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may 06 2014

5 Ways to Experience Oahu From Above

This article was written by Kyle Ellison on behalf of Viator.com.

In a word, the island of Oahu is gorgeous. Yes, there are freeways, high-rises, and sprawls of development which climb like ivy up the terraces of the Ko’olaus, but there is also the ever-present fusion of nature where sky, sea, shoreline, and summit all form a tableau of tropical perfection. While you can experience this beauty in many forms on all different corners of the island (a sunrise from the shoreline of Kailua comes to mind), one of the best places to bear witness to the island’s beauty is with a bird’s eye view from above.

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:

mar 31 2014

An Affordable One-Day Tour of Honolulu

Waikiki, Hawaii
(Courtesy Kristian Nielsen)

This article was written by Kristian Nielsen, the owner of Honolulu HI 5, a Honolulu based real estate agency specializing in Oahu real estate. 

Traveling and sightseeing are wonderful ways to create memories, especially in a place like Hawaii. The problem is that it can be so expensive. With that in mind, we've created a full day for you that can be done on a very affordable budget. Best of all, you'll spend it immersed in the rich history and culture of Hawaii.

feb 04 2014

Cazenovia, NY, Makes An Impressive Leap in Our Coolest Small Town 2014 Contest!

Congrats to the folks in lovely Cazenovia, NY, who have zoomed into second place in our Coolest Small Town 2014 contest! (Voting is open till 12:00 a.m. on February 25!)

(Courtesy Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce)

Wow! Cazenovia, NY, has rocketed to second place in our Coolest Small Town 2014 contest, passing (at least for now!) the folks in Buckhannon, VA, who had held first or second place since the contest began in mid-January. (Berlin, MD, still holds the top spot.)

jan 26 2014

Berlin, MD, Leads Our Coolest Small Town Voting!

Berlin, MD, isn't just fiddling around! The folks there—and their boosters around the country!—have pushed the town to the top of our Coolest Small Town list in early voting. (Voting continues till 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday February 25—more than four weeks away.)

(Courtesy Worcester County Tourism)

Congrats to the folks in Berlin, MD, who have organized a great early turnout in our Coolest Small Town 2014 voting! After Buckhannon, WV, shot to the top in the early days of voting last weekend, Berlin steadily built a lead.

jan 16 2014

Vote Now for America's Coolest Small Town!

Buckhannon, WV, one of 15 contenders for the title of America's Coolest Small Town 2014, got the most nominations in the contest's preliminary round.

(Robbie Skinner)

Budget Travel knows a cool town when it sees one, and these 15 finalists—the result of weeks of nominations from BT's online audience—are now vying for bragging rights to the title of Coolest.

This year's 15 contenders—which stretch from upstate New York to Hawaii—have a few things in common: populations under 10,000, beautiful locales, thriving downtowns, outstanding community spirit, and a noteworthy food, wine, art, or music scene. One thing they can't share is the top spot in our 9th annual America's Coolest Small Town contest. CAST YOUR VOTE—up to once a day!—between now and 12:00 a.m. on February 25, when one town will be crowned Coolest.

nov 14 2013

How to Win Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns Contest!

The beautiful Front Street docks in Beaufort, NC, one of Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns in America!

(Christopher Shane)

What does it feel like to live in America's Coolest Small Town? Over the years, a bunch of folks have been lucky enough—and cool enough—to find out by winning Budget Travel's annual Coolest Small Town in America contest. Ask the residents of recent winning towns like Lititz, PA, Hammondsport, NY, and Beaufort, NC (pictured above), how good that feels!

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.

feb 15 2013

4 Airfare Sales To Book Now

Aer Lingus Plane

You can save big on a trip to Ireland this spring thanks to an Aer Lingus sale.

(Courtesy daspaddy/Flickr)

Planning a spring getaway? Here are four airfare sales that will help your budget go further.

Hawaiian Airlines: Round-trip flights to Hawaii from $317
Fly from: San Jose (from $317); New York City (from $365!). Check the website for more options.
Fly to: Honolulu (from $317); prices vary for flights to Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.
Travel dates: Book flights by Feb. 18 for travel thru Apr. 14, 2013.

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