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Welcome to the online blog for traveler/writer/photographer Steven Barber. Come in. Relax. Take off your shoes and socks -- or any other article of clothing, this is the internet. Have a look around. I hope to intrigue, amuse, entertain, and maybe provoke you just a little. I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


The cruise industry can play a tremendous role in the development of a nation and a region. A newly re-emerging economy, such as violence-torn Croatia or Guatemala or Colombia, the visit of cruise ships and their passengers' wallets can give a strong boost from a financial standpoint, as well as raising the hopes of a beaten-upon populace.

Below is a giant cruise ship tied up on the dock in the town of Huatulco, Mexico, one of many areas feeling the economic growth from tourism. Unlike airports, a cruise dock can be built relatively inexpensively, and provides a quick-shot stimulus a region can build upon.

Handled properly, it's a good thing.

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