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May 12, 2006

Highlights from the June 2006 issue:

101 Splurges Under $100
Our third-annual roundup of splurges, from the silly to the sublime: Every now and then, you have to indulge yourself for no other reason than because it'll make you happy

Secret Hotels of the French Riviera
The Cote d'Azur has long been known as a glitzy destination for the jet set--which, in fact, it is. But there's a quieter side, with adorable little places to stay, where life is both sweet and salty, thanks to the Mediterranean breezes

Some Cruisers Are Smarter Than Others
Virgin cruiser Josh Dean took readers' tips on a trip to Alaska, to see just how helpful they were--and came back with some advice of his own
Plus: Our Best Cruise Tips

20 Tips
Tired of catching colds while traveling? Trouble keeping track of your electronic gadgets? These hints might help

Low Fares to Asia
Low-fare carriers are offering cheap flights to places previously off your radar. All you need is a couple of twenties and a couple of hours

Fast Food With a Pedigree
The latest point of pride for star chefs has more to with French fries than foie gras
  Q&A with Charlie Trotter

A Summer Survival Guide
You're more likely to get struck by lightning than mauled by a bear. But if you actually run into a grizzly, statistics are cold comfort 
 Summer Survival Quiz

Unique Hotels and Alternative Lodgings
For out-of-the-ordinary places to stay, take a look at these out-of-the-ordinary websites

Who Deserves Your Loyalty?
Some companies aim to differentiate themselves through their rewards programs. The experts weigh in with their favorites 
 Organize your membership info! Download the wallet card (PDF)

On Ecotourism
The term has become meaningless--so how can you tell which hotels are the correct shade of green? 
 9 Eco-friendly trips from $130

40 Best Vacations
The real deals right now

True Stories
Win a stay in New England! If your response is the best we receive before June 30, you'll win a $2,000 gift certificate good at more than 300 inns, resorts, and B&Bs throughout New England, courtesy of the New England Inns & Resorts Association

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Animal Survival Quiz Contest Rules

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES 1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. TO ENTER: Enter by visiting the Budget Travel/Animal Survival Quiz Contest Web page ( and completing all of the required information and following all instructions. Submit your entry by clicking on the "Submit" button. The entry period will begin at 12:01 A.M. (E.S.T.) on May 23, 2006 and will close at 11:59 P.M. (E.S.T.) on August 21, 2006. Internet entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. E.S.T. on August 21, 2006. 2. Eligible entrants must enter via the online methods described. You may enter as many times you like during the entry period. Incomplete entries are void. By entering, entrants acknowledge compliance with these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements. No mechanically reproduced, software-generated or other automated multiple entries permitted. Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc. ("Budget Travel") will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or sponsor, or for any human error lost/delayed data transmission or any other error or malfunction. In the event of a dispute, all e-mail entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the e-mail account from which they were sent. For these purposes, an e-mail account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such e-mail account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with such e-mail account. All entries become the property of Budget Travel. You agree that you will not upload, post or transmit any materials which contain any computer viruses, Easter eggs, worms, Trojan Horses or other harmful component or programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information. Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an e-mail account shall be determined by Budget Travel in its sole discretion, and Budget Travel reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the contest. 3. ELIGIBILITY: Contest open only to legal residents of the United States, (excluding residents of Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories) who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Contest not open to employees of Budget Travel or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, such employees. This contest shall be governed by and construed under and in accordance with the laws of the state of New York (excluding the choice of law provisions thereof), subject to applicable provisions of U.S. laws, and may be enforced only in the state or federal courts in New York County in the state of New York. Winner agrees that Budget Travel, its affiliates, subsidiaries, and each of their agencies and employees shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from participating in this promotion or from any acceptance or use of any prize awarded. 4. PRIZES: Ten grand prize winners will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received during the entry period, such drawing to be held on or about August 21, 2006. Only entrants who have correctly solved the contest quiz will be eligible for the drawing. The winner will receive a one-year National Parks Pass and a National Parks hat, with a total of ten (10) such grand prizes to be awarded. Budget Travel shall choose the restaurant. Prize value is $70. Prize is nontransferable and non-endorsable, and no cash or other substitutions will be offered except at the sole discretion of NEWSWEEK. NEWSWEEK has the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. All prizes will be awarded. 5. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE: Winner will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail. Return of prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Winner may waive his or her right to receive a prize. The prize is nonassignable and nontransferable. 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Except where prohibited, participation in the contest constitutes entrant's consent to the publication of his or her name and image in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation or further compensation. For the name of the winner, after September 1, 2006, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Contest @ WPNI, P.O. Box 17370, Arlington, VA, 22216-7370, and include the text: BUDGET TRAVEL CONTEST. Requests received more than sixty (60) days after September 1, 2006, will not be honored. 6. SPONSOR: The "Budget Travel/Animal Survival Quiz Contest" is sponsored by Budget Travel, whose decisions regarding the selection of winner and all other aspects of the contest shall be final and binding in all respects. Budget Travel will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Contest Rules or in other materials relating to the contest. If you have any questions regarding this contest, please contact Budget Travel/Animal Survival Quiz Contest, attn:, Budget Travel Magazine, 530 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018.