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24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

The Top Online Travel Booking Sites for January 2014

<i>Editor’s Note: Late last year we started a once-a-quarter feature on top trafficked sites in various sectors in travel, using monthly data from</i> …

5 New Travel Startups Give Travelers a Taste of Flexibility

This week’s roundup of travel startups try to remedy what is seen by many travelers as a rigid booking system.<p>These additional services give flyers …

Lonely Planet's top 10 best value stays for 2014

Amazing experiences aren’t reserved for unlimited budgets. These characterful places to stay around the world offer comfort and charm in superlative settings - all of them are well under US$100 per night, and plenty have dorm beds for only a few dollars. Here are our top 10 wallet-friendly hotels …

Big in Japan: A Guide to the Films of Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki

On February 21st, <i>The Wind Rises</i>, director Hayao Miyazaki's 11th, and supposedly final, feature film hits American theaters. The movie is a departure …

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Travel Inspiration: Colombia’s Cartagena de Indias

Forget everything that immediately comes to mind when you think of Colombia. The country has been improving its image, especially in many major …

Travel Inspiration: Bogota, Colombia – La Candelaria & Monserrate by Andrew Villagomez

Following last week’s Travel Inspiration photo series with Cartagena de Indias, be inspired to hop on the next flight to venture down to Colombia to …

Priceline Saw Q4 Room Nights Increase 36.5%, Outpacing Expedia's

There was good news and bad news in Priceline’s room night growth for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.<p>Room nights booked increased a whopping …

Booking.com Going For a Shock And Awe Strategy in U.S. With Huge Expansion

Booking.com, the world’s largest hotel booking site with 425,000 hotels and other lodging choices, says the U.S. became its largest destination …

Expedia Loses Co-Branding With Groupon on Travel Flash Sales Product

Groupon believes its Getaways flash sales vacation-package product could become a multibillion dollar business, but if it evolves into such a …

IDEO Rethinks Hotel Design With New Palo Alto Hotel

The Epiphany Hotel is set to open in Palo Alto in March just five minutes away from Stanford University. Operated by Joie de Vivre (JDV) Hotels, the …

Expedia Is Stealing Market Share from Priceline’s Name Your Own Price Through Steep Discounts

Much has been written about how Expedia Inc.’s Hotwire business has suffered at the hands of Priceline’s knock-off product, Express Deals, but as it …

San Francisco's Bay Bridge Is Being Turned Into an Airbnb Rental

Airbnb’s newest listing is more than a little embedded in the fabric of the company’s home city.<p>Entrepreneur David Grieshaber is planning to turn …