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There's something extremely tempting about an island where the temperature remains at a constant 70¿F to 85¿F for 365 days a year. Add to that the lure of water temperature that hovers at around 80¿F between the months of January and March and you have an idyllic vacation destination known throughout the world as paradise in the South Pacific -- Tahiti.
Getting from point A to point B is only part of the equation now. In the face of the dollar's declining value worldwide against foreign currencies, there can be a bit of sticker shock while traveling. To demonstrate where you can get the most bang for your buck, this monthly index compares the costs of common consumer goods around the globe.
Though most visitors to Taiwan savor the fine food there and the treasures in artistic Meccas such as the National Palace Museum, those who love adventure, gorgeous scenery and a deeper connection with the old culture of China will head for the hills, and the lakes, and the gorges, for that matter. After several trips, I feel any spirited traveler will want to get out of the capital and head for, at least, two or three spots outside.
Nicknamed the "City of Roses", Portland, Oregon, holds the distinguished reputation of being an environmentally friendly city, cultural hotspot, and natural playground. With the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway that follows the Oregon Coast just 74 miles from Portland's International Airport, Portland has much to the offer. Trek in the mountains, fish, sample area wines, golf alongside the Pacific Ocean, or just toy around the easy to navigate Portland metropolitan area taking advantage of the haute cuisine, bohemian scene, art museums and conversations with friendly natives.
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From leanne30: "I was planning my first trip to NYC for my brithday in January 2006 when I heard a report on the Today Show about the return of bed bugs in hotels."
From litekimchi: "I hated my experience in Tirol & Tirol Boracay! We stayed there from the 26th to 28th of November, just recently."
From bgrover: "I'm going to Lake Tahoe from Dec 16-18. I am not sure whether to stay in North or South Lake Tahoe."
From Truvaneli: "My family will be going to Costa Rica in June. After staying in the Monteverde area for three days, we want to head to a beach area where the fishing would be good from the shore."
From eagleswingsunltd: "For the grand opening of the Georgia Aquarium, and a few other attractions, I planned a 7 day trip to Atlanta, Ga."

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