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Monday, August 4, 2008
A shop on L.A.'s Melrose Avenue
GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS
Because no one knows a city like the people who call it home, we turned to three women with impeccable taste for advice on where they take friends from out of town. Author and L.A. resident Cindy Guidry shares her hangouts. Plus, get advice for Boston and Charleston and see photos in our slide show. read more

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This Just In
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Last year, one out of every three Americans planned a pleasure trip at the last minute (within 15 days). It may be getting harder to find last-minute deals, in part because of the effect of fuel costs on airfares. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck—and share your own strategies. read post
Menu decoder
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Are you bound for the Beijing Olympics? Before you go, print out this handy decoder that lists common food terms and popular dishes—like zhájiàng miàn, yellow bean paste with noodles—in Chinese characters, pinyin, and English. download it now
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Chicago at a Price That's Right We've picked nine reliable, affordable places to stay—see for yourself in our slide show… This Just In: Affordable Europe Our special blog series offers tips and tricks for beating the high costs in France, Italy, and England… What Is a "Bad Traveler"? Stanley Fish, a writer and self-described "bad traveler," finds other cultures unsettling: "I don't see why I should endure the indignities of airplane travel only to be made uncomfortable." (80 Comments)
Yasawa Island, Fiji
THE REAL DEALS
Spend a week traveling around Viti Levu, the most populous of Fiji's islands. You'll have time to swim in the turquoise-blue waters, explore rain forests and traditional fishing villages, and even stay with a local family, for $1,145. why it's a deal
The Middle Fork of the Flathead River
ROAD TRIP
Northwest Montana has world-class hiking and rafting—not to mention huckleberry milkshakes that'll knock your boots off.
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White Mountains, N.H.
THE REAL DEALS
A long weekend of guided hikes along the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire's White Mountains, with meals and overnight stays at rustic huts, from $415. why it's a deal
Joshua Berman
ONLINE TRIP COACH
Joshua Berman, freelance writer, trip leader, and coauthor of Moon Handbooks Nicaragua, answers your questions on Tuesday, August 5, at noon (ET). Submit a question now! Submit a question now
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