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Each episode of this half-hour series takes viewers to four cities around the world and show the coolest itineraries you can put together on a budget, including the local lifestyle, culture, activities the guidebook doesn't mention, as well as places to eat, drink, and sleep that fit any budget.

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Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Hyde Park maintains its idyllic charm down every path traversing its 350 acres. Because of its vast nature, the royal park offers a wide variety of entertainment options, from playing football, Frisbee and cricket — among other sports — on the open pitches to cruising around the Serpentine Lake on a rowboat. 960 1280

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Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Just steps away from the famed Tower of London, the Tower Bridge broke ground in early 1886, eventually opening up for use on June 30, 1894. The bridge, that connects the north bank of the River Thames with the south bank, measures in just under 800-feet long. 960 1280

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St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

Still in use today, this 17th-century work of art known as St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most recognizable sights in all of London. It has played a major role in English history, serving as the funeral site for Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, the wedding site of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and many more memorable events. 960 1280

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Historic Pubs

Historic Pubs

Most people know about the historic pub scene in London, and it definitely does not disappoint. No matter where you go, from the Black Friar (pictured above) to the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, there is always a cold (or, sometimes, room-temperature) beer waiting for you. 960 1280

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Big Ben

Big Ben

Located in the Elizabeth Tower and officially known as the Great Bell, Big Ben is situated on the north end of the Houses of Parliament and was completed in 1859. 960 1280

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Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens

Once part of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens is now a royal park in itself and is loaded with notable attractions, such as the Albert Memorial (pictured above next to London’s most famous music venue, Royal Albert Hall), as well as "The Arch" by Henry Moore and, of course, Kensington Palace, the residence originally occupied by King William and Queen Mary. 960 1280

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British Museum

British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over 2 million years of human history, with more than 13 million pieces in its collection, including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies. 960 1280

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London Underground

London Underground

Perhaps the most famous form of public transportation in the world, the London Underground, also known as the Tube, is considered the world’s oldest rapid transit system and traverses all of greater London and its surrounding home counties (including Buckinghamshire, Essex, Surrey and more). 960 1280

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Theatre District

Theatre District

Situated in the West End, London is one of the most highly regarded cities in the world to see commercial theater. Primarily located on the Strand, Drury Lane and Shaftesbury Avenue, London’s main theater district, also known as "Theatreland," contains over 30 venues. 960 1280

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Queen's House

Queen's House

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of this iconic royal residence in Greenwich, London, commissioned for the wife of King James I. Architecturally brilliant, the Queen’s House was the first classical-style building constructed in the UK. 960 1280

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Abbey Road

Abbey Road

Taking a photo as you walk across the street in front of Abbey Road Studios is surreal — and a no-brainer for any Beatles fan. 960 1280

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London Eye

London Eye

In a city filled with historic landmarks, the London Eye is one of the more recent attractions opened in the year 2000. Standing at over 400 feet tall, the tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe, offers up spectacular views of the city. 960 1280

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Tate Modern Museum

Tate Modern Museum

The Tate Modern is very impressive, including the building that houses the collection, which is a contemporary work of art in itself. The exhibits range from abstract art from the early 20th century to British art dating back to the 1500s to acquisitions from all over the world, including the likes of Dali and Picasso.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Steeped in history, Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British Monarch. Witness the Changing of the Guard or explore one of the 19 state rooms where the monarchy entertains visiting dignitaries. 960 1280

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Red Telephone Boxes

Red Telephone Boxes

Although several thousands of them no longer work and have been removed from the streets, these classic red telephone boxes still remain all over the United Kingdom as a nostalgic symbol of days gone by. 960 1280

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Statue of Eros

Statue of Eros

Considered by some to be one of the more famous works of art in London, the statue of Eros, the Greek god of love, was originally erected as the centerpiece of Piccadilly Circus, eventually being moved to its current location, on the southeastern side of Piccadilly Circus, after World War II. 960 1280

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Borough Market

Borough Market

Just a short walk along the River Thames from the Tate Modern lies one of the best and oldest fresh-food markets in the world, let alone in London. Supplying many of the city’s best restaurants with produce and other assorted treats, Borough Market is a food lover’s heaven. 960 1280

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Located within a short walking distance of Big Ben and the British Parliament building, Westminster Abbey is a historic Gothic-style church formerly known as the Collegiate Church of St. Peter. 960 1280

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Downtown Architecture

Downtown Architecture

From 17th-century churches to contemporary structures like the egg-shaped "Gherkin" (pictured above), London blends the old with the new seamlessly, creating an impressive variety of architectural stylings. 960 1280

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St. Charles Line, All Aboard!

