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Issue #2417 :: Thursday, February 25, 2010
SPECIAL ISSUE: The Travel Issue: "Your Side of Paradise"

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Editor's Note
But "me time," as many of us know too well, is hard to come by when our lives are plagued by an onslaught of papers, midterms and computer servers that move like molasses when we're on deadline.

Imagination Vacation Gallery
Maybe you're saving up for your "real" trip this summer to a "real" exotic destination. Maybe you're scraping to pay your rent. Whatever the reason, sometimes traveling on the cheap isn't cheap enough and you've got to face the facts: You're not actually leaving your couch this spring break. That's where your imagination comes in!

Diagnosis: Springbreakitis, Fill Your Prescription Here
As soon as the weather perks up, every college student comes down with the same illness. Worse than swine flu, it's springbreakitis-commonly referred to as Fort Lauderdale Syndrome (FLS).

I'm on a Boat! (Without Booze)
After pondering about doing it for a few years, my mom decided to book a cruise down to the Bahamas for the family. It was the first cruise any of us had been on, and well, probably our last one.

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Cheap Eats and Close Retreats
Old Mill Park/Mill Valley Public Library

Brave New World? Video
To Berkeley's south lies a city that seems constantly marred by its reputation for being a center of drugs and rampant crime. Whether deserved or not, this baggage has been with Oakland for decades and is unlikely to go away-especially after a video of two AC Transit passengers in a yelling match escalated into a racially-tinged, bloody brawl.

Stress Less, Avoid Hassle at Airports Podcast
In the post-9/11 era, long lines and pat-downs are just as normal an aspect of flying as airplane peanuts.

Editor's Note
But "me time," as many of us know too well, is hard to come by when our lives are plagued by an onslaught of papers, midterms and computer servers that move like molasses when we're on deadline.

Imagination Vacation Gallery
Maybe you're saving up for your "real" trip this summer to a "real" exotic destination. Maybe you're scraping to pay your rent. Whatever the reason, sometimes traveling on the cheap isn't cheap enough and you've got to face the facts: You're not actually leaving your couch this spring break. That's where your imagination comes in!

Diagnosis: Springbreakitis, Fill Your Prescription Here
As soon as the weather perks up, every college student comes down with the same illness. Worse than swine flu, it's springbreakitis-commonly referred to as Fort Lauderdale Syndrome (FLS).

I'm on a Boat! (Without Booze)
After pondering about doing it for a few years, my mom decided to book a cruise down to the Bahamas for the family. It was the first cruise any of us had been on, and well, probably our last one.

Do More Than Just Smile and Say 'Cheese' Gallery
From veteran "National Geographic" explorers to eager honeymooners to college students, no traveler is complete without a camera. Every year, travellers in amazing, exotic destinations hope that the magic of their journey will be captured in their photos, only to be disappointed with the images once they return home. But by following a few easy guidelines, you can take unique pictures of your trip and avoid this sorry situation.

Putting the 'Break' in Spring Break
When I was a wide-eyed pre-teen, I always loved watching "MTV Spring Break."

Venues
When visiting Los Angeles, take a break from seeing the stars and historic sites to witness trendy types in their natural habitat. The best vantage on local hipster fauna is a venue charmingly known as the Smell. Located on the verge of Chinatown, the small community-friendly spot is notable for its closed storefront adorned with the enigmatic legend "Weirdo Rippers."

Design Your Destination: A Guide to Travel Guides
So you're setting off on an adventure to a new place-but as much you want to rough it on your own, traveling near or far can be stressful, expensive, and eat up your most precious vacation time.

Fill up the Knapsacks And Hit the Trails of The Great Outdoors
During this harsh economic recession, we've all had to make tough sacrifices. But if island getaways, trips to isolated beaches, and stunning ocean vistas are not among the luxuries you're willing to give up, there is good news in these trying times: you don't have to.

Couches Launch Wave of Hosts Abroad
"You don't have to pay anything?" "Is it safe?" "How do you know you won't end up with a crazy person?" This dubious line of questioning often ensues when I tell people about my couchsurfing experiences. My answers, in order, are: nope, yes, and, you can scour their profile for any signs of insanity.


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