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People groan about layovers, and we can’t help but wonder why. The longer the layover, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to leave the airport and explore! With the inexpensive flights we love often come lengthy layovers—and here are a few of the best layover cities in Europe for making the most of it.

London, England

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Photo: London | Pedro Szekely, Flickr

Aww, poor you! Do you have a long ol’ layover in London? Just kidding! You’re so lucky—not only is London’s Heathrow a paradise for shoppers (there’s an 11,000 sq ft Harrods inside), but you’re just a 15-minute train ride on the Heathrow Express to central London. What to do with your limited time? Take it from us: Just pick an area and start walking. London is so huge that it’s easy to get overwhelmed if you try to plan too much, but there’s so much to see and do that any direction you pick will yield some serious treasures. A good place to start is the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral; gaze in awe at its ornate golden ceilings before heading across the street to Tate Modern for a dose of contemporary art. Afterwards, you’ve earned a snack, and the place to get it is Borough Market, where the restaurants and shops are open all week and there’s a farmer’s market on the weekends. If you’ve still got some time left, grab a pint at one of the hundreds of neighborhood pubs and just watch the world go by.

Paris, France


Oui, you can take awhirlwind trip to Paris! Just a 45-minute train ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport will bring you to the massive Châtelet-Les Halles station, where you can store your luggage for a small fee and transfer to any neighborhood you like! Like London, Paris is too sprawling to try to conquer it in less than a day, so pick a single area to wander through and soak up the Parisian lifestyle. We recommend heading to Ile de la Citie, the hopelessly romantic island of Paris, which has the Notre Dame Cathedral at its tip. Drape yourself along the bridges and watch the boats slide by, then wander until you find a cafe (it won’t take long, we promise). Sit down, order a cafe creme, and weigh your options: Sunset boat tour along the Seine? Or postpone your flight indefinitely?

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Photo: Amsterdam | Moyan Brenn, Flickr

Amsterdam is a fantastic city for long layovers—you’re a 20-minute train ride from Amsterdam Central Station, where you can store your luggage, and hello: This is a seriously fun city, with an active nightlife and interesting museums. If you arrive in the evening, the infamous Red Light District is a quick walk from the station; by day, don’t miss renting a bike and pedaling along the city’s beautiful canals like the locals. Make time to stop for cafes! But keep in mind: When in Amsterdam and inneed of coffee, ask for a cafe—asking for a coffee shop will get you directions to the nearest marijuana shop. And if you only have time to see one major sight, make it the Anne Frank House, the truly moving museum that chronicles one Jewish family’s experience during the Holocaust.

Istanbul, Turkey


There’s so much shopping and dining just outside your gate in Istanbul that you may never want to leave the airport. That said, even beyond those airstrips, Istanbul is heaven for layovers. Everyone who leaves the airport has to pay a $20 visa fee, but after that, it’s simple to hop on an express bus. Once out of the airport, check it out: You’re in an ancient city, a cross between East and West, and spindly minarets puncture the skyline everywhere you look. Don’t miss sightseeing at the famous Blue Mosque, and check out the Grand Bazaar—it’s as fascinating today as it was centuries ago. Stop to have a drink of raki, Turkey’s anise-flavored national drink, and if there’s time, book a boat tour on the gorgeous Bosphorus river.

Venice, Italy

Gondolas in the canals in Venice. Surely this is the prettiest of the best layover cities.

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If you have a lengthy layover at the Marco Polo Airport (a popular stopping point for travelers going to Asia), by all means, take the opportunity to explore Venice. From the airport, follow the signs for the water bus to central Venice, and hop on! Enjoy the sight of Venice appearing on the waterline, then exit at San Marco square for a jaw-dropping scene: Here is a majestic city plaza (once the largest in Europe!) and an ancient cathedral gorgeous enough to make you cry. Grab a gelato, take a stroll around the square, and enjoy the ambiance—pigeons rise from the crowds in startled flocks, and it seems the whole world has congregated in what was once the most powerful city in Europe and Asia. If you’re feeling posh, treat yourself to a snack at Cafe Florian, reputedly the oldest cafe in Europe, and sit surrounded by Neo-Baroque gilt mirrors and waiters in traditional tuxedos. Afterwards, take a gondola ride to see Venice as it was meant to be seen: from the water.

