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may 14 2015

Curing Culinary Travel Fever in NYC

Meleena Bowers Photo of Kalustyans

Kalustyans in Murray Hill (Manhattan) is where Marco Polo meets Manhattan.

(Courtesy Meleena Bowers)

This article was written by Meleena Bowers. Follow along with all her travel adventures on Twitter and Instagram at @worldtravelure.

may 13 2015

Outrageous Driver Confessions! Cursing, Speeding, and Other Bad Behavior

Driving into a sunset in Maui

Life goal: to be as serene in the car as the vistas outside it.

(Courtesy millerbd/myBudgetTravel)

Raise your hand if you've ever been behind the wheel and deliberately cut someone off, muttered a curse word under your breath, leaned on the gas pedal a wee bit too hard, or, worse, had any of the above directed at you. That would be all of us, right?

I personally will never forget one particular incident while I was tooling around Palm Springs in my rental car on vacation: Evidently the "no right turn on red" rule doesn't apply in California if you make a full stop first, which this New Yorker quickly learned after waiting patiently through an entire stoplight, only to have a blue-haired woman around age 70 swerve pointedly around me, honking the entire way, then, for good measure, appeared to scream an expletive at me through her window while flipping me the bird.

may 11 2015

5 U.S. Theme Parks Under $50

Santa Cruz Boardwalk in California
(Courtesy Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk)

With Walt Disney World now charging $105 per adult ($99 per child ages 3-9) for a single–park one day ticket to the Magic Kingdom—Universal Studios is just as bad, with prices hovering around the $147 mark if you want to visit both parks to see the entire Wizarding World of Harry Potter—now is the perfect time to start thinking about smaller, regional theme parks where you can get your adrenaline fix for less. Here are five theme parks around the country where the daily price of adult admission is under $50.

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). 

apr 30 2015

New Travel Trend: 'Local Destination' Weddings

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Dutch Country is hot right now for "local destination" weddings.

(Courtesy mmiwig/myBudgetTravel)

Eloping to Europe or a secluded island with your whole wedding posse is soooo 2014. A new report from Wedding Salon suggests that the definition of a "destination" wedding is broadening—and moving much closer to home, especially for couples who have long guest lists.

apr 16 2015

This Weekend: Don't Miss The New York Travel Festival!

New York Travel Festival

Join us for this year's New York Travel Festival April 18th and 19th in NYC's beautiful Upper West Side.

(Courtesy New York Travel Festival)

If you're in the NYC area this weekend and love to travel, come check out the New York Travel Festival, an event geared towards travel enthusiasts of all kinds, whether you're in the industry (or looking to become part of it), a lifelong or long-term traveler, or you just love new experiences and want to see the world. I'm also going to be participating in a panel discusson Sunday at noon—Affordable Luxury: Yes, You CAN Afford It!with Christine Wei from ShermansTravel and Tom Meyers from EuroCheapo, and hosted by Ko Im—so come by and say hello!

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.

mar 12 2015

24 Restaurants in 24 Hours in NYC: This Hysterical Video Proves It Can Be Done!

New York City pizza

What will you eat on your food tour of New York City? The coal-fired Neapolitan pizza at Lombardi's, in Nolita, is a strong contender.

(Lonely Planet)

If you're a traveler who loves food (a.k.a. all of us!), you've probably wondered how many restaurants it would be humanly possible to visit in a new city if you just buckled down and applied yourself. Well, these guys, Harry Yuan and Bruce Aguirre, have done it for you, hitting 24 restaurants in 24 hours in 10 North American cities for their Day of Gluttony series, all delivered with sharp, videogame-style editing and a sense of humor straight out of a buddy comedy.

feb 25 2015

Explore Winter's Coolest ICE Destinations!

A visit to the Fairbanks, Alaska, area in winter means a front-row seat for the Northern Lights as well as a unique museum of ice sculptures!

(Karrapavan / Dreamstime.com)

You know, this time of year, when we think of "travel" we usually think of fleeing the cold. But some people don't mind getting into it. And I mean really into it! Here, some of the world's most amazing "ice destinations," where you can eat, drink, sleep, and most of all chill on vacation!

feb 08 2015

Don't Miss These Valentine's Day & Presidents' Day Travel Deals!

Royal Sonesta Houston

You can save on rates at Royal Sonesta Houston this Valentine's Day weekend.

(Courtesy Royal Sonesta Houston)

Looking to take a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day or enjoy a long weekend trip in honor of Presidents' Day? Here are the deals you won't want to miss!

New England

The Wolfeboro Inn in Wolfeboro, NH, is offering a special Valentine's Day weekend package with rates from $189 a night including a chilled bottle of Moscato and homemade sweets upon arrival, a $60 voucher for dinner for two at Wolfe's Tavern, Sunday brunch for two, and a 1 p.m. late checkout on Sunday, Feb. 15th. Based on availability; valid on Feb. 14th only. Please call 1-800-451-2389 or book this deal online.

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