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Rebajas
Keep an eye out for "Rebajas" (sales) in window shops. Photo: Adam Saul
Knowing a little Spanish or Catalan can come in handy during a trip to Barcelona. While it’s true that most customer service folks in the city center and at major attractions will speak some English, speaking at least a bit of the local language is always a chance to get closer to the culture and » Read more

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Hampton Court
Hampton Court is turning 500 in 2015. Photos: David Stanley
London is a lively city year in and year out, every season bringing with it new openings, events, and activities. 2015 is set to be no different, so whether you’re planning a first time visit or a return to a city you know and love, here are 10 reasons why you should plan a visit » Read more

Posted in: Germany

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German Train
Know how to save when you book your train ticket. Photo: peters452002
Whether you are going to Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, or any other city, traveling by rail in Germany is usually a pleasure—except where your pocketbook is concerned. It pays to think about saving on your ground transportation costs before you even arrive in Germany. In this article, we’ll show you four simple ways to cut the » Read more

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A delicious Sunday roast and a pint of ale. Photo: Holly Hayes
A delicious Sunday roast and a pint of ale. Photo: Holly Hayes
While Brits are not famed for their culinary finesse, there is one dish that most would take with them to a desert island—the Sunday Roast. London is famed for its pub culture of pints and conversation, and many of these taverns also serve good food. Sunday afternoons is when the kitchen creates a tasty feast » Read more

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Matthew Kepnes, author of "How to Travel the World on $50 a Day".
Matthew Kepnes, author of "How to Travel the World on $50 a Day".
Matthew Kepnes, known to his thousands of daily blog readers and social media followers as “Nomadic Matt,” has spent nearly 10 years traveling the world on a budget and sharing his adventures along the way. An updated version of his 2013 book, “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day”, was released this past » Read more

Posted in: Spain

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Bilbao
Photo: Bilbao is just one of the reasons to go to Spain this year. stanjourdan
Do you really need more than one reason to visit Spain? Its beaches, an incredible culinary scene, friendly citizens, and a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage Sites have long enticed travelers from all around the globe. Made up of islands, rugged mountains, bustling metropolises, and quiet hill villages, there is a little something for everyone within » Read more

Posted in: Paris Planning

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Paris Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower sparkles in the summer sun. Photo: Tommie Hansen
“Paris is always a good idea,” Audrey Hepburn told us in the 1954 film, “Sabrina”. I may be biased, but of course I agree. Winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s never a bad time to come to Paris, just better times for some travelers depending on your budget and what attractions you want to see. » Read more

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Tower of London
Magnificent poppies at Tower of London to commemorate WWI soldiers.
You here it all the time from American travelers: “I’d love to visit London, but it’s just too expensive right now.” True, the British pound is still strong (especially compared to the plummeting euro), and the high prices on everything from eating out to taxis can add up fast. If dining at every Gordon Ramsay restaurant » Read more

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That ticket to the Louvre just got cheaper for American tourists.
That ticket to the Louvre just got cheaper for American tourists.
Americans traveling to Europe this year will finally have a little relief at the register, or at least a smile on their faces when they examine their credit card statements once they get home. The euro has fallen significantly against the dollar in the past six months, tumbling down to US $1.17 for 1 euro » Read more

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Tapas in Barcelona
Tapas on display in Barcelona. Photo: felix costabrava-pals
Tapas are a celebrated and essential part of eating in Spain, and Barcelona is no exception. These snack-sized foods can be eaten hot or cold and can range from a serving of Serrano ham to a dish of codfish croquettes. They are usually eaten before the main meal accompanied by a glass of wine or » Read more

Posted in: Copenhagen

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Tivoli
The Copenhagen Card includes entry to Tivoli Gardens. Photo: Tyrone W.
Note: This article was updated on January 2, 2015 with new information, photos and links. Budget travelers get understandably nervous when visiting Copenhagen. As is the case with many other northern European capitals, prices for food, lodging and shopping can be stunningly steep. But Cheapos should not steer clear of this city of Danish design, » Read more

Posted in: Trip Planning

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Lisbon
Instead of Madrid or Barcelona, consider a trip to Lisbon. Photo: mgkm photography
On the face of it, this should be a great time for Americans to think about traveling to Europe—or at the very least, to the Eurozone and those countries with currencies pegged to the euro. At the start of 2014, it took $1.38 to buy a euro; today, a euro can be had for just » Read more

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Trafalgar Christmas
Trafalgar Square during the holidays. Photo: Jim Crossley
The Christmas lights are sparkling, the temperature has dropped and London town is starting feel oh so very festive. While there are tons of “official” Christmas activities to partake in over the next few weeks, you’ll find that many (like the plethora of ice rinks that have popped up in all corners of the capital) » Read more

Posted in: Amsterdam Hotel

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Hotel Brouwer Amsterdam
The charming Hotel Brouwer is old fashioned, central, and (believe it or not) equipped with a small elevator. Photo: Tom Meyers
Planning a trip to Amsterdam and looking for the perfect place to stay? Navigating all of the accommodation choices can be a bit confusing. Which neighborhood? How many stars? What’s in the rooms? What’s a good deal? We’re here to help, with 14 things that you should understand before booking your hotel. A quick intro » Read more

Posted in: Paris Planning

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Eiffel Tower
2015 will be a great year for visiting Paris. Photo:Yann Caradec
The New Year is almost upon us, and with it the attention of so many readers turns to travel in 2015. As is our holiday tradition, we’re ready with our list of why you should be excited about visiting Paris in 2015. (Funny how the list gets longer every year. We wonder what 75 reasons » Read more

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