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Deal Alert: $1 Breakfast at Four Points Hotels

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When setting a budget for a trip, it’s not just about scoring a good deal on a hotel or on a flight. There are also those three meals a day you’ve got to buy — and they can add up quickly. That’s why we were happy to see Four Points by Sheraton‘s $1 breakfast promotion, available now until the end of March.

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Han River and Floating Islands

Lane Nieset

South Korea’s capital has come a long way since the Korean War. These days, Seoul mixes its storied history of temples, palaces, and empire, with more modern day delights from a nonstop nightlife to a thriving shopping scene. And while prices can teeter on the expensive side, there are plenty of ways to soak up the culture — and incredible Korean cuisine — while traveling on a budget. Here’s how:

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White lighting, city gin, corn liquor, or hillbilly pop. Call it what you’d like, but moonshine has deep roots when it comes to swilling booze. Moonshiners were outlaws who distilled the high-proof alcohol deep in the woods, always looking over their shoulders to avoid arrest. Today, laws have been put into place that have allowed distilleries to create products that are actually worth drinking. Here, four of our favorite moonshine distilleries across the United States — most of which are free to tour and taste.

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By Nikos Loukas for Yahoo! Travel

I blog about airline food, talk about it — and consume a lot of it. This year I flew more than 120,000 miles, and I can tell you that it’s been an exciting year for culinary innovation at 35,000 feet. Delta Airlines started serving locally sourced inflight dishes to its Business Elite customers on select routes; chef Linton Hopkins prepares the meals in downtown Atlanta and delivers them right to the airline. Meanwhile Qantas increased portions in economy class and introduced a range of fresh dinner boxes featuring Japanese slaw, poached chicken, and quinoa salad. But those were by no means the highlights, in my humble opinion.

Here, the top five airline meals of the year. Trust me, your meal tray has never looked and tasted better.

Eva Air

Airline Food We Actually Ate in 2014

Everything Hello Kitty on Eva Air (Photo: Eva Air)

Imagine the looks when a flight attendant wearing a Hello Kitty apron delivered my requested kids’ meal on an Eva Air flight from Paris to Taipei. “They’re just jealous,” I kept telling myself as my seatmates stared at this piece of airline food art. I almost didn’t want to eat it because it looked so cute: pasta and meatballs were served with a slice of Hello Kitty-imprinted zucchini, while a chocolate brownie had a dollop of strawberry frosting shaped like Hello Kitty on top.
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Here at ShermansTravel, cruise expert Donna Tunney has been sharing the inside track on trends and updates to help readers plan the perfect vacation at sea. With the start of the new year, we thought it’d be a great time to pick her brains on excellent cruise trends that she’s loving right now. Here are some of her favorites:

1. More deals, better prices.
We all love a good deal, and happily we’re seeing more and more chances to save money on a cruise. It used to be that the cruise lines waited until “wave season” — typically the first quarter of a new year — to roll out discounts and perks aimed at jumpstarting advance bookings. But now we’re seeing many more discounted cruises and lots of free amenities being offered throughout the year, especially on Caribbean and Europe voyages. For examples from the past year, Princess Cruises launched a suite and balcony cabin sale in July, while Royal Caribbean held two of its signature Wow sales in late summer and early fall. In October, MSC Cruises offered weeklong Caribbean voyages for an eye-popping $299 per person. One note: These deals always have a short booking window, so be ready to put down your deposit when a great discount, an onboard credit, or other valuable offer comes along.

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Steve Larese

Dublin is rightfully high on many travelers’ lists, and this at-once ancient and modern city is full of welcoming people and a rich culture that stretches back for millennia. While there’s more to do in Dublin than one trip often allows, here are some budget-friendly tips that won’t disappoint. Read more

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If there’s one state Tim Love knows best, it’s Texas. The Top Chef alumni isn’t just a TV star, he’s the real deal – with his restaurants Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Queenie’s Steakhouse and Love Shack – filling the bellies of southern foodies. He’s rightfully received praise from The New York Times and Bon Appétit, and consistently showcased his chops at several food and wine festivals. Since urban western cuisine is his ‘thing,’ we had to know – where are the best barbecue spots?

Before chowing down on any old rack of ribs, read on for our exclusive interview with the Hellmann’s Mayonnaise spokesperson about food, fun, and his future vacation. Read more

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Bruges might just be the prettiest city in Belgium, if not all of Europe. It has architecture that’s perfectly preserved from the 13th century, and the city boasts a collection of canals that could make Venice blush. Of course, beauty comes at a price. You’ll find chocolate shops advertising 20-euro boxes of bonbons and lace shops selling small pieces for 100 euros a pop. And let’s not discuss the beer we found for 24 euros. While it’s definitely difficult to visit Bruges on a budget, it’s not impossible. You just need to know where to go, and what to look for. Here’s how to do it:

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©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages.

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All-inclusive resorts take the effort out of vacationing—you pay upfront, you don’t have to make an itinerary, and you have access to great food and entertainment onsite. But, all-inclusive resorts have a few other advantages over the traditional resort experience. Here are five things that might surprise you about all-inclusive resorts.

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Matt Harrington

TV host and cookbook author Katie Lee loves to travel: St. Bart’s for surfing, shopping markets in India, and browsing bazaars in Morroco. One place she hasn’t been? Machu Picchu. Before she makes it to Peru, though, she’ll host a lot of out of town guests in her home (something she loves to do). In our one-on-one interview, Katie talks to us about her carry-on items, traveling routines, and her favorite place to visit abroad (hint: it’s in Africa)!

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Telluride Ski Resort

Great food? Check. Incredible views? Check. Easy access? Well… you’ll have to work a bit for it. These seven back-country restaurants require patrons to board a snowcat or step into a pair of skis — but the effort will be totally worth it.

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Go Turkey

Istanbul might be snowy during the winter, but visiting in low season means more discounts, fewer crowds, and time for (warm) pleasures like historic museums and contemporary art galleries. While it’s not too cold to shop your way through Istanbul’s famous street markets during the day, it’s easy to relax in cafés like the renown Mado Café when the sun sets, snuggling up to traditional drinks like Turkish tea, Turkish coffee, and sahlep — a sweet, milky, and cinnamon-y beverage. Here’s a guide:

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Just last month, Germany was crowned the best country in the world, according to an annual index ranking Western countries by a variety of ideas (like culture, creativity, investment, national perception, and social equality). The best way to celebrate, of course, is to raise a pint — but however do you choose from the endless options? Here’s what beer to order in each of Germany’s biggest beer cities. Bottoms up!

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New York City’s JFK Airport just received a major upgrade — for some travelers flying Air France, anyway. The airline’s new lounge, fully renovated in Terminal 1, is reserved for customers flying in first and business classes as well as for Flying Blue Elite Plus members. And it’s arguably one of the chicest ways to relax and unwind prior to takeoff these days. Here’s what we love.

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