Michele Gachowski

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5 Totally Amazing Europe Trips Under $500

The process of picking one place to visit in Europe, with its wealth of stunning travel destinations, isn't easy. But for budget travelers, we have a few excellent ideas for planning an unforgettable vacation that's both marvelous and within your means. These ultra-cheap vacation recommendations …

Italy Off The Beaten Path

Milan, Florence, Rome: It's no surprise that Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. But rather than hitting only the hot spots, carve out some time to visit the less-traveled regions, too. We turned to Ciao Andiamo, a website that helps you plan and book …

Surviving Europe's Most Infamous Budget Airline: Ryanair

By College Tourist, Author, Victoria Humphrey<p>Let's face it, "budget travel" is essentially the middle name of every student who studies abroad. I applaud Irish-based Ryanair for offering such a wide selection of budget-friendly flights to destinations throughout Europe and Africa (yes, you can take …

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Bookstore pets of Northern California

When was the last time you saw a monkey in a bookstore? Back in the 1950s, the Cottage Bookshop, the San Rafael store that closed in 1986, had its own spider monkey. That is, until the woman with the red hair walked in the door.<p>It seems that Lulu, who lived in a cage above an aisle, was attracted …

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8 Travel Apps That Work Better Than A Guidebook

<i>by Emily Price</i><p>Skip pricey bus or walking tours on your next trip and instead download these apps, which offer historical insight and cool bits of trivia about areas around the world. Bonus: you won't have to lug around a guidebook.<p>Photo: Image Source / Alamy<p>Walking tours are a great way to learn …

6 Ways to Humiliate Yourself in Europe

The consequences of looking like a tourist in a foreign place can range from serious (becoming a target for theft and scams) to humorous (awkwardness, frustration, public embarrassment). Here are a few of the most blatant ways that your lack of familiarity with local culture in Europe can bring you …

What Kids Learn From Travel

Our family Christmases can be a little unconventional -- once we took our 2-year-old son to South Africa. Some of my friends gave me a hard time. They said I gave myself a safari holiday while my son was too young to protest instead of giving him a tree and a stocking.<p>For his third birthday, …

Eight Hostels for When You're Too Old to Stay at a Hostel

Sure, college students and party animals may seek out hostels as an ideal way to meet other young travelers and save money on the road, but there comes a point in every traveler's life when showering with flip-flops and playing drinking games with strangers becomes less appealing, and clean bedding …

The 10 Best Budget Hotels Around The World, According To TripAdvisor

Let's face it: We all have places on our budget bucket list, lists of vacations we need to take for only $100 per night and dream trips you can actually afford.<p>But when your responsible, budgeting self can't stand the thought of another night in a hostel, it's time to upgrade to a budget hotel. …

7 Countries, 7 Months, 3 Kids - A Search for a Simpler Life

We are not your normal 21st century family: work-at-home dad, stay-at-home mom, homeschooled children, conservative savers, believers in reality over shelter, and faith above all else. We don't care about having the best car or the biggest house, our focus is on each other as husband and wife, …

Coolest Travel Gadgets From CES (PHOTOS)

The world's thinnest tablet. The lightest 13-inch laptop. The first-ever truly wireless earbuds. These are a few of the groundbreaking gadgets shown at International CES in Las Vegas, where the 2015 show was the largest ever, with more than 170,000 attendees.<p>As always for travelers, light and slim …

2015 Holiday Wish List

When I was kid I wrote to Santa Claus every year. More or less, my Christmas wishes were usually fulfilled. Nowadays I make lists about my wishes as I travel the world. That list is long. Here is my 2015 holiday travel wish shortlist:<p>● I wish for a really long weekend at Lake Como's Grand Hotel …

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Affordable Family-Friendly Hotels in Paris

(Photo Credit: Hotel Ares Tour Eiffel)<p><b>Hotel Ares Tour Eiffel</b><p>A quick walk away from the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars, this stylish boutique hotel is ideally located to visit Paris' main attractions. The fashion conscious will appreciate the sleek modern bathrooms with their Versace tiling and …

Secret sights of San Francisco: six things only locals know about

San Francisco is known the world over for its beauty, its open-mindedness and – let's be honest – its weirdness. So it should be no surprise that the City by the Bay harbors many unlikely attractions in far-flung locations known only to locals … until now.<p>Below are a few choice secrets – some new, …

