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apr 23 2015

Take a Cooking Class on Vacation (or at Home!) With This Great Deal

Dim Sum

Make your own dim sum in one of Le Cordon Bleu's workshops at a reduced rate.

(Lonely Planet)

Indulge your inner Julia Child on your next vacation—no plane ticket to Paris necessary.

A new hands-on cooking class deal from Travelzoo offers half-priced courses from Le Cordon Bleu chefs at Bleu Ribbon Kitchen locations in 16 U.S. cities: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Pasadena, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Seattle.

apr 23 2015

Earth Day Inspiration from Budget Travel on the Weather Channel!

Oheo Gulch at Haleakala National Park

The vibrant Oheo Gulch coastline at Maui's Haleakala National Park, one of our choices for the U.S.'s most beautiful national parks.

(Courtesy johnjaneelliott/myBudgetTravel)

In honor of Earth Day 2015, which fell right in the middle of this week's National Park Week (April 18–26), BT contributing editor Darley Newman was on hand at the Weather Channel to give our picks for some of the U.S.'s most beautiful national parks. Watch the video below!

apr 23 2015

Best Wine Destinations (and Wines!) for Spring

California's wine country in spring offers a cool climate and, of course, world-class tastings.

(Courtesy sonomacountywines/myBudgetTravel)

The balmy breezes of spring make us want to get out there and see the world more than ever, and some of our favorite destinations for relaxing, romantic weekend getaways happen to be beautiful wine regions. It got us thinking: What are the ideal spring wine country destinations? And, just as importantly if you share our taste for affordable reds and whites, what are some of spring's best bottlings and food-wine pairings?

apr 23 2015

Visit the World's Perfect Climates

Be. Here. Now. Hawaii's Big Island has temps in the 70s most of the year, with a variety of micro-climates thanks to its rain forests and volcanic mountains.

(Marek Poplawski/Dreamstime)

Sure, we love the changing seasons, but the downside is that most of us live in places where summers can be too hot and winters too cold. (Still recovering from the Polar Vortex, anyone?) But there are a few select spots around the world where the weather is almost always just right. Here, four "Goldilocks" destinations to add to your bucket list:

apr 22 2015

12 Hawaiian Words Every Visitor Should Know

Beach in makena cove with palm tree and waves in south maui, hawaii
(Idreamphotos/Dreamstime.com)

This article was written by Kyle Ellison on behalf of Viator.com.

There was once a time when it was heavily frowned upon to speak Hawaiian in public. Suppressed by missionaries and western businessmen who were working to supplant the culture, the Hawaiian language was only spoken in the privacy of family and friends. In fact, in the 1970s, it was estimated that fewer than 50 children could fluently speak Hawaiian.

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!

apr 15 2015

BT Staff Picks: 8 National Parks We Love!

Half Dome in Yosemite

Half Dome, as seen from Glacier Point in Yosemite, one of our favorite national parks.

(Courtesy coreybyrnes/myBudgetTravel)

Visiting a U.S. national park is a bargain no matter what day it is, but this weekend, on April 18 and 19, admission to every park is free in celebration of National Park Week. Can't decide which one to visit? Take the National Park Service's quiz on FindYourPark.com to find out which of the U.S.'s 407 parks you should explore first. (The Statue of Liberty is one of them!) The site and social-media hashtag #FindYourPark is part of a public awareness campaign for the service's centennial anniversary in 2016.

apr 02 2015

Travelers Say "NO" to Indiana

Will the beautiful covered bridges of rural Indiana have to wait a long, lonely summer for tourists this year? An overwhelming majority of respondents to our social media poll said they'd #BoycottIndiana until the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act is fixed to prevent discrimination against LGBT citizens and visitors.

(Robert Glusic/Corbis)

Budget Travel recently asked its audience if their travel plans would be affected by Indiana's new "religious objections" law (officially known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act). The law has raised concerns about discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens and visitors. In the days since we posed the question, several states and major corporations have imposed bans on non-essential travel to Indiana, and Indiana's governor and legislature have come under pressure to enact civil rights legislation to ensure that the law is not used to legitimize discrimination.

apr 01 2015

Gotcha! This Year's Best Travel-Themed April Fools' Jokes (With Videos!)

We'd be freaked out by a suddenly lively wax figure too!

(Courtesy Madame Tussauds)

As soon as we woke up this morning, we checked our news feed for the travel industry's best April Fools' Day jokes. And, hoo, boy, were there some doozies. We're still smiling about these pranks.

Madame Tussauds Terrifies Kids as Blue Man Group Springs to Life

Yikes! Visitors to Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas were shocked when the Blue Man Group mannequins (not mannequins at all) moved. It may have been the the curious children who ended up taking the brunt of the joke. Watch below!

mar 27 2015

Will You Travel to Indiana?

Indianapolis is home to the NCAA, which is questioning Indiana's new "religious objections" law and the effect the law may have on LGBT citizens and visitors.

(Rudi1976/Dreamstime)

You probably have friends or family in Indiana, right? And if you're a basketball fan, you're likely looking forward to next weekend's NCAA men's Final Four in Indianapolis, right? Or maybe you've been considering spending some time exploring Indiana's beautiful state parks, vibrant cities, and exceptional museums?

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