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jun 18 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.

jun 09 2015

10 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.

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.

may 27 2015

Awesome Summer Food Festivals

The Gilroy Garlic Festival

The Gilroy Garlic Festival, in Northern California, is known not just for serving tons of the aromatic harvest all weekend, but also for culinary pyrotechnics.

(Courtesy Bill Strange)

Ready to get an early start on your summer travel? Some of the world's tastiest food festivals are happening over the next few weeks in some of the world's most beautiful spots. Pack a bag, and an appetite.

EXPO MILANO

may 21 2015

#BTReads 'Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City'

(Lonely Planet)

I love cooking for my family. I especially love introducing them to dishes and flavors that I've encountered in my travels. And when I walk into my kitchen intent on dishing up something fresh and Italian, my first question is often "What would Elizabeth cook?"

Elizabeth Minchilli, a Budget Travel contributor and author of the best-selling apps Eat Rome, Eat Florence, and Eat Venice, has published an incredible memoir, Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City (St. Martin's Press, 2015), that absolutely breathes its subject. Having known Elizabeth for years, I fully expected the book to deliver delightful, sometimes surprising recipes and locals-only intel on restaurants. It sure does.

may 05 2015

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

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.

dec 16 2014

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.

oct 20 2014

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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