St. Charles Line, All Aboard!

Hop aboard the historic St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world. Built in 1835, the line covers a 13-mile-long loop, running from Canal Street to Carondelet Avenue, with dozens of historic New Orleans mansions along the way. 960 1280

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Garden District Mansions

Garden District Mansions

Among the stops on the St. Charles Line is the Garden District. Spanning 25 acres, this stretch of town is home to some of the best-preserved mansions in the entire South. Among them is this “Wedding Cake House,” a privately owned Victorian Colonial Revival-style home, at 5809 St. Charles Avenue. 960 1280

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French Quarter's Jackson Square

French Quarter's Jackson Square

Named for Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson in 1815, Jackson Square Park has been called one of “America’s Great Public Spaces” by the American Planning Association. Roughly the size of a city park, the space is a regular venue for live musical acts. At its center you’ll find Saint Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in North America. 960 1280

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Audubon Aquarium’s Deep Seas

Audubon Aquarium’s Deep Seas

See the wonders of the sea at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, next to the French Quarter, the aquarium is home to amazing displays of sea life, like in the massive 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit, where stingrays, sharks, endangered green sea turtles and more exotic marine life glide past your nose. 960 1280

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Carousel Gardens

Carousel Gardens

Give it a whirl around the Musik Express. It’s one of about 15 rides you’ll find at Carousel  Gardens, a small outdoor theme park in the heart of New Orleans. The kids will love the park’s prime attraction (and namesake) -- a wooden carousel more than 100 years old that hasn’t let up on its merrymaking magic. 960 1280

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Grab Your Beads ...

Grab Your Beads ...

The good times roll on and on in New Orleans. Grab your beads for NOLA’s biggest celebration of the year, Mardi Gras. And once you’ve had your French Quarter fill, come back for New Orleans’ other colorful festivals, including the Whitney White Linen Night (August), the New Orleans Film Festival (October) and the Oak Street Po’ Boy Festival (November). 960 1280

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Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World

And for a peek into Mardi Gras... tour this working warehouse, where parade floats for New Orleans’ biggest day are made. Located on the Mississippi River, the massive, 400,000-square-foot space known as Mardi Gras World is home to artists and craftsmen who design and build over 500 floats each year. 960 1280

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America’s National WWII Museum

America’s National WWII Museum

Head to “America’s National World War II Museum,” so named by Congress in 2003. Among its exhibits, the museum tells the story of the role New Orleans played in the war effort: Boats crucial to D-Day operations were designed, built and tested by a New Orleans’ company of its day, Higgins Industries. 960 1280

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New Orleans’ Only Steamboat

New Orleans’ Only Steamboat

Take a sentimental journey along the Mississippi River, courtesy of Steamboat Natchez Riverboat. The two-hour cruise glides along the river, with live jazz and a menu showcasing local food options like file gumbo and Louisiana-style fried fish -- all topped with delicious views of the Big Easy’s skyline. 960 1280

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Treme Neighborhood

Treme Neighborhood

Explore one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods. Home to more than 4,000 people, the historic Treme neighborhood began as a plantation in the late 1700s, owned by a Frenchman named Claude Treme. Today, this stretch of town is lined with old homes like this, with many undergoing rehabilitation efforts. Treme was also the subject of an HBO series of the same name. 960 1280

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Frenchmen Street

Frenchmen Street

Perk up your eyes, some very cool jazz is yours to hear at D.B.A. This live jazz club is one of many you’ll find on Frenchmen Street, in New Orleans’ 7th Ward. In addition to its many bars, clubs and restaurants, the street is home to unique Creole Cottages -- one-storied houses with a unique New Orleans feel. 960 1280

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Go, Saints!

Go, Saints!

