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mar 24 2017

How the new electronics ban will affect you

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Headline news about travel bans is starting to feel like business as usual. You’re not alone if you find yourself thinking: “Pretty much we’ll only be able to bring Saltines and an actual print newspaper and maybe a wallet when we board a plane.”

Fact is, though, there are loads of nuances and contingencies beyond that big bold “travel ban” headline, especially when it comes to the latest electronics ban, which was announced on March 21. The ban, which is applicable to specific airlines leaving specific airports in the Middle East, prohibits travelers from carrying laptops, iPads, and anything larger than a cellphone on flights to specific US airports. The items must be checked. The ban applies to flights from 10 airports in eight countries. Nine airlines are affected - Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Airlines, Kuwait Air, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. When all is said and done, the measure, which will continue indefinitely, affects about 50 flights per day. 

mar 24 2017

Deal of the Day: A revolutionary family stay in historic Williamsburg, plus Busch Gardens passes, from $100/person

Most people visit Williamsburg, Virginia, for a full-on crash course in US history—from Jamestowne, site of America’s founding, and Yorktown, where the British surrendered. But rest assured that you don’t have to endure rustic Colonial era conditions while you explore our nation’s early history. Kingsmill Resort, a condo resort on the James River in Greater Williamsburg, is just one example and while its prices are hardly in sync with what weary travelers would have paid while John Quincy Adams was in office, they’re pretty alluring to us modern sightseers—especially those of us looking to cure the winter blahs. (Temps in the 60s in April? We’ll take it!)

mar 23 2017

Jump on these money-saving spring travel tips & deals!

Good things do come to those who wait - especially if you've waited till the last minute to book a spring cruise. Nab one of the last available cabins on the Norwegian Breakaway, sailing from NYC to Florida and the Bahamas in April; they're going fast but if you book now you can get a rate of less than $100/day.

(Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Lines)

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and it’s time to hit the road. But spring travel can be complicated by too many choices - beaches, big cities, resorts, cruises? - and high prices. The good news is, we’re here to deliver some advice and deals for spring that won’t break the bank.

mar 19 2017

Deal of the Day: Stratton, Vermont's mountains are calling with cozy cabin stays and 3-day lift tickets for all, from $399

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If 625 acres of skiable terrain sounds like your idea of paradise, clear your calendar for a two-night stretch so you can reserve your room at one of Stratton Mountain’s resorts in Vermont ski country. This Deal of the Day, which is good through April 5, gets you two nights at in a Superior Room at the pet-friendly Black Bear Lodge, plus ski lift passes, starting at $399. It’s a short shuttle ride away from the mountain and includes a complimentary breakfast. Upgrade to a one-bedroom fireplace-equipped condo at Long Trail House for $499, or gather friends and book a two-bedroom condo for $779. Long Trail House also features a sauna and hot top. These are savings of more than 55% over standard rates.

mar 16 2017

Best places to see spring flowers

Spring is on its way! And we don’t just love the longer days and the warm sun. Some of the world's best travel destinations are hotspots for beautiful spring flowers. We're here to show you where to go to see the most colorful blooms.

AMSTERDAM

Step into a Technicolor wonderland! Keukenhof Gardens, outside Amsterdam, is one of the world’s most spectacular flower gardens in April when the tulips are in bloom. Take a guided tour, or rent a bike to go exploring. Or if you really want to indulge, book one of Avalon Waterway’s Tulip Time river cruises. The Netherlands is tulip-crazy all spring long, and Budget Travel loves Amsterdam for museums filled with Van Goghs and Vermeers, its charming canals, and affordable lodging.

mar 16 2017

Deal of the Day: Unplug and find tranquility at a bucolic NJ estate inn, from $199

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Somewhere between the grand estates of the south and the remote, relaxed landscapes of New England sits New Jersey. The southern part of the state has the qualities of both, and you can see for yourself at the Woolverton Inn, which is located on a posh mansion built in 1792 set on 10 pastoral acres along the Delaware River just a 10-minute drive from charming New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lambertville, New Jersey, both charming towns filled with restaurants and shops. 

mar 14 2017

Cheap Memorial Day flights to book now

Memorial Day weekend in Oaxaca, Mexico, can be yours from $223 round-trip thanks to our friends at Skyscanner.com.

(Justin Foulkes/Lonely Planet)

Got plans for Memorial Day weekend? Well, our friends at Skyscanner.com have got plans for you: They’ve crunched the numbers on May airfares to deliver some truly amazing deals. Your only challenge will be to pick one of these dreamy destinations (including San Antonio, Vancouver, Mexico, and even Iceland) and book now.

mar 13 2017

Deal of the Day: Get a taste of Southern charm in New Hampshire, plus free ski passes, from $159

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Baked cheese grits, biscuits, eggs sardou, and praline bacon are not standard fare on the breakfast menu of a New Hampshire B&B, but at Follansbee Inn, which is owned by a longtime resident of New Orleans, that’s exactly what you get. Set 25 minutes from Mount Sunapee, it’s a destination for skiers, and this Deal of the Day, which is good on stays through the end of May, includes a one-day lift ticket for two on the mountain. And with 54 open trails, there are also plenty of options for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. But the B&B, adorned with all the fixings of a Southern manse, is well worth the trip beyond ski season. It’s on the shores of Kezar Lake, an ideal setting for kayaking, canoeing, and sailboating, each of which is available for free at the inn.

mar 10 2017

Locals Know Best: Baltimore

John Waters, arguably Baltimore’s most famous native son since Babe Ruth, said of his hometown: “You can look far and wide, but you'll never discover a stranger city with such extreme style. It's as if every eccentric in the South decided to move north, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay.” Indeed, between its creative eateries, vibrant public spaces, a multitude of free city-wide events, not to mention the historic sites, Baltimore has a character that’s very much its own. We connected to with Kathy Horning, who directs Artscape, the largest free art festival in the US, the Baltimore Book Festival, and more to learn more about the extravaganzas she oversees and get her guidance on where to eat, drink, explore, and just hang out in the city she calls home.   

CULTURE! GET YOUR CULTURE HERE!

mar 10 2017

Deal of the Day: Sheraton Grand Chicago invites you to forget your car and make it a trip to remember, from $166

While we certainly won’t say it’s balmy, by this time of year it’s safe to assume that the worst of the Chicago winter is behind us. Makes sense, then, that the city hosts some amusing festivals and events in March and April, not to mention the massive St. Patrick’s Day throw-down which includes dyeing the Chicago River green. That’s just one of the reasons why the Sheraton Grand Chicago, located on the river and within walking distance to most of Chicago’s iconic sites and lively districts, is cutting its rates through the end of April, which means you can book a room for as low as $166/night. As an added bonus, they’re dropping the $55 parking fee to…[wait for it]….$1. Yes, you read that right—a buck.

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