Madrid, Spain

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Photo: Types of Madrid | Игорь М, Flickr

A long layover in Madrid is so good we’re jealous. You can store your luggage at Madrid Barajas Airport and hop on an airport transfer shuttle to Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s bustling main square.Visit The Prado Museum for a chance to see one of the world’s finest collections of European art, but really, Madrid is entertaining just to walk through. There are so many tempting places to eat and drink (the Market of San Miguel! stop for tapas and wine at multiple bars!), and so many sites of historic significance—the Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza de Cibeles among them. Meaning all you need to do is point your feet in a direction and keep moving for an adventure.


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Charlie Bucket was the luckiest kid in the world, to win entrance into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. And his grandpa knew it, too, when he encouraged Charlie to spend that extra dollar for one more candy bar. Candy is magic to most kids, and a select few proprietors around the world remember that feeling of disbelief and excitement that sweeps over a kid in a candy shop, and have translated it into real life. Here are seven of the coolest candy shops in the world, sure to put you in Charlie Bucket’s sweet, sweet shoes.

Dulcería de Celaya — Mexico City

Dulcería means candy shop (or sweet shop) in Spanish. It comes from the word ‘dulce’, which means ‘sweet’, and this shop is just about as sweet as they come. It’s been in business since 1874, and has been honing its sweet selection ever since. The antiquity of the shop’s front and sign will draw you in, and you’ll walk away with a satisfied sweet tooth.

Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy bar on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Ally Marotti.

Dylan’s Candy Bar — Chicago

A vibrant lollipop tree sprouts from the ground of Dylan’s Chicago shop and arches up and over both of its floors full of candy. Dylan Lauren, daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, has clearly found her calling. Patrons can feast their eyes and stomachs on hundreds of candies, from old-fashioned Bazooka bubblegum to freshly crafted gummy bears. There’s ice cream and a cafe, and if the adults get a little sensory overload from all the sounds and colors, there’s a bar to help dull the senses.


Papabubble candy shop in Barrio Gotico in Barcelona. Photo: Masashige Motoe – Flickr.

Papabubble — Barcelona

Papabubble was opened in 2004 and has since expanded to dozens of cities around the world, but it’s best to visit these shops in their home, beautiful Barcelona. There are two shops in the city: Barrio Gotico and Barrio Sarria. You can watch the candy makers at work, using as little sugar as possible to make their confections. The shop started with the goal of resurrecting the authenticity of artisan caramel making, and thousands of visitors from around the world would say they succeeded.


Gummy bear

Candy Freaks in Amsterdam has candy for every type of dietary restrictions. Photo: David O’Hare – Flickr.

Candy Freaks — Amsterdam

The display window on this candy store might confuse passersby: There are heads in the window. But they’re not mannequins, they’re candy heads. This store is known for having candy for all dietary restrictions — there are the organic candies, the gluten-free candies, the dairy-friendly candies and the vegan candies — but what really makes it famous are the heads it crafts from the sugary stuff. They’re more art than dessert, and definitely worth checking out.



Lollipopshang from the ceiling at Candylicious in Dubai. Photo: Thomas Galvez – Flickr.

Candylicious — Dubai

Imagine a world where canopies of lollipop trees cover the ceiling, and columns are covered in candies. Candylicious opened its shop in a Dubai shopping mall in 2009 and joined the ranks of the world’s largest candy stores at 10,000 square feet. There are 5,000 different types of candies from all over the world.


SugarSin — London

Delicious and adorable sweet shops abound in London, but this one takes the cake, no pun intended. In London’s Covent Garden neighborhood, SugarSin has been named one of the most beautiful candy shops in the world by Architectural Digest, so it’s worth seeing, if nothing else. But why not see with your mouth? The place is overflowing with delicious jellies, candy jars and fudge flavors, so don’t miss out.

À l’Étoile d’Or chocolates

Bernachon Chocolates from À l’Étoile d’Or in Paris. Photo: Ricardo – Flickr.

À l’Étoile d’Or — Paris

There’s a chocolatier in Lyon called Bernachon who makes his chocolates starting with the cacao bean. He’s one of the only chocolatiers in the world to so, and his delicacies can only be found in two places: His shop in Lyon, and À l’Étoile d’Or. The quaint little shop, located less than a block from Moulin Rouge, brings together some of France’s best chocolates and sweets for the picking. Chocolate lovers around the world are told to beware of this place — it’s treats are far too tempting to resist.

