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may 06 2016

Save 10 Percent or More on European Travel

(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

We’re psyched to let you know about some great travel savings from Contiki, the tour company for travelers ages 18 to 35. If you book select European trips by May 16 (using promo code BAGTAG), you can save up to 10 percent. (And, yes, the 10 percent discount is combinable with Contiki’s Past Traveler Discount for even more savings.)

may 05 2016

7 Rules to Live By When You're Packing a Suitcase

Shoe bag Hudson + Bleecker
(Courtesy Hudson + Bleecker)

Can't find packing gear that suits your needs? Why not create it yourself, Shark Tank–style? OK, most of us don't have the time or expertise for that, but Hudson + Bleecker founder Eram Siddiqui took on the challenge so the rest of us don't have to.

may 04 2016

Charleston: A Walking—and Eating!—Tour

Don't worry—you don't have to stay in a Victorian-era mansion to eat well in Charleston, S.C. And, frankly, a ride in a horse-drawn carriage can't compare to strolling hand-in-hand along the city's friendly, historic streets.

(Christian Heeb/Redux)

Come hungry. Charleston, S.C., is a town that likes to eat well. The downtown has a variety of options—Mexican, sushi, Korean, Mediterranean, Thai, Italian, delis, burgers—and range from pizza joints catering to the student crowd to fine dining.

But when I'm in Charleston, I like to explore local twists on standards of South Carolina Low Country cuisine. Like fried green tomatoes.

may 03 2016

Best Wine Destinations (and Wines!) for Spring

California's wine country in spring offers a cool climate and, of course, world-class tastings.

(Courtesy sonomacountywines/myBudgetTravel)

The balmy breezes of spring make us want to get out there and see the world more than ever, and some of our favorite destinations for relaxing, romantic weekend getaways happen to be beautiful wine regions. It got us thinking: What are the ideal spring wine country destinations? And, just as importantly if you share our taste for affordable reds and whites, what are some of spring's best bottlings and food-wine pairings?

may 02 2016

See the Windy City For Free! Explore Chicago With This Exclusive DIY Walking Tour

downtown, Chicago, Illinois, Wrigley Building, skyscraper, Michigan Avenue, Tribune Tower, Magnificent Mile

See the lesser-known nooks and crannies of Downtown Chicago—without paying a dime.

(Andreykr/Dreamstime)

Often the best way to explore a new city is on your own two feet. Jeff Mikos, founder of Free Chicago Walking Tours, is no stranger to that idea—the inspiration for his business came from a meaningful international trip.

apr 27 2016

Save Major Dough on Tourist Attractions with Last-Minute Booking App Whym

Big Ben, London
(Iakov Kalinin/Dreamstime)

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Some "tourist" attractions are 100 percent worth visiting. The ticket-booking app Whym gets us. The app offers travelers last-minute deals on desirable activities like guided tours of the Colosseum in Rome, U.S. city passes, Parisian wine tastings, Nevada desert sunset horseback rides, and admission to all kinds of museums at deep discounts—up to 60 percent off. All you need is a smartphone: The app is available for both Android and iOS (free, itunes.com, play.google.com).

apr 25 2016

Meet Wingz, the New Way to Get a Private, Reliable Ride to the Airport

LAX airport
(Maria Feklistova/Dreamstime)

We’ve all been there: You’re exhausted after a long flight and can’t wait to get home, but someone just stole your Uber at the airport and the taxi line is a mile long. So what’s a traveler to do? Book with Wingz. The new startup exclusively provides scheduled airport rides.

apr 22 2016

These Eco-Friendly Airports Are Inspiring a Green Revolution

Skylights and indoor gardens are just two of the reasons why Singapore leads the way in pioneering eco-friendly airport design.

(Courtesy scubafan67/myBudgetTravel)

Our friends at Cheapflights.com are celebrating Earth Day 2016 with a story by Toronto-based travel writer Jessica Padykula (@JessPadykula) spotlighting “eco-innovating” airports from around the world. Here are some of the airports that are leading the way in sustainability:

apr 21 2016

Tap That App! Ask a Digital Jeeves for (Almost) Anything With HotelTonight's Cool New Feature

HotelTonight San Francisco
(Dreamstime)

The last-minute hotel-booking app HotelTonight has been a longtime favorite of ours here at BT. The genius is in its simplicity: Wait until 12 p.m. for across-the-board price drops the day you want to book a hotel (or 6 p.m. for deeper discounts), then scoop up deals on properties ranging from "Solid" to "High Roller." (HotelTonight says its prices tend to be 18 percent less than Expedia's or Booking.com's.)

apr 20 2016

Snag This Retro-Chic Gear That Supports National Parks

Parks Project T-Shirts

Vintage-inspired threads, stellar cause: win-win.

(Courtesy parksproject.us)

Trend alert! Just in time for National Park Week (admission to every park is free right now through Sunday, April 24), we've become obsessed with the on-trend national parks–themed clothing, jewelry, and outdoor gear from Parks Project (from $10, parksproject.us). The organization organizes park volunteer days and donates proceeds from every item sold to initiatives like habitat and trail restoration, animal conservation, and educational services in the parks.

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