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Rome, Italy/flickr/Bert Kaufmann
Rome, Italy/flickr/Bert Kaufmann

Bringing you the world’s best travel destinations — and when you should visit them for the best value. The ancient Romans believed that no matter how many empires rose and fell, Rome would live forever. And they were right: La Città Eterna remains one of the world’s most visited capitals... Read More

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Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church from iStock

With Puerto Vallarta gearing up to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, there’s never been a more exciting time to visit. While plenty of luxe offerings cater to wealthy jet-setters, it’s just as easy to find exciting budget-friendly options in the Mexican resort town. Whether you’re an art lover... Read More

Austin, Texas, Mohawk live music
Mohawk

A perfect night in Austin isn’t complete without some great food and live music. (This is the Live Music Capital of the World, after all). So whether you prefer to listen to tunes on a patio or in a state-of-the-art concert hall, we’ve got it all planned out. Here’s... Read More

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University/iStock
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University/iStock

We can’t all have the opportunity to study at Oxford University, but if you love literature, history, and travel, we may have the next best thing for you. Each spring, the Oxford Literary Festival lets anyone enjoy his university town’s atmosphere, wander — and even stay — on its... Read More

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Dining Room at The Rieger
Dining Room at The Rieger

Kansas City might just be one of America’s best hidden gems. Located smack in the middle of the U.S., it’s often an overlooked fly-over city. But it shouldn’t be. Thanks to the world-class museums, a burgeoning food scene, and high-end shopping, it’s one of the best locations to visit... Read More

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Lyon, France, Terreaux Square
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It’s easy to burn through your budget in France — especially with a capital city that ranks as one of the most expensive in the world. But if you get outside of Paris and steer clear of the star-clad Riviera, you’ll find more affordable places to vacation with just... Read More

Theater Onboard the Crystal Serenity/Crystal Cruises
Theater onboard the Crystal Serenity/Crystal Cruises

A cruise is a great place to see a Broadway show. Norwegian offers a top-notch version of After Midnight, while Royal Caribbean prides itself on its full-length, and possibly better-than-Broadway-caliber production of Mamma Mia. The luxury cruise lines, however, haven’t gotten on the Broadway bandwagon as quickly. They... Read More

Radcliffe Camera/iStock
Radcliffe Camera/iStock

Once you’re ready to venture beyond London, the next place you’re likely to visit on a trip to England is Oxford. Steeped in generations of history and surrounded by fairytale-perfect countryside, this legendary university town makes for an easy — and affordable visit. Here’s how to see it while... Read More

New York, Central Park, spring
Central Park / iStock

Ah, spring in New York. It’s time to emerge from hibernation and savor the mild weather before the oppressive summer heat sets in. If you really want to embrace this season in the Big Apple, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Here are six activities — all under... Read More

New York City, Broadway
Broadway/iStock

There are unspoken rules you should follow in New York City: never board an empty Subway car on a full train, stand to the right on the escalator, and never pay full price for Broadway tickets. Sure, it might mean arriving early and standing in line, but the odds... Read More

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The Capitol in Havana, Cuba
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Ever since former President Obama eased sanctions against Cuba last fall, Americans have flocked to the island. U.S. visitors, however, must still meet the conditions of one of these 12 permitted reasons for travel. For most people, educational or “people-to-people” programs, in which you agree to have a full... Read More

Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Flickr/Ron Cogswell

What’s better than seeing 3,000 cherry blossom trees blanket the capital in a sea of pink? Seeing them for less. Amtrak is offering 25 percent discount on trips to Washington D.C. during this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival when you book 14 days in advance. The discount applies to the Northeast... Read More

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Whale in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/iStock
Whale in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/iStock

Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are an easy, affordable hop from many cities across the U.S. – especially from the West Coast. If you’re ready to venture beyond your resort and put down your frozen cocktail, there’s plenty to do here. Whether your idea of... Read More

Kinosaki Onsen/Laura Motta
Kinosaki Onsen/Laura Motta

The onsen — or traditional hot springs — experience is a must-do in Japan. Whether you’re heading to a big-city bath house that resembles an amusement park, or to a natural pool in a small town, there’s nothing more Japanese than stripping down, lathering up, and soaking for an... Read More

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Carlsbad Beach
Visit Carlsbad

San Diego has long been a popular tourist destination; the near-perfect weather and beautiful beaches make it a no-brainer. But you may want to set your sights just 35 miles north — on Carlsbad — a city that’s made a name for itself thanks to Legoland California. Surprisingly, there’s... Read More