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1st Annual Women's Travel Fest comes to NYC this Saturday

1st Annual Women's Travel Fest comes to NYC this Saturday

Hundreds will come together March 8th to celebrate women in travel and plan their own adventures

From packing to sexuality abroad, or traveling with a family, the Women's Travel Fest will give female travelers all the tools they need to go out there!

The desire for adventure and expansion does not discriminate. You will yearn for new experiences and faraway lands, regardless of your gender. However, families and social expectations often tell women that a life of travel is for someone else.

On March 8th, a community of travelers will tell them something different.

The Women's Travel Fest, founded by Kelly Lewis of Go Girl! Guides and in partnership with Expedia, will inspire and empower women to travel the world and help them make newfound travel connections.

During this one-day event at the breathtaking Angel Orensanz Foundation on Manhattan's Lower East Side, women who have embraced travel will share their stories and offer their expertise on how to volunteer around the world, how to stay safe, how to travel with kids, alone, or on a budget, and much, much more.

Friendships will be made and plans will be forged as participants listen, laugh, and learn from a group of exceptional experts that include the Travel Channel's Samantha Brown, and activist–author Sarah Shourd. In addition, attendees will get a chance to connect with sponsors and travel industry representatives that want to help them travel well and travel safely.

Masha Vapnitchnaia is the co-director of the Women's Travel Fest. Email her with any questions about the event [email protected]

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30-May-2021 to 06-Jun-2021

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01-Jun-2021 to 14-Jun-2021

Washington DC Pride is usually comprised of a numb.

01-Jun-2021 to 07-Jun-2021

The Utah Pride Center is hosting COVID-safe Pride .

02-Jun-2021 to 06-Jun-2021

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04-Jun-2021 to 11-Jun-2021

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04-Jun-2021 to 06-Jul-2021

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05-Jun-2021 to 12-Jun-2021

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05-Jun-2021 to 07-Jun-2021

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10-Jun-2021 to 13-Jun-2021

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11-Jun-2021 to 12-Jun-2021

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11-Jun-2021 to 13-Jun-2021

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19-Jun-2021 to 27-Jun-2021

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19-Jun-2021 to 20-Jun-2021

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25-Jun-2021 to 28-Jun-2021

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25-Jun-2021 to 26-Jun-2021

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02-Jul-2021 to 04-Jul-2021

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03-Jul-2021 to 11-Jul-2021

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22-Jul-2021 to 25-Jun-2021

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22-Jul-2021 to 25-Jul-2021

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23-Jul-2021 to 25-Jul-2021

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04-Aug-2021 to 09-Aug-2021

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06-Aug-2021 to 16-Aug-2021

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07-Aug-2021 to 08-Aug-2021

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07-Aug-2021 to 15-Aug-2021

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12-Aug-2021 to 22-Aug-2021

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12-Aug-2021 to 15-Aug-2021

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12-Aug-2021 to 22-Aug-2021

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12-Aug-2021 to 22-Aug-2021

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18-Aug-2021 to 25-Aug-2021

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18-Aug-2021 to 18-Aug-2020

OUTfest is Lafayette&rsquos annual pride festival.

27-Aug-2021 to 30-Aug-2021

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27-Aug-2021 to 03-Sep-2021

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27-Aug-2021 to 03-Sep-2021

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28-Aug-2021 to 06-Sep-2021

Winter Pride 2021 will take place from Friday 28th.

29-Aug-2021 to 29-Aug-2020

Each year, 100,000+ of LGBT friends and allies com.

29-Aug-2021 to 29-Aug-2020

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31-Aug-2021 to 06-Sep-2021

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01-Sep-2021 to 05-Sep-2021

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03-Sep-2021 to 12-Sep-2021

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04-Sep-2021 to 05-Sep-2021

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08-Sep-2021 to 12-Sep-2021

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09-Sep-2021 to 12-Sep-2021

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10-Sep-2021 to 18-Sep-2021

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10-Sep-2021 to 19-Sep-2021

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11-Sep-2021 to 25-Sep-2021

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18-Sep-2021 to 03-Oct-2021

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25-Sep-2021 to 26-Sep-2021

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07-Oct-2021 to 12-Oct-2021

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14-Oct-2021 to 18-Oct-2021

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19-Oct-2021 to 24-Oct-2021

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06-Nov-2021 to 07-Nov-2021

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25-Nov-2021 to 29-Nov-2021

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31-Dec-2021 to 01-Jan-2022

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16-Jan-2022 to 23-Jan-2022

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12-Mar-2022 to 19-Mar-2022

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Art In Context Scenes from the Collection: Exploring Identity at the Jewish Museum


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Lecture Elisabeth Bronfen: Family Entanglements

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Lecture Donald Kuspit: Art is a Guarantee of Sanity


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Verbal Description Tour at Home For Participants who are Blind or Have Low Vision


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Movies that Matter: Film Screenings for Schools Otherly


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Art In Context Photography, Fashion, and Popular Culture


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Adult Studio Workshop Collage: New Ways of Making Images


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Art In Context Photography, Fashion, and Popular Culture


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1st Annual Women's Travel Fest comes to NYC this Saturday - Recipes

Join the Urban Park Rangers to explore the recently-recreated upland and lowland coastal ecology in Hudson River Park. The Rangers will interpret the flora that was planted to simulate dune forest and upland marsh and the fauna that have returned to this environment, and then the Hudson River Park Trust River Project Educators will lead participants onto the tide deck to explore the salt marsh and tide pool ecologies.

Registration is required. To register, visit the Urban Park Rangers Registration Page on Wednesday, May 12.

Please Note: We are offering outdoor programs with limited attendance so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time in parks: Based on New York State guidance for sports and recreation during COVID-19, we&rsquove put protocols into place to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy. We're asking everyone to help us stay safe:

  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance between households
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands

Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their own hand sanitizer to our programs.

Hudson River Park's Pier 26

Trees have a special place in our environment. Join us for a hike of Inwood Hill Park in search of different species and learn some ways to identify these trees during the blooming season.

Please note: We are offering outdoor programs with limited attendance so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time in parks. Based on New York State guidance for sports and recreation during COVID-19, we&rsquove put protocols into place to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy. We're asking everyone to help us stay safe:

  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance between households
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands

Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their own hand sanitizer to our programs.

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In the face of COVID-19 with events being forced to shutter across the globe, High Times once again proved it’s resilience despite state-wide lockdowns across the country, and has reinvented it’s renowned competition to let all those at home get in on the fun and crown the region’s best.

For the first time ever, High Times is opening up it’s judging process to members of the public via exclusive kit drops in participating retailers. While normally 28-35 expert judges would alone determine the rankings, the competition has pivoted into crowdsourced rankings, offering 224 kits per category to consumers in state-wide competitions across the country.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the High Times Cannabis Cup People's Choice?

The People’s Choice Editions are a new model that will continue High Times’ trend of bringing its signature series of cannabis product competitions online in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, without any live events or gatherings. These Cups will be the first-ever Cannabis Cups that are open to the public in each state that the competition is executed, and will see the largest pool of judges in history. For licensed brands, this is a sampling dream to get your products into the hands of hundreds of new customers who will provide feedback on your entries from home, plus thousands of impressions. May the best products win!

When is the High Times Cannabis Cup People's Choice?

The People’s Choice Cups are featured all over the country in states where cannabis is recreationally or medicinally legal. If we haven’t announced one in your state yet, we’re working on it! All Cups will be listed on Dates and locations will be provided for both licensed brands to drop product off for Intake, and for consumers to pick up judge kits at dispensaries to become a Judge. As a reminder, there is no live event, vendor booths, or tickets.

What are the categories for the People's Choice Cups?

The categories for each Cup may differ, but they typically include some of the following:
1. Indica Flower
2. Hybrid Flower
3. Sativa Flower
4. Sungrown Flower
5. Pre-Rolls (Infused and Non-Infused)
6. Solvent Concentrates
7. Non-Solvent Concentrates
8. Vape Pens and Cartridges
9. Edibles
10. Ingestibles
11. Topicals

How do I become a participant in the Cup?

You may participate by either being a licensed cultivator or processor and enter product, or you may be a judge and purchase a kit of product to judge. Please send us a note at

How much product does it take to enter the Cup?

Each Cup is different and may require different types and quantities of product per category. Please reach out to to request a list of guidelines for each active Cup.

What does it mean to be a judge?

We want great judges who will take the time to fully score all products by the deadline of each competition and give detailed comments on Aesthetics, Aroma, Taste, Effects and other qualities of each product. The growers put their hearts and souls into making these products and we expect the same from our judges. Upon purchasing a Judge Kit, inside of the backpack is a scorecard with a link and access code to the High Times Judging Portal. You will record all scores into the portal for each sample entry. You may post content of judging to your social handles for a chance to be featured and reposted by High Times! We will also pick out great comments from great judges and read them off during the Award Show. Please keep your scoring confidential until the results are announced.

How do I know if I'm chosen to be a judge?

You do not need a confirmation email or an invitation! People’s Choice is open to everyone who can legally purchase cannabis in their state and is sold on a first-come first-serve basis. We will reach out to you if there is a reason we cannot allow you to judge. Otherwise, set a reminder to head to your nearest participating dispensary upon the on-sale date!

How much does a judge kit cost?

For People’s Choice Editions, Judge kits will be priced based on the quantity of product that is entered into each category and may range in price per kit from $100-$300 depending on category and how many items are in that category-specific bag, plus the High Times Cannabis Cup Judge Backpack. For example, if Indica Flower gets 14 entries, the kit will cost about $140 for a High Times curated assortment of (14) 1g samples from the top growers in the state. We strive for below-market pricing so you always get a deal. We will know the amount of product and pricing per kit once Intake is over for each Cup.


Public holidays had their origins from established federal holidays that were enacted by Congress. They were typically observed on days that have significance for various sectors of American society and are observed at all levels of society, including government and the private sector. These holidays are typically derived from the history, religions, and cultures of the United States and have changed over time. Major holidays are most commonly observed with paid time off, however, many other holiday celebrations come without time off.

There are no national holidays on which the law requires all businesses to close. Federal holidays are only established for certain federally chartered and regulated businesses, government contractors, and the city of Washington, DC. All other public holidays are created by the States most states also allow local jurisdictions (cities, villages, etc.) to establish their own local holidays. As a result, holidays have not historically been governed at the federal level and federal law does not govern business openings.

