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feb 10 2016

How to Fly Your Pet for Free

Dog in a carrier

"Can I come, Mom?"

(Willeecole/Dreamstime)

For many Americans, pets are family members, and they would no more travel without them than they would leave one of their children at home. Unfortunately for Budget Travelers, the airlines seem to know this, and have taken to squeezing as many fees as possible out of passengers who wish to fly with their furry friends. Not only will these fees apply when you fly with a caged animal in the hold, but most airlines will charge you $100 or more just to place a small pet carrier underneath the seat in front of you. 

feb 08 2016

Icelandair’s New Buddy System Will Team You Up With a Local—For Free!

Scenic overlook of town of Seydisfjordur in Eastern Iceland and the fjord.

Scenic overlook of town of Seydisfjordur in Eastern Iceland and the fjord.

(Alexey Stiop/Dreamstime)

If you thought free in-flight movies and unlimited snacks were a major perk, Icelandair is really raising the stakes for airline amenities. Their new Stopover Buddy program provides you with a pal to show you around the country. All you have to do is book a flight across the Atlantic and opt to stay in Iceland—our top pick for Where to Go in 2016—for up to seven days on a layover, which won’t run you any extra airfare. Then they’ll team you up with a pal who shares your interests (food, adventure, nature, etc.) for one of the days.

feb 05 2016

24 Best Reader Tips

(Lonely Planet)

One of the things I love about working at Budget Travel is that nobody—and I mean nobody—has a more engaged, travel-savvy audience than BT. Our mission is to dispense the smartest travel advice around, and our readers often feel compelled to return the favor. Here, some of their best tips.

feb 04 2016

Spring Trips to Book NOW

Spring break in Mexico? Yes, you can!

(Lonely Planet)

Sure, the snow is still falling, but that doesn’t mean you can only dream about your spring getaway. We've lined up some great deals that you have to jump on right away:

TULUM, MEXICO is the “quiet side” of the popular Riviera Maya, a tranquil Caribbean beach town that’s more affordable and less crowded than its rowdy neighbor Cancun mid-March through April. Hit the warm spring beaches, tropical forests, and the ancient Mayan pyramids. BedandBreakfast.com has rentals starting at under $100.

feb 02 2016

A Train Lovers' Guide To Thailand

I was one of a dozen westerners waiting for the Chiang Mai midnight sleeper, along with 500 uniformed school kids noisily waiting for their train. Their frantic teachers invented amusements like group charades and spelling contests, but still most of the kids wandered around looking for trouble. A dozen 13-year-olds blocked my path. Their bold leader, a chubby pony-tailed girl, demanded to know where I come from. They all giggled and elbowed each other chattering hysterically in Thai after I told them I was from Canada. A fellow passenger, a British woman said (loudly over the din), "These kids were already here when I arrived at 7:30." She looked peevishly at her wristwatch. It was 10 p.m. I had been told Thai rail is usually reliable, so this was not a good sign.

jan 29 2016

WATCH: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's Africa Video Reminds Us Why We Love Travel

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in Africa

Who among us doesn't want to bless the rains down in Africa?

(Courtesy Dax Shepard)

Happy Friday! Take a break today to watch the hilarious video that married actor couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard made in Africa, on the last trip they took before they had children. Their "sole objective was to rage hard and honor Toto properly," Shepard said on his YouTube channel.

jan 28 2016

Deals to Escape Winter!

Copamarina Beach Resort in Puerto Rico is offering deals from $145/night.

(Courtesy Copamarina Beach Resort)

Despite all the fun we had last weekend sledding and sipping cocoa, I'm getting a little weary of winter. So, I was psyched to see some luxe-for-less deals come our way. They can drop you on a warm, sunny beach, pronto:

PUERTO RICO. You don't need a passport to visit this U.S. territory, but in all other respects you’ll be a world away from home. Stroll the old-world streets of Old San Juan, kayak in the eerily beautiful Bioluminescent Bay, and taste local favorites like arepas and spicy Asian-fusion dishes that juxtapose noodles with Latin-flavored meat and vegetables. Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa is located on a secluded beach with 20 acres of tropical gardens and nearby diving opportunities from $145/night.

jan 28 2016

A Cool New App for Theater Lovers

(Lonely Planet)

You know that moment when you walk into a Broadway theater and an usher hands you a Playbill and takes you to your seats? As a native New Yorker and avid theater-goer, that's been one of my favorite experiences since I was a little boy. Well, that feeling of discovery and anticipation just got a whole lot cooler.

jan 26 2016

Let's Talk About Rewards Programs

A free hammock in paradise is just one potential benefit of an airline rewards program. Take our quick poll to share your input for an upcoming story at BudgetTravel.com and in our March/April tablet issue.

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
jan 25 2016

What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Mosquito sign
(Schlegelfotos/Dreamstime)

With health alerts about the Zika virus popping up in travel destinations all over the world, it's normal to feel skittish about visiting the affected countries. Here's what you need to know about the Zika virus and travel:

What countries have seen Zika virus outbreaks?

So far, 22 areas are experiencing a Zika virus outbreak—some of them tropical vacation destinations: Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Samoa, Suriname, Venezuela, and Africa's Cape Verde. It is expected to spread.

How severe is the Zika virus? What happens when you're infected?

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