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Valencia

From: Helen Seymour, Dublin, Ireland
Postcard tip: You may be visiting this great city for the Americas Cup, in which case the redeveloped port and beach are worth a day's visit if you have the time. The quick tram service will take you all the way there from metro stop Benimaclet. If you can make a day of it or want a place for a long business lunch in typical Valencian style, the beach-front restaurants serve some great paella, but it's worth booking in advance, and if possible relaxing to the slower pace of life. Whatever you do though, don't miss out on a visit to the incredible City of Arts and Sciences. It really is a phenomenal set of futuristic buildings designed by Valencian architect, Santiago Calatrava, just outside the old city center.

Athens

From: Nick Allum, London, England
Postcard tip: The easiest way from the airport to the city is to take the metro - it costs six euros each way and will take you to Syntagma Square in about half an hour. Taxis are plentiful and really cheap (minimum fare is two euros fifty, but that'll get you most of the way across town). They're also a bit weird - you should flag them down even if they are already occupied. Athenian taxis double up on passengers that are going the same way. They slow down with the window open, you shout out where you want to go and if the current occupants are going somewhere similar they'll let you in.
If you're in a hurry and want something cheap and quick to eat, 'O Thanasis' is a must. One of the best souvlaki shops in the city, rumor has it that they made more out of the Olympics than any other business in the city. It's just off the square in Monastiraki (which is also a tube stop).

Istanbul

From: Steven Hughes, Manchester, England
Postcard tip: It's a huge sprawling place that straddles two continents and always seems like a city in a hurry, but the vibrancy is part of its charm. The public transport system can take some getting used to - having to jump on and off half-moving buses - but the taxis are at least inexpensive, even if the ride can be a bit hair-raising. But it's worth negotiating parts of it by foot if you have the time, especially as the traffic is chronic during rush-hour times. Stroll around the Tokapi Palace and Blue Mosque or the pedestrianized Istiklal street full of shops and cafes. A ferry ride on the Bosphorous from the spice market to Rumeli Hisar will give you another perspective of this historical city.

Goa

From: Paul Ward, Sydney, Australia
Postcard tip: Goa is generally a great place to unwind and relax, although there are times when you might think there are more tourists here than locals. If you feel you want to get away from the hoards there are enough beaches to choose from - Morjim (Turtle) beach is beautiful spot that doesn't have as many of the backpackers or beach parties found further south.

Boston

From: Diane Linquist, London, England
Postcard tip: If you're lucky enough to be in Boston during Fall you should try and catch the incredible sight of the changing color leaves outside of the city. If you haven't got time for an out of city excursion, there are a few places in town where you can catch a great nature show. One is Arnold Arboretum, just six miles from downtown in Jamaica Plain, the other is Maudsley State Park a little further away in Newburyport.

London

From: David Hoffman, Vancouver, Canada
Postcard tip: London's South Bank is a great area of town to explore. The area on the south side of the river Thames has changed considerably in the years I've been coming to London, but it's ouzing with history - from the site of Shakespeare's theatres (one of which, The Globe, has been rebuilt), to the streets that inspired Charles Dickins' books. There are now lots of restaurants and bars along and around the riverside stretching from Waterloo to Tower Bridge, not to mention, the London Eye, Tate Modern art gallery and the wonderful Borough Market - great for a gourmet treat or two. It's also a convenient place to get to either the City, West End or Canary Wharf and has a character all of it's own.

Laos

From: Hans Friis, Germany
Postcard tip: Having visited Vientiane the capital of Laos several times over the last couple of year, I have grown very fond of Shetta Palace Hotel in Vientiane is a real jewel of a hotel, it is small boutique hotel with 22 rooms, each room is uniquely and tastefully decorated. Visa's can be obtained upon arrival, issuance is quick and efficient, however do not forget to bring a passport size photo with you.

Libya

From: Ester Harding, London, England
Postcard tip: Italy, Turkey, Greece, Spain -- been there, done all those Med holidays? Go to Libya to find the beach empty save for a sea birds and a few shy, local, children. You might have a hard time thumbing a lift, but if you plan ahead and organise a taxi (£5 just about anywhere), you will find exquisite ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins, still alive with the voices of the past. Drive to the Sahara and visit Berber and Bedouin settlements, brave the sand dunes and swim in secret oases, before taking tea with the local Tuareg jewellery merchant. What Libya currently lacks in infrastructure and tourism know-how, it restores with an incredible landscape largely untouched by development and a vibrant, friendly people.

