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nov 30 2015

Holiday Festivals Worth Traveling To

Think your New Year's Eve party rocks? You haven't really rung in the New Year till you've sung "Auld Lang Syne" at Edinburgh's super-rowdie Hogmanay, a three-day festival that culminates with a jump in the icy River Forth!

(Robbie Shade/Wikimedia Commons)

My buddy Rick Crandall, host of KEZW's "Boomtown" radio show in Denver, recently asked me to share my favorite holiday festivals and events with his audience. His inspiring question led me to compile a short "2015 holiday bucket list" of sorts. I heartily recommend that you incorporate at least one of these unique traditions into your holiday plans!

nov 26 2015

5 Things Budget Travelers Are Thankful For

Lonely Planet - Sentosa Island, Singapore
(Lonely Planet)

When my family sits down to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, we have a tradition that I actually look forward to even more than the food: We first take a moment to go around the table and share something each of us is particularly thankful for. From the youngest at the table to the eldest, it's a mindful way to take stock of the past year and share our hopes for the future. At Budget Travel, we have a lot to be thankful for, and we hear from you regularly about the travel trends and experiences that you most appreciate. We want to share our thoughts with you, our extended family:

nov 25 2015

Don't Miss These Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Sales!

Copamarina Beach Resort in Puerto Rico

You can save 30 percent on a stay at the Copamarina Beach Resort in Puerto Rico thanks to their Cyber Monday travel deal.

(Courtesy Copamarina Beach Resort)

Check out these hotels, resorts, and travel packages that will be on sale for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday—and one sale that takes place the Wednesday after Thanksgiving.


• You can save up to 50 percent on rates at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, when you book from Nov. 24 thru Nov. 27 for stays Dec. 1, 2015 thru Nov. 22, 2016, with prices starting at $128 per night. Not only that, if you book a minimum of four nights, you'll be eligible for $200 in resort credit when you book a stay at the Beach Tower, $300 in resort credit when you stay in the Coral Towers, $400 in resort credit when you stay in the Royal Towers, and $500 in resort credit when you stay in The Cove. Blackout dates may apply.

nov 25 2015

One "STEP" Every American Can Take to Stay Safe Overseas

(Lonely Planet)

For the second year in a row, The U.S. Department of State has issued a worldwide travel alert just as the holiday season is approaching. Last December, of course, it was in response to the hostage crisis in Sydney. This year the alert cites the threat of attacks from ISIS/Daesh, Boko Haram, and isolated terrorists in the wake of recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Mali, and the downing by ISIS/Daesh of a Russian plane over Egypt.

nov 24 2015

How to do Florence on a Budget

Pointe Vecchia in Florence, Italy

Visit Ponte Vecchio, the city's famous medieval arched bridge, now home to an assortment of shops and restaurants, and a regular spot for free musical entertainment.

(Courtesy mcmillent/myBudgetTravel)

Florence is an Italian city best known for its art. Home to the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Galleria dell'Accademia (where Michelangelo's David masterpiece resides), visitors from around the world flock to see famous statues and paintings by Raphael, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci among others. The good news is you don't have to break the bank to get some world-class culture. You can view sculptures, paintings, and other works of art for less—or for free—if you know where to look.

nov 23 2015

Are Airline Passengers Subject to Racial Profiling?

(Courtesy Southwest Airlines)

Have you ever been questioned or asked to de-board a plane because of your physical appearance or the language you speak?

Southwest Airlines is under media scrutiny for two reports last week that it may have singled out passengers who were Muslim or of Middle Eastern background. (In addition, just last night, Southwest diverted a flight because of what it termed “unruly behavior” by three passengers, who appear to have been removed from the flight.)

nov 20 2015

"Secret Menus" of America's Favorite Fast Food Joints

(Karsten Behrens/Wikimedia Commons)

"Off the menu" has an elegant ring to it, no? We associate the phrase with high rollers and celebs who are certain the chef has something up his or her sleeve that they're not broadcasting to the world. Well, it turns out you don't have to be on the A-list to order off the menu—and you don't have to be dining at a white tablecloth joint to make special requests. Our friends at Foursquare have compiled tips left by their users—always a great resource for real-life feedback—about some of America's favorite off-the-menu orders from affordable, quality chain restaurants. From imaginative and messy riffs on burgers to unusual twists on pizza, sandwiches, and burritos, there's a little something here for everyone.

nov 19 2015

If You Could Ring In The New Year Anywhere, Where Would It Be?

New Year's Eve in Sydney Australia

Marketing Manager Jennifer O'Brien will be seeing the fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge this New Year's Eve! Where will you ring in the New Year?

(Courtesy Saikit Leung/Dreamstime)

We recently asked several of our staff members to share the places they'd love to celebrate New Year's Eve—here's what they said.

"A sleigh ride dinner in the Colorado Rockies under a canopy of stars with my wife and daughters." —Robert Firpo-Cappiello, Executive Editor

nov 19 2015

How to Save 30 Percent on Holiday Flights

(Courtesy jenhem/myBudgetTravel)

Haven’t booked your Christmas or New Year’s travel yet? Don’t despair: There may still be bargains to be found.

Our friends at Hopper.com, whose data science team analyzes trends to predict the best times to book and fly, tell us that flying on the Monday before Christmas, December 21, can save you up to 30 percent compared with flying later that week. (It’s also possible to save big by departing on Christmas Eve and either returning Christmas Day or on or after January 5.)

nov 18 2015

Insider Tips for Enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Kermit the Frog balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City
(Courtesy Macy's)

Budget Travel is based in New York City, and we get just as swept up in the city’s holiday lights, music, and energy as any visitor. With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coming up, we decided to take a peek behind the scenes to provide you with some of the best advice for getting the most out of this annual extravaganza. Here, the best insider intel from Bill Schermerhorn, vice president of creative for annual events at Macy’s.

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