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Thursday, December 13, 2007
'Tis the season…
BT HANDBOOK
'Tis the season…for long lines and frayed nerves. Santa may not have to fly commercial, but you do. Here's how to cope. read more
INDUSTRY WATCH
The good news is that you can still get great deals for now through January 6. The bad news is that you won't have as many options as you normally would. You'll find it easier if you're flexible—both on where you go and when you go. read more
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
Frisked, frazzled, and fed up, travelers have recently been filing more and more complaints about airport checkpoints with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). What do you think about the checkpoints? Do they actually help protect us?
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CALLING ALL READERS
If people pause to admire your festive lights and decorations—or the outside of your house is brighter than the inside—we want to hear your stories! How long does it take to prepare your home each holiday season? What's the toll on your electric bill? And how do your neighbors react? E-mail us at Letters@BudgetTravel.com, and be sure to include some photos. e-mail us
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Greatest Hits 2007 recaps the best of the year in travel, from the Best Places You've Never Heard Of to the Rated-R True Stories Slide Show to Scotland's Kintyre Walk…. Solo Travel: One for the Road rounds up experts' advice for traveling solo…. and Three Great Gift Ideas from Budget Travel has the details on our two new books and magazine gift subscriptions—10 issues for just $12!
ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
If you think you have a good suggestion for a Road Trip story, send us a pitch! We might send you on the road and ask you to write about it for our 10th-anniversary special issue! The trip must be four days in length and can be anywhere in the U.S. as long as the idea behind it is unique. Tell us what makes the destination special (is it a place people don't know about? is something happening that we should know about?) and why you're the person to write it. Note that you must be able to complete the trip by the end of February.
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For inspiration, here are some of our favorite road trips:
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