Some states, however, do restrict certain business activities on some holidays. [1] Business closures are mandated on a few holidays in some states for certain kinds of businesses by blue laws. For example, businesses that operate on more than 5,000 square feet (460 m 2 ) cannot open on Thanksgiving in some New England states. The most notable businesses to close on such occasions are car dealerships and liquor stores. Some holidays are observed with community service, depending on the meaning of the holiday. Service is, however, not mandated by any government agencies, whether they be federal, state, or local.

As of 2019 [update] , there are ten annual federal holidays in the United States, and one additional quadrennial holiday (Inauguration Day). [2] Pursuant to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 (effective 1971), official holidays are observed on a Monday, except for New Year's Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. [3]

While all current federal holidays have also been made public holidays in all 50 states, each state is not bound to observe the holidays on the same dates as the federal holidays. Many states also have additional holidays that are not observed by the federal government. [4] Many businesses likewise observe certain holidays as well, which are also not mandated by any government agency.

Since 2000, some city and state-level celebrations of Malcolm X Day and Rosa Parks Day have been created, in addition to the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to embrace the African American community in the form of festivals and parades. Illinois and Berkeley, California are two places where Malcolm X is honored by a legal holiday with offices closed, whereas Missouri honors Rosa Parks on her birthday. [5] [6] Today, the United States is the 85th most ethnically diverse country in the world. Many workplaces celebrate religious observance as well as ethnic holidays, such as Saint Patrick's Day, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Mardi Gras, and Cinco de Mayo, as a matter of best practice. [7]

While the popularity of each public holiday cannot easily be measured, the holiday with the highest greeting card sales is Christmas. [8] Major retail establishments, such as shopping malls and centers, close only on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but remain open on all other holidays (with early closings on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and sometimes on other major holidays). In the face of a rapidly tightening retail market in the 2010s, retailers have increasingly been opening on Thanksgiving evening and night to extend Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. [9] Virtually all large companies observe and close on the major holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Some non-retail businesses close on the day after Thanksgiving, while others (such as federal banks and post offices) are not allowed to close that day. Some smaller businesses normally open on Sundays will close on Easter Sunday if they expect to have very few customers that day. [10]

This is a list of the most commonly celebrated holidays in the United States, not a list of federal holidays.

Rank Date Holiday % of Americans celebrating USD sales (in billions) [11] Main Symbols Description
1 December 25 (Fixed) Christmas 92–96%
[12] [13] [14] [15]
$630.5 Many Christmas carols and popular songs, Christmas trees, gift-giving, decorations, Santa Claus, Christmas dinner, shopping, church services Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birth. Celebrations are marked by decorations and exchanging of gifts between family members and friends. Most popular holiday based on greeting card sales. Also known for having the second highest church attendance (behind Easter). Widely celebrated as a secular holiday.
2 November 22–28 (Floating Thursday) Thanksgiving 87–90%
[16] [17]
(part of Christmas sales) Giving thanks, prayer, feasting, spending time with family, football games, parades, turkey, "Alice's Restaurant", traveling Thanksgiving is a celebration of thanks for the previous year, with families and friends gathering for a large meal or dinner. Consequently, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. [18] One-sixth of the turkeys consumed annually in the U.S. are eaten around Thanksgiving. [19] [20]
3 May 8–14 (Floating Sunday) Mother's Day 84%
[21] [22]
$19.9 Breakfasts in bed, family meals, gift-giving, flowers Mother's Day recognizes mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds in general, as well as the positive contributions that they make to society. Known for having the highest restaurant sales, even compared with Valentine's Day, as well as the highest church attendance after Easter and Christmas. [23] [24]
4 March 22 – April 25 (Floating Sunday) Easter 80–81%
[25] [26]
$16.4 Church services, family meals, Easter egg decorating, egg hunts, the Easter Bunny, Easter parades, Easter baskets, chocolates Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The highest church attendance happens on Easter. [24] Like Christmas, it has become a widely celebrated secular holiday, and customs observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.
5 July 4 (Fixed) Independence Day (Fourth of July) 78–79%
(Part of Back to School sales)
Fireworks, family reunions, concerts, barbecues, picnics, parades, baseball games, carnivals and fairs Independence Day, also commonly known as the Fourth of July, marks the date that the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. The holiday is best known for fireworks and barbecues. 45% of American celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, accounting for about $675 million in fireworks sales. [28]
6 June 15–21 (Floating Sunday) Father's Day 75%
$12.7 Family meals, gift-giving Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It accounts for the highest sales of ties and neckwear annually, around $12.7 billion. [30]
7 October 31 (Fixed) Halloween 64–65%
[31] [32]
$6.9 Trick-or-treating, costume parties, carving jack-o-lanterns, lighting bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, horror movies Halloween celebrations are marked by costumed children knocking door to door asking for treats, and costumed adults attending parties. The most popular holiday for candy sales, amounting to $2.6 billion in 2015. [33] The same year, $6.9 billion was spent on candy, costumes, and pumpkins, all of which are directly attributed to this holiday. [34]
8 February 14 (Fixed) Valentine's Day 55%
$18.9 Sending greeting cards, gift-giving, dating and romantic dinners, church services, candy, flowers Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love. It accounts for 224 million roses grown annually. 24% of American adults purchased flowers for Valentine's Day in 2015. [36] The holiday comes in second in terms of annual restaurant sales, behind Mother's Day. [23]
9 March 17 (Fixed) Saint Patrick's Day 51%
$4.4 Parades, parties, shamrocks, leprechauns, display of the color green, Irish beer and Irish whiskey, corned beef, copious consumption of alcohol Saint Patrick's Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, parties, the wearing of green attire or shamrocks, and alcohol consumption.
10 December 31 (Fixed) New Year's Day (New Year's Eve) 37–45%
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(Part of Christmas sales) Making New Year's resolutions, church services, parades, football and hockey games, fireworks Observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. Known for being the holiday with the highest alcohol consumption, evidenced by the spike in sales around between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. [40] [41]

The labor force in the United States comprises about 62% (as of 2014) of the general population. [42] In the United States, 97% of the private sector businesses determine what days this sector of the population gets paid time off, according to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management. The following holidays are observed by the majority of U.S. businesses with paid time off:

Religious and cultural holidays in the United States are characterized by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. However, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. " and Article VI specifies that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." As a result, various religious faiths have flourished, as well as perished, in the United States. A majority of Americans report that religion plays a "very important" role in their lives, a proportion unique among developed nations. [44]

The majority of Americans (73–80%) identify themselves as Christians and about 15–20% have no religious affiliation. [45] According to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) (2008) 76% of the American adult population identified themselves as Christians, with 51% professing attendance at a variety of churches that could be considered Protestant or unaffiliated, and 25% professing Catholic beliefs. [46] The same survey says that other religions (including, for example, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism) collectively make up about 4% of the adult population, another 15% of the adult population claim no religious affiliation, and 5.2% said they did not know, or they refused to reply. According to a 2012 survey by the Pew forum, 36 percent of Americans state that they attend services nearly every week or more. [47]

Christian holidays Edit

With 65% of adults in the U.S. identifying as Christian, many holidays from the liturgical calendar are observed by this segment of the population. [48] Many businesses, as well as federal, state, and local governments, are closed on Christmas, arguably the most significant holiday of the Christian religion. [49] A reference in A Christmas Story shows a Chinese restaurant being the only establishment open on Christmas.

Some private businesses and certain other institutions are closed on Good Friday. [50] The financial market and stock market is closed on Good Friday. [51] Most retail stores remain open although some might close early. Public schools and most universities are closed on Good Friday, either as a holiday of its own, or part of spring break. The postal service operates, and banks regulated by the federal government do not close for Good Friday. [2]

Many companies, including banks, malls, shopping centers, and most private retail stores that normally open on Sundays are closed on Easter. [10]

Many Americans decorate hard-boiled eggs and give baskets of candy, fruit, toys, and so on, especially to children but gifts of age-appropriate Easter baskets for the elderly, the infirm, and the needy are increasingly popular. An annual Easter Egg Roll has been held at the White House South Lawn for young children on Easter Monday since President Hayes started the tradition in 1878. [67] Not a federal holiday due to the fact that it always falls on a Sunday, which is a non-working day for federal and state employees. Many companies that are normally open on Sunday close for Easter.

Hindu holidays Edit

The Hindu holidays of Diwali and Holi are celebrated as a "mainstream" holiday in some parts of the United States, not only by Indian Americans or peoples of Indian descent. Some firms that hire people from India observe the holidays with a celebration within the company or approving it as a paid day off. [68] [69] Holi, the "festival of colors" has inspired a Broadway musical based on this festival. [70] New York City Council has voted on a resolution that may make Diwali and Holi a legal holiday in Resolution 1863–2013. [71] As of August 2013, the resolution has passed and the holidays are now officially legal holidays in New York City. [72] CNN reported that the Diwali holiday is shown in American pop culture through an episode of The Office. [73] [74]

Date Name Remarks
February or March (depends on Hindu calendar) Holi Holi ( English: / ˈ h oʊ l iː / ) (Sanskrit: होली ) is a spring festival also known as Festival of Colors, and sometimes Festival of Love. [75] [76] It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities. [77]
October or November (depends on Hindu calendar) Diwali Diwali ( English: / d ɪ ˈ w ɑː l iː / or English: / d ɪ ˈ v ɑː l iː / ) also called the Festival of lights", is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. [78] [79] The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. [63] [80] [81] The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartik. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Jewish holidays Edit

The three most commonly celebrated Jewish holidays are Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah. [82] Passover and Yom Kippur in addition to Rosh Hashannah and Hanukkah are recognized as an optional state level holiday in Texas [83] [84] All Jewish holidays start the night before, as that is when the Jewish day begins.

This day marks the end of the Ten Days of Penitence that began with Rosh Hashanah. It is described in Leviticus as a "Sabbath of rest," and synagogue services begin the preceding sundown, resume the following morning, and continue to sundown. Orthodox and many Conservative Jews fast on Yom Kippur. In regions with large Jewish populations, schools and universities may close on Yom Kippur.