Cheer on the Saints at New Orleans’ Superdome. This whopping 72,003-seat domed sports and exhibition space, in the city’s Central Business District, routinely makes the short list of stadiums to host major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl. 960 1280

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John Hancock Observatory

John Hancock Observatory

Take in a 360-degree view of the Windy City from 1,000 feet up, courtesy of the seventh-tallest building in the US. Located on Chicago’s bustling Michigan Avenue, the John Hancock Center offers views of up to four states (Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin) from its observatory deck. 960 1280

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Chicago Theatre

Chicago Theatre

Enjoy plays, magic shows, concerts and other performing arts at this historic theater in downtown Chicago’s historic Loop, or commercial center. Architecture buffs will also want to tour the famed seven-story landmark, which occupies nearly half a city block. 960 1280

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Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Take the kids to this 3,300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. A city fixture since 1916, Navy Pier now stands as Chicago’s No. 1 tourist attraction. Enjoy a dinner cruise, see fireworks at night, take in an IMAX movie and hop aboard the 150-foot-tall Navy Pier Ferris wheel -- Chicago was the first city in the world to erect one! 960 1280

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Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

Take the gang out to the ballpark! Home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916, Wrigley Field hearkens back to baseball’s heyday with a jewel-box design. The ballpark is also famous for its outfield walls covered by ivy -- the only professional ballpark with that distinction -- and a scoreboard that’s still manually operated. 960 1280

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Chicago Field Museum

Chicago Field Museum

Brace yourself: These fighting African elephants go horn-to-horn at Chicago’s Field Museum. But the real star attraction at this museum of natural history is Sue, the largest, best-preserved and most complete T. rex ever found -- you’ll find this 42-foot-long, 13-foot-high beast within an exhibition on the museum’s balcony. 960 1280

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Chicago River Cruise

Chicago River Cruise

If you love water and architecture, then come to Chicago. Enjoy a cruise along one of Chicago’s two rivers: The Chicago River cuts through downtown, weaving past dozens of skyscrapers, each a speaking to a style of architecture known as the Chicago School, which went on to become famous throughout the world. 960 1280

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Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright

Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright

And on terra firma, take a tour of Robie House. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building, located on the University of Chicago’s campus, is often hailed by architects as one of the most important buildings in American architecture … and a forerunner of modernism in architecture. 960 1280
University of Chicago Tour

University of Chicago Tour

Bragging rights alert: This impressive 211-acre campus is widely considered by academics to be one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Let some of that smartness rub off with a tour of the grounds, which showcase a mixture of Victorian Goth and Collegiate Gothic architecture, as well as more modern styles. 960 1280

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Uno's and Malnati's

Uno's and Malnati's

Oh, yeah... sink your teeth into this carb-heaven indulgence, which we know and love as the deep-dish pizza. Origins of the deep-dish are disputed -- Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in nearby Northbrook also claims to have invented the recipe. To which, we offer one solution: Sample both Uno’s deep-dish, and Malnati’s -- and see which one you like the best! 960 1280

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Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Head to the outdoor food festival Taste of Chicago, which showcases more than 70 food vendors who set up shop over a 10-day period each summer in Chicago’s Grant Park. Just imagine: Chicago hot dogs, Eli’s cheesecake and so much more! Coming in the fall instead? Grant Park is home to another great show: the annual Lollapalooza music fest. 960 1280

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The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile

To see Chicago’s best landmarks, stroll down the Magnificent Mile. Just make sure your camera’s all juiced up: You’ll see some of America’s tallest buildings -- the John Hancock Center and the Trump International Hotel and Tower -- as well as Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower and the Allerton Hotel. They don’t call this stretch of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue magnificent for nothing. 960 1280

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Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Some things in life really are free, and you can enjoy them any day of the year at the Lincoln Park Zoo. One of the last free-admission zoos in America, the 35-acre grounds are home to 1,200 animals, representing 230 species. Among them is this 1,700-pound polar bear, getting up close and personal with some visitors. 960 1280

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Billy Goat Tavern

Billy Goat Tavern

Feel the allure of newspapers’ glory days with a visit to this tavern. Tucked in a corner of Michigan Avenue, beneath elevated railroad tracks, the pub achieved its legendary status through newspaper columns by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Mike Royko. Enter at your own risk (think: Curse of the Billy Goat story)...and order a cheezborger! 960 1280

