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Sunday, April 28

Guardian / Observer Travel view: Turn on, tune in, pay up: "For it's time also to debunk the myth that backpackers reach parts of the local economy that other tourists don't. Many treat travelling as a kind of game: how to spend as much time as possible in one place while spending as little money as possible and growing the silliest beard. I recall being rooted to the spot with embarrassment while a bearded buddy haggled over the price of a bag of cocoa leaves in a market. The sum in question? 15p. 'Come here again and I'll cut your throat,' said the vendor in Spanish as his customer walked off congratulating himself on not being ripped off." As the Brits would say, Here, Here! An interesting look at the hubris of backpackers and penny-pinching.

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