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Where to Travel in Europe While the Dollar Is Strong

A strong dollar and cheap transatlantic flights make this a great time for Americans to travel to Europe. Here's where your money will stretch the furthest.

The U.S. Dollar Continues to Soar Against Virtually Every Foreign Currency, Cutting the Cost of Rooms and Meals Abroad

By Arthur Frommer

There's an update to changes in the world currency markets, and the news is excellent for travelers considering a vacation abroad this year.

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Travel 101: How to Get the Most Out of Hotel Loyalty Programs

Groucho Marx famously opined that he wouldn't want to be a member of any club that would have him. But he may have made an exception for hotel loyalty programs...some of them. Here's what you need to know before—and after—you join.
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How to Save in Expensive Cities

How to get the most out of New York, Paris, London, and five more great cities while spending the least.
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Save on Hotel Rooms: How to Use Loyalty Rates

Hotels now say they offer the lowest rates when you book directly with them. Is that true and what does it mean for you?

Places You Can Use the U.S. Dollar Instead of Local Currency

By Juliana Shallcross

As a symbol of financial strength, the U.S. dollar is accepted in many places worldwide—both officially and unofficially. If you're going to these places, you can expect to be able to fall back on your greenbacks.

How to Keep Your Smartphone—And All the Data That’s Stored On It—Safe On the Road

By Pauline Frommer

Plus which tourist destinations are the most popular among seasoned hackers.

How to Beat the High Prices of Best Buy's Airport Kiosks

By Jason Cochran

When you learn how easy it is to slash the high prices of Best Buy's electronics vending machines at airports, you may not be afraid to use them anymore.

How to Tip on a Cruise Ship

By Laura Brothers

A standout cabin steward, attentive waiter, or superior bartender can make a big impact on your cruise. But how should you compensate them for their hard work? Tipping on a cruise ship depends on the line.

Is it Worth it to Buy a Cruise Line Drink Package?

By Laura Brothers

You may have noticed that cruise lines offer drink packages and wondered whether they're a good deal. The answer is simple but requires some math on your part: It depends on how many drinks you typically consume in a day. Here is a breakdown of what each cruise line offers, from water to soda, beer, wine, and liquor. Check it out, and then divide the package price by the cost of individual drinks to see how many you have to order a day before the savings kick in:

When is the Best Time to Cruise?

By Simon Duvall

There is no one-size-fits-all answer for when to sail: It depends on your own personal priorities. Whether you’re looking to avoid the rough seas or score a bargain deal, there’s a time of year that’s best for you. If you’re looking for low prices, shoulder season — the time between peak and low season — is a great option, but it may come with trade-offs like rainy weather or fewer wildlife sightings. Check out our breakdown of the best time to cruise based on destination, weather, and price:

Tips for Booking a Hotel in Amsterdam

By Tom Meyers

Navigating all of the accommodation choices can be a bit confusing. Which neighborhood? How many stars? What’s in the rooms? What’s a good deal? We're here to help.

Eating Cheap in Paris: Great meals for less than €10

By Kaitlin Davella

Paris has a reputation for being romantic, fashionable, and as most are quick to add, expensive. While the food is almost always quite good, a nice dinner in the City of Lights can run up quite a tab. While we highly recommend treating yourself to a classic French meal at least once during your stay, for those other nights when you’d like to reign in your budget it’s wise to have a few cheap and delicious options in mind.

With that in mind, here are eight trusted Paris dinner spots, all of which can be enjoyed for less than €10.

Using Contactless Credit Cards When You Travel

By Jason Cochran

The new twist in credit card purchases is contactless payment—how does it work, and can you use your credit card on vacation?

Do I need a passport to cruise?

By Thomas Faddegon

In light of heightened border security and thorough Transportation Security Administration (TSA) searches, it seems like a given that you need a passport to go on a cruise. Surprisingly enough, the cruise industry has a loophole that lets American passengers soak in the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean and other destinations without a passport on “closed-loop” sailings out of U.S. ports.

The 5 Best Restaurants on Carnival Ships

By Sherri Eisenberg

Just how far has Carnival come from the days of bland buffets and wan salad bars? Well, if you book a cruise on one of the line’s newer ships, you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised. Not only are there more options than ever before, but many are a big upgrade from years past. Check out our favorites and see if you agree:

7 Popular Tourist Traps — and Where to Go Instead

By Bob Payne

Ever wonder why tourist traps are so popular? Sometimes, it’s as simple as name recognition, created by effective marketing, and a lack of knowledge about other choices.

The Ins and Outs of Package Vacation Deals

By Pauline Frommer

When does it pay to bundle together airfare and hotel costs and when should you try other methods of saving money?

How to Find Travel Bargains Using Coupon Sites

By Chris Gray Faust

Always read the fine print -- and know the blackout dates -- before booking discounted travel deals on coupon sites like Groupon or LivingSocial.

Travel Safety Tips: I Lost My Wallet, Now What?

By Zach Honig

Losing your wallet can happen to even the most seasoned traveler. Either you forgot it on a counter or left it in a cab, or worse, a pickpocket makes off with it. So how can you board the plane without ID? Read on.

Europe's Big Three Tourist Websites Dense with Info and Deals

By Robert Haru Fisher

Airfones Get Cheaper: Is This a Good Thing?

By Sascha Segan

Budget Hotels Ascend With New Frequent-Stay Program

By Sascha Segan

Cendant has merged its multiple loyalty programs into one efficient über-reward system.

Lend Us Your (Mouse) Ears: Orlando on the Cheap, Complete with Air, Hotel, Meals, Car and Parks' Admissions

By Robert Haru Fisher

Consumers Union Solves the Mystery: What Online Site Is Cheaper?

By Sascha Segan

Their true value has remained shrouded in mystery -- until now.