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jul 21 2014

World's Most Dangerous Flyover Regions

Some beautiful regions of the world, such as Syria, are subject to FAA flight restrictions or warnings because of ongoing conflicts on the ground.

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Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17.

While the events in Ukraine and the ongoing investigations, and diplomatic and political consequences, are beyond the scope of Budget Travel's mission, we have been getting questions from those who wonder, "How could a commercial airliner fly over a dangerous region such as eastern Ukraine?"

jul 17 2014

Foodie Alert: The Ultimate Guide To Street Food In Penang, Malaysia

Penang Street Food
(Photo Courtesy of rasamalaysia.com)

This article was written by Milda Ratkelyte, the travel community manager at AsiaRooms.com. She is currently exploring Asia and capturing the best moments in stories, photos, and films.

Penang is a small tropical island connected to the northwest coast of Malaysia where, as one says, "the weather never changes so everyone talks about food instead." The island's fertile land and seas combined with a mixture of Malay, Chinese (mostly Hokkien with a smaller group of Cantonese and Teochew as well as the Straights-born Chinese known as Peranakans) and Indian cultures holds Penang as Asia's top city voted by CNN and the New York Times for street food for several years now. On top of that, Penang is also one of the safest places in Asia to try street food—the competition among the street vendors is so high that any dip in quality of the food is not tolerated here. During a recent trip to Penang, I rolled up my sleeves and hit the island's most famous hawker centers to find out for myself what all the fuss is about!

jul 16 2014

Don't Miss These Summer Travel Sales!

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Puerto Rico

You can save up to 30% on a stay at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino with the Price Slice in Paradise Sale this summer.

(Courtesy San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino)

Tour packages, hotels, cruises, and train travel are all on sale this summer. Here's what you need to know.


• Several New Orleans hotels are offering special rates this summer: Rooms at the Sheraton New Orleans in the French Quarter start at $105 a night this summer, and you can stay at the Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville from $129 a night.

jul 15 2014

5 Snacks To Try In Singapore

Snacks in Singapore
(Photo Courtesy of bakecookeat.blogspot.sg)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

jul 14 2014

The Corso de Wong Parade in Lima, Peru

Corso de Wong Parade in Lima, Peru
(Photo Courtesy of Walter Rhein)

Peru celebrates its independence with a three-day festival known as Fiestas Patrias. The three officially recognized dates for Fiestas Patrias are July 24th, July 28th, and July 29th. However, the weeks surrounding these days are also filled with fun activities. As an added bonus, you'll find that the residents of Peru are in the mood to party during these days since most Peruvians receive time off from work for the holiday.

jul 08 2014

Restaurants' Dirtiest Secrets!

You won't BELIEVE what may be going on in the bread basket that just landed on your table!

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From the classiest Parisian eateries to humble Hong Kong Street carts, from NYC delis to the Bay Area's tastiest trendsetters, every restaurant has its own, um, special way of doing things. Unfortunately, some of the most common practices, even in average-to-good kitchens, can be shocking. Over the years, Budget Travel has checked in with chefs, waitstaff, and other food pros—sometimes on condition of anonymity—to bring you the lowdown on the dirty business of making diners' dreams come true.

jul 02 2014

OMG! My Hotel Has Bedbugs!!

(Courtesy American Academy of Dermatology)

When it comes to vacation buzzkill, the word bedbug is near the top of the list.

But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. is seeing a serious increase in bedbugs—and it's not just in homes but also in restaurants, hospitals, schools, and, yuck, hotels and cruise ship cabins.

jul 01 2014

A Train Lovers' Guide To Thailand

I was one of a dozen westerners waiting for the Chiang Mai midnight sleeper, along with 500 uniformed school kids noisily waiting for their train. Their frantic teachers invented amusements like group charades and spelling contests, but still most of the kids wandered around looking for trouble. A dozen 13-year-olds blocked my path. Their bold leader, a chubby pony-tailed girl, demanded to know where I come from. They all giggled and elbowed each other chattering hysterically in Thai after I told them I was from Canada. A fellow passenger, a British woman said (loudly over the din), "These kids were already here when I arrived at 7:30." She looked peevishly at her wristwatch. It was 10 p.m. I had been told Thai rail is usually reliable, so this was not a good sign.

jun 24 2014

Five Hamburg Neighborhoods Best Explored By Bike

Bike in Hamburg, Germany

The next time you find yourself in the Baltic Sea Region, head straight to Hamburg and rent a bike for the best city views.

(Courtesy Megan Eileen McDonough)

This article was written by Megan Eileen McDonough, Founder of Bohemian Trails.

Despite being Europe's richest city, Hamburg's humble neighborhoods don't show off, but rather, showcase both old and new influences in true style. From alternative Sternschanze and lively St. Pauli to modern HafenCity, these five neighborhoods showcase the many faces of Hamburg. The next time you find yourself in the Baltic Sea Region, head straight to Hamburg and rent a bike for the best city views.

jun 23 2014

5 Desserts To Try In Thailand

Thai Desserts mango sticky rice

If you are lucky enough to be heading there soon, here are five delicious desserts you have to try, including mango sticky rice, shown here.

(Courtesy kitchenbabble.com)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

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