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jul 19 2016

9 Best Budget Eats in Milan, Italy

Detail of Duomo Cathedral in Milan Italy

If you can tear yourself away from Milan's magnificent Duomo, here are the best places to enjoy an Italian treat for less.

(Lonely Planet)

For some, the highlight of a trip to Milan is viewing Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. But for the food-obsessed, a visit here revolves around eating supper (and breakfast and lunch, too). In a country revered for gastronomic treasures, Milan's culinary abundance stands tall. Best known for fashion and finance, this chic, sleek, and efficient Northern Italian city will tantalize your taste buds at every turn. History and geography are on its side. Milan is located in the Po Valley, surrounded by fertile pastures and prolific rice fields, which translates to your plate with luxuriously rich cheese and butter, plus the risotto of your dreams. Centuries of foreign conquerors have left their mark with an open-minded food scene and authentic ethnic cuisine.

may 10 2016

16 Picture-Perfect Small European Towns

this picture was taken early in the morning at hallstatt, austria on november 12th, 2008.

A beautiful morning in Hallstatt, Austria.

(Courtesy tgreuter/myBudgetTravel)

This article was written by Zeneba Bowers and Matt Walker and originally appeared on their blog, littleroadseurope.com.

Europe is full of small towns that look like they're lifted right from a postcard rack: Sweeping vistas; cobblestone streets; thatched-roof cottages or terracotta-roofed villas; idyllic parks; quaint storefronts selling meats, cheeses, flowers, and crafts; restaurants and pubs full of local flavor, in their cuisine and in their people. Some of these, like the villages that surround Italy's Lake Como or dot the landscape in England's Cotswolds, are dauntingly pricey and crushed with tourists during high season. However, there are many places, if you know where and when to look, that offer dining, shopping, and admissions to sights for very reasonable costs; lodging, too, is significantly less than you'd expect, especially in the off-season. Here are 16 picture-perfect European towns that we've discovered over the years.

Hallstatt, Austria

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.)

apr 27 2016

Save Major Dough on Tourist Attractions with Last-Minute Booking App Whym

Big Ben, London
(Iakov Kalinin/Dreamstime)

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Some "tourist" attractions are 100 percent worth visiting. The ticket-booking app Whym gets us. The app offers travelers last-minute deals on desirable activities like guided tours of the Colosseum in Rome, U.S. city passes, Parisian wine tastings, Nevada desert sunset horseback rides, and admission to all kinds of museums at deep discounts—up to 60 percent off. All you need is a smartphone: The app is available for both Android and iOS (free, itunes.com, play.google.com).

apr 04 2016

Win a FREE European Vacation from Contiki

Can you guess which European vacation matches the contents of bag no. 4 (above) in Contiki's #BagTagContest? If you're between the ages of 18 and 35, visit Contiki.com/bagtag to enter for a chance to win one of six amazing Euro trips!

(Contiki)

Ready to explore Italy? Or Spain? Or maybe take a grand tour that takes you through several European capitals?

Of course you are! So we’re psyched to share a contest that could make it happen: Contiki, the travel company for 18-to-35-year-olds, is offering a chance for travelers in that age range to win a FREE European vacation via its #BagTagContest.

feb 22 2016

European Style for $17/Night! Hip Hostels to Open in Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Rome

Amsterdam Canal

Float down an Amsterdam canal during the day, then hang out with new friends at a Generator property at night.

(Mtsaride/Dreamstime)

Dreaming about visiting Europe this year? We have good news that might encourage you to hit that "book" button, especially if you're a solo traveler. Design-focused Generator, a line of chic, affordable European hostels, is opening three new locations in Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Rome, just in time for the peak season.

feb 19 2016

Where to Find the Best Pizza in Rome

Looking for a great lunchtime pizzeria near Rome's Spanish Steps? Try Pizzeria Leoncino, one of food blogger Elizabeth Minchilli's top picks!

(Courtesy antfern/myBudgetTravel)

Elizabeth Minchilli is the host of the blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome and author of the book Eating Rome and the apps Eat Rome, Eat Florence, and Eat Venice.

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.

nov 24 2015

How to do Florence on a Budget

Pointe Vecchia in Florence, Italy

Visit Ponte Vecchio, the city's famous medieval arched bridge, now home to an assortment of shops and restaurants, and a regular spot for free musical entertainment.

(Courtesy mcmillent/myBudgetTravel)

Florence is an Italian city best known for its art. Home to the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Galleria dell'Accademia (where Michelangelo's David masterpiece resides), visitors from around the world flock to see famous statues and paintings by Raphael, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci among others. The good news is you don't have to break the bank to get some world-class culture. You can view sculptures, paintings, and other works of art for less—or for free—if you know where to look.

nov 17 2015

7 Tested Tips for Visiting Rome

Roman Colosseum
(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

Even when on vacation, it’s hard for a travel editor to stop working. In May of 2012, my family embarked on an 11–day Italian adventure, including stops in Venice, Lake Como, the Cinque Terre area, Pisa, Florence, and finally, Rome. Needless to say, I kept jotting down notes and little tidbits of advice to bring home with me—and share with all of you. From free sites to deflecting insistent street salesmen, here are seven things to keep in mind when visiting Rome.

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