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America’s Coolest Small Towns for 2014

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Back in October I wrote about Budget Travel’s 9th annual contest to name the Coolest Small Town In America for 2014.

The voting has ended and Budget Travel has named the Top 10.

To qualify for the title of Coolest Small Town, the town must have a population under 10,000 people.

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8 Pricey & Hard To Get Visas

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Budget Travel put together a list of 8 Countries That Don’t Roll Out The Welcome Mat.

When they say the welcome mat, BT is talking about allowing tourists to enter the country without paying (mostly) hefty fees for a visa. The visa fee is not the only issue, getting approved for it can be a major pain in the… well you know what.

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12 Elevators You Need To See To Believe

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I wouldn’t typically call an elevator ride a tourist attraction but Budget Travel would beg to differ when it comes to 12 that they mentioned in a recent article.

BT says when it comes to elevators, function usually trumps form and the ride is usually forgettableNot so with these lifts—some look like they belong in sci-fi thrillers, others could be theme park attractions, but a trip on any one of them will earn you a lifetime of bragging rights.

I figured that the article was worth a look and saw that I had (kind of) been on 2 of these elevators with one other being close to home.

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12 Most Extreme Places In America

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With the United States being such a large and diverse country, it has a ton of variety in terms of things to do, see and experience.

Budget Travel says that the U.S. is a land of extremes. They decided to explore the country and look into the variety of extremes and come up with favorite points that embody our nation’s capacity for wonder. 

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Budget Travel: 10 Coolest Small Towns in Europe

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Back in October I wrote about Budget Travel taking nominations and votes to help select the Coolest Small Town in the U.S. for 2014.

The nominations are now closed and at some point within the next week or two, finalists will be selected and readers will get to vote for a winner. (BTW- In 2013 the winner was Lititz, Pennsylvania.)

I recently came across a list by Budget Travel of  10 Coolest Small Towns in Europe.

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Budget Travel: 10 Best Budget Destinations For 2014

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Budget Travel put together a list of 10 Best Budget Destinations For 2014.

I was interested in seeing what they came up with since we’re always looking for places that are affordable to visit.

When I think of budget destinations, a couple of areas come to mind: Latin America and Southeast Asia. We’ve seen our money go far in places like Guatemala, Panama, Cambodia and Thailand.

According to Budget Travel:

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Budget Travel: 9 Travel Sites Where Photography Is Not Allowed

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Back in October, Budget Travel had a slideshow about a frustrating topic, travel sites where photography is not allowed.

It drives me nuts when I visit a site and see the horrible rule posted informing us that no photos are allowed. It’s pretty much a guaranteed way to start off my visit in a negative way.

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Budget Travel: Is Your Town the Coolest- Vote Now

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Last year BudgetTravel readers voted Lititz, Pennsylvania the Coolest Small Town in America for 2013. Kim and I checked out Lititz while visiting Pennsylvania Dutch Country, home to the Amish and filled with farms. We enjoyed our visit but I don’t remember it standing out any more than the other small towns in the area. Lititz is the only top small town from the list that we’ve visited. 

The other towns that made the top 5 are:

  • 2- Watkins Glen, New York
  • 3- Bay St Louis, Mississippi
  • 4- Greenville, Kentucky
  • 5- Gulf Shores, Alabama

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