Table of Contents: December 2009/January 2010

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The Dominican Republic's Last Frontier
The Samaná Peninsula is one of the country's last undeveloped swaths of beach—the kind of place where you still get your drinks from a thatched hut and your fish from the guy who caught it.
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Driving Directions for the Dominican Republic

The Connected Traveler
With the explosion of social networking, we wondered whether a person could rely solely on online friends in a foreign land. (No guidebooks allowed!) The third edition of The Budget Travel Challenge.
See more of Arianne Cohen's photos from Istanbul

Secret Islands of Southeast Asia
From a foodie's paradise off the coast of Vietnam to a castaway's fantasy in Cambodia, an exploration of the next great islands you've never heard of.
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Going Solo in Southeast Asia
Tricks for Navigating Southeast Asia's Islands
Browse snapshots from Naomi Lindt's trip to Southeast Asia

Caribbean Confidential
There are more than 7,000 islands and reefs in the Caribbean Sea. Isn't it time you explored someplace new?

Guilt-free Gift Guide
There's something for every travel junkie among these 13 practical yet playful presents.

Road Trip: Oahu Exposed
Beat the crowds in Waikiki, hike to a hidden waterfall, hit the top roadside food stands: Our three-day loop highlights the island's best-kept secrets.

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