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mar 23 2017

Jump on these money-saving spring travel tips & deals!

Good things do come to those who wait - especially if you've waited till the last minute to book a spring cruise. Nab one of the last available cabins on the Norwegian Breakaway, sailing from NYC to Florida and the Bahamas in April; they're going fast but if you book now you can get a rate of less than $100/day.

(Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Lines)

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and it’s time to hit the road. But spring travel can be complicated by too many choices - beaches, big cities, resorts, cruises? - and high prices. The good news is, we’re here to deliver some advice and deals for spring that won’t break the bank.

jan 18 2017

Escape winter with these Caribbean deals

The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua & Barbuda is a spectacular winter escape, and it can be yours for just a little more than $100 per person per night with a great deal from Expedia.

(Courtesy The Verandah Resort)

This is the time of year we always get a little tired of the winter grind, and the snowstorms across the country this past week sure don’t help. A nice Caribbean escape could sure come in handy right about now. Here, three of our favorite "ultimate islands" that won’t break the bank.

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA is inviting Americans to discover this elegant, beautiful pair of islands with (no kidding) 365 beaches -- yes, you could literally stay all year and never visit the same beach twice. The Verandah Resort & Spa is a high-end luxury property but the good news is... Expedia is offering a great all-inclusive deal: $462 for a room that sleeps four -- that’s just a little more than $100 per person per day for lodging, meals, beverages, and non-motorized water sports included.

dec 19 2016

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?

oct 07 2016

How to Help Haiti

(Courtesy EBD715/myBudgetTravel)

As many of you know, Hurricane Matthew hit the southwest region of Haiti this week, displacing more than 15,000 people, killing several hundred, and causing an immediate need for emergency help for around 350,000 people, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

jul 18 2016

Take Control of Weather-Related Flight Delays and Cancellations

(Jorg Hackemann/Dreamstime.com)

Nobody wants their vacation delayed before it even starts! But bad weather can sometimes keep planes grounded. Worse, some airlines—and sometimes even hotels and rental-car companies—will invoke bad weather, or "Acts of God" as an excuse for cancellations that may actually be due to mechanical problems or other mishaps.

jul 07 2016

Deal of the Day: 4 Nights in Puerto Rico From $349

Puerto Rico's fabulous Gran Melia resort for less than $100/night? Yup, and the deal is good for travel through November 17.

(Travelzoo)

We love Puerto Rico for so many reasons: It's a U.S. island with easy entry (no passport!), and you can choose among activities as wide-ranging as salsa dance lessons, golf, luxurious spa treatments, swimming, snorkeling, and, of course, eating the tasty culinary delights that fuse Caribbean, Spanish, and Asian influences.

apr 21 2016

Tap That App! Ask a Digital Jeeves for (Almost) Anything With HotelTonight's Cool New Feature

HotelTonight San Francisco
(Dreamstime)

The last-minute hotel-booking app HotelTonight has been a longtime favorite of ours here at BT. The genius is in its simplicity: Wait until 12 p.m. for across-the-board price drops the day you want to book a hotel (or 6 p.m. for deeper discounts), then scoop up deals on properties ranging from "Solid" to "High Roller." (HotelTonight says its prices tend to be 18 percent less than Expedia's or Booking.com's.)

mar 17 2016

Jump on These Spring Cruise Deals

(Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line)

As the days get longer and the sun shines warmer, a lot of people start thinking about the sea. Well, there’s no better way to get up close and personal with the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Europe’s legendary rivers than hitting the water on one of these luxurious, but affordable, cruise ships.

feb 17 2016

$69 Flights to Caribbean Paradise? You Bet!

Mt Pelee, Martinique

Mount Pelée, in northern Martinique.

(Courtesy Selden Vestrit/Flickr)

When it’s this cold outside, all we can imagine is lying on the beach with coconut trees as shade, sipping on delicious local rum. And now Norwegian Air is making our tropical paradise dreams come true, releasing a crazy-good deal for flights as low as $69 each way to Martinique, one of our Where to Go in 2016 destinations. That's 10 bucks lower than rates we reported just a few weeks ago.

feb 16 2016

U.S. Will Resume Commercial Flights to Cuba

(JW Player)

For the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. commercial flights to Cuba will soon become a reality. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx signed an agreement in Havana on Tuesday setting the stage for U.S. carriers to submit applications to operate commercial flights, with new routes likely in a matter of months.

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