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If you still think of Cincinnati as just another Ohio city that starts with the letter C, we’ve got news. The state’s third largest metropolis is now home to a flourishing arts neighborhood, trendy new restaurants, and a sparkling new public park – not to mention venerable cultural institutions like Cincinnati Opera, which is the second oldest opera company in the country. Here’s how to get the absolute best of the city without breaking your budget…
As one of our favorite under-rated cities in Asia, Taipei has only recently started to get mainstream attention. (Case in point: The New York Times chose it as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2014.) If you’re considering a trip, here’s a starter guide with some of the most-visited spots for where to eat, where to shop, what to do, and where to stay – but we’ve also included some beloved lesser-known alternatives where you’ll find fewer tourists and lots of locals.
Is it possible to do Mardi Gras on a budget? Adding up the cost of hotel rooms, frequent beer stops, bead attire, and indulgent, post-boozing meals, a simple trip to New Orleans can easily exceed several thousand dollars. Yet, that same festive spirit can be found in small-town carnival celebrations like the ones we’ve listed below – twice the fun, for half the price. Read more
Think Scotland, and whisky, bagpipes, men in kilts, or perhaps fisherman’s waders come to mind. But now you can add skiing and snowboarding to the mix. Up in the Scottish Highlands, the Cairngorms are the U.K.’s highest and snowiest ski-friendly mountains – and thus they’re home to the country’s most popular ski spot.
Easter is a great time to visit the excellent Ski and Snowboard School, which is located on the mountain, and receives plenty of snow. Lessons start at $146, which includes four hours of lessons for adults, equipment rental, and a ski pass, plus a trip up and down the slope on Scotland’s only funicular railway. The resort area is ideal for beginners, while still offering enough of a challenge to keep more experienced downhillers busy. Here are some tips for putting together your own Scottish skiing getaway… Read more
For some of us, the name Mallorca conjures up images of cheap package vacations – not exactly chic. Yet, we all have to grow up, and so the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca has matured over the past few years, shrugging off its association with binge-drinking bachelor parties from the U.K. and gaining a rising reputation as a center for contemporary art and design. (The mild climate, white-sand beaches, and dramatic limestone cliffs don’t hurt either.) At the center of this reinvention is the capital, Palma. Here’s how to see the best of it…
Known as a destination for jet-setting fashionistas and corporate types, Milan has built a reputation as the flashiest, most up-to-date of Italy’s modern metropolises. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Yes, a stay at the super-chic Armani Hotel would be amazing. And sure, we might spend an afternoon prowling Via della Spiga for supermodel sightings. But at the end of the day, this is Italy, and plenty of us aren’t coming for the new Fall/Winter collections – we’re here for the history. Here are three spots to help you step back in time.
Mardi Gras ends in a few days, which means that revelers will be celebrating well through the weekend. While we’re typically fans of the “go big or go home” party mentality, especially when we travel, sometimes you need a little break. Whether you’re hankering after something refined, something casual, or something that’s just plain New Orleans, here’s where you can get some peace and quiet in NOLA…
Fort Lauderdale has come a long way since Where The Boys Are – the 1960 film that immortalized the south Florida city as ground zero for spring breakers. And while the beaches and nearby Port Everglades (one of the top cruise ports in the word) continue to draw throngs of visitors, the city has also developed a sophisticated culture that especially attracts fashionistas and anyone with an eye for style. The best part? You can glam it up yourself without breaking the bank, at these five budget-conscious hotspots: Read more
A century ago, hotels were simply places to sleep during your travels. Maybe there was a fancy bar in the lobby, or a nice pool. These days, an increased focus on younger travelers seeking unique cultural experiences means hotel public spaces are doubling as live music venues, social media nerve centers, and, in some cases, contemporary art galleries. The following properties give you extra bang for your buck by including some free visual stimulus built into the cost of your stay: Read more
For a lot of us, Indianapolis is that place where the big race happens every year. But in recent years, much like its neighbors, Indy has ramped up its efforts to bring the surrounding nature into the city, creating a lusher, more inviting urban stretch. From dedicated walking and biking trails, to cool new exhibits, there’s more to look forward to than sporting events in this Midwestern city. Here are our picks… Read more
While the nation’s capital is a popular destination all year long, there’s really nothing else like the city’s Cherry Blossom Festival. From March 20 to April 13 this year, Washington, D.C. will celebrate with 25 days of parades, performances, and cultural events in the heart of downtown.
Naturally, you’ll see some outrageous price markups at hotels during the festival. Some rooms more than double in cost compared to any other spring weekend. The good news is that if you plan strategically – and act soon – you won’t necessarily have to pay a huge premium. Here’s how: Read more
In case the headlines about Jimmy Fallon’s celeb-filled debut didn’t already clue you in, The Tonight Show has officially transitioned out of Los Angeles and back to its New York City roots. With the wry and ever-giddy Fallon replacing Jay Leno as host (not to mention Fallon’s stellar backing band, The Roots), the revamped late-night show promises something for veteran viewers and youngsters* alike. In short, it’s the perfect addition to any tourist’s NYC itinerary. Here’s how to score free tickets to TV’s top live audience tapings in both New York and Los Angeles… Read more
Ah, Mexico. In a country known for beautiful beaches, delicious food, and lively street festivals, it can be hard figuring out just where you’d like to spend your time. Perhaps a villa in Riviera Maya? Or a walkabout through historic Mexico City? Or maybe it’s a week hiding out in enchanting San Jose del Cabo, the “gateway to the Los Cabos Corridor,” as well as the town nearest to Los Cabos International Airport. Though lesser-known than its nonstop-partying neighbor to the west, Cabo San Lucas, it turns out the scenic coastal stretch of San Jose del Cabo is ideal for leisurely bike rides, seafood feasts, and carefree drives up the coast. All on a budget, of course. Here’s how to do it… Read more
Are you the type who starts planning for a trip months ahead of your departure, or do you prefer to wait until the last minute, speed-read a guidebook on the plane, and just leave the rest up to fate? Whatever your tactics (or lack thereof), the digital age has heralded a new breed of travel tools, designed to help intrepid travelers educate themselves about a destination so they can plan their trip effectively. Here are a few online resources that will surely enhance your next jaunt to a couple of key destinations… Read more
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