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Greenwich Village, New York City, NY - Christine Wei

Christine Wei

Greenwich Village is one of New York City’s most beloved neighborhoods for good reason. Not only is it the home to a slew of celebrities and other trendy Manhattanites — or the setting of the hit ’90s sitcom Friends – the boho-chic neighborhood is also where you’ll find a whole host of hip restaurants, chic boutiques, and lively music venues. Here’s how to sink your teeth into what locals call “The Village.”

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Cable Car to Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Tourism

Summer in Cape Town may mean beach weather and festival season, but winter — spanning the end of May through August — is when you’ll find the city at its greenest. While this means prime weather for adventuring through the Cape’s natural wonders, travelers can also indulge in the city’s thriving food and wine scene or soak up some of the cultural hotspots. To jumpstart your research, here are just four ways to take on cosmopolitan Cape Town on your next South Africa trip.

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Chicago on the Cheap

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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.

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Le Petitbonum, Martinique

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As the “Isle of Flowers,” Martinique’s natural charms are front and center. With a landscape blanketed with wild orchids and a sweeping terrain of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches, the Caribbean island is truly an embodiment of natural paradise. But, essentially an overseas department of France, sophisticated Martinique boasts enough culinary flair to qualify as a food lover’s heaven, too. Here, fresh local ingredients combine with French influences for a distinctive flavor that’s worth traveling for. These are the local spots to get a taste:

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Oceanographic Museum, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco Press Centre Photos/Oceanographic Museum

The principality of Monaco gets quite a rep for flashy cars and luxe landmarks like the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the backdrop for many Bond films. But the three-mile-long country (which ranks second-smallest in the world after Vatican City) is more affordable than events like the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix make it out to be. In less than an hour, you can walk from one side to the next discovering some of the more tucked-away treasures the country has to offer — and spend no more than you would on a trip to the Caribbean. Here’s how to make your dollar go the extra mile in Monaco, with or without the American dollar’s current strength against the Euro.

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Port Jefferson office

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.

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Royal Street Stroll - New Orleans Food and Wine Experience

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Most tourists head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest — and for good reason. But in a city of superior culinary excellence, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a multi-day feast for the most dedicated food lovers.

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Presidio Trust

Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and managed mostly by the Presidio Trust, the Presidio of San Francisco is a national park site unlike any other. What started in the late 1700s as a Spanish military outpost and evolved into an American Army post from 1846 to 1994 is now a public park with plenty of natural beauty — it sits on the northwest corner of San Francisco, bordered by the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, and dense forest. That’s not to mention the historic sites, commercial businesses, residential districts, and restaurants by James Beard Award–winning chef Traci Des Jardins that also call the park home. Best of all, many things to do here are free, making it a budget-friendly way to spend a day in the city.

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TimeCapsule

Emily Price

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.

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Gowri Chandra

There are few moments more quintessentially Seattle than watching the fog peel off the bay in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, while sipping a freshly pulled espresso. The city offers up intimate moments everywhere, if you know where to look. And if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the Emerald City with a few hours on your hands, here’s inspiration on unearthing some local favorites.

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Deal Alert: Disney World Offers Free Dining Plan for Select Fall Stays

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When it comes to planning a trip to Walt Disney World, there are three important things you have to worry about: the hotel stay, park tickets, and food. Fortunately if you’re thinking of vacationing at the resort later this year, you might be able to cross food off your list of expenses.

Disney World is offering its immensely popular free dining plan promotion for stays on select dates between August 28 and December 21 – essentially giving you free food for your entire stay. That’s a savings of at least a $42 per person, per night, depending on which dining plan you choose.

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rome, behind piazza di spagna - Flickr_Moyan Brenn

Flickr/Moyan Brenn

Earlier this spring, some of Waldorf Astoria’s most talented chefs from around the world partnered up with five James Beard Foundation chefs in a competition to create the best locally inspired dish for the year. The WA master chefs helm kitchens in all corners of the globe, from Rome to Shanghai to Palm Springs, California. Naturally, we picked their brains for the best ways travelers can taste their cities. (And if you can’t make it to them all? You can now tuck into the winning truffle-laced Celery Risotto Alla Waldorf at any of the brand’s 26 properties.)

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6 Must-Eat Street Foods of Jerusalem

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Every budget-savvy travelers loves a good street food destination, and Jerusalem is one of the best. From classic vegetable stalls to fragrant falafel stands, here’s what you should order for affordable eats when you’re in the city.

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Barcelona - Flickr_Ferran BCN

Flickr/Ferran BCN

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.

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Leah Still

When you arrive in Auckland to start your New Zealand vacation, your first thought may be to head straight out of town for the North Island’s greener pastures. But don’t make that mistake — the country’s largest city is often overlooked, allowing its lovely waterfront, revamped historical centers, and islands of Hauraki Gulf to go unvisited. If you have one day to spare, fill it with this on-foot itinerary (and don’t forget to pack those walking shoes!).

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