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  • Upgrade Secrets from the Experts!

    C'mon. You know you want one. You've seen other folks ushered into first class, given the key to a hotel suite that's a lot bigger than the one they paid for, or peel out of the rental lot in a way hotter car than the one they can afford. What's their secret? Read on to learn how our top travel experts get upgraded.

  • All-Time Worst Travel Scenarios (And How to Get Out of Them!)

    Of course we hope an NYC cabbie never drives off with your valuables! But if he does, or if you crash your rental car, end up in a foreign jail, or… well, you get the picture: We can help!

  • Venice, Italy

    Top 10 Travel Mistakes and How Not to Make Them

    Even the dreamiest of trips can go off the rails when you fall into one of these all-too-common travel traps. We've been there—and we've brought back advice on foolproof booking, smart sightseeing, and making the most of every minute.

  • Aer Lingus Plane

    12 Phrases That Mean Big Travel Savings

    Learn the magic words that can score you a deep discount, a steep upgrade, or some tasty perks.

  • 8 Ways to Save Big on Summer Travel

    Budget Travel presents insider secrets and online tools to get you where you want to be.

  • Readers' Choice Awards

    The Results are in for Budget Travel's Readers' Choice Awards!

    For our third annual Readers' Choice poll, readers weighed in on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter with their nominations and then voted here for the winners! Click to see who took home top honors for best airline, best hotel, and more.

  • Class C RV

    5 Road-Tested Tips From an RV Rookie

    We sent an RV novice out on the open road with nothing but a few good friends and a self-contained hotel room on wheels. She logged plenty of bumpy miles on her maiden voyage through North Carolina's Outer Banks—so you don't have to. Here is her story—and her advice.

  • 6 Foreign Car-Rental Fees to Watch for on Vacation

    Car companies in Europe don’t think you’ll fight arcane charges in a different language—or time zone. Here’s how to steer clear of the worst ones.

  • Travel Websites

    10 Most Useful Travel Websites

    Many sites make lofty promises, but few deliver. From booking a flight to tracking frequent-flier miles, we scoured the Internet for 10 essential websites.

  • Peer-to-Peer Car Rentals

    If you can get past the nagging feeling that loaning a car to a stranger is crazy, peer-to-peer rental makes sense. Owners earn cash on an idle asset; borrowers save money and skip the car-rental counter.

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  • Which Garmin GPS Unit Is Best?

    You ranked Garmin as the best GPS brand in our inaugural Readers' Choice poll. So we decided to create a little friendly competition between three of its devices, awarding top honors based on performance, cool features, value, and looks.

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