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may 26 2015

WATCH: Delta's Hysterical New Safety Video Stars the Whole Internet!

Delta safety video

"Deltalina" chastises a Screaming Goat in Delta's new internet-rrific safety video.

(Delta Air Lines)

If you're a fan of viral internet memes, you are going to love Delta Air Lines' new safety video, dubbed "the Internetest safety video on the Internet."

What makes it so internety? The video, which began airing on Delta aircraft yesterday, features cameos from beloved Internet stars including Double Rainbow guy, Keyboard Cat, a Screaming Goat, and many more. Spot 'em all below!

may 25 2015

When Were You First Bitten By The "Travel Bug"?

We've got family travel on the brain, the theme for our May/June digital edition 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 when they were first bitten by the "travel bug." Here's what they said:

may 24 2015

#BTRoadTrip: Del Rio, Texas, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Peacocks

Mayfield Park is keeping Austin weird, one free-roaming peacock at a time.

(Whitney Tressel)

Hop in the passenger's seat on the ultimate road trip! We're posting real-time dispatches as Budget Travel's Photo Editor, Whitney Tressel, journeys across the country using tips from locals as her guide. Prepare for beautiful beaches and parks, amazing local cuisine, and one-of-a-kind experiences you only get when you talk to the real Americans who make this country great.

may 22 2015

#BTRoadTrip: Tucson to Del Rio, Texas

Beer in Texas

Craft-beer color wheel: a flight of local pours from Big Bend Brewing Co. in Alpine, Texas.

(Whitney Tressel)

Hop in the passenger's seat on the ultimate road trip! We're posting real-time dispatches as Budget Travel's Photo Editor, Whitney Tressel, journeys across the country using tips from locals as her guide. Prepare for beautiful beaches and parks, amazing local cuisine, and one-of-a-kind experiences you only get when you talk to the real Americans who make this country great.

may 22 2015

Budget Travel's Memorial Day Road Trips on AMHQ

California's Central Coast awaits escapees from the Bay Area. Here, the gorgeous coast along Monterey.

(Courtesy kgib/myBudgetTravel)

Budget Travel's President and Publisher Elaine Alimonti shared our best-ever last-minute weekend road trips with Sam Champion this morning on the Weather Channel's AMHQ. Watch the segment below, and read on for the details on Elaine's top three picks!

may 21 2015

#BTReads 'Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City'

(Lonely Planet)

I love cooking for my family. I especially love introducing them to dishes and flavors that I've encountered in my travels. And when I walk into my kitchen intent on dishing up something fresh and Italian, my first question is often "What would Elizabeth cook?"

Elizabeth Minchilli, a Budget Travel contributor and author of the best-selling apps Eat Rome, Eat Florence, and Eat Venice, has published an incredible memoir, Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City (St. Martin's Press, 2015), that absolutely breathes its subject. Having known Elizabeth for years, I fully expected the book to deliver delightful, sometimes surprising recipes and locals-only intel on restaurants. It sure does.

may 20 2015

Want to Visit Cuba NOW? Here's How...

Americans are returning to Havana, thanks to affordable people-to-people tours.

(Courtesy avam/myBudgetTravel)

Being the first of your friends to visit Cuba is like having the best lawn in the neighborhood: Bragging rights alone are a souvenir.

Going to Cuba isn't as simple as clicking "book" yet, but thanks to new regulations, U.S. travelers won't face as much red tape. Trips still need to fit into one of 12 acceptable categories, such as family visits, participation in religious or educational activities, performances, sporting events, or people-to-people tours, but you'll be spared the hassle of waiting for license approval on a case-by-case basis and allowed to bring home $100 worth of Cuban cigars in your $400 souvenir limit.

may 19 2015

7 Things You Must Know Before Booking a Domestic Flight This Summer

(Courtesy jenhem/myBudgetTravel)

When booking flights, I always try to factor in the potential for delays. As a Budget Traveler, I know that on-time means better value for my vacation buck. But to be honest, I seldom have the time or patience to pore over the available data. Thank you, Brian Karimzad, Director of MileCards.com, for analyzing Department of Transportation statistics about airports' on-time performance over the past decade and sharing his findings in the Best & Worst Summer Travel Delays report, released today.

may 18 2015

WATCH! Yellowstone Bison Surprises Motorists

(JW Player)

We were sorry to hear that a teen visiting Yellowstone National Park was gored by a bison on Friday after posing for a photo near the animal. Her injuries were deemed serious but not life-threatening.

I must admit, though, the animal encounter reminded me of the video above, shot by my wife Michele when she and our daughter Rosalie were visiting Yellowstone last summer. The gigantic bison that huffs and puffs past Michele and Rosie's rental car has become a bit of a video "star" with Budget Travel readers.

may 15 2015

Is U.S. Train Travel Safe?

(Courtesy dbrown1793/myBudgetTravel)

The fatal derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia Tuesday evening raises serious concerns about the safety of U.S. train travel. As I write this, it's been determined that the train was traveling at more than 100 mph (twice its speed limit). At least seven people were killed and more than 200 injured.

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