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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.

may 15 2015

9 Tips For Your First Overseas Cycling Tour

Cycling, Hoxton.
(Lonely Planet)

This article was written by Jim Johnson, president and founder of BikeToursDirect.

If you're looking for a new and exciting way to travel overseas, an increasing number of travelers are forgoing traditional bus- and train-based tours in favor of tours by bike. More and more travelers are finding great options to ease into adventure travel with bike tours that offer riding distances for every ability, easy-to-follow routes, and a variety of budget-friendly itineraries. Here are a few tips to consider if you're thinking about taking your first bicycle tour.

Decide whether you prefer riding with a guide and a group or more on your own

may 14 2015

#BTRoadTrip: San Diego to Tucson

Fish tacos in San Diego

Got five bucks? That buys lunch at Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill in San Diego. These mahi mahi tacos backed up their reputation as the best fish tacos in the world.

(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 14 2015

Curing Culinary Travel Fever in NYC

Meleena Bowers Photo of Kalustyans

Kalustyans in Murray Hill (Manhattan) is where Marco Polo meets Manhattan.

(Courtesy Meleena Bowers)

This article was written by Meleena Bowers. Follow along with all her travel adventures on Twitter and Instagram at @worldtravelure.

may 13 2015

Outrageous Driver Confessions! Cursing, Speeding, and Other Bad Behavior

Driving into a sunset in Maui

Life goal: to be as serene in the car as the vistas outside it.

(Courtesy millerbd/myBudgetTravel)

Raise your hand if you've ever been behind the wheel and deliberately cut someone off, muttered a curse word under your breath, leaned on the gas pedal a wee bit too hard, or, worse, had any of the above directed at you. That would be all of us, right?

I personally will never forget one particular incident while I was tooling around Palm Springs in my rental car on vacation: Evidently the "no right turn on red" rule doesn't apply in California if you make a full stop first, which this New Yorker quickly learned after waiting patiently through an entire stoplight, only to have a blue-haired woman around age 70 swerve pointedly around me, honking the entire way, then, for good measure, appeared to scream an expletive at me through her window while flipping me the bird.

may 12 2015

#BTRoadTrip: Los Angeles to San Diego

California sunset

A gull soars past a gauzy golden-hour sunset in La Jolla, waves crashing into the craggy sea cliffs.

(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.

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