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Monday, May 7, 2007
Google Earth is turning into one heck of a travel tool (and it's a blast to play with). The Layers toolbar is always evolving and adding new content: Click on Transportation, for instance, and subway stops, bus routes, and gas stations appear on the satellite image.
If there's such a thing as the perfect place for a girlfriend getaway, it's wine country, where everything from the food to the spa treatments screams, "Indulge yourself!" Here are six U.S. wine regions where you can uncork the fun. Plus, visit our new wine trip-planning section
for more great advice!
TODAY ON OUR BLOG
You no longer have to be a professional travel writer to share your insights with the public. Free blogging software makes it easy for anyone to publish his or her thoughts. (Learn DIY blogging tips by clicking here
.) In our own This Just In blog, we periodically highlight great travel posts by other bloggers, such as this aspiring gourmand's tale of trying whiskey berbère
in Morocco and one young British man's thoughts on the Central American chicken bus
. We're also in the last stages of our readers' Blog-Off writing contest. You'll learn where to find good cheap eats overseas, how to get a spa treatment for under $100, what it's like to find the world's best beer, and why you should visit Vietnam, when you read the four semifinalist entries
—comment on your favorite to help determine the winner!
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!
THE REAL DEALS
Discounts on 10 of REI's adventure packages, from cycling in France to white-water rafting and hiking around the Canadian Rockies.
why these are deals
Airfare and six nights at a Tahitian boutique hotel and a Moorean bungalow from $1,159.
why it's a deal
Lisa Ann Schreier, author of Surviving A Timeshare Presentation
, answers your questions about timeshares tomorrow at noon (ET).
Submit a question now
CALLING ALL READERS
Get great trip ideas in our new issue of Girlfriend Getaways
—our annual magazine devoted to the biggest trend in travel. Plus, 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