NYC snowy streets
Snowy scenes like this can make NYC a challenge to explore in winter. Photo: Roman Kruglov

New York: A winter (and wallet-friendly) travel survival guide

Feb 27 When it comes to hotel deals in New York, winter is a hard season to beat. And yet winter can be the most expensive time to visit in a number of other ways. Let me explain: Exploring New York, especially on the cheap, involves a lot of outdoor time—a stroll through Central Park, myriad free summer extravaganzas, » Read more

European Rail Timetable: Relaunching an essential train publication

European Rail Timetable: Relaunching an essential train publication

Feb 26 The decision last summer of the global travel business Thomas Cook to discontinue publication of its celebrated European Rail Timetable after 140 years was a mighty blow to rail travelers across Europe. However web-wise and connected a traveler may be, there is simply no substitute for a good printed timetable in revealing the overall pattern » Read more

Visiting Vienna: Free concerts, cool hotels and a new tourist card

Visiting Vienna: Free concerts, cool hotels and a new tourist card

Feb 25 2014 is on track to be an exciting year in Vienna for Cheapos with a host of exciting new developments and dependable annual traditions. From an unforgettable (and free!) summer evening concert at Schönbrunn Palace’s Gardens to a brand new 48-hour tourist card that offers an incredible value, it’s time to think about adding Vienna to » Read more

Edinburgh: Five top cheap and tasty restaurants

Edinburgh: Five top cheap and tasty restaurants

Feb 23 If you’ve travelled straight up from London, the affordability of eating well in Edinburgh will come as a pleasant surprise. It’s a city of cozy cafes where it’s easy to satisfy your stomach with soup and baked potatoes. Evening options are more wallet-friendly too—though if you really want something super cheap, head to a chippy » Read more

Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket: The pros and cons of this 24-hour deal

Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket: The pros and cons of this 24-hour deal

Feb 21 Getting around Amsterdam sans bike can be pricey if you’re not hoofing it. One-way tram and bus fares are up to €2.80, and trains easily exceed the €10 mark on a round trip outside the capital. While the usual choices are 24-hour city transport cards and Euro rail passes, new to the scene is the » Read more

Barcelona hotels: The best budget choices for mom and daughter travel

Barcelona hotels: The best budget choices for mom and daughter travel

Feb 20 Traveling with family is not the same dynamic as a jaunt with friends or your partner. I’ve done quite a bit of globetrotting with my mother, and she’s one of my best galavanting companions. We both share a sense of adventure and a love of travel (I probably got it from her!). Depending on what » Read more

A World Apart: Rome’s English Cemetery

A World Apart: Rome’s English Cemetery

Feb 19 England’s 19th-century love affair with Italy has left a legacy in cemeteries across the country. Not all English visitors went home to die. Thus Florence, Livorno, Naples and Rome are Italian cities that boast a Cimitero degli Inglesi. At rest abroad Each warrants a visit, but don’t expect to find a little exclave of England. » Read more

Visiting London: 5 easy ways to keep your wallet happy

Visiting London: 5 easy ways to keep your wallet happy

Feb 18 London is a pricey city—there’s no denying it. But Cheapos can make their British pennies go further by following these frugal ways to enjoy the best of the capital. 1. Get an Oyster! First things first, don’t even think about stepping on a Tube or bus without an Oyster card. Fares are high enough without » Read more

Beyond Mozart: The hip and affordable guide to Salzburg in 2014

Beyond Mozart: The hip and affordable guide to Salzburg in 2014

Feb 17 The picture says it all. Salzburg has one of the most beautiful old towns in all of Europe that should be on every traveler’s list. It’s worth a trip here just to stroll around and experience the same beautiful streets that Mozart roamed. But there’s so much more to Austria’s 4th largest city than Mozart » Read more

Romantic hotels in Rome where every day is Valentine’s Day

Romantic hotels in Rome where every day is Valentine’s Day

Feb 14 Even on the continent that invented romance, few cities rival Rome when it comes to creating or fostering amore. The Eternal City is chock-full of quiet lanes for strolling, pasta dishes for sharing, and covert corners for stealing kisses. But any good lover knows that a romantic getaway isn’t complete without a love nest. Here are » Read more

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