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Ms. Behaving has reported from 125 countries to date, and she's learned a few things about how to wine, dine and stay in high style...without having to mortgage the family chateau in order to do it. Of course she plans to share her wisdom with you! To wit, this month's tips:
Take a tip from Aristotle Onassis, the billionaire who always booked the most inexpensive room at the grandest hotel in town. So what if your view is of a wall/parking lot … you still get all the hotel’s status, amenities and service at a much lower price.
Ocean Crossing Savings
In the fall, all the ships that have been in the Mediterranean cross the Atlantic for their Caribbean seasons … then go back again in the spring. These elegant off-season crossings have all the glamour of the in-season ones – at almost half the price. Enjoy!
Trim Those Rug Prices
Want to buy a carpet in Istanbul? Choose the shop you’re comfortable with, let them bring out the carpets … then when they tell you the price, offer half. Bargaining is expected and part of the fun. Settle for 60% - or less - of the original price.
You’re in Paris and long to dine in Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital. Don’t want to book a hotel? No worries: take the high-speed TGV train in the morning, get to Lyon in plenty of time for lunch and some sightseeing … then train back to Paris in time for dinner.
FEAR NOT...Ms. Behaving is still addressing our reader travel etiquette questions. If you have a question about etiquette, local or global travel customs or any other awkward moment on the road, she's ready to answer. Send your queries (putting "Ms. Behaving" in the subject line) .