18 Best Asia destinations in April of 2018

April is a wonderful month for a trip to Asia since you have so many great choices. It's still dry in southeast Asia, even if it's extremely hot, and April is warm enough to visit China or some of the other places a bit farther from the equator.

This is also one of the best months of the year for travel bargains since it's low season in the beach areas as well as the bigger cities. April is also the first month of the year when Bali isn't in its rainy season, so you can choose from nearly every good Asia destination and save money in the process.

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17 Best April destinations in Europe for 2018

Since most of Europe is so far from the equator, most of the famous cities are still a bit chilly in April. Still, April can be one of the best months of the year to visit the busiest and most popular cities here. Temperatures are warm enough for enjoyable sightseeing, yet the crowd sizes are much smaller than you'll see starting in May and June.

Those looking for a warm-weather destination in April should be thinking about Asia or the Caribbean. Even so, Europe (more or less) does have a couple places warm enough for a bit of April sunbathing, and those are listed on top. Click to read more

Should you buy a 2018 Eurail Pass? Here’s how to decide

Munich Train stationAt least a decade or two ago, the dream of anyone planning to travel around Europe was to buy a Eurail Saver Pass. They were almost certain to save money, plus they allowed for a freewheeling style of travel where you could go anywhere you wanted at a moment's notice. But things have changed, and Eurail Passes have some new restrictions along with fierce price competition from discount airlines, so whether or not to buy a pass is a complicated issue.

You could spend several days hunting down the point-to-point prices and creating a spreadsheet to determine how much your possible routes would cost with each type of travel, but for the majority of people it's possible to ask a few questions and the answer will be clear. Having done extensive pricing research, and having traveled around Europe both with and without Eurail Passes, we have boiled the main decision down to the key elements below. Click to read more

Is the Stockholm Pass worth it? Stockholm Pass 2018 review and prices

StockholmSkylineAs one of Europe's more remote and expensive capitals, Stockholm doesn't get nearly the visitor numbers of cities like Paris or London or Rome. Even so, Stockholm is a stunning place that is packed with history and interesting sights. If you are coming on your first trip to explore the best this city has to offer, the Stockholm Pass is probably a good way to see a lot in a 2 or 3 days.

You'll see when you look at the numbers below that the hop-on, hop-off bus and boat tour is expensive on its own and if you are going to do it anyway, the Stockholm Pass is a slam dunk. And since the bus and boat tours are the best and fastest way to see a lot of Stockholm in only a few hours, they are highly recommended whether you are considering the pass or not. The ABBA Museum is NOT included with the pass, but pretty much everything else is, so it's easy to get your money's worth if you plan your days at least a bit. Click to read more

Is the Rome & Vatican Card 2018 a good deal? We review value and prices here

RomeParliamentThe Rome & Vatican Card is one of the more confusing city passes that we've reviewed here, but it's also among the most useful and best values for most visitors to Rome. Unlike many of the city passes that include “free” admission to 30 or 40 obscure museums along with the 4 or 5 that most people care about, the Rome Pass pretty much covers exactly what most people want to see, and little else.

In other words, this 3-day pass covers nearly all of the things that first-time Rome visitors will actually see and do, without charging more for things that you probably won't do. However, what makes it a bit confusing is that several of the things it covers are “Fast-Track Entries” that allow you to skip the (usually) very long ticket queues. Two of these attractions are actually free if you don't mind standing in the long queue, watching so many other people admitted before you. Click to read more

Where to go in Switzerland on a short trip: Alps, lakes, and cities

SchilthornInsideViewSwitzerland is an extremely popular country for those planning multi-stop tours around Europe, yet very few potential first-time visitors actually know specifically where they want to go. Everyone seems to know that it has the most beautiful views of the Alps and some very impressive cities, but there are actually many misconceptions among casual trip planners, so I'd like to clear most of that up below. The places to visit in Switzerland are not obvious until you've been there yourself or done many hours of research, so the list below should be a short cut.

I get hundreds if not thousands of itinerary questions for people who are considering a Eurail trip around Europe, and most people just include the word “Switzerland” among a list of cities like Paris, Rome, and Berlin that they want to visit. So where in Switzerland should you go if you can only make a few stops at most? I'll answer that question below. Click to read more

Swiss Travel Pass 2018 review: Is it good value or not?

InterlakenViewWhen it comes to city passes and travel cards, it's usually fairly easy to figure out whether they would be worth it for you or not. For things like the Paris Pass or London Pass, they have a list of the most popular attractions and how much they cost, right there for you to see. The Swiss Travel Pass, however, is shrouded in mystery, or at least it was until I spent several days tracking down all of the prices and benefits.

A great many of the visitors and commenters on my popular page about where to go in Switzerland on a short visit are wondering whether the Swiss Travel Pass is a good deal. Embarrassingly, I've always had to answer that I found the pass too confusing to confidently advise people on. Now that has all changed, after literally days of research. Click to read more

24 Cheap destinations for 2018 with great weather in April

Phuket Beach Chairs PatongApril is the perfect month for cheap vacations in much of the world because most people prefer tropical holidays in the months ending in March, so you can still find perfect weather combined with lower hotel prices in many fantastic destinations.

Much of Latin America has ideal weather this month, while April is (weirdly) the single hottest month in most of Southeast Asia, so that budget-traveler hot spot is really better avoided until autumn.

Those looking for a cheap beach vacation will have many really good options because even places with scorching weather can be quite bearable if all you are doing is sitting under an oversized umbrella sipping cocktails all day long, with breezes always rolling in. Click to read more

Is the Vienna Pass worth it? Vienna Pass 2018 review and prices

ViennaOperaHouseCity passes such as the Vienna Pass seem to almost be too good to be true. They offer scores of “free” museums and attractions for a fairly modest price, usually including an expensive bus tour and all of the most expensive attractions. The Vienna Pass is similar to the others in that it's easy to be confused, so I've broken down the best and most worthwhile attractions below, which can all be visited in 2 or 3 days.

Once you take a closer look you realize that on a typical visit the average traveler will only have time for 3 or perhaps 4 attractions per day. As long as the important and included attractions are worth enough, a pass like this is usually a good deal. In the case of the Vienna Pass, it's pretty straightforward as good value for enthusiastic visitors, but not for those who are unable to plan their days out at least a bit in advance. Click to read more

Is the Paris Pass 2018 worth it? We review prices and value here

ParisArch400As glorious as it is, Paris can be expensive. There are two main Paris attractions passes available and each offers a great many benefits that could make it a good value to some people, but for many others these passes are poor value, or worse yet, might encourage visitors into such a sightseeing frenzy in order to get their money's worth that they are unable to really enjoy the wonders of the city.

You can get a good look at most important Paris travel costs, translated into US dollars or any currency you like, on the main page. But here we are going to be concentrating on attractions, museums, and transportation prices to examine the value of the Paris Pass, the Paris Museum Pass, and the Paris Travel Pass that is included with the main Paris Pass. Click to read more