists

4 On location: ‘Lost’ Hawaii residents have more to complain about

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8 Gadgets and Gizmos Headlamps, satellite phones & universal plugs

42 Island hop: Taiwan Factories and pollution dominate the island

12 Living in: Altay Nomads in Mongolia live as have for centuries

43 Waterways: Titicaca Source of war between Bolivia and Peru


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SUSTAINABLY VANCOUVER The most progressively green city in North America and how the town is cleaning up after the Winter Olym-

• Altay, Mongolia

pics.

page 38

• Taiwan, China page 40

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Q&A: JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU Jacque Cousteau’s equally-famous son has taken up his father’s torch to teach people about the beauty of diving.

• Bali, Indonesia page 42

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THE BEAUTY OF BONAIRE This beautiful island is a haven to those wanting to escape the crowds and experience some of the world’s best diving.

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UP IN UPPUSALA Sweden’s tiny college town is famous for snow, castles, windmills, and being one of the most beauti-

On the cover: Kralendijk Harbor Bar & Grille Photo by Bob Hope, taken February 2010

ful cities in Scandinavia.

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BALI: ‘ANACONDA-VILLE’ After two human skulls were found in the stomach of an engourged snake on this tiny island, herpotologists have given it the nickname “Anaconda-ville.” Budget Travel Magazine > 3


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From a young age, I was ready to dive, hike and otherwise explore anything I could.

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On Location: Lost

Oahu residents have been disrupted by the cast, crew and fans of the hit television show Lost, now in its sixth and final season

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The cast and crew of Lost are notorious on Oahu for loud partying, DUIIs, and troublesome fans. Most islanders will be happy for the show to end this spring.

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Photo by Bill Bowerm

From his first dive at age six, Jean-Michel knew he was destined to spend his life in the water and protecting itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural inhabitants.

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F E AT U R E : G R A N D T E T O N S

Though it is often cast-off as the not-as-cool version of Yellowstone, Grand Tetons National Park has itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own quiet beauty,

Proud Magesty The magestic Grand Tetons bring color and beauty into an otherwise dull Wyoming landscape

STORY BY HOLLY SCHNACKENBERG PHOTOS BY FLICKR.COM

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Lakes like this one dot the perimeter of the mountain range. Because they’re glacier-fed, they’re freezing cold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a kayak trip in the summer.

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In all seasons, the beauty of the Grand Tetons, always towering over horizons and dominating landscapes, is obvious.

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Paradise Simply

No, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a Corona commercial. This untouched oasis of beauty is a heaven to divers and those who just need to get away from the crowds without draining their bank account. STORY BY HOLLY SCHNACKENBERG

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Iguanas and dive flags are as common as rocks on this tiny island rich with wildlife.

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Buddy Dive may be the most accessible dive site, but there are still hundreds other on the istland to chose from

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Sea turtles are common sights on the beaches and in the waters of Bonaire, though they do not nest there.

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Where wildlife runs free

The famous Bonaire Lighthouse was originally constructed by the Dutch in the 1800s.

The sunken ship is one of the most popular sites. Donkeys roam freely on the island and are always happy to take a handout from a waiting tourist.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own place in history

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The coral reefs in were damaged in 2005 when a hurricane swept over them, but remain healthy.

The slave huts are another popular tourist destination, where natives were forced to live in 7 square goot houses while harvesting salt.

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B A C K PA G E E S S A Y

Up in the air

A real manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of the Geoge Clooney movie of a man who lives in a plane

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Jim Stephens feels more at home in an airplane than he ever did on the ground.

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