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GetYourGuide Gets $4.5M Series A Expansion, From Ex-Booking.com CEO (& Others), To Help It Scale Globally

Just over a year ago holiday attractions booking startup GetYourGuide closed a $14 million Series A funding round. Today it’s bulked up that round with a further $4.5 million in what it’s describing as strategic expansion funding — owing to two of the new investors the round brings on board.<p>The new …

Facebook Granted Google Access To FBX And It Could Hurt Smaller DSPs

<i>Social Media Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that collects and delivers the top social media news first thing every morning. You can sign up to receive Social Media Insights here or at the bottom of this post.</i><p><b>Facebook</b> and <b>Google</b> struck a deal to allow Google's DoubleClick …

Phonebloks: A modular phone you update a piece at a time

Rather than throwing out an entire smartphone when something breaks or you want to upgrade, the Phonebloks concept fits together like Lego so you can swap pieces out as needed.<p>One of the most annoying things about some smartphones (and other gadgets) is that they don't have removable batteries. Or …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

A Nighttime Road Trip Through Texas' Prettiest Ghost Towns

Want to see America at its most fascinating? Would you mind if it were slightly eery at the same time? You’ve probably never thought about a road trip like this before. Diners? Check. Motels? Check. Toll booths and gas stations? Double check. But oh, there's so much more (or is it less?) to this …

America's Best Small Towns, According To Rand McNally

We love our small towns, from the art and culture, the sense of community to the food. There are so many great small towns; each with a special quality to them, so how do we know which one is the best? Rand McNally seems to have identified them in their third annual contest.<p>Starting with 1,200 …

Who Should You Tip -- and How Much?

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Terry Ward, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Tipping really shouldn't be so hard. The service was good, you leave a token of your appreciation, and everyone is happy. Not so fast. This is one of the most difficult aspects of travel to navigate, since you have to …

10 Things I Learned from Vegas’s Food & Wine All-Star Weekend

Besides eating and drinking, followed by even more eating and more drinking, there are actually some lessons to be drawn from the many food-focused …

Mexico’s Secret Beach

I don flippers and a life vest, leave my goggles, smartphone, and camera behind, and line up to dive into the waters off the coast of Mexico’s Marieta Islands.<p>Clusters of people jump off ahead of me — couples, friends, families, all bobbing in the water like Halloween apples. I survey the landscape …