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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Port Jervis, N.Y.
SPECIAL EDITION
It's that time for a look back at the best of Budget Travel. We've compiled a special Greatest Hits page—leading off with the year's top five stories: World's Weirdest Hotels, Zoo Babies: New Kids on the Block, Scouting Report: The Best Places You've Never Heard Of, America's Coolest Small Towns, and the Top Travel Innovations of the Past Decade. read more
The 14th-century tower, usually left open so visitors can savor the view
HOTELS
Ancient Italian villages are being turned into a new kind of hotel, where the rooms are spread out across town and you share the streets with residents. One of the best is Sextantio, in the Abruzzi mountains. read more
Fakarava Island, French Polynesia
SLIDE SHOWS
On these seven beautiful islands, you're guaranteed to get there before anyone you know. read more
Total weight under 6 lbs.
HOW-TO
You'll never have to check a bag again—and pay that annoying $15 fee—with these lightweight and compact items beloved by hikers and campers. read more
This Just In
BEST OF THE BLOG
Our series of blog posts—from writers here and abroad—is devoted to helping you get the most fun and excitement out of your trip without blowing the bank. read more
Big Ben and the London skyline
PENNY PINCHING
Strategies for navigating notoriously pricey cities like Honolulu, London, New York, and Tokyo, along with unique experiences in each that won't cost you a penny. read more
The restaurant Casa de la Cerveza
GREAT TRAVEL READS
Colombia's vibrant seaside city is experiencing a rebirth. The country's long civil war has subsided, but the attraction for Liz Ozaist was deeper: She went to discover the place that first enchanted her father 20 years ago. read more
Restaurants dotting the perimeter of Palais Royal
PHOTO SERIES
We challenged photographer Ian Gittler to capture glimpses of unexpected, everyday life in Paris—and found ourselves falling in love with the city all over again. read more
Menu decoder
MENU DECODERS
Don't know harira from harissa? Before your next trip, print out this handy decoder with translations of food terms and popular dishes.
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