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jul 02 2015

Summer Festivals: Montréal & Québec City

Montréal International Jazz Festival

Don't miss the Montréal International Jazz Festival, happening now thru Sunday, July 5th. 

(Courtesy Montreal Jazz Festival)

We've got Canada on the brain, especially after hearing about these three festivals happening this summer just a 90-minute flight from NYC. Here's why they deserve a spot on your travel radar.

Montréal International Jazz Festival

jul 01 2015

Honeymoon Smackdown: Which Destination Will Reign Supreme?

Fiji

Fiji is a top contender...and one of BT's most romantic islands in the world.

(Courtesy cmiller29/myBudgetTravel)

Guys, I have a confession to make: My wedding is in three months, and my fiancé and I haven't planned our honeymoon. 

I know, I know. I'm a travel editor. I'm in the business of lovey-dovey, Instagram-worthy destinations. I wrote 10 Most Romantic Islands in the World. I wrote Honeymoon Paradise for Less, for crying out loud. And now I'm telling you that when it comes to my own ultimate romantic vacation, I've got nada.

jun 29 2015

Take a Day Trip to Historic Hudson Valley

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery offers seasonal lantern-lit evening tours for brave visitors. Among its noteworthy graves is that of Washington Irving, creator of the Headless Horseman and Rip Van Winkle.

(Courtesy Sleepy Hollow Cemetery)

As a little boy growing up in the Bronx, my first-ever class trip was to Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving. There, on the banks of the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY, my second-grade class toured the grounds of Irving's estate, learned how a 19th-century home operated, and, most inspiring for me, peeked into Irving's office and saw the writing desk that once belonged to the author of "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." I remember being enchanted by Irving's funny-creepy stories and not wanting to leave the back porch, with its views of the river.

jun 18 2015

How to Visit the World's Endangered Destinations

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of Budget Travel's picks for Where to Go in 2015. But this ecosystem is threatened by carbon emissions and farm runoff, raising the possibility that within a century the world's biggest and most beautiful coral reef system will be gone forever.

(Tanya Puntti/Dreamstime)

Some of the world's most beautiful travel spots are under attack by climate change and booming human populations. Here's how you can visit some of these endangered destinations responsibly before they're gone forever.

GREAT BARRIER REEF

The world's biggest, most beautiful, and most diverse reef system (1,400 miles) could be gone in 100 years due to global carbon dioxide emissions and runoff from farms into the ocean. As the ocean temperatures rise, the coral, fish, and marine mammals all suffer. But if you visit this Australian must-see respectfully, you can snorkel, scuba, or even just watch the Technicolor show in a glass-bottomed boat or kayak.

jun 17 2015

15 Dances to Learn Around the World

hula girl dancing at a luau oahu hawaii

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to learn the hula in Hawaii!

(Courtesy Ray_from_LA/Flickr)

This article was written by the Viator Travel Team on behalf of Viator.com.

Great art isn’t always found in museums. Dance varies from place to place, yet remains a constant way for people to express themselves. Whether performed in a grand theater or on a street corner, dance can be emotional, tell tales, or be a way to celebrate. Whatever the reason or venue, the rhythm is out to get you. Grab your passport and take on a calorie burning challenge with these dances to watch and learn around the world.

Samba in Brazil

jun 15 2015

Escape NYC and Head to the Tri-State Area's Best Summer Festivals

The Jersey Shore's legendary beaches and boardwalks are a manageable escape from New York, and the area is home to the New Jersey State BBQ Championship, one of the summer's tastiest festivals!

(Denise Rizza/Dreamstime )

A short drive or train ride out of New York City, you can find some of the metro area's best summer festivals, where they are serving up heaping portions of local food, craft beer, great wine, world-class art, music, and the all-American county fair experience. Click here to see me share these top festival picks on PIX11 Morning News this morning, and read on to learn more about these great summer events:

Beer, Bourbon & Bacon: The Hudson Valley Brew Festival. June 20. This tasty event at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY, can be reached by a scenic drive up the Hudson River. The grown-ups-only festival lets you pig out, literally, all day, with a pig roast, fresh craft bacon (don't worry, there's other great food too), your own beer-tasting glass, and live music all day long. Tickets from $45 in advance, $55 at the gate

Art Southampton, Long Island, NY. July 9 -13. Sure, the Hamptons are expensive this time of year, but a ride on the Long Island Railroad isn't, and daily admission to this spectacular art show is just $25. Top artists and galleries from NYC and beyond will be showing their work, and while we can't promise you'll see Diddy, Southampton is prime celeb-spotting territory. If you stick around for a trip to the beach, remember the sky-high parking rates drop to $0 after 5 pm.

New Jersey State BBQ Championship & Blues Festival. July 10 - 12 in North Wildwood, NJ; It almost sounds too good to be true: This FREE festival celebrates the best BBQ cooks, live blues music, and is located on one of America's most spectacular stretches of surf and sand. If you're driving down from the city, make your escape in the early morning to beat the inevitable traffic to shore points off the Garden State.

Connecticut Wine Festival. July 26 & 27, Goshen, CT. Yes, Connecticut is an up-and-coming wine region and this festival pops the cork on a great selection of locally sourced wines and wineries. A tasting ticket will get you your own wineglass, tote bag, access to some free food samples, with plenty of other quality foods, wines, and crafts on sale all weekend long. Tickets from $25.

Ulster County Fair, NY. July 28 - August 2. If you want an "editor's pick," this one is my personal favorite and I take my kids every summer to enjoy the farm animals, fun rides, upstate food specialties like fresh ice cream and an array of apple-inspired fare, plus nightly concerts all in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains (one of New York State's lesser-known knockout travel destinations, with gorgeous peaks that rival the Catskills and Adirondacks for natural beauty and hiking opportunities) in New Paltz, NY; $15.

jun 04 2015

18 Great Places to Go Camping

Ruckle Park, on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, is one of our favorite off-the-rader camping destinations.

(Courtesy Taz/Flickr)

When it comes to getting up close and personal with nature, Budget Travel editors know the spots where you'll find elbow room, nightly lodging for under $30, and North America's most beautiful flora and fauna. This morning, Budget Travel's President and Publisher Elaine Alimonti appeared on the Weather Channel's AMHQ with Sam Champion to share these best-ever campsite recommendations. Here, some off-the-radar faves, surprising East Coast campsites, family-friendly outdoor spots, and places that are perfect for the adventurous camper.

jun 02 2015

Hogwarts Comes to Hollywood

Here's a glimpse of what the "next" Hogwarts will look like when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Hollywood next spring.

(Courtesy Universal Studios Hollywood)

The words "press conference" don't exactly send a chill of anticipation up our spines most of the time, but today's announcement by Universal Studios Hollywood is the exception: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is a 3D-HD experience that will be the centerpiece of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening in California next spring.

may 29 2015

#BTRoadTrip: Tallahassee, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina

Folly Beach in South Carolina

Real-life wave pool in Folly Beach, South Carolina.

(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 28 2015

Ready to WIN the Ultimate Family Vacation?

(Courtesy biglannie/myBudgetTravel)

The Wild West! Cowboys! Buffalo!

If you think I'm talking about relics from America's past, think again. I can tell you first-hand that the Wild West is alive and well, and a truly awesome travel destination for families with young kids. My own daughters have been amazed and, I believe, transformed by the time they've spent in the mountains and forests of Montana and Wyoming. They've met real-life cowboys, been enthralled by Native American storytelling in a campfire's glow, and gotten up close and personal with Yellowstone's bison (maybe a little too close for comfort, but all good).

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