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Edward Hasbrouck on "The Amazing Race 4"

Episode 9: Thursday, 24 July 2003

Pulau Manukan, Sabah (Malaysia) - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Malaysia) - Kinabalu National Park, Sabah (Malaysia) - Sandakan, Sabah (Malaysia)

Finding Your Way Around the World

Navigation is an essential skill for independent travel. If you don't want to be led around all the time on guided tours, you have to learn how to find your own way -- usually by following directions and/or reading a map.

"I'm just no good at reading maps," Millie says at one point during this week's episode of "The Amazing Race". And at the end of the episode, after taking too many wrong turns, and not getting back on the right track in time, Millie and her partner Chuck finish last and are eliminated from the race.

But there's more to it than innate ability. Here are some of the navigation lessons that might have kept Chuck and Millie in the race, and could help you avoid the need to limit yourself to guided tours:

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