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Paris Lunch
Lunch time in Paris can be affordable and delicious! Photo: Pier-Luc Bergeron
Now that the busy summer season has come and gone, the city is starting to settle back into its everyday rhythm. This means you’ll find the people of Paris scattered across lovely terraces around lunch time, stopping by for déjeuner à prix fixe. These meals, often a daily special or a traditional French dish, will be » Read more

Posted in: Turkey

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An inside look at a Turkish hamam. Photo: Nina S.
An inside look at a Turkish hamam. Photo: Nina S.
During a recent holiday in Turkey, I indulged in the ultimate pampering: a visit to a hamam. I had heard talk amongst my Turkish friends of their habitual visits to what can be compared to a spa or bath house. They always seemed so relaxed following a trip to the hamam, and after traveling around » Read more

Posted in: Venice Hotels

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Albergo Doni
You don't need to spend a fortune to get a canal view in Venice. Photos by Tom Meyers
Who doesn’t dream of a canal view from their hotel room when visiting Venice? Ever since I started regularly visiting the city to review its hotels in 2001, I’ve always hoped that I would be able to fling my windows open in the morning to the sights and sounds of a passing gondola. It hasn’t » Read more

Posted in: Practical Info

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How light can you pack? We have some tips on keeping it small. Photo: Jens Schott Knudsen
How light can you pack? We have some tips on keeping it small. Photo: Jens Schott Knudsen
Packing advice can get awfully proscriptive very quickly, and these tips are no exception. Bear with me. Before you start throwing everything you own into a bag, take a moment to think about strategy. With a few easy steps, you too can be hitting the road in Europe like a budget travel pro. I’ve been » Read more

Posted in: Lisbon

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Santa Luzia viewpoint
Walking Libson's scenic and hilly streets are worth with views like this from Santa Luzia.
As a bilingual speaker, my travels have taken me to some of the most beautiful Spanish speaking countries in the world. However, I wasn’t sure if it would help me out when venturing into Portugal. So with some pocket change, a carry-on bag, and a quest for learning a new language, I set out for » Read more

Posted in: Hamburg

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St Michaels
The view from the tower at St. Michael's Church. Photo: Glyn Lowe
If you’ve only got a weekend to spare in Hamburg, we’ve got you covered. Our budget-friendly two-day itinerary hits all of the port city’s major highlights while leaving enough flexibility for personal preferences and surprise discoveries. There’s a lot to discover during 48 hours in Hamburg—let’s get to it! Saturday 9:00 AM: Hamburg’s most popular attraction » Read more

Posted in: New York Sights

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Although located in Central Park, Conservatory Garden feels like a place apart. Photo: gigi_nyc
Although located in Central Park, Conservatory Garden feels like a place apart. Photo: gigi_nyc
The early planners of New York understood the necessity of green spaces in their burgeoning metropolis, and it takes little more than a lazy summer afternoon in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow to know that they were right. From the wilds of the High Line to the urban oasis of Bryant Park, New York offers green spaces » Read more

Posted in: Paris Planning

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Eiffel Tower
Don't be shy. Grab that picture perfect photo of the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Charles Seguy
Some people come to Paris and try to fit in by wearing their best black outfit, staying in an obscure part of town and avoiding speaking English as much as possible. Sure, it’s fun to be a local, but at the end of the day, being a local also means working, cleaning your own bathroom, » Read more

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La Rita restaurant in Barcelona
La Rita offers a three-course lunch, with wine, for €10.40.
Note: This article was updated on September 19, 2014 with new links, photos and information. Menu prices around Barcelona. have risen over the past few years, but fixed-price lunch menus still remain an excellent value throughout the city. That’s good news for Cheapos. Here’s a brief list of budget-friendly restaurants that offer great lunch deals. We’ve » Read more

Posted in: New York Sights

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ny daily news building
Behind one of the most beautiful building facades in NYC awaits one of the most beautiful lobbies imaginable. Photo: presspix
From the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building, New York shouts its greatness in glitzy, larger-than-life flair. But beyond the bright lights of Broadway and behind the beautiful buildings lurk some of the city’s greatest treasures, just waiting for someone to stumble upon and enjoy them. Here are seven hidden NYC spots you » Read more

Posted in: Hamburg

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Generator Hostel Hamburg is a bright, modern lodging option where rooms start at €25. Photo: Courtesy of Generator
Generator Hostel Hamburg is a bright, modern lodging option where rooms start at €25. Photo: Courtesy of Generator
Finding an inexpensive hotel or hostel can sometimes be a challenge in Hamburg, but we have found five incredibly cheap options that range from €14 to €25 per night for a bed in a shared room. Best of all, these five spots meet the important criteria that every Cheapo holds dear: affordable, clean and centrally » Read more

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Fish and chips
A pint to wash down a perfect plate of of fish & chips. Photo: Graham Holliday
While Britain may not have the same reputation for food as, say, France and Italy, it definitely has its own distinct dishes. Traditional British food and drink has seen seeing something of a revival over the last ten years and, if you are travelling around the UK, keep your eye out for regional specialties such » Read more

Posted in: Paris Planning

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Cafe croissant Paris
No tip necessary. Photo by Julie70
Note: This article was updated on September 15, 2014 with new links and information. In a city where customer service is as low a priority as cleaning up after your dog, the scarcity of tipping in Paris should come as no surprise. Still, many Americans find it difficult to stop calculating 15-20% of the bill » Read more

Posted in: Belgium

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Antwerp
Enjoying the sun at a cafe in Antwerp, Belgium. Photo: Visit Flanders
Antwerp, the capital of Flanders, is an oddly overlooked charmer in spitting distance by train of several big European cities, most notably Brussels (only 1 hour away by train), Amsterdam, Paris, London and Cologne. The city, long a diamond trade and fashion industry motor, is stylish and self-possessed. There are loads of reasons to visit » Read more

Posted in: London Hotel

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Trocadero
The historic Trocadero building will soon be home to a new budget hotel with over 500 rooms. Photo: Hazrulnizam Rosle
If you’ve ever been one of those tourists who snaps an iconic photo in front of the lights in Piccadilly Circus, you’ve probably also seen the Trocadero building, an enormous Edwardian edifice which sits between Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street. Over the years the building has been home to many different things, most recently an » Read more

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