On the Cheap

Sithonia: the Baja of the Balkans

Pristine, tourist-free beaches. Some similarities, some key differences.

Freedom. The first time I drove from San Diego down to Baja for a few days, I was 18 years old. One might think that the excitement and joy of crossing the border had something ...

Mexico City: beyond the border and beaches

Here's why you should check out Mexico's culture-rich capital.

San Diego is unique in that just minutes away, literally, is an entire other country. The contrast is stark: neighboring Tijuana isn't the most beautiful and prosperous city, and contrasts greatly with a city like ...

Unexpected Budapest

Beer and cheer in the historic Hungarian capital.

The two cities of Buda and Pest once stared each other down with nothing but the Danube separating them. But in 1873, they merged to form Budapest after the Chain Bridge opened as the first ...

A glimpse of old Burma on Yangon's Circle Train

In backpacker hotspot Myanmar, the best journey might be going in a circle.

Nyein Sanda works in an office not much larger than a closet in the central train station in Yangon, Myanmar. His ticket booth on platform 7 hosts a constant stream of tourists looking to ride ...

Cheap fun in artsy L.A.

A weekend of free concerts and exploring the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

Zip, chug, or plod your way up the 405 for a long weekend clustered around LACMA, the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Friday Sneak out of work early on a Friday, or take the day ...

Norway on the cheap (it's possible)

I’ll be honest. We visited 131 countries before finally summoning the courage to travel to Norway. No, we weren’t worried about crime, political instability, or unhealthy conditions. In fact, there's almost a complete absence of ...

Berlin in 7 Days or Less

I knew Berlin was a big city, but I never knew how big until I explored it on foot. I had seven days to see the major and not-so-major sites. Since the fall of its ...

Sixty miles to El Capitan Reservoir and back

East County standouts on this 4-5 hour cycling trip.

I recently had a nice, cool day off for a leisurely and minimally hilly bike ride that doesn't involve the super-flat Mission Bay or San Diego Bay. Where else to go but to follow the ...

Granada, Nicaragua: Central America on the cheap

Travel tips for this colonial city, the oldest in the New World.

Nicaragua may be one of the continent's last untarnished jewels that hasn't been flooded with foreign tourism. Lying just to the north of Costa Rica, it can be managed on an extremely low budget. Getting ...

Budget-friendly Sofia, Bulgaria

Word to the wise: get here before the tourists do.

Most travelers are unaware that Bulgaria is one of the best travel values in Europe and its capital, Sofia, is one of the cheapest cities to visit. The country has more green space than most ...

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