Monday, October 15, 2007
Out-of-the-ordinary accommodations often make the most memorable trips—for better and for worse! We've rounded up some of the coolest offbeat places to stay around the globe.
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
Forget paper boarding passes. On flights a couple of years from now, you may be asked to register your cell phone number with your airline to receive text messages with boarding pass bar codes. You would then hold the screen of your cell phone under the airport security scanner rather than show a paper record. Air Canada, Air Berlin, and Spanair already offer the service in their countries, and U.S. airlines are pressing for government approval.
Leaf-peepers are out in full force this month, but it's not too late to book a weekend getaway—if you act fast. Find inspiration and B&B deals here!
SPILL YOUR SECRETS
Travel is one of those things that you'd get really good at if you did them all the time. Unfortunately, few people get to do it all the time—including the staff of Budget Travel
. So we're pooling our knowledge: We ask you a question, you share your advice, and then we spotlight the most helpful tips in a future issue of the magazine. This week's question comes from Sean O'Neill, senior editor online: "I'm going to Rome in mid-November. A tip on a good walking tour or wine bar would be appreciated."
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THE REAL DEALS
A sweeping air/hotel/tour package highlights the varied aspects of Turkish history and culture, from Istanbul to otherworldly Cappadocia to sun-kissed coastal towns like Kusadasi, from $1,649—an exclusive discount for BT
why it's a deal
Airfare, three nights in Charlottetown, the capital of the Canadian island made famous by the Anne of Green Gables
series, and a three-day car rental from $879.
why it's a deal
ONLINE TRIP COACH
Joshua Berman, freelance writer, trip leader, and co-author of Moon Handbooks Nicaragua
, answers your questions on Tuesday, October 16,
at noon (ET).
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In the Grenadines, my wife and I had a water taxi drop us off at a deserted island. We were enjoying our solitude when we saw a fisherman waving to us from his boat while holding a huge lobster. Seconds later he waded toward us, keeping the lobster out of the water. When he came ashore we realized that he had no clothes on. He tried to sell us the lobster—and even offered to cook it on the beach—but we graciously declined as we would've been too distracted by the scenery. Fortunately, he let my wife take a picture. (I'm the one in the hat.) —Trent Jones, Safety Harbor, Fla.