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Budget Travel
Thursday, April 26, 2007
The harbor at dusk
Bermuda has been loosening up, trying to appeal to modern travelers with cheaper flights and a more relaxed sensibility. But has the island with sand soft as sifted flour and blue-green water changed enough to please someone who vowed not to return? read more
Gas Pump
Gas prices continue to stay above $2 a gallon in many states. Here's a tip on saving money when you hit the road for a long trip: You already know that gas stations along major highways often mark up their prices. But you may not realize that it's easier than ever to find stations selling cheaper gas. This year, several online mapping services, such as Mapquest and AAA.com, started letting users print out driving directions that mark the locations of gas stations on maps—and that say what the latest gas prices are at those stations. read post

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On June 1, Delta Air Lines will become the first U.S. carrier to give passengers the option of doing something to counterbalance the global-warming effects of flying. Every time someone buys a flight, he or she will be given the option of donating an additional $5.50 per domestic round-trip as a "carbon offset." The money goes directly to The Conservation Fund, which plants trees to offset carbon emissions from flights. Should such a donation be mandatory and automatic? Vote in our poll! read more
An escorted tour with airfare, nine nights' accommodations, and stops including Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, from $1,799. Why it's a deal
Take yourself out to the ballgame and catch your favorite team by checking in to these hotels in Chicago, New York, and San Diego, starting at $159. why it's a deal
Airfare and six nights split between the lovely medieval Romanian city of Sibiu and Austria's crown jewel, Vienna, from $1,299. why it's a deal
Bal Harbour Shops
We're gearing up to publish our second issue of Girlfriend Getaways—our annual magazine devoted to the biggest trend in travel—and we want to know your girlfriend getaway tradition. Is there something your group always does? Is there something you always bring? Tell us your story, and you could win a girlfriend getaway for two to Miami's Bal Harbour Village, courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and its partners. Located at the northern tip of Miami Beach, Bal Harbour Village is a barrier-island community where luxury runs deep, with indulgent resorts, elite shopping, and dramatic dining—all just minutes from the culture and nightlife of Miami and South Beach. This fashionable prize includes airfare, two nights at the Sea View Hotel, a $500 gift card to the Bal Harbour Shops, a Bal Harbour Passport (worth $2,000 in shopping, dining, and spa privileges), dinner for two at Carpaccio in Bal Harbour Shops, and admission for two to The Fifth nightclub.
I always request a table for eight on cruises, so I avoid the problem of being stuck at a small table with a couple who can't or won't converse. With six others at the table, there are plenty of people to keep an interesting conversation going. By the second or third dinner, everyone feels like they know each other, and we all seem to have a lot in common. —John F. Dryden, Anderson, S.C. read more tips
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