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jul 02 2015

Summer Festivals: Montréal & Québec City

Montréal International Jazz Festival

Don't miss the Montréal International Jazz Festival, happening now thru Sunday, July 5th. 

(Courtesy Montreal Jazz Festival)

We've got Canada on the brain, especially after hearing about these three festivals happening this summer just a 90-minute flight from NYC. Here's why they deserve a spot on your travel radar.

Montréal International Jazz Festival

jul 01 2015

Honeymoon Smackdown: Which Destination Will Reign Supreme?

Fiji

Fiji is a top contender...and one of BT's most romantic islands in the world.

(Courtesy cmiller29/myBudgetTravel)

Guys, I have a confession to make: My wedding is in three months, and my fiancé and I haven't planned our honeymoon. 

I know, I know. I'm a travel editor. I'm in the business of lovey-dovey, Instagram-worthy destinations. I wrote 10 Most Romantic Islands in the World. I wrote Honeymoon Paradise for Less, for crying out loud. And now I'm telling you that when it comes to my own ultimate romantic vacation, I've got nada.

jul 01 2015

Join Our Ultimate Travel Bucket List Twitter Chat Monday, July 6th, at 1pm EST!

#BT_Chat
(Courtesy Jennifer O'Brien)

Mark your calendars: We're hosting our next #BT_Chat Monday, July 6th, at 1 p.m. EST all about the ultimate travel bucket list, and we want you to join us!

We'll be co-hosting the chat with our friends at @CityPASS, @LonelyPlanetUSA, @YahooTravel, @USNewsTravel, @SmarterTravel, @BootsnAll, @MatadorNetwork, @ContikiUSA, @HotelTonight, @airfarewatchdog, @Worldtravelure, @travelsquire, and @TravelIndustry. The best part: at the end of the chat one lucky person will win a pair of CityPASS booklets to help check off some of those precious bucket list items—the winner will be able to choose from the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, or Toronto. 

jun 30 2015

Best Credit Cards for Travel Insurance

Wanna run with the bulls? We don't recommend it, but we do have some advice on which rewards credit cards offer travel insurance.

(Courtesy Tuckerg/myBudgetTravel)

Each year, the "running of the bulls" in Pamplona, Spain, gets me seriously focused on... wait for it... travel insurance. Yep, with the running happening next week (July 6 through 14), we'll see thousands of locals and visitors participate in the madre of all mosh pits, with the least lucky getting gored or stepped on.

jun 30 2015

JetBlue Will End Its Free Baggage Check Policy

(Pancaketom/Dreamstime.com)

JetBlue will introduce a new three-tiered fare scale, possibly as early as today, and will for the first time eliminate its signature free checked bag.

The reason for the policy change, according to a Bloomberg report, is pressure from investors and analysts to boost revenue. Though fees for checked bags may seem like small potatoes to a big airline, JetBlue's new tiered fare system could boost income by as much as $200 million or more by 2017.

jun 29 2015

Traveling to Greece? Bring Your Own Euros

If you haven't already heard, Greece has been having some financial problems lately.

According to an article by The Guardian, travelers to Greece are being urged to prepare for the possibility of zero bank and ATM access during upcoming trips. As of right now, Greek residents are only allowed to take out 60 euros per day from available ATMs, and while technically there is no restriction on foreign withdrawals, the overruling issue is that Greek cash machines are running out of money.

jun 29 2015

Take a Day Trip to Historic Hudson Valley

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery offers seasonal lantern-lit evening tours for brave visitors. Among its noteworthy graves is that of Washington Irving, creator of the Headless Horseman and Rip Van Winkle.

(Courtesy Sleepy Hollow Cemetery)

As a little boy growing up in the Bronx, my first-ever class trip was to Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving. There, on the banks of the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY, my second-grade class toured the grounds of Irving's estate, learned how a 19th-century home operated, and, most inspiring for me, peeked into Irving's office and saw the writing desk that once belonged to the author of "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." I remember being enchanted by Irving's funny-creepy stories and not wanting to leave the back porch, with its views of the river.

jun 26 2015

Don't Miss These Summer Travel Sales!

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

You can save 20 percent on a stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel this summer.

(Courtesy Ka’anapali Beach Hotel)

Tour packages, hotels, cruises, and train travel are all on sale this summer. Here's what you need to know.

HOTELS

Room rates start at just $99 a night this summer thanks to the Stay & Play Longer package, part of the Hilton Worldwide Caribbean Summer Sale happening now thru Aug. 31st. You'll get a fourth night free, a $100 resort credit per room per stay, and best of all, kids stay free. Participating hotels and resorts includeHilton Barbados Resort; British Colonial Hilton Nassau; Hilton Curaçao; Caribe Hilton, San Juan; Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton;  Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort; The Condado Plaza Hilton; Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach Resort; Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino; El San Juan Resort & Casino, A Hilton Hotel; El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; Hilton Santo Domingo; Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo; Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre; and Hilton Cartagena.

jun 25 2015

Carnival’s New Mega Ships Will Carry 7,000 Passengers and Crew

carnival cruise ship
(Courtesy zinaclinger/myBudgetTravel)

This article originally appeared on Fox News Travel.

Carnival Cruise Line is expanding its fleet with four new ships that will transport a record number of passengers and crew members.

jun 24 2015

The World's Cleanest Airlines

This article originally appeared on Fox News Travel.

It's never fun to find crumbs on your airline seat or old coffee cups in your seatback pocket. If a clean aircraft is a must when purchasing a ticket, you may want to consider flying on Asian carriers.

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