Islamic holidays Edit

The major Islamic holidays of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha have been recognized in the United States. Awareness of these holidays can be found in calendars published by major calendar manufacturers. [85] [86] [87] According to Al-Jazeera, schools in New York and Michigan (mainly Dearborn) may begin to close in observance of all Muslim holidays. [88]

Date Name Remarks
depends on Islamic calendar Ramadan Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان ‎ Ramaḍān, IPA: [rɑmɑˈdˤɑːn] [variations] Persian: رَمَضان ‎ Ramazān Urdu / Punjabi رَمْضان Ramzān Turkish: Ramazan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar [89] Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. [90] This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. [91] The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths. [92] [93] The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. [94] Fasting is fard ("obligatory") for adult Muslims, except those who are ill, traveling, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding. [95] Fasting the month of Ramadan was made obligatory (wājib) during the month of Sha'aban, in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina.
depends on Islamic calendar Eid al-Fitr Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‎ ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr] , "festival of breaking of the fast"), also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, Bayram (Bajram), the Sweet Festival [96] and the Lesser Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day and Muslims are not permitted to fast on that day. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. This is a day when Muslims around the world show a common goal of unity. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality. However, in most countries, it is generally celebrated on the same day as Saudi Arabia(lunar calendar).
depends on Islamic calendar Eid al-Adha Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ‎ ʿīd al-aḍḥā [ʕiːd ælˈʔɑdˤħæ] meaning "Festival of the sacrifice"), also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, the Major Festival, [97] the Greater Eid, Kurban Bayram (Turkish: Kurban Bayramı Bosnian: kurban-bajram), Eid e Qurban (Persian: عید قربان ‎) or Bakr'Eid (Urdu: بکرا عید ‎), is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ishmael (Ismail) a as an act of submission to God's command, before God then intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead. [98] In the lunar-based Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days. [99] In the international Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.

Confederate States of America Edit

The following holidays memorialize the historic Confederate States of America from the American Civil War:

    is a public holiday observed by Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana [citation needed] and Texas and an unofficially observed holiday in some other states. It is often in late April to align with the final surrender of the last Confederate Army. Texas observes Confederate Heroes Day. has been declared at least once in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia as well as by various cities, usually in April to augment Confederate Memorial Day. (on or around Lee's Jan 19 birthday) is still observed in Alabama and Mississippi combined with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the only remaining states to do so. [100] It is officially recognised in Florida, but is not widely observed there. [101] combined the observance of Robert E. Lee Day with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1985. [102] In 2017, it passed a law removing Lee's name from the January holiday and instead establishing a state memorial day on the second Saturday of October in honor of Lee. [103]

Drinking holidays Edit

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 86% of the population over 18 drinks alcohol recreationally or socially. [104] In the United States, the holidays that are considered the most "festive" are generally regarded as some of the "most drunken holidays." Celebrations usually revolve around barbecues and beer. Although many of these holidays lack any official status, they are generally observed by the drinking culture for the fact that these holidays revolve around drinking. One measurement of the popularity of these holidays is the amount of alcohol purchased for the occasion. One survey names New Year's Eve as the holiday on which the most alcohol is consumed based on sales. [105] While many holidays are listed, some are generally notable for their drinking requirement while others are known for abstinence. [106]

African American holidays Edit

African Americans make up about 12% of the U.S. population. While some customs have come from abroad, many of the customs were developed inside the United States. Kwanzaa, for example, is a custom that has greatly influenced American culture originating from the "turbulent 60's" when race relations in the United States were at their lowest. [107] Most of the newer holidays revolve around a particular civil rights activist and have recently gained attention from city and state-level governments. At the federal level, there are only three national holidays named for a person, and one of those honors 20th century African American Martin Luther King Jr. the other two are Washington's Birthday (for George Washington, one of the original American citizens of 1776) and Columbus Day (for Italian Christopher Columbus' European "discovery" of the Americas in 1492).

Date Name [108] Remarks
December 26 – January 1 Kwanzaa Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. [109] Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
January 15–21 (floating Monday) Martin Luther King Jr. Day Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday marking the birthday of an African American. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15.
February 1–29 Black History Month Also known as the "African American History Month" which was set aside as an observance of important leaders of the African diaspora.
February 4 or December 1 Rosa Parks Day Currently observed in the states of California, Missouri, and Ohio to honor the late civil rights leader Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks Day was created by the California State Legislature and first celebrated February 4, 2000. [110] The holiday was first designated in Ohio championed by Joyce Beatty, advocate who helped Ohio's legislation pass to honor the late leader. [111] In 2015, Missouri has declared Rosa Parks Day a legal holiday.
March 10 Harriet Tubman Day Commemorates anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman for her accomplishments. Occurs two days after International Women's Day.
April 16 (DC) Emancipation Day Currently observed in Washington, DC, Mississippi, Texas (as Juneteenth), Kentucky, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in observance of the emancipation of slaves of African descent. It is also observed in other areas in regard to the abolition of serfdom or other forms of servitude.
May 19 Malcolm X Day Currently observed in Berkeley, California, and Illinois, this holiday honors Malcolm X as a civil rights leader as a legal holiday with offices closed. Various municipalities such as Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC have festivals commemorating the civil rights leader.
June 19 Juneteenth Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth [112] [113] and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.
June 8–14 (floating Sunday) African New Year Celebrated as the "Odunde Festival" as a one-day festival and mostly a street market catered to African-American interests and the African diaspora. It is derived from the tradition of the Yoruba people of Nigeria in celebration of the new year. It is centered at the intersection of Grays Ferry Avenue and South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Other traditional and informal holidays Edit

In addition to the federal/national holidays, many religious, ethnic, and other traditional holidays populate the calendar, as well as lighter celebrations. These are rarely observed by businesses as holidays (Except for Easter and most often also on Good Friday) [10] indeed, many are viewed as opportunities for commercial promotion. Because of this commercialization, some critics apply the deprecatory term Hallmark holiday to such days, after the Hallmark greeting card company.

Dr Jen Gunter's menopause manifesto

Author of bestseller The Vagina Bible Dr. Jennifer Gunter is a fierce advocate for women's health. Whether it's telling Gwyneth Paltrow where not to shove her jade eggs, or campaigning against a company marketing vaginal douche to teens, "the Internet's Gynaecologist" holds no punches. Her new book The Menopause… Audio

Rebecca Macfie: the life and times of Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly was the first female head of the country's trade union movement, but she was also considered a visionary, a fighter, a strategist, and an orator… Audio

Prof John Hearnshaw: Dark skies and light trespass

Astrotourism is a fast growing niche tourism industry worldwide, and New Zealand, which has five Dark Sky Sanctuaries, is playing a leading role. Renowned… Audio

The history behind the Gaza-Israeli conflict

Dr Leena Dallasheh is a historian of the Modern Middle East and associate professor at Humboldt State University in California. Her work has a particular focus… Audio

Catherine Delahunty: understanding inherited bigotry

For the last 30 years Catherine Delahunty has undertaken the "sometimes uncomfortable mahi" of being a Treaty educator, encouraging New Zealanders to face up to… Audio

Saturday 22 May 2021

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Prof John Hearnshaw: Dark skies and light trespass

Listener Feedback for 22 May 2021

Life's big questions: Climate change optimism vs apocalypse

Dmitry Selitskiy: the future of brain-computer interfaces

Dr Jen Gunter's menopause manifesto

Rebecca Macfie: the life and times of Helen Kelly

Catherine Delahunty: understanding inherited bigotry

The history behind the Gaza-Israeli conflict

8:10 Dr Leena Dallasheh: the history behind the Gaza-Israeli conflict

Leena Dallasheh Photo: Supplied

Dr Leena Dallasheh is a historian of the Modern Middle East and associate professor at Humboldt State University in California.

Her work has a particular focus on Palestinians who became citizens of Israel in 1948, and how they negotiated their incorporation in the state - affirming their rights as citizens and their identity as Palestinian.

Dr Dallasheh is also a Palestinian citizen of Israel and lived within walking distance of Sheikh Jarrah for seven years.

Palestinians inspect a destroyed house, after it was struck by Israeli strikes, in Gaza City this week. Photo: AFP

8:30 Catherine Delahunty: understanding inherited bigotry

Catherine Delahunty Photo: Supplied

For the last 30 years Catherine Delahunty has undertaken the "sometimes uncomfortable mahi" of being a Treaty educator, encouraging New Zealanders to face up to the damaging elements in our country's past and present.

Recently, the former Green MP has been delving into the life of her own forebears - children of the Raj and children of the Irish poor - and has unearthed some intriguing family history that compelled her to reflect on inherited bigotry and how we can all be influenced by it.

She's written an essay about it for the E-Tangata online magazine titled Flies in the Milk.

9:05 Prof John Hearnshaw: helming the rise of astrotourism in NZ

John Hearnshaw Photo: Supplied

Astrotourism is a fast growing niche tourism industry worldwide, and New Zealand, which has five Dark Sky Sanctuaries, is playing a leading role.

Renowned astronomer John Hearnshaw has just launched the Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy, a school to train aspiring astrotourism guides.

Professor Hearnshaw is also poised to release the New Zealand Dark Sky Handbook, a manual for people interested in the protection of dark skies.

He says light pollution is one of the great environmental catastrophes of the last half century, all the more insidious because many people are blissfully unaware of the problem.

The southern Milky Way graces the night skies over Wai-iti, near Wakefield - the home of New Zealand's first Dark Sky Park. Photo: / Supplied

9:30 Rebecca Macfie: the life and times of Helen Kelly

Rebecca Macfie Photo: supplied / Sam Brett

Helen Kelly was the first female head of the country's trade union movement, but she was also considered a visionary, a fighter, a strategist, and an orator. Her battles with local celebrities and politicians were the stuff of headlines. Sadly, Helen Kelly died of lung cancer in October 2016, aged 52.

Award-winning journalist Rebecca Macfie, the author of 2013's Tragedy at Pike River Mine, has penned a new book entitled Helen Kelly: Her Life, which is not simply a biography but also an exploration of a defining period in New Zealand's history.

Helen Kelly Photo: supplied

10:05 Dr Jen Gunter's menopause manifesto

Author of bestseller The Vagina Bible Dr. Jennifer Gunter is a fierce advocate for women's health.

Whether it's telling Gwyneth Paltrow where not to shove her jade eggs, or campaigning against a company marketing vaginal douche to teens, "the Internet's Gynaecologist" holds no punches.

