Special Report: Europe: Off the Beaten Track

Despite the wilting dollar, good vacations are still affordable

Skip the Ritz. Bypass London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Munich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Athens. Head for the byways. Seek out country inns, auberges, Gasthãuser, bedsitters, farms, pensions, pousadas and paradores. This is the year of the offbeat, off-beaten-track European vacation.

As a result of airfare deregulation, getting there has never been cheaper. In some countries, notably Portugal, Italy and Greece, the dollar will go farther than it did two years ago. And, while the greenback continues to wilt...

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