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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 21 2016

Tap That App! Ask a Digital Jeeves for (Almost) Anything With HotelTonight's Cool New Feature

HotelTonight San Francisco

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 15 2016

WOW Air Names New Aircraft TF-GAY to Support LGBT Rights

(Courtesy WOW Airlines)

Iceland’s low-cost transatlantic airline, WOW Air, is taking LGBT support to new heights—literally. They just announced that they named their newest aircraft TF-GAY, and the Airbus 330-300 will service the route from Reykjavík (KEF) to San Francisco (SFO)—a city known for its involvement in pushing for equal LGBT rights in the United States—when flights begin on June 9.

dec 29 2015

Spring Flights From Under $100!

Be here now: Plenty of Southwest flights to (and from) sunny Los Angeles are under $100 if you purchase by December 31.

(Lonely Planet)

Our friends at Southwest are offering some pretty amazing airfares for winter and spring travel through May, but you have to act now: The sale ends as the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

dec 18 2015

Where Does Santa Claus Go For His Post-Christmas Vacation?

(Pavel Chernobrivets/Dreamstime.com)

You're not gonna believe this, but I interviewed Santa Claus.

It happened like this: About a month ago I was thinking about how much I dislike traveling around the holidays. Call me Scrooge (who, btw, I did not interview—because he is a fictional character), but I just don't like crowds. If I have my way, I take my family somewhere nice after the holidays. I started thinking about who might be an expert on post-Christmas travel and it hit me: Who works harder at Christmastime—or deserves more of a break afterward—than St. Nick?

nov 30 2015

10 Holiday Festivals Worth Traveling To

Holiday festivities at Keystone Resort, Colorado, include a chocolate village, the world's largest snow fort, and the chance to take a two-horse open sleigh ride to a festive dinner prepared in a log cabin.

(Bob Winsett/Courtesy Keystone Resort)

Who says there's no place like home for the holidays? Some of the world's best travel destinations are also home to uniquely fun, quirky, and in some cases downright rowdy holiday celebrations. Here, some of our favorites.

Party in Key West. This town knows how to have a good time, and the holidays are no exception. Check out the Harbor Walk of Lights along the Historic Seaport, take tours of historic decorated inns, take in the town’s legendary lighted parade, and welcome in the New Year in what may be America’s ultimate party zone, the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square.

sep 11 2015

Shoulder Season Bargains for Under $100/Night!

(Lonely Planet)

It’s Shoulder Season! The weather’s still great, but the crowds have thinned out at some of our favorite travel destinations. Translation: Luxurious vacations at a discount. Budget Travel’s president and publisher, Elaine Alimonti, shared these three amazing vacations for under $100/night on the Weather Channel’s AMHQ this morning. For 19 more awesome and affordable trips, read 22 Vacations for Under $100/Night.

jun 02 2015

Hogwarts Comes to Hollywood

Here's a glimpse of what the "next" Hogwarts will look like when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Hollywood next spring.

(Courtesy Universal Studios Hollywood)

The words "press conference" don't exactly send a chill of anticipation up our spines most of the time, but today's announcement by Universal Studios Hollywood is the exception: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is a 3D-HD experience that will be the centerpiece of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening in California next spring.

may 12 2015

#BTRoadTrip: Los Angeles to San Diego

California sunset

A gull soars past a gauzy golden-hour sunset in La Jolla, waves crashing into the craggy sea cliffs.

(Whitney Tressel)

Hop in the passenger's seat on the ultimate road trip! We're posting real-time dispatches as Budget Travel's Photo Editor, Whitney Tressel, journeys across the country using tips from locals as her guide. Prepare for beautiful beaches and parks, amazing local cuisine, and one-of-a-kind experiences you only get when you talk to the real Americans who make this country great.

jan 13 2015

How to Do L.A. on a Budget

Los Angeles, California
(Steve Allen/Dreamstime.com)

A glitzy getaway to Los Angeles doesn't necessarily require a hefty price tag that only celebrities can afford. Savvy visitors can soak in the City of Angels like the locals do—and find some hidden budget-friendly surprises along the way. In fact, the city of Angels offers an array of great freebies and activities that are easy on the wallet, offering a fun and relaxing escape for the entire family.

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