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Travel Is Always More Fun When You're the One Doing the Traveling (PHOTOS)

Posted: 05/26/2012 8:30 am

One of the most coveted perks at Travelzoo is the Travelzoo Experience, in which Deal Experts and other employees take advantage of the same travel, entertainment and local deals we publish to our subscribers and report back on the experience.

While many colleagues jump at the chance to visit popular tourist destinations such as Costa Rica, Orlando, Ireland or Las Vegas, some venture off the beaten path.

Here are a few tips from our recent trips.

-- Andrew Young is based in New York City and is Travelzoo's U.S. Website Editor. Travelzoo has 250 deal experts from around the world who rigorously research, evaluate and test thousands of deals to find those with true value.

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Dubai is renowned for its larger-than-life attractions, which live up to the hype. Take the elevator to the viewing deck of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, to see skyscrapers dwarfed below you. If you find yourself short on gold, you can purchase a bar from the vending machine at the top.

Drive along the outer edge of the manmade Palm Jumeirah islands for distant skyline views, or cool off on the Mall of the Emirates' indoor ski slopes (bring gloves and a hat, since they're not part of the provided winter gear).

Tip: Dubai has no street addresses, so when taking a cab, it's helpful to know a major landmark near where you want to go.

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