XIAN, CHINA - XIAN'S TERRA COTTA WARRIORS . . . AND MORE!
XIAN'S TERRA COTTA WARRIORS

Walking through the alleyways of Xian's Muslim quarter, assembling a movable feast of snacks made from dates and sweet potatoes, I felt as if I were wandering the back streets of Cairo rather than one of China's oldest cities.

The meal was a reward for a windy bike ride atop the city walls, where the views from the ancient stone watchtowers are of skyscrapers and construction cranes.

Travelers on a tight schedule can fly into Xian in the morning from Beijing, see its most famous attraction — the Army of the Terra-Cotta Warriors — and catch a plane or train out later that night.

But day-tripping through this 4,000-year-old city would be like flying into Seattle, taking the elevator to the top of the Space Needle and leaving in the afternoon for Portland or Vancouver.   Read more about the delights of Xian in China . . .

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - LOW COST WAYS TO SEE COPENHAGEN
COPENHAGEN

The Danish capital might rank among the world's most expensive cities with pricey food and steep hotel bills. A beer on the picturesque Nyhavn harbor can be a costly experience and a stroll through the city's famed Tivoli gardens can be easily be a larger-than-thought expense. However, Copenhagen can easily be affordable for those on a budget — with a little help from pedal power and a discount card.   Read more about how to enjoy the best of Copenhagen on a budget . . .

PARIS, FRANCE - BEST BARGAIN SHOPPING IN PARIS!
When I am in the City of Light, I rarely set foot in a gallery unless it has a gift shop. My favorite place to dine is the department-store café, with the frites stand at the flea market a close second. But recently it dawned on me that even a world-class compulsive shopper like myself has a tendency to visit the same markets, the same charming boutiques, the same venerable department stores. So on my latest trip I decided to consult three shopping gurus—two natives and one honorary citizen—about their favorite local haunts.  Read more about where to shop in Paris . . .
TOKYO - A CITY FOR ALL WALLETS!
TOKYO

Tokyo. The word may bring to mind expensive cocktails sipped from the apex of cloud-brushing skyscrapers. Or maybe bankruptcy-inducing, Michelin-starred meals after riotous shopping sprees in architect-designed fashion towers.

However, Tokyo is not a place confined to those who possess a bottomless wallet. The city has long been tainted by the misconception that it is only to be enjoyed by those who have a bank account to rival a small nation.   Read more to explore Tokyo on a budget . . .

SEVILLE, SPAIN - 48 HOURS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR VISIT
The city centre, where visitors will spend most of their time, is on the east side of the River Guadalquivir. The area would once have been contained within the 12th-century city walls, which can still be seen along Calle Muñoz León.   Read more about the delights of Seville . . .
RONDA, SPAIN - BULLFIGHTS, BRIDGES AND BANDITS IN HISTORICA SPANISH TOWN
RONDA SPAIN BULLFIGHT RING

If you're like most North Americans, your image of Spain is the region of Andalucia, famous for windswept landscapes, whitewashed hill towns, flamenco and gazpacho. While visitors gravitate to the region's big cities of Granada, Sevilla and Cordoba, Andalucia's hill towns — a charm bracelet of cute villages perched in the sierras — offer a taste of wonderfully untouched Spanish culture.  Read on about Ronda . . .

LONDON - ESSENTIALS
london tower bridge dusk night evening blueThe thing that always surprises me about London is how the city combines the historic and the modern, sometimes even on the same street. You might, for instance, encounter an outrageously hip clothes stores on a block where Charles Dickens once observed the harshness of child poverty, or contemporary cuisine served in a tavern that's been around practically since Shakespeare's time. One minute it feels like you're in a History Channel show full of royal households and churches; the next minute you're in a place totally on the cutting edge.  Read more about getting the best out of a visit to London . . .
FLORENCE, ITALY - 48 HOURS IN FLORENCE
As autumnal tones begin to transform the Tuscan countryside, the queues to see Florence's Renaissance treasures will be a little shorter and the temperatures still warm.  Read more about what to see in Florence . . .
HONOLULU, HAWAII - HONOLULU ESSENTIALS
With a cosmopolitan population of 900,000, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city. It also is the hub of culture, politics, dining, shopping, business and entertainment in the Aloha State.  Read more about what to see and do in Honolulu . . .

