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feb 26 2015

Save Big on Avalon's European River Cruises

Budapest's majestic Parliament Building along the Danube, just one of the many amazing sights you may encounter on a European River Cruise with Avalon.

(Lonely Planet)

It's no secret that we're big fans of river cruises as a unique, elegant way of seeing the world. So we were psyched to learn about a special offer from Avalon. For a limited time, you can save $2,000 per couple on select Avalon 2015 European River Cruises.

feb 25 2015

Explore Winter's Coolest ICE Destinations!

A visit to the Fairbanks, Alaska, area in winter means a front-row seat for the Northern Lights as well as a unique museum of ice sculptures!

(Karrapavan / Dreamstime.com)

You know, this time of year, when we think of "travel" we usually think of fleeing the cold. But some people don't mind getting into it. And I mean really into it! Here, some of the world's most amazing "ice destinations," where you can eat, drink, sleep, and most of all chill on vacation!

feb 25 2015

Ice Trekking on the Viedma Glacier

Viedma Glacier
(Courtesy Celine Frers)

This article was written by Will Collier on behalf of Say Hueque, a company specializing in tours to Argentina and Chile.

You may have heard of Argentina's famous Perito Moreno Glacier, but did you know that it's not the biggest glacier in the country? While Perito Moreno may be the most popular among tourists, the largest in Argentina is actually the Viedma glacier. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park, the Viedma glacier has a total area of 380 square miles and flows directly from the South Patagonic Ice Field, eventually feeding the Viedma Lake with its runoff. Much like Perito Moreno, there are a number of ways to view the enormous ice formation, the most interactive: trekking on the glacier itself.

feb 22 2015

10 Great Movies Set in Miami

This article was written by Mike Richard on behalf of Viator.com.

The warm weather, beautiful beaches, and over-the-top luxury of Miami have made it the ideal location for a number of Hollywood films. From the gritty, gangster drama of Scarface, to the hilarious humor of The Birdcage, to the non-stop action of Miami Vice, here are ten of the greatest movies ever set in Miami, Florida.

#1: Ace Ventura Pet Detective (1994)

feb 20 2015

Escape The Cold With These Warm-Weather Travel Deals

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Doesn't the beach sound great right about now? You can save on a getaway to beautiful Hilton Hawaiian Village among other places and beat the polar vortex blues.

(Courtesy Hilton Hawaiian Village)

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring. With more snow on the way this weekend for parts of the northeast, nothing sounds better right now than a quick getaway to somewhere—anywhere!—that is warm. Here, we've rounded up some great vacation deals, hotel specials, and travel sales to help you thaw out this winter.

Hawaii

feb 18 2015

Eat Like a Local in Vietnam!

Learn the insider secrets of affordable Vietnamse cuisine from a pair of world travelers who love sharing the locals-only lowdown.

(Lonely Planet)

Danika Garlotta and her husband Chris are traveling around the world and sharing their experiences at nodestinations.com.

Vietnamese food is without a doubt, one of my favorite cuisines. My husband Chris and I love its creative ingredients, and that mix of sweet, sour and spicy flavors! Although we were excited to visit Vietnam in general, we were more excited to taste everything and eat our way through the various cities we were visiting like Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Saigon.

feb 17 2015

How to Eat Your Way Through Nova Scotia's Chowder Trail—Recipe Included!

Vegetable seafood chowder

The secret to this root vegetable and seafood chowder recipe is being liberal with the cream, fresh lemon juice, and parsley.

(Courtesy Rhubarb Restaurant)

Mmmmm...Chowder Trail. Pardon us as we go all Homer Simpson just thinking about Nova Scotia's 60-plus destinations where you can try fresh, hot Atlantic seafood chowder. Throw the kids in the backseat and drive along the 4,700 miles of the Atlantic Canada province's coastline, sampling soups as you go.

feb 15 2015

Who's in the Lead for America's Coolest Small Town 2015?

Grand Marais, MN, currently leads the voting for America's Coolest Small Town 2015!

(Courtesy Visit Cook County Minnesota)

Budget Travel's America's Coolest Small Town 2015 contest ends next week, and it's looking like the competition will remain lively and close right up until voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 25!

feb 15 2015

The Grown-ups’ Guide to Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Masks in New Orleans
(Lonely Planet)

This article was written by Katie Coakley on behalf of Viator.com.

Mardi Gras is as iconic an event to New Orleans as New Year’s Eve is to Times Square: you have to experience it for yourself to truly understand it. However, many of the common images of Mardi Gras include throngs of people hanging off of balconies, begging for beads, flashing various bits of skin, and indulging in every manner of debauchery. However, not everyone who visits for Mardi Gras is intent on devouring hurricanes and making questionable choices. For those who might be feeling a bit to, mature, for the Bacchanalian delights of Bourbon Street, there is a different side of Mardi Gras that is just as memorable.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

feb 10 2015

Tips For Taking The Kids To Mardi Gras

Are you ready for Mardi Gras 2015? Parades have been taking place around New Orleans every weekend since Jan. 6th, leading up to the main event Tuesday, Feb. 17th, historically the day before start of the Catholic season of Lent. While most of us may envision wild teenagers and scantily–clad women when the phrase Mardi Gras is mentioned, it is traditionally a family season of celebration. Many New Orleans natives have been known to attend the festivities with the whole family, letting the kids collect beads, toys, and other goodies. Here are a few tips for those of you planning to make this year's event a family affair.

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