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Know how to set up your iPhone when traveling abroad to avoid any unpleasant billing surprises. Photo: yourdon
Know how to set up your iPhone when traveling abroad to avoid any unpleasant billing surprises. Photo: yourdon
So, you’re planning to use your American smartphone during your upcoming trip to Europe. Great. But how can you ensure that you’re not going to accidentally blow through all of your data and come home to a $800 bill from your carrier? For starters — read through our guide! Using data? Get a plan. If » Read more

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A Vaporetto pulling into station. Photo: Tom Meyers
A Vaporetto pulling into station. Photo: Tom Meyers
Transportation around Venice can be very expensive—and I’m not even talking about using water taxis, which have a pricing system (yikes!) of their own. I am talking about “public transportation,” which in Venice mostly means taking the vaporetti (water bus) up and down the Grand Canal. A single trip on a vaporetto costs €7, whether you take the boat » Read more

Posted in: Spain

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Calamari Sandwich
The official bar snack of Madrid: A calamari sandwich. Photo: Trevor Huxham
Spanish food and wine is en vogue all over North America at the moment. And with good reason! The nosh in Spain is as diverse as the many unique territories that make up the country, from tapas in the south, to paella in the east, to pintxos in the north, there is so much good » Read more

Posted in: Trip Planning

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Osijek
Osijek, Croatia is a charming budget destination. Photo: Gary
For Americans, Europe looks set to be particularly budget-friendly this year. This is all well and good, as summer season is just around the corner. But favorable exchange rates only go so far; for most travelers, high-value and modest costs remain objectives. Below are a few affordable, attention-worthy European destinations. I came up with three of » Read more

Posted in: Paris Outdoors

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Paris spring
There's nothing quite like Paris in the spring. Read on for our recommended ways to celebrate the season. Photo: one_drey
We’re already officially a few weeks in, but only now does it truly feel like spring in Paris. The Parisians are back from their Easter vacations and settling into their new routines, delighted by longer days and warmer temperatures. And it’s not just the locals who feeling the season. Visitors to Paris during these warmer » Read more

Posted in: Train

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DB Germany
German train service is undergoing big changes. Photo: Hugh L.
Train operators across Europe have been under intense pressure from both low-cost flights and budget bus service in recent years. Cheap flights between European destinations have been very easy to come by for nearly two decades now, since the European low-budget airline craze took off in the 1990s. More recently, Germany started loosening rules on how bus companies » Read more

Posted in: Free London

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National Gallery
The National Gallery is just one of the many free museums in London. Photo: Andrew N.
Planning to visit London on a budget could initially give any Cheapo a nervous breakdown. Everything just costs more than most other European destinations in this international city. And unlike the euro, which has weakened in recent months, the British pound is still holding strong against other currencies. We don’t expect prices to be dropping » Read more

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

Posted in: Trip Planning

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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

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