MADRID, SPAIN - MADRID ON A BUDGET
Spain’s lively capital can be a very affordable place for a city break. Even with the awful pound-to-euro exchange rate, you can stay in the centre in a good-quality hotel for well under £100 a night, and a room in a simple but decent hostal – a guesthouse occupying a floor of an old building – can cost half that.   Read more about Madrid in this British article and recognize that pricing is in British pounds . . .
BARCELONA, SPAIN - 48 HOURS IN BARCELONA
Culture, cuisine and conviviality: the Catalan capital is superlative in every dimension. Fares are falling in line with the temperature, though the warm autumn has lingered in Barcelona this week.  Read more about how to spend your time in Barcelona efficiently . . .
ROME, ITALY - ROME ON A BUDGET

Rome is a penny-pincher's paradise. You can pass a very satisfying couple of days here without spending a single euro on sightseeing. Many of the top sights are public spaces, and many sublime churches are free to enter (though you do sometimes need to feed a few cents into a meter to light up the works of art).  Learn more about how to save money in Rome . . .

FRANKFURT, GERMANY - FRANKFURT IS RICH IN CULTURE

Cosmopolitan Frankfurt, while low on Old World charm, offers a good look at today's no-nonsense, modern Germany. If you're a budget traveler, you'll likely fly into or out of this major hub for discount airlines.  Read more about how to get the most out of your visit to Frankfurt . . .

BERMUDA - 48 HOURS IN BERMUDA

Bermuda's main "island" in fact a thin, fish-hook shaped collection of eight atolls linked by causeways and bridges into a 22-mile-long whole. It is divided into nine tiny parishes, with St George's Parish and the town of St George (3) constituting the East End, and Sandys (pronounced "sands") at the West. Here the island tapers to a point at the Royal Naval Dockyard (4), where the cruise ships arrive. Bang in the centre lies Hamilton (2), which – slightly confusingly – is in Pembroke Parish rather than Hamilton Parish (which is further east and tucks round Harrington Sound, a bay sheltered by looping fingers of land).   Read more about the Bermuda appeal . . .

BANFF CANADA - POWDER PEAKS AND PURITY

It was a familiar scenario: The run was blue, the sky bluer still, and I was cruising down 8,765-foot Mount Whitehorn in Banff National Park in Canada. Packed powder was flying up from the edges of my snowboard into the just-below-freezing air. I was grinning beneath my ski mask.   Read all about ski opportunities in Banff  . . .

 

VENICE - VENICE ESSENTIALS!
Of all the cities in the world, only Paris comes remotely close to matching Venice in terms of sheer beauty and romance. You've seen it in photos and films, but there's no substitute for the reality -- the shimmering Grand Canal, the gondolas slipping down watery alleyways, the elegant palazzos emerging straight from the sea.  Read more about the charms of Venice . . .
EGYPT - THE MYSTERIES OF THE NILE

News cables dispatched the story around the globe: English archaeologist Howard Carter had made the find of his life. By candlelight, he peered into a lost tomb in the blistered crags of the Valley of the Kings. It was four in the afternoon, November 26, 1922. Lord Carnarvon, his financier, stood back and asked if he saw anything. "Yes," replied Carter, "wonderful things."  Your Travel Guide to Egypt . . .

MOROCCO - ANCIENT MOROCCO ADDS AMENITIES TO BOOST TOURISM
Tourists wandering through the ornately tiled rooms of the late-9th-century Bahia Palace, home to a sultan's vizier, his four wives, 24 concubines and countless offspring, can only imagine the domestic juggling act required to get through the day.

Not far from here, in a jewel-box-like palace of similar vintage, Driss Segueni ponders a more modern problem. Namely, how to provide for the upkeep of a palace bursting with intricate mosaic tile, sculpted plasterwork and areas like slaves and harem quarters that just don't figure into the typical 21st-century lifestyle.  Read more about what to see in Morocco . . .

BELIZE - ESSENTIALS
With its combination of magnificent Mayan ruins, white sand beaches, lush rain forests, and some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean, the English-speaking nation of Belize is proof that great things come in small packages.   Read more about the features of Belize . . .
GRENADA - GRENADA'S BEACHES STILL MAKE HISTORY!

Far more enticing are the recreational prospects of this island of 100,000, about 100 miles northeast of Venezuela. Visitors can easily work up a sweat hiking through the rain forest in the morning, then loll on an almost deserted beach in the afternoon.   Read more about delightful Grenada  . . .