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Monday, August 18, 2008
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PACKING LIST
You'll never have to check a bag again—and pay that annoying $15 fee—with these lightweight and compact items beloved by hikers and campers. read more
This Just In
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The U.S. Postal Service doesn't track the changing volume of "wish you were here" type cards. And no organization seems to publish estimates of postcard sales. So, I'll put the question to you: In this age of travel blogs, cell phone cameras, text messages, and Facebook social-networking websites, do you send postcards?
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GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS
Good friends (and fine wine) are all restaurateur Tina Vaughn needs to whip up the tastiest chicken and grits on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line. read more

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THE REAL DEALS
Summer's not over just yet—you can still plan an escape over Labor Day weekend thanks to these hotel packages from $89 and sales from airlines and online booking agencies. why they're a deal
Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range on this guided journey through the spiritual heart of Tibet, beginning and ending in Kathmandu, Nepal. Highlights along the way include a pilgrimage to Jokhang Temple, a hike in Everest National Park, and overnight stays at traditional monasteries. The Intrepid Travel package costs $2,035. why it's a deal
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Sara Benson, author of Lonely Planet Las Vegas, answers your questions about trips to Sin City on Tuesday, August 19, at noon (ET). Submit a question now
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