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Your Hotel Rate is Negotiable

It’s important to remember one key point when you are traveling: your hotel rate is negotiable. This is especially true with non-chain international hotels. Whether you are booking a hotel, a hostel, a guesthouse, or a bed and breakfast, the price you will pay for your room is probably open to bargaining.  Most backpackers figure …

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Get the (Sifted) Dirt on Thailand

Thailand’s Tourism authority has launched a news clearinghouse on their site that’s more useful than what you get from most tourism bureaus. Their Thailand Tourism Update section has travel articles from the press, a news feed, and a feed displaying blog entries about the country. If you want to submit your own blog posts, you …

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Travel Prices in Laos

I’m currently working on the new edition of The World’s Cheapest Destinations and am getting some help from some fellow travelers in updating prices for places I haven’t been to in a while, like Laos. Fortunately, Laos has not been completely overrun yet and it’s still dirt cheap. Sure, the vendors are inheriting the Vietnamese …

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