Posted in: Lisbon

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Rossio Train Station Lisbon
Rossio Train Station is home to a great hostel. Photo: Damian E
From custard tarts and cherry liquor to old-world neighborhoods and historic architecture, the list of Lisbon’s charms is lengthy. Definitely near the top of that list are the many well-priced accommodations, which are a Cheapo’s dream come true. There are loads of brilliant and inexpensive options whether you are looking for an arty boutique or » Read more

Posted in: Barcelona

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Tango La Rambla
Tango dancers on La Rambla. Photo: Carlos Lorenzo
La Rambla cuts through Barcelona’s old town, separating the neighborhood El Raval from the historic Gothic Quarter. It’s a place of contrasts, bustling with beauty and history, but also with pickpockets and tourist traps. Generally, I tell visitors to stay clear of La Rambla as much as they can, because of the touristy environment and mediocre restaurants that » Read more

Posted in: Paris Sights

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Mona Lisa
A typical day in front of the Mona Lisa. Photo: Leandro N
Good news for fans of European vacations and French museums. Some of the biggest attractions in and around Paris have just announced that they will be extending their opening hours to seven days a week for a two-year trial. Starting in 2015 and running through 2017, The Louvre, the Palace of Versailles and Musée d’Orsay will » Read more

Posted in: Portugal

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Porto roofs
A view over Porto rooftops. Photo: Frances Ambler
Travelers often neglect it in favor of Lisbon but Porto—Portugal’s second city—more than justifies its place on an itinerary. While it’s still very much an industrial, working city, it’s got more than enough riverside views, rambling streets and Portuguese charm to be worthy of a postcard home. It’s also a great city for those travelling » Read more

Posted in: London Hotel

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Meininger Hotel
Even simple perks like an elevator make a London stay special. Photo: Meininger Hotel
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choice when looking for somewhere to stay in London. Price and location are important considerations, but what about those little perks that really help to make a stay? Here are five London stays that offer valuable extras, along with the cleanliness and value for money that makes them » Read more

Posted in: Hamburg

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Hamburg
Hamburg at night. Photo: Marius Bede
In recent articles in the blog, we’ve culled the best of Hamburg’s budget nightlife and recommended the coolest and cheapest beds the city has to offer. Now we’re pulling it all together with a handy list of seven ways to save a few more euros on your Hamburg travel adventure. 1. Book your train and » Read more

Posted in: London Sights

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Checking out the scene at the Columbia Road Flower Market. Photo: Magnus D
Checking out the scene at the Columbia Road Flower Market. Photo: Magnus D
Summer may have drawn to a close (sob!), but despite the return of early nightfall and grey skies in London, there’s a sure fire way of injecting a bit of color into your weekend—a visit to the Columbia Road Flower Market! Stocking up on flowers In what has to be the city’s most vibrant market, » Read more

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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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