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Frugal Traveler Blog: $100 Weekend in Austin, Tex.

Five meals, five snacks and six drinks (including one huge margarita). Two museums (one presidential). One odd road race, one odd toy store and one very, very odd game of bingo. All this, plus live blues, indie rock, honky-tonk and qawwali, in one weekend. And all for $100. Seth Kugel for The New York TimesBridesmaids […]

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens – an orchid lovers paradise

By LC Faye Post a Comment E-mail Print Larger Type Small Type Nestled between a natural mangrove and the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of Fort Lauderdale lies acres of lush tropical landscape and a turn of the century artist retreat called Bonnet House. On a recent Saturday, my merry band of orchid loving friends […]

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Photo tour: The revamped Carnival Liberty

The 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty has just emerged from a major overhaul that brought new venues including a Guy Fieri-branded burger joint and a George Lopez-branded comedy club. What else was added to the seven-year-old ship? Click HERE to see our new comprehensive photo tour of the Carnival Liberty by veteran cruise writer and ship photographer […]

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Weekly Top 10: AAA Five Diamonds top list

Hotel Check-In’s most recent weekly Top 10 most-popular story list is dominated by an annual January tradition: The “best of the best” hotel awards. POPULAR THIS WEEK:  New app turns iPhone into hotel TV remote AAA’s annual Five Diamond hotel and restaurant awards topped the list earning the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, […]

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Westin to revamp its gyms with blue light

Starwood’s Westin chain today will announce a global revamp of its fitness centers in all 182 locations with blue light that’s supposed to give us an energy boost, Hotel Check-In has learned. Westin found that its guests want “a more well-rounded, holistic fitness experience,” which means more space for stretching and less equipment. Don’t worry […]

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36 Hours in Birmingham, England

Birmingham’s Central Library, an upside-down ziggurat. 

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Read the fine print. Not all travel insurance is equal

Most people have a story of a friend of a friend who got sick or injured while travelling and ended up tens of thousands of dollars poorer as a result. Yet when asked if they want travel medical insurance, the gut reaction might be “no” for a variety of reasons. Since medical emergencies can have […]

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Learning-based tourism an opportunity for industry expansion

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New research suggests that major growth in the travel, leisure and tourism industry in the coming century may be possible as more people begin to define recreation as a learning and educational opportunity – a way to explore new ideas and cultures, art, science and history. Some of this is already happening, […]

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Indianapolis hotels booked for the Super Bowl

Thinking of taking a last-minute trip to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl? Your chances of finding a hotel room are rapidly slipping. According to the Indianapolis Star, TravelClick, which tracks rooms in the Indianapolis area, reported on Friday that 90%, or 13,000 rooms, were booked. Just 1,000 rooms remain in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. ALSO […]

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Vince Neil on Mötley Crüe’s Vegas ‘residency’

Heavy-metal royalty Mötley Crüe is blasting onto the stage of the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas Friday for what’s billed as Sin City’s first residency by a rock band. The Girls, Girls, Girls and Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room quartet — Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx — are celebrating […]

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