Luxembourg Gardens
Locals soaking up the sun in the Luxembourg Gardens. Photo: Oh Paris

Relaxing in Paris: Tips for visiting the Jardin du Luxembourg

Mar 04 While the Right Bank has the Tuilieries Gardens, the Left Bank has two major green areas: The Jardin des Plantes and the Jardin du Luxembourg. The latter is the most visited and a must-see for those looking to get a taste for the pruning prowess of the French. Marie de Medici’s home in Paris, the » Read more

New to Europe’s budget airlines? Here are 6 tips for taking off

New to Europe’s budget airlines? Here are 6 tips for taking off

Mar 03 Low-cost airlines like Ryanair, WizzAir and easyJet have changed the way budget travelers crisscross Europe since they took flight more than a decade ago. They’re ideal for quick jaunts that would normally take a full day on the train—and often at prices that can be cheap as chips. However, there are a few key ways » Read more

Living like a local: Eating, walking, kissing and (not) tipping in Barcelona

Living like a local: Eating, walking, kissing and (not) tipping in Barcelona

Feb 28 After eight years in Barcelona, I’ve become accustomed to certain aspects of life here that are quite different from how I lived back in Portland, Oregon. Mostly, I don’t notice these differences anymore. My perspective has become more European, more Spanish, more Catalan…this all happened while I wasn’t looking, while I was eating tapas and » Read more

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

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

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