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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.

jan 30 2015

Don't Miss These Epic Super Bowl Sunday Ski Deals From Liftopia!

Smuggler's Notch

You can save big on skiing at Smuggler's Notch this Super Bowl Sunday.

(Courtesy Smuggler’s Notch)

This Sunday, the only thing deflated will be the price of your lift tickets (we hope!) You might even want to skip the big game once you see the kinds of savings happening on Liftopia this Super Bowl Sunday! Here are some of the deals you can find on Liftopia's website for skiing in California, New England, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Utah, the Northern Rockies, the Midwest, and in the Pacific Northwest. Savings shown are based on regular walk-up window rates and are per person.

California

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.

jan 19 2015

Save Money With 2-For-1 Broadway Tickets

The bright lights of Broadway
(Courtesy Susan/Flickr)

It's my favorite time of year: Broadway Week in New York City, where you can save big on buzz–worthy Broadway shows thanks to 2-For-1 ticket deals on select shows Jan. 20th to Feb. 5th. There are 21 shows participating this year and tickets are on sale now through the website.

jan 15 2015

Opa! A Sweet Petimezi Syrup Recipe from Greece, Plus an Athens Taverna You Must Visit!

Roasted Grape Bread Pudding

Check out the petimezi drizzle on that roasted grape bread pudding from Death Ave in NYC.

(Courtesy Death Ave)

If you're a Grecophile, visiting Bronze Age Greece's ruins is probably on your bucket list if you haven't already checked it off, specifically the island of Crete's ancient Palace of Knossos, with its dolphin frescoes and proto-theater. Touring Crete's mountainous landscape and gorgeous beaches is one way to get a sense of Minoan civilization—but you can have an actual taste of it by trying petimezi, a non-fermented grape molasses used as a topping for everything from seafood to salad, or as substitute for honey. Sweetening food with the syrup was standard practice in Ancient Greece—evidence exists that even the Minoans used it. 

jan 06 2015

Don't Wait: Hotels From $100 During NYC 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 fourth annual Hotel Week is happening now thru January 18th. Rooms at more than 30 participating hotels around the city are being offered from $100, $200, and $300 a 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.

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