A Rewarding Return to the Familiar

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In Bug Sur, along the California coast

Allow me to reintroduce myself. I worked at Budget Travel for about two years, two years ago. And after a detour into the land of luxury travel magazines, I'm thrilled to be back with the savviest travelers out there.

You don't need me to tell you that Budget Travel is a special place. And the magazine's mission—making travel accessible to all—simply couldn't be more relevant right now. When the daily headlines blare bad news, finding a way to get out into the world and recharge is just plain vital.

After a hectic summer of our own, my husband and I drove down the Pacific Coast Highway, from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I've done the route countless times, but Highway 1 still wows me. Unlike a recent vacation we took to Vietnam, this adventure didn't require visas, immunizations, or phrase books—just a rental car and a couple hotel reservations. We tooled along, stopping for snacks, photo ops, and frequent bathroom breaks (yes, as you can tell in the photo, I'm pregnant). There was no rush; we just wanted to take in the beauty of the cliffs and the water—and eat at least two tacos a day.

While Budget Travel will continue to point you toward just these kinds of sure-thing trips, we're also making some changes. But don't worry! We'll be keeping those sections you love, including your off-the-wall True Stories, your handy 20 Tips, and those useful 40 Best Deals. Starting in this issue, we're doing away with the This Just In columns in the front of the magazine. The fact is, our blog on BudgetTravel.com, also called This Just In, beats us to the punch, just as it should.

One of the things I missed most about Budget Travel was the dialogue between you, the reader, and us, the editors. So please don't be shy; I can't wait to hear what you think!

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