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Archive: September 2009
sep 30

Where to eat and sleep in Las Vegas?

Share your favorite Sin City restaurants and hotels.
sep 30

Fare sale: Southwest's nationwide special

Today, a fare sale for late fall and winter was launched by Southwest. Not included are dates during, and around, the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays.
sep 30

Ask Trip Coach: Ski Vacations

Give us your questions! We'll do our best to answer them and to supply our most sensible tips and suggestions.
sep 30

Disney Family Museum opening

A new museum opens its doors on October 1 to celebrate Walt Disney as an artist, visionary, and man, not Walt Disney the theme park or brand.
sep 29

In New England, it's a peak year for foliage

There's an upside to what was a drearily wet summer in much of the Northeast: Thanks to all the rain, this autumn is shaping up as a particularly spectacular season for foliage.
sep 29

The new airline fee I dislike the most

British Airways has a new seat-selection fee of about $33. If you don't pay it, you may not be able to sit next to your travel companion or children on your flight.
sep 29

Paris without Picasso…until 2012

The Musée Picasso, which houses the most extensive collection of Picassos in the world, is now closed for renovation.
sep 28

NYC: Introducing the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

New York's multi-day festival toasting the cocktail is upcoming this weekend. Check out a map of iconic cocktail bars.
sep 28

Children's books that inspire travel

Madeline? Where the Wild Things Are? James and the Giant Peach? Name your picks.
sep 28

The national parks: Best deals for "America's Best Idea"

Autumn is arguably the best season for visiting national parks. The weather is crisp and beautiful, and summer's crowds and peak-season prices have both disappeared.
sep 26

A real life "message in a bottle" washes ashore 35 years later

The sealed glass Tab soda bottle was recently discovered by a vacationer in Middle Caicos.
sep 26

There is no "holiday travel fee," no matter what you've heard

Holiday fares will be more expensive this year than last year on average, if trends hold steady. But you won't be paying a special $10 fee, no matter what some reporters say.
sep 25

New fees for choosing specific seats on Southwest, B.A.

British Airways will let you reserve the exact seat you want within economy class for a fee of about $60 each way.
sep 25

Destination: Budget Travel's printing plant

Paper milled in Finland comes to Tennessee and gets printed with the pages of Budget Travel. Take a behind-the-scenes look at how our publication is put together.
sep 24

Careful with those tourism slogans!

They really need some help with those English-language slogans.
sep 24

Joke: New helmets for London's Royal Guard

Photoshop Phun: Skyscraper helmets!
sep 24

Travel innovators we love: Adam Wells

Meet the man who rethought everything from in-cabin lighting to the design of boarding passes.
sep 24

Disney: Fantasyland expansion, Alaska cruises, and more

Disney recently announced plans to significantly expand Fantasyland in Florida, update Star Tours at both parks and move one of their cruise ships to Alaska.
sep 23

Readers' best England and Scotland photos

See Stonehenge at dawn, sheep grazing on the Isle of Skye, light streaming through London’s Tate Modern, and many more evocative scenes.
sep 23

The FBI is monitoring Americans' travel records

To find suspected terrorists, the FBI’s National Security Branch Analysis Center tracks data, such as the records of international airline trips and domestic rental car itineraries.
sep 23

Bored? New site Goby searches for travel "experiences" in all 50 states

Goby searches across hundreds of vetted Websites for the lowdown on attractions, activities, events, restaurants, and lodging.
sep 23

National parks: Deals inspired by Ken Burns' new doc

The documentarian's latest film debuts this weekend on PBS.
sep 22

Fresher cabin air

New air-purifiers can remove 99.99 percent of pathogens from the cabins of new airplanes.
sep 22

Do-it-yourself airport gates

The plan in Las Vegas is to replace the gate agents with automated turnstiles.
sep 22

Delta's baggage fees in the spotlight

"This year Delta Air Lines has taken around $7.60 a passenger and received over five complaints from every 1,000 passengers." That's more than any other airline.
sep 22

Airfare for $149 round trip, no names or dates required

A special sale from Direct Air allow you to buy round trip tickets for $149, all taxes and fees included, and you can decide later who is going to use them and when they're going to travel.
sep 22

Down east delicious

At Salt Water Farm, a new oceanfront cooking school in a post-and-beam barn near Camden, Maine, students work with ingredients foraged or caught nearby or grown right on the premises.
sep 22

Insider tip: Chocolate in Zurich

At Truffe, a tiny, beautiful chocolate shop in Zürich's Old Town, the owner organizes the chocolate by country of origin.
sep 21

Tips on traveling with technology from students and teachers

One $15 product can help you stay powered-up while on the road, without taking up much space in your bag.
sep 21

How to behave in a Paris restaurant

They have tables, waiters and menus, for sure. But in reality, French restaurants run by very different rules. Improve your experience by following our ex-pat blogger's advice.
sep 18

San Francisco airport begins selling carbon offsets

Three new kiosks with touch screens let travelers punch in an itinerary and purchase the appropriate offset on the spot.
sep 18

Ask Trip Coach: Responses to questions about all-inclusives

Thanks to everybody who submitted questions, and special thanks to folks who chimed in with resort reviews and insights about their all-inclusive experiences.
sep 17

