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sep 12 2014

7 Easy Tips For Packing Light

Suitcase ready to go

Follow these tips to pack light and avoid extra baggage fees on your next trip.

(Courtesy Hajime NAKANO/Flickr)

This article was written by Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel.

If you've been paying attention to our latest Friday's Friendly Funny cartoons, then you've picked up on my distaste for airline fees. While some are unavoidable, one of the easiest ways to keep your airline costs down is by packing light to avoid baggage fees. If you're a serial overpacker, here are some of my quick-and-dirty tips to help keep your bags underweight and fee free.

sep 10 2014

Shoulder Season Bargains in Europe!

Venice is one of Europe's "Shoulder Season" bargains, with fewer crowds, great weather, and lower prices in fall!

(Courtesy BethanieKay/myBudgetTravel)

"Shoulder Season" is the time in between high and low seasons. Europe's high season, of course, is summer—the kids are out of school, you want to soak up, say, that Italian sun, but you've got to pay a premium for it. Winter, on the other hand, is Europe's low season—rain, fog, and possibly knee-high water in Venice. But in the fall, the crowds depart Europe for school and work, the weather cools to a comfy mid-50s in Dublin, mid- to upper-60s in Venice, low 70s in Barcelona, and at Budget Travel we love to watch those prices go down!

sep 02 2014

How to Avoid 5 Common Scams in Bali

Bali, Indonesia
(Courtesy Milda Ratkelyte)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

aug 29 2014

Don't Miss These September Travel Sales!

Redbury Hotel Miami

Save on a stay at the Redbury in Miami thanks to their Stay 2 Get 1 Free promotion now thru Sept. 30th.

(Courtesy Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority)

Welcome to shoulder season! Here are some of our favorite hotel sales happening this month.

CARIBBEAN

FLASH SALE: You can save up to 50 percent on rates at the Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island when you book a stay of three or more nights this Labor Day Weekend for travel Sept. 1 thru Dec. 20th. Not only will rates start at $89 a night, but you'll also score a $250 resort credit per stay to use towards perks like spa treatments, dining, and resort-style golf. Click here for more info and to book your trip by Sept. 1st.

aug 26 2014

New Zealand + Tahiti = A Unique South Pacific Getaway!

Mountains or beach? Adventure or relaxation? How many times have you had that travel-planning conversation? Especially if you're thinking of a far-flung fling to the other side of the planet, you want to be sure you book a vacation that's right for you.

How about New Zealand and Tahiti? That's right. We've noticed lately that it's possible to combine two incredible South Pacific destinations in one trip. You can set up a travel itinerary that includes rugged, scenic, and adventurous New Zealand, plus beautiful, relaxing, tropical Tahiti (with its luxurious overwater bungalows, turquoise lagoons, and superb snorkeling).

aug 26 2014

3 Ways Breaking Bad Fans Can Still Get Their Fix

Fans of the show can purchase "blue meth candy" from The Candy Lady in Albuquerque's Old Town.

Fans can purchase "blue ice candy" and other Breaking Bad merchandise from The Candy Lady in Albuquerque's Old Town.

(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

Congratulations to Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, and the entire cast of Breaking Bad for their big Emmy wins last night! As the commercials said, all bad things must come to an end. The AMC hit television show Breaking Bad may have ended last summer, but we've got three ways fans of the show can still get their fix.

aug 21 2014

#TBT: Have You Seen This Hilarious Airline Safety Video Featuring Richard Simmons?

Richard Simmons

Exercise guru Richard Simmons starred in this creative airline safety video by Air New Zealand back in 2011.

(Courtesy Matt Spiel/Flickr)

Happy #ThrowbackThursday! This blog post was one of the first ones I ever wrote for Budget Travel back when I first started out as an Online Editorial Intern in 2011. #TBT

In the latest off-the-wall safety demonstration video from Air New Zealand, exercise guru Richard Simmons makes sure everyone onboard is 'Fit to Fly.'

aug 20 2014

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 Sept. 1st–14th. There are 21 shows participating this year and tickets are on sale now through the website.

aug 19 2014

Off The Beaten Path Costa Rica: The Mysterious Ancient City Of Guayabo

Visiting the Mysterious Ancient City of Guayabo
(Courtesy Andrew Kolasinski)

The mist slowly dissolved and trees and vines became visible. Other shapes, not from nature, also materialized through the morning drizzle. It was my first glimpse of Guayabo, Costa Rica's ancient lost city. The patina of antiquity on these rock walls and roadways made them look like they have always been here in the highland jungle.

aug 15 2014

6 Needs of the Millennial Traveler

The way I traveled as an 18-year-old college student is not the same way I travel as a 27-year-old full-time writer. The one aspect my two selves have in common is that we are of the Millennial generation, categorized as people currently between the ages of 16 and 34, or anyone born after 1980.

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