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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
Price of a Walt Disney World sweatshirt: $59.95.
Price of a Sorcerer Mickey mug: $14.95.
Price of a Disney iPhone case: $34.95.
We’ll give you a second to get over the sticker shock, but yes, those are the real prices of some Walt Disney World souvenirs.
You should know, though, that it is possible to score some freebies in this famous Orlando theme park. You just have to know where to look. Here are some to seek out on your next visit to the House of Mouse…
We have Santorini on our minds, with hotel openings and renovations galore coming up on this legendary Greek island. For starters, there’s the all-new Iconic Santorini, a cadera boutique with luscious veranda pools, opening in April. The sophisticated Grace Santorini has finished a three-year refurbishment, and modern Santa Marina Resort and Villas is reopening in May after its own chic makeover.
That, of course, is just to name a few. For more news, sights, and tips on when to go – with gorgeous photos to boot – click through.
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