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For travelers on a budget, there’s never been a better time for a trip across the pond.

“It’s easy to spend a fortune in the Turkish capital of cool.”

Istanbul, Turkey

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What to know

  • Istanbul is a treat of street eats and affordable lokantas (local restaurants)
  • Free tourist attractions and little-explored walkable neighborhoods.
  • The views of the sun setting behind the Blue Mosque

Istanbul, Turkey

It’s easy to spend a fortune in the Turkish capital of cool, where Ottoman palaces have been turned into ritzy hotels and eye-catching designer stores line the chic streets of Nisantasi. But for travelers looking to save, Istanbul is a treat of street eats and affordable lokantas (local restaurants), free tourist attractions and little-explored walkable neighborhoods. On your first morning, grab a bagel-like simit for 1TL (around 35 cents) at any street cart, then stop at a metro station for an Istanbul Kart, your key to getting around the city’s trams, buses and funiculars. Skip the expensive tourist cruises on the Bosphorus and hop a ferry from Karakoy to Kadikay on the Asian side. The views of the sun setting behind the Blue Mosque are just as magical and you can sip sweet Turkish tea and listen to the busking music troupes. Once on the Asian side, don’t miss dinner at Ciya Sofrasi, a local favorite known for its simple village fare.

“Eating out is a bargain, whether you dine at popular spots like Shemoikhede Genatsvale or try the busy Desertirebis Bazari market for classic eats.”

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia


What to know

  • Flights to Georgia’s capital from the US are comparable to legs to other European cities
  • Feast on classic acharuli khachapuri (cheesy bread with a raw egg on top)
  • Knock back lethal chacha (homemade schnapps) with friendly locals

Tbilisi, Georgia

Although you’re technically traveling to the Asian continent, flights to Georgia’s capital from the US are comparable to legs to other European cities. Exploring leafy Tbilisi can feel like traveling back in time to 19th-century Europe, as you navigate the Parisian-style wide boulevards, feast on classic acharuli khachapuri (cheesy bread with a raw egg on top), and knock back lethal chacha (homemade schnapps) with friendly locals. International chain hotels like Radisson Blu and Marriott are well located but pricier than Tbilisi’s standout stay, Rooms Hotel, in the upscale Vera neighborhood. Make sure to hit the hotel restaurant The Kitchen for brunch; it’s worth the splurge for the seasonal New American fare and lively scene. Otherwise, eating out is a bargain, whether you dine at popular spots like Shemoikhede Genatsvale or try the busy Desertirebis Bazari market for classic eats.

Texas takes its flowers seriously

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Texas takes its flowers seriously, and April in Hill Country means peak wildflower bloom.

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New York City

An elevated railroad with the views to match

Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park.

New York City

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Welcome to the center of the universe. New York City is where megastars are born, megatrends set and mega-millions made and lost. Whatever you’re after — fashion, food, music, art, architecture, or just a big night out — you’ll find it in the five boroughs.

Uptown

Sandwiching the 800-plus acres of Central Park, the Upper East and Upper West Sides are the stomping grounds of New York’s power players and society types. They’re also rich in culture – highlights of Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile include the Met and the Guggenheim, while the Lincoln Center stages everything from jazz to ballet. Get the Uptown look at Madison Avenue flagships Ralph Lauren and DKNY, join the Rolex-wristed for a meal of a lifetime at Per Se or Jean-Georges, go old school at Bemelmans cocktail bar – or for a completely different vibe, hit Harlem, where new museums and restaurants are sparking a renaissance.

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Cozying up in Sexiest Hotels

Look no further for private island

What do you do in hotel rooms? If your first answer is sleep, well, we can help with that. These hotels are ripe for a romantic escape a deux, with four-poster beds and alfresco showers, floor-to-ceiling windows (hello, exhibitionists) and sea breeze soundtracks. Indulge your castaway fantasies in the Maldives, get high in a love nest in New York City or play Lord and Lady in a revamped Prague palace. Just be sure to hang up the “Do Not Disturb” sign.

Capella Singapore

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Lushly landscaped infinity pools overlooking the Singapore Strait, “Personal assistants” assigned to every guestroom for personal concierge attention, Resort-commissioned artwork from contemporary artists Bernar Venet and Nikolas Weinstein. All rooms have private balconies, many overlooking the water, Free WiFi, Multiple dining options on-site stave off resort restaurant fatigue.

With a stay at Capella Singapore, you’ll be centrally located in Singapore, steps from Sentosa Golf Club and Tanjong Beach. This 5-star hotel is close to Universal Studios Singapore® and Chinatown Heritage Center. Learn more