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  1. Despite expensive reputation, Madrid's Barrio de Salamanca has affordable fun, too



    It's not often that a prime and picturesque neighborhood gets the snub from travelers because its shops, restaurants and other establishments are considered too nice. But that's what some visitors do with Barrio de Salamanca, perhaps the Spanish capital's toniest enclave that often (and rather aptly) is …

    The newly renovated Museo Arqueologico Nacional charges 3 euros, or about $3.30, for admission and showcases the art and history of the country’s first indigenous peoples as well as the waves of colonizers — Greek, Roman, Moorish.
  2. Traveling light: 'It's a suitcase, not a closet'


    Lee Abbamonte is known as the youngest American to have visited every country in the world. His second claim to fame should be "most efficient packer." Unless he needs expedition gear or a suit, the 36-year-old New Yorker totes a 22-inch Osprey Meridian wheeled bag and a North Face backpack. The two pieces accompany him …
  3. Hopscotching across Hong Kong on a budget


    The document in my email, set on elegant Four Seasons Hotel letterhead, was titled "One Perfect Day in Hong Kong." It specified a one-day, $1,000 agenda that included a Michelin-starred restaurant, a helicopter ride and a private tour of Kowloon.