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Letter From the Editor
The BBC Travel Section recently ran a survey and asked their readers "What places would you like to visit or revisit before you die". Their English readers selected The Grand Canyon as their first choice, the Great Barrier Reef, their second choice, the Taj Mahal their third choice, Florida was fitfh and Las Vegas was seventh.
In general, travelers flying Military Space Available, select their desired destinations based on the origin and the destinations of the military space available flights.
I asked myself, " How can I visit all the places that I would like to see before I die?". Because of my age, and physical and financial reasons, I am limited in the places I can visit.
The solution is that I can visit them all in the virtual world on my computer.
Recently I bought myself a "Dual G4 MAC" with all the bells and whistles. I added a cable modem and I was in business. I now have all the multimedia assets I need to create and experience destinations the virtual world.
For example, I love Paris and Montreal ( I must have been French in an earlier life). I visit Montreal around six times a year, and Paris when I can afford it. Today, I can visit Paris and Montreal from my living room at no expense.
There are two other questions that I ask myself.
Maybe I would like to keep up to date on what's going on in the Pentagon All I need to view these two minute programs is to have downloaded Real Player, or maybe I want to get some information on my next trip to Italy or Sicily using military space available and landing in Aviano, Naples, or Sigonella .
Some other sites that have been very useful are:
"INTERNET" COME ALIVE
The first question I asked myself is :"What kind of modem do I need to really enjoy what the internet has to offer? The right answer for me is a cable modem.
I was tired of waiting for files to be downloaded and pictures to displayed in my browser using a 56kb modem.
The next question was "What type of multimedia tools do I need that will allow me to listen to mp3s, music and audio, view movies, panoramic displays, web cams, TV and Radio, on the web, view virtual tour maps and 3D pics.
Here is a list of multimedia tools that I downloaded:
All these downloads were free,however, the companies offer "premium" versions of their downloads with enhanced features. My experience is that the "free" downloads fullfill my needs.
In summary, these downloads with a cable modem have made the Internet an enjoyable, rewarding, and informative tool and allow me to develop my concept of the virtual travel world for the Military, Veterans, and their families.
TTHE VIRTUAL TRAVEL WORLD
Simply stated, to travel virtually is to use
the internet and its multimedia tools to research and experience your
travel destination(s). The advantages are:
My Paris Page uses the
internet and its multimedia tools to allow the user to truly experience
Paris in the virtual world. There are lovely pictures, songs,