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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

The beach at Mahekal Resort in Playa del Carmen

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En español | 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.



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

Eiffel Tower, Paris

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Grand Teton

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

American Bison grazing on the prairie lands of Minnesota

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Washington, D.C.

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


The Jefferson Memorial during Cherry Blossom Festival

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Playa del Carmen

The dollar goes a long way on a relaxing vacation in this lovely, welcoming beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean Riviera.

Surf shack or sports pavillion on the beach at Playa Del Carmen hiring canoes and jet skis and selling excursions

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San Francisco

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.

vintage cable car in San Francisco

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