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10 Ways the Strong Dollar Can Nab You a Dream Trip

This is the year you're going to take ALL your vacation days! The U.S. dollar is riding high against foreign currency, including the euro, pound, and ...more

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  • Danube River

    6 Best River Cruise Lines

    With bookings up over 200 percent in the past decade, river cruising has never been bigger, especially along the old-country routes of Europe. Here’s your guide to picking the right line—and river—for you.

  • Maritime Canada

    Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2012

    Discounted tours, favorable exchange rates, and five-star hotels from $112: your annual guide to the year's biggest savings in the world's most appealing vacation spots!

  • 10 of the World's Most Interesting Beaches

    Let's face it, beaches can be beautiful, but they can also be…boring. That's why we sought out sunny places with stories to tell, for more reasons to savor the location.

  • The Results Are In! See Who Was Voted World's Best Cruiser!

    See who won a free cruise, and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Budget Travel.

  • apps

    The Ultimate Guide to Travel Apps

    Smartphone travel apps may be all the rage, but with so many to choose from, where do you even begin to look? This is your first—and last—stop in the hunt for the best travel apps on the market.

  • Solo

    6 Most Common Solo Travel Questions—Answered!

    The freedom to go precisely where you want, when you want, and how you want—behold, the power of one!

  • Confessions of...A Cruise Ship Musician

    It's not all Salty Dogs and sunsets for the folks working your favorite boat—take it from a former drummer in an on-board band.

  • Just Back From… a Dream Trip to Antarctica

    L.A.-based reader Sandra Kossacoff got the early 50th-birthday gift of her dreams when she embarked on an adventure-packed cruise to Antarctica with her husband, Howard, and sons, Alex and Casey.

  • Your Top 5 Money-Saving Cruise Questions—Answered!

    What you don't know can cost you. We asked industry experts for their best tips on cruise savings, from where to book to how much to tip—and more.

  • Best Apps for Cruisers

    Must-have smartphone apps that help you navigate the (occasionally choppy) waters.

  • Top Travel News of 2010

    A lot has happened in 2010, from airline fees spiraling out of control to innovations in cruising and theme parks. Here are the most noteworthy stories from the past year.

  • Just Back From... a Russian River Cruise

    John and Pamela Meyerhoffer spent 12 nights sailing from St. Petersburg to Moscow on the Viking Kirov, with stops to explore the region's opulent palaces and historic sights built by the czars and Soviets.

  • Ask Trip Coach: Ocean Cruising

    No matter if it's your first cruise or your 40th, these money-saving pointers and insider tips will have you acting like an old salt in no time.

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  • Athens, Mykonos & 4-Day Cruise w/ Int'l Air (Friendly Planet)

    Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete & Santorini plus Classical Greece optional extension. Independent land tour + cruise, including airfare, fuel surcharges, airline taxes and fees, hotels, transfers, many meals, touring & more.

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  • Themed Cruises for All

    Seven sailings where you can pursue your passion, from quilting to cards to the King.

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