In today's Times, Traveling in Style magazine celebrates those perfect days in distant places. Forget late planes, lost luggage and rustic--read rotten--rooms, and revel in a romantic idyll on Washington's ethereal Olympic Peninsula; a fall visit in Sedona, Ariz., and a good-humored ramble through New Zealand. In search of something more citified? How about a quintessentially Parisian 24 hours, or a colorful stroll through New York's downtown artists' quarter known as SoHo. And lest you think this is too much good news, artist Lynda Barry reminds of us traveling companions we've all known--and loathed.

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