Her new book The Menopause Manifesto continues the myth-busting mission, countering stubborn misunderstandings with hard facts, real science, historical perspective and expert advice.

Gunter says menopause is not a disease - it's a planned change, like puberty. And just like puberty, we should be educated on what's to come years in advance, rather than the current practice of leaving people on their own with bothersome symptoms and too much conflicting information.

Dr Jen Gunter Photo: supplied / Jason LeCras

11:05 Dmitry Selitskiy: the future of brain-computer interfaces

Brain-computer interfaces, such as those being developed by Elon Musk's neurotechnology company Neuralink, promise to enable paraplegic people a better quality of life by being able to move things with their minds. But they also raise a lot of ethical questions, such as where is the line between healing and enhancement?

Dmitry Selitskiy was determined to help his paralysed and non-verbal cousin when he dreamt up nousBlink, a non-invasive device that enables someone to control a computer using their intentional eye blinks.

Dmitry is co-founder and CEO of Thought-Wired, and advocates for universal access to this type of life-changing technology.

The NousBlink device developed by Thought-Wired. Photo: Supplied

11:40 Danyl McLauchlan: Life's big questions - Climate change optimism vs apocalypse

Protein scientist and writer Danyl McLauchlan joins Kim to tackle life's big questions, ideas and thinkers.

This week he's discussing The Sixth Extinction author Elizabeth Kolbert’s new book on climate change, Under a White Sky, which attempts to find a middle ground between optimism and apocalyptic bleakness. He wrote an essay about it for The Spinoff.

McLauchlan released his first essay collection, Tranquillity and Ruin in February. He's also author of comic novels Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley and Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley.

Danyl Mclauchlan Photo: supplied

Books mentioned in this show:

Helen Kelly: Her Life
By Rebecca Macfie
ISBN: 9781927249741
Published by Awa Press

The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism
Dr. Jennifer Gunter
ISBN: 9780349427607
Published by Piatkus

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
By Elizabeth Kolbert
ISBN 9781408851241
Published by Bloomsbury

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future
By Elizabeth Kolbert
ISBN: 9781847925459
Published by Bodley Head

The Ministry for the Future: A Novel
by Kim Stanley Robinson
ISBN 978-0316300131
Published by Orbit

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
David Wallace-Wells
ISBN: 9780141988870
Published by Penguin Press


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The 38 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2019

Looking for a budget trip? Check out the cheapest places to travel in 2019. Here, a view of Lisbon, . [+] Portugal, one of the places on the list.

Want to save money in 2019 and still travel the world? You're in luck. Every year, I tap into experts and influencers to find out their picks for cheap travel in the upcoming year. For 2019, I convinced a group of travel wizards to open their little black books and recommend their favorite places to travel on a budget. They also shared the smartest ways to see these places (affordable hotels, bargain restaurants), and they zeroed in on some money-saving ways to visit otherwise expensive locations. While experts like the Global Business Travel Association are predicting that travel prices will rise sharply in 2019, you don't need to worry. With this list of inexpensive places in hand, you'll be able to travel for less. See the full list below of the cheapest places to travel in 2019, and compare it to the best budget travel destinations for summer 2019, 2018 and 2017.

Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Baackes/@alexinwanderland Instagram

Where: New Orleans

Chosen By: Alexandra Baackes is the founder of Alex in Wanderland and Wander Women Retreats and the author of the Wanderland Guide to Koh Tao. Baackes has been addicted to storytelling since 2009, sharing the behind-the-scenes of her world travels, adventures in entrepreneurship and experiments in living abroad on her blog and social media channels.

Why: New Orleans is known for colorful nightlife, a bursting festival calendar and a decadent local cuisine — but the Big Easy is also an undercover gem for budget travelers. Let’s start with the basics. Most NOLA must-dos are free: people-watching in the French Quarter, house peeping in the Garden District and bar hopping the live music venues on Frenchman Street. But get creative. Need to cool off after all that strolling? Head to fun and flirty The Country Club, where entry to the pool out back costs a reasonable $15 a day and the bar provides a steady stream of frozen cocktails. Worked up an appetite? SoBou and Commander’s Palace are two of many local restaurants keeping the 25 cent martini weekday lunch alive. You read that right. Order lunch, and martinis are a mere quarter — though most enforce a limit of three, because, as the menu states, “that’s enough.” Need to work off all that indulgence? Head to one of the several free weekly fitness events thrown by Move Ya Brass. They have a calendar of running clubs, yoga classes and dance-based workouts heavy on local music and flavor. Need a place to recharge so you can do it all again tomorrow? Check in to the Catahoula Hotel, a chic boutique design hotel in the Central Business District with rooms starting at a mere $100 a night.

A view of Kingston, Jamaica.

Photo courtesy of Strawberry Hill

Where: Jamaica

Chosen By: Meagan Drillinger is a freelance travel writer based in New York City. She is also the founder of Vaera Journeys, a company for entrepreneurial women that uses travel as a muse to take women out of their comfort zones and help them network and build upon their individual brands and businesses. Vaera's next immersive retreat is in Puerto Vallarta in May 2019. Follow her on Instagram @drillinjourneys and @vaerajourneys. (You can also read Drillinger's tips on the 20 Best Cruises for 2019 here.)

Why: Though Jamaica is a legendary beach destination, 2019 will be the year to discover Kingston, an untapped, culturally rich capital of the Caribbean. Still rough around the edges but with a soul that is impossible to resist, Kingston is the place to experience the heartbeat of Jamaica, in ways simply not possible from within a beach resort — and for a much cheaper price tag. Rhythm rocks the streets from sunup to sundown. In fact, in 2018 Kingston opened the Peter Tosh Museum, which rounds out the city’s musical offerings, in addition to the Bob Marley Museum and the Jamaica Music Museum.

A panorama of Ocho Rios in Jamaica.

Experience the local dance halls, tour the Trench Town Culture Yard and see a side of the country that few Americans take the time to truly experience before they jet off to the beaches of the north. That said, with the recently opened high-speed highway that connects Kingston to Ocho Rios, visitors can easily make the trip north to weave together a city and beach vacation in one trip, especially with the new S Hotel in Montego Bay, a sleek-and-sexy, South Beach-style spot that will open in January. End your jaunt with a ride through reggae music history as you depart from Sangster International Airport. VP Records, the world’s largest independent reggae music label and publisher, is kicking off its 40th anniversary with an installation chronicling its indelible contribution to reggae music.

A view of Lisbon, Portugal.

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

Chosen By: Melissa Klurman is a travel expert, writer and editor and contributor at Reader’s Digest, Frommer’s Travel Guides and Parents, among other publications.

Why: Lisbon is the affordable European city you’ve been dreaming of visiting. It offers a rich history, incredible architecture and delicious local cuisine and wines, all without the high price tag of Paris and London. Bargains abound around every corner. Indulge in the city’s decadent custard-filled pastel de nata for just 1€ at the historic Pasteis de Belém café. A Lisbon city pass is 19€ and gives you 24 hours of admission to everything from modern museums to historic monasteries, as well as all transportation, including rides on the Lisbon’s scenic tram cars and stunning elevators that lift passengers up the steep city hills. Thirsty? Local wine bars charge less than 3€ per glass of wine even swanky restaurants offer bottles for under 10€ (try that in New York City, where you’ll be lucky to find a glass of wine for that price). Extra bonus: Lisbon is great for families. There’s a fabulous aquarium and science museum on the waterfront, not to mention a real castle to explore. Centrally located, family-friendly Martinhal Chiado offers full-service apartments with kitchens starting at around $150 a night. Included in the reasonable rate: free use of baby equipment, including everything from bottle warmers to strollers a complimentary kids club that runs late so parents can go out for dinner on their own and a free breakfast that includes made-to-order pancakes and those amazing nata tarts.

Rachel Martino at Ponce City Market’s rooftop amusement park.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Martino/@rachmartino Instagram

Where: Atlanta

Chosen By: Rachel Martino is a fashion, beauty and travel blogger based in Brooklyn, New York. Follow her on Instagram @rachmartino.

Why: Don’t sleep on Hotlanta. While Charleston’s charm usually steals the spotlight, Atlanta offers an alternative for Southern hospitality. You don’t have to go wild at Staplehouse for great food. Golden Eagle and Kimball House are personal favorite dinner spots, carving out an accessible middle ground between genteel Southern dining and locals-only joints. This capital city offers plenty to do between meals. I recommend Ponce City Market’s rooftop amusement park, which offers games, mini-golf and a stunning view of the city with affordable $10 admission or The High Museum with free admission the second Sunday of each month. To top it all off, finding a cheap flight is easy: Atlanta is Delta’s largest hub.

The rooftops of Tallinn, Estonia.

Photo courtesy of Lucie Josma/@missjetsetter Instagram

Where: Tallinn, Estonia

Chosen By: Lucie Josma, a native New Yorker, is a world travel photographer and social media manager working with some of the top brands in travel and tourism. Having traveled to over 60 countries, she's looking forward to focusing on lesser-known destinations throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Follow her on Instagram @Missjetsetter as she gears up for a busy 2019.

Why: Only a short ferry ride away from Finland, Tallinn is a cheap alternative to visiting Northern European cities such as Helsinki or Stockholm. Accommodations run for a fraction of the price compared to most of Europe, and public transportation is easy to navigate, as well as cost-efficient. Make sure to pay a visit to Tallinn’s UNESCO-protected medieval old town, a preserved walled area with many restaurants and shops. For an exceptionally special experience head to the restaurant Olde Hansa, located in the old town’s center. Providing medieval musicians performing nightly, meals prepared using 15th-century recipes and authentic medieval attire, this restaurant is reason enough to pay Tallinn a visit. To learn more about Estonian folk culture and art, make sure to add both the Estonian Open Air Museum and Kumu Art Museum to your itinerary.

Main Street in Cooperstown, a charming upstate New York town.

Where: Cooperstown, New York

Chosen By: Blakely Trettenero is the owner of the popular travel website Hungry for Travels, a freelance travel writer and a social media contributor. With traveling to 45 countries, her travels range from ultra-luxury to off-the-beaten-path locations.

