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It’s summertime, and for many that means that big family vacations are just around the corner. And if you’ve done some traveling with kids, whether yours or not, you know the extra head count can add up. Thankfully, there are tons of travel perks for families this season, from cruises to Broadway shows to theme parks. Here, some higher-ticket items that makes traveling with the kids a much easier — and even free.

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Generator Hostels/Paris

Just when you thought hostels were already one of the cheapest stays in Europe, one of the top haute hostel chains, Generator, is offering 20 percent off rates at its Paris and London locations. Now through August 31, all you need to do to snag the discount is to book your stay at least five days in advance. This means you’ll be able to catch all of those summer festivals and events like the the French Open in Paris and the Wireless Music Festival in London (with beats by everyone from Drake to Avicii and David Guetta).

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Deal Alert: All-Business Class Airline Offers Summer Fares to Paris or London from $2,990

La Compagnie

Are you basking in the euphoria of the weak Euro? If you haven’t already jumped on plans to go to Europe in the coming months, maybe the Summer Duo fares promotion from La Compagnie, an all-business class airline, will give you that little nudge.

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Colette, one of the best shopping places in Paris

Colette

Parisians may flee the city for the summer, but not before taking part in the biggest event of the season — les soldes.

Unlike the U.S., sale season is a statewide event that takes place every summer and winter in France, rivaling the infamous Barneys New York Warehouse Sale. Parisians gear up to score everything from housewares to designer fare at a discount of up to 80 percent. But there’s a catch: If you get to the sales when they start, you’ll have more inventory…but at a higher price. As the six-week event carries on, shops slash prices twice more, but stock dwindles — so that Balenciaga bag you’ve been eyeing probably won’t be on the shelves when prices finally drop to half off.

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Deal Alert Save 20 on Train Travel between London and Paris or Brussels

Flickr/Joshua Veitch-Michaelis

Want to ditch the crowds of people at the airport this year? Just hop on a train, especially if you’re looking to travel throughout Europe.

Making that notion even more appealing is a deal from Rail Europe that discounts EuroStar standard premier (comfort class) tickets by 20 percent for travel between London and Paris or Brussels, with one-way rates starting at $121.

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France, Calvados, Honfleur, Seine River Cruise

CroisiEurope

Not that we ever need more reasons to go to France, but river cruise company CroisiEurope is having an excellent two-for-one sale for a Seine Valley & Normandy Beaches river cruise that sails from Paris on April 23.

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What's New in Paris Right Now

Lane Nieset

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

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Flickr/Nicki Dugan Pogue

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:

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graffiti art tours in los angeles, london, nyc, and more

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Want to explore a city from a unique perspective? Sign up for a graffiti tour. You’ll learn the rich history of street art, view the community’s best tags and murals, and maybe meet some of the local artists. Some tours even conclude with a workshop that lets you create your own masterpiece. Here are our favorites from around the world.

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5 Cheap Hotel Options in Paris & the Rest of France

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France may be the land of luxury, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your accommodations. With these money-saving tips, you’ll have leftover cash for the important things, like another bottle of Burgundy.

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Louvre

We all love a good art heist, don’t we? They’ve been romanticized in films like Monuments Men, The Thomas Crown Affair, and, of course, the unforgettable, but not-so-great 2004 flick Art Theft. People have been stealing art for centuries. Some pieces have been recovered, others damaged, and many are still are hiding in an attic. Because art theft seems to always be in the news — see: Picasso thieves finally on trial; art recently stolen from Cairo Museum of Islamic Art; and a stolen painting of Elton John from an English pub — here’s where you can see world-famous art that’s been stolen (and recovered) over time.

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Flickr Steve Montgomery National Gallery London 2

As tourism destinations, many major cities across the globe — New York and Paris, Stockholm and Sydney — are certainly monumental or historical or beautiful or all of the above. What they often aren’t, however, is cheap. The good news is that if you’ve got your mind set on visiting any of these metropolises, you can often find free activities to enjoy when you’re there. We’ve built a list of museums, cultural events, and even transportation that won’t cost you a thing in 10 notoriously pricey locales.

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For Lynne and Tim Martin, retirement wasn’t about slowing down — it was about seeing the world.

In 2011, the couple revealed to their family and friends that they were taking the unusual step of selling their California home, donating the furniture, and putting the rest of their belongings in storage so that they could travel the globe. But rather than set up shop in hotels, the Martins make themselves at home in vacation and apartment rentals through HomeAway, never staying less than a month in each destination. We sat down with Lynne to chat about how they manage this lifestyle — to get some advice for other roving renters.

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As much as we appreciate hotel loyalty programs, accumulating points from just one hotel brand can feel like quite a slog, and a little uninspiring — who, besides the very frequent business traveler, wants the same brand experience each and every time they check in?

Just over a year ago, Preferred Hotel Group introduced a loyalty program, iPrefer, that honors stays at the more custom, bespoke hotels over the big box brands; it’s the world’s only loyalty program available at a global collection of truly independent hotels. Here’s how it works, and how you can join.

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The Peninsula Paris

Ready for some amazing hotel eye candy? On August 1, The Peninsula Paris will open its doors as the first European outpost for this iconic hotel brand. Located on Avenue Kléber in the 16th arrondissement, guests will be just a stone’s throw to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées.

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