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dec 02 2016

Great travel bargains for 2017

(Wangkun Jia/Dreamstime)

As 2016 winds down, it’s time for travelers to think about... next year’s vacation, of course. This morning, I spoke with Jim Cantore live via Skype on the Weather Channel's AMHQ to share incredible international destinations that won’t break the bank, courtesy of our colleagues at the amazing Lonely Planet magazine and LonelyPlanet.com and their Best in Travel 2017 package. (Click here to watch my appearance on this morning's AMHQ.)

may 12 2016

Baker City, Oregon, Is in the Lead in Our Coolest Small Town in America Contest

Just another cool day in Baker City, Oregon, the current leader in our 11th annual Coolest Small Town in America contest.

(Baker County Tourism)

We love the way Baker City, Oregon, has jumped to the head of our Coolest Small Towns contest.

Of course, there are weeks remaining until our 11th annual Coolest Small Town in America contest closes (at 11:59 p.m. on June 6), but we're impressed that Baker City (bordered by the Elkhorn and Wallowa mountains in northeast Oregon at the intersection of three Oregon Scenic Byways) has grabbed more than 40 percent of all votes so far to take a commanding lead.

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.)

mar 10 2016

Now Google Can Plan Your Entire Vacation in One Click

Destinations by Google

Are our phones the future of trip-planning?

(Courtesy Google)

Offering fully formed trips with a single search is an ambitious move, but if anyone can pull it off, it's Google

Yesterday the company rolled out its smartphone-based Destinations on Google, "a mobile-first travel planning experience": In addition to its practical and easy-to-use Google Flights and Google Translate services, Google is aiming to plan your next vacation for you too by offering comprehensive trip plans that include flight and hotel suggestions, day trip ideas, road trip itineraries, suggested activities and attractions, and general travel guides. Here's how to use Destinations on Google.

First, don't download anything new. (Unless it's the Google app.)

jan 29 2016

WATCH: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's Africa Video Reminds Us Why We Love Travel

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in Africa

Who among us doesn't want to bless the rains down in Africa?

(Courtesy Dax Shepard)

Happy Friday! Take a break today to watch the hilarious video that married actor couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard made in Africa, on the last trip they took before they had children. Their "sole objective was to rage hard and honor Toto properly," Shepard said on his YouTube channel.

jan 25 2016

What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Mosquito sign
(Schlegelfotos/Dreamstime)

With health alerts about the Zika virus popping up in travel destinations all over the world, it's normal to feel skittish about visiting the affected countries. Here's what you need to know about the Zika virus and travel:

What countries have seen Zika virus outbreaks?

So far, 22 areas are experiencing a Zika virus outbreak—some of them tropical vacation destinations: Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Samoa, Suriname, Venezuela, and Africa's Cape Verde. It is expected to spread.

How severe is the Zika virus? What happens when you're infected?

dec 23 2015

How to Visit the World's Endangered Destinations

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of Budget Travel's picks for Where to Go in 2015. But this ecosystem is threatened by carbon emissions and farm runoff, raising the possibility that within a century the world's biggest and most beautiful coral reef system will be gone forever.

(Tanya Puntti/Dreamstime)

Some of the world's most beautiful travel spots are under attack by climate change and booming human populations. Here's how you can visit some of these endangered destinations responsibly before they're gone forever.

GREAT BARRIER REEF

The world's biggest, most beautiful, and most diverse reef system (1,400 miles) could be gone in 100 years due to global carbon dioxide emissions and runoff from farms into the ocean. As the ocean temperatures rise, the coral, fish, and marine mammals all suffer. But if you visit this Australian must-see respectfully, you can snorkel, scuba, or even just watch the Technicolor show in a glass-bottomed boat or kayak.

aug 13 2015

6 Reasons To Visit Namibia

Namib sand dunes, Namibia Desert Park
(Lonely Planet)

This article was written by the Jill Nawrocki on behalf of Viator.com.

With only about two million people scattered across the expanses of its breathtaking savannahs, haunting deserts, and fertile deltas, Namibia is one of the least-densely populated countries in the world. Yet somehow this southern African nation that’s approximately the size of California still offers some of the greatest ecological and cultural diversity in the world.

aug 03 2015

Delta Officially Bans Big-Game Hunting Trophies Worldwide

Male lion

A lion spotted on a safari in Victoria Falls, at the Zambia and Zimbabwe border.

(Courtesy morherz/myBudgetTravel)

In the wake of controversy over the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, Delta Air Lines announced today that it would immediately "ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight."

jul 24 2015

We LOVE How Kenyans Reacted To CNN's "Hotbed of Terror" Report

sunrise in Kenya
(Courtesy themurfs/myBudgetTravel)

"President Barack Obama is not just heading to his father's homeland, but to a hotbed of terror."

This was the opening line of a CNN report published earlier this week, a story about how the president may be in danger if Al-Shabaab, the terrorist group behind recent attacks at Kenyan schools and shopping malls, happens to make a move while he's in town this week. After getting a lot of heat for that sentence and related headline, both were updated by CNN to stress that the threat of danger was a regional thing, not just in Kenya.

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