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We've got some great news for Harry Potter fans: Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express are coming to Orlando in 2014, part of a new park expansion that will extend The Wizarding World of Harry Potter from its current home at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure to include both Universal Studios Orlando theme parks.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Amusement and Theme Parks, Food + Drink, Literary Travel, Pop Culture and Travel, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Women's Travel|
What better way to honor those who serve our country than by making vacations more affordable for them? Several hotels and resorts are doing just that, offering up to 60 percent off regular rates exclusively for military personnel. From Los Angeles to the Caribbean, here are the best options for military families this Memorial Day weekend.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Amusement and Theme Parks, Hotels, Trip Ideas, Family Travel|
With Disney parks recently raising their ticket prices to $89 for a single–park one day ticket—Universal Studios is just as bad—now is the perfect time to start thinking about smaller, regional theme parks where you can get your adrenaline fix for less. Here are five theme parks around the country where the daily price of adult admission is under $50.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Amusement and Theme Parks, Disney, Historical Travel, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Anaheim, Santa Cruz, Orlando, New York City, Ohio, Allentown, Trip Ideas, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Solo, Women's Travel|
Cathy Bennett Kopf writes for TheOpenSuitcase.com
I swear I could hear my daughter's eyes roll back in her head when I suggested we stop by Emily Dickinson's house after touring UMass Amherst. I explained that I feel personally responsible for supporting these types of museums. If old English majors don't visit Emily's home and other important literary sites such as the House of the Seven Gables and Poe's grave, then, really, who will? She conceded, if I promised a sweatshirt in return. Deal.
|0||by Cathy Bennett Kopf||Literary Travel, Museums, Pop Culture and Travel, Massachusetts, Trip Ideas|
We here at Budget Travel were pretty disgusted by the recent New York Post's story about wealthy Manhattanites hiring disabled "black market tour guides" to pose as family members at Disney World. The benefit? For $130 per hour—or more than $1,000 per day—up to six of the disabled guide's "family members" can cut in line at popular rides such as It's a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean, while the less fortunate wait, sometimes more than two hours, for their turn. The practice is, of course, not endorsed by Disney, and takes advantage of the park's sensitive policy toward disabled guests.
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Amusement and Theme Parks, Disney, Anaheim, Hollywood, Florida, Orlando, Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Williamsburg, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways|
Of all the questions I get asked by friends and family when I tell them that I'm Executive Editor at Budget Travel, the most frequent is: "When is the best day to buy airline tickets?"
The quick-and-dirty answer has traditionally been, "Tuesday" (thanks, in part, to a well-publicized finding by FareCompare.com, which went so far as to pinpoint 3 p.m. Eastern Time as the perfect ticket-purchase time on Tuesday). The more nuanced answer, of course, is, "It depends."
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||How-Tos, Airlines, Before the Trip, Frequent Flier Miles|
There's more to Florida than theme parks, beaches, and cities where you can party til dawn (although those are pretty great, too!) Whether you're looking for a quick golf getaway or your next great family vacation, here are six of our favorite family-friendly activities and affordable adventures in Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine—all within an hour's drive of Jacksonville on Florida's northeast coast. Many area hotel options start at $89 a night, making a trip to this area super-affordable.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Festivals, Golf, Historical Travel, Landmarks and Monuments, Literary Travel, Museums, Pop Culture and Travel, Professional Sports, Romance, Scenic Drives, Walking Tours, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Women's Travel|
Sophie Gackowski for HomeAway UK
It's fair to say the United Kingdom has produced some pretty famous exports. From Harry Potter to Henry VIII, these unassuming isles have certainly packed a punch over the course of world history. Do your interests lie in literature and folklore, music, or mythical creatures? Whatever you dream of when you think "U.K.," here are eight of our favorite vacation (we call it "holiday") spots, and the eminent exports that planted them firmly on the map.
|0||by HomeAway UK||Art + Culture, Historical Travel, Pop Culture and Travel, United Kingdom, Liverpool, North Yorkshire, Nottingham, South Yorkshire, Stratford-upon-Avon, Trip Ideas, Family Travel|
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Architecture, Art + Culture, Art + Culture, Gardens, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Museums, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Public Art, New York, Trip Ideas, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways|