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Monday, April 7, 2008
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TRENDSPOTTING
Radiohead made news when it allowed its fans to pay whatever they thought was reasonable to download the band's latest album. Now, innovative restaurants around the world are doing the same thing—letting their patrons decide how much their meal is worth.
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Las Vegas Strip
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
Editor Erik Torkells blogs: The other night I came across an ad for Wynn, the newish Vegas hotel from Steve Wynn. Every restaurant in the ad seemed so awful, and I realized that if I never went to Vegas again, I'd be just fine. It's a shame, because I grew up adoring the place. But I don't want to just vent about Vegas; I want to ask those of you who really do enjoy it: Why? What am I missing? post a comment
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Slide Show: You Ate What?! Some of our favorite outrageous food stories (who's up for dried mice?) from our new book, A Sting Ray Bit My Nipple! True Stories from Real Travelers…. Rome Hotels at a Price That's Right We've unearthed nine charming, affordable hotels—see for yourself in our slide show…. Expert Advice: Pet Travel American Kennel Club staffers share tips for making the travel experience easier for both pooches and owners.
Photo scramble
PHOTO SCRAMBLE
It's our 10th anniversary, and to celebrate, Budget Travel and Monograms are giving away a nine-day trip for two in Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Montreal! Play our photo scramble for a chance to win. And congratulations to Walt Gunster of Christiana, Tenn., who won last month's contest. play now
Crossing the perilous English Channel
BOOK EXCERPT
Terry Darlington's offbeat memoir, Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, recounts how he and his wife, Monica, sailed from Stone, England—along the Thames, the canals beneath Paris, the Saone, and the Rhone—to southern France in a tiny canal boat with their whippet, Jim. Read an excerpt and check out our slide show of photos from their improbable voyage. read more

More Adventures You Can Brag About:
Singing Sand Dunes, Gobi Desert
THE REAL DEALS
Visit the capital, Ulaanbaatar, where Buddhist monasteries meet modern high rises; explore the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai on camelback; and celebrate the Naadam Festival, which features wrestling, horse racing, and archery. Guided tours start at $2,788.
why they're a deal
Giant cactus, Scottsdale, Arizona Round-trip airfare, four nights in a private villa, and a rental car for exploring the southwest, from $499. why it's a deal
Kurt Repanshek
ONLINE TRIP COACH
Kurt Repanshek, author of National Parks With Kids, answers your questions about vacations in the national parks with (and without) children on Tuesday, April 8, at noon (ET). Submit a question now
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