Monday, April 20, 2009
Pricey eco-resorts no longer own the hotel high road—with the major chains now more environmentally minded, anyone can afford to think about the planet.
We asked, and you came through with beautiful photos that celebrate America's varied landscapes—from coast to coast and from Hawaii to Alaska.
WE DID THE HOMEWORK
It's official: The EPA just declared that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a pollutant threatening public health. Many companies sell offsets, which promise to compensate for your share of the CO2 that planes, trains, and cars spew out during your travels. But some offsets make a clearer difference.
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EASIER THAN YOU THOUGHT
Renting a hybrid is not impossible, as long as you know how to hone your search.
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
After receiving hundreds of complaints annually, United Airlines has introduced a new policy for obese passengers. They will either be moved to two empty, adjacent seats, or will have to deplane and board a subsequent flight with more available seating—possibly at the cost of a second ticket. What do you think? Get the details and join the debate.
CAST YOUR VOTE
We're happy to report that BudgetTravel.com is one of five nominees this year for a Webby Award in the Travel category. The four other websites are all super-innovative, in our humble opinion: &beyond, Kayak, LonelyPlanet.com, and Tripkick. This year's winners will be announced on May 5. Meanwhile, you and everyone else in the country are invited to vote in a separate Webby People's Voice Award
In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we're highlighting packages that include volunteer opportunities, charitable donations, and discounts for driving a hybrid in Boston, L.A., New York, Costa Rica, and beyond. Rates start at $109.
why they're a deal
This two-week, small-group tour takes you from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Hong Kong, and includes a cruise along Halong Bay and bike rides though rural Chinese landscapes, for $1,299.
why it's a deal
With these totes fashioned from scrap materials, you can now carry on guiltlessly. Who knew there was a second calling for retired airplane seats?
MOST POPULAR REAL DEALS
- Costa Rica & Panama, Air/14 Nights, $1,225
- London, Air/Hotel, From $499
- Club Med Beach Resorts, 7 Nights, $799
- Madrid, Air/2 Nights, From $370
- Hawaii Packages, From $125 to $729
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