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jan 28 2016

A Cool New App for Theater Lovers

(Lonely Planet)

You know that moment when you walk into a Broadway theater and an usher hands you a Playbill and takes you to your seats? As a native New Yorker and avid theater-goer, that's been one of my favorite experiences since I was a little boy. Well, that feeling of discovery and anticipation just got a whole lot cooler.

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 21 2015

4 Tours To Try On Your Next Trip To NYC

Dough donuts at City Kitchen in Midtown

Get to know local favorites on one of these unique NYC tours.

(Courtesy New York City Urban Adventures)

So, you've already been to Times Square, walked around Central Park, and visited iconic sites like the Empire State Building. But there's more to the Big Apple than meets the eye. These four tours offer another look at a place you already think you know.

Walks of New York Disney Broadway Stages Tour

dec 11 2015

Best Places To Ring In The New Year

New Year's Eve at Great Wolf Lodge

Celebrate the New Year at Great Wolf Lodge.

(Courtesy Great Wolf Lodge)

This is the year you’re gonna do better than watch the ball drop on TV, right? There’s a great big world of New Year’s celebrations out there! From a big-city bash to a beach retreat to family fun, our resolution is to deliver a Happy New Year for every travel personality. BT Senior Editor Jamie Beckman shared these three great ideas on the Weather Channel's AMHQ this morning:

The Roxy Tribeca Surrealist Ball

dec 04 2015

Stay in NYC for $100 a Night During Hotel Week

Pod 39 in New York City

Mention "Hotel Week" when booking a room at Murray Hill's Pod 39 and pay only $100 a night during Hotel Week.

(Courtesy Pod 39)

Don't miss this—New York City's fifth annual Hotel Week is happening Jan. 3-15, 2016. Rooms at more than a dozen participating hotels around the city are being offered from $100 and $200 per night, which can save you tons of money compared to regular prices that are often in the $500 range. Listed below are the participating hotels, their "prix-fixe" price ranges, and how to take advantage of the deals. Room prices are per night and do not include hotel taxes—some of the hotels (noted below) also include continental breakfast.

ROOMS FROM $100 A NIGHT

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.

nov 18 2015

Insider Tips for Enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Kermit the Frog balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City
(Courtesy Macy's)

Budget Travel is based in New York City, and we get just as swept up in the city’s holiday lights, music, and energy as any visitor. With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coming up, we decided to take a peek behind the scenes to provide you with some of the best advice for getting the most out of this annual extravaganza. Here, the best insider intel from Bill Schermerhorn, vice president of creative for annual events at Macy’s.

nov 06 2015

The Rockefeller Center Tree Arrived Today!

This 10-ton, 78-foot Norway Spruce made a dramatic entrance at NYC's Rockefeller Center this morning after an 80-mile journey from Gardiner, NY.

(Robert Firpo-Cappiello)

Budget Travel was on the scene as this year's Rockefeller Center holiday tree made an impressive arrival in NYC this morning!

Actually, I happened to be at 30 Rock for Budget Travel's AMHQ segment, "Take Control of Weather-Related Travel Delays." But as a native New Yorker who grew up visiting Rockefeller Center as a little boy (my dad worked for NBC TV), it was a thrill to see the freshly cut behemoth up close like this.

oct 27 2015

Hop on This Amtrak Flash Sale Now!

(Courtesy Amtrak)

My favorite way to explore the Northeast (where I live and work) is by train. For my money, there’s a convenience, comfort, and, yeah, even romance to riding the rails.

Some of the most delightful East Coast adventures I’ve had started out by boarding an Amtrak train in New York City’s Pennsylvania Station (which everbody here calls “Penn”) and riding down to Baltimore to visit my cousins, explore the Inner Harbor, the aquarium, and discover one of the tastiest Little Italy neighborhoods I’ve ever eaten in. (And, in case your wondering, my cousins frequently ride up to NYC for holiday window-shopping, skating in Bryant Park, and the other myriad possibilities my native city offers visitors.)

oct 21 2015

Back to the Future Day Travel Deals

Back to the Future movie

Catch a free ride in a DeLorean on Back to the Future Day, among other cool travel deals.

(Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection)

Today, the red-letter day of October 21, 2015, you're going to see some serious stuff in the travel world, from free DeLorean rides to 1985-era hotel prices, in honor of Back to the Future Day, the precise day that Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and Jennifer Parker zoom to in Back to the Future Part II—30 years after 1985. Yep, it's finally here!

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