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Archive: June 2010
jun 30

Passport fees to spike

From $75 to $110, plus a $25 fee, on July 13. Order yours now.
jun 30

Paris Controversy: Banning cars by the Seine

The expressway running along the left bank of the Seine River may be turned into a park.
jun 29

San Francisco: 5 gourmet ice-cream shops

The best places in the city to try artisanal, small-batch ice creams.
jun 29

Mint.com adds a vacation-budgeting tool

Save toward your trip with a clever travel tool, debuting today.
jun 28

New York Controversy: A crackdown on "no-tels"

The most affordable, innocent way to stay in one of the most expensive cities in America may be ruled illegal.
jun 25

Documenting each of America's 10,466-plus Main Streets

There's a lot of political talk about Main Street. But what are these streets really like and how much do they have in common?
jun 24

San Francisco: Pride Weekend kicks off

This event turns our four favorite parties.
jun 23

A bon voyage for less?

BonVoyou claims to offer hotel savings of up to 50 percent.
jun 22

From the July/August issue: Our video shortlist

Do you like America's Funniest Home Videos? We think you can do better!
jun 22

France's new impressionism festival makes for a fun day trip from Paris

Color us impressed: New festival celebrates Normandy's artistic influence.
jun 21

Optimizing vacation happiness the scientific way

To enjoy your travels the most, research indicates that you should take lots of brief, exciting getaways rather than one long, relaxing vacation.
jun 21

London decoder: Rugby

Rugby is far closer to football than soccer, and easier for Americans to understand.
jun 18

Belize: Amazing summer fares

From here to Belize, from about $500.
jun 18

San Francisco: 4 new Mission District hotspots

New places on our radar in this huge, centrally located 'hood.
jun 17

Where to eat and sleep in Florence and Venice?

Share your favorite restaurants and hotels in Florence and Venice.
jun 17

Would you book a flight with Spirit Airlines?

Even if the airline knocked $50 off the ticket?
jun 17

The worst places on Earth

Thoughts on a new book, "101 Places Not to See Before You Die."
jun 16

Things we love: "Paris by Mouth"

An all-star slate of ex-pat food writers are sharing their insider tips on eating in Paris.
jun 16

American Airlines' new "service" that's really a new fee

By purchasing the carrier's "Boarding and Flexibility Package," you're entitled to perks that, not long ago, there was no need to pay for.
jun 16

Neighborhood Watch: Hoxton

Forget the West End London's hip nightlife scene has shifted to this fashionable neighborhood in the East End.
jun 15

Not so cool tool: TripAdvisor's new "Trip Friends" feature

Plugging into Facebook may be hip, but isn't always useful.
jun 15

Landmark "Jesus" in Ohio struck down by lightning

Road trips through the Buckeye State won't be the same.
jun 15

Do you suffer from 'leisure sickness'?

Some people experience flu-like symptoms when they're away from the office and are supposed to be enjoying themselves on vacation. And that's, well, sick.
jun 15

The humble airplane peanut: Banned?

The government is mulling restrictions on peanuts in airplanes, along with other measures to improve consumer protections.
jun 15

The Opry celebrates a grand ole birthday

The undisputed home of country music reminisces about its past 85 years of history.
jun 14

London: 5 best June values

June in the capital is vibrant, with dozens festivals and sporting activities
jun 11

BT Bookshelf: 3 specialized summer guides

New light on top destinations: Amsterdam, Paris, and New York City.
jun 11

San Francisco: Where to watch the World Cup

Tournament mania has hit the city. Here are five spots to catch all the action.
jun 10

Rome considers a new nightly hotel tax. Would you pay it?

American tourists may soon start paying a price for Europe's imbalanced budgets.
jun 10

Gift ideas for grads: An online travel registry

Give your favorite grad the gift of travel.
jun 10

50 percent discounts at 800 hotels around the world

Hotel giant Accor calls this a "Crazy Prices" promotion, and crazy it is -- crazy good.
jun 09

Readers' best portrait photos

Your compelling, natural portraits of locals around the globe.
jun 09

San Francisco: MOMA debuts new Fisher collection

This collection of 1,100 works by 185 artists will begin showing this month at the SFMOMA.
jun 09

Rome: The Colosseum to open restored underground level

Later this summer, visitors will have the first-ever chance to explore the depths where gladiators and lions once waited before combat.
jun 09

New York City: 3 harbor-area experiences

Three new ways to experience the Statue of Liberty and downtown.
jun 08

A smarter approach to overbooked flights?

When flights are oversold, why don't the airlines hold open auctions, allowing passengers to decide what level of compensation they're willing to accept in exchange for missing the flight?
jun 08

Out and about: London's newest architectural gem

One of the largest Hindu temples outside Asia opens.
jun 08

Has your hotel room given you a hug lately?

A recent trip to Beijing prompts editor in chief Nina Willdorf to wonder: What's the latest hotel amenity that felt truly "empathetic"?
jun 07

Help plan a reader's 30th anniversary trip

Anyone have help for Susan? We'll put on our thinking caps, but please chime in with your own ideas, too... Thanks!
jun 07

Video: Plan the ultimate family reunion

Editor in chief Nina Willdorf appeared on the Today Show this morning to talk about family reunion planning.
jun 07

Video: World's weirdest restaurants

Budget Travel's Andrea Minarcek shares some unique dining experiences.
jun 07

Rental cars: AutoSlash may find cheaper rates than you

AutoSlash applies promotions from the rental companies, often leading to better deals than Orbitz & Co. can find. The site also tracks price drops and puts money back in your pocket.
jun 07

New York: Recapturing the race to the South Pole

Explorer smackdown! New exhibit in NYC museum pits rival teams against each other in historic race to reach the South Pole.
jun 05

Video: Iceland makes the best tourism ad of the year

The volcano has been turned off. Visit Iceland. This video's gorgeous scenery will show you why.
jun 04

Delta drops fees for booking reward seats at the last minute

Frequent fliers will no longer have to pay fees of $75 to $150 to trade in miles for a flight that's departing in less than three weeks. But the news isn't entirely positive.
jun 04

New York: Bicycling made easy

We point you to the best routes and top shops to rent a two-wheeler and tool around town.
jun 04

London: On our radar, a new exhibit to entertain the kids

A new exhibit about underwater life at the Natural History Museum will entertain and educate your kids.
jun 03

How not to exit Dallas-Fort Worth airport's parking lot

This driver sampled too many of the mini bottles of liquor on the flight home.
jun 03

New York City: 5 perfect moments—for free!

The best things in New York City are free. Here are five to choose from.
jun 03

Why airlines cancel some flights but not others

Your flight is more likely to be canceled during a storm if you have fewer business class passengers on board than other planes at the gate, says a university study.
jun 02

San Francisco: 5 best June values

Five things on our calendar this month.
jun 02

Government slamming airlines for bumping passengers

The DOT is hiking the penalties for airlines when they bump travelers involuntarily--something that's happening more than at any time since 2002.
jun 01

Priceline now guarantees your hotel bid is the best deal

If you bid on a hotel room and find a better price up to a day before you check-in, Priceline will make up the difference and pay you $25.

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