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jul 20 2015

Going Beyond The Beach In Grenada

Palm Trees on La Sagesse Beach on Grenada Island

Of course if you do want to go to the beach, La Sagesse Beach is one of the most beautiful on the island.

(Pkazmierczak/Dreamstime.com)

In the Caribbean, clear turquoise water and soft white sand are a dime a dozen. The sensory appeal of Grenada's magnificent beaches is undeniable, but savvy visitors venture beyond the sun, sand, and sea. This compact island pleases with a trifecta of adventure, activities, and nature. The best part: its manageable size makes it easy to cover a lot of ground in a short time frame.

jul 09 2015

Carnival Cruise Lines Will Start Sailing To Cuba In 2016

boat shed and palm trees on the beach in cuba
(Courtesy Tuckerg/myBudgetTravel)

Well, it's official. As of May 2016, Carnival Corporation's new brand of ships, Fathom, will be sailing to Cuba as part of their move toward creating more meaningful cultural experiences between the American and Cuban people.

may 20 2015

Want to Visit Cuba NOW? Here's How...

Americans are returning to Havana, thanks to affordable people-to-people tours.

(Courtesy avam/myBudgetTravel)

Being the first of your friends to visit Cuba is like having the best lawn in the neighborhood: Bragging rights alone are a souvenir.

Going to Cuba isn't as simple as clicking "book" yet, but thanks to new regulations, U.S. travelers won't face as much red tape. Trips still need to fit into one of 12 acceptable categories, such as family visits, participation in religious or educational activities, performances, sporting events, or people-to-people tours, but you'll be spared the hassle of waiting for license approval on a case-by-case basis and allowed to bring home $100 worth of Cuban cigars in your $400 souvenir limit.

may 06 2015

Ready for a Ferry Ride to Cuba?

A street musician entertains passersby in Havana, which may soon be reachable by a four-hour ferry ride from Southern Florida.

(Courtesy Buckhead720/myBudgetTravel)

For those of you who've enjoyed ferry rides to prime destinations like Sausalito, Nantucket, and Mackinac Island, hold on to your hats: The U.S. just approved ferry service between Florida and Cuba.

Granting licenses to several cargo and passenger companies, the federal government opened up the possibility of ferry service in the Florida Straits for the first time in more than a half century. The Miami Herald reports that some ferry companies say they may offer service within weeks from ports like Key West, Miami, Port Everglades, and the Tampa area.

mar 20 2015

Would You Pay $250 for a Professional Vacation Photographer?

Couple in Bali

A Flytographer duo guided this couple through a shoot in Bali, ensuring they followed local customs (no kissing in front of temples) and asking permission from rice farmers to pose in their fields.

(Vony and Bayu for Flytographer in Bali)

Forget the selfie stick. Brand-new photo service Flytographer has recruited professional photographers in more than 130 cities worldwide to take fanciful candid or posed photos of you on your dream trip. No more tilting your smartphone's camera just right, hoping to catch your face and most of the Eiffel Tower in the background. And don't even get us started on the social awkwardness that ensues when you ask a stranger to take your picture.

mar 09 2015

6 Things You Need to Know Before You Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands

St. John

A full 9,500 acres of St. John (also known by the nickname "Love City") is protected U.S. national parkland.

(Courtesy skindt/myBudgetTravel)

A nearby tropical paradise, no passport required? Point us to the closest airport and we'll be on our way. If your passport has expired and you need a quickie getaway now, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI for short) has all the trappings of an exotic island jaunt, minus the red tape.

1. You don't need a passport to enter the USVI.

feb 20 2015

Escape The Cold With These Warm-Weather Travel Deals

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Doesn't the beach sound great right about now? You can save on a getaway to beautiful Hilton Hawaiian Village among other places and beat the polar vortex blues.

(Courtesy Hilton Hawaiian Village)

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring. With more snow on the way this weekend for parts of the northeast, nothing sounds better right now than a quick getaway to somewhere—anywhere!—that is warm. Here, we've rounded up some great vacation deals, hotel specials, and travel sales to help you thaw out this winter.

Hawaii

feb 03 2015

Book These Romantic Getaways for Valentine's Day!

Who's ready to run away for Valentine's Day?

(Bill Brooks/Alamy)

Boy, it's COLD here in New York! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, our minds are wandering to some of the coziest, quietest corners of the world, and our friends in the travel biz are not about to let us down. Here, some amazing deals to some of the most luxurious, romantic spots out there!

dec 10 2014

Where Does Santa Claus Go For His Post-Christmas Vacation?

(Pavel Chernobrivets/Dreamstime.com)

You're not gonna believe this, but I interviewed Santa Claus.

It happened like this: About a month ago I was thinking about how much I dislike traveling around the holidays. Call me Scrooge (who, btw, I did not interview—because he is a fictional character), but I just don't like crowds. If I have my way, I take my family somewhere nice after the holidays. I started thinking about who might be an expert on post-Christmas travel and it hit me: Who works harder at Christmastime—or deserves more of a break afterward—than St. Nick?

nov 13 2014

Bring Home a Taste of the Islands—With the Original Piña Colada Recipe

Say "piña colada." It rolls off the tongue nicely, doesn't it? And you might as well have said "party!" Did you know that the iconic tropical drink was originally created at Caribe Hilton, in Puerto Rico, in 1954 by bartender Ramón "Monchito" Marrero? The creative mixologist whipped up the classic and continued to serve up the tasty blend of rum, coconut, and pineapple until his retirement in 1989. The drink is now the official drink of Puerto Rico (which is one of our favorite affordable indulgences in the Caribbean).

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