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Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17.
While the events in Ukraine and the ongoing investigations, and diplomatic and political consequences, are beyond the scope of Budget Travel's mission, we have been getting questions from those who wonder, "How could a commercial airliner fly over a dangerous region such as eastern Ukraine?"
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This article was written by Milda Ratkelyte, the travel community manager at AsiaRooms.com. She is currently exploring Asia and capturing the best moments in stories, photos, and films.
Penang is a small tropical island connected to the northwest coast of Malaysia where, as one says, "the weather never changes so everyone talks about food instead." The island's fertile land and seas combined with a mixture of Malay, Chinese (mostly Hokkien with a smaller group of Cantonese and Teochew as well as the Straights-born Chinese known as Peranakans) and Indian cultures holds Penang as Asia's top city voted by CNN and the New York Times for street food for several years now. On top of that, Penang is also one of the safest places in Asia to try street food—the competition among the street vendors is so high that any dip in quality of the food is not tolerated here. During a recent trip to Penang, I rolled up my sleeves and hit the island's most famous hawker centers to find out for myself what all the fuss is about!
|0||by Milda Ratkelyte||Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Pop Culture and Travel, Shopping, Malaysia, Food + Drink|
Tour packages, hotels, cruises, and train travel are all on sale this summer. Here's what you need to know.
• Several New Orleans hotels are offering special rates this summer: Rooms at the Sheraton New Orleans in the French Quarter start at $105 a night this summer, and you can stay at the Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville from $129 a night.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Beaches, Cruises, Islands, Resorts, Train Travel, Walking Tours, Hotels, Local and Public Transportation, Trip Ideas, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Solo, Women's Travel|
|0||by Sia Ling Xin, Asiarooms.com||Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Pop Culture and Travel, Shopping, Singapore, Singapore, Food + Drink|
Peru celebrates its independence with a three-day festival known as Fiestas Patrias. The three officially recognized dates for Fiestas Patrias are July 24th, July 28th, and July 29th. However, the weeks surrounding these days are also filled with fun activities. As an added bonus, you'll find that the residents of Peru are in the mood to party during these days since most Peruvians receive time off from work for the holiday.
|0||by Walter Rhein||Clubs and Bars, Art + Culture, Festivals, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Music and Dancing, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Urban Parks, Wildlife Appreciation, Girlfriend Getaways, Solo, Women's Travel|
From the classiest Parisian eateries to humble Hong Kong Street carts, from NYC delis to the Bay Area's tastiest trendsetters, every restaurant has its own, um, special way of doing things. Unfortunately, some of the most common practices, even in average-to-good kitchens, can be shocking. Over the years, Budget Travel has checked in with chefs, waitstaff, and other food pros—sometimes on condition of anonymity—to bring you the lowdown on the dirty business of making diners' dreams come true.
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Food + Drink, Health and Hygiene, Safety and Security, Food + Drink|
When it comes to vacation buzzkill, the word bedbug is near the top of the list.
But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. is seeing a serious increase in bedbugs—and it's not just in homes but also in restaurants, hospitals, schools, and, yuck, hotels and cruise ship cabins.
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Health and Hygiene, Hotels, Family Travel|
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.
|0||by Andrew Kolasinski||Art + Culture, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Train Travel, Wildlife Appreciation, Bangkok, Chiang Mai|
Despite being Europe's richest city, Hamburg's humble neighborhoods don't show off, but rather, showcase both old and new influences in true style. From alternative Sternschanze and lively St. Pauli to modern HafenCity, these five neighborhoods showcase the many faces of Hamburg. The next time you find yourself in the Baltic Sea Region, head straight to Hamburg and rent a bike for the best city views.
|0||by Megan Eileen McDonough||Biking, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Music and Dancing, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Professional Sports, Shopping, Walking Tours, Wildlife Appreciation, Trip Ideas, Food + Drink|