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How to watch the US election results while traveling in Europe

How to watch the US election results while traveling in Europe

I voted in the 2012 US presidential election yesterday, two weeks before the event takes place across the country (at least for those of us in states without early elections). I had to—I’ll be in Copenhagen on November 6, watching from afar to see how this whole thing shakes out. But now that the (absentee) » Read more

European Tourism Outlook: Summer 2011

European Tourism Outlook: Summer 2011

With many travelers surely now in full planning mode for summer 2011, let’s take a look at the winners and losers in the European battle for the tourist’s dollar (or euro). Greece Greece’s economic misfortunes led to a crash in confidence among the country’s hoteliers, and 2011 is shaping up to be a bargain year » Read more

Friday Round Up: Twitter Travel Edition

Friday Round Up: Twitter Travel Edition

It’s so dang hot outside today that we’re having trouble concentrating.  Our office air conditioner is working over time, squirting water on customers entering the Crate & Barrel directly below, yet somehow the line at our favorite burrito cart shows no sign of letting up. Follow Friday To help treat this heat-induced A.D.D., we’ve turned » Read more

UPDATE: Election parties abroad & Send your photos!

NOVEMBER 4, 2008—Cheapos around the globe have been commenting on our post about tonight’s Election Night Parties in Europe. Thanks to all who have given us information about viewing parties and have taken part in the conversation. We have updated the original post with information about tonight’s election viewing parties in many more cities. These cities » Read more

Want Some Good News? Here comes the dollar!

Over the past couple years we’ve developed pretty thick skin when discussing the weakness of the dollar versus the euro or British pound. Just this summer the euro hit an all-time high of $1.60, while the overwhelming strength of the pound introduced the budget traveler’s nightmare of $6 Cokes in London. My, how times have » Read more

Borders a-fallin': Europe’s East meets West

Just as we’re putting up this post, a number of barriers are coming down across Europe. Today, the European Union removed multiple internal borders—like those previously dividing Germany and Poland, and Slovakia from Austria. In an effort to further promote border-free travel, most intra-European borders previously guarded by patrols and border stations have been abolished, effective this morning. With this new » Read more

Thanksgiving in France: Rail Strike Ends

Alas, we’ve returned from our patriotic turkey festivity to find, with great relief and thanks, that France’s rail strike has ended. The strike that derailed commutes and clogged highways ended on Friday, after nine days of severely limited national, regional, and local public transportation services. The Herald Tribune reported Friday that only 2 percent of » Read more

France: Rail Strike Hits Seventh Day

The transportation workers’ strike that has halted much of France’s local, regional, and national rail transportation entered its seventh day on Tuesday, as protesters and their supporters took to the streets. Today’s developments: On Tuesday, about half of the countries TGV trains were running. Eurostar service to London was normal. The International Herald Tribune reports » Read more

Kindle Krazy: Groovy E-Book Reader for Travelers or Just a Pricey Gadget?

Jeff Bezos, CEO of, was in town yesterday and it wasn’t just to swing by EuroCheapo’s HQ for a cup of joe (where’s the love Jeff? Next time.) Rather, he officially launched an e-book reader called “Kindle” that lets users download bestselling books for $9.99 and is apparently easier to use and better designed » Read more

Monday: Paris Strike Continues; a Run on Public Bikes

It’s Monday, and the transit strike that has crippled Paris’ public transportation continues, affecting residents and tourists alike. Today’s strike update: On Monday, all Metro lines but one are running. Bloomberg news reports that riders are typically waiting between five minutes and forty-five minutes between trains. There is no train service between Paris and either » Read more

Friday Strike Update: France, Germany Still Striking

Friday Strike Update: France, Germany Still Striking

It’s a sunny Friday here in NYC, but in France and Germany, commuter moods are clouded with continued rail strikes. Here’s the latest: France The rail strike entered its third day on Friday. The BBC reports a slight increase in the number of trains and metros running across the country, and a significant decrease in » Read more

Strike Update: France and Germany Subway & Rail

Strike Update: France and Germany Subway & Rail

It seems like half the world is “striking out” the last few days. Broadway stagehands and TV comedy writers have walked out, and now French and German rail employees are taking to the picket lines. Here’s the latest on the European rail strikes: France Rail Strike Day Two of strikes, affecting national trains, regional trains, » Read more