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A good musical will make you want to sing, dance, laugh, cry and…travel? Naturally. Some of the world’s most vibrant cities and cultures inspired its most most popular theater acts. These musical destinations are calling (or singing) your name:


Chicago: ‘Chicago’

Kick off your travels with a city so great—and so infamously gritty—that they wrote an entire musical about it. But things have changed since Chicago’s Prohibition-era storyline, and the city’s feel is now more classically midwestern friendly than crime-ridden, thanks to the store-lined Michigan Avenue and the bars and music venues of neighborhoods like Wicker Park and Lincoln Park. And because of that famous midwestern sensibility, you can soak it all in—and see the show—without breaking the bank.

London: ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

Okay, yes, London has inspired some of the most famous musicals ever produced—and plenty of them. But Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a new classic, capturing the city’s dark humor and history. Have a spooky, Sweeny Todd-inspired adventure on the cheap while exploring London’s ghost-filled past, haunted buildings and ancient theaters, which are some of the oldest in the world.

Austria: ‘The Sound of Music’

Come see the hills that are alive with The Sound of Music! Although Hollywood glamorized the family’s famous escape from the Nazis—the “hills” were actually more like railroad tracks, reported The History Channel—Austria is still a beautiful country nonetheless, and those beautiful Alps are definitely there, whether the Von Trapps crossed them or not. The city of Salzburg, too, has become a popular tourist spot, where you can see the Von Trapps’ home and other film locations.

Greece: ‘Mamma Mia!’

While ABBA’s music inspired Mamma Mia!, Greece’s obvious natural beauty will inspire you to leave your comfort zone—or your hometown—behind. While any Greek island would be an amazing trip, Skopelos (or Kalokairi, as the play renamed it) is located on the beautiful Aegean Sea. Go see for yourself what everyone was singing about, and you might just burst into song yourself.

Thailand: ‘The King and I’

Here’s an exotic destination for your theater-inspired bucket list: Thailand. You’ll feel like Anna while exploring Eastern culture and this vibrant country, a la The King and I. You may also feel like you won the lottery—Bangkok is both world-renowned and decidedly cheap, despite all the bustle and luxury. If you like taking rides atop elephants, visiting ancient ruins and poking through floating markets, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Thailand is calling your name.

Africa: ‘The Lion King’

Although originally inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this musical weaves motifs of power and identity into the African landscape instead of Denmark. While you probably won’t see any lions or hyenas singing a little tune, you can see them wander the bush freely in destinations like Kenya and South Africa. Meaning you’ll have some killer photos to make your Instagram followers jealous.

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Sure the Euro is down, but that does nothing for the Anglophile cheapster. London’s on the pound sterling, a.k.a., the oldest currency still in use, but don’t let the old pound keep you from hopping over the pond. You can actually experience London on the cheap and it’s bloody brilliant.

Related: 5 cheap European destinations

Inside the British Museum

Inside the British Museum | Photo courtesy of Luca Piffaretti

1. Museums in London are FREE. That means you can see the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, pose next to a painting of the handsome royal brothers at the National Gallery, learn about the city both prehistoric and present at the London Museum, and tell all your friends you went to Tate Modern for zero cost. You’re basically making money.

London- Food vendors at Camden Market

Food vendors at Camden Market | Flickr CC Credit: Herry Lawford

2. Cheap street food at Camden Lock Market. At Camden Town you’ll find yourself amongst tattoo parlors, street art, Amy Winehouse’s old stomping grounds and tons of leather. It is CRUCIAL that you grab a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors whiletaking in the area’s unique grunge vibe. You can get three tacos smothered in sour cream and a can of Coke for just under £6 pounds. If Mexican isn’t your fancy, you can find Chinese, falafel, donuts, mac n’ cheese, or just about anything you had or didn’t have your eye on.

Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace | Flickr CC Credit: Rennett Stowe

3. Changing of the Guard is FREE. We already know that you’re standing outside Buckingham Palace in hopes that you’ll eventually exchange a wave with the queen, so why not spare 45 minutes to experience Changing of the Guard, for free?

Boris Bikes

Boris Bikes | Flickr CC Credit: Gary J. Wood

4. Bike share, old chap. Rent a “Boris Bike” (Santander Cycle, i.e. the red bikes you see everywhere) and take a ride along the South Bank where you can check the time at Big Ben and look upon the London Eye. You’ll only be out £2 for a 24-hour rent. Tube, who?

