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  • Michigan Hobbit House

    14 Spectacular "Hobbit Houses" You Can Actually Stay In

    Looking for a funky and unique vacation rental? These amazing homes will make you feel as if you're visiting J.R.R. Tolkien's world!

  • 16 Awesome American Winter Trips

    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!

  • 12 Beautiful Beach Town Bargains for Fall

    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!

  • Venice, Italy

    10 Mistakes That'll Ruin Your Trip

    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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    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.

  • Best Restaurants for Budget Travelers in VENICE

    Sure, the city of canals is filled with fancy, creative, and unique restaurants. Translation? Watch your wallet! Here, the author of the best-selling Eat Venice app shares the locals-only lowdown on where you'll eat extremely well—and affordably!—in between gondola rides. PLUS: An easy recipe that lets you bring a taste of Venice to your kitchen any time!

  • Kilimanjaro in Africa

    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.

  • 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.

  • Nashville skyline

    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.

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    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.

  • 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!

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    25 Incredible Road Trips BT Readers Love

    From beautiful, relaxing drives down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to epic cross country adventures, our Budget Travel audience shares their all-time favorite road trips.

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    26 Vacations of a Lifetime

    Have you taken that one perfect trip, the one that was just so epic you can't stop talking about it? We put this question out there, and the answers were inspiring. Here are 26 amazing vacations that will have you booking a plane ticket—today.

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  • Surf & Sand Smackdown! 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in America

    What’s your favorite beach? We’ve obsessed over that topic for weeks to deliver the tastiest waves, loveliest sand, and balmiest breezes from New England to Hawaii. But of course we couldn’t stop there: Each of these 10 must-see beaches comes with a great hotel pick that won’t break the bank! Happy summer!

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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 an easy, hit-the-road travel guide to more than 75 Great American Drives. From warm beaches to winding country roads, from mountain lakes to big-city style, we give you travel-ready GPS maps and the best places to eat, see, and stay along the way!

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  • Where to Go in 2015!

    Here are the 10 best budget destinations for 2015. From high style and world-class shopping to jaw-dropping scenery and unrivaled art, culture, and food, these are the places everyone will be talking about this year—and they are all within the reach of Budget Travelers!

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