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dec 02 2016

Great travel bargains for 2017

(Wangkun Jia/Dreamstime)

As 2016 winds down, it’s time for travelers to think about... next year’s vacation, of course. This morning, I spoke with Jim Cantore live via Skype on the Weather Channel's AMHQ to share incredible international destinations that won’t break the bank, courtesy of our colleagues at the amazing Lonely Planet magazine and LonelyPlanet.com and their Best in Travel 2017 package. (Click here to watch my appearance on this morning's AMHQ.)

dec 01 2016

Deal of the Day: A glorious mansion in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a glamorous trip, from $130

(Travelzoo)

From the grand columns that welcome you at the entrance and in the dignified yet relaxed lobby to the stately and relaxing library space, Queen’s Landing, an historic, recently renovated  CAA 4-Diamond mansion hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, places you squarely in the mind of 19th century elegance. The fact that there’s so much shopping, dining, and wandering to be done in Niagra, said to be one of the best-preserved 19th century North American towns, is just gravy. 

jul 14 2016

Never Brush Your Teeth at the Airport Again, Thanks to This Cool Website

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Flight delay? Instead of languishing at SFO, nab an affordable daytime rate at a reliable hotel at Hotels By Day.

(Courtesy BrianL74/myBudgetTravel)

For the weary traveler, is there anything more refreshing than taking a hot, soothing shower after a long flight? But when you have an epic layover, that relaxing "me time" can feel light years away.

Before you pull out your toothbrush in the airport bathroom, consider booking a room with why-didn’t-we-think-of-this site Hotels By Day. This game changer lets you snag unoccupied hotel rooms for the day at discounted prices, for either a morning, midday, or afternoon stay. Time frames tend to be generous, too, usually ranging from five to nine hours, such as 10 a.m.–6 p.m. or 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Perfect for downtime, whether you're hitting the beach or luxuriating in a sunken tub.

jun 17 2016

Deal of the Day: Niagara Falls from $55!

Beat the summer heat with an affordable escape to Niagara!

(Lonely Planet)

Wanna make a run for the border?

The Canadian border, that is. We’ve got a very cool Travelzoo-exclusive deal for $55 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. You’ll enjoy a cushy stay at the Days Inn Clifton Hill Casino, easy access to the falls, and restaurant credits. You’ll also score wine-tasting passes, a guided chocolate tour (!), and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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 29 2016

15 Last-Minute Spring Break Deals You Can Book on Your Phone

Costa Rica

Ahhhh... Spring break bliss in Costa Rica can be yours for $106.61 per night, new findings show.

(SimonDannhauer/Dreamstime)

Everyone knows that procrastination typically doesn’t pay off. But it does if you’re still looking to book a spring break vacation this year.

Down to the wire and still hunting for a bargain? Check out these destinations first! For spring break, they have some of the lowest average hotel rates, according to new data from Priceline.com, whether you want to hit the beach, ski some fresh powder, or take advantage of sunny outdoor activities.

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mar 11 2016

Editor’s Pick: Luxe Montreal Hotel for Just $144 Per Night

Renaissance Montreal

Courtesy Renaissance Montreal

(Courtesy Renaissance Montreal )

There’s no need to fly across the pond for Francophiles to get their fix—now a taste of the City of Lights can be had right here in North America. Montreal has always been an alternative to Paris when it comes to French flavors at slashed prices (that’s why we’ve celebrated it in the past), and the new Renaissance Montreal is offering quite a deal. To celebrate its debut, now through April 23, they’re offering a special discovery rate of $144, compared to the regular $210.

jul 02 2015

Summer Festivals: Montréal & Québec City

Montréal International Jazz Festival

Don't miss the Montréal International Jazz Festival, happening now thru Sunday, July 5th. 

(Courtesy Montreal Jazz Festival)

We've got Canada on the brain, especially after hearing about these three festivals happening this summer just a 90-minute flight from NYC. Here's why they deserve a spot on your travel radar.

Montréal International Jazz Festival

jun 04 2015

18 Great Places to Go Camping

Ruckle Park, on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, is one of our favorite off-the-rader camping destinations.

(Courtesy Taz/Flickr)

When it comes to getting up close and personal with nature, Budget Travel editors know the spots where you'll find elbow room, nightly lodging for under $30, and North America's most beautiful flora and fauna. This morning, Budget Travel's President and Publisher Elaine Alimonti appeared on the Weather Channel's AMHQ with Sam Champion to share these best-ever campsite recommendations. Here, some off-the-radar faves, surprising East Coast campsites, family-friendly outdoor spots, and places that are perfect for the adventurous camper.

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.

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