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may 22 2015

#BTRoadTrip: Tucson to Del Rio, Texas

Beer in Texas

Craft-beer color wheel: a flight of local pours from Big Bend Brewing Co. in Alpine, Texas.

(Whitney Tressel)

Hop in the passenger's seat on the ultimate road trip! We're posting real-time dispatches as Budget Travel's Photo Editor, Whitney Tressel, journeys across the country using tips from locals as her guide. Prepare for beautiful beaches and parks, amazing local cuisine, and one-of-a-kind experiences you only get when you talk to the real Americans who make this country great.

may 22 2015

Budget Travel's Memorial Day Road Trips on AMHQ

California's Central Coast awaits escapees from the Bay Area. Here, the gorgeous coast along Monterey.

(Courtesy kgib/myBudgetTravel)

Budget Travel's President and Publisher Elaine Alimonti shared our best-ever last-minute weekend road trips with Sam Champion this morning on the Weather Channel's AMHQ. Elaine's top three picks were:

may 15 2015

Is U.S. Train Travel Safe?

(Courtesy dbrown1793/myBudgetTravel)

The fatal derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia Tuesday evening raises serious concerns about the safety of U.S. train travel. As I write this, it's been determined that the train was traveling at more than 100 mph (twice its speed limit). At least seven people were killed and more than 200 injured.

may 14 2015

#BTRoadTrip: San Diego to Tucson

Fish tacos in San Diego

Got five bucks? That buys lunch at Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill in San Diego. These mahi mahi tacos backed up their reputation as the best fish tacos in the world.

(Whitney Tressel)

Hop in the passenger's seat on the ultimate road trip! We're posting real-time dispatches as Budget Travel's Photo Editor, Whitney Tressel, journeys across the country using tips from locals as her guide. Prepare for beautiful beaches and parks, amazing local cuisine, and one-of-a-kind experiences you only get when you talk to the real Americans who make this country great.

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 12 2015

#BTRoadTrip: Los Angeles to San Diego

California sunset

A gull soars past a gauzy golden-hour sunset in La Jolla, waves crashing into the craggy sea cliffs.

(Whitney Tressel)

Hop in the passenger's seat on the ultimate road trip! We're posting real-time dispatches as Budget Travel's Photo Editor, Whitney Tressel, journeys across the country using tips from locals as her guide. Prepare for beautiful beaches and parks, amazing local cuisine, and one-of-a-kind experiences you only get when you talk to the real Americans who make this country great.

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). 

may 02 2015

5 Easy Ways to Save on Food at Disney

Magic Kingdom Disney World

Magic Kingdom dining hint: Have breakfast instead of dinner at Winnie the Pooh and Friends at Crystal Palace and save 35 percent per person.

(Puppie2008/Dreamstime)

This article was written by Ashley Dickey on behalf of ReserveOrlando.com.

"Affordable" probably isn't the first word you'd use to describe dining at Disney World, but there are deals on dining to be had that don't fall into the "mega-splurge" category. Use our insider tips below for navigating the park's food scene without emptying your wallet, including how to choose the right restaurants, dine at the right times, and scoop up special offers that few park-goers know about.

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