Flash: Supercheap Deal Alert

D-Reizen, the Dutch holiday shop chain that regularly turns in some of the cheapest deals around, currently lists a seven-night house rental in Tuscany for €24 per person, based on double occupancy. The rental, in Marina di Bibbona, actually costs €85.50 once reservations charge, booking fee, and insurance charge are taken into account. But considering » Read more

EuroWeepo: Dollar at Record Lows against the Euro

The US dollar fell to record lows against the euro on Wednesday, hitting $1.3834, its lowest value since the introduction of the euro in 1999. Today it’s still down there — $1.3819 to the euro in mid-morning trading. Why? Industry analysts blame it on a lousy US housing market. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech yesterday, » Read more

The Week of Failed Bids

On Wednesday, Aeroflot abandoned their effort to purchase a significant stake in Alitalia. Also on Wednesday, Ryanair’s bid for Aer Lingus was blocked by the European Commission. Ryanair has already confirmed that they will contest the European Commission’s decision. Is it time for Ryanair and Aeroflot to reconsider bravado as a strategy? Perhaps, but we » Read more

FT Weekend Gems

The Financial Times’ Weekend section contained two travel articles that particularly snagged our attention. Our favorite piece: Dan Hofstadter’s ode to Ferrara. We’ve been fans of Emilia-Romagna ever since we ate our way through the region’s exquisite restaurants one autumn not long ago. Hofstadter’s description of misty cobbled streets engulfed by cyclists served as an » Read more

Weekend Recap Part Two: WSJ

In this weekend’s edition of the Wall Street Journal we eagerly lapped up Stan Sesser’s “The New Way To Do Europe.” Sesser’s lengthy service-oriented article is devoted to Europe’s “undiscovered gems”—cities and regions just off the tourist track that can be easily visited from London on budget airlines. Sesser focuses his article on three cities » Read more

London Flash: Tube Strike Coming

London Flash: Tube Strike Coming

The Metronet Rail strike that was due to begin this past Sunday (April 15, 2007) at 6 p.m. was, oh so thankfully, suspended. In its absence, the Tube is running as normal this week, with the usual delays and suspensions. For fans of transportation strikes and slow downs, there’s hope on the horizon. According to » Read more

Edinburgh: Popping Wheelies on YouTube

When traveling abroad, or going anywhere for that matter, we strongly advise you not to partake in fountain jumping, security guard taunting, or popping wheelies on a motorcycle in the town square. And if, for whatever reason, you do break a rule or two, don’t videotape yourself doing it and post it on YouTube! A » Read more

London’s Festival of Europe

London’s Festival of Europe

London has chosen the beginning of spring for its first ever Festival of Europe. March 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the document sealing Europe’s commitment to creating a unified economic landscape. Panels, lectures and screenings, most of them free to the public, will explore Europe’s role in mass media, its » Read more

Berlin: Plan to Sell Pope’s Water Hosed

Miracles have been known to happen on Ebay. When it comes to finding a loving new home for outdated guide books, classic maps of the former Yugoslavia, or the stray Eiffel Tower dish towel, the site is heaven sent. But when it comes to selling stolen art or relics of Jesus Christ, well, most faithful » Read more

Paris SNCF: Springtime Train Fare Sale!

Paris SNCF: Springtime Train Fare Sale!

Planning to be in Paris in the springtime? SNCF (the French national train company) is running several promotions this week (March 12-19, 2007) . Promotional fares are for journeys from Paris over the next few months. The best deal is the €66 round-trip fare to London, per person, when you travel with a buddy. You » Read more

Tintin In Hollywood

photograph courtesy of mappamundi We are huge fans of Tintin, the boyish detective who looks like Jude Law, saves lives in ways that would make even MacGyver jealous, and who always makes room dans les valises for Milou le chien. We like Tintin so much that we even purchased a rare copy of Objectif Lune » Read more

The Euro-Strange Express Makes Multiple Stops

If off-beat news sources are any indication, a bizarre air stream hit Europe near the end of last week. The resultant hurricane of oddities just isn’t letting up. Last Thursday morning Swiss troops accidentally invaded Liechtenstein. Whoops! Their bad. Thankfully, the brothers in the principality were all cool with it. On Saturday, parents in Bari, » Read more

Sunday NY Times Travel Section Round-Up

Sunday NY Times Travel Section Round-Up

The following pieces in yesterday’s New York Times travel section caught our eye: Q&A: Home from France, with seven pets in tow How, but how, to fly three large dogs and four cats from France to Atlanta? Spas in Finland: How to enjoy a Nordic ritual at any age A family’s adventures with spas in » Read more

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