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Budget Travel Bloggers Share Their #1 Wallet-Friendly Vacations

<i>Cheap vacation packages! Discount travel deals!</i><p>If you’ve planned a vacation lately you’ve probably been hit with an ad of that kind. Budget travel …

Vancouver

Nestled on <b>British Columbia's</b> coast, Canada’s third largest city is known for its rich cultural offerings and easy access to the sea and mountains—"Just a 20-minute drive takes you to landscapes seemingly untouched by humankind," says local award-winning designer and architect Omer Arbel. Here you …

Top 10 Hideaways & Inns

Travel<p>Top 10 Hideaways & Inns from National Geographic.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>Auberge du Soleil<br>Rutherford, California <br>www.aubergedusoleil.com</b> <br>Napa Valley's magical wine country is the backdrop for this elegant hotel, opened in 1985. The accommodations feature …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

A NYC Top 10 Must Do List From a Child's Eye

After a recent trip to NYC for SpecialGlobe with my 6 and 8 year old children, I asked them both to list their top 5 things. Below were their favorite experiences from the trip.<p><b>1.</b> American Natural History Museum -- For a 5 year old boy, the Dinosaur exhibit on the 4th floor is a dream come true not …

The Exceptional Traveler: My First Date with Airbnb

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard<p><b>How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively</b><p><b>The first time I heard friends talking about Airbnb, I didn't know what it was.</b> Then, like learning a new word, references to it …

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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 …

The Greek Islands Are Calling You. Here's Where To Go.

So you want to take a trip to the good ole Greek islands, and we can't fault you. But there are nearly 6,000 of them scattered around so finding what's right for you can be tricky.<p>But hark! We've done some organizing for you to help whittle down the choices based on the type of vacation you're …

18 Reasons Why Australia Is Travel Heaven

It turns out that travel heaven just might be down under! With its vast and varied landscapes, unique wildlife, and white-sand beaches, Australia is one of the most interesting continents around. We've gone through the tips and photos from millions of travelers on minube to find out exactly what …

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Best Airlines for Free Stopovers

The secret to getting two vacations for nearly the price of one? Free stopovers. A lot of major airlines offer free or low-cost stops in hub cities to flyers continuing on to other end-point destinations. Tiresome layovers or breakneck connections these are not. Stopovers are overnight or …

Europe's best affordable castle hotels | CNN Travel

20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

21 Reasons Why Your Next Trip Should Be To Puerto Rico

Oh hey there, you fancy professional. Are you feeling antsy? Is the air conditioning mocking your eardrums with its monotonous hum, and are your eyes glazed over from a lack of natural light? Basically, are you having a regular workday?<p>Don't worry. We got you.<p>Clearly, it's time for a vacay. So grab …

Now You Can Book Your Train Ticket And Flight All In One Place

So you can book your flight, your hotel, your rental car and any combination necessary to get your trip rolling on the various travel websites out there, but you may not have realized one key mode of transportation that has been so rudely left out: Amtrak.<p>When you're using the big name booking …

4 Ways to Book a "Round the World" Ticket for Cheaper Than You Thought

Have you ever dreamed about flying Around the World? Picking a dozen countries you'd like to see before you die, and hitting them all by airplane so it doesn't take three years, like Magellen used to do it back in the day? But you've probably never gone much beyond the dreaming stage, because a …

Ho Chi Minh City

Worst Travel Mishaps (and How to Avoid Them)

From the tiniest troubles (spilling your preflight Starbucks) to the absolute catastrophes (losing your passport in a strange country), no trip will go perfectly as planned. But there are preparations you can make to prevent a total vacation meltdown. Read on to find out what you can do before, …

10 Places in Europe You Never Thought You Could Afford

It'll take more than a discreetly tucked money belt to protect your cash in Europe's most expensive cities. Here's how to experience London, Paris, Venice, and other delightful destinations for a whole lot less than the average traveler.<p><b>Oslo, Norway</b><p>First, the bad news: Oslo earned top billing in …

European Travel

Top 10 Things to Do in New Orleans (Besides Mardi Gras)

New Orleans is more than parades and parties. Here are ten of its best offerings besides the annual festivities of Mardi Gras.<p><b>Jackson Square</b><br>The French Quarter’s heart and soul is a must-see, boasting a statue of Andrew Jackson at its center and a ragtag collection of artists and fortune-tellers …

Descending into the lost River Effra, London

The River Effra is one of London’s great lost waterways. Rising near Crystal Palace, its course flows through Norwood, Dulwich, Herne Hill, Brixton, …

Urban Exploration

Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain, is arguably England's greatest archaeological treasure.Here, lights from the nearby town of Amesbury lend a lavender glow to the sky above the enigmatic monument. http://on.natgeo.com/1ebjAm9 Photograph by Ken Geiger, National Geographic Staff

Top 10 City Bus Trips

Top 10 City Bus Trips from National Geographic.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Journeys of a Lifetime</i><p><b>New York City</b> <br>Start in Harlem, famous for its African-American culture, then it’s on to Central Park and Fifth Avenue. The bus takes you down Broadway and through the theater district—show-business …

Historic District of Old Quebec

Step back in time with a visit to this walled Canadian destination.<p><b>Site:</b> Historic District of Old Quebec <b><br>Location</b>: Canada <b><br>Year Designated</b>: 1985 <b><br>Category</b>: Cultural <b><br>Criteria</b>: (iv)(vi) <b><br>Reason for Designation</b>: North America’s premier walled city is an architectural treasure and a monument to European …

Finding Safe Harbor in Cork City

<i>National Geographic Traveler</i> Associate Editor Susan O’Keefe made her first trip to Ireland last spring where she spent time exploring <b>Cork city</b> and the surrounding area. “The city is a walker’s paradise, and I was able to cover a lot of ground in a few days,” she says.<p>From strolling along the banks …

Say Goodbye to Jet Lags With These Easy Tips

I took my first 20-plus hour-long flight when I was 16-years-old. Since then, I have been on countless transcontinental journeys, traveling to almost 50 countries across six continents. The longest flight I took was 26 hours from Atlanta to Singapore. Having family in India, I fly the 20-plus hours …

Jet Lag

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 …

40 More Passport Stamps Worth Bragging About

Which passport stamp are you most proud of? <a …

Budget Travel

How to get upgraded to first class like a boss

Here are the 12 simple steps I followed to get upgraded to business class on my 15-hour flight from Seattle to Dubai.<p>1. Travel solo.<p>The chances of …

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4 London Tours You Don't Already Know About

In a city as diverse and expansive as London, there's no shortage of things to do when visiting. But if you want to explore the city beyond Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, there are any number of tours that delve a bit deeper into London's unique and interesting history. Whether it's a food tour …

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