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jan 21 2015

Vote NOW for America's Coolest Small Town 2015!

Hillsborough, NC, amassed the most nominations to make Budget Travel's list of 15 semifinalists in our America's Coolest Small Town 2015 contest!

(Courtesy Donn Young/Orange County Visitors Bureau)

Will YOUR favorite town be named America's Coolest? Budget Travel's 10th annual America's Coolest Small Town contest is now open—place your vote today! We've assembled 15 semifinalists—cool towns from Hawaii to Maine, from Washington State to Florida, and two from North Carolina!—based on our audience's online nominations. When voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 25, one town will be named coolest for 2015, earning themselves bragging rights and the top spot in an upcoming online feature and story in our tablet edition.

jan 20 2015

How to Do Cape Town on a Budget

God's Window in Cape Town, South Africa
(Courtesy alexgbaguio/myBudgetTravel)

Best known for its history, culture and breathtaking scenic views, Cape Town is a must-add destination to any 2015 travel agenda. But let's face it: traveling can be expensive, especially when you're traveling abroad. Though not as cheap as traveling to other less developed African countries, if you plan ahead and plan effectively, visiting Cape Town, South Africa, doesn't have to be a daunting experience if you're on a budget. If you're able to look past the initial price tag of airfare costs on South African Airways or Delta for the 15+ hour ride, you'll find surprising value in travel to the "Mother City." The currency exchange rate of the South African rand to the U.S. dollar combined with the country's highly developed tourism infrastructure makes vacation planning and excursions for the frugal traveler easier than most may think.

jan 19 2015

Save Money With 2-For-1 Broadway Tickets

The bright lights of Broadway
(Courtesy Susan/Flickr)

It's my favorite time of year: Broadway Week in New York City, where you can save big on buzz–worthy Broadway shows thanks to 2-For-1 ticket deals on select shows Jan. 20th to Feb. 5th. There are 21 shows participating this year and tickets are on sale now through the website.

jan 16 2015

Save On Flights By Taking Advantage Of Airfare Glitches

Airplane_skyscanner
(Courtesy ajjordan2/myBudgetTravel)

If you're like me, you love a good discount. The best kind however, are those that are related to travel. If you're one of the lucky travel hackers who woke up on Christmas morning and booked cheap fares to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong or New Delhi on Etihad Airways for less than $500 RT, then it's safe to say, you had a very Merry Christmas.

jan 15 2015

Opa! A Sweet Petimezi Syrup Recipe from Greece, Plus an Athens Taverna You Must Visit!

Roasted Grape Bread Pudding

Check out the petimezi drizzle on that roasted grape bread pudding from Death Ave in NYC.

(Courtesy Death Ave)

If you're a Grecophile, visiting Bronze Age Greece's ruins is probably on your bucket list if you haven't already checked it off, specifically the island of Crete's ancient Palace of Knossos, with its dolphin frescoes and proto-theater. Touring Crete's mountainous landscape and gorgeous beaches is one way to get a sense of Minoan civilization—but you can have an actual taste of it by trying petimezi, a non-fermented grape molasses used as a topping for everything from seafood to salad, or as substitute for honey. Sweetening food with the syrup was standard practice in Ancient Greece—evidence exists that even the Minoans used it. 

jan 13 2015

How to Do L.A. on a Budget

Los Angeles, California
(Steve Allen/Dreamstime.com)

A glitzy getaway to Los Angeles doesn't necessarily require a hefty price tag that only celebrities can afford. Savvy visitors can soak in the City of Angels like the locals do—and find some hidden budget-friendly surprises along the way. In fact, the city of Angels offers an array of great freebies and activities that are easy on the wallet, offering a fun and relaxing escape for the entire family.

Catch a show: LACMA Jazz nights

jan 06 2015

Don't Wait: Hotels From $100 During NYC Hotel Week

Pod 39 in New York City

Mention "Hotel Week" when booking a room at Murray Hill's Pod 39 and pay only $100 a night during Hotel Week.

(Courtesy Pod 39)

Don't miss this—New York City's fourth annual Hotel Week is happening now thru January 18th. Rooms at more than 30 participating hotels around the city are being offered from $100, $200, and $300 a night, which can save you tons of money compared to regular prices that are often in the $500 range. Listed below are the participating hotels, their "prix-fixe" price ranges, and how to take advantage of the deals. Room prices are per night and do not include hotel taxes—some of the hotels (noted below) also include continental breakfast.

jan 06 2015

What It Feels Like to Do a Polar Bear Plunge—And Where to Find One Near You!

Man at Polar Bear Club Plunge in Coney Island

This, friends, is what victory looks like. The 2015 New Year's Day Swim on Coney Island.

(Gabrielle Pedriani)

On New York City's Coney Island—once home to infamous freak shows—the bizarre tradition of sprinting directly into the icy-cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean, then submerging yourself, baptism-style, goes way back. All the way back, in fact, to 1903, the year that the Coney Island Polar Bear Club was founded by a kooky bodybuilder with more machismo than you'll see on all the episodes of The Sopranos combined. He was convinced a wintery ocean dip could increase stamina, virility, and immunity. (Hey, if a sissy juice cleanse is supposed to do that, who are we to argue with this guy?)

dec 30 2014

America's Favorite Diners

Chicken and waffles at Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Food coma imminent! The buttermilk-breaded chicken and waffles at Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. That's whipped pecan butter and vanilla-infused maple syrup on the side.

(Courtesy Foursquare)

We'll wholeheartedly admit it: We can't resist diner food. Whether we're talking disco fries to break up a marathon road trip, the mishmash of beef piled onto a Garbage Plate in a fun college town, or a perfectly browned pancake at a highway pit stop you remember from your childhood, diners—not to put too fine a point on it—are always there for travelers.

dec 23 2014

Google's Top Travel Search Questions of the Year...Answered!

Airplane in the sky

Pack your bags! We'll help you make your dream trip happen.

(Courtesy ajjordan2/myBudgetTravel)

You've got questions? We've got answers! Google crunched its data from the past year and unearthed the top 10 travel search terms for their annual Year in Search analysis. One huge takeaway from the roundup: Travelers want to know how they can travel more—and do it on the cheap. We'll do a New Year's toast to that!

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