Travel Photo Gallery – May 13, 2009


This Week’s Travel Photo Gallery

Here are some of the most compelling travel photos submitted by our listeners this week. See Clark’s favorites every week in the Thursday Travel E-Scapes newsletter. (Subscribe.)

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Submitted by: Scott H.
Destination: Swaziland, Africa
About this photo: Child who lives on the homestead where my daughter Maggie, is a Peace Corp Volunteer
Best deal found: Meeting real Africans. Shopping in the markets.

Submitted by: Christi H.
Destination: Anchorage, Alaska
About this photo: This photo was taken in May of 2007 during a visit to Alaska. Just about 15 miles outside of Alaska is the Eagle River Nature Center. They offer 9 miles of hiking trails, they have a calendar of events that offers many different activities you can join in for a minimal fee. With some family members we drove from Anchorage to the ERNC and spent the day hiking and enjoying the beauty of Alaska. This picture was taken while on the hike. It was absolutely breathtaking.
Best deal found: The Eagle River Nature Center was free. No charge for parking or use of their facilities. We also took a trip to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. This is the only zoo in Alaska and although smaller than most zoos was well worth the visit. Children under 2 are free, 3-17-$6 & 18 and over are $12. Military ID and Seniors over 65, $9. Our last great deal would be the Alaska Wildlife & Conservation Center. It is located on 160 acres at the southern edge of Turnagain Arm and the entrance to Portage Valley. The center is open everyday, year-round. Animals that are unable to be released or survive in the wild are given refuge in the center’s spacious enclosures, where visitors can observe and photograph some of Alaska’s largest land animals up close. There is a small fee for each guest ranging from $7-10 but the fee maximum per car charge is no more than $30. Seeing the wildlife up close was amazing.

Submitted by: Bruce J.
Destination: Aruba
About this photo: My son Matt jumping off of a catamaran in Aruba. We were on a snorkeling excursion trip on a Spring Break Cruise.
Best deal found: The cruise itself was an awesome deal. Were were on a 7 night cruise of the Southern Caribbean on the Caribbean Princess. A BALCONY room was booked for only $650 per person (based on double occupancy)! The cruise was booked through the internet about 3 weeks in advance.

Submitted by: Paul B.
Destination: Siem Reap, Cambodia
About this photo: Buddhist monk’s morning stroll on Pub Street in Siem Reap, begging for food.
Best deal found: $20.00 hotel room with AC, pool AND breakfast plus $3.00 for full body Khmer massage. $ 10.00 all day TukTuk driver to show all of Angkor Wat and Siema Reap.

Submitted by: Chris M.
Destination: Down the road
About this photo: This is the heart of Dixie railroad museum. This was a touring steam engine which i had the pleasure of seeing..
Best deal found: Well i guess only $10.00 in gas and a $3.00 hotdog…

Submitted by: Brenda W.
Destination: Corolla, NC (Outerbanks)
About this photo: This photo was taken on Corolla beach while taking a jeep ride through the sand dunes and on the beach. These are Wild Horses (Banker Ponies) who roam freely along the beach and dunes. Amazing!
Best deal found: 2 Hour jeep ride with tour guide for only $119 with Rick’s Jeep Rentals.

Submitted by: Chris G.
Destination: Antigua, Guatemala
About this photo: These two sisters were enjoying a stroll along the sidewalks of Antigua, Guatemala. A great city with views of multiple volcanoes on the horizon.
Best deal found: $7 per night at a local Hostel – “Hostel 5”. The owners Blanca and Enrique are super friendly and were very helpful with local travel tips.

Submitted by: Donna L.
Destination: Germany
About this photo: The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany and on the Austrian border.
Best deal found: The day ski pass was well worth the skiing and the view.

Submitted by: Davis O.
Destination: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
About this photo:
While visiting the Mateya Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, I was paired with ranger Philip Hattingh, who is also an expert photographer. We were practicing exposure techniques at sunset when we found this secretary bird perched perfectly for our shots.
Best deal found:
This trip was priceless!


Submitted by: Kelly S.
Destination: Whistler, Canada
About this photo: Connor Sullivan, age 15 and Cary Sullivan, age 13 Take a break on top of Whistler Mountain on April 12 2009. In the background is the “Black Tusk”.
Best deal found: Bike rental in Vancouver for $5.00/hour included helmet.

Submitted by: Michele D.
Destination: Aruba
About this photo: This is located at the high rise hotel area right past Oranjestad. A great location to eat!! Beautiful Scene!!
Best deal found: The best deal I got was the hotel I stayed in…it is in a locals area towards the south side of the island..but rent a car if you stay here. Its called the Sea Breeze Apartments…and its near the best snorkeling area…Patrick the owner is a very good host…

Submitted by: Rebecca F.
Destination: Spain
About this photo: A view of the bullfighting ring in Alicante, Spain. It was out of season and therefore empty.
Best deal found:

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Rick G.
Destination: Montana
About this photo: Holland Lake in Western Montana
Best deal found: Using a Delta free companion ticket.

Submitted by: Chuck S.
Destination: Puerto Rico
About this photo: Here’s a photo I took of my girlfriend during sunset at El Morro. We just happened to get down to this spot by the ocean at just the right time!
Best deal found: got the four of us 4 nights and 5 days in Dorado for about $520 per person!

Submitted by: Dana C.
Destination: Barcelona, Spain
About this photo: Each Sunday Catalans, gather and dance the Sardana. It is about culture and solidarity. Everyone places their belongings in the middle of the circle and a live band plays the music. You could feel the joy of the people.
Best deal found: We found 4* and 5 * hotels in Barcelona and Madrid for 3* price through Priceline.

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