Why: Although this charming town may be internationally known for being home to the iconic National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown has more up to bat than just baseball. Strolling down the historic main street you’ll find an array of cute shops, antique stores, cafes and my favorite — the bountiful Cooperstown Farmers Market, where you can find affordable (and incredibly delicious) bites made locally. During the day, you can find plenty of inexpensive fun, like a tasting at Ommegang brewery ($10 for a tour and tasting), a visit to Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard (complimentary tastings), a tour of the Farmer’s Museum ($12 entry) or a stroll around the Fenimore Art Museum ($12 daily pass). Even for those who aren’t baseball fans, make sure to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year to celebrate its 80 th anniversary. With Cooperstown being situated in prime farming country, this town is home to some very tasty restaurants. Head to the greenhouse-chic Origins Cafe (entrees around $12) or splurge on dinner at the lakeside Blue Mingo Grill (entrees around $30). For an inexpensive yet historical hotel, stay at the Railroad Inn (rates starting at $85 a night).

A view of Barga, Italy, from the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa.

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Where: Barga, Italy

Chosen By: Harmony Walton is writer and founder of The Bridal Bar and host of the talk radio show, Bridal Bar Radio, on America's Talk and iHeartRadio. She travels the globe working with couples and companies in search of the best destination wedding locations and honeymoon hot spots. Follow her journeys at @bridalbar.

Why: Tucked within the mountainous Serchio Valley is Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Not yet overrun by tourists, Barga is a quiet medieval town that takes you back to old-world Italy where mama cooks for all and wineries are still run by families. The art scene is alive and well, the Duomo di San Cristoforo atop the town is worth the walk and the food, well, that goes without saying. A local highlight is the lunchtime tour at Podere Concori, a biodynamic winery with a passion for cultivating the purest of products. Winter season here is ideal for budget travelers rates at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa are as low as €112 per night. With views of the entire valley from your balcony, you might even catch snow falling as you marvel at the watercolor-like sunsets. Located just over an hour from Florence, you get the best of both worlds when you fly into the city for a stopover before heading to the countryside for mountain biking, hiking and thermal pools, too.

The Gathering Place, a new park in Tulsa.

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Where: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Chosen By: A Los Angeles native with a well-stamped passport and an appetite for adventure, Kaitlin Orr (@Carnivorr) provides food and travel inspiration both in the USA and around the globe.

Why: I never thought I’d rave about “the Paris of Oklahoma,” but my trip to Tulsa blew me away. Not only are there lots of innovative yet affordable restaurants in town (shout out to Vintage Wine Bar and Glacier Chocolates), but Tulsa is also home to the Gathering Place, the coolest public park I’ve ever been to. The Gathering Place is more like Disneyland than a normal park — but it’s completely free. There are so many incredible play structures (a castle, a pirate ship, a slide in the shape of a banana), interactive art installations, free concerts and performances, a lake you can take free boat rides on and sports courts and skateparks for every activity you could imagine, bike paths and so much more.

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Where: Valparaiso, Chile

Chosen By: Patricia Stone is the founder of Global Adventuress. She has traveled to 164 countries, seeking out unique, off-the-beaten-path destinations for solo, girlfriends, couples and families. Her site has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star and USA Today. (You can also read Stone's tips on cruising in "The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.")

Why: Valparaiso, Chile >is known as the “Jewel of the Pacific." Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this lively city displays street art with a bohemian beat on every corner. Highlights include exploring local life in the lovely parks and plazas, such as Italia, De La Victoria and Sotomayor. After walking a few of the city's 42 hills, you may want to consider taking one of the eight funiculars to the top, with panoramic views from Pleasant Hills, Cerro Concepcion or Cerro Alegre, where musicians, artists and poets flock. Visit La Sebastiana, the home of legendary Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Or take a walk — on the Ruben Dario and the Carvallo, you can stroll the beach and see fishermen reel in the catch of the day at the fishing cove Caleta Portales. Hungry or thirsty? The iconic Bar Cinzano offers a fun setting with Latin American music, dancing porteñas cuecas and Creole food. Where to stay? You can find great deals at inns in Valparaiso for as low as $54 per night. Or drive north along the Pacific Coast to the small beach towns of Concon or Reñaca, where you can find charming inns for as low as $35 per night. There are also wine valleys within a 30-minute drive from town. How to get around? In Valparaiso, you can take the old buses or funiculars or rent a car. If you prefer a tour company, contact South Excursions, which offers day tour of Valparaiso and the nearby Casablanca Valley.

Oh The People You Meet founder Michaela Guzy in Cappadocia, Turkey.

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Where: Turkey

Chosen By: Michaela Guzy is a media executive, entrepreneur and on-air show host. She is the executive producer for two online television shows, Michaela’s Map OhThePeopleYouMeet. Based in New York City, she is also an adjunct professor at New York University School of Professional Studies, where she teaches a course called "Travel Storytelling: Creating Video Content."

Why: Turkey literally has something for everyone. The country is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, if not the oldest. There is so much history, art and culture to soak in, and I was surprised to learn how many adventure activities there are to be had. Now more than ever, it is cheap (and totally safe) to go to Turkey (last I checked, the exchange rate was 8:1). For first-timers, visit the Turkish trifecta: Istanbul, Ephesus and Cappadocia. Start in Istanbul: The largest city in Europe, the city is also half in Asia, divided by the Bosphorus. I took a baklava-making class, visited the Spice Market and did a spice-tasting test with the chef of Fairmont. I also went on an unbelievable behind-the-scenes arts tour with Raffles Istanbul: We explored modern applications of Ottoman influence in people’s homes, visited the Istanbul Modern, saw a famous jeweler's studio and took a historic walking tour with one of the most famous Turks on Instagram. Want to go beyond the big city? The adventure guide Hike n’ Sail will take you to the ancient Roman ruins of Ephesus. In Cappadocia, I took a pottery-making class, went horseback riding, met a cave dweller and saw the hot-air balloon spectacle at sunrise over this UNESCO World Heritage site. It was simply unbelievable.

La Grande Roue de Montréal.

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Where: Montreal, Canada

Chosen By: Soheila Hakimi is a lifestyle content creator and international travel writer from Toronto, Canada. Always exploring and sharing, you can catch up with her via Instagram (@soheilaonline) and YouTube.

Why: From the romantic cobblestone streets of Montreal’s Old Port to its modern downtown core, Montreal is a city caught between two different moments in time. Montrealers are people who love to celebrate and preserve their French heritage while also continuing to welcome immigrants and embrace the youth who contribute to the city’s vibrant tapestry. When it comes to experiencing pure Canadiana, Montreal is where it’s at. With deep roots in rich French cooking, Montreal offers a dynamic culinary scene (their love for foie gras is just as strong as their love of maple syrup). You don’t have to go far to find a great restaurant in Montreal and dining out is surprisingly affordable. Adorned in murals, Montreal also loves to celebrate culture, with numerous art, comedy (the largest in the world) and music festivals happening throughout the year — most of which offer free activities. With a huge student population, the Airbnb options are plentiful and cheap. If you are willing to pay slightly more, there are small simple yet stylish boutique hotels like Maison & Co and Boxotel(I’ve seen rooms starting around $75-150 a night). Montreal, most of all, is a city that celebrates all that is good in life and its people sprinkle joie de vivre like fairy dust, captivating the hearts of all who visit.

Orhei Vechi Monastery in Moldova.

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Where: Moldova

Chosen By: Kristin Amico is a travel and food writer who recently spent a year crisscrossing Europe and India on the cheap. Check out her site How To Travel The Globe for practical and budget travel advice.

Why: If you're looking for quirky, budget adventures in Europe, Moldova is an ideal choice. The small country, wedged between Romania and Ukraine, is one of the least visited places in the world. That's starting to change, thanks in part to wine tourism. The country boasts a winemaking tradition dating back centuries, and oenophiles can tour Mileștii Mici, the largest wine cellar in the world with more than 120 miles of tunnels holding two million bottles. The best part is the price tag: Most bottles cost less than $10. Food is inexpensive, too. Dinner with wine and dessert in the capital of Chișinău averages $8-10 per person. For history with a view, head to the 13th-century cave monastery, Orhei Vechi, perched high atop a hill. If you want to experience retro Soviet-style life, visit Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova that still flies a hammer and sickle flag. The unrecognized city-state has few sights but is home to the award-winning Kvint Brandy distillery — a bottle of this rare stuff is worth the relatively small splurge. For those who prefer budget-friendly group adventures, Intrepid Travel offers a small group tour that includes Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, including a tour of Chernobyl.

A view of Baltimore's Inner Harbor from Federal Hill.

Where: Baltimore, Maryland

Chosen By: Samantha Brown is a traveler, giver of great travel tips, an exhausted mom and host of "Places To Love" on PBS. Follow her on Instagram @samanthabrown, Twitter @samanthanbrowntravels and Facebook @realsamanthabrown. (You can read more of Brown's travel tips in "Airport And Airline Hacks: 9 Ways To Travel Like A Pro.")

Why: Baltimore has struggled with a tumultuous reputation, and yet, when you go there, the art is phenomenal, there's a do-it-yourself energy and there are plenty of reasonably priced gourmet restaurants. It's inexpensive because it's not Washington D.C., but it's right next to it. It's not New York City, but it still has high-end hotels. We stayed at an amazing, well-priced hotel called the Sagamore Pendry on the main pier, which is like their Ellis Island and later became the shooting studio for Homicide: Life on the Street. It has gorgeous views of the harbor. The place to eat is Ida B's Table, which is named after the journalist Ida B. Wells and is run by a couple who is elevating soul food and showcasing ingredients from local farms. Another place to check out is the American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM), the only museum of its kind dedicated to outsider art. There's a real connection with humanity there that I don't think you get when you're seeing a Renoir or a Monet.

A view of St. George, the capital of the Caribbean island of Grenada.

Where: Grenada

Chosen By: Shnieka Johnson is a freelance writer specializing in family travel. You can follow her on Twitter (@shnieka).

