Table of Contents: September 2006

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Highlights from the September 2006 issue:

Fairy Tales Do Come True  In Germany, a number of genuine castles--turrets, hidden passages, the whole deal--are more than just romantic backdrops. They're hotels too Slide show: Castle Hotels of Germany

Walk Like an Australian  The Great Ocean Road has long been one of Australia's top attractions. But now there's an even better way to admire the southern shoreline: a 57-mile trail called the Great Ocean Walk

25 Best Places You've Never Heard Of  Everyone wants to know about the "next great places." But rather than simply make up a list, we turned to the people who explore for a living. Get ready for a serious case of wanderlust (not to mention job envy) Plus: 25 Best interviews

20 Tips  Find out how to protect a digital camera, and why you shouldn't take that camera to the Mint

Trip Coach: Jamaica  Two couples hope to scout wedding locations, pay tribute to a dear family member, and squeeze in time for jet skiing Read and download an excerpt from "The Destination Wedding Workbook" 

Sleep Tomorrow: Istanbul  The Beyoglu neighborhood is coming alive with a bunch of engaging new nightspots

The Sweet Little Guesthouses of Vieques  The Puerto Rican island hasn't caught up to its Caribbean neighbors when it comes to lodging. All the more reason to visit right now

This Just In!  Find out what's happening around the globe, from Carnaval in Rio to outdoor performances in Colonial Williamsburg  

Off the Grid: Boondockers  These RV enthusiasts park together in remote spots, forming temporary settlements

Trendspotting: Haute Diners  Creative chefs across the country are reinterpreting the greasy spoon. Say good-bye to grits and hello to quinoa  Read an excerpt from "Two for the Road" (including recipes!)

Hot Property: Hotel deLuxe  Portland's new hotel takes its inspiration from the golden age of Hollywood

A Guide to Flight Passes  Flight passes sound like they should make planning a multileg trip easier, but that's not necessarily so 

Upsold Down the River  Some companies are tempting travel agents into signing on for questionable sales programs

Kid-Friendly Hotels and Resorts  To make travel as easy as possible, some hotels and resorts are partnering with established non-travel brands

How to Use Your Cell Phone Almost Anywhere  Ways to use your cell phone abroad without getting ripped off at $5 per minute Plus: Download the Airline Directory walletcard (PDF)

Hurricane Season Just Became a Safer Bet  A few airlines and tour operators have taken steps to ease travelers' concerns

Google Maps  Fans have produced "mashup" maps of everything from great views in London to U.S. comic book stores

Road Trip: Lake Champlain  Fall-foliage season can make much of Vermont less idyllic than you'd hope. Head north, where you'll see more bikes than cars

40 Best Vacations  The real deals right now

True Stories  Travel is stranger, funnier, and more heartwarming than fiction. Plus, a chance to win a trip to Ireland courtesy of Dooley Vacations

What $100 Buys in...Addis Ababa  A stroll through the market stalls of the Ethiopian capital reveals a mix of ancient ritual and contemporary style.

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