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may 21 2014

Wishful Wednesday in… Florence!

Who doesn't want to be here, now?

(Courtesy elissemyBudgetTravel)

On Wishful Wednesdays, we like to ask our audience "If you could be anywhere in the world today, where would it be?" For me, this beautiful picture of the Duomo in Florence, framed by a distinctive carved window, always makes me feel as if I'm standing there looking at the real thing!

For some literary travel inspiration set in Florence, I highly recommend E.M. Forster's quirky, romantic novel A Room With a View.

may 04 2014

7 Things to Do in Vernazza (Besides Hiking)

This article was written by Jessica Spiegel on behalf of Viator.com.

Most of the people who have been flocking to the pretty town of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre for decades do so because of the famous hike that connects Vernazza with other towns along the coast. Hiking remains the top thing to do in the Cinque Terre, but it’s by no means the only thing to do. Here are 7 other things worth checking out.

apr 08 2014

What's Your Dream Trip?

The Eiffel Tower in Paris in the spring

My dream has always been to visit Paris, and I finally did it last year. What is your dream trip?

(Courtesy travelmama/myBudgetTravel)

We've got dream trips on the brain—I realized my dream of visiting Paris last year when I went on Contiki's London & Paris Plus Paris Extension tour, and will finally realize my dream of seeing Machu Picchu when I go on the Machu Picchu Adventure tour with G Adventures in a few weeks. Dream trips were also the theme for our March/April digital issue of Budget Travel magazine (now available on BudgetTravel.com, in the Apple App Store, on Google Play, and for Nook and Kindle). To get into the spirit of things, we asked several of our staff members to share their dream trips—here's what they said:

jan 14 2014

How to do Florence on a Budget

Pointe Vecchia in Florence, Italy

Visit Ponte Vecchio, the city's famous medieval arched bridge, now home to an assortment of shops and restaurants, and a regular spot for free musical entertainment.

(Courtesy mcmillent/myBudgetTravel)

Florence is an Italian city best known for its art. Home to the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Galleria dell'Accademia (where Michelangelo's David masterpiece resides), visitors from around the world flock to see famous statues and paintings by Raphael, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci among others. The good news is you don't have to break the bank to get some world-class culture. You can view sculptures, paintings, and other works of art for less—or for free—if you know where to look.

nov 19 2013

5 Lessons Learned From A Visit To Venice

A beautiful canal scene in Venice

(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

I've already shared my 7 tips for visiting Rome. Now it's time for Venice, one of the world's most romantic cities.

(See the 14 Venetian scenes our photographers love the most.)

nov 12 2013

Save Big by Traveling During "Shoulder Season"!

Hawaii's Waikiki Beach: Enjoy good deals in February!

(Courtesy Butch25/myBudgetTravel)

If you're planning a winter vacation, you've probably noticed that some of the most beautiful, luxurious spots are also the most crowded and expensive. It's just the laws of supply and demand. But what if I told you there was a "sweet spot" that travel experts call Shoulder Season between the pricy high season and the less-desirable (often rainy and cold) low season? Over the next few months there are a few great opportunities to beat the crowds, enjoy nice weather, and even save some money.

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.

oct 08 2013

Where to Find the Best Pizza in Rome

Looking for a great lunchtime pizzeria near Rome's Spanish Steps? Try Pizzeria Leoncino, one of food blogger Elizabeth Minchilli's top picks!

(Courtesy antfern/myBudgetTravel)

Elizabeth Minchilli is the host of the blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome and author of the apps Eat Rome, Eat Florence, and Eat Venice.

sep 04 2013

7 Tested Tips for Visiting Rome

The Colosseum up close

(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

Even when on vacation, it’s hard for a travel editor to stop working. Two summers ago, my family embarked on an 11–day Italian adventure, including stops in Venice, Lake Como, the Cinque Terre area, Pisa, Florence, and finally, Rome. Needless to say, I kept jotting down notes and little tidbits of advice to bring home with me—and share with all of you. From free sites to deflecting insistent street salesmen, here are seven things to keep in mind when visiting Rome.

may 23 2013

Four Perfect Restaurants Near the Venice Biennale

If you're visiting the city of canals during the Biennale contemporary art show, we've rounded up four simple—and simply awesome—lunch spots that are a short walk from the show.

(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

Elizabeth Minchilli is the host of the blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome and author of the apps Eat Rome, Eat Florence, and Eat Venice.

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