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The Budget Traveler's Guide to Top Destinations

How to spend $1,500 or less for a week in Paris, D.C., San Francisco and other hot spots

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Five seasoned travelers explain how to pull off a seven-day, six-night vacation for two in a top destination for just $1,500. Their secrets for no-sacrifice success? Simply a bit of cleverness and good planning.

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Paris

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A seasoned traveler offers tips for a relatively affordable, and still truly magical, week of sightseeing in the City of Light.

Grand Teton

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A budget escape includes lively Jackson Hole, Wyo., and the breathtaking lakes and wildlife in the National Park beyond.

Washington, D.C.

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Our nation’s capital not only offers free world-class museums; it also has lots of cheap dining options and low-cost fun.

Playa del Carmen

spinner image Surf shack or sports pavillion on the beach at Playa Del Carmen hiring canoes and jet skis and selling excursions
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The dollar goes a long way on a relaxing vacation in this lovely, welcoming beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean Riviera.

San Francisco

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You'll spend less (and have a blast) in this often-pricey city if you avoid the tourist zones, use public transportation and eat like a local.

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