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jun 27 2016

We Need Your Advice: What Should Budget Travel's Editor in Chief See in Dublin?

(Lonely Planet)

As editor in chief of Budget Travel, I get asked all the time, "Do you travel a lot?" And I always answer, "Not as often as I'd like." Because, to be absolutely honest, no matter how much of the world I see, there's always more just over the horizon.

This coming weekend, I'll be visiting Dublin for the first time. Of course I've got a massive to-do list while I'm there, including Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, the Temple Bar neighborhood for music and pub grub, and sites devoted to the Easter Uprising of 1916. I'm also eager to chat with Dublin's talkative locals about the possible reunification of Ireland in the wake of Britain's referendum vote last week to exit the European Union.

jun 24 2016

The "Brexit" May Mean It's Time for Americans to Visit the U.K.

(Iakov Kalinin/Dreamstime)

Putting aside the emotional roller coaster and the inevitable stock market roller coaster induced by Britain's vote to leave the European Union (52 percent "leave" vs. 48 percent "stay"), it's perfectly acceptable to ask, "How does the move affect travelers?"

In the near term, the British pound has plummeted to a 30-year low against the dollar. You can purchase pounds for about $1.34 as we're going to press. Analysts are predicting that, barring some change in Britian's decision, the pound may lag for a decade. That means that a notoriously city like London may be within reach of American travelers, or anyone else in possession of U.S. dollars to exchange for pounds. Similarly, the Euro has slid on the news, reaching a low of $1.09, suggesting that summer travel to the Continent may be a smart move as well.

jun 23 2016

Deal of the Day: Put-in-Bay Is the "Key West of the Great Lakes"!

Put-in-Bay Resort, Ohio, is a Lake Erie vacation spot that summer revelers will love: Pool with swim-up bar, nearby water sports, and more from $199/night for four people.

(Travelzoo)

Put-in-Bay, Ohio, was named one of Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns in America 2013. Of course, it was no surprise to savvy Midwesterners that the Lake Erie town that the New York Times dubbed the "Key West of the Great Lakes" is one of America's coolest summer vacations.

This Travelzoo deal gets you lodging for four people plus perks and bar credits at Put-in-Bay Resort from $199/night. You'll enjoy an outdoor pool (with swim-up bar!), a short drive to the waterfront and golf course, off-site kayaking, Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters, and must-see sites such as Crystal Cave and the Butterfly House. Nab a room for four from $199 (plus a $50 bar credit) or a room for six from $270 (with a $100 bar credit), good Sundays to Thursday through August 31, 2016. All stays include complimentary golf cart (the main means of transport) and hot breakfast buffet.

jun 22 2016

An 8-Day Tour of Israel From $1,299

We are loving this 8-day escorted tour of Israel from Troy Tours.

Starting at $1,299, the tour offers exceptional value for travelers who've always planned to see the Holy Land but felt it might be out of reach. You'll depart for Tel Aviv on Turkish Airlines and tour bucket-list destinations that include Caesarea (built by Herod the Great), the beautiful port of Haifa, historic Nazareth, the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and fabulous Jerusalem.

jun 22 2016

Deal of the Day: Stylish Bucks County, PA, from $119!

The 1740 House, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is that rare combination of country charm, natural beauty, and urban sophistication.

(Travelzoo)

Bucks County, Pennsylvania, always manages to surprise Budget Travelers with its effortless blend of style, sophistication, and rustic beauty. This is a place where you can choose between kayaking and antiquing, or easily do both on the same lazy summer day. In fall, the place lights up with some of the mid-Atlantic's most beautiful foliage.

jun 21 2016

Deal of the Day: Your Mt. Rushmore Summer Vacation Starts NOW

(Travelzoo)

Is this the summer you finally see Mt. Rushmore up close? We've got a deal from Travelzoo that nabs you two nights in midsummer at The Lodge at Mt. Rushomore from $169.

jun 21 2016

The 10 Most Annoying Hotel Guests

(Lonely Planet)

Our friends at Expedia.com did us all a great service by compiling hotel guests’ thoughts on breaches of etiquette, publishing the 10 worst types of rude behavior. “While etiquette violations differ, they tend to come down to the same behavior; whether or not guests respect the strangers in proximity to them,” noted Expedia Vice President John Morrey.

jun 20 2016

Deal of the Day: Yes, You CAN Afford the Jersey Shore!

Be. Here. Now. The Bentley Inn, in Bay Head, New Jersey, can be yours with this great deal from Travelzoo.

(Stephanie Diani for Travelzoo)

We're ready to sneak away to lovely Bay Head, New Jersey (about a 90-minute drive from NYC), with this exclusive B&B package from Travelzoo.

jun 17 2016

Deal of the Day: Niagara Falls from $55!

Beat the summer heat with an affordable escape to Niagara!

(Lonely Planet)

Wanna make a run for the border?

The Canadian border, that is. We’ve got a very cool Travelzoo-exclusive deal for $55 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. You’ll enjoy a cushy stay at the Days Inn Clifton Hill Casino, easy access to the falls, and restaurant credits. You’ll also score wine-tasting passes, a guided chocolate tour (!), and complimentary Wi-Fi.

jun 16 2016

Why You Should Visit Freeport, Maine

L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine
(Redwood8/Dreamstime)

Freeport, Maine, home to L. L. Bean’s flagship store and dozens of other retail outlets, is a shopaholic’s fantasy. But even those without a tad of interest in shopping will enjoy a weekend visit to this tidy town on the shores of Casco Bay. If you’re seeking active adventures for a bargain price, you’ve come to the right place. Mother Nature shines in these parts and admirers of the great outdoors will appreciate the region’s beauty. Foodies looking for the next culinary “it girl” are flocking here to sample a tantalizing array of sweet and savory goodies. Freeport’s compact nature and walkability factor make it a pedestrian’s delight. With so much to offer in all four seasons, you’ll quickly see why this town attracts over three million visitors annually.

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