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British Airways has just launched its discounted “daytripper fares” for travelers flying from London to a handful of European cities. The catch? (Or, perhaps the benefit?) You have to return to London in the same day. Round-trip tickets, including all taxes and fees, will cost £79 (about $130) to Dublin and Geneva, £89 (about $149) for Edinburgh and Rome and £99 (about $165) for Vienna and Munich. You can only travel with carry-on luggage from London’s Heathrow airport, and only on Saturdays or Sundays.
These fares are tailor-made for travelers who want to cram in a second destination with their London trip — a fairly common strategy, especially considering how easy it is to get to Paris, Scotland, or other parts of England by rail. Flying expands your options even more.
Of course, taking into account check-in, transfers, and flight time, this doesn’t leave you much time to enjoy that second destination. But if you really have the urge to pop across the Channel (or Irish Sea) for a few hours, here are some suggestions for quick, interesting itineraries you can accomplish in a day.
A simple roundtrip flight between New York and Dubai in late May can cost up to $1,200 on Emirates, the nation-state’s main carrier. Not exactly a bargain, considering you’d be forking over another thousand or two on lodging alone (Dubai’s low season doesn’t really get going until late June, when the extremely high temperatures cause rates to tumble). On top of everything else, you’ve probably already crossed Dubai off your list, so why go back if you’ve been there, done that?
Good thing, then, that Qatar Airways is providing another option for UAE-bound travelers who don’t feel like blowing their whole savings on a late spring jaunt. Thanks to a limited-time offer, the airline is offering flights to its newly-launched destination, Sharjah, from $696 roundtrip. Read more
We’ve all had a fellow passenger’s overstuffed carry-on tumble clumsily out of the overhead bin onto our heads. And we’ve all struggled to zip up a heaving weekend bag. Sometimes, you have to wonder: Do we really need all this stuff? Here are nine items you probably don’t need to bring on your next warm-weather getaway: Read more
Crowded though it may be, it’s in summer that New York City truly comes to life. No matter which borough you’re in, no matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find an event to fit the bill. And, more importantly, you’ll likely be able to do it for free. Here, a preview of stunning upcoming art installations that won’t cost you much (if anything at all):
Hy-Fi at MoMA PS1
Every year, MoMA PS1 unveils a tech-savvy, totally-out-there installation that brings water, shade, and coolness to its courtyard in Long Island City. This year’s project, dubbed Hy-Fi, creatively harnesses the powers of organic materials like mushroom roots and cornstalks to regulate temperature. Two towers draw in cool air at the bottom – visitors can actually enter and lounge within – and push hot air out from the top. Read more
The great American road trip has captured travelers’ imaginations for decades. For your next jaunt, give the bland chain motels a miss and pick one of these unique hotels to rest up while you are on the road.
For West Coast Road Trippers:
The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo CAThe iconic bright pink sign of the Madonna Inn beckons roadtrippers toward a slice of Americana that befits its Highway 101 location. The bright color scheme extends into this 50-year-old hotel and through many of the 110 individually themed guestrooms. Rooms on offer include the “Caveman” room, “Swiss Chalet,” “Country Gentleman,” and “Love Nest.” Rates start at $189.
For the artsy traveler, what better way to get acquainted with a destination’s culture than to learn a local craft? Participating in a workshop can be a daylong venture or even a weeklong retreat. Plus, whether you’re making moccasins or birch boxes or farmstead cheese, you’ll end up with a handmade souvenir to take home. Here, four immersive programs that let you do just that: Read more
Savvy NYC visitors know to keep an eye out for uncharacteristically low hotel rates in mid-January, when the city hits a bit of a tourism slump. By April, things tend to pick up – which is why we were shocked to see such reasonable rates being offered at one of our favorite properties, the Eventi Hotel. Read more
After the ride to the airport and the wait to get through security, the least you can expect from your airline of choice is a decent meal. But it rarely gets better than watery stir-fries or flavorless salads in the air. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a good cookie. So we were pleasantly surprised to learn that a few airlines are making a concerted effort to bolster their food options by teaming up with reputable restaurant brands that seriously know their food. Here’s what’s being served up in the skies right now: Read more
Lots of American travelers make their way to Germany, and, in fact, it’s recently edged out France as our third most visited European destination, after the U.K. and Italy. The most popular German destinations include Berlin and Munich, but two delightful smaller cities to see Regensburg and Bamberg, both located in the Franconia region, not far from Munich. Both offer a rich taste of rural Bavaria. While many Danube river cruises stop at these towns, they’re also easily accessible from Munich by car or train.
In cities around the world, Carnival revelers party from mid-February through Ash Wednesday. As this year’s festivities wind down, here are ten excellent Carnival parties you can live through vicariously – or plan a trip for next year. Read more
If the nation’s capital is on your must-see list, there’s no time like the gorgeous Cherry Blossom Festival, which begins this month, to visit. We’ve already showed you how to save on D.C. hotels during this time. Here’s what to do and where to eat, all without breaking the bank.
Culture & Entertainment
Get cultured at the Kennedy Center, which hosts free hour-long performances daily as a complement to their full-length evening programs. Stop by at 6 p.m. for everything from orchestra concerts to hip hop performances to poetry slams. And don’t forget the views from the wraparound rooftop terrace, which is also open to the public at no cost. Read more
One of the best things about boarding a plane to…well, anywhere, and getting away from it all, is leaving behind the nagging concerns of daily life. But a new peer-to-peer website is offering a way for travelers to make a little extra cash while they’re on the road by renting out one of their most basic domestic necessities: their car. Read more
On vacation, we tend to keep different schedules. That’s why, at 1 a.m., with all the regular restaurants closed and the bar having stopped serving food, you may decide you’re ready for dinner number two. Offering unique insight into local culture, late-night eats can enhance your travel experience as much as they can satisfy your craving. For a few bucks, you can fill up on local dishes like tacos, oyster omelets, and crepes, and get a candid glimpse into a city’s after-hours culture. Every country has a specialty; here are the best bites served past midnight in cities all over the world. Read more
Getting to the major Caribbean islands is pretty easy these days, with the major airlines providing direct service from many U.S. cities, Canada, and even Europe. But what if you’ve set your sights on a smaller island? Or if you plan to island-hop between destinations in paradise? Inter-island ferry service is possible, but the logistics of arranging it can be tricky. Flying is often a better choice, especially when time is a factor. Luckily, there are at least a dozen regional Caribbean airlines servicing the most remote islands. Some even have flights departing from the U.S. and Canada, sometimes at a cheaper price and with fewer connections than on the big commercial carriers. Use our mini guide to make navigating the islands fun, cheap, and, best of all, easy.
Whether you’re splurging or saving on your hotel, there’s a way to get more out of your stay. A property that offers free, outdoorsy perks is perfect for guests who favor an active getaway for spring. From complimentary rounds of golf at a lakeside resort in Wisconsin to paddleboarding classes at a Chesapeake Bay retreat, here are our favorite hotel freebies this season: Read more
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