|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Adventure, Architecture, Art + Culture, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Landmarks and Monuments, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Museums, Pop Culture and Travel, Public Art, Romance, Scenic Drives, Shopping, Walking Tours, Brussels, Paris, Nice, Nice, Florence, Florence, Venice, Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Barcelona, Lucerne, Luzern, Local and Public Transportation, Food + Drink, Girlfriend Getaways, Hip and Trendy, Solo, Women's Travel|
The latest travel news, vacation tips & advice, travel apps, and more
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.
|0||by Jamie Beckman||Cape Town, Auckland, Aruba, Cannes, Paris, Amalfi, Banff, Calgary, New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, Photography, Travel Photography|
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.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Architecture, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Landmarks and Monuments, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Museums, Pop Culture and Travel, Public Art, Romance, Shopping, Florence, Family Travel, Food + Drink|
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.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Architecture, Art + Culture, Castles and Palaces, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Museums, Pop Culture and Travel, Public Art, Temples and Churches, Italy, Rome, Trip Ideas, Family Travel, Food + Drink, Solo|
"Shoulder Season" is the time in between high and low seasons. Europe's high season, of course, is summer—the kids are out of school, you want to soak up, say, that Italian sun, but you've got to pay a premium for it. Winter, on the other hand, is Europe's low season—rain, fog, and possibly knee-high water in Venice. But in the fall, the crowds depart Europe for school and work, the weather cools to a comfy mid-50s in Dublin, mid- to upper-60s in Venice, low 70s in Barcelona, and at Budget Travel we love to watch those prices go down!
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Great Public Spaces, Historical Travel, Public Art, Romance, Walking Tours, Dublin, Galway, Venice, Bucharest, Barcelona, Cappadocia, Istanbul, Real Deals, Trip Ideas, Family Travel, Food + Drink, Senior|
On Wishful Wednesdays, we like to ask our audience "If you could be anywhere in the world today, where would it be?" For me, this beautiful picture of the Duomo in Florence, framed by a distinctive carved window, always makes me feel as if I'm standing there looking at the real thing!
For some literary travel inspiration set in Florence, I highly recommend E.M. Forster's quirky, romantic novel A Room With a View.
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Spiritual Travel, Florence, Photography, Travel Photography|
Most of the people who have been flocking to the pretty town of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre for decades do so because of the famous hike that connects Vernazza with other towns along the coast. Hiking remains the top thing to do in the Cinque Terre, but it’s by no means the only thing to do. Here are 7 other things worth checking out.
|0||by Jessica Spiegel, Viator.com||Beaches, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Hiking and Climbing, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Shopping, Train Travel, Volunteer Travel, Walking Tours, Wildlife Appreciation, Italy, Family Travel, Food + Drink, Girlfriend Getaways, Solo, Women's Travel|
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:
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Beaches, Cruises, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Hiking and Climbing, Historical Travel, Islands, Literary Travel, Pop Culture and Travel, Paris, Italy, Cairo, Cusco, Cuzco, Lima, Hawaii, Questions and Opinions, River Cruises, Trip Ideas|
I've already shared my 7 tips for visiting Rome. Now it's time for Venice, one of the world's most romantic cities.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Architecture, Art + Culture, Museums, Italy, Venice, Photography, Trip Ideas, Family Travel|
If you're planning a winter vacation, you've probably noticed that some of the most beautiful, luxurious spots are also the most crowded and expensive. It's just the laws of supply and demand. But what if I told you there was a "sweet spot" that travel experts call Shoulder Season between the pricy high season and the less-desirable (often rainy and cold) low season? Over the next few months there are a few great opportunities to beat the crowds, enjoy nice weather, and even save some money.
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Amusement and Theme Parks, Beaches, Art + Culture, Disney, Food + Drink, Literary Travel, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Wildlife Appreciation, Thailand, Bahamas, Nassau, Dublin, Venice, Scottsdale, Orlando, Hawaii, Honolulu, Oahu, New Orleans, Hotel Booking Strategies, Airfares & Flying, Before the Trip, Trip Ideas, Food + Drink|