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aug 31 2015

How to Pick Your Perfect Machu Picchu Trek

Tourist and llama sitting in front of Machu Picchu

This article was written by Zoe Smith on behalf of Viator.com.

Few bucket lists are complete without a trip to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites and Peru’s number one tourist attraction. Built in the 15th century, the site is not only world-renowned as an architectural masterpiece but also known for its dramatic location, perched on a 2,430-meter high mountaintop high above the city of Cusco. Few travelers pass through Cusco without visiting the magnificent Lost City of the Incas, but for adventurous travelers, the ultimate challenge is hiking the legendary Inca trail, a high-altitude, multi-day hike through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu.

aug 28 2015

4 Easy Ways To Maximize Your Travel Rewards

Paper airplane made of money
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While some people clip coupons all day to reduce their grocery bill by a few dollars, there is far more money to be saved by maximizing travel rewards programs. Airlines, hotels, and rental car agencies each offer customers their own points or miles, but it's up to travelers to leverage these programs to reap the most valuable rewards.

aug 27 2015

Great Getaways: Providence & Bristol

Waterfire in Providence, Rhode Island

Don't wait—there are only two more chances to see WaterFire Providence in 2014!

(Courtesy Nick Millard/GoProvidence)

Located about three hours from New York City, or about an hour south of Boston, lies Providence, Rhode Island, a city famous for it's food, tolerance, and WaterFire, a spectacle you truly have to see in order to fully understand its brilliance. A 30-minute drive from Providence, you'll find the lovely little seaside town of Bristol, a great getaway spot in its own right thanks to its quirky neighborhood shops, natural surroundings, and historic mansions you can visit. If you're looking for a great weekend getaway or a chance to explore a wonderful combination of foodie paradise, artsy city vibes, and historic seaside towns, Providence and Bristol are the perfect places to start.

Don't miss WaterFire in Providence

aug 26 2015

15 Incredible Things to Do in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Don't miss a trip to Iceland's beautiful Blue Lagoon.

(Courtesy DWaiste/myBudgetTravel)

This article was written by Katie Hammel on behalf of Viator.com.

The average person probably knows one of three things about Iceland: it’s the home of Bjork, the country went bankrupt in 2008, and in 2010 its unpronounceable volcano disrupted air travel in Europe and North America for several days. For decades, Iceland remained off the radar of most travelers, but in recent years the country has amped up its tourism campaign, showcasing its beauty and culture to prospective visitors who are discovering that this seemingly-remote speck of land in the North Atlantic Ocean is much closer—and much more exciting—than they might have guessed.

aug 25 2015

How To Visit U.S. National Parks For Free

Capitol Reef National Park in Utah

Enjoy amazing views like this at Capitol Reef National Park in Southern Utah.

(Courtesy Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr)

Happy 99th Birthday, National Park Service. You Look Great!

In case you hadn't noticed, the U.S. is home to some of the greatest national parks in the world. The best part: if you do your homework, you can visit them for free. Here's how.

Enroll in the Every Kid In A Park program

aug 24 2015

Ready for a Day With No Cars in Paris?

traffic in Paris
(Lonely Planet)

Ever walked the streets of one of your favorite cities and thought, “I wish the cars would just disappear”? While we have nothing against the auto industry or the awesome road trips and scenic drives we take in our cars, the staggering burden of traffic in, say, Los Angeles, London, and New York can sometimes make finding your bliss nearly impossible.

aug 21 2015

7 Things to Do in Vernazza (Besides Hiking)

This article was written by Jessica Spiegel on behalf of Viator.com.

Most of the people who have been flocking to the pretty town of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre for decades do so because of the famous hike that connects Vernazza with other towns along the coast. Hiking remains the top thing to do in the Cinque Terre, but it’s by no means the only thing to do. Here are 7 other things worth checking out.

aug 20 2015

5 Things To Do In Seaside Park, NJ

Summer in New York City often means endless chatter about trips to the East End of Long Island and tooth-grinding preparation for an appearance in the Hamptons. But if your style is a bit more mid-century chill—when all a harried city-dweller needed was a tattered paperback, a low-slung beach chair and absolutely no one to impress—consider Seaside Park, NJ. Settled in 1874, this sleepy beach town along the Atlantic Ocean doesn't even fill one square mile on the map. And while it’s geographically close to Seaside Heights—made infamous by MTV’s “Jersey Shore” series—Seaside Park is worlds away from its fist-pumping frenzy.

Stay in a roomy vacation rental—for less

aug 19 2015

10 Ways To Actually Stick To Your Travel Budget


This article was written by Jarryd Salem and Alesha Bradford and originally appeared on Yahoo Travel.

aug 18 2015

3 Flash Sales You Won't Want To Miss!

Italy - milan duomo

Score 2-for-1 round-trip airfares from NYC to Milan with this amazing flash sale from Emirates when you book by Thursday, Aug. 20th.

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

We've just discovered three flash sales happening this week that you won't want to miss. Here's what you need to know.

For ski lovers who are planning ahead

Vail Resorts and RockResorts in Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Grand Teton National Park, Utah, and Jamaica are having a 96-hour flash sale starting Tuesday, Aug. 18th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21st where you can save up to 50 percent on stays at luxury-style campgrounds, boutique hotels, and resorts. Sample prices include rates at The Lodge at Vail from $129 per night, rates at The Pines Lodge at Beaver Creek from $117 per night, and even a 60 percent discount at Half Moon, A RockResort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with rates from $229 per night. If you currently have the Epic Pass, you're eligible for even more discounts—purchase the 2015-2016 season Epic Pass by Sept. 7th for $769 per person for access to unlimited skiing and snowboarding at 10 U.S. ski areas and select ski resorts in Australia and Switzerland.

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