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Despite the city’s hard-working Midwestern roots, Chi-town’s world class restaurants, museums, and theaters don’t come cheap. But native Chicagoans know where to go to snag a deal and score free stuff. Follow these insider tips on Chicago bargains, and you’ll rarely have to get spendy in the Windy City again.
When it comes to music, you could argue there’s nowhere else in the world like New Orleans. The city offers up a jambalaya of Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, blues, R&B, gospel, country, bluegrass, jazz, brass bands — and so much more. One of the best ways to taste all of that in one trip is during the annual 10-day Jazz Fest, full of performances and parades, kicking off in late-April. Of course, you can find live tunes all over the city any other time, too. While plenty of them do call the famed French Quarter home, most locals head to Frenchmen Street or the Bywater to hear their favorite performers. Here are six venues where the local bands laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) year-round.
Once a shipbuilding center, the Village of Port Jefferson on Long Island’s North Shore has become a community enclave full of dining, shopping, and outdoor exploration. It’s perfectly located for those who want to escape the city during a visit to New York City. It’s just sixty miles from the city, and thanks to a summer ferry service launching this month, now is the perfect time to make a day trip. Once there, many attractions are within walking distance from the waterfront, particularly along Main and East Main Streets. Here’s how to ditch the steamy city streets and explore this picturesque harbortown.
The international capital for museums, Mexico City claims to have more than anywhere else in the world. In the heart of the city’s Coyoacán neighborhood sits one of its most popular attractions: painter Frida Kahlo’s former residence, known now as the Frida Kahlo Museum. The property has morphed from Kahlo’s childhood house to martial home and finally the Frida Kahlo museum upon her passing. For the art and history buff alike, an afternoon at the museum is a wonderful way to step back in time and glimpse into the life of a brilliant mind.
Eighty miles east of Raleigh, North Carolina, lies Kinston. Once a huge tobacco town, the city has started to undergo a bit of a renaissance in recent years. The area is now home to a large art collection, a craft brewery, outstanding restaurants, and a lot of history. Whether you’re on your way to North Carolina’s coast, or just looking for an affordable afternoon trip, there’s a little something in Kinston for everyone. Here’s how to spend an afternoon (or weekend) in this thriving North Carolina town.
“Hello, hello. Come. Have a cup of tea.”
“You know. Very famous rugs here.”
“Nobody comes here to buy a rug, but everybody leaves with one.”
They’re gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse — or so you think.
You’ll find these salespeople chirping in the grand bazaars across North Africa and the Middle East in cities like Istanbul, Marrakech, and Cairo, but the aggressive tactics can be found from Jaipur to the Brooklyn Flea.
The approach generally begins friendly enough, “It would be an honor to have you look in my shop.” Next thing you know, you’ve had four cups of tea and are haggling for free shipping on a $1,300 rug, rationalizing the cost because the negotiation started at $1,700 — that, supposedly, lasts three generations, which is fantastic because the great, great grandkids need a half-wool, double-woven rug covered with sheep impressions.
But don’t worry. This type of encounter happens to almost every tourist — some multiple times — daring to enter the chaotic bazaars across around the world (seriously, not joking). But here’s what to expect and avoid at bazaars around the globe. Read more
Where are the best trips to be booking right now? Our monthly Where to Go column tells you the smartest places to go each month for savings, special events, and all around great experiences. Here’s what’s hot for July.
For the Arts: Berkshires, MA
Summer in the Berkshires is never cheap, but the classic experience doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. New Englanders flock to this part of Western Massachusetts for cultural enlightenment, whether it’s with a candlelit picnic under the stars as the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays at Tanglewood; with a day admiring the impressive forward-thinking pieces at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; or with catching a performance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival or Williamstown Theatre Festival.
With the euro now in favor of American travelers for the first time in many years, European cities with chic, cosmopolitan flair are an attractive travel option this summer. Barcelona is one of our current favorites, with its world-class architecture, museums, abundance of tapas restaurants, and seaside ambiance. Sure, flights are still seasonally priced — we found round-trip fares of $1,300 for mid-July between New York City and Barcelona — but what you’ll pay on the ground can easily make up for the flight. Here are five ways to explore Barcelona on a budget.
Looking for something a little different this summer? How about stepping back in time and cozying it up at a beautiful mid-1800s restored home? We’ve gathered a handful of converted inns and B&Bs that truly show off the architectural trends and designs of the era, from intricate fireplaces and high ceilings to exposed beams and wide wood plank floors. Plus, summer stays — including those over Memorial Day weekend — start from $95 per night. Bonus: They all include WiFi.
Love trinkets and other souvenirs? On your next trip, we suggest taking a step behind the jewelry counter to explore how your favorite pieces are crafted — and of course get a great hands-on experience while you’re at it, too. These five tours allow you to blow your own glass, check out a gold mill, and get to know local artists in their own studios.
Croatia consists of over 1,000 islands, most of them paradises in their own way. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much impossible to hop to each of them in one trip, or perhaps even a lifetime. Here, we’ve decided to help you figure out which Adriatic island is perfect for you. Read more
Tikal National Park, home to what was once the capital of a powerful Mayan kingdom, has been uninhabited by anyone but spider monkeys for more than a thousand years. If you’re looking to be transported — or hankering to get back to nature — this UNESCO World Heritage Site provides the perfect off-radar escape.
After witnessing any Cirque Du Soleil show, it’s inevitable that the audience leaves wondering, “How do they do that?” Very soon, it’ll be possible to get a first-hand glimpse at the athletic and creative artistry that makes Cirque Du Soleil performances so unique, with a brand new program at Club Med resorts called CREACTIVE.
By Sid Lipsey for Yahoo! Travel
When we last saw Game of Thrones two of its most interesting characters were traveling, and not for pleasure: The too-smart-for-his-own-good Tyrion had to go on the run after murdering his vengeful ex and complete jerk of a father, and teenage badass Arya hit the road because … well, because she really had nothing else to do.
Fortunately, we Game of Thrones fans can travel just like our favorite characters from the show — and, unlike them, have fun doing it. Fans have begun taking pilgrimages to the international locations where the show is shot. And places where the Game of Thrones cast and crew spent last year filming Season 5 (which debuts on HBO on April 12) are expected to see massive increases in tourism.
Various touring companies are offering special Game of Thrones-themed vacations to Season 5 filming locations (luxury travel referral service Zicasso is offering GoT tours of Season 5 filming locations in Spain and Croatia).
Here are the spots you’ll want to see after you’ve watched the new season. Just don’t be too disappointed if you don’t see any dragons.
First stop London. Second stop Edinburgh. Is there even a third stop on a typical UK vacation?
Of course there is, even if London and Edinburgh tend to get the most attention. London alone attracts about 15 million more visitors than the second closest English city. But the next time you’re there, we suggest getting out of the city and spending the weekend in Newcastle, northern England’s capital. Much discovery awaits there, considering its struggle for visitor numbers to approach anything near the one-million mark — somewhat surprising, considering that the readers of The Guardian consider it the UK’s best city. Here’s how to join the cool kids club and experience this Geordie center for yourself.
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