New York is a city of extremes, and while you can spend thousands of dollars per day, you can also dive into the city’s culture with money to spare. Begin by exploring on foot – an affordable way to witness NYC in motion without spending a dime. Free museum hours, public parks, street festivals, not to mention public transit, allow visitors to be up close and personal with NYC while remaining on a shoestring budget. Likewise, accommodations can be light on the wallet, so rest easy because you’ll have more cash to spend. These New York hotels offer comfortable, convenient places to stay on a budget.
Edinburgh thoroughly deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world. Of course, you can’t think of Edinburgh without thinking of the International Festival, Fringe and Hogmanay, but it also has its year-round thriving café culture, vibrant and varied nightlife, great shopping and a strong contemporary arts scene. Charming too, are the independent hotels that invite visitors to enjoy the intimate and more personal side to Scotland's vibrant heart. From Gothic-revival love nests and Art Deco ships, to Michelin-starred restaurants with rooms, here's our pick of Edinburgh's finest boutique hotels – perfect for those who like the small things in life.
Cruise ships can sometimes get into tight spots, but last week was a full-on breathe-in moment for Fred Olsen’s Braemar when it became the largest vessel to pass through Greece’s Corinth Canal.
Edinburgh is a cosmopolitan city, with a thriving café culture, vibrant and varied nightlife, great shopping and a strong contemporary arts scene. There’s no off season really; festivals – from film to jazz to food and beyond – happen every month, not to mention Hogmanay, International Festival and Fringe. While there are many incredible luxury hotels in and around the city centre that offer sumptuous bedrooms and excellent facilities, a handful are just as comfortable, arguably more characterful and equally as well-placed for exploring the city, but at an affordable price for those seeking a budget stay. Here's our ultimate guide to Edinburgh hotels that won't break the bank.
Peering at the menu behind the counter, I worry for a moment that I’ve succumbed to sudden onset macular degeneration. I struggle to read the offerings: h cks, he e nd om t toa ti
Sixty years ago Dubai was little more than a village. Pearling and fishing propped up the economy and around 25,000 called it home. To put that into perspective, more people attend Sunderland’s football matches on a typical Saturday afternoon.
Once upon a time, Florence’s hostel accommodation came in the form of multi-bedded dormitories with lumpy mattresses, communal bathrooms, strict entry times and questionable hygiene. Things are very different now and the lines between budget hotel and hostel are blurred. The hostels listed here all have smaller rooms, good facilities (some even have kitchens where you can whip up a plate of pasta al pomodoro) and brightly decorated rooms with decent beds; one even has a pool. If privacy is important, many have the odd single or double room, but prices for these nudge towards the rates of a one or two-star hotel. Here's our pick of the best hostels in Florence.
It’s fair to say that expedition cruising is having a moment. In response to the recent trend to be a traveller rather than a tourist, new expedition-style vessels are piquing the interest of those with adventure in their blood. To meet this demand, no fewer than 28 sassy new expedition ships are scheduled to take to the oceans between now and the end of 2022.
It is late morning in the forest: downtime for the Kanyantale troop. Sprawled in the undergrowth, they form small companionable groups, dozing, grooming and catching up on gossip. The humid air hums with insects. All seems right with the world.
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Rubbing shoulders with Rome’s historical and cultural draws (classical ruins, Renaissance palazzi, art-packed museums and magnificent Baroque fountains) is a buzzing contemporary city of great cheap-and-charming neighbourhood trattorias, quirky little shops, fantastic markets with great street food and a hopping aperitivo scene. To this mix, add a veritable host of hotels that suit independent travellers seeking top places to stay at a reasonable price, and it all combines to make Rome a great destination for the budget traveller. It just proves that you don't have to splash out or compromise on quality; you can find cheap hotels in Rome that don't scrimp on stylish comforts. Here's our pick of the city's best budget boltholes.
Tourists are flocking to an Indonesian village to take underwater Instagram photos in a pond previously suffocating from pollution.
It was our 10th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago, a significant accomplishment I think you’ll agree. Can you imagine spending 10 years with a man – sorry, monster – who does not like room service?
As the crowds depart, it's time to soak up the urban charms of 20 great city break destinations. We pick 20 of the best destinations, from Barcelona to Bruges.
Lying at the foot of the Alps, Milan is Italy’s financial hub and economic driver, home to the country's Stock Exchange. It is also Italy’s most cosmopolitan city, with a modern central district dominated by skyscrapers and a pretty historical quarter lined with palazzi (palaces) – each harbouring wonderful hidden courtyards.
In 1981, the pictures of Belfast on the world’s television screens were of hunger strikes, bombs and bullets, and the worst job in the world was the Head of Northern Ireland Tourism. Thirty years later the images on television screens were of Lady Gaga, Queen, Coldplay, and what looked like every music star on the planet arriving in town for the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. This is proof that the city, plagued for three decades by what locals called The Troubles, is now as cosmopolitan a city as any in Europe.
You might not be rich, but a private paradise island is still within reach – so long as you’re happy to share it with other passengers on a sunshine voyage. Cruise lines are snapping up and redeveloping sites in tropical locations to ensure their guests can enjoy a day as a pampered Robinson Crusoe.
Tourists in Thailand are paying people to scare pigeons to create the perfect Instagram shot
Apart from the good looks, how can you tell if a ski or snowboard jacket suits your needs? Our advice on key lingo and the latest technology will make sure you choose the right one for you.
Britain’s oldest national park is a gloriously varied corner of the country, packing in a range of landscapes from dramatic ridges and ravines to pastoral valleys and pretty villages. After a day exploring the great outdoors, walking moorland tracks and riverside trails or visiting market towns and stately homes, staying the night in a country inn completes the picture. You can enjoy local ales and hearty food before retiring to a cosy, comfortable room, perhaps with a four-poster bed or a freestanding bathtub. Many places offer warming log fires and restful nooks and crannies if you just want to spend afternoons huddled up with a book and a pot of tea. Here’s our pick of the best pubs with rooms in and around the Peak District.
Travellers visiting Ecuador have been warned to remain vigilant as the country reels from a fortnight of violent protests that have left seven dead.