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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

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

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 22 2015

Disney Launches European River Cruises

Hohenwerfen Castle

A falconry show at Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria is one of the family-oriented activities offered on the new Disney river cruises.

(Courtesy cklohm/myBudgetTravel)

This article originally appeared on Fox News Travel.

Luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways Monday announced a partnership with Adventures by Disney, the tour arm of the mouse's family travel empire, for a series of five family-focused European river cruises. 

apr 21 2015

Finally Good News: Domestic Airfare Falls for Summer

View from airplane window

Book those tickets: On average, domestic fares are down this summer, as are plane tickets to Europe.

(Courtesy islandgal48/myBudgetTravel)

apr 17 2015

Contiki Wants Millennials To See The World!

Contiki in Paris

This epic jumping photo in front of the Eiffel Tower was taken during my first Contiki trip to London and Paris. I'm second from the right.

(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

Attention Millennials: Get ready to have the time of your life! BT readers between the ages of 18 and 35 can save 15 percent on four fabulous Contiki tours when they book by Apr. 30th for travel thru 2015.

apr 17 2015

Win an Amazing RV Trip!

Summer's coming and it's time to hit the open road on an RV adventure!

(Go RVing)

Can you feel it? Summer is coming and we're ready to hit the open road!

Budget Travelers know that weekend road trips, scenic drives, one-tank escapes, and fun getaways to America's Coolest Small Towns are some of the best ways to travel. And this year we're going big. As in... RV big! One family will earn the chance to "Get Away to Get Closer" including a weeklong RV trip thanks to our friends at Go RVing.

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!

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