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oct 14 2013

10 Essential Vacations for Every Bucket List

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

When in Paris, visit the Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring all who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

(Courtesy newyorkgirl/myBudgetTravel)

Article by Jennifer Gilligan.

LAS VEGAS

The Run Down: Dubbed the city of sin, Las Vegas is an adult's playground. Between the drinking and the gambling, though, you may find yourself with a few hours to burn. During your downtime, check out the Bodies exhibit, Madame Tussauds, the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, and CSI: The Experience. You should check out the Miracle Mile shops as well. There's plenty of fun to be had in Las Vegas without drinking or gambling.

jun 14 2013

Do You Need Travel Insurance?

The Danube has overflowed its banks due to heavy spring rains, causing the cancellation of some cruises out of Budapest, Hungary.

(Courtesy cspaid/myBudgetTravel)

As heavy spring rains caused major European rivers like the Elbe and the Danube to overflow their banks, serious flooding has hit parts of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. With more than 20 deaths and extensive damage to structures, the floods also caused the cancellation of several river cruises, including cruises from Budapest, Hungary, and those that call on the popular German port Passau.

dec 21 2012

Europe's Up-and-Coming Destinations

Croatia tops the list of up-and-coming European destinations for 2013, reflecting a 34.9 percent increase in bookings. Above, the Adriatic port of Split is home to the ancient palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

(rhonya76/Flickr)

You've checked Paris, London, and Rome off the list. So what should be your next European vacation destination? According to a survey of more than 1,000 American travel agents conducted by Travel Leaders Group (and based on actual trips already booked), perennial faves like London, Rome, and Mediterranean cruises are going to continue being top spots in 2013. But there were European countries that saw surprising gains in popularity. So you better book now. Here are the top three:

SEE THE DESTINATIONS!

dec 14 2011

3 Affordable New Ways to See Europe's Quaintest Cities

Genevieve Shaw Brown (Courtesy Jakob Montrasio/Flickr)

Remember your brave, virgin trip to Europe? When you wore a backpack and lived on cheese, hot baguettes, and red wine? You were such a natural at loose-and-easy travel. You instinctively knew that the best budget travel tip of all is to take advantage of the Continent's affordable train and coach bus options, hopscotching around instead of staying put.

apr 15 2011

Photo tour of the creepiest churches on earth

The Crypt of the Three Skeletons at the Capuchin Crypt in Rome, Italy. See more photos. (Courtesy tirch/Flickr)

Not every place we love always makes it into a story. The reasons are varied—a magazine page can only hold so many words, an online story can only be so long, and sometimes, even though one Budget Travel editor loves an idea, others don't agree, and it gets outvoted.

It's a treat, then, when we get to feature some of these eliminated—though worthy—spots in another venue, like our blog!

dec 09 2010

Check out these holiday hotel deals

Budget Travel's Editor-in-Chief, Nina Willdorf, appeared on the Today Show this morning to discuss great hotel deals for the coming holiday week, including some for as low as $54 a night.

Watch it:

nov 29 2010

River cruise deals: 2 for 1 specials, no single supplements, and more

The Rhine (Courtesy skoch/myBudgetTravel)

Once the weather turns cold, river cruises aren't exactly top of mind among travelers. That's why it's smart to think about river cruises right now.

The winter lull, when relatively few travelers board or even think about river cruises, is often when river cruise operators roll out their best promotions in an attempt to stir up business. Here, examples from four big river cruise companies:

aug 27 2009

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a...powerbocker?

Powerbocking (Courtesy Josef Beneš/Bounceclan.cz)

Step aside, pogo stick, your punk cousin has just arrived. Known by many different brand names, the powerbock—or bock for short—was invented by the nutty German aerospace engineer Alexander Böck, who apparently studied the movements of kangaroos to help develop his prototype.

dec 09 2008

Picking on Paris and other "overrated" cities

Dubai's marina (Courtesy octal/Flickr)

In a move so shameless I wish I'd thought of it myself, professional traveler/TV host Leon Logothetis fought against the post-Thanksgiving doldrums of the Los Angeles Times with a "special package" listing five cities he found particularly overrated. Athens, Paris, Prague, Dubai, and Moscow all get slammed—often for their residents' poor social skills. And rain. Seriously.

oct 23 2008

Recipe for a favorite Czech soup

Budget Travel's October issue has an article (Tour de Friends) about two friends biking from Salzburg to Prague with nothing but a GPS device to guide them.

During the trip, the two friends discovered a Czech soup, made with caraway seed and potatoes, and they ordered it every chance they got.

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