IT'S DEJA VU TIME FOR TRAVELERS.
Last hurricane season, which began June 1, 2005, and ran through Nov. 30, was the most active Atlantic tropical storm season on record -- 28 named storms, including 15 hurricanes. And this season begins with another dire prediction.
CRUISEMINDER JOURNAL, VACATION PLANNER AND DIARY
Memoryminder Journals / $16.95
Going on a cruise? Here's a journal to capture the experience. The CruiseMinder Journal, Vacation Planner and Diary will keep you organized. The first part provides tips on topics such as packing. But the heart of the CruiseMinder is a journal with two pages for each travel day. Additional sections include room for notes about the ship and crew, new friends, a purchase record and photos. Also included are world maps and a nautical glossary. The journal's 144 pages are bound in a dark purple leatherette cover with gold trim. Available on Amazon.com and from the publisher at 800-888-3392; memoryminder.com.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Bonus for old-school travelers
Travelers seem to be divided into two camps when it comes to carrying money. The cavalier set travels with an ATM card and nothing else. Those more cautious prefer to rely on separating the traveler's check stubs from the actual traveler's checks. American Express is rewarding the cautious set with its new American Express Discount Card, available through Aug. 31 with the purchase of $500 worth of its traveler's checks. The card offers discounts on travel and leisure purchases, including hotel stays, airline tickets and restaurants that are available only online. For information, visit americanexpress.com / travelerscheque.
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