London- Inside the Globe Theatre

Inside the Globe Theatre | Flickr CC Credit: McKay Savage

5. Standing room tickets at the Globe Theater. Relive your high school Shakespeare days by catching a show at the Globe Theatre and bring your college wallet because you can find standing room tickets for £5 (which also happens to be the best view in the theatre).

Tower Bridge at night

Tower Bridge at night | Photo courtesy of Monica Pedraja

6. Bridge bargains. Recent updates to Tower Bridge means that you can experience the hustle and bustle of bridge traffic below by walking across a glass floor way up above for only £8.

Marylebone Bar

Marylebone Bar | Flickr CC Credit: Ewan Munro

7. Yes, a box of shots. The Marylebone bar will give you a buzz to match the buzzing city with a treasure chest full of shots for just £20. You don’t need all eight, so save yourself a hangover and split the cost with a few friends. Choose from an assortment of infused liquors such as caramel tequila, white chocolate vodka, or chili Nutella cognac.

Primary Store Front

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8. Posh threads for less. Primark is like the Forever 21 of London, meaning tons of clothes, shoes and accessories for way cheap. Plus, when your friends ask where your top is from you can say, “I got it in Europe,” to make yourself seem even more trendy.

Ben's cookies storefront

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9. DIY high tea. Sweet-tooth cravings call for a trip to Ben’s cookies where you’ll find flavors like coconut, ginger & dark chocolate, and lemon. Grab a cup of teato-go from Café Nero and you’ve created your own “high tea” for less than £10.

Picnic in the park

Picnic in the park | Photo courtesy of Monica Pedraja

10. Lunch al fresco. Pack a basket and take your pick of London parks to have a picnic. We highly suggest Regent’s Park because after lunch you can escape the city and spend a peaceful afternoon in apaddleboat for just a tenner.

View from the Shard

View from the Shard | Flickr CC Credit: Raphael Chekroun

11. Buy a cocktail, get a view. Indulge in a cocktail while 1,016 feet inside the tallest building in London and Western Europe, The Shard. Cocktails at Aqua Shard can be costly, but you’ll get a drink and see Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Saint Paul’s Cathedral, which is cheaper than buying the tourist-trap ticket to the top.

View of the London Eye

View of the London Eye | Photo courtesy of Monica Pedraja

12. Twice around the Eye. If you planned on seeing the views from inside of the London Eye, then kill two birds with one stone and invest in the “Day and Night Experience.” This ticket will get you two rotations so you’ll have a lot more bang for your buck.

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Spending so much on a Halloween costume that you have to dip into your travel fund? Now that’s scary. Fortunately, these DIY costume ideas leave plenty of cash for your next wanderlust fix while letting everyone know that travel is your idea of a treat.

Parisian mimeA striped shirt and a beret are all you really need to channel your inner Marcel Marceau. If you want to go all out, add a scarf, white gloves and some pale makeup.



Venetian gondolier: If you’d rather apply that striped shirt to a costume that doesn’t render you mute for the evening, then try this Italian idea. A straw hat, red sash, red scarf and oar (cardboard if you must) complete the look.



Waldo and Carmen Sandiego: Where in the world is this adventure-seeking couple off to? Anywhere they want. Striped shirt, hat and glasses for him. Red trench coat, yellow scarf and hat for her. Done.

Credit Ashley Baccam.

Credit Ashley Baccam.

Travel bug: Here’s the perfect getup for a witty wanderer. Drape yourself in an old map, and attach pipe cleaners to a headband for homemade antennae. For bonus points, complete the look with a set of store-bought wings.



Pizza rat: There are so many dignified costume ideas around the Big Apple—Statue of Liberty, a firefighter, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But no. This is the year of the pizza rat. Remember that New York City rodent who was caught on video carrying a slice of pizza down the stairs of a subway station? No need to get fancy with the costume. A simple gray sweatsuit, mouse ears and oversized slice of pizza made from poster board will do the trick.



Royal family: The family that dresses up together, stays together all night. To make like Queen Elizabeth, just hit up a thrift store (or your grandma’s closet) for some matronly duds and a matching handbag. For the royal guards, embellish a red jacket, step into some black pants—er, trousers—and for the hat, glue some black fleece to a cardboard tube, and affix with a gold cord. Bloody brilliant.