Why: Whether you are seeking adventure travel, family fun, romance or a relaxing spa retreat, Grenada — known as the Spice Island — ticks all the boxes. And because the exchange rate in Grenada is favorable for those using U.S dollars, it is an affordable Caribbean destination. The weather is beautiful year-round, with average temperatures between the low 70s and high 80s, but expect some precipitation during the rainy season (June to November). Peak season runs January to April, but if you plan your trip during an off-peak time, you can find low airfare and luxury accommodations at discounted prices. The island’s culture is a blend of many influences, including African, British, French and, of course, Caribbean. There are a number of beaches, but my favorite is Grand Anse. It is home to several hotels and resorts, like the stunning Mount Cinnamon Grenada Hotel, which offers day passes for those that are not guests but want to enjoy the amenities during a day at the beach. Take a stroll down Grand Anse to find vendors selling cold drinks and souvenirs. For a taste of local fare head to the Dodgy Dock at the True Blue Bay Resort (a family-owned property that offers roomy accommodations, chocolate spa treatments and open-air yoga studio). Wednesday evenings at the Dodgy Dock are lively – locals, tourists and students all come together to try street food from local vendors and listen to live music. The Grenadian Oil Down (slow-cooked stew) cannot be missed. If you want to bring island flavors home with you, head to the House of Chocolate or the Market Square to buy the local spices that give the island its nickname.

Downtown Saskatoon, Canada, with the Bessborough Hotel and Saskatchewan River.

Where: Saskatoon, Canada

Chosen By: Stefanie Waldek is a New York-based writer and editor covering travel, architecture and design, and space. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter at @stefaniewaldek.

Why: Take advantage of the strong U.S. dollar and head north to Canada for a fun, affordable getaway. But instead of visiting the heavy hitters of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, make a beeline for the province of Saskatchewan, where the city of Saskatoon is quickly becoming a favorite destination of in-the-know travelers. An urban oasis in the heart of the rolling prairie, Saskatoon is a lively town with plenty of action: Art lovers will delight in the one-year-old Remai Modern, a museum with the largest collection of Picasso linocuts in the world spirits enthusiasts will enjoy Black Fox Farm & Distillery, which makes award-winning gin, vodka, and liqueurs and foodies will delight in the booming restaurant scene, with some standouts being the Asian-inspired Odd Couple, The Hollows, which highlights locally-sourced ingredients, and Italian hotspot Little Grouse on the Prairie by Top Chef Canada’s Dale Mackay. For a great boutique stay at a modest price point, pick the James Hotel, which overlooks the South Saskatchewan River in downtown Saskatoon.

Cruising around Cuba in a vintage car.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Lewis

Chosen By: Kelly Lewis specializes in women's travel and is the founder of Go! Girl Guides (travel guidebooks for women) and the Women's Travel Fest. She is also a cofounder of the new women's travel magazine, Unearth Women. Follow her on Instagram at @gokellylewis.

Why: Yes, Americans can still visit Cuba — and you should! Cuba is an incredible destination for travelers, and it’s also very affordable. Staying in casa particulares (houses where rooms are rented out) is a great way to experience the country and also fulfills the visa requirement for the “support of the Cuban people,” category. Though you can do it for less, budget $100 a day to ensure you have enough for accommodation, transportation and meals (and rum). I also strongly recommend going with a group or hiring a tour guide to better understand the place. Check out Damesly for upcoming tours.

A view at the Hyatt Centric South Beach in Miami.

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Where: Miami

Chosen By: Grace Dopico is a lifestyle blogger, content creator and Miami native. Follow her on Instagram at @gracedopico.

Why: If you’re itching for a Caribbean vacation but want to stay domestic, Miami is the place. But when it comes to where to stay, the costs can easily pile up — especially if you want to be amidst the action of South Beach. One of my favorite hotels right on Collins Ave is the Hyatt Centric South Beach. At an average cost of $150 a night, it’s one of the most affordable places to stay on the beach without sacrificing location or style. Steps from the water, this centrally-located escape is also just a hop and a skip to Lincoln Road, The Fillmore and a host of exotic restaurants and lounges. Can’t travel without your furry friend? No problem. Guests traveling with pets get a complimentary dog bed, water bowl, treats and access to the Wooftop Park, a rooftop dog park where your pup can roam free. Relax and recharge on Saturday mornings with complimentary yoga on the rooftop pool deck and whet your appetite with world-class Mediterranean cuisine and craft cocktails at Deck Sixteen, a rooftop bar and restaurant.

A gorilla eats leaves in the jungle in Uganda.

Where: Uganda

Chosen By: Melissa Klurman is a travel expert, writer and editor and contributor at Reader’s Digest, Frommer’s Travel Guides and Parents, among other publications.

Why: There are just 1,000 mountain gorillas in the world, and to see them, intrepid travelers need to journey to the Virunga Mountains that run along the border between Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo or to the aptly named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. Rwanda is currently the site of high-end luxury lodge development — we’re talking $1,500 per person per night kind of swanky rooms — and gorilla trekking permits that doubled in price recently from $750 to $1,500. Fabulously low key and friendly Uganda, however, hasn’t seen this influx of luxury tourism yet. Instead, peak season permit are $600, and rainy season permits go for just $450 a day. You’ll still have the same amazing gorilla experience, including well-trained guides who lead you through the dense forest to find the secluded primates. And you don’t need to give up a posh lodge experience to stay in Uganda. At Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge, you’ll have a private chalet, butler service, a post-trek massage and all meals for $340 per person per night in the offseason.

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Where: Cancun, Mexico

Chosen By: Logan Hill is a lifestyle and travel photographer based out of Los Angeles. Follow her on Instagram @loganrae_hill.

Why: Cancun is the perfect tropical destination on a budget. Whether you're with your family, on a girl's trip or on a romantic getaway, there’s something for everyone. The Marriott Cancun is a great affordable spot with a prime location, situated near all the water activities and snorkeling. We did a morning trip on speedboats from the docks that are right by the hotel. The property also features amazing restaurants, my favorite being Mikado Japanese Teppan Yaki, and La Capilla Argentina Steakhouse, where we had an unforgettable steak dinner. The resort is relaxing, with a huge pool and Jacuzzi, as well as beach cabanas that can be rented for even more relaxation.

A view of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chosen By: Katie Jackson is a travel writer whose work has been published by The New York Post, USA TODAY, Fox News and The Sunday Times. Cash poor but experience rich, she splits her time between Montana, Chiang Mai and Tenerife. Follow her misadventures on Instagram.

Why: According to the Backpacker Index I follow, Chiang Mai, my adopted hometown, was the fifth cheapest city in the world to visit in 2018. The index quotes the daily cost, including hostel accommodations, three meals and public transportation, as $20.11. While I don’t live that cheaply (I pay about $350 a month to rent a queen room at Vanilla Residence — a cute three-star hotel with AC and fast WiFi), I can still get by on about $20 a day including two meals at sit-down restaurants, snacks throughout the day and a one-hour Thai massage ($6). Although Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 Buddhist temples, the pastoral countryside is also worth exploring. Rent a moped for $6 a day, including insurance, and visit the surrounding elephant sanctuaries, hill tribes and national parks including Mae Taeng National Forest — home to the ridiculously fun and free Bua Tong Waterfall Park. When I really want to treat myself, I go to the rooftop, poolside bar at Akyra Manor, my favorite five-star hotel in Asia. During happy hour, when craft cocktails start at $6 and are buy-one-get-one-free, I watch the sun set behind the city’s sacred mountain, Doi Suthep. It’s home to the royal family’s summer palace, some of the best views in all of Thailand and my favorite fruit stand where $1.22 gets me two fresh mango and kiwi smoothies.

The coastline and coastal road in Lima, Peru.

Where: Lima, Peru

Chosen By: With nearly 30 years of travel experience, Beth Whitman is known as a women’s travel expert. She’s the Chief Wanderer at Wanderlust and Lipstick and leads tours through its sister company, WanderTours. She’s also the host of the Be Bold Podcast, inspiring and empowering women through, among other things, travel and adventure.

Why: Peru has become a huge draw for hikers, adventurers and foodies. Most arrive in the country’s capital, Lima, but few stop long enough to explore all the city has to offer. Spend more than a couple of nights and you’ll find free museums, beautiful architecture and restaurants serving up traditional and very affordable set-menu meals. Start with a free walking tour to get your bearings. These tours are indeed free (though you’re encouraged to tip) and are led by local English-speaking guides eager to share their knowledge and insider tips. There are free and inexpensive museums near the city’s main square and a countless number of restaurants from which to choose — many with menus featuring photos, in case your Spanish is a bit rusty. Head to Barranco, arguably Lima’s funkiest district, to check out the street art and to grab a coffee or meal at one of the many hip cafes in this part of town. While taking a taxi in Lima is relatively inexpensive, consider taking a Metropolitano bus, which is downright cheap (approximately 60 cents across town) and might even be faster as it uses dedicated bus lanes.

Merry Lerner in Chennai, India.

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Where: Chennai, India

Chosen By: Merry Lerner is an award-winning TV producer and director, and the creator of Let’s Be Merry, a lifestyle blog and brand that focuses on travel and wellness. Follow her on Instagram (@lets_be_merry) for her latest travel adventures and wellness tips.

Why: When people talk about traveling to India, Chennai (formerly known as Madras) doesn’t often make it to the top of the list. But this seaside city on the southeast coast of India is worth checking out, and it’s amazingly affordable. Chennai has a rich culture and past that is best explored on foot. Try one of Storytrails' many walking tours including the Bazaar Trail and British Blueprints, to see the city’s history firsthand ($20 per person, per tour). Wander through Mylapore, the city’s oldest neighborhood, and take in the splendid Hindu Kapaleeshwarar Temple. If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to visit Fort St. George, the first British fort in India, built in 1644. The city also boasts an array of dining options. Feast on traditional dosas at Nithya Amirtham or try the Indian version of Tapas at Sera Tapas. Nasi and Mee offer up delicious Southeast Asian food, and The Marina has sustainably sourced seafood. For a respite from the crowds, head to Amethyst, a charming café in a colonial mansion with a garden oasis or Fisherman’s Cove, a resort with a relaxing spa and laid back beach vibes. Time to get some sleep? The Raintree Hotel has two locations in Chennai with Western-style amenities and rooms starting at $59 a night — it’s a steal.

Skyline of Mexico City, including the tops of the old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the . [+] modern Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe.

Where: Mexico City

Chosen By: Brooke Porter Katz is a freelance writer and former editor at Travel + Leisure and Martha Stewart Living who spent the last year living in Mexico City. Her work has appeared in publications like The New York Times, WSJ. Magazine, AFAR, Sunset and Bloomberg Pursuits. You can follow her on Instagram at @brookeporterkatz.

