Is the New York Sightseeing Pass 2018 worth it? We review prices and value here

Easily one of the most popular cities within the United States (if not THE most popular), New York City is both large and impressive with a plethora of attractions and activities that will keep you more than busy each and every day of your stay. New York City is also known for being extremely expensive to visit, but if you play your cards right, you won't end up spending all of your money in one trip. This is because there are actually a lot of great things to do within the city limits that are either free or at least on the cheaper side.

However, if you're planning on visiting the more popular sights and attractions, you'll quickly find that once added up, the end price will put a lump in your throat. That's where the New York Sightseeing Pass comes into play. This pass, designed to save you money, is a great option for visitors who plan on visiting the more expensive city attractions while skipping the free ones.

In this pass review, we'll touch on who should purchase a pass and who is better off skipping it. We'll also take a look, in short detail, at some of the more popular attractions included in the pass attraction list. But first, let's take a look at the current New  York Sightseeing Pass prices so that we can better compare them to the prices of New York City's top attractions. When researching New York City, you'll find that New York City prices are extremely high when compared to other popular cities. But, to most visitors, these prices are well worth it. When you pair those high costing attractions with the New York Sightseeing Pass, you'll find that you'll save a good deal of money. For more information on how to make this possible, continue reading below.

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8 Best Asia destinations in August of 2018

Finding a good place to visit in Asia in August is challenging, in spite of the fact that it's such an enormous continent. Almost all of the best tourist destinations are along the coasts, and especially close to the equator, and almost all of them are very wet in August. There are a few great exceptions, which are listed below.

In a very few cases a destination will have its best weather in August or at least this time of year, but in most cases it's just a matter of that it's always hot in that place, and August isn't really any worse than the rest of the year. The larger cities are also usually easy to visit because you'll be spending much of your time indoors in the air conditioning anyway. Click to read more

Is the Helsinki Card 2018 worth it? We review value and prices here

Finland's southern capital, the city of Helsinki is located on a beautiful peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. This European city is home to quite a large amount of museums, as well as other historic and cultural attractions. The Helsinki Card is a city pass that covers admission to over 20 attractions at a flat rate and offers a discounted entry rate for 22 others. You also have the option to purchase an extra region travel option with the card.

The most popular attraction in Helsinki is the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress Island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to 1748 and offers visitors picturesque views, museums and more. It's also included on the card.

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22 Best Europe destinations in August for 2018

You might expect that every city in Europe is overrun by tourists in August, but that's not actually true. Many of Europe's cities are very crowded in August, but some others, including Paris, are actually somewhat empty because so many locals and businesses are out of town and closed.

Below is our list of the 22 best places to consider for a Europe trip in the month of August. You can expect pleasant weather in almost all of them, as well as sizable crowds in most. If this is your first trip to Europe then it would be a shame to skip a city like London or Paris just because of other tourists. You'll also find some lesser known cities on the list, and hopefully you can put together a great Europe itinerary of your own. Generally speaking it's better to avoid Europe's beaches in August because nearly all of them are at maximum crowds and prices this month. Click to read more

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

Serving as South Africa's main city destination, Cape Town is a coastal destination that offers visitors lots of things to do and see, both cultural and adventurous. The Cape Town Pass is a standard “city pass” that covers admission to all of the major area attractions for one flat price. Making it even better is the option to purchase one with travel included, which is a great idea since lots of attractions are quite a distance away from each other- much further than you would want to try to walk.

As of now, the most popular attraction is the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. This attraction grants you outstanding views of the countryside, and of Cape Town itself. Luckily it's also included in the Cape Town Pass.

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20 Cheap destinations in 2018 with great weather in August

We continue with this year-long series of articles highlighting cheap cities that have great weather during a particular month, this time for August. If you are a global weather-watcher you might already know that August weather tends to be nearly identical from the previous month, so you'll also notice quite a few similarities with our list of cheap cities with great July weather.

So not only is the weather in these two months similar, but it's a similar predicament for budget travelers in that Europeans (even more so than Americans) tend to cram a huge amount of vacation time into the height of summer. This means that any city with a beach that is in or near Europe will have its highest prices of the year during August. There are a few cities on the list below that aren't nearly as crowded in summer, so let's have a look, shall we? Click to read more

How long should you stay in each European city? 3 Nights, and here is why

Planning your first multi-city trip through Europe or anywhere else can be daunting, and most of us face the urge to want to cram as much into that trip as possible. Moving quickly through Europe can be fun, but moving too quickly through Europe can be miserable and a good way to ruin your whole trip.

This website has many articles about Europe itineraries and Eurail passes and whatnot, and at the bottom of many of them I get countless questions for readers seeking personalized advice. I enjoy trying to help people, but to speed things up I need to summarize at least this one important point so I don't have to keep typing it. In other words, if you are reading this it's quite possibly because I linked to it within an answer to your question about Europe itineraries. Click to read more

Cheapest cruise lines for 2018 Mediterranean cruises – 7 lines ranked by price

Over the last few years, the Mediterranean has become a hot spot for visitors from around the world. One of the best ways to experience everything the region has to offer is through a cruise. Not only will you get to experience a few different countries in a short amount of time, but you'll get to skip finding a hotel and having to fly here to there, and there and back again. In fact, the only flight you'll have to take is to the starting country and then back out again. Generally, ports are near popular airports, making this both easy and cheap.

Each cruise line holds its own personality and is made to fit a certain type of traveler. This allows for each to have their own price category. There are many different cruise companies that cover the Mediterranean but for this assessment, we're going to focus on those that offer a 7 night or 7 day itinerary. With a quick read of the information below, you should be able to figure out with one is your best fit, as well as the best option for your price range. Click to read more

23 Europe All-inclusive resort destinations from cheapest to most expensive in 2018

The concept of an “all-inclusive resort” where all meals and even all drinks are included in the daily room rate, was evidently launched by the Club Med group only in 1950. Ever since then, the concept has exploded in popularity, with thousands of such hotels and resorts all over the world. Many people immediately think about the Caribbean when it comes to all-inclusive resorts, but Turkey, Spain, and Greece each have more all-inclusive properties than the Dominican Republic or Mexico, which are the Caribbean leaders.

We publish and update a popular list of the cheapest Caribbean all-inclusive destinations each year, and we wanted to do the same for those who want to stay in or near Europe. Most of these destinations have their best weather from May through September, although some of them have even longer seasons. Click to read more

Cheapest cruise lines for Alaskan cruises – 7 lines ranked by price

alaska_cruises_slide2Often referred to as the last frontier, Alaska is an outdoor lover's dream with sky high mountains, lush wilderness, glaciers, wildlife galore and a unique way of life. But because Alaska is so large, it's sometimes hard to view a lot in a short amount of time. That's where cruises come in. With a recent surge in popularity, Alaskan cruises have now become the best way to see Alaska, whether on a budget or not.

Each cruise line, much like hotels and resorts, tends to fit into a certain price category and thus have a different overall cruise atmosphere and personality. There are 7 main cruise companies (including a luxury ship) that venture from Seattle up around the Alaskan coast. The information below should help you narrow down your choices to only one or two of the cruise lines available. Click to read more