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About.com feature: Two Nights in Venice. What i spent

The upfront costs of vacations are predictable. It’s the little things—airport snacks, cocktails before dinner, tipping a tour guide—that can throw even the most well-planned vacation budget off track. In this new series, we’ll look at the spending patterns of real travelers in popular destinations, so you can estimate what you’ll actually spend.

 

Bali Rice Fields

Jacada Travel feature: The JT Insider Guide to Bali

Rachel Erdos gives you the lowdown on what to do with a week in Bali

 

Jetsetter feature: Is this England’s coolest city?

Ask a Manchester native how he feels living in England’s second city and he’ll reply, “I don’t know, ask a Londoner.” The once industrial powerhouse has swagger in spades, from its electrifying music scene to its supercharged soccer teams. And thanks to a spate of revamps and re-openings, the arts scene is seriously coming into its own. Add to the mix Scandi-style cafes, swanky bars and hip new hotels, and its easy to see why Manchester is on our list of must-see destinations for 2016.

St Paul's, London

Jetsetter feature: 39 things to do for free in London

It’s one of the world’s most expensive cities, but some of the best things in London don’t cost a thing. Rachel Beard has the inside track on how to see the Big Smoke for free

PicnicJetsetter feature: 10 best picnic spots in Europe
Freshly baked bread, artisanal cheeses, a bottle of chilled rosé and a shady spot to nosh alfresco. Nothing says summer like an outdoor picnic, especially when it’s in one of Europe’s prettiest parks. Rachel Beard gives us 10 scenic spots to throw down the blanket, along with the top places to stock up on local treats.

Shopping in GlasgowGuardian feature: On the style trail in Glasgow 
The Six Cities design festival kicked off this week, celebrating Scotland’s creative hubs. Rachel Beard takes a weekend break in Glasgow to soak up the city’s style

 

International Traveller logoOn the judging panel: International Traveller’s 100 Best Hotels and Resorts 2013
The ultimate countdown of the 100 best hotels and resorts in the world, judged by the top travel experts from all over the globe.

 

Town Hall Hotel, LondonJetsetter hotel review: Town Hall Hotel and Apartments, London
Hip heritage hotel in London’s East End with apartment-style rooms, a speakeasy bar and a basement pool

 

Cruise itinerariesCruise Critic feature: New cruise itineraries for 2016 and 2017
To help plan your next cruise, we’ve rounded up the best new itineraries and destinations from the major cruise lines for sailings throughout 2016, 2017 and beyond.

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 2.50.22 PMJetsetter feature: Your 2015 gift guide for $25 or less
We’ve rounded up 25 bang-for-your-buck gifts — from toys to tech gear — for every globetrotter in your life.

 

 

Colosseum, RomeGuardian feature: I came, I saw, I captured (a photography tour of Rome)
Rachel Beard dodges the tourist paparazzi in Rome while learning the tricks of the trade from a National Geographic photographer

 

Cannes harbourJetsetter feature: Cannes on a budget
You don’t need a blockbuster budget to go on location in Cannes. Rachel Beard rounds up the best ways to save in the South of France

 

Ocean CayCruise Critic news: MSC Cruises to Develop Private Island in the Bahamas
MSC Cruises has today announced that it will develop a private marine reserve island in the Bahamas called Ocean Cay MSC, with a view to open in November 2017.

 

Rumpus Room, Mondrian LondonJetsetter Q&A: Mondrian moves to London
British design guru Tom Dixon is the creative brains behind the first Mondrian hotel outside the U.S. Rachel Beard gets the lowdown on the inspiration behind this transatlantic trailblazer on London’s South Bank

 

Cork harbourGuardian feature: Succulent city break in Cork
How do you spend a cheap weekend in a city packed with cultural and culinary treats and make it relaxing? Go to Cork and soak it up slowly, writes Rachel Beard

 

Schonbrunn PalaceJetsetter feature: Vienna’s regal retreat
Once upon a time only Austrian emperors could sleep at Schloss Schönbrunn. Now a corner of the estate has been converted into a lavish two-bedroom suite. Rachel Beard makes like a monarch and spends the night in a Viennese palace

 

Costa Cruise robotCruise Critic news: Costa Cruises appoints robot staff
The robots are coming – and Costa Cruises and AIDA are embracing the latest cyborg technology with humanoid robots onboard ships to assist passengers from spring 2016.

 

Poseidon Undersea ResortJetsetter feature: 8 futuristic hotels
We haven’t quite made it to space yet, but some forward thinking architects have imagined a Jetsons-worthy future for hotel stays. From a gem stone–inspired retreat on a Chinese island to underwater pods in Fiji, Rachel Beard rounds up futuristic hotel concepts around the globe
 

Castello di CasoleJetsetter hotel review: Castello di Casole, Tuscany
Former castle turned posh Tuscan country pad, with an infinity pool, cocktail bar and alfresco dining

 

 

Belmond Reid's PalaceJetsetter hotel review: Belmond Reid’s Palace, Madeira
Majestic five-star retreat overlooking the Atlantic, with a chandelier-studded ballroom and a historic bathing jetty
 

 

 

Additional hotel reviews include: Mondrian LondonThe Ampersand HotelSofitel St James LondonThe May FairRadisson Blu Edwardian HeathrowBermondsey Square HotelME LondonRadisson Blu Mercer StreetRosewood LondonMandarin Oriental Hyde ParkPullman London St PancrasGrand Hotel ImperialeHotel BrunelleschiHotel Majestic BarriereHotel Gray D’Albion Barriere CannesMosaic Palais Aziza & SpaThe Pearl MarrakechRadisson Blu ManchesterOld Swan & Minster MillHyatt Regency London The ChurchillLangshott Manor HotelHotel Cafe RoyalAldovandi Villa Borghese