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Myanmar’s Culinary Delights

Spices in Myanmar

While the spice levels are toned down when compared to its Southeast Asian neighbours, traditional Myanmar fare proudly stands on its own with strong flavors, unique offerings, and its rich mix of spices.

(Courtesy Judepics for MynamarBurma.com)

Myanmar's rich and varied cuisine is a direct reflection of its fertile land, variations in climate, and ethnic diversity. Having been fairly isolated from much of the world until recently, the country's culinary influences have come almost exclusively from neighbouring countries like India, China, and Thailand. While the spice levels are toned down when compared to its Southeast Asian neighbours, traditional Myanmar fare proudly stands on its own with strong flavors  like ngapi (shrimp or fish paste), unique offerings like laphet thoke (a salad of pickled tea leaves), and its rich mix of spices such as turmeric, lemongrass, tamarind, and cilantro.

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BT Reader Tip: Best Packing Advice Ever

(Michael Mohr)

To ensure that I don't forget certain essentials (deodorant, cotton swabs, bandages, and over-the-counter medications), I leave the necessities in my suitcase when I unpack so they're ready to go on the next trip. Sure, I've had to buy extras of some items, but it costs less than forgetting them and paying airport or hotel prices.

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Journey to the Shipibos of the Peruvian Amazon

Shipibo Village in the Peruvian Amazon
(Courtesy Tara Leigh)

Tara Leigh has traveled extensively in South America, where she had a wonderful time enjoying the food, taking in the sights, and meeting the people of that fantastic continent. This article was written on behalf of the Tambo Blanquillo, a family-owned Amazon jungle lodge.

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BT Reader Tip: Stress Less When You Travel With Kids!

(Courtesy mkorcuska/Flickr)

"Nothing quiets children faster than a new plaything! So before taking a trip with the kids, I spend $20 for 20 toys at the dollar store. I take out one at a time, and when the thrill is gone I take out another. The plane ride is over before they know it! The toys also come in handy for other children on the plane. A dollar is worth it to stop a crying child three rows up!"

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What To Eat In Singapore: Breakfast Under $5

Singapore breakfast nasilemak

Here's how to sample a tasty breakfast in Singapore for less than $5.

(Courtesy seasaltwithfood.com)

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.

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Don't Miss the New York Travel Festival

New York Travel Festival

The New York Travel Festival will take place on April 26th and 27th this year.

(Courtesy Michele Herrmann)

If you happen to be in the New York City area the weekend of April 26th and 27th, you won't want to miss the New York Travel Festival, now in its second year, and offering a wide variety of seminars and presentations by some of the biggest names in travel.

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5 Amazing Bali Hotels under $100

5 Amazing Bali Hotels under $100
(Courtesy Milda Ratkelyte)

This article was written by Milda Ratkelyte, the travel community manager at AsiaRooms.com. She is currently exploring Asia and capturing the best moments in stories, photos, and films.

Known as The Island of the Gods, Bali is Indonesia's most popular tourist destination. Once a secret of surfers, Bali has now become one of the world's biggest tourism hubs. From its wave-pounded coastline of dramatic cliffs and black sand beaches, on through the swaying green rice terraces of the lowlands and into lush, dense jungles of its interior, Bali truly has something for everyone. Bali is also home to some of the world's best hotels and resorts and the good news is that there are a bunch of amazing hotels available that will not empty your pockets. As a frequent traveler to Bali, here is my personally tried and tested list of five amazing hotel stays under $100 a night.

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12 Shameless Ways to Save for Travel in your Twenties

European City

Follow these 12 tips to help save money for your future travel adventures!

(Courtesy Stephanie Be)

This article was written by Stephanie Be, TravelBreak.net Blogger and Travel Journalist.

"I don't need an article telling me that I should travel, I need the funds to travel."

Listen darling, before you start complaining about not having the money to travel, but have a new car, flat screen, or are going on the same six weekenders you went to in college, re-evaluate your lifestyle. They say "travel is the only thing you buy that actually makes you richer," so here are some tips on how to re-direct your investment. After all, traveling is just that—an investment in bettering yourself.

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Paradise on a Budget: The Gili Islands

Meno Beach in the Gili Islands

Visit the remote and idyllic Gili Islands, a great getaway regardless of your budget.

(Courtesy yeowatzup/WikimediaCommons)

Imagine a remote tropical island paradise with warm turquoise waters, white sand beaches fringed by coconut palms, and coral reefs teeming with marine life. Three tiny islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia, are a veritable lotusland for backpackers, beach lovers, and serenity seekers alike. While not easy to get to (the only way is by boat), once you arrive at the Gili Islands, there's nothing to do but relax and enjoy the scenery.

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What's Your Dream Trip?

The Eiffel Tower in Paris in the spring

My dream has always been to visit Paris, and I finally did it last year. What is your dream trip?

(Courtesy travelmama/myBudgetTravel)

We've got dream trips on the brain—I realized my dream of visiting Paris last year when I went on Contiki's London & Paris Plus Paris Extension tour, and will finally realize my dream of seeing Machu Picchu when I go on the Machu Picchu Adventure tour with G Adventures in a few weeks. Dream trips were also the theme for our March/April digital issue of Budget Travel magazine (now available on BudgetTravel.com, in the Apple App Store, on Google Play, and for Nook and Kindle). To get into the spirit of things, we asked several of our staff members to share their dream trips—here's what they said:

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