Richmond Police Chief Magnus says he’d hold protest sign again

Richmond Police Chief <b>Chris Magnus</b>, who set off an avalanche of emotions when he held up a “#Black Lives Matter” sign at a local protest, says he wouldn’t hesitate if placed in the same situation.<p>“Sure, I would do it again, but I would like to be a little better prepared for the fallout,” Magnus …

San Francisco’s most expensive home sales in 2014

At $23.5 million, 2520 Pacific Ave. was the most expensive home sale of 2014. According to the Wall Street Journal, University of Phoenix founder John Murphy decided to list the 13,000-square-foot home (complete with a Prohibition-era secret bar) for $27 million back in November 2013. It sold March …

Use a 'Fake' Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

I can't explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.<p>For reasons I never quite understood, every time I …

Bay Area drivers can’t stop barreling into flood waters

It only takes a bit of wet weather to see how badly some folks drive.<p>Take Genentech employee Paul Latimer, who is based in Texas but was in the Bay Area for Thursday’s big storm. He decided to take his chances rolling a rented Mercedes-Benz through pooled water on a Peninsula street in the …

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How To Get The Best Seat On A Plane

If you've ever traveled on a commercial jet, you probably know to avoid picking the middle seat in a row of three. If you purchase a last-minute ticket or you didn't select a seat before check-in, you might not have any other choice but to sit between two strangers on a long transcontinental …

5 French Phrases That Will Save You Money When Traveling in France

Save by learning these important phrases. Photo: Smilla4<p>By Bryan Pirolli, EuroCheapo.com—<p>So you're feeling like you've mastered the "<i>bonjours</i>" and "<i>mercis</i>"? Maybe it's time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don't always work when you are shopping or dining in a café.<p>We know …

This Couple Sold Everything To Take A Dream Trip Around The World

Three cocktails later, Danika remembers, the couple had decided to quit their jobs to travel abroad for six months. "Chris can pretty much get me to say anything when he bribes me with good food and cocktails!" she said laughing.<p>From there, it was a whirlwind. The plan was originally to spend one …

What Am I Entitled To When My Flight Goes Wrong?

<i>A:</i><p>As airlines pack more passengers than ever onto each plane, a single storm can reverberate through the system—leaving flyers stranded as agents scramble to find ever-rarer empty seats on later flights. But you aren't entirely at the mercy of the airlines. Should your itinerary be delayed, …

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How to Save Money on Your Next Hotel Stay

<i>fhotels / Flickr</i><p>Whether you're planning to spend two weeks on an island or a weekend in the big city, booking a hotel can be the most important part of any travel budget. Your flight tickets are likely more expensive individually, but your hotel room rate will probably include multiple nights and …

10 Tips for Traveling Light (And Looking Like You Didn't)

At Vayable, we're huge fans of the benefits of carry-on -- no extra luggage fees, no losing luggage and greater flexibility for last-minute changes in plans. And as carry-on devotees, we've mastered the art of traveling light, without compromising on the essentials that provide us an ideal …

Warsaw Is The Cheapest City For A Cultural Vacation, So You Should Go There ASAP

London and Paris are great, but if you're on a budget, a trip to those sparkling cities might make you feel a bit, well, broke.<p>Thankfully, affordable options are out there, and you'll probably never guess where you can go for a culture-filled vacation on the cheap.<p>Behold, Warsaw.<p>The capital of …

Pay Less to Phone Home

<i>National Geographic Traveler</i> Editor at Large <b>Christopher Elliott</b> is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips.<p><b>Here’s his latest advice:</b><p><b>Reader Question:</b> I’m an American taking a two-week trip to Norway. How do I …

21 Ways To See America For Cheap

The night is warm, the sun is setting, the PBR is flowing, and suddenly you find yourself with a burning and insatiable urge to explore the great United States before summer runs out.<p>Trust us: The classic cross-country trip of your dreams -- whether you've got a week in the car or a couple days by …

Best apps to prevent travel disasters

Staying safe and healthy while traveling isn't always easy. Despite your best intentions and most thorough preparation, disaster can strike, whether it's as small as a rental-car fender bender or as serious as a hurricane. Thankfully, technology can help. Prevent on-the-road catastrophe -- or learn …

Secrets For A Perfectly Problem-Free EuroTrip, Courtesy Of Reddit

Nobody wants a travel disaster -- especially when maneuvering Europe, that mystical continent full of over-hyped attractions and over-priced water bottles.<p>Reddit user Gspence314 recently asked fellow travelers for their pro tips on making it through Europe without a hiccup.<p>Their answers cover …