OTHER TYPES OF ACCOMMODATIONS
HOTELS, GUESTHOUSES, AND PENSIONS. In Northern Europe, hotels generally start at a hefty US$35 per person. Elsewhere, couples and larger groups can get by fairly well. You’ll typically share a hall bathroom; a private bathroom or hot shower will cost extra. Some hotels offer full pension (all meals) or half pen sion (no lunch). Smaller guesthouses and pensions are often cheaper than hotels. Many hotels now offer online reservations. Be sure to indicate your night of arrival and the number of nights you plan to stay. The manager will send a confirmation and may request payment for the first night. Not all establishments take reserva tions, and few accept checks in foreign currency. For letters, enclosing two Inter national Reply Coupons will ensure a prompt reply (each US$1.75; available at any post office).
BED AND BREAKFASTS (B&BS). For a cozy alternative to impersonal hotel rooms, B&Bs (private homes with rooms available to travelers) range from the acceptable to the sublime. B&Bs are particularly popular in Britain and Ireland, where rooms average UKS20/C30 per person. For more info on B&Bs, see InnFinder (www.inncrawler.com) or InnSite (www.innsite.com).
UNIVERSITY DORMS. Many colleges and universities open their residence halls to travelers when school is not in session; some do so even during term-time. Get ting a room may take a couple of phone calls and require advanced planning, but rates tend to be low, and many offer free local calls.
HOME EXCHANGES. Home exchange offers the traveler various types of homes (houses, apartments, condominiums, villas, even castles in some cases), plus the opportunity to live like a native and to cut costs. For more information, contact HomeExchangecCom (®800-877-8723; www.homeexchange.com) or Intervac Interna tional Home Exchange (©800-756-4663; www.intervac.com).
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They are the most timid people in the world, so that only the men remaining there could destroy the whole region, and run no risk if they know how to behave themselves properly. In all these islands the men seem to be satisfied with one wife, except they allow as many as twenty to their chief or king. The women appear to me to work harder than the men, and so far I can hear they have nothing of their own, for I think I perceived that what one had others shared, especially food. In the islands so far, I have found no monsters, as some expected, but, on the contrary, they are people of very handsome appearance. They are not black as in Guinea, though their hair is straight and coarse, as it does not grow where the sun’s rays are too ardent. And in truth the sun has extreme power here, since it is within twenty-six degrees of the equinoctial line. In these islands there are mountains where the cold this winter was very severe, but the people endure it from habit, and with the aid of the meat they eat with very hot spices.