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Luggage Venice
Don't worry, you won't have to lug your luggage in Venice. Photo: Emiliano
You may have heard the recent head-scratching news that rocked Venice’s tourism scene last week. According to reports that shot around the Web on Friday, the city was (allegedly) set to impose fines on tourist who dared to roll through the streets with suitcases that feature hard plastic wheels. According to news reports, this new » Read more

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The canals of Amsterdam. Photo: Moyan Brenn
Amsterdam isn’t the most expensive city in Europe (we’re looking at you London!), but it’s certainly not the cheapest. You can expect to pay a little bit more for all of the essentials than you would in a place like Italy or Spain. Luckily, with a little bit of planning and know how, a tourist » Read more

Posted in: Airlines


WOW Air is launching super cheap flights across the Atlantic. Photo: Aero Icarus
Travel blogs have been abuzz in the last few weeks in the wake of Iceland-based WOW Air’s announcement that they will be offering summer 2015 transatlantic flights starting at $99. How is this possible? Is it really possible? There must be a catch, right? Before we dive into the analysis of these deals, let’s take » Read more

Posted in: Free London

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London is filled with free things do do around every corner. Photo: Craig Nelson
London is filled with free things do do around every corner. Photo: Craig Nelson
There’s that famous phrase “tired of London, tired of life.” But it’s not that we get tired of London’s countless entertainments and diversions—it’s just that sometimes our wallet does. When that budget starts to bite, it’s worth remembering that the many things that London offers for free, can be every bit as inspiring as all » Read more

Posted in: Berlin

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East Side Gallery Night
The East Side Gallery aglow for the fall of the wall celebration. Photo: Craig Nelson
Twenty-five years ago on the night of November 9, 1989, Berlin witnessed the Fall of the Wall, an iconic moment for the whole world. This weekend the city was aglow with lights spread out along 15km of the wall’s former path. It was a spectacular sight to behold across Berlin, and the city held several events » Read more

Posted in: Barcelona Hotels


The view from the most famous Barcelona landmark, Sagrada Familia. Photo: craiggyisland21
Compared to sprawling Madrid, Barcelona is compact and easy to cover on foot or by public transportation. Nevertheless, if you’re coming for a short trip to the city, staying in a central location and near a popular sight will save you a lot of money and time. There are several budget hotels to choose from » Read more

Posted in: Netherlands


Rotterdam brilliantly mixes the old and the new across the city. Photo: Coanri
In terms of architecture and scale, Rotterdam feels almost surgically sewn together. This impression reflects the city’s experience of the twentieth century. Heavily bombed during the Second World War, Rotterdam is an architecturally new city, with boxy hypermodern buildings and expansive, well-designed public spaces. It is also a real port city, raw and enriched by » Read more


Flying above Gatwick Airport. Photo: Phillip Capper
Arriving at one of London’s five major airports often feels like it’s just the beginning of your journey. You still need to navigate your way through the city’s 1,572 square kilometers, while attempting not to waste time and money. But the time it takes to get from the airport to your hotel can increase massively » Read more


Red Light District
The Red Light District in Amsterdam. Photo: Jordi Alfonso
Amsterdam is often stereotyped in a sinful cliché of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Family members always ask me, “So, you’re living in Amsterdam? How’s the pot (chuckle, chuckle)!?” Hardy, har, har. While the city undoubtedly has a “party” vibe around town, things have changed since the 1970s and ’80s. And most locals lead » Read more


Enjoy famous falafel, crepes and classic French fare in Paris. Photo: Tom Flemming
Paris has a reputation for being romantic, fashionable, and as most are quick to add, expensive. While the food is almost always quite good, a nice dinner in the City of Lights can run up quite a tab. We highly recommend treating yourself to a classic French meal at least once during your stay, but » Read more

Posted in: New York Hotels


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The SoHotel is centered in the pulsing heart of downtown New York. Photo: SoHotel
It’s no secret that hotel rooms in New York are expensive, but there are deals to be had if you know where to look. And these deals are not limited to far-flung locations or flea-bag motels. In fact, even in the city’s most popular areas, you can find nice accommodations that won’t break the bank—and » Read more

Posted in: United Kingdom


The Chamberlain Clock in Birmingham. Photo: brianca37
Birmingham, the UK’s second-biggest city in terms of population, is no London copy. The West Midlands city is full of classic Victorian buildings and bold contemporary architecture alike. Historically an important center of manufacturing and modern industry, Birmingham has more recently seen an extended refurbishment of canals and industrial areas and the creation of a » Read more

Posted in: Paris Planning


Paris Market
Save money at the markets and beyond with a few simple French phrases. Photo: Context Travel
So you’re feeling like you’ve mastered the “bonjours” and “mercis”? Maybe it’s time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don’t always work when you are shopping or dining in a café. We know the feeling when you want to say, “No, stop, please, I didn’t want the €65 box of » Read more

Posted in: Amsterdam Hotel


Waiting for a tram that wasn't coming on Sunday in Amsterdam. Photos by Tom Meyers
Waiting for a tram that wasn't coming on Sunday in Amsterdam. Photos by Tom Meyers
My train pulled into Amsterdam on Sunday during a marathon. Well, I didn’t realize the Amsterdam Marathon was happening at first. I just realized that something was up with the trams. I had studied up on the city’s tram system in advance, and knew that to get from Centraal Station to my hotel, the cute-and-simple » Read more


Princess Louise pub in High Holborn. Photo: Kurt
A stop-off (or several!) in a traditional London pub is a must-do for most visitors in the city. If English people seem uptight on the tube, the pub is where we kick back and relax, catch up with our friends and put the world to rights. Needless to say, a visit to the pub comes » Read more

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