Table of Contents: November 2006

A Tour That Even Loners Can Love
Somewhere between a fully guided coach tour and a do-it-yourself expedition lies a category that sounds a bit like an oxymoron: the independent traveler tour. On a trip to Laos, Karen Valby happily hands off the planning headaches to a guide--and then discovers that she might even enjoy traveling with a group
Slide show: Laos

50 Utterly Charming Hotels Around $100
As travel editors, we're not supposed to use the word "charming"--it's a cliche, and it doesn't really mean anything. But a hotel with some personality, where rooms start at around $100 . . . Well, that definitely has a charm all its own
New feature: Find a hotel in our database
Four Hotels We Wouldn't Be Caught Dead In

Buenos Aires . . . Then What? The Argentine capital is at the top of everyone's list these days. But if you're spending 10 hours on a plane, you probably want to see more than just the city. Here are three excellent side trips that make the long flight more than worth it
Plus: On Tuesday, November 7, Ian Mount will answer your questions about Buenos Aires. Submit a question

Road Trip: Joshua Tree
For a place that's pretty desolate, the California desert has a number of ways to get into trouble--as well as cinematic views and tremendous day hikes
National Parks Guide

Trip Coach: Switzerland
A couple wants to hike in the Swiss Alps by day--and crack open a bottle of wine with fresh, delicious food each night

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Budget Travel Magazine November 2006 issue

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