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by Linda Strait

The coming of the third millennium the dawn of the new age! The year 2,000 has been anticipated for decades. Where would you like to spend that magical night when you will cross over a milestone in history?

Because of the high interest in this special event, travel companies are taking reservations and offering a variety of destinations.

Most of the requests we have received have been for cruises. Who has perfected the art of celebrating better than the cruise lines? Within that category, there are several options, from the Caribbean, to the Mediterranean, to cruising near the international date line. A deposit will hold your space, even though itineraries and prices are not yet set. You are given the option of canceling once things are finalized.

Special events are also planned for other "most requested" destinations. Plan to be in Times Square when the clock strikes 12 or New Orleans, a city famous for its parties. Washington, D.C., and San Francisco are also planning special celebrations.

For those with bigger imaginations and budgets, how about Rome? The capital of the Roman Empire, where much of the western world's history unfolded, will be celebrating at the Piazza Espagna.

Consider entering the millennium at the Prime Meridian at Greenwich, the historic borough of London on the River Thames, where celebrations include international entertainers. For those more interested in nature and ecology, you could find yourself at the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin formed his "evolutionary" ideas. You could find yourself surrounded by the natural treasures of wildlife and spectacular scenery.

Now is the time to be making plans for an opportunity that will not come again for 1,000 years. Gather your friends and family, and plan to take part in this most historic event.

(Linda Strait is president of House of Travel Inc., a full-service travel agency in Springfield.)

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