A fellow traveller told me that the rates for per diem (housing allowance, stipend, however you refer to it) are based on geography and that the tables on the website GSA.gov specify how much per week. I went there and the per diem that I was offered was nowhere near what was listed. Any comments/experiences? Are others getting per diems in line with these tables? I'm wondering if they are just guidelines and it is up to the company how much they offer / up to the traveller to negotiate this. But if the company is offering me only 41% of the standard rates should I not feel taken advantage of? Should I 'demand' the standard per diem? Should I decide that this company is not fair/up front and go elsewhere? Thanks.