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TV i " M14 Travel Boston Sunday Globe APRIL 14, 2002 ,., Ml.ll-.lll.il. fM fc IT He travels free, ByMikeCorder ASSOCIATED PRESS SYDNEY From a tower room in a majestic Irish castle to a mattress on a Parisian student's floor, to a Sydney backpackers' hostel, Dutch traveler Ramon Stoppelen-burg's lodgings have one thing in common: He doesnt pay for them. "Not a cent," he says, sitting next to his backpack on a recent stop in Australia's most populous city. Stoppelenburg has become a cyber celebrity with his Web site http:www.letmestayforaday .com on which he appeals for and gets free places to stay on his travels to the four corners of the world. His latest port of call is Sydney, but in the past year he has visited countries across Europe, been to South Africa, and stopped off briefly in Hong Kong, relying on the hospitality of strangers wherever he goes. Many, many people have called him a freeloader, Stoppelenburg admits. But more wish they'd had his idea first "I hear that maybe 20 times a day," he says after accepting a strawberry shake courtesy of The Associated Press. It's not just a roof over his head that Stoppelenburg seeks. While in Sydney, he climbed the Harbor Bridge for free normally it costs $63, took a jet boat ride on the harbor and even went on a free pub crawl, all drinks paid for by a local travel company. 01 3 Caracas tn Guatemala tlij Belize tJTj Bogota Honduras tiijj Peru lBI Panama KJScosta Rica JJJ Brazil RTjEcuador Mexico City Eg Chile r8aManaguaraJEISalvadwS WORLD TRADE TRAVEL (800) 732-7386 Boston Bermuda.com BlNORWEGIAN SS CIU1U UNI Save up to 50 on Sightseeing & Shopping wour Exclusive Bermuda Card 2003 GROUPS CALL FOR EARLY BOOKING RATES J "r Jul You'll wish a New York minute lasted longer. BARBIZON A Melrose Hotel Rates from $189 Subject to availability Lexington Avenue at 63rd Street Reservations 800 223 1020 Las Vegas - 5 Days Air Hotel Shows Meals tm19i .... 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