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  • oct
    01

    Now You Can Book Up to a Week in Advance with Hotel Tonight

    We recommend Hotel Tonight all the time for same-day hotel discounts—and we use it ourselves! That's why we're so psyched that Hotel Tonight is introducing a new program that allows for slightly less spontaneity.

    by Jamie Beckman, Wed, Oct 1, 2014, 11:00 AM

  • sep
    30

    How U.S. Theme Parks Are Gearing Up For Halloween

    It's never too early to start planning for Halloween. We've got the inside scoop on Halloween events happening this year at Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and Six Flags theme parks.

    by Kaeli Conforti, Tue, Sep 30, 2014, 10:00 AM

  • sep
    29

    Surprise! These Are the World's Top Honeymoon Destinations

    Facebook's new study takes a look at where lovebirds are REALLY heading post-nuptials.

    by Jamie Beckman, Mon, Sep 29, 2014, 9:00 AM

  • sep
    25

    5 "Boomtowns" You MUST Visit ASAP

    These are the fastest-growing cities in the world—worth putting near the top of your list of must-sees!

    by Jamie Beckman, Thu, Sep 25, 2014, 10:00 AM

  • sep
    24

    Get Ready for Free Museum Day!

    More than 1,400 museums and cultural venues will be waiving entry fees on Saturday, September 27th.

    by Kaeli Conforti, Wed, Sep 24, 2014, 6:00 PM

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feature stories


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Adorable Zoo Animals You MUST See!

    From feeding giraffes in Tampa Bay to spending time with the kangaroos at Steve Irwin's beloved Australia Zoo, our Budget Travel audience shares their all-time favorite zoos and animal encounters.

  • Yes, You CAN Afford SF, NYC, Orlando, Vegas, and Chicago!

    Think a big city vacation is off limits on a family budget? Think again. We gave ourselves a challenge: A world-class family vacation in one of America’s most popular cities for less than $125/night. Here, how to get “luxe for less” in San Francisco, New York City, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Chicago!

  • 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.

  • Worst Travel NIGHTMARES! (And How to Make Them Go Away)

    For a few unlucky travelers, vacation can feel a little like that bad dream where you're walking the halls of your old high school with no clothes on. Missed connection? Lost reservation? Credit card crying "Uncle!" halfway through your trip? Wake up to these common-sense fixes.

  • 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.

  • 10 Things Europeans Say About You Behind Your Back

    Europeans are among the world's most gracious travel hosts, rolling out a red carpet of good manners, fabulous food, and the ultimate in culture and history. But do you ever wonder what they think of YOU? Here's what we've heard…

  • Airlines' Dirtiest Secrets!

    We know the questions that pop into your head when you fly: Is the cabin air full of germs? Is the water safe to drink? How are pets treated in the hold? There's a LOT of misinformation out there, and we're cutting through the clutter to deliver the good, the bad—and the downright gross.

  • National Mall in Washington D.C.

    30 Places Every Kid MUST See

    From breathtaking national parks to natural wonders, bridges, dams, and museums that make learning a blast, these are America's top must-see destinations for kids!

  • 20 Fabulously Free Things to Do in D.C.!

    Let freedom ring! Did you know that amid the trappings of office, pomp and ceremony, and glitz and glamor of Washington, D.C., you’ll find more high-quality freebies than anywhere else on earth? Who’s ready to binge on cherry blossoms, food, art, dinosaurs, astronauts—and a 45-carat diamond? Here’s how!

  • 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!

  • 8 Mistakes That Will RUIN Your Weekend Getaway!

    Escaping for a long weekend can be the best, right? But these tragic—and totally avoidable!—blunders can turn your quick getaway into "get me outta here!" Here, eight things to know before you go.

  • 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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    KOR ONE is the most stylish way to stay hydrated – so stylish, in fact, that it’s a “hydration vessel,” not a water bottle. Not just pretty, but practical too, as it’s sturdy, bpa-free, and has a hinged cap and ice cube-friendly spout.

photo contest


  • Enter Budget Travel's Instagram Contest!

    Show us your best shots of beautiful islands around the world! Follow @budgettravel and tag your original photos with #BTislandtime by Oct. 1st for a chance to have your photo appear in Budget Travel's tablet edition, website, and social media channels.

which town is coolest?


  • Meet Berlin, MD, America's Coolest Small Town

    This awesome Maryland town was a runaway favorite in our coolest contest ever! Read more here.

reader slideshows


  • 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.

vacation inspiration


  • 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.

vacation ideas


  • 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.

budget travel app


  • 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.

readers' choice awards


  • 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.

more feature stories


  • Jenkinson's Boardwalk

    20 Most Awesome Boardwalks in America

    If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes, and Whac-A-Mole, we’ve got some pieces of honky-tonk heaven—from Jersey to Cali—just waiting for you to pay a visit.

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