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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.

jun 23 2015

Her Cruise Waiter Became the Love of Her Life

Norwegian Cruise Line
(Courtesy 2bcyclin/myBudgetTravel)

This article was written by Laurie Martins and originally appeared on Yahoo Travel.

Who: Laurie and Albino Antonio Martins a.k.a "Martins"

What: Met on the SS Norway sailing from Miami, Florida

When: Date was September 24, 1988

Relationship Status: Married on June 16, 1990

(As told by Laurie)

jun 22 2015

Our Favorite Random Act of Travel Kindness

Hobbes the stuffed tiger checks out the air traffic control tower on his tour of Tampa International Airport before being reunited with the 6-year-old-boy who misplaced him.

(Tampa International Airport)

I could totally relate when I read last week about how 6-year-old Owen left his favorite stuffed animal, a tiger named Hobbes, at Tampa International Airport. When I was Owen's age, I had a beloved teddy bear (who still sits by my desk, a little worse for wear and tear, and watches me while i write).

jun 18 2015

How to Visit the World's Endangered Destinations

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of Budget Travel's picks for Where to Go in 2015. But this ecosystem is threatened by carbon emissions and farm runoff, raising the possibility that within a century the world's biggest and most beautiful coral reef system will be gone forever.

(Tanya Puntti/Dreamstime)

Some of the world's most beautiful travel spots are under attack by climate change and booming human populations. Here's how you can visit some of these endangered destinations responsibly before they're gone forever.

GREAT BARRIER REEF

The world's biggest, most beautiful, and most diverse reef system (1,400 miles) could be gone in 100 years due to global carbon dioxide emissions and runoff from farms into the ocean. As the ocean temperatures rise, the coral, fish, and marine mammals all suffer. But if you visit this Australian must-see respectfully, you can snorkel, scuba, or even just watch the Technicolor show in a glass-bottomed boat or kayak.

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