In Europe, the Recession May Be Your Friend

The economic downturn has hit Europe hard, which by the Schadenfreude Rule of Travel means it’s bargain-hunting time across the Atlantic, right? We put that thesis to the test with a price check of our own.

Now that the economy has tanked, are there better bargains to be found across the Atlantic?

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The Dirty Truth About Hotel Ratings

Think you know what a five-star hotel looks like? Think again. With no standardized system across the globe, hotel ratings can be confusing, not to mention totally unreliable. We investigated the four major systems out there—and ranked them in order of trustworthiness.

From stars to diamonds to user-generated reviews, a guide to decoding hotel-ratings systems worldwide — and getting the most bang for your buck.

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Andersonville, Chicago

This quaint neighborhood on Chicago’s North side has gone from sleepy Swedish enclave to foodie heaven, with everything from homemade booze to America’s best slice of pizza

Forget meatballs. This once-sleepy swedish community has brought a whole smorgasbord of foodie spots to the north side.

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15 Places Kids Should See Before Turning 15

Fun, educational and totally American: a guide to 15 must-visit attractions across the country

From Ellis Island to Redwood National Park, our new and improved 2011 lineup takes that challenge even further, by highlighting how our country’s top sights cater to kids’ abbreviated attention spans.

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Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2011

From the Gulf Coast to Shanghai, 10 hotspots that won’t break the bank

We analyzed a year’s worth of news, trends and statistics to identify the world’s best value destinations for 2011. From China to our own backyard, here are ten places you can’t afford to miss.

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