|0||by Sia Ling Xin, Asiarooms.com||Beaches, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Pop Culture and Travel, Urban Parks, Singapore, Singapore, Trip Ideas, Food + Drink, Girlfriend Getaways, Hip and Trendy, Solo, Women's Travel|
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We all marvel at beautiful travel photography, especially truly creative finished products like time-lapse videos of surreal-looking sunsets or action-heavy GoPro shots of ski runs. The thing is, buying expensive, professional photo gear of your own is a tough call to make. Will you love it? Will you actually use it? And, most importantly, will it be worth the money?
|0||by Jamie Beckman||Adventure, Food + Drink, Safaris, Wildlife Appreciation, San Francisco, Photography, Travel Photography, Food + Drink|
Will YOUR favorite town be named America's Coolest? Budget Travel's 10th annual America's Coolest Small Town contest is now open—place your vote today! We've assembled 15 semifinalists—cool towns from Hawaii to Maine, from Washington State to Florida, and two from North Carolina!—based on our audience's online nominations. When voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 25, one town will be named coolest for 2015, earning themselves bragging rights and the top spot in an upcoming online feature and story in our tablet edition.
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Coolest Small Towns|
Best known for its history, culture and breathtaking scenic views, Cape Town is a must-add destination to any 2015 travel agenda. But let's face it: traveling can be expensive, especially when you're traveling abroad. Though not as cheap as traveling to other less developed African countries, if you plan ahead and plan effectively, visiting Cape Town, South Africa, doesn't have to be a daunting experience if you're on a budget. If you're able to look past the initial price tag of airfare costs on South African Airways or Delta for the 15+ hour ride, you'll find surprising value in travel to the "Mother City." The currency exchange rate of the South African rand to the U.S. dollar combined with the country's highly developed tourism infrastructure makes vacation planning and excursions for the frugal traveler easier than most may think.
|0||by Kimberly Wilson||Adventure, Art + Culture, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Hiking and Climbing, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, National Parks, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Public Art, Romance, Wildlife Appreciation, Cape Town, Trip Ideas, Food + Drink, Girlfriend Getaways, Women's Travel|
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Art + Culture, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Pop Culture and Travel, Theater, New York City, Trip Ideas, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Hip and Trendy, Women's Travel|
If you're like me, you love a good discount. The best kind however, are those that are related to travel. If you're one of the lucky travel hackers who woke up on Christmas morning and booked cheap fares to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong or New Delhi on Etihad Airways for less than $500 RT, then it's safe to say, you had a very Merry Christmas.
|0||by Kimberly Wilson||Airfares & Flying, Airlines, Helpful Websites, Technology, Trip Ideas|
If you're a Grecophile, visiting Bronze Age Greece's ruins is probably on your bucket list if you haven't already checked it off, specifically the island of Crete's ancient Palace of Knossos, with its dolphin frescoes and proto-theater. Touring Crete's mountainous landscape and gorgeous beaches is one way to get a sense of Minoan civilization—but you can have an actual taste of it by trying petimezi, a non-fermented grape molasses used as a topping for everything from seafood to salad, or as substitute for honey. Sweetening food with the syrup was standard practice in Ancient Greece—evidence exists that even the Minoans used it.
|0||by Jamie Beckman||Beaches, Food + Drink, Athens, Crete, Skiathos, New York City, Food + Drink|
A glitzy getaway to Los Angeles doesn't necessarily require a hefty price tag that only celebrities can afford. Savvy visitors can soak in the City of Angels like the locals do—and find some hidden budget-friendly surprises along the way. In fact, the city of Angels offers an array of great freebies and activities that are easy on the wallet, offering a fun and relaxing escape for the entire family.
Catch a show: LACMA Jazz nights
|0||by Marla Cimini||Architecture, Art + Culture, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Music and Dancing, Nightlife, Pop Culture and Travel, Public Art, Romance, Shopping, Urban Parks, Los Angeles, Family Travel, Food + Drink, Girlfriend Getaways, Hip and Trendy, Solo|
Don't miss this—New York City's fourth annual Hotel Week is happening now thru January 18th. Rooms at more than 30 participating hotels around the city are being offered from $100, $200, and $300 a night, which can save you tons of money compared to regular prices that are often in the $500 range. Listed below are the participating hotels, their "prix-fixe" price ranges, and how to take advantage of the deals. Room prices are per night and do not include hotel taxes—some of the hotels (noted below) also include continental breakfast.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Charming Hotels, New York City, Hotels|
On New York City's Coney Island—once home to infamous freak shows—the bizarre tradition of sprinting directly into the icy-cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean, then submerging yourself, baptism-style, goes way back. All the way back, in fact, to 1903, the year that the Coney Island Polar Bear Club was founded by a kooky bodybuilder with more machismo than you'll see on all the episodes of The Sopranos combined. He was convinced a wintery ocean dip could increase stamina, virility, and immunity. (Hey, if a sissy juice cleanse is supposed to do that, who are we to argue with this guy?)
|0||by Jamie Beckman||Amusement and Theme Parks, Food + Drink, Water Sports, Victoria, Ontario, Toronto, New York, New York City, Austin, Seattle, Trip Ideas|