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Myanmar is officially the fastest-growing tourism segment in the world. Just consider these numbers: In 2007, Myanmar had 300,000 tourists. This year, the country is preparing to accommodate more than 5 million. That’s a remarkable jump in such a short amount of time — and one that’s already changing the way the country presents itself to the world. Southeast Asia is a traditionally very affordable destination across the board, and Myanmar still falls under the budget category compared to many other destinations. But on a recent trip, I discovered some surprises between what’s cheap and what’s not for the region in the country. Here’s a look at what you can expect:
Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that goes beyond a parade and green beer? These four Irish communities draw on their Irish heritage to infuse some meaningful fun in their celebrations.
Syracuse, New York
Many of the Irish immigrants who worked on the Erie Canal eventually settled in Syracuse and established their own Tipperary Hill neighborhood. Their descendants are so fiercely proud of their heritage that, in the 1920s, they threw stones at a traffic light because they couldn’t stand to see “British red” over “Irish green.” Fun fact: Today, the traffic light at Tompkins Street and Milton Avenue is upside down, green over red.
That Irish pride continues today in even more ways. After a traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade, revelers celebrate at an Irish Hooley — a party with music, song, and dance — sponsored by Coleman’s Irish Pub, known for its wee leprechaun entrances (and, yes, green beer during this time of the year). Or, they head to other authentic pubs like Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub, Nibsy’s, The Blarney Stone, and Ballybay Pub. As part of the festivities, you can also try your hand at Irish road bowling, an Irish game where teams hurl a small cannonball towards a target.
On a recent trip to Southeast Europe, we discovered something fascinating: The former Yugoslavia, to Serbians, was the perfect example of communism. But chat with some locals and chances are they’ll mention that it was really “Titoism,” named after President Josip Broz Tito, that propelled the country to be the socialist, independent nation that it had become. Even today, after Yugoslavia’s collapse, many are proud of their former leader and his lax communist approach. For your own glimpse of Yugo-nostalgia, here’s a communist tour of Belgrade that covers the rise and fall of Tito.
Why would you visit Chicago in the winter? Before you balk, or proclaim that the city is simply too cold for sightseeing before June, hear us out. The windy city lives up to the moniker in February or March, but a visit in the coldest months can reveal the friendliest, least crowded, and most affordable sides of America’s second city. We visited in January, courtesy of Hilton Hotels and their incredibly affordable Chillcation package, and experienced it firsthand. So bundle up and follow our advice for a stimulating, brisk walk around downtown Chicago…
It’s not uncommon to pay between $20 and $25 for a museum entrance fee. And for travelers already plunking down cash for a hotel, restaurants, and attractions, the cost adds up quickly. Fortunately, we’ve been noticing a trend of month-long promotions in certain cities. From Seattle to Miami, here are deals fit for all types of art fans — happy art hopping!
Perhaps you’re just passing through en route from Albuquerque to one of southern New Mexico’s must-hit natural wonders (like the superlative Carlsbad Caverns). Or maybe you’re caught up in the company of one of the many UFO hunters who descend upon this legendary little city in droves. But if little green men aren’t tops on your own personal agenda for visiting Roswell, New Mexico, there’s happily more to this city than just alien kitsch (though, thanks to the purported 1947 UFO crash here, there’s plenty of that, too). Art and nature lovers will find diversions worthy enough to deem Roswell a destination in its own right, while some memorable local dining and night spots will get you up-close-and-personal with some down-home New Mexican hospitality and chile-infused cooking. Here’s the scoop on what to see and do — and where best to eat, drink, and sleep — in Roswell.
If you’re visiting Paris for the first time, you’ve got to check off a few things on the list: the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Champs-Élysées. But after hitting up the City of Light’s landmarks, make your way to the new happenings in town that are less for the tourists, and more for the locals. Here, a guide to the new parts of Paris that shouldn’t be missed, from haute hostels to designer-driven monuments. Read more
As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, no other place knows how to stage a spectacle like Sin City. Get comfortable in the plush banquets at one of these five shows you must see in Vegas this year. From living legends to thrilling stage stunts, they’ll be some of the grandest productions you’ll ever see.
One of New York City’s best in-the-know entertainment offerings won’t cost you even a cent. For your next trip, why not be part of the audience for one of your favorite daytime TV shows? Many popular programs are filmed in NYC and welcome studio audiences for free. As an audience member, you’ll get an eye-opening glimpse at what goes on beyond the cameras. Plus, you can see some of your favorite shows, as well as some A-list stars. This is a great way to spend a budget-friendly morning in New York, and if you’re lucky, you may even walk away with some swag. Come prepared to laugh, and look your best – after all, you’re going to be on national TV.
And if you’re looking for even more ideas for attending free live tapings in both New York and Los Angeles, check out our previous list.
In the U.S., December 31 is a big deal. At midnight, right when it’s turning January 1, a giant ball drops, we scream, spill some champagne, and make future promises we can’t keep. But for billions — yes, billions! — of people around the world, it’s March 21 or September 11 or February 20 that marks the beginning of a new year, new promises, and revelry. We, users of the Gregorian calendar, might not notice the lunar, Hebrew, or even Tibetan losar cycles. Just in case you want to redo your New Year celebration — or come up with a more realistic resolution — here are some dates to keep in mind.
Traveling by yourself? One great thing to note about some romantic travel destinations is that they can also be fantastic places for solo travelers. And just think — nobody will be harping on you about whether you got him or her something for Valentine’s Day. Here are some sweet destinations where it doesn’t matter if you have a plus-one:
The city of New Orleans is known for its delicious food, world-famous cocktails, and, of course, wild Mardi Gras celebrations. More than one million spectators throng the French Quarter each February for the colorful costumes and an excuse to party — but that’s only a small portion of what the city has to offer during Mardi Gras. Look beyond the vividly colored feathered boas and tourist-filled bars lining Bourbon Street to discover that the locals have plenty of other great ways to celebrate. Here are some insider tips to help you experience a more authentic Mardi Gras in NOLA, like the locals do. Let the good times roll!
Santa Fe, New Mexico, is known for its luxury hotels, fine dining, high-end spas, and art galleries. While this all may come at a price, there are plenty of things to see and do in Santa Fe that are nearly — if not totally — free. Here’s a rundown.
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