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You reach your final destination and drop your bags in your hotel, too exhausted to think about what to do and where to go first. Now what? To the summit of course! You’ve never truly experienced a city until you’ve seen it from above, so make it the first stop on your trip. Really get the lay of the land you’re about to explore, and head to the top of the nearest cathedral/duomo/tall building. If you can, grab a drink while you’re up there–do it. 

Related: 5 U.S. scenic drives that prove getting there is half the fun

Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Campanile di San Marco, Venice, Italy

Attached to the cathedral in the bustling Piazza San Marco, this bell tower was originally built in the 9th century. It has undergone several rebuilds since then, but has always served as one of the first sights for visitors arriving to Venice by sea. A quick elevator ride to the top will provide the most spectacular sights in town, and possibly in the whole country. Go at dusk, just as the sun dips below the horizon, and watch the sunset reflect off the canals, illuminating the city in the purple hue. Cost is 2 euros ($2.17). 

Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Carew Tower is only the second tallest building in this river city, but the view from the observation deck on the 49th floor is first rate. You can see three states, distinguish Cincinnati’s famous seven hills, and even watch traffic back up on Interstate 75. It’s $4 to get in and there’s a gift shop at the top. Don’t let the janky elevator deter you, and wait until it gets warmer to go—it can get pretty windy up there.

Courtesy of  Jiuguang Wang.

Courtesy of Jiuguang Wang.

Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

Construction on the Cologne Cathedral began in 1248, and it is one of the oldest structures along the Rhine River, seeing as most buildings this old were bombed during World War II. But it wasn’t without wounds. It survived 14 bombs and underwent an extensive renovation since then. Now, for 4 euros (about $4.33) adults can climb hundreds of stairs to the top of the cathedral for a stunning view of Cologne, seeing sights both old and new. Tour the rest of the cathedral while you’re in there.


Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Signature Lounge in the John Hancock Building, Chicago, Illinois 

Chicago is nearing the trifecta of observation decks, with the Willis Tower Skydeck ($19.50 for adults), 360 Chicago ($19 per adult), and talks of a potential third viewpoint in a skyscraper overlooking Millennium Park. But $20 is too tall an order for a great view. Hit the Signature Lounge in the John Hancock Building on the 96th floor. It’s free to get into the bar and the views areastounding day or night. All you have to do is spring for a drink.


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Courtesy of mhx.

Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, England

This Anglican cathedral opened in 1708 and rises 365 feet above the streets of London. Visitors exploring the cathedral can climb 528 steps up to the Golden Gallery for panoramic views of the city. The ticket to this one is a little pricier at 15.50 pounds ($24.11), because it includes access to the entire cathedral. It is ripe with history and beauty though, and worth it for the trip. Plus climbing all those stairs is a nice workout.

Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Duomo, Florence, Italy

The Duomo in Florence (also known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) is truly the center of the city, marking one of the highest structures and most bustling piazzas in town. But if you thought the view down in the piazza was something (there’s always at least two gelato shops in your line of vision) wait until you get to the top of the dome. The sprawling hills of Tuscany unfold before your eyes, reaching beyond the stretches of the city. You have a couple summiting options here: You can climb 463 steps to the top of the Duomo’s cupola (dome), experiencing Giorgio Vasari’s “Last Judgement” frescos up close and personal on your way for 10 euro ($10.83), or you could save yourself a couple bucks and get just as spectacular a view from the top of the connecting campanile (bell tower) for 8 euro ($8.66).

Courtesy of Chris Murphy.

Courtesy of Chris Murphy.

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

The best aerial 360 view of Dublin is quite possibly from Gravity Bar, the pub at the top of the Guinness factory. You pay 14.40 euros ($15.59) for a tour of the factory, and it concludes with a free pint up in the Gravity Bar. On a clear day, the dozens of steeples protruding above the rest of Dublin’s buildings, painting a lovely picture of Irish culture. And no better way to enjoy the view than with a free pint.

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When you look at a place with fresh eyes, even the mundane becomes extraordinary. Everyday modes of transportation become Instagram-worthy when tourists ride them. Here are five cities where the public transport deserves its own spot on your itinerary.