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The Bean

The Bean

There’s just something about Millennium Park’s Bean; people are drawn to the sculpture’s massive shiny, mirrored surface. They come up to it, gaze at their reflections, and the city skyline’s, and take advantage of some great photo-taking ops. Go ahead, you know you want to do the same. 960 1280

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Willis Tower

Willis Tower

Shooting 1,451 feet into the air, this 108-story skyscraper was the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1973 -- a distinction it held for the next 25 years. Head to its Skydeck, on the 103rd floor; on a clear day, you can see across the plains of Illinois...and Lake Michigan...to Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Most astoundingly, visitors can actually feel the building sway on a windy day.  960 1280

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Budget Travel

India
India

India

Increase your backpacker cred by touring this equally colorful and chaotic country. For all its frustrations, India provides far more soul-stirring moments, like seeing the peaceful birthplace of yoga, in Rishikesh; the spiritually cleansing Ganges River and the grandest monument to love, the Taj Mahal. 960 1280

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Chile

Chile

While Chile is more expensive than other countries in South America, it is full of dramatic and vastly different landscapes to explore. In northern Chile lies the otherworldly salt flats and driest desert in the world, the Atacama. In southern Chile the massive glacier peaks tower over Patagonia. And for a trip of a lifetime, fly to remote Easter Island from the lively capital Santiago in just 6 hours. 960 1280

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Australia

Australia

Australians are known for their “walkabouts,” the rite of passage for young Aussies to travel the world after they finish school. While young Aussies roam the world, they’re leaving an amazing country behind for tourists to enjoy their own “walkabout.” Down Under lures backpackers with the Great Barrier Reef, the rugged Outback and the youthful cities of Sydney and Melbourne. 960 1280

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Peru

Peru

Seeing the breathtaking Machu Picchu should be on everyone’s bucket list. Trekking the Inca Trail is the ultimate way to see the famous ruins, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. This incredible 30-mile hike takes 4 days to complete as you trek high up into the Andes in search of the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Share your stories from the trail with other travelers in the nearby town of Cusco, a backpacker’s favorite pit stop filled with fun hostels. 960 1280

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Every tour of Asia should include Vietnam, a dynamic country changing by the minute. If you’re after stunning views, the jade green waters and limestone islands and caves of Halong Bay will dazzle you. For a taste of bustling city life, tour Ho Chi Minh City, with its mouthwatering street food and fascinating museums. 960 1280

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Cambodia

Cambodia

One of the most awe-inspiring sights on earth, Angkor Wat alone is worth a visit to Cambodia. The largest religious architectural site in the world, this complex of over 100 stone temples was known as “Heaven on Earth” by the Khmer kings who built it over the course of 6 centuries. Ancient temples aren’t all Cambodia has to offer, either; don’t miss seeing Phnom Penh, now one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia, with its bustling outdoor markets, exotic street food and lively nightlife. 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

Getting around the Emerald Isle is cheap and easy -- a perfect combination for budget travelers. Travel by bus or rent a car to discover all the natural beauty -- from the Cliffs of Moher to Giant's Causeway -- that’s packed into this little island country. Travel to the remote Aran Islands to see traditional Gaelic language and culture still thrive. Or hit youthful and lively Galway to hear live Irish music in friendly pubs. 960 1280

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Thailand

Thailand

This backpacker’s paradise rose tremendously in popularity after The Beach was filmed in Thailand’s Maya Bay in 1999. In the film, young backpackers search for a hidden paradise, inaccessible to tourists. Even though it’s hard to escape the tourists in Thailand, there’s still plenty here for the intrepid traveler to discover. From island hopping to elephant riding and jungle trekking, there’s no shortage of adventures to have here. And Thai food alone is worth a visit. Spicy and cheap, it’s perfect for the adventurous foodie. 960 1280

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Greece

Greece

A budget traveler’s dream, this Mediterranean hot spot offers ancient ruins and affordable islands to explore. Tour ancient wonders like the Acropolis and the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Then soak up Greek culture with a tour of the islands, from party-beach Mykonos to sparsely populated Gavdos. 960 1280

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New Zealand

New Zealand

If you’re an adventure junkie or simply an outdoors lover, this country is sure to wow you. Cross off a bucket list challenge in South Island’s Queenstown, the mecca for nearly all adventure activities and the birthplace of bungee jumping. If you want to see the spectacular scenery with both feