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Monday, October 1, 2007
Race Point Lighthouse, Cape Cod
ROAD TRIP
Summer on the Cape is justifiably famous, but the traffic can be a drag. In autumn, the tourists vanish, but the small-town charms and natural beauty remain. read more
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
Editor Erik Torkells writes, "The federal government MUST declare a maximum time that passengers can be held on the tarmac. How long should that be?" Weigh in by posting a comment. Plus, check out a short (scary, funny) video of what it was like to be trapped on a Delta plane that sat on a runway for seven hours this summer. The video was shot by a passenger… read post
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. (We're stuck in office meetings like most people.) So we thought it would be smart to pool our knowledge. We ask you a question, you share your advice, and then we spotlight the most helpful tips in a future magazine issue. This week's question comes from Sarah Irick, associate art director: "I'll be visiting friends in Burlington, Vt., in November. What are some fun things to do there? I don't participate in winter sports so that can't be one of them." Submit your answer now
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
On October 1, 1982, EPCOT Center opened its gates to the public for the first time. While many things have evolved over the years—like the name (it's just Epcot now) and the attractions (good-bye World of Motion, hello Test Track)—it remains the coolest "edu-tainment" theme park around. Disney World marks the milestone this morning with an official rededication ceremony. And like anyone celebrating a birthday, Epcot has been going through some changes lately. read more
A figure on a temple in Tamil Nadu, India
BOOK EXCERPT
Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, which hits bookstores today, pools Rough Guides travel writers' favorite one-of-a-kind experiences, from punting on Cambridge's River Cam to voyaging into Antarctica's unknown. It's the latest in an increasingly crowded field of aspirational, list-like guidebooks (Patricia Schultz's 1,000 Places to See Before You Die being one of the originators). We've selected one of Rough Guides' picks—a pilgrimage to an ancient, mind-bogglingly ornate temple in Tamil Nadu, India—to whet your appetite. read more

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View across the harbor in Stockholm, Sweden
THE REAL DEALS
An off-season package with airfare and three nights in the capital of Sweden, dubbed the Venice of the North, from $559. why it's a deal
It's not too early to start planning for ski season—and to take advantage of discounted packages in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Vermont from $99. why it's a deal
Joseph Rosendo
ONLINE TRIP COACH
Joseph Rosendo, consulting editor on Where to Go When: The Best Destinations All Year Round and host of the PBS show Travelscope, answers your questions on Germany for the holidays on Tuesday, October 2, at noon (ET). Submit a question now
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