New York, New YorkIn the city that never sleeps, every hour is rush hour. The Big Apple’s subway system is one of the fastest, and cheapest, ways to get around — so much so that even some politicians and celebs join the huddled masses on the train. New York’s subways have inspired music from Duke Ellington’s legendary Take the A Train to J.Lo’s album On the 6, and they provide riders with endless entertainment — from people-watching to struggling musicians looking to make a buck.

On New York's subway platforms, the musicians almost make up for that questionable smell. Almost. Photo by David Shankbone/Wikipedia.

On New York’s subway platforms, the musicians almost make up for that questionable smell. Almost. Photo by David Shankbone/Wikipedia.


London, England: In the United States, nothing screams “tourist!” like riding a double-decker bus. But across the pond, these two-story vehicles are models of efficiency, carrying everyday commuters to work, school and home. Americans who wouldn’t be caught dead on a bus in the States gladly board these iconic red buses for a photo op.

Afraid of looking like a tourist if you ride a double-decker bus? No worries, mate. Photo by John Clouston/Flickr Creative Commons.

Afraid of looking like a tourist if you ride a double-decker bus? No worries, mate. Photo by John Clouston/Flickr Creative Commons.

La Paz, BoliviaLike other places in South American — including Medellín, Colombia; Caracas, Venezuela; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Bolivia sought to relieve traffic congestion by turning to a higher power, literally: Gondolas. The first line of electric gondolas went up in May, connecting La Paz to El Alto, and it’s already a hit with both commuters searching for a quiet, stress-free ride, and tourists awaiting the breathtaking view from the top.

It's not a ski resort. This is one way to get around in Bolivia. Photo by TheGamerJediPro/Wikipedia.

It’s not a ski resort. This is one way to get around in Bolivia. Photo by TheGamerJediPro/Wikipedia.


Bali, IndonesiaCountless soul-searchers have recreated the itinerary outlined in Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir-turned-movie Eat Pray Love, which (spoiler alert!) culminates with the author meeting her future husband in Bali. Whether or not you find your soulmate, you’re sure to fall in love with Bali’s tropical landscape and long to explore the rest of the country. An easy way to start is to take the public ferry from Bali to the nearby island paradise of Lombok. The journey takes four of five hours, but the schedule often runs on island time — so sit back and enjoy the ride.

Eat, pray, love... and then ride. Photo by Frank Douwes/Flickr Creative Commons.

Eat, pray, love… and then ride. Photo by Frank Douwes/Flickr CreativeCommons.

San Francisco, CaliforniaForget Rice-A-Roni. Cable cars are the real San Francisco treat. The tradition dates back to the mid-19th century, and these cars are still one of the most affordable ways to get around the city. As the car winds its way through San Francisco’s steep streets with the help of underground cables, take in views of colorfully dressed denizens, blue bay water and Victorian-style homes (Cue the Full House theme music.)

Cable cars: The real San Francisco treat. Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr Creative Commons.

Cable cars: The real San Francisco treat. Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr Creative Commons.

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Get cheap airfare to London with CheapTickets and Virgin Atlantic.

You can visit Buckingham Palace, check out London’s theater scene and tour the city’s famous neighborhoods. Check out these sample prices on round-trip, nonstop flights:

  • Chicago to London: $490
  • Miami to London: $562
  • Boston to London: $468
  • New York City to London: $460
  • San Francisco to London: $706

These cheap flights don’t include some taxes and fees.

Virgin Atlantic’s unique service makes cheap flights feel luxurious, with on-demand movies, complimentary cocktails and more.

This airfare sale is are good for travel October 23 – December 17, 2008 and December 24, 2008 – March 22, 2009. But you must buy your ticket by 11:59 p.m. CDT September 9.

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Want to travel to Europe this fall? You can, with cheap flights on Lufthansa.

Imagine strolling along the streets of London, sitting in a Paris cafe or enjoying the art and architecture of Amsterdam. These cheap tickets make it easy to travel to cities throughout Europe. Check out these sample flights:

  • Atlanta to Amsterdam: $693
  • Houston to London: $632
  • New York City to Frankfurt: $456
  • Orlando to Paris: $708

These cheap flights are for travel August 18 through October 26, 2008 and December 12 – 24, 2008. Sample airfares don’t include taxes and some fees. Cheap tickets like these are available for a limited time; the Lufthansa sale ends August 20. So don’t wait. Make your Europe travel plans now.

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