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jun 04 2015

New 'Mini Fashion Bar' Lets You Buy High-Style Clothes in Your Hotel Room—Affordably!

Hotel Fashion Bar

Need a jacket for sightseeing? A new European service offers clothing and accessories for purchase right from your hotel room's closet.

(Courtesy Pimkie)

The very concept of a hotel room closet filled with new, fashionable clothing you can buy on the spot—just like you would a can of soda from the mini bar—sounds like something only the one percent could afford, right? Wrong!

The Mini Fashion Bar, just launched at the Banks Boutique Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium (rates from about $112 per night), by French fashion brand Pimkie, stocks boutique hotel rooms with stylish women's duds like bomber jackets, statement necklaces, cool jeans, and little black dresses, all hand-picked by fashion bloggers and stylists—and tailored to the weather and your location. The best part: Prices start at less than $6, with clothing averaging about $28 per piece.

apr 17 2015

Contiki Wants Millennials To See The World!

Contiki in Paris

This epic jumping photo in front of the Eiffel Tower was taken during my first Contiki trip to London and Paris. I'm second from the right.

(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

Attention Millennials: Get ready to have the time of your life! BT readers between the ages of 18 and 35 can save 15 percent on four fabulous Contiki tours when they book by Apr. 30th for travel thru 2015.

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 10 2015

Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson Agree: Paris Is Always a Good Idea

Paris Eiffel Tower in Spring
(Courtesy travelmama/myBudgetTravel)

When you've got it, flaunt it! Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson recently crashed the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week dressed as their legendary characters, fashion icons Derek and Hansel, to promote Zoolander 2, expected to hit theaters Feb. 12, 2016. Check out the video below to see the guys work the runway!

sep 23 2014

In Paris, Selfies Are IN, Love Locks Are OUT

(Dan Breckwoldt / Dreamstime.com)

It's a romantic idea in theory, but a destructive one in practice: For years, couples visiting Paris have affixed padlocks to the city's Pont des Arts bridge and thrown the keys into the Seine as a symbol of their everlasting love. Awww. But what happens after the lovers stroll off the bridge hand in hand is far from sweet: The thousands of "love locks" hooked onto the river's bridges cause the railings to sag, forcing the city to replace the panels, only to have them fill up with locks again.

apr 08 2014

What's Your Dream Trip?

The Eiffel Tower in Paris in the spring

My dream has always been to visit Paris, and I finally did it last year. What is your dream trip?

(Courtesy travelmama/myBudgetTravel)

We've got dream trips on the brain—I realized my dream of visiting Paris last year when I went on Contiki's London & Paris Plus Paris Extension tour, and will finally realize my dream of seeing Machu Picchu when I go on the Machu Picchu Adventure tour with G Adventures in a few weeks. Dream trips were also the theme for our March/April digital issue of Budget Travel magazine (now available on BudgetTravel.com, in the Apple App Store, on Google Play, and for Nook and Kindle). To get into the spirit of things, we asked several of our staff members to share their dream trips—here's what they said:

feb 21 2014

Food Lover’s Guide to Paris

A Parisian market

Visit a French market during your visit to Paris.

(Courtesy cackowoski/myBudgetTravel)

This article was written by Christine Cantera on behalf of Viator.com's Travel Blog.

Cheese. Bread. Pastries. With all the amazing things to eat in Paris, it’s a wonder anyone has time to visit the museums! If your itinerary for Paris looks more like a grocery list than a guide book, check out our tips for food lovers who are ready to fall in love with the City of Light.

feb 13 2014

5 Little-Known Museums in Paris

This article was written by Christine Cantera on behalf of Viator.com.

The Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and even the Paris Catacombs have become the default must-do list for visitors to Paris. But if you’ve come to the City of Light in search of a more authentic, or just plain weird, museum-going experience, then take a look at our picks for the top five little-known museums in Paris.

nov 05 2013

4 Scams To Watch Out For In Paris

I just got back from an amazing trip to London and Paris with Contiki, a tour company that specializes in tour packages for 18-to-35-year-olds, where I spent nine days touring the sights and attractions both cities are known for—my London & Paris, plus Paris Extension tour included guided day-trips to Stonehenge, Bath, and Versailles, as well as group visits to the Eiffel Tower at night, a show in London's West End (ours was to Mamma Mia!), and an optional trip to see the Moulin Rouge dinner show that I couldn't resist. Needless to say, I was able to get a great sense of both places before the two-day extension portion of my trip started in Paris—Contiki's plan allowed for a great mix of time spent with the group, time in smaller groups, and plenty of solo travel time during the last two days, which I used to explore the city on foot, armed with my camera and a few French phrases, soaking up every moment  and appreciating the beauty around me. For a look at my journey through London and Paris, please follow our brand new Instagram page, mybudgettravel.

oct 16 2013

What Are Your Favorite Things to do in London and Paris?

By this time next week, I'll be strolling along the Champs-Elysées, snacking on fresh-baked croissants, and roaming the streets of Paris on my way to the next world-famous museum. I'm going to be visiting London and Paris next week and the good news is, you can come, too! Follow along with my adventures as I post photos from the road to our brand new Instagram page, @budgettravel.

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