Budget Travel's Blog

The latest travel news, vacation tips & advice, travel apps, and more

jan 28 2016

Deals to Escape Winter!

Copamarina Beach Resort in Puerto Rico is offering deals from $145/night.

(Courtesy Copamarina Beach Resort)

Despite all the fun we had last weekend sledding and sipping cocoa, I'm getting a little weary of winter. So, I was psyched to see some luxe-for-less deals come our way. They can drop you on a warm, sunny beach, pronto:

PUERTO RICO. You don't need a passport to visit this U.S. territory, but in all other respects you’ll be a world away from home. Stroll the old-world streets of Old San Juan, kayak in the eerily beautiful Bioluminescent Bay, and taste local favorites like arepas and spicy Asian-fusion dishes that juxtapose noodles with Latin-flavored meat and vegetables. Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa is located on a secluded beach with 20 acres of tropical gardens and nearby diving opportunities from $145/night.

dec 10 2015

Great Getaways: Hawaii's Big Island

Sunset in kona

This beautiful Kona sunset has your name on it.

(Courtesy melvilla/myBudgetTravel)

When I was 12 years old, my family was living in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, and we decided to branch out and explore the other islands—we started with Maui, and eventually visited the Big Island and Kauai before the summer was over. I remember being especially excited to visit the Big Island since we had just finished learning about volcanoes in my middle school science class a few weeks before our trip, and couldn't wait to see the real thing up close. I recently wrote about the best things to do on Oahu—here's my list of places you shouldn't miss on Hawaii's Big Island. (Special note: you will need a car to reach the places mentioned, as most Big Island hotels are centered around the towns of Hilo and Kona.)

Get up close to an active volcano

dec 08 2015

8 Essential Tips For Visiting the Island of Oahu

I was lucky enough to grow up in Kaneohe and Kailua on the island of Oahu—my parents had visited for their honeymoon in the 1980s and fallen in love with the island, vowing to move there someday and raise a family, which they eventually did. After leaving our home in Kailua 14 years ago, my mother and I finally had a chance to go back and visit Oahu this year, stopping by our old haunts along the Windward coast and North Shore, and checking out new restaurants and nightlife in Honolulu and Waikiki now that I was actually old enough to enjoy them.

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.

jul 29 2015

12 Hawaiian Words Every Visitor Should Know

Beach in makena cove with palm tree and waves in south maui, hawaii
(Idreamphotos/Dreamstime.com)

This article was written by Kyle Ellison on behalf of Viator.com.

There was once a time when it was heavily frowned upon to speak Hawaiian in public. Suppressed by missionaries and western businessmen who were working to supplant the culture, the Hawaiian language was only spoken in the privacy of family and friends. In fact, in the 1970s, it was estimated that fewer than 50 children could fluently speak Hawaiian.

jul 01 2015

Honeymoon Smackdown: Which Destination Will Reign Supreme?

Fiji

Fiji is a top contender...and one of BT's most romantic islands in the world.

(Courtesy cmiller29/myBudgetTravel)

Guys, I have a confession to make: My wedding is in three months, and my fiancé and I haven't planned our honeymoon. 

I know, I know. I'm a travel editor. I'm in the business of lovey-dovey, Instagram-worthy destinations. I wrote 10 Most Romantic Islands in the World. I wrote Honeymoon Paradise for Less, for crying out loud. And now I'm telling you that when it comes to my own ultimate romantic vacation, I've got nada.

jun 17 2015

15 Dances to Learn Around the World

hula girl dancing at a luau oahu hawaii

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to learn the hula in Hawaii!

(Courtesy Ray_from_LA/Flickr)

This article was written by the Viator Travel Team on behalf of Viator.com.

Great art isn’t always found in museums. Dance varies from place to place, yet remains a constant way for people to express themselves. Whether performed in a grand theater or on a street corner, dance can be emotional, tell tales, or be a way to celebrate. Whatever the reason or venue, the rhythm is out to get you. Grab your passport and take on a calorie burning challenge with these dances to watch and learn around the world.

Samba in Brazil

may 07 2015

10 Memorable Mother’s Day Brunches

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Treat Mom to a nice Mother's Day brunch in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

(Courtesy Maju_Rezende/Flickr)

This article was written by Kristine Hansen and originally appeared on Fox News Travel.

Move over, Champagne and fluffy omelets: Some Mother's Day brunches are ditching tradition for eclectic offerings. Today's moms want a table with an ocean view, or a buffet inspired by the regions of France, or a live musical performance across the room, or a chic tea in America's wealthiest zip code (hello, 90210). 

mar 19 2015

7 Most Amazing Under-the-Radar Road Trips in the U.S.

Beautiful Rockport, MA, is one of the stops on these exceptional lesser-known American road trips!

(Courtesy SusanHalay/myBudgetTravel)

This article was written by Jimmy Im and originally appeared on Yahoo Travel.

According to AAA, one in four Americans take a road trip every year, and with good reason. It's cost effective (especially with falling gas prices), enriching, and utterly nostalgic, and just plain fun. While plenty of iconic routes snake across our nation (like the Pacific Coast Highway and Route 66) we rounded up under-the-radar routes that should definitely be on your bucket list. They're just that amazing. So get your favorite driving playlists ready and check out these hidden-gem road-tripping adventures.

jan 21 2015

Vote NOW for America's Coolest Small Town 2015!

Hillsborough, NC, amassed the most nominations to make Budget Travel's list of 15 semifinalists in our America's Coolest Small Town 2015 contest!

(Courtesy Donn Young/Orange County Visitors Bureau)

Will YOUR favorite town be named America's Coolest? Budget Travel's 10th annual America's Coolest Small Town contest is now open—place your vote today! We've assembled 15 semifinalists—cool towns from Hawaii to Maine, from Washington State to Florida, and two from North Carolina!—based on our audience's online nominations. When voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 25, one town will be named coolest for 2015, earning themselves bragging rights and the top spot in an upcoming online feature and story in our tablet edition.

Our newsletter delivers vacation inspiration straight to your inbox.

Check Prices