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apr 25 2014

Five Unforgettable Vacations for Under $100/Night!

Charming Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is one world-class destination that won't break the bank!

(Mike Clime/Dreamstime)

Here at Budget Travel, we know nobody wants to skimp on vacation—it’s the time for great food, luxurious surroundings, and breathtaking scenery. But what if we told you that all that can be yours for less than $100 a day? Contributing Editor Darley Newman joined Today show hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda to share five “real” budget destinations:

nov 08 2013

Great Getaways: Chicago

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago
(Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes/Dreamstime)

If you're looking for a fun, affordable Chicago city getaway, the options are endless: you can spend the day shopping your heart out along the Magnificent Mile, cruising the Chicago River, and even go to the beach on beautiful Lake Michigan. It's a great walking city—you'll even see tourism officials around to steer you in the right direction, and if all else fails, the L metro system isn''t hard to navigate. In short, there are enough parks, museums, and family-friendly attractions to keep everyone entertained. Plus, there's great food everywhere—deep dish pizza or Chicago-style hot dogs, anyone? We've got eight ways to soak up the city whether you're in town for the week or the weekend.

oct 14 2013

10 Essential Vacations for Every Bucket List

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

When in Paris, visit the Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring all who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

(Courtesy newyorkgirl/myBudgetTravel)

Article by Jennifer Gilligan.

LAS VEGAS

The Run Down: Dubbed the city of sin, Las Vegas is an adult's playground. Between the drinking and the gambling, though, you may find yourself with a few hours to burn. During your downtime, check out the Bodies exhibit, Madame Tussauds, the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, and CSI: The Experience. You should check out the Miracle Mile shops as well. There's plenty of fun to be had in Las Vegas without drinking or gambling.

aug 22 2013

How to Save Money This Labor Day Weekend 2013

The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

Where will you go this Labor Day weekend?

(Courtesy of The World of Coca-Cola)

Who says getting away for the long weekend has to be expensive? We've already covered the best getaways that should be on your travel radar—here, we present more ways to save money this Labor Day weekend.

jun 25 2013

Amtrak Expects Summer Ridership to Rise This Year

Glacier National Park is just one of the breathtaking vacation destinations served by Amtrak this summer.

(Courtesy Loco Steve/Flickr)

A reporter recently asked me for some rail travel tips. I told her quite honestly, "You know, I have to admit sometimes train travel is my favorite way to go."

A great train ride can combine the best of road tripping (beautiful sights whizzing by your window, an ever-changing kaleidoscope of images) and flying (comfy seat, the ability to nod off at a moment's notice). Amtrak is reporting that advance ticket sales suggest ridership will be up significantly this July and August compared with last year. Translation? If you're considering taking the train this summer, don't wait too long to make up your mind. With that in mind, I thought I'd take a second to remind you of some of the options Amtrak is offering this summer.

feb 08 2013

7 Hotel Deals for Presidents' Day (and Valentine's Day) Weekend

The Bowery House, New York City

You could be staying in the Prince Room at the The Bowery House in New York City for less thanks to these holiday weekend hotel deals.

(Courtesy The Bowery House)

Looking to take a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day or enjoy a long weekend trip in honor of Presidents' Day? We're here to help. Here are seven hotel deals you need to know about. 

Kimpton Hotels
Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland
All 12 Kimpton properties in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland are offering a special "Take It Off For Love" rate—basically, the longer you stay, the more money you save. You'll save 10 percent on a one night stay, 20 percent on a two night stay, and 30 percent on a three night stay, so you're paying roughly $125 per night for one night, from $110 per night for two nights, and from $95 per night for three nights. The special rate is available Thursdays thru Sundays now thru Mar. 3, 2013, including Presidents' Day weekend. As a special treat, you'll also score complimentary chocolates and champagne on your first night. Enter promo code 4LOVE when booking online.

jan 30 2013

Study Ranks Best and Worst Airports in the U.S.

A survey of travel agents found that they had a lot of strong feelings about Atlanta's airport.

(Courtesy Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)

Nonstop flights are always the best option, but sometimes you can't avoid making a stop along the way. So which are the best airports for connections? Travel Leaders Group asked hundreds of travel agents which airports they use-and avoid-for their clients, and here's what they had to say.

dec 07 2012

Chicago Is "Second City" in Search

Chicago, birthplace of the skyscraper, is second to none in architecture, fine art, and public parks.

(Rudi1976 / Dreamstime.com)

You probably weren't surprised to hear that the iPhone5 and Kim Kardashian made Yahoo's list of the most searched phrases of 2012. Yawn. But when Yahoo drilled down to determine the most searched city names of the year, its list did contain at least one unexpected result: Chicago came in second, right after perennial no. 1 Las Vegas and ahead of mega-destinations such as London, New York, and San Francisco.

sep 26 2012

Where Travelers Pay the Highest Taxes

Travelers to Chicago pay the highest amount of taxes per day (Courtesy jenmoretti/myBudgetTravel)

When you are setting your vacation budget, it's easy to overlook taxes as you calculate airfare and hotel rates and even reasonably priced restaurants. But a recent report may have you adding them to the budget.

The Global Business Travel Association published a report exposing the average amount of taxes travelers pay per day in 50 popular cities by factoring in local sales tax as well as taxes on car rentals, hotel stays, and meals. The most expensive cities for taxes are not a huge surprise—Chicago ($40.31 per day), New York ($37.98 per day), and Boston ($34.83 per day). Other cities in the top 10 include Minneapolis, Seattle, and Cleveland (not cities you would think of as pricy), where travelers also pay around $34 per day in taxes.

sep 06 2012

7 Great Culinary Bike Tours

Ride around San Francisco, one of many culinary bike tours around the country

(Daniel Watson-Weller)

The French aren’t the only ones who can pair a meal with a pair of wheels. A fresh crop of culinary bike tours is leading American city slickers to restaurants that are well worth the trip.

Charlotte

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