Voila! Here are your vacation rental FAQs — and more!

This week’s FAQ topic is vacation rentals. And it’s a good one.
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You don’t get it

You still don’t get it, do you?
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“I need this removed as quickly as possible”

The email from a vice president’s assistant, received late yesterday, looked desperate. Seems one of our researchers had done too good a job finding her manager’s contact information. We’d unearthed — and published — a home number for the VP.

“I need this removed as quickly as possible,” she demanded.
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I didn’t have a ticket, but Budget charged me anyway

I’m excited to bring back a weekly feature that probably belongs on every consumer advocacy site: “Is this a scam?” It really needs no introduction. By the way, I’ve also re-launched a related column, That’s Ridiculous!, on our sister site, Consumer Traveler. It’s definitely worth checking out. Here we go …
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Smart travel advice: Let the destination be your guide

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARolf Potts took his first extended trip — an eight-month journey across North America — two decades ago, and he hasn’t stopped. “I’ve traveled independently on every continent except Antarctica for as long as two years at a time, often for less money than it would cost me to live a rooted life in a major American city,” says Potts, the author of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. He’s walked across Israel, bicycled across Burma, piloted a fishing boat down the Laotian Mekong, and driven a Land Rover across the Americas. In 2010, to prove a point about traveling light, he trekked around the world for six weeks with no luggage or bags of any kind. “I’m a big believer in making time in your life to travel long-term and in taking things slow,” he adds. “It’s easier and cheaper than one might think.”
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