All posts by Katie Hammel

Katie Hammel has written about travel, food, and wine for publications including BBC Travel,, AOL Travel, the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News, and others. In addition to her freelance work, she is the Senior Travel Editor at Viator, a company that sells tours and activities around the world, where she manages a team of 30 contributing writers. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and spends weekends exploring the city and the rest of northern California.
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Reykjavik, Iceland

Despite Iceland’s famous bankruptcy and ensuing currency devaluation, it’s still a very expensive place for Americans to visit. For example, a private, ensuite room in a hostel can cost $150 (with rooms in more luxurious hotels going for double or triple that price). Restaurant entrées typically cost $30-$40, and... Read More

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Seoul, South Korea

In the hit K-pop song, Gangnam Style, Psy describes the trendy scene of Seoul’s Gangnam district, where your clothes, and how much money you have, matter most. It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at a neighborhood known for luxury and wealth in a country where people have acquired wealth so recently... Read More

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Compared to most of Western Europe, Berlin is a bargain. Hotel rooms cost about half the price of rooms in Paris or London, and it’s easy to fill your belly for fewer than five bucks. The city’s affordable activities and creative spirit make it a budget traveler’s dream. And... Read More