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Design Changes Coming. Blog is Going.

Wed, 28 May 2014 20:40:51 +00002014-05-28T20:40:51Z

Early next month, you're going to see a wonderful new look at About.com Budget Travel. In fact, all of the About.com sites are undergoing an impressive redesign.

You'll notice a cleaner look and a more convenient interface. All of  the more than one thousand sites at About.com will be better connected, and that should result in a more positive experience as you seek information.

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What to do About a Missed Flight

Sun, 25 May 2014 17:59:00 +00002014-05-25T17:59:00Z

(image) It's an awful feeling -- the realization that there is no way you'll make it aboard your flight.

What happens next?

Take a deep breath, remain calm and proceed to the airport. There are steps you can take to get your trip back on track and perhaps avoid any financial penalties.

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Deals for the Week of May 26

Sat, 24 May 2014 22:35:37 +00002014-05-24T22:35:37Z

(image) Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Spring Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: savings on resort stays in the U.S. Virgin Islands, discounts for hotel stays that are prepaid, and a sale on Go City Cards.

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Travel Advisories

Sat, 24 May 2014 22:29:51 +00002014-05-24T22:29:51Z

(image) Travel advisories are often misunderstood. Some people take them far too literally, while others completely ignore them.

Neither response is a good idea.

If a country you're planning to visit pops up on the U.S. State Department's warning site, ask yourself where the trouble is in that country and how close you'll be to it. If distance is on your side, you still need to know if the situation could seal you off from an evacuation should that become necessary.

The point is not to change your plans simply because the country's name appears in a warning. Think about the various travel advisories and how they impact budget travel.




Booking Budget Travel with Airbnb.com and VRBO.com

Tue, 20 May 2014 20:39:31 +00002014-05-20T20:39:31Z

(image) You've selected a great neighborhood in Panama City, Panama. It will be home base during your exploration of this vibrant Central American capital.

But hotel rooms in this safe, desirable area are about $250/night. That's not exactly a budget-friendly rate. Is it time to pick another neighborhood?

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Deals for the Week of May 19

Sat, 17 May 2014 17:46:44 +00002014-05-17T17:46:44Z

(image) Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Spring Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: discounts on TGV train travel in France, a pair of offers for vacations in New York City and and an airfare sale.

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Over-Looked Summer Travel Tips for Seniors

Sat, 17 May 2014 17:42:06 +00002014-05-17T17:42:06Z

(image) Many active senior travelers want to do more than sit by the pool on a summer trip. They reach for new understanding of history or that elusive scenic view.

Cost is always a factor in the degree to which these activities can be pursued.

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Family Vacations - Common Mistakes

Sun, 11 May 2014 22:39:36 +00002014-05-11T22:39:36Z

(image) Summer ushers in family vacations, and many readers probably are in the final planning stages of such a trip.

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Deals for the Week of May 12

Sat, 10 May 2014 00:23:23 +00002014-05-10T00:23:23Z

(image) Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Spring Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: gift certificate discounts for bed and breakfast stays, a promotional coupon for a resort in Cabo, and a deal on Paris Pass.




Ecuador: Affordable South America

Sat, 10 May 2014 00:12:54 +00002014-05-10T00:12:54Z

(image) Brazil, Argentina and Peru are favorite destinations for travelers to South America. But to visit on a budget, much depends on finding an affordable airfare. That can be difficult.

Before you give up the idea of a vacation in South America, take a look at Ecuador. Airfares often are more reasonable from North America to Quito and Guayaquil. Quito has a new international airport.

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