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Friday Round Up: April Fools ‘R Us Edition

Ahhh, there’s nothing like the first Friday after April Fools Day. It’s a chance to sit back and reflect on who pranked whom, while feeling much less anxiety about suddenly being “had.”  And it sort of makes it feel like Spring has finally arrived, don’t you agree? This Cheapo was particularly proud of the prank he pulled » Read more

Round-Up: Cheap Eats and the Best Hotel Bathroom

Round-Up: Cheap Eats and the Best Hotel Bathroom

It sure feels like the travel blogging community has officially shaken off the winter doldrums and is back in the saddle. Our RSS readers are stacked full of interesting, quirky, and occassionally weird travel tales from around the globe. So without any further ado, here are a few of our favorites to start off your » Read more

Friday Round Up: Maple Syrup Edition

We were pleasantly surprised to wake up this morning and realize “The Great NYC Syrup Mystery” has been solved! After several years of aromatic confusion in which the soft, supple smell of maple syrup lingered in the air throughout New York City, Reuters recently broke the news that the cause was New Jersey’s fragrance processing » Read more

Friday Roundup: Leftover turkey sandwich edition

After a cheerful Thanksgiving vacation that took Cheapos to Tennessee, Amsterdam, Virginia, Connecticut, and even to adopt a weiner dog, we’re happy to be back in the office. And what a week it has been!  We’ve caught up on our reading, planned several upcoming trips, rid ourselves of Beaujolais nouveau headaches, and found these headlines for your weekend pleasure: » Read more

Flip-through: Brussels, Ferries, Notre Dame, and Ryanair madness

Some of the stories that grabbed our attention this week: Brussels and Bruges Back from his trip to Belgrade for the Eurovision song contest, Alex of Spendthrift Shoestring jaunted off to Brussels on the Eurostar to see how the city has changed since his last visit in 2002. We enjoyed his musings on the city’s » Read more

Flipping: Eurovision, BudgetTravel, Open Skies, and Sanifair toilets!

Flipping: Eurovision, BudgetTravel, Open Skies, and Sanifair toilets!

It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous day and everyone seems to be skipping town for a long weekend. We’re still here, but we’re psyched. Here are five things that are making us really happy: Eurovision! 1) Alex, of Spendthrift Shoestring, has moved to London for the summer. But no sooner had he arrived in town before he jetted » Read more

Flip-through: Cats, dogs, a Celtic hotel, and budget Broadway

In London, The Celtic Hotel is the latest property from the family that brought us the St. Margaret’s. One of ITN’s correspondents stayed there for a week last December and loved the location (in Russell Square), the great rates (£40 for a single), and the friendly service. City-score! This week was a slow week for snail mail in » Read more

Flip-through: Cheapo tips, Italian tourists, Venice pigeons, & American frogs!

Flip-through: Cheapo tips, Italian tourists, Venice pigeons, & American frogs!

Six recent stories that made us smile and chased away the rain: 1) 5 ways to get even cheaper in Europe Christopher Cook, of noambit.com, posts this week in Vagabondish about “5 simple ways to beat your travel budget.” His tips are solid and speak to every Cheapo in Europe. In short: Eat cheaply, walk, be flexible with » Read more

Flip through: Roman lunch, London Cheapo tips, Athens in a hurry

Flip through: Roman lunch, London Cheapo tips, Athens in a hurry

Some items of note that flashed across our screen this week… Cheap eats in Roma It turns out we’re not the only ones blogging this week about cheap eats in Rome (read our post). Budget Travel’s blog is talking up cheap lunches in the Eternal City. Erica Firpo writes from Rome that we should say » Read more

Tuesday flip-through: Budapest, Clooney, and locals

Tuesday flip-through: Budapest, Clooney, and locals

What are the Cheapos reading over lunch today? Here’s a quick Tuesday flip-through: Flight Reading When we can’t hop on a plane and jet to Europe, we tend to pick up a good read to quell the urge. So, we were happy to be reminded by The Intelligent Traveler that “The Best American Travel Writing”, » Read more

Friday flip-through: RyanAir reports, Lisbon, Florence

Friday flip-through: RyanAir reports, Lisbon, Florence

Let’s wind down and settle into our weekend, shall we? Even on a rainy Friday morning, we’ve found inspiration this morning flipping through some other sites. For example: The web has been busier than the Dublin airspace with stories about Ryanair. Our favorite budget travel rebel at “Less than a Shoestring” last week continued to explain “Why I » Read more

Wed Digest: Surcharges, A’dam Shopping Hours, UK Xmas Top Tune

Wed Digest: Surcharges, A’dam Shopping Hours, UK Xmas Top Tune

Nothing like a midweek digest of recently noteworthy posts and stories. Right? 1. Christopher Elliott’s list of strange travel surcharges is both hilarious and on target. Though it refers more to a business traveler demographic than a Cheapo one, Elliott does touch on the European budget airline habit of imposing extreme and varied surcharges. 2. » Read more

