Posted in: Bus

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FlixBus
FliXBus is merging with MeinFernBus. Photo: gynti_46
Two of Germany’s biggest long-distance bus operators, FliXBus and MeinFernBus, recently announced that they are merging. So how will this affect consumers? Since the 2013 liberalization of a law preventing most long-distance bus service in Germany, the market for Greyhound-style travel around the country has been booming. Steep competition between new carriers has led to low fares » Read more

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Even Venice has gotten a lot cheaper!
Even Venice has gotten a lot cheaper!
For American tourists heading to Eurozone countries, the news just keeps getting better. When I wrote this piece celebrating the strong dollar back in January, the euro had stumbled to $1.17 for one dollar, the lowest it had been since 2006. As of today, the euro will cost you only $1.07. (For the latest rate, » Read more

Posted in: Paris Hotels

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Generator Paris
Generator Paris is a new budget hotel with trendy style. Photo: Courtesy of Generator Hostels
The Generator group, a trendy budget hotel and hostel chain that operates locations from London to Berlin, has recently made news with the opening of its giant, 920-bed hotel. Coinciding with a falling euro, the hotel offers a great new option for Paris-bound budget travelers. But who is this Generator Paris for? And what exactly does it » Read more

Posted in: United Kingdom

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Stonehenge
The famous rocks of Stonehenge. Photo: lenickah
The monumental and mysterious stones of Stonehenge are a quintessential symbol of Britain, as much as the red telephone box or double-decker bus. A record 1.3 million visitors visited Stonehenge last year, but how can you join them without busting your budget? If you’re thinking of making a day trip from London, you have several » Read more

Posted in: Train

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Boarding a Ouigo train in Avignon's TGV Station. Photo: jeanlouis_zimmermann
Boarding a Ouigo train in Avignon's TGV Station. Photo: jeanlouis_zimmermann
Heading from the Paris region to the south of France this summer? Now’s the time to snag the cheapest train tickets of the season, as Ouigo, France’s low-cost high-speed train, released 100,000 tickets for summer travel today for €10. Book early, as the price will increase once these ultra-cheapo seats disappear. As I mentioned in » Read more

Posted in: Trip Planning

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(Sigh) I wish I hadn't pre-booked that chocolate dessert cruise for tonight... Photo: dokas
(Sigh) I wish I hadn't pre-booked that chocolate dessert cruise for tonight... Photo: dokas
Heading on a trip to Europe this year and deep in the planning stages? Now’s a great time to quickly review your itinerary and “trip strategy” to make sure that you’re not about to make any common mistakes that will add unnecessarily to your travel costs. From hotels to flights, rental cars and train tickets, » Read more

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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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