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10 Most Sacred Spots on Earth

The Klamath tribe of Oregon believes that Crater Lake was the site of a battle between the Chief of the Above World and the Chief of the Below World.

10 Most Family-Friendly Cities in Europe

A venerable resident of London's Natural History Museum, popular with kids of all ages. (Viorel Dudau/ From peerless parks to hands-on-museums and refreshingly affordable food, these major European cities all say "welcome!

20 Fabulously Free Things to Do in D.C.!

(Songquan Deng/Dreamstime) Let freedom ring! Did you know that amid the trappings of office, pomp and ceremony, and glitz and glamor of Washington, D.C., you’ll find more high-quality freebies than anywhere else on earth?

Where to Stay in Istanbul

(Annminina / Istanbul—the only city in the world that straddles two continents—just took the No.

Don't Tell! These Italian Restaurants Are Where Locals Eat

The sandwiches at Nerbone, at Florence's Central Market, have locals lining up—and you should too. But save room for gelato!

OOPS! How Not to Embarrass Yourself in a Foreign Country

(Racorn/ Some of these local customs may strike outsiders as downright weird. But learning a bit of cultural etiquette, important phrases, and the absolute no-no's of any country you visit can save you not only embarrassment but also time and money!

10 Flight Attendant Secrets I Wish I'd Known Before My Last Flight

(Lucidwaters/ Budget Travel has spoken to some chatty flight attendants—on condition of anonymity—to deliver the 411 on how to enjoy the comfiest, safest, and most delicious flight, not to mention getting extra help when you really need it.

10 Best Budget Vacations for Spring

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is one of Budget Travel's best budget vacations for spring! (Courtesy Visit Myrtle Beach) Smart travelers know that there's no time like April and May to visit brag-worthy beaches and celebrated cities—for a fraction of what the crowds will be paying in summer!

Cruises of a Lifetime You Can Actually Afford!

The Norwegian Getaway is one of a new generation of mega-ships that are transforming cruising—and sparking price wars that can work in your favor!

America's Coolest Small Towns 2014

Berlin, MD, is Budget Travel's Coolest Small Town 2014! (Courtesy Worcester County Tourism) Who wouldn’t want to live in the Coolest Small Town in America?

DO NOT ENTER: 8 Countries That Don't Roll Out the Welcome Mat

See the countries. ( Some places are just a downright hassle to visit. We'd never suggest you cross them off your list just because you have to jump through some bureaucratic hoops, but here's what you need to know before you go!

12 Elevators You Need to See to Believe

The incredible Bailong Elevator in China's Zhangjiaijie National Forest Park rises 1,070 fee up a sheer cliff.

Upgrade Secrets from the Experts!

(Edwin Fotheringham) C'mon. You know you want one. You've seen other folks ushered into first class, given the key to a hotel suite that's a lot bigger than the one they paid for, or peel out of the rental lot in a way hotter car than the one they can afford.

8 Mistakes That Will RUIN Your Weekend Getaway!

(Illustration by Edwin Fotheringham) Escaping for a long weekend can be the best, right? But these tragic—and totally avoidable!

To Go or Not to Go: 2014

You may want to wait for protests to settle down before visiting Sanphet Prasat Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.
 (Dmitry Pichugin/ Sure, the world can be a dangerous place, but we're happy to report progress in some notorious trouble spots.

12 Most Beautiful Churches in America

The Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine was built by railroad magnate Henry Flagler. (Courtesy Ebyabe/Wikimedia Commons) America's churches are just as intriguing as their European counterparts.

How to Eat Your Way Across America!

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these classic regional treats from around the country. (Stephanie Adams) Ready for the ultimate American food odyssey?

Top 10 Travel Scams to Look Out For!

Yum! The pizzeria near your hotel left a tempting flyer under your door. Sounds good, right? But did you know that the flyer could be a travel scam—and you're about to hand over your credit or debit card info to an identity thief?

Insider Secrets of Hawaii

Views of beautiful beaches, like this on in Maui, can be yours—just don't forget to bring your camera!

All-Time Worst Travel Scenarios (And How to Get Out of Them!)

An NYC cabbie drives off with your valuables! Game over? Hardly. We've got fixes for this and other calamities that will help you cope when you're staring down the ultimate worst-case travel scenarios.