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Monday, April 16, 2007
OUR OWN PERSONAL UPGRADE
We've given our website a makeover! And we'd love for you to take a look. We've introduced brand new sections to help you find inspiration, get answers, and have fun in your travels. Our How-to Handbook
is the place to check for airfare, car rental, and cruising strategies. Looking for the perfect trip? Check out our new Trip Ideas
section for ideas on Family Travel
, Long Weekends
, Road Trips
, Wine Country Travel
, and more! Need advice or want to give it? Click on our Tips & Experts
section. And if you're not planning a trip but just want a quick (mental) escape, take a look at our Fun Stuff
section. Plus, we've gathered useful travel tools
all in one place. There's a lot that's new, but one thing that isn't—we'll continue to bring you the very best travel information out there to help you plan the best trip possible.
OUR NEW DAILY BLOG
Welcome to This Just In, Budget Travel
's new blog. It's a great way for us to keep you updated on the latest in travel-related news. Travel is one of those things that if you did it all the time, you'd get really good at it; unfortunately, few people get to do it all the time. As a result, the best way to make our travels as satisfying as they can possibly be is to pool our knowledge. Budget Travel
editors will be posting whenever we learn something interesting—and we hope you'll chime in with your two cents whenever you feel the urge.
—Erik Torkells, Editor of
…We're just flying in it. More and more, airlines like JetBlue and Ryanair should be looked at less as upstarts and more as big-time players in the industry. Recent news points out that the growth of smaller airlines isn't going to stop any time soon—and that the traditional airline business model is in trouble. Find out about new transatlantic service and which small carriers are buying out older, bigger airlines….
Want a chance to be a travel blogger? Post your best travel entry in the comments field by April 30, 2007.
We'll pick the four best entries, based on writing quality and informativeness, and post them on our new blog. The person whose entry receives the most comments will be a guest travel blogger on our site for a week, plus win a $500 gift certificate.
Read the full contest rules
and Enter Now!
NEW! TRIP IDEAS
We've come up with a list of the sights in America that every kid should visit before turning 15. While they're breathtaking at any age, there's something extra special about seeing them as a child—or just through the eyes of one. Some of our choices may surprise you!
TIPS AND EXPERTS
Our new Tips & Experts section is the place to look for travel advice to make your life easier. In addition to showcasing reader tips, expert recommendations, and excerpts from interesting travel books, each Tuesday at noon we host live Trip Coach chats with experts on top destinations and strategies for trip planning. Check our archive for recent chats on ever-popular Italy
, as well as Puerto Rico
and train travel
THE REAL DEALS
The country's dramatic landscapes are easily appreciated on this self-drive, weeklong tour from $1,317 per person.
why it's a deal
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