John, I was wondering the same thing. :eek1 I thought the only thing we'd done is combine 2 threads so we weren't duplicating each other and putting the thread in the appropriate place - Trip Planning. Maybe LR can clarify what his objections are. And, I noticed a reference to HU and a booklet available over there. I've emailed Sjoerd Bakker to see if I can get a copy of his "Economical Hotels" booklet and if it's OK with him, I'll try and incorporate some of that info in this thread before I leave for Panama.