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Airfares may be low these days -- but getting there is a smaller part of the equation now, in the face of the dollar's declining value abroad. To show where you'll get the most bang for your buck, we'll be publishing a monthly column comparing the cost of common consumer goods in various cities around the world.
Nestled in between Belize, Southern Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras, Guatemala is an upcoming tourist destination priding itself on pristine jungles, two coasts, an incredible fresh-water lake, active ancient volcanoes, and beautiful rolling countryside filled with great oral and cultural history. Think about going soon -- the dry season, ending in late May, is the best time to travel to the Mayan wonderland.
Just like the spring blooms that slowly begin to emerge at this time each year, so goes it with a new crop of package deals to Europe. Today we look at a decent collection of air and hotel combinations to Paris, which allow you to keep the cost down up front to help ease the sticker shock on the ground.
If you like the sea, you'll love Nova Scotia. The entire region combines the history of every North American discoverer from the early Vikings to the ancient Celts and Gauls to the known explorers such as John Cabot, Vasco de Gama and Samuel Champlain. And they all put a cultural stamp on the string of land that marks Eastern Canada's beautiful shores.
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