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Published Oct. 8, 2005

Charmed by the romance of Four Weddings and a Funeral? You can book a room at the Crown Hotel in England's Amersham countryside, the scene of the first wedding, where Hugh Grant meets Andie MacDowell. The 23-room inn features an Elizabethan interior with fireplaces, oak-beamed ceilings, four-poster beds and 16th century paintings. Rates begin at $112 per room, per night, including an English breakfast. For more information, call (800) 225-5843. Or there's the Grand Hotel Corvinus Kempinski in Budapest, where newlyweds Michael Jackson and Lisa-Marie Presley-Jackson stayed for a week while he was shooting a video there. A room goes for about $176 a night. Renting the entire ninth floor, as The Gloved One did _ two presidential suites, seven regular suites and seven double rooms _ will set you back about $9,735 per night, not including breakfast, which is an additional $19 per person. For more information, call (011) (36) 1-266-1000.

Travel by map, Part I

Even if you leave your atlas at home, you can now hit the ground running in more than 40 cities, with the Personal Travel Guide _ a new computer navigation system available on flights with FlightLink. The on-screen maps give travelers the best route and directions at their destinations _ from a hotel to the closest ATM or Chinese restaurant, for example. FlightLink is on about 70 planes _ on USAir, Continental and America West _ and will be on board about 1,000 in 1995.

Travel by map, Part II

Map 'n' Go offers access to a database of more than 1-million miles of mapped roads, plus lodging, restaurants and sites, through multimedia CD-ROM software. Users can create customized guides and print out detailed maps. For use with Windows, from DeLorme Mapping, about $50. Check computer software dealers or phone (800) 452-5931.

Real travel bargains _ they're free

If your definition of a bargain isn't just low cost but no cost, you might want to seek out a newly revised travel book series called "For Free." The six guides _ to Europe, London, Paris, Hawaii, the Southwest and Washington, D.C. _ have been updated for 1994 to include seemingly every possible way to enjoy these popular destinations gratis. Only the guide to pricey Paris expands on the series' promise of "hundreds of free things to do" by including some activities that are merely "extremely cheap." All the guides contain a mix of offbeat and ordinary places: urban farms in the middle of London's East End, just about every ghost town in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, and what it says is Nevada's only winery. Each guide has a list of annual free events, maps and information sources. The "For Free" guides are available in bookstores for $8.95 each, except for the Paris volume, which costs $9.95.

_ Compiled from staff, wire reports