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Y2K is under control; now take a well-deserved vacation

TechRepublic offers up some great vacation destinations for those who want an adventure or just some rest and relaxation after the arrival of the year 2000.

The earth is still rotating on the same axis, and your network is running as planned. The New Year scare is as good as over, and now it’s time to leave the daily grind behind and take that well-deserved break.

TechRepublic has scoured the Web for some great vacation destinations. Whether you’re the adventurous sort or you prefer a little R&R, we found some hot and cool spots you’re sure to enjoy.

Where do you want to go today?
Ever watched National Geographic Explorer and wished you could head off on a safari? Answer the call of the wild with AfroVentures, a firm that offers everything from deluxe mobile tours to camping, golf, air, and rail trips throughout Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

For a glitzier trip, the Atlantis Resort on Bahamas’ Paradise Island makes the fabled city seem real. The five-star resort features the Dig, a maze of underwater ruins that reveal what Atlantean life may have been like over 11,000 years ago. Visitors can also enjoy a vast beach, eleven pool areas, gourmet restaurants, nightclubs, a casino, and a spa.

If you’ve been fantasizing about rolling fairways, head to the land where golf was invented—Scotland. Golf Scotland provides all you need to know about booking a tour of Scotland, where you can play on more than 500 courses. A number of tour packages are available, even one including the British Open Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland, in July 2000.

If hitting the slopes is more your speed (high speed, of course), Mountain Vacations offers customized ski packages with 28 of the top ski resorts in the western United States and Canada. You can choose from packages or build a customized vacation on the site, where you can research, price, and purchase your entire trip, including air arrangements, resort accommodations, lift tickets, car rentals, and transfers.

Perhaps you want to see Europe but don’t trust your driving skills on those narrow streets of London and Paris. At Rail Europe, you can plan a train trip across the continent and choose from high-speed trains like the Eurostar or a more leisurely, romantic trip through the countryside. This is one-stop shopping; you can also book flights, hotels, and cars.

If you’d like to do a little continent-hopping, you may want to consider Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Journey to the Barrier Reef, Jan. 23-Feb. 9, 2000, which travels from Sydney, Australia, to Singapore. Passengers will visit Cairns’ Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, the Great Barrier Reef, and the fabled island paradise of Bali.

You might want to roam closer to home, and a quaint country inn is a great destination. At Bed&Breakfast.com, you’ll find a directory of B&Bs all over the world, as well as ratings from visitors. You can book online and find places to visit near your destination.

Ever pictured yourself as John Wayne, driving the cattle across the range? Check out the Arizona Dude Ranch Association Web site, where you can choose from 15 locations across the state. Traditional, smaller, rural ranches where riding and ranching are the primary focus, and the larger resort-style ranches with pool, tennis, golf, and other amenities are offered.

We hope these links will help get you started on planning that spectacular trip. Wherever you go, just remember to leave the Y2K headaches and hassles behind—although you might bring along your laptop. Just in case.
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