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Thursday, August 2, 2007
The Rendon family
TRIP COACH
A couple from Arlington, Tex., want our help planning a road trip through Sweden and Denmark with their 11-month-old daughter. Find out how we advised them and what they thought of the trip. Plus, are you interested in getting coached? E-mail your trip details—the more the better—to Letters@BudgetTravelOnline.com. read more

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FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
I've long been an avid runner, but I have to admit that until a handful of companies started offering running tours in the U.S. and abroad, I never really thought of taking an organized tour that required me to put on my training flats. The trend seems to be catching on, considering that a company called City Running Tours has recently expanded into Washington, D.C., and Chicago after successfully introducing the concept in New York City one year ago. As of September 1, the company will be in San Diego, too. Don't like any of the planned routes? Just ask and… read post
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THE REAL DEALS
Book early to save on this air/hotel package for three nights at a resort in Tahiti, five nights in cosmopolitan Sydney, a sightseeing tour, and transfers, from $1,399 per person—plus taxes and fees of about $195.
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Clouds sweeping across Volcan Arenal A 12-night guided tour that includes volunteering at a sea turtle farm, horseback riding to La Fortuna, and exploring the Monte Verde Cloud Forest from $695—plus taxes of about $26. why it's a deal
Explore your creative side with some help from these properties in Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Oregon, from $229—plus hotel taxes.
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TRUE STORIES
My family of five was on a road trip in Quebec when our car broke down. It was around 10:30 P.M., and within a few minutes the police noticed us and asked if we needed help. The police chief said that all the hotels were booked, and that the only alternative was the jail. He said they rarely use it and that we could have it to ourselves, then handed us his car keys and gave us directions. The accommodations were somewhat bleak, but the police on the early shift brought us coffee and doughnuts in the morning.
—Shelley Dresser, Brattleboro, Vt. read more
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