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jul 30 2015

Stay At These 7 Luxury Inns Under $150

Inn on the creek in texas

Inn On The Creek in Fredericksburg, Texas, has six private suites with rates starting at $99 a night and is close to numerous wineries.

(Courtesy BedandBreakfast.com)

This article was written by Kristin Luna and originally appeared on BedandBreakfast.com.

Typically, B&Bs are a better luxury option than their chain-hotel counterparts. Posh perks like wine hours, homemade breakfasts featuring local ingredients, personalized service, and complimentary Wi-Fi mean guests get way more for their travel dollars. Here are seven of our favorite luxurious B&Bs with rates less than $150 per night.

Fort Conde Inn, Mobile, Alabama

jul 29 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.

jul 24 2015

Get 'Em While They're Hot! Greyhound Is Offering $1 Tickets to Mexico

Mountains in Nueva Leon, Mexico

The open road in Nueva León, Mexico.

(© Jerl71 | Dreamstime.com)

Mexican vacation for a buck, anyone? Greyhound recently launched international bus service from Texas to Mexico, and for a limited time, you can hop aboard for $1 a ticket. (Or 25 pesos.) 

The new route connects Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo in Mexico to Laredo, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas in Texas, with 23-plus departures per day. The two private Mexican terminals are brand-new, and the accompanying new fleet of buses sounds pretty swank: free Wi-Fi, outlets, leather seats, extra legroom, onboard restrooms, and guaranteed seats.

jul 17 2015

VIDEO: Best Things To Do In Berlin, Maryland, One of America's Coolest Small Towns

berlin maryland main street

Go for a stroll down Berlin's historic Main Street.

(Courtesy lchallenge/myBudgetTravel)
jul 15 2015

10 Tourist-Free Adventure Destinations

Azores

Discover the beauty and magic of the Azores—before huge crowds of tourists get there!

(Courtesy hcoffee/myBudgetTravel)

This article was written by Mary Mazzoni and originally appeared on Yahoo Travel.

Sick of overcrowded streets, congested bus rides and suffocating travel groups? You’re not alone. One of the top trends in travel this decade is the quest for the untouched—those pristine, less-traveled destinations you can explore without bumping into selfie-takers at every turn.

Luckily for us, the folks at the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) know a thing or two about traveling off the beaten path. To bring you the tourist-free experience you crave, we asked experts at the recent AdventureElevate conference in Colorado to share some of their favorite secret spots. Read on to get the skinny on these exotic locales before the crowds show up.

For untouched culture: Tolar, Argentina

This small town of less than 300 people is a favorite of Veronica Lampon of Say Hueque. Although her firm is the No. 1 tour operator in Argentina, it only sells around one trip a year to this unexplored location—so you’re sure to get a pristine adventure experience.

Located in the deserts of Northern Argentina, Tolar boasts beautiful mountains, rendered in technicolor thanks to mineral deposits, and a unique cultural experience that can’t be beat. The remote location was heavily influenced by the Incas, and it remains untainted by waves of tourists. “You can still get a lot of that culture from 200 years ago,” Lampon told us. “It’s an amazing experience.”

For watersport: Rio Cangrejal, Honduras

Situated in Northern Honduras, the Rio Cangrejal is “one of the great whitewater rafting and kayaking rivers in Central America,” said Mark Willuhn of the Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance.

Using a coastal town like La Ceiba as your base, you can easily explore the Rio Cangrejal region and all it has to offer. After you give kayaking and rafting a try, head to the nearby Pico Bonito National Park to check out untouched rain forests without bumping elbows with other travelers. Or, peep exotic sea life on a snorkeling adventure on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef along the Honduran Bay Islands.

Related: Secret American Beaches You’ve Never Heard of

In your backyard: Point Reyes National Seahore, California

Although it’s only an hour from San Francisco, Point Reyes National Seashore remains “very much a hidden secret,” said Christina Tunnah of travel insurance operator World Nomads. “It’s a jewel in that part of California that is still thankfully very pristine and still very rugged at the same time.”

At Point Reyes, around 240 miles of trail beckons hikers, bikers and horseback riders to explore the protected countryside. On your travels, be sure to check out the historic lighthouse and the many wildlife viewing areas, such as the tule elk range or the Elephant Seal Overlook. Visit from January through April, and you may also catch a glimpse of the annual gray whale migration from one of the park beaches or headlands.

Adventure made easy: Town-hopping in Alaska

Visiting Alaska is a surefire way to get off the beaten path, but it can seem daunting to pick a locale amidst its 660,000 square miles of terrain. We caught up with Jack Bonney of Visit Anchorage for a local’s perspective.

His tips: Start and finish your trip in Anchorage for seamless airport access, then use the railroad system to explore Alaska’s backcountry. Kick off your adventure in Seward, a small fishing town that’s about a three-hour train ride from Anchorage. Explore the untouched seaside village, and take a quick boat trip to Kenai Fjords National Park which is home to 38 stunning glaciers and some of the most breathtaking views in Alaska.

