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For travelers, 2008 went out with a whimper, with missed connections, lousy weather and stubbornly high prices in the face of falling costs to suppliers.Scott McMurren
Looking for a tropical alternative to Hawaii and Mexico? With mountain trails, whitewater rafting, surfing and scuba diving, the South Pacific Fiji Islands offer an abundance of activities. Beachcombers and sunbathers are welcome too.
Gearing up for a road trip in Mexico takes a little advance planning, but it's worth the extra effort.Scott McMurren
Does your perfect vacation include rolling green fairways and sand traps, while visions of birdies fly though your head? Golf has become a worldwide phenomenon. Pick a place and you'll most likely find a course there.
Many countries' modern winter holiday traditions are rooted in ancient Winter Solstice celebrations marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
My friend Hank Pennington over in Chiniak doesn't play the "Kiss and Tell" game. Although he's generous with tips on tackle, you cannot get him to reveal where he caught that lunker trout. He simply won't give it up.Scott McMurren
Is Christmas your most favorite time of year? Then you must make a road trip to Santa Claus House in North Pole, just outside of Fairbanks. Itching to escape Alaska but still jonesing for that Christmas spirit? These great towns will provide you with an abundance of holiday cheer.
Even though oil prices are falling through the floor, travelers have not seen a corresponding drop in air fares. Part of the reason, I think, is that the pricing departments at major airlines are busy enjoying Christmas cookies because many of the flights later this month are full.Scott McMurren Travel
If you can pick your way down the hill at Alyeska, you'll be a hero at these Utah ski resorts. That's especially true at Wolf Mountain, which is more of a family resort for kids.Scott McMurren

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