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Monday, July 28, 2008
Readers periodically write us letters saying, "Hey, why don't you have a newsletter that covers what you do online?" Well, we do! Most of every newsletter is devoted to original online reporting. If you aren't getting our newsletter or checking BudgetTravel.com regularly, you're missing out. Just look at all this recent online-only content…
The remains of a 16th-century Spanish tower
WHERE NEXT
Secluded Sardinia lies far enough from the mainland that few Americans have sampled its old-world charms. But November 2007 saw the debut of discount air service between New York City and Sardinia's capital, Cagliari. Get inspired by these photos of prehistoric ruins and rugged landscapes. read more
Feathered Pipe Ranch
HOW-TO HANDBOOK
Declare your independence from electronic gadgets! Here are six spots where PDAs, Internet connections, and even TVs are becoming a thing of the past. Plus, seven ways to unplug no matter where you go. read more

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This Just In
DAILY BLOG: THIS JUST IN
This month the U.S. State Department began to produce U.S. passport cards as a cheaper, more convenient alternative to regular passport books. Each passport card fits in a wallet and generally costs only $45, versus $100 for a traditional passport book. Here's what you need to know. get the details

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Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
THE REAL DEALS
Our online editors research affordable airfare and hotel deals to feature each weekday. We do the homework for you! We specify the various perks and fees, provide a sense of the value, and include handy tips on what to do or how to get the most out of your visit. Here are some recent highlights. see more deals
A double room at Hotel Daphne Veneto in Rome
LODGING
Hotels at a Price That's Right
We've scoured New York City and Rome to uncover hotels that are both affordable and charming—we've also got the photos to prove it. Check back next week for our picks in Chicago—they're only online!
Ancient Petra
VIDEO
We asked multimedia journalist Craig Duff to film his visit to the ancient desert city of Petra, Jordan, which was recently voted one of the new seven wonders of the world. Watch his narrated video, and we bet you'll want to start planning a visit of your own. see it now
Menu decoder
DOWNLOAD IT
Don't know tourte from tartine or harira from harissa? Before your next trip, print out one of these decoders with translations of food terms and popular dishes. So far, we've covered Barcelona, France, Morocco, Portugal, and Prague. Up next: China!
download them now
ONLINE TRIP COACH
Every Tuesday, we enlist a travel expert to answer readers' questions. Up next: Editors of Girlfriend Getaways, our sister publication, will answer your questions on Tuesday, July 29, at noon (ET). Submit a question now

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