Originally created 01/22/06

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Hotwire lists top cheap getaways

Hunting a bargain-minded weekend getaway? Travel Web site hotwire.com evaluated 50 U.S. markets with a view toward value.

It based its selections on travel discounts, low published-rate prices, and affordable entertainment and outdoor attractions.

Denver was no. 1, helped by discount airlines that serve the city, low-cost activities and lodging.

Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., was second, followed by Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Knoxville, Tenn., and the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota area of west-central Florida.

The rest of the top 10: Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M.; Orlando-Daytona Beach, Fla.; Reno, Nev.; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; and Los Angeles.

Self-help author gives goal advice

Leslie Groene, a Los Angeles motivational speaker, coach and author of Picture Yourself & The Life You Want, offers the following tips to self fulfillment:

- Plan. Break goals into manageable steps.

- Focus on your strengths.

- Learn. There is no better way to evolve than to make a commitment to lifelong learning.

- Associate with positive people.

- Relax. You can't achieve any goal if you're uninspired, overworked and out of balance.

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