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mar 23 2017

Jump on these money-saving spring travel tips & deals!

Good things do come to those who wait - especially if you've waited till the last minute to book a spring cruise. Nab one of the last available cabins on the Norwegian Breakaway, sailing from NYC to Florida and the Bahamas in April; they're going fast but if you book now you can get a rate of less than $100/day.

(Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Lines)

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and it’s time to hit the road. But spring travel can be complicated by too many choices - beaches, big cities, resorts, cruises? - and high prices. The good news is, we’re here to deliver some advice and deals for spring that won’t break the bank.

mar 10 2017

Locals Know Best: Baltimore

John Waters, arguably Baltimore’s most famous native son since Babe Ruth, said of his hometown: “You can look far and wide, but you'll never discover a stranger city with such extreme style. It's as if every eccentric in the South decided to move north, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay.” Indeed, between its creative eateries, vibrant public spaces, a multitude of free city-wide events, not to mention the historic sites, Baltimore has a character that’s very much its own. We connected to with Kathy Horning, who directs Artscape, the largest free art festival in the US, the Baltimore Book Festival, and more to learn more about the extravaganzas she oversees and get her guidance on where to eat, drink, explore, and just hang out in the city she calls home.   

CULTURE! GET YOUR CULTURE HERE!

mar 01 2017

Locals Know Best: Buffalo, New York

You could easily make the case that Leslie Zemsky has the best job title in Buffalo: Director of Fun for Larkin Square. The longtime Buffalo resident, who's also an artists and patron of the arts, oversees a range of activities at Larkin Square, a cluster of once-industrial warehouse buildings from the 1890s that have been revitalized as office buildings and restaurants. It’s also a community gathering point. What started as a smattering of four or five food trucks in 2012 has become Food Truck Tuesdays, a regular Tuesday night event from April through October, with up to 50 food trucks on location, a cozy family dinner vibe, and free parking. Then on Wednesdays in the summertime there are free concerts from local musicians and, of course, plenty of food trucks. 

feb 22 2017

Travel destinations inspired by the Oscars

With the 89th annual Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, everybody is talking about the movies they loved this year. Some travelers like to take their love of the movies a step further and visit the locations of their favorite Oscar-nominated films. Here, some of our favorite affordable Oscar-inspired destinations.

feb 15 2017

Locals Know Best: Charleston, South Carolina

Ten years ago, when Yuriy Bekker moved to Charleston from Brooklyn, he was hit by a bolt of culture shock. But it didn’t take too long for the violinist and principal pops conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (not to mention artistic director of various music festivals and groups and globe-trotting performer), to realize that although there was more sunshine and tranquility and fewer bagel shops as well as Ukranian restaurants like the ones he grew up frequenting as the son of immigrants from Minsk, Belarus, he could feel quite at home in this jewel of a city, where cosmopolitan energy fuses with a laidback southern attitude and European charm.

FEED YOUR BODY, FEED YOUR SOUL

feb 15 2017

Cheap April flights to book now

Do the white sand beaches of Fort Myers, Florida, sound good right about now? April round-trip flights from Chicago start at $103. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

(Courtesy The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel)

Our friends at Skyscanner.com have crunched the numbers to deliver some amazing airfare deals for April. The only catch? You need to pick from an array of enticing destinations and book now.

New York to Fort Lauderdale
Wednesday, April 19 – Tuesday, April 25
Starting at: $159
(Typical ticket price: $204)

feb 01 2017

Locals Know Best: Portland, Oregon

(Erica Schroeder/Dreamstime)

Portland, Oregon’s history is one of ship-building, grit, and organized crime. What a difference a century makes. Today, Portland is strongly associated with organic food, hipster eyewear, elaborate tattoos, craft beer, and artisanal everything. The dining scene is particularly alluring, offering loads of options from classical cooking to hyper-creative modern menus, not to mention the city is less than an hour from heart of Oregon’s wine country. To get a culinary insider’s tips on where to go and what to do around this city, we caught up with Cathy Whims, award-winning chef who owns a variety of restaurants, including Oven and Shaker, which is known for its wood-burning pizza oven, the modern Italian eatery Nostrana, and Hamlet, the newest entrant in her expanding empire which focuses on ham-heavy small plates, craft cocktails, and sherry. You’d think it’d be tough to find down-time when you oversee that many restaurants, but a retro steakhouse, a bird-watcher’s haven, and a visit to a Zumba class with an eccentric instructor are just a few of this long-time resident’s go-to’s.

EAT YOUR HEART OUT

feb 01 2017

Deal of the day: Your NYC vacation at a price beyond compare

This is not a typo: you can stay in the heart of New York City for $229 per night Thursdays through Sundays this winter. That's a savings of over 50% off standard rates. We're not kidding. In fact, to make things even more unreal, the rates on select dates are as little as $189. The Westin New York at Times Square is going all out and offering luxury and convenience at an unprecedented price. And we mean Convenience with a capital "c." The Theater District, shopping galore, and subway lines that get you nearly anywhere in the five boroughs are all within a short walk from the hotel's front door. 

jan 25 2017

Family-friendly ski resorts

(Julia Vandenoever/Keystone Resort)

For some people, winter weather means shoveling snow, long slow commutes, and hopefully escaping to a Caribbean island or a Florida beach for a little while. But for others, winter is the absolute best time of year for every member of the family. Yes, ski season is in high gear across the country, and we're psyched to share some of America’s most family-friendly ski resorts.

jan 25 2017

Interview: Badlands National Park’s rogue tweeter speaks

(Courtesy waltmustang/myBudgetTravel)

Fans of America’s national parks, including BudgetTravel.com editors and readers, have had a turbulent ride over the past few days, at least as far as their Twitter feeds are concerned.

NPS’s account deactivated. On Saturday January 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, the National Park Service’s official Twitter account was deactivated after the account had tweeted images comparing this year’s inauguration crowds with the larger inauguration crowds from 2009. The NPS account is now back in action, but the NPS has encouraged social media managers to post only about public safety and park information and to avoid commenting on policy issues. As all this was going on, our Budget Travel social media audience voiced its support and affection for NPS Twitter feeds as sources for weather, road conditions, special events, and especially for the gorgeous photography.

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