Why: Over the last few years, this high-energy metropolis has skyrocketed to the top of many travel lists — and for good reason. The exchange rate work in our favor (currently 20 pesos for every U.S. dollar), and most things you’ll spend money on, like food and Uber rides, cost less. But affordability is almost beside the point when you consider the city’s other qualities: rich history (including ancient Aztec ruins smack in the middle of downtown), world-class museums like the National Museum of Anthropology, a vibrant creative scene and — of course, the best food. Make your base in either Condesa — the stylish, 40-room Condesa DF is a classic, perfectly located choice — or artsy La Roma, where Ignacia Guest House is my favorite boutique property. (The homemade breakfast and proximity to chef Eduardo García’s Máximo Bistrot is worth the room rate alone.) Both areas are home to picturesque streets lined with parks, boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Design buffs should make reservations to tour Casa Gilardi, a private home built by modernist architect Luis Barragán. Advance tickets are also required to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum in the southern neighborhood of Coyoacán after, grab some chicken mole tostadas at Mercado Coyoacán. If you’re a creative-minded woman and want to leave the planning to someone else, consider the new travel company Wild Terrains. Each five-day itinerary supports women-owned hotels, restaurants, and businesses through insider experiences like mescal tastings, jewelry-making classes and market tours.

Flagstaff mountain in Arizona.

Where: Flagstaff, Arizona

Chosen By: After many years with NatGeo Travel, Barbara Noe Kennedy left in 2015 to fly solo as a freelance writer for a variety of national outlets, focusing on destinations, art, culture, food, and adventure around the world.

Why: Sometimes you can’t afford to jet set off to fabulous destinations across the ocean. Sometimes, you need to stay stateside. And there’s nothing wrong with that, especially if you’re exploring a place like Flagstaff, Arizona. This laid-back, historic town just 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon has amazing winter skiing and summer hiking in the surrounding San Francisco peaks, making it an underrated, super affordable outdoorsy paradise. But there’s more to it than that. A little-known fact is that before making a giant step for mankind, every single astronaut underwent critical training in the otherworldly geography of Flagstaff’s Meteor and Sunset Craters, including testing equipment, spacesuits, gear and rover prototypes. At Cinder Lake, Apollo’s exact projected lunar landing was created in 1:1 scale. 2019 marks the 50 th anniversary of the July 16, 1969, landing on the moon, and there are all kinds of events going on in town throughout the year, including lectures, exhibits and guided hikes — and most of them are free. Even the restaurants and bakeries are getting into the act with moon-themed dishes and pastries. How many people can say they’ve traveled to the moon and back?

Olivia Balsinger, shopping at the Souq Waqif in Qatar.

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Where: Doha, Qatar

Chosen By: Olivia Balsinger has utilized her global perspective to manifest her career as a travel and broadcast journalist. Olivia has visited 96 countries, has been published in multiple international print and online outlets for travel and lifestyle, was honored as InterContinental Group's Latin America “Journalist of the Year” (2017) and has been a panelist or host for major travel conferences like New York TravFest. She is also a matchmaker/relationship coach and can be seen on Bravo.

Why: You’re thinking, “How did Qatar, which ranks year after year as the richest country on Earth per capita, make this list?” The reason is rather ironic, as it is the excess of wealth here that makes Qatar affordable to visitors, if you do it right. Until the discovery of oil in 1939, Qatar cultivated its greatest profit and recognition from pearl diving. But it has since grown, flourished and made its own substantial mark on the tourism map. Typically, accommodation is a significant cost on vacation. However, travelers alleviate this cost when they transit through Doha for a few days with Qatar Airway’s Stopover Program. This generous program waives visa fees from 80 countries and provides accommodation at luxury hotels such as InterContinental Doha or Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel for two nights — for a mere $100 booking fee. And once you’re here, prepare to be amazed by the unparalleled dichotomies: old versus new, tradition versus innovation, religion versus modernity. Cosmopolitan Doha is brimming with museums, nightlife and unrivaled architecture like the falcon-shaped Mondrain Doha luxury hotel. In contrast, the boggling landscapes of the deserts invite you to dune bash and overnight in a Bedouin camp, like the Regency Sealine Camp, under an array of constellations. In Qatar, you’ll experience Arabian hospitality, adrenaline-pumping sports and world-class amenities for a surprisingly affordable price tag.

A view of the Casco Viejo (old town) in Panama City, Panama.

Where: Panama City, Panama

Chosen By: Wendy Altschuler is a seasoned and curious travel and lifestyle freelance writer who covers adventures across the globe. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @wendyaltschuler and visit her website.

Why: Panama, the crossroads to the Americas, is one of those indelible places that cuts to the quick and offers meaty cultural and ecological experiences. You’ll learn right away that the influences of Spain, France and the U.S. have extended to more than just the Panama Canal — an incredible feat of strength, ingenuity, engineering and courage. Stroll through Casco Viejo, the historic district of Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you’ll be rewarded with the sounds of kids kicking soccer balls down cobblestone alleys, cats yawning and stretching on the steps of churches built in French and Spanish colonial architecture — many of which have sealed-shut trap doors leading to 16th century tunnel systems — and the taste of passion fruit raspados (shaved ice), handmade at one of the historic plazas. Not to be missed is a trek to the Gamboa Sloth Sanctuary and Wildlife Rescue Center, where you can “oooh” and “ahhhh” while the sluggish and adorable vegetarians nosh on hibiscus flowers and carrots. All of these adventures are located near the Westin Playa Bonita (an Uber is under $10 from Casco Viejo to the Westin), a beach resort that has an all-inclusive option, rooms for $175 per night and views of the container and cargo ships that are waiting to enter the Panama Canal. Families can also take advantage of the Westin Executive Club Lounge, which includes free breakfast, snacks and drinks. Beach vibes, timeworn towns, syrupy treats, sloths…what’s not to love?

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Where: Luang Prabang, Laos

Chosen By: Patricia Stone is the founder of Global Adventuress. She has traveled to 164 countries, seeking out unique, off-the-beaten-path destinations for solo, girlfriends, couples and families. Her site has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star and USA Today. (You can also read Stone's tips on cruising in "The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.")

Why: Laos has some of the most charming towns in Southeast Asia. Visit the capital city of Vientiane, then head north to Luang Prabang, an ancient royal town that has been recognized by UNESCO as a cultural center. Observe the daily sai bat, with 1,000 saffron-robed monks chanting ancient sutras as they walk barefoot collecting alms, food offerings from the local people. Join a bike tour around the old town and along the banks of the Mekong River. Walk the quiet lanes in this small town to the former Royal Palace and explore some of the 34 golden-spired temples. Climb the 328 zigzag steps of the holy mountain Phou Si and get a 360-degree panoramic view of the town and see the 60-foot Wat Chomsi gilded stupa. Visit the 16th-century Buddhist temples called wats: Xieng, Sene, Mai and Visounalath. Don’t miss the markets: The morning market at Talat Pakham is where you'll see vendors selling exotic fruit, live eels, chickens, rabbits, fish, green vegetables and hot peppers. The Night Handicraft Market is where you can buy ethnic handicrafts, local textiles, silk scarves, wall hangings, teas, spices and snacks from food stalls. Relax at a café along Sisavang Vong Road and enjoy a drink and bite at Ban Vat Sene Café in a chic restored colonial building. Pick up the best butter croissants in town at Le Banneton Café. Dine at Elephant Blanc and order the Prince Lao Feast with 10 Laotian dishes. Stay at the Maison Souvannaphoum once the former residence of the late Prince Souvanna Phouma, today it is a boutique hotel that blends French colonial architecture with Lao motifs and has prices as low as $103 per night.

Photo courtesy of Lucie Josma/@missjetsetter Instagram

Where: Guadeloupe

Chosen By: Lucie Josma, a native New Yorker, is a world travel photographer and social media manager working with some of the top brands in travel and tourism. Having traveled to over 60 countries, she's looking forward to focusing on lesser-known destinations throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Follow her on Instagram @Missjetsetter as she gears up for a busy 2019.

Why: Shaped like a butterfly, the small cluster of islands that make up lively Guadeloupe are a must-visit for 2019. Here you’ll find everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a Caribbean island, such as flavorful food, captivating music, lush rain forest, the most stunning white-sand beaches and shades of blue ocean for miles and miles. What makes this island an absolute gem — besides its already low tourist crowds — are the flight deals that can easily be scored through Norwegian from several East Coast airports. Flights run for as low as $79 one way. Guadeloupe is also a wonderful destination if you’re interested in island-hopping. Express ferries between the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia, and Dominica start at about $90 round trip, and are a great way of getting the most out of your time in the Caribbean.

Photo courtesy of Kristin Amico

Where: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chosen By: Kristin Amico is a travel and food writer who recently spent a year crisscrossing Europe and India on the cheap. Check out her site How To Travel The Globe for practical and budget travel advice.

Why: Within a few square miles is a thousand years of history. Cobblestone alleys that date back to the Ottoman Empire ring with the sound of metalsmiths in the old town (Baščaršija), while brightly painted Austro-Hungarian architectural gems decorate a nearby neighborhood, giving the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina high marks for cozy charm. The prices can't be beat, either. Sip strong Turkish coffee at one of the many cafes that spill out into the narrow streets for less than $1.50 or nosh on some of the world's best and biggest burek (flaky phyllo pastry stuffed with meat or cheese) for a few dollars. The city holds the unfortunate title of suffering the longest siege in modern history in the early 1990s during the Balkan War, but today it's on the mend, boasting craft breweries, retro cocktail bars (sip a glass of rakija) and the newly restored cable cars offering breathtaking views as you ride from the center of town to the top of Mount Trebević.

Amazing view of Egypt's pyramids.

Where: Cairo, Egypt

Chosen By: Kelly Lewis specializes in women's travel and is the founder of Go! Girl Guides (travel guidebooks for women) and the Women's Travel Fest. She is also a cofounder of the new women's travel magazine, Unearth Women. Follow her on Instagram at @gokellylewis.

Why: There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Cairo, but it tops the list of places to visit this year because of the recently constructed Grand Egyptian Museum, slated to open early 2019. The Egyptian government is reported to have spent over $1 billion on the museum, which will house relics, mummies and artifacts from ancient Egypt. It’s also a very budget-friendly country, which you can navigate on a shoestring. Budget for $100 a day and you’ll be in good shape.

Oh The People You Meet founder Michaela Guzy with the San people at Jack's Camp in Botswana.

