We Need Your Advice: What Should Budget Travel's Editor in Chief See in Dublin?
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.
But you, the Budget Travel readers, are some of my favorite, opinionated, and knowledgeable experts when it comes to seeing the world. Been to Dublin? Tell me what you think I shouldn't miss. Insider secrets, locals-only intel, and the best places to hear traditional music are especially welcome.
And I'll tell you all about my Dublin visit in an upcoming feature on BudgetTravel.com.
The "Brexit" May Mean It's Time for Americans to Visit the U.K.
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. Less immediate, but a significant concern, is that travel from the U.K. to Europe will change along with Britain's status, requiring the renegotiation of deals by popular budget air carriers. It's too soon to tell all the major changes coming our way, but as of this morning, reports in the U.K. press, including the Guardian and Times, suggest bargains await. Of course, Budget Travel loves the U.K. and wishes its people well during this turbulent period!
Deal of the Day: Put-in-Bay Is the "Key West of the Great Lakes"!
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. To learn more or book this deal, click here.
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. To learn more or book this deal, click here.
Deal of the Day: Stylish Bucks County, PA, from $119!
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. That's why we love Travelzoo's deal at the 1740 House hotel, with rates starting at $119 (that's 40 percent off). The 18th-century farmstead-turned-inn offers country-style lodging, easy access to the Delaware Canal State Park's biking, hiking, fishing, and kayaking, and it's a quick drive to the world-class art and antiques in New Hope and Lambertville. This is a great summer getaway, but the deal extends into October for travelers looking to get their leaf-peeping on. To learn more or book this deal, click here.