With warmer weather fast approaching, it's time to begin anew that dreaded annual ritual of planning the summer getaway. It's a true modern-day irony that the most effective way to finally transport you and yours away from the family computer is to first spend some time smack dab in front of it. There's good news, however, as the online travel community continues to proffer up new and innovative tools to make the process more efficient and even somewhat tolerable.

If seeing the world while perched on top of a horse has always been a dream, you no longer have to feel alone. For those who haven't yet seen Equitrekking, it's an international video series that allows the viewer to explore the world on horseback. As the show is not yet widely available to TV audiences, anyone with an Internet connection can now click on the large "Go" button near the top of the home page and choose from the assortment of video clips listed (currently covering Spain, New Mexico and Ireland, with more promised in the near future). Beyond the streaming video, the Web site also offers travel tips, a vacation guide, a monthly newsletter, expert advice and an online community for high-tech equestrians. Those looking for a true equine adventure should also check out Equitrekking's World Vacation Guide, which includes a clickable map highlighting horseback riding options worldwide.

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