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Monday, November 5, 2007
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EXPERT ADVICE
Female photographers explain the little tricks that'll ensure you look your best next time someone takes your photo. Launch the slide show to see their tips demonstrated! read more
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
Nearly one out of three travelers who use the Internet on a regular basis has stopped using websites to plan trips, book tickets, or make reservations, according to a survey of 60,000 people by Forrester Research. Are you happy with booking your trips on the Internet? Or you fed up with travel websites? Sound off
Baby Beach
MY HOMETOWN
Melissa Marshall grew up on Aruba. Now, when she returns to the island, she gets a wave of nostalgia with her sun, sea, and sand. Here she shares her favorite beach hideaway and local restaurants—and wonders why she ever left. read more

More from our My Hometown series:
SPILL YOUR SECRETS!
Few people get to travel all the time, 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 magazine issue. This week's question is: "I'm heading to Vietnam, and I've heard there's great shopping to be had, including custom-made dresses, leather jackets, and boots. Any boutique recommendations? Are there other Vietnamese specialties I should look for? I'll be in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Da Nang, and Hue." —Laura MacNeil, Associate Editor Submit a tip

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Courting Blue Footed Boobies near nest
THE REAL DEALS
Airfare, three nights in Quito, a three-night cruise among the Galápagos Islands, some meals, tours and activities, and regional airfare, from $2,099 per person. (You could get an up close look at blue-footed boobies like those pictured here!) why it's a deal
Ski packages and discounts for Banff, Lake Louise, Mont Tremblant, and Whistler from $80 per person. why it's a deal
Hollywood/Vine Station, Hooray for Hollywood
SLIDE SHOW
Not only does Los Angeles have a metro system, but it commissions original artwork for the 62 stations (more are on the way) and offers free guided tours on weekends. The tour is "a way that we try to get people to learn about the system and become good ambassadors for public transportation in L.A.," says Maya Emsden of Metro Creative Services. People who take the tour are rewarded with a day pass good for the metro and buses.
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Al Argueta
ONLINE TRIP COACH
Al Argueta, author of Moon Handbooks Guatemala, answers your questions on Tuesday, November 6, at noon (ET).
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