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  • 11 Holiday Travel Tips You've Never Heard Before

    What strategies do travel experts swear by when airports and roads are at their busiest? We asked, and each shared their best piece of seasonal advice.

  • 16 Best (Affordable!) Winter Vacations in America

    From the beaches of Florida to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, from Puerto Rico to Hawaii—not to mention secret islands that stay warm all year—America is second to none for winter fun. Here, some of our favorite places to warm up or get your ski on—all at a price you can actually afford!

  • Kilimanjaro in Africa

    KABOOM! Volcanoes You Can Visit

    From drive-up volcanoes in Hawaii to the ones that once toppled entire civilizations in Italy and Greece, you won't want to miss these visitor-friendly volcanoes and the chance to hike up--or inside--these magnificent forces of nature.

  • Hotel Urbano pool in Miami

    Best-Kept Secrets of Priceline

    Shhh... Here's what no one tells you about finding travel deals on Priceline. Use these tips to search wisely, bid smart, and save big.

  • Honokawai Beach Park in Kaanapali

    35 Beautiful Beaches You’d LOVE to Be On

    Whether you're booking a getaway or just window-shopping, a warm beach sounds perfect right about now, doesn't it? Here, some of your favorite stretches of surf and sand!

  • 10 Telltale Signs Your Hotel is a DISASTER

    Staying in a hotel is supposed to be a treat, not a waking nightmare of unanswered complaints and shabby surroundings. These 10 signs are early warnings that you may have checked into Hotel Hell. Notice one or more of the problems here? You might want to spend your money elsewhere—and we'll show you how to make a drama-free escape should you need to.

  • 12 Beautiful Beach Town Bargains for FALL 2014

    From Cape Cod to the Great Lakes, from Southern California to the Gulf of Mexico, America’s beaches stay open long after the summer crowds have gone home. It’s the same sun and surf—oh, except that you've got some elbow room and hotel rates have come back down to earth!

  • 6 Wild & Beautiful Places in Europe You MUST See!

    There's more to Europe than winding city streets, vibrant cafés, and beautiful museums! The continent abounds with rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and secluded beaches to gallop—including some of the world's premiere parks and wildlife habitats.

  • 10 Foolproof Tricks to Beat Flight Anxiety

    Nothing ruins a vacation like a panic attack. Use these expert strategies to keep your nerves in check when you fly.

  • Boston Massachusetts

    50 Cities Every American Should See!

    We can pretty much guarantee that at least one of these beautiful, inviting cities is just a drive away. America's surprising state capitals are a truly varied bunch of burghs, but they have a few awesome things in common, including great cuisine, art, history, and four seasons of outdoor activities.

  • Nasville skyline

    25 Most Beautiful Cities in America

    Sure, the U.S. is home to spacious skies and shining seas, but it also boasts some of the world's most gorgeous cities. From New England to the Hawaiian Islands, we celebrate the stylish, vibrant, and always surprising metropolises that are the most beautiful in America!

  • Cruises of a Lifetime You Can Actually Afford

    Glaciers in Alaska! The glittering capitals of the Mediterranean! The Caribbean’s most alluring islands! A new generation of mega-ship—and industry-wide price wars—are making these and other dream cruises more affordable than ever before.

  • Machu Picchu in Peru

    Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

    Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are out there to help. Here's our ultimate list of dream trip adventures—plus, the travel deals to help you get on your way.

  • 6 EASY Ways to Save on a Cruise

    The high cost of a dream cruise vacation can leave you feeling a little queasy before you even set sail. (And let's not mention the add-ons!) Here, our Trip Coach's sage advice about how to save big before boarding.

  • OOPS! How Not to Embarrass Yourself in a Foreign Country

    Learning a bit of cultural etiquette, important phrases, and the absolute no-no's of any country you visit can save you not only embarrassment but also time and money!

  • Venice, Italy

    Top 10 Travel Mistakes and How Not to Make Them

    Even the dreamiest of trips can go off the rails when you fall into one of these all-too-common travel traps. We've been there—and we've brought back advice on foolproof booking, smart sightseeing, and making the most of every minute.

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  • frost on the leaves

    55 Incredibly Beautiful Photos of Fall Foliage

    It's (almost) the most colorful time of the year! From the vibrant red and orange leaves of the Northeast to the bright yellow Aspens of Colorado, here are your best photos of nature's vivid fall colors.

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  • Crater Lake in Oregon

    25 Incredible Parks Everyone Should Visit

    Whether you're looking to get back to nature or just need an escape from the big city, these National Parks, State Parks, and National Monuments definitely deliver. From classics like Yellowstone to the rain forests of El Yunque, here are 25 of your favorites.

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  • Pacific Wheel at Santa Monica Pier, California

    13 Incredible Ferris Wheels You Have to See to Believe

    Talk about seeing the world from a different angle! Get a bird's-eye view of New York, London, and other must-see spots around the globe on these thrilling—and beautiful!—rides.

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  • Budget Travel's Ultimate Road Trips App

    Announcing Budget Travel's Ultimate Road Trips App!

    Budget Travel Ultimate Road Trips is a guide to our country's most inspiring drives. Plus: we've scouted out the best places to eat, see and stay along the way—and plotted them all on a map with GPS functionality so all you have to do is drive. You're welcome.

    Available on iTunes and Android Market.

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  • Readers' Choice Awards

    The Results are in for Budget Travel's Readers' Choice Awards!

    For our third annual Readers' Choice poll, readers weighed in on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter with their nominations and then voted here for the winners! Click to see who took home top honors for best airline, best hotel, and more.

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  • Sunset view of Torii Gate in Miyajima, Japan

    How To Travel The World For Free

    You'll be amazed at these smart, effective ways to cut travel costs you thought were unavoidable—whether you're planning to WWOOF your way around the world or embrace the brave new world of travel hacking.

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