Laos

From: Peter Cochrane
Postcard tip: Laos is a place that few business travellers would consider a destination, but Luang Prabang, a UNESCO listed city, now has spas, self-contained resorts and independent semi-luxury hotels and guesthouses. Sala Lao is a Laos group who have built and developed a number of accommodations throughout the country. They have hotels in Luang Prabang and Hinboun in Khamouane province. In the region of 4000 Islands on the Mekong on the Cambodian border is Sala Don Khone and Sala Phae - a series of three moored, floating bungalows built two years ago. It may be an overstatement to call them luxurious but for this area of Laos they are really pretty good. The proprietor of Sala Phae is now developing one of the islands as a luxury resort. It's a spectacular site.

Indonesia

From: Budhy D. Widjojo, Jakarta, Indonesia
Postcard tip: For first-timers to Jakarta the touts offering taxi services at the exit of the departure gate can be intimidating. Instead, go straight to the taxi counter of the Blue Bird/Golden Bird group which is located right after you exit customs, slightly to your right-hand side. They have several fixed price-tiers, depending on the make of the car and the distance to your destination.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

From: Fredrik Booth, Hamburg, Germany
Postcard tip: In the capital, Sarajevo, a must-see is the city's Tunnel Museum. Near the airport, there is only 20 or so meters left of the tunnel that ran out of Sarajevo when it was under siege in the 90s. It was used to ferry supplies into the besieged city during the conflict and the museum is still run by the father and son whose house was at the entrance of the tunnel.

China

From: Rusty DeBlassie, Weatherford, TX
Postcard tip:
I often fly to China and have found that some of the best meals are usually in some of the "hole in the wall" establishments away from the crowds of Shanghai and Hong Kong. The staff are often very curious about westerners since most stick to the hotels or chains. Generally the hole in the walls will go above and beyond your expectations and provide you with excellent service and flavor.

Croatia

From: Simon Austin, London, United Kingdom
Postcard tip: If you're in Dubrovnik for either business or pleasure, the crowds in the old town can get a bit much in the height of the busy summer season. For a day's escape, without having to travel too far, head to Lokrum Island, which is just a 10 minute ferry ride away. Like the most of Croatia's beaches, there isn't any sand, but the water is crystal clear -- just watch out for spiky sea urchins on the bottom of the ocean.

Israel

From: Narelle Saunders, Perth, Australia
Postcard tip:
If you are looking for a place to clear your mind in Israel, try the Baha'i Gardens. They stretch up the side of Mt. Carmel, in Haifa, north of Tel Aviv. Haifa is the spiritual and administrative center for the Baha'i faith. They believe that Abraham, Moses, Christ, Mohammed, Krishna, Buddha and Zoroaste are all messengers of God have been sent to earth at different times to help humanity. The highlight is the Shrine of the Bab. It's beautiful, but remember to take off your shoes.

Singapore

From: Heather Rice, Bristol, UK
Postcard tip:
CNN recently featured a story about a restaurateur in Singapore who'd brought together a number of street hawkers. Unfortunately on a recent trip to Singapore I couldn't find it! Instead I stumbled upon "satay street" where you can sit outside and order the most delicious beef, chicken and prawn satay sticks. A number of stalls are lined up and the stall owners compete for your custom. There's no wine to be had, but the beer was great and very cheap! I'd highly recommend it. The satay stalls are on Boon Tat Street, next to Lau Pa Sat in Singapore's C.B.D.

Thailand

From: Christine Hamilton, Singapore
Postcard tip: The best way to catch a taxi from Bangkok's Don Muang International Airport (NB: the new international airport opens on September 28 so the system may change there), is by lining up at the counter outside and taking a metered taxi. You pay an extra 50 baht ($1.30) but it's worth it for peace of mind. Travelers should also be aware that when you get to the tolls on the highway, passengers are expected to pay -- not the taxi driver. These are normally about 40 baht per toll so it's good to have small change on you. When you're catching taxis around Bangkok, it's a good idea to check before you get in that the driver will charge you according to the meter, instead of agreeing to a price before you get in -- or worse -- at the end of your journey. Because cab prices in Bangkok are relatively cheap, if you do go by meter, a tip for the driver (round up the fare) is always appreciated, especially because of the ever-spiraling price of petrol.

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