Friday List: Franco-Irish Links, Mystery Photo, Bournemouth, Volareweb

Friday List: Franco-Irish Links, Mystery Photo, Bournemouth, Volareweb

On our radar screens today: 1. Yesterday, Ryanair announced four new routes connecting Ireland and France. Connections between Dublin and Brest, Rodez, and Tours will kick off in April, and a seasonal Cork-Carcassonne link will fly from late May through early September. 2. Vardzia, Georgia is Gadling’s “Where on Earth?” spot. 3. Andy Martin blogs » Read more

Tues Trio: Ryanair in Charleroi, NYT Surprises, Aer Lingus Fare Sale

We slept in a good hour beyond our typical wake-up time. So it’s a sleepy Tuesday. This is just background information. Ignore at will, but know that our morning coffee is especially appreciated today. The following things have caught our attention over the last few days: 1. Ryanair has announced five new routes in and » Read more

Wednesday Yum-Yum Digest

A few food-related articles and posts that have caught our eye over the last few days… 1. Kevin Gould’s “Eat like a local…” Budapest feature in last Saturday’s Guardian. Mmmm, coffee and cake, and lots of it. 2. In the Telegraph, Gill Charlton’s guide to Naples, with its mention of ultracheap, ultradelicious pizzeria Vesi. 3. » Read more

Tues List: Flybe, Georgia, Moscow

It’s a Tuesday, the sun is shining, and there’s a snap in our step. What’s on our minds? Thanks for asking. 1. Flybe is apparently looking for another acquisition. It looks as if the purchase of BA Connect has only whetted the airline’s desire to grow. 2. We’re Georgia mad, again, thanks to Kate Weinberg’s » Read more

Friday List: easyAcquisition; Madrid; Ryanair Expansion

Autumn is here! 1. EastJet announced yesterday that is has acquired GB Airlines. A giddy glance at the GB route map turns up several destinations not currently served by easyJet, including Tangier and Fez in Morocco, Malta, Hurghada and Sharm el Sheik in Egypt, Tunis, Paphos, and Ajaccio and Bastia in Corsica. We’re hoping that » Read more

Tuesday List: TUIfly, Slovenia, La Vie Verte, Museums

Tuesday List: TUIfly, Slovenia, La Vie Verte, Museums

Tuesday evening. The skies are gray. And we’re a million miles away, thinking about some of the following things… 1. Like another low-cost carrier sale. TUIfly is selling off winter one-way fares for €11 apiece, taxes and surcharges included. On sale through midnight on Sunday, October 28, these fares are good for travel from November » Read more

Friday List: Air Berlin, Amsterdam, Ryanair, Roasts

We didn’t really think we’d make it through this week. Here’s our Friday list. 1. The most significant event we’ve come across in Europe’s low-cost air world this week is today’s news that Air Berlin is set to purchase Condor. Thomas Cook, which currently owns most of Condor, will be selling the airline to Air » Read more

Tuesday Trio: hidden europe, Visegrad, Ryanair Sale

Tuesday Trio: hidden europe, Visegrad, Ryanair Sale

1. We’re still working our way through some back issues of the remarkable hidden europe. On our commute this morning we had our nose in issue 12, which came out in January of this year. The long feature on night trains made us wistful; the shorter article on Flemish béguinages and their contemporary inheritance (in » Read more

Thursday List: Monocle, NL, CH, Andy Hide

1. The September Monocle has a bit of a state-within-a-state theme going on. The issue includes features on Finland’s autonomous Åland Islands, Bolzano, the capital of Italy’s Süd Tirol/Alto Adige region, and an especially fetching multipage feature on Georgia’s Russia-supported breakaway region of Abkhazia. A Monocle dossier on European microstates would be the perfect follow-up. » Read more

Two for Tuesday: More easyJet, DK Coffee Table Book

Two for Tuesday: More easyJet, DK Coffee Table Book

Tuesday. Rainy. Feels like fall. To brighten the mood: 1. EasyJet continues this season’s route expansion extravaganza with today’s announcement of two new routes. From November, the Orange and White will fly between London Luton and Hamburg; beginning in February, they’ll kick off an East Midlands-Palma route. Luton-Hamburg roundtrip fares will start at £33.98. The » Read more

Friday List: Ch-Ch-Ch-Check It Out

Apologies to Lil’ Chris for the steal. We’re sleepy. It’s the end of a long week, after all. On our radar screens… 1. Following leads in the German media (like this one we came across in the Rheinische Post) Airscoop tells us that Ryanair might just be interested in buying some Air Berlin shares—just under » Read more

Thursday List: Jersey, SkyEurope, Maps, Garden Plots

It’s Thursday. Read up. 1. Tourism is on the rise in Jersey. Bookings on the Channel Island in May, 2007 were up 25 percent over May, 2006 bookings. Clearly Jersey Tourism‘s UK television campaign is paying off. 2. SkyEurope is hawking a bunch of €39 all inclusive one-way fares. The fare sale period stretches from » Read more

Four for Wednesday

This and that. 1. Today’s Kazakhstan special report in the FT. Summary: oil, Nazarbayev, grand architecture, and, um, oil. 2. Ryanair extends its “lowest price guarantee” through September 30. The guarantee has 11 stipulations. Best of luck. 3. We like Guardian Unlimited’s Czech “beer experiences” top-ten list. At long last, lads and frat boys have » Read more

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