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Fodor's member nanbug recently commiserated with other travelers on the Europe forum about the merits of winter travel. She pointed out that traveling to places which are typically thronged with tourists in the sunnier months of the year can be a unique experience. We agree with her! Here are our picks.
Weather got you down? Already dreaming of that island escape? You have many budget-friendly choices in the Caribbean, from the tranquil pink sands of Bonaire to the snorkeler's paradise of St. Croix. Here are our top choices.
There's no way around one basic fact: French Polynesia is an expensive destination. Take it from us, though, that with the right amount of budget smarts it can be conquered.
The Caribbean isn't all about five-star resorts. Often, you may want to save a bit of your vacation cash to eat in elegant restaurants or to shop for the perfect gift. But saving money in the Caribbean doesn't have to mean sacrificing comfort. Sometimes it just means going to a cheaper island, such as the Dominican Republic, Saba, or Dominica. There are some unique inns and resorts—Fodor's Choices in fact—where you can sleep for much less and still have a great time....
Dominican RepublicHotel Las Ballenas Escondidas. Looking for a truly relaxing and peaceful setting with a private beach? The French couple who run this place have created a small utopia of gardens and thatch-roof bungalows sloping down to the sea. An infinity-edge pool is in the middle of it all. Ballenas Escondidas is 15 minutes east of Santa Barbara de Samaná, nearly halfway to Las Galeras. This means it's essentially in the middle of nowhere. But where the remoteness and the nice pool and restaurant...
For Fodor's recent "Ask a Disney Expert" Contest, travelers submitted their toughest Disney questions for Kim Wright Wiley, author of Walt Disney World with Kids 2009. Kim will answer questions from the contest's 8 winners, along with several others, in a four-part series on Fodors.com. Winners will receive a complimentary copy of the guide. Thank you to everyone who sent a question in! View all of Kim's tips: Dining at Disney | Touring Tips | Where to Stay Today Kim answers questions related to saving and spending smartly at Disney.
Question:"There has been a lot of talk recently about staying on or off property. What value or price do you put on staying on property? Does waking up in the middle of the magic warrant the extra cost?" --- submitted by Angelo721 (winner)... Kim's Answer The main advantages to staying on Disney property are: 1. "Extra magic hours" which allow you to either enter one park early each day or stay in a park after the official closing hours. Since tickets are so expensive,
New York City's streets are packed with visitors and, if our Forums are any indication, Paris remains an unfailingly attractive vacation option. While you could easily spend a month's mortgage in one night in either one of these two culture capitals, many of both cities' most pleasurable experiences are priceless....
5 Fun and Free Things to Do in NYC
- Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for a spectacular view of the East River and seaport. Do it before October 13 for a chance to see the New York City Waterfalls exhibit.| Rate this free experience
- Educate thyself with a summer performance at Shakespeare in the Park. | Explore Central Park
- Explore MoMa on Friday between 4 and 8 PM, when the entry fee is waived. | Rate this free experience
- Ride the Staten Island ferryto see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the southern tip of Manhattan from the water. | Rate this free experience
- Marvel at Grand Central Terminal's spectacular main concourse; the ceiling painted with night-sky constellations
Many of Londonâ€™s best cultural attractions charge no admission, and the number of free museums is staggering. The British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum are a few from the top of the list (though there may be a fee for special exhibitions). You can dip in and out of these and then relax with the locals for free in Hyde Park, Regentâ€™s Park, or others. For more budget tips for London see this Forums thread, Beating the Pound in London.
Input your route and the make and model of your car on AAA's fuel-cost calculator (www.fuelcostcalculator.com) and violà! Although figures assume there are no traffic jams, gas prices are updated regularly. Use it to budget for a road trip or to decide whether to fly or drive.
This week, travelers posting on our Forums shared their favorite ways to save in Spain with Caroline Trefler, Fodor's Spain 2009 editor. Their pointers, which including filling up on overstuffed bocadillos, checking into paradores, and finding free flamenco shows, all add up to an authentic experience. Talk Travel in the Forums: Share your favorite tips with Caroline and other travelers planning trips to Spain. 1. Renfe (Spanish Rail) Discount Tickets "Renfe has discounted tickets if bought in advance. Web fare offers 60% off and Estrella fare offers 40% off. Good deal if your itinerary is set in stone." -- yk 2. Free Flamenco "In Seville, it's a MUST to go to La Carboneria. Skip paying for flamenco show and come to this amazing place. I went in and saw the most mesmerizing flamenco show for FREE here." -- cl4udie 10. Menu del Dia "I still think the Menu del Dia (menu of the day) a good savings overall taken as a very early main meal of the day at 2-3pm. Last time we went to Madrid at Cafe
Through the simple act of eating a meal on a trip, you're actually participating in the cultural landscape of a place. Ingredients, flavor combinations, and cooking methods are essential elements: Particular dishes and preparation techniques, like spices, tell us something about who settled there—or who tried and failed—and who lives there now. Eating on vacation is part of the adventure—at times delicious, exhilarating, and challenging. Sometimes those tactile, sensory memories of eating pad thai noodles from a street cart in Thailand can be as memorable as an eight-course meal in Paris. In order to have these truly special experiences (rather than the forgettable ones you might have at the corner tourist trap), you may need to make sacrifices and be a little strategic about where and what you eat. Here are our tips for finding that special dining experience on a budget. Eat at the counter. Note that in cafés, bars, and some restaurants in certain parts of the world
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