For an even more off-grid experience, hop back on the Alaska Railroad to Spencer Glacier. “When the train pulls away, the people who got off the train with you are the only ones who are going to be out there,” Bonney said with a smile. Enjoy float tours, hiking and camping at one of the most spectacular glaciers in Alaska before the easy train trip back to Anchorage. Adventure and convenience? Sign us up!

Soft adventure paradise: Amalfi Coast, Italy

Looking for an offbeat trip but aren’t quite ready for sub-zero camping or remote hiking tours? Don’t worry. You can have the best of both worlds on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, said Tom De Napoli of Diamante Eco Adventure Park in Costa Rica.

A less-traveled destination that’s far from rugged, the Amalfi Coast is home to pristine beaches and stunning hillside towns. Take a relaxing bike or scooter ride, or simply enjoy the scenery in this quirky destination that’s perfect for families and low-impact travelers.

For unmatched diversity: Azores

Although it’s a perennial editor’s favorite for top 10 lists, this autonomous region of Portugal remains a relatively unknown destination for North American travelers.

A mere four-hour flight from Boston, the nine islands of the Azores each offer their own distinct landscape—ensuring something for everyone and banishing boredom for good. Explore the red deserts of Santa Maria, the lush mountain peaks of Sao Jorge, or the semi-submersed caves and stunning seaside vistas of Pico and Faial. Seriously, there’s so much more than we could ever list here. Check out their website to learn more.

For ancient history: Sierra de San Francisco, Baja California

This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to “the most significant collection of prehistoric rock art in North America,” said Peter Grubb, founder of Row Adventures.

It’s truly a trip of a lifetime, but expect a bit of a trek to get there: Visitors hike in on foot, using mules to carry their belongings, and are unlikely to run into anyone outside of their small tour group. Visited by only around 300 travelers a year, the site features remarkably well-preserved rock paintings from as far back as 100 B.C.  

Spot some wildlife: Pantanal, Brazil

“Honestly, the Pantanal is the most underrated destination,” said George Duffy of Adventure Engine. Or, as Lonely Planet puts it, “The Amazon gets the press coverage, but the Pantanal is a better place to see wildlife.”

Tour the lush rain forests of the region, and you’re sure to see exotic native creatures maxin’ and relaxin’ without fear of tourist crowds. For sea life, head to Bonito for stunning freshwater snorkeling in warm, crystal-blue waters.

Related: Secret Islands in France That No One Knows About

Boozy adventure: Isle of Harris, Scotland

The mostly untouched Isle of Harris is home to some of the best beaches in Scotland—not to mention the most remote whiskey distillery in the world, set to open later this year. Tour the distillery and even reserve one of its first barrels, which you can pick up in 10 years after it’s finished aging.

On your visit, take in the island’s lush landscapes and stunning beaches on a cycling and hiking tour courtesy of Wilderness Scotland.

The offbeat Eurotrip: Macedonia

This landlocked Balkan nation, bordered by Albania and Greece, is the perfect place to “see authentic Europe that really hasn’t been disrupted by tourism,” advised Kathy Kramer of Firefly Journeys.

In Macedonia, check out rolling countrysides, stunning mountain vistas and picturesque villages—without a tour bus in sight. Link up with Macedonia Experience for hiking and biking tours with expert guides to make sure you don’t miss a beat.

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jul 13 2015

Mark Your Calendars: NYC Restaurant Week Starts July 20th!

Delmonico's in New York City

Delmonico's is one of more than 360 restaurants participating in New York City's Restaurant Week.

(Courtesy NYC & Company)

It's our favorite time of year: NYC Restaurant Week is happening from July 20th thru August 14th.

You'll find $25 three-course prix-fixe lunch deals and $38 three-course prix-fixe dinner specials at more than 360 restaurants throughout Manhattan, including four in Brooklyn (Benchmark Restaurant in Park Slope, Saul in Prospect Heights, The Gorbals Brooklyn and Cherry Izakaya in Williamsburg) and two in Queens (Water's Edge Restaurant in Long Island City and Haveli in Forest Hills/Rego Park). Visit the website to view a list of all participating restaurants like Angus Club Steakhouse, Birreria at Eataly, Fig & Olive, Nobu New York, The Palm Court, Tribeca Grill, and Les Halles.

jul 10 2015

Mountain Lion Plays "Tourist" in San Francisco

A video surveillance camera captured this mountain lion roaming the streets of San Francisco.

(Courtesy Presidio of San Francisco/Facebook)

Add another item to the list of things San Francisco has that your town probably doesn't: In addition to miles of ocean and bay waterfront, roller coaster hills, one of the world's most beautiful urban parks, an iconic bridge, and peerless sourdough bread, the City by the Bay now boasts... a mountain lion.

jul 06 2015

Great Getaways: New Bedford

The New Bedford Whaling Museum pays homage to this Massachusetts city's past, and also points the way to a vibrant future devoted to science, art, ecology, and history.

(Courtesy Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism)

After a few minutes in New Bedford, MA, a welcoming little city of about 95,000 people less than an hour's drive east of Providence and south of Cape Cod just off I-195, you'll notice that the residents love to talk about their town. A few more minutes and you'll totally understand why. Few places in New England pack as much history, food, and fun into a handful of cobblestoned blocks.

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.

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