Photo courtesy of Oh The People You Meet/@otpym Instagram

Where: Botswana

Chosen By: Michaela Guzy is a media executive, entrepreneur and on-air show host. She is the executive producer for two online television shows, Michaela’s Map OhThePeopleYouMeet. Based in New York City, she is also an adjunct professor at New York University School of Professional Studies, where she teaches a course called "Travel Storytelling: Creating Video Content."

Why: >Botswana not only has the world’s only inland delta, but also the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage site: Okavango Delta. It’s also home to Linyanti Reserve, one of the least visited areas of Botswana bordering Chobe National Park. And it’s not just about the animals here. The San communities of the ancient Kalahari Desert live in peaceful coexistence with the wildlife and directly benefits from tourism. Travel with sustainable companies like African Bush Camps, Jack’s Camp, &Beyond and Belmond, which not only work to support wildlife, the land and the people, they also offer discounted rates for visiting during low season (December-March). You can save over $300-400 a night per person, and all the lodges offer an increased discount the longer you stay. Also check out Chobe Game Lodge, with its all-female guides in addition to offering a rolling discounted rate, it is owned and operated by Desert & Delta Safaris, which has seven other lodges in Botswana. If you stay at multiple properties, you can get discounted packages and sometimes even free airfare. Another thing to note: In Africa, all-inclusive is a good thing. If you break down what you get at these camps — where transfers, meals, sundowners, water, guides, amenities, laundry and heck, even bug spray, are all included — the cost per night isn't that bad.

A colorful street in Mérida, the vibrant capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán.

Where: Merida, Mexico

Chosen By: Patricia Stone is the founder of Global Adventuress. She has traveled to 164 countries, seeking out unique, off-the-beaten-path destinations for solo, girlfriends, couples and families. Her site has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star and USA Today. (You can also read Stone's tips on cruising in "The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.")

Why: Mérida is the capital of the Yucatán in Mexico, with central plazas, cathedrals and narrow streets with pastel-colored buildings. Its rich Mayan heritage combined with colonial influences of Spanish rule is evident throughout the town. Compared to the popular beach towns along the Riviera Maya, your pesos can buy more at restaurants, hotels and excursions. Think: tacos for 50 cents, a room at a small hotel or B&B for around $50 a night and car rentals for $11-13 per day. Stroll the Plaza Grande, the central square in town, and visit the Mérida Cathedral and Iglesia de la Tercera Orden. Admire the colonial architecture at the 16 th century Casa de Montejo Mansion. Shop at the local markets Mercado Santiago or Mercado Lucas De Galvez. Take day trips to explore UNESCO-listed Mayan temples and ruins like Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Mayapán and Dzibilchaltun, or swim in Cenote Xlacah, one of the thousands of natural limestone pools in the region. Celebrate at annual festivals – January’s Merida Fest or early Spring’s Carnival or November Day of the Dead. Sign up for archaeological and cultural tours with a local guide from Mayan Heritage Tours. If you can stretch your travel budget, contact Catherwood Travels to arrange a private tour of the 17 th -19 th century haciendas or Pueblos Magicos (magic towns) nearby. Merida is also known for its rich dining scene. Don't miss the local Yucatan dish cochinita pibil, pork marinated in achiote and spices. Stay at Casa Mexilio, an historic townhouse downtown for only $57 a night. Or there’s Casa Azul and Casa Lecanda in the low $200’s. Or splurge and stay at Chable Resort, a luxury wellness resort on the outskirts of town.

The Great Arch in the Getu River National Park of Guizhou, China.

Where: Guizhou, China

Chosen By: Meagan Drillinger is a freelance travel writer based in New York City. She is also the founder of Vaera Journeys, a company for entrepreneurial women that uses travel as a muse to take women out of their comfort zones and help them network and build upon their individual brands and businesses. Vaera's next immersive retreat is in Puerto Vallarta in May 2019. Follow her on Instagram @drillinjourneys and @vaerajourneys. (You can also read Drillinger's tips on cruising in "The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.")

Why: While everyone else is lining up for the Forbidden City or scaling crowded sections of the Great Wall, 2019 should be the year that you discover China’s Guizhou province. This southwestern province is one of the more untapped destinations in the entire country, and one of the cheapest, to boot. But its under-the-radar status does isn’t for lack of awe-inspiring things to do and see. In fact, Guizhou is one of China’s most naturally beautiful provinces. It is home to Huangguoshu Waterfall, which is one of the largest waterfalls in all of China. It is also known for its Forest of 10,000 Peaks, which is a veritable sea of rounded mountain peaks, which glow like soft green velvet as the sun sets behind them. Guizhou is also bordered by some of China’s most famous destinations for food, like Szechuan and Hunan provinces. Guizhou is equally known for its cuisine, especially its fiery hot pot soups, chili peppers, and the lethally potent baijiu smoked liquor. Visitors can fly into Guangzhou in nearby Guangdong province and change planes to fly into Guizhou’s capital, Guiyang, however, a new high-speed rail now links the two cities on a four-hour trip, cut down from the previous 22-hour journey.

Detroit's downtown skyline from above at dusk.

Where: Detroit, Michigan

Chosen By: Stefanie Waldek is a New York-based writer and editor covering travel, architecture and design, and space. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter at @stefaniewaldek.

Why: Detroit’s renaissance is a well-documented, oft-covered topic, but there’s a good reason it’s been in the headlines of late. After decades of stagnancy, the city is shaking off the dust and once again lining its streets with small local-run businesses, stylish hotels and a noteworthy food and drink scene. And that’s not to mention Detroit’s long legacy of architecture, design and industry that’s still prevalent today, plus its three major sports teams that draw in thousands of Michiganders and visitors every season. Given that city is still in the early stages of its second coming, you’ll find that prices for everything from hotels to Lyft rides to sports tickets are quite affordable, and we’re sure they’ll rise as Detroit keeps growing. On a trip to Motor City, stay at the high-design Siren (don’t miss cocktails at Candy Bar behind the lobby) or the elegant Detroit Foundation Hotel dine at Takoi, a food-truck-turned-restaurant serving up Northern Thai cuisine with global influences and shop at POST, a hybrid handmade goods store and workshop space for local artists and designers.

A bird's-eye view of Tenerife.

Photo courtesy of Turismo de Tenerife

Where: Tenerife, Canary Islands

Chosen By: Katie Jackson is a travel writer whose work has been published by The New York Post, USA TODAY, Fox News and The Sunday Times. Cash poor but experience rich, she splits her time between Montana, Chiang Mai and Tenerife. Follow her misadventures on Instagram.

Why: Tenerife is the most famous island Americans have never heard of. For Europeans, the “Island of Eternal Spring” (thanks to 52 weeks of sunshine a year) is a quintessential holiday destination. The largest of the seven Canary Islands, located off the coast of West Africa, is only a four-hour, $200 direct flight from most major cities in Europe. From the U.S. it’s almost just as cheap. I fly Norwegian Air because it has one-way fares to Tenerife from Los Angeles starting at $250. Although Tenerife is a part of Spain, it’s significantly cheaper than the mainland. For example, when I visit in May and June, I pay about $300 a month for an Orcar car rental, including insurance, and $30 a night for an Airbnb apartment in a gated community with a pool and tennis court, just a five-minute walk from a beach with world-class snorkeling. Budget hotels start at $40 a night, but there are also affordable luxury options. Rates at the five-star Iberostar Anthelia — voted Spain’s best all-inclusive resort six years in a row on TripAdvisor — start at $200 a night. An English breakfast at a restaurant will only set you back about $4, and at 70 cents, the Spanish boxed wine I buy in the supermarkets is almost cheaper than water. For free, visit Europe’s most-visited national park, Teide — named for Spain’s tallest mountain and the third highest volcano in the world. Tenerife is also home to Loro Parque, the best zoo in the world, and Siam Park, the best water park in the world according to TripAdvisor’s 2018 Traveler’s Choice Awards.

Downtown skyline of Tucson, Arizona.

Where: Tucson, Arizona

Chosen By: Kelly Lewis specializes in women's travel and is the founder of Go! Girl Guides (travel guidebooks for women) and the Women's Travel Fest. She is also a cofounder of the new women's travel magazine, Unearth Women. Follow her on Instagram at @gokellylewis.

Why: Known affectionately by locals as “the old Pueblo,” Tucson is a true gem of the Southwest. It’s affordable, has a thriving artist community and is easy to navigate. Stay near downtown to be in walking distance of a ton of great restaurants and bars, many of which are newly opened in the past five years. A little goes a long way here, and you can have a great time on as little as $50 a day, not including your accommodation. January/February are great times to visit, when the International Gem and Mineral Show — the largest in the world — arrives in town.

The green hills of Ukraine.

Photo courtesy of Lucie Josma/@missjetsetter Instagram

Where: Ukraine

Chosen By: Lucie Josma, a native New Yorker, is a world travel photographer and social media manager working with some of the top brands in travel and tourism. Having traveled to over 60 countries, she's looking forward to focusing on lesser-known destinations throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Follow her on Instagram @Missjetsetter as she gears up for a busy 2019.

Why: Married to a Ukrainian, I’ve found Ukraine to be one of the cheapest countries I've visited, and surprisingly one of the most picturesque. A great start is the historic city of Kiev, with its stunning religious architecture, museums and bustling city center. For traditional Ukrainian cuisine, Taras Bulba Kiev is a must. Expect to pay about $15 to $20 for a hearty three-course meal with drinks for two (and I do mean hearty!). Venturing west for $10, book a five-hour train ride to the charming city of Lviv, whose city center has been designated as a UNESCO site. The centrally located Rudolfo hotel offers spacious rooms and suites for as little as $50 a night and is within walking distance to the Lviv Opera House. A real treat is driving into the Carpathian Mountains, which provides mountain views that rival Switzerland. For a steal, make sure to stay at the Sokilske resort complex, with cabin rooms ranging from $50 to suites including pools for only $160 nightly.

Photo courtesy of Patricia Stone/@Global_Adventuress Instagram

Chosen By: Patricia Stone is the founder of Global Adventuress. She has traveled to 164 countries, seeking out unique, off-the-beaten-path destinations for solo, girlfriends, couples and families. Her site has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star and USA Today. (You can also read Stone's tips on cruising in "The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.")

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