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20 travel resolutions you can actually achieve this year

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Sure you could make a resolution to stop falling asleep while streaming Netflix shows, but let’s dream bigger. Here are 20 cheap-inspired New Year’s resolutions to make you a better-traveled person.

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Story and graphic by Kelsie Ozamiz

Beignets to churros: The best bites at Disneyland

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Top dogs: Get your hand-dipped, golden-brown corn dogs at several stands around Disneyland.

By Amanda Ficili

Snacking your way around the Disneyland Resort is an attraction all its own, and with so many deliciously tasty opportunities, it’s easy to see why. Sure, the spot is home to a multitude of fabulous restaurants and eateries, but sometimes you just need a little pick me up in between, especially after a few hours of adventurous park hopping at the Disneyland Resort. (more…)

For the frugal foodie: Restaurant Week in NYC

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Bar Boulud is just one of the 300-plus restaurants participating in NYC's Restaurant Week. Credit: ZagatBuzz.

By Erin Behan

January is a great time of year to visit New York–if you don’t mind the cold, that is. Hotel rooms are generally discounted, Broadway plays often have open seats and—of course—the post holiday sales are in full force. There’s one more reason to visit New York in January, and it has to do with a famous New York City pastime: eating out. The city’s twice-annual Restaurant Week runs Monday through Friday from Jan. 16 through Feb. 10, and 2012 is the 20-year celebration of the event that gives discounted prix fixe meals for lunch ($24.07) and dinner ($35) at more than 300 of the city’s top restaurants. (more…)

Free local flair and cheap eats at Wailuku’s First Fridays

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Local restaurants cook up specials for Wailuku's monthly street party.

By Erin Behan

There’s nothing wrong with feeling like a tourist in Hawaii, but every once in a while it’s nice experience something like a kama’aina or local, and Wailuku First Friday fits the bill with plenty of local flair. (more…)

Beignets, bars and barbecue: New Orleans on a dime

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The line snakes out the door of Cafe Du Monde for the signature beignets, a mere $5. Credit: brad.coy.

By Nancy Buczkiewicz

Looking for a getaway that’s easy on your wallet but big on the scene?  Head south to the lively, history-laden streets of New Orleans.  There’s nothing quite like perusing the antique shops on Royal Street or enjoying French cuisine to feed your soul. (more…)

Pastoral and perfect: Family vacations in Northern California

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Minutes from Monterey, the Carmel Valley Ranch plays host to all ages with pools, golf, hiking trails & more.

By David Escobar

When it comes to family vacations, Northern California’s wine country may not be the first place you consider. But when I planned a trip to Monterey/Carmel with two of the toughest travel critics I know – my children, ages 8 and 11 – we wound up discovering a family favorite. From a castle in Calistoga to burgers and shakes in Napa Valley, consider these family-friendly spots on your California vacation. (more…)

Fall into Orlando: Festivals, food and sports

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Crowds at the Mt. Dora Craft Festival. Credit:

By Derek Brown

Professional golf, a juried craft show and master winemakers aren’t normally what come to mind when people think of going on a cheap Florida vacation.  However, fall’s an excellent time to discover a grown-up Orlando. October 21-23 will bring all of the above to The City Beautiful, Orlando. (more…)

Foodie finds: 3 stellar New York City organic eateries

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Farm fresh produce for a healthy summer meal. Credit: NatalieMaynor.

By Derek Brown

I can still smell the fresh street fair food from my weekend trip to New York City.  Grilled summer corn, fresh fruit carts and lots of greasy deliciousness are summer scents that are hard to resist, but I managed to just enjoy the aroma.  It’s a good thing, too.  There are so many chefs creating amazing meals with the freshest ingredients right from the farm.  Here are 3 New York City restaurants where the focus is on healthy, sustainable and delicious dining. (more…)

3 boutique chic San Diego hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In San Diego, the only way to cocktail is by rooftop at the Solamar's LOUNGEsix.

By Valerie Moloney

San Diego, once defined by Shamu and sailors, won’t be upstaged by its camera-ready SoCal sister, Los Angeles. A look inside three cheap San Diego hotels in the reigning neighborhood of hip — the Gaslamp Quarter — reveals big-city swagger with VIPs, stylish restaurants and look-at-me spaces to boot. (more…)

Top 5 cheap Las Vegas hotels to stay and dine on a dime

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Dive into a variety of cuisine at the Spice Market Buffet in Planet Hollywood Resort. Photo credit: Litandmore.

By Vince Font

Let’s face it, these days you’re more likely to spend your biggest chunk of change on food than a hotel room — especially if you’re not careful and don’t know where to go. So to help save you a few dollars, I’ve come up with a list of the top five cheap Las Vegas hotels, and low-cost (but good quality) eats you can get nearby.