Predictions of Twitter's future in 140 characters or less

Uptake.com and Tips from the T-List have put together a panel of 100 respected travel bloggers and asked them a variety of questions. The answers on Twitter's future are pretty interesting.
sep 17

Australia may never be cheaper in our lifetimes

Fares are down dramatically because of new competition between L.A. and Sydney. Plus, the U.S. dollar's buying power is at a near-record high.
sep 17

London: New ceramics gallery at The V&A

More than 3,200 of the world's most breakable and admirable arts and crafts are once again on display in a gorgeous new setting.
sep 17

Las Vegas: Get half-price show tickets

Tix4Tonight, a discount ticket service, is adding its seventh location at the end of the month.
sep 16

Bud Travel breaks weird foreign laws

Some foreign laws catch even travel junkies off guard. Our intrepid correspondent Bud Travel is back to demonstrate how to stay out of trouble—by getting into a heap himself.
sep 16

Hotel deals in the Caribbean remain hard to find

Rates are down only 2 percent on average in the Caribbean in the first half of this year. That's partly because many tourists switched away from Mexico due to swine flu fears.
sep 15

London-NYC, $442 roundtrip, late fall

Roundtrip airfares start at $442 between New York (JFK or Newark) and London. Comparable fares are can be found from other cities.
sep 15

Airfares: Book your holiday travel now rather than wait for sales

Last year, it paid to be a procrastinator, as last-minute sales were often better than the early-bird fares. But this year, the situation's different. Act fast.
sep 15

A reader proposes a better way to check-in for a flight

A complete, high-tech, but inexpensive system for resolving many travel snafus, from lost luggage to misdirected passengers.
sep 15

United is putting premium perks for sale

United Airlines has begun to sell packages of perks that are free perks for its elite-class of frequent fliers.
sep 14

The perfect city, where the pubs are Irish, the cooks are Italian, and the Wi-Fi is free

Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne offers his take on what constitutes the perfect city in the Wall Street Journal.
sep 14

Avis and Budget ban smoking in their cars

Beginning Oct. 1, Avis and Budget will become the first major rental-car companies to ban smoking in their entire U.S. fleets.
sep 11

Should there be a law against 3-hour tarmac delays?

What do you think? Do you support proposed Senate legislation that would allow passengers to disembark after three hours on the tarmac, should a captain decide it is safe and reasonable to do so?
sep 10

Free admission to hundreds of museums on September 26

Museum Day is coming. Smithsonian magazine is sponsoring a day of free admission to hundreds of museums and cultural centers on Saturday, September 26.
sep 10

Family travel: How to be good guests

Budget Travel asked etiquette experts to weigh in with tips on how to be the perfect houseguest—you know, the kind that hosts invite back.
sep 09

Where to eat and sleep in San Francisco?

We've added brand-new pages on San Francisco and need your help to build them. Share your recommendations!
sep 08

A reader says: "I want the pilot to keep us informed during a crisis."

A reader whose plane was hit by lightning would rather hear the news from the pilot than be left imagining it was a bomb or something else.
sep 08

A near-record Labor Day weekend for road travel

This Labor Day weekend was predicted to be the third busiest for road trips in a decade, according to the same AAA survey of 1,300 travelers. But you wouldn't have heard that good news on cable TV news.
sep 04

iPhone: How to get hit with a $5,000 bill without making a phone call

A woman buys an iPhone, goes to Europe, and unknowingly amasses a $500 bill after four days overseas. By the time she reaches AT&T, the total is around $5,000.
sep 04

Readers' new sunset photos

Check out Balinese lovers by the shoreline, rounded rocks jutting up from the desert in Australia, fiery French Polynesian seascape at Bora-Bora, and more.
sep 03

Better than San Juan?

The island of Culebra, off the coast of Puerto Rico, is a stunningly gorgeous alternative to well-trafficked San Juan.
sep 03

Istanbul: A traveler in need of your tips!

Are guidebooks necessary anymore? I'm not so sure. I'm traveling to Istanbul this week, and I need your help!
sep 03

Another mystery solved! The seatback pocket rule explained

We explain why some airlines are banning personal items from seatback pockets while others aren't.
sep 03

In Paris: A four-day festival of affordable film

The Rentrée du Cinéma festival runs in theaters across town from September 13–16 and features tickets for only €4 ($5.75).
sep 02

Get a room! Literally. For cheap. With getaroom.com

It's funny how technology works in the travel business. Hotel discounter getaroom.com is obviously a website. But the way to get the company's best room rates is by making a phone call.
sep 02

This weekend: Celebrate North Carolina's apple bounty

The 63rd annual Apple Festival takes place in Hendersonville, N.C., this weekend.
sep 02

Top 10 Paris expat blogs

It seems that every year a fresh crop of bloggers has arrived on the electronic scene to share the ecstasies and agonies of life abroad.
sep 02

Paris attractions: Top 5 free events in September

The post-summer rentrée (think "back to school" for grown-ups) is in full swing, with crisp autumn air and a slate of cultural activities.
sep 01

Worth reading: Spend the weekend in Juneau, Alaska

A few of our favorite links from around the 'net this week.
sep 01

Europe's high-speed trains have speeded up

Europe's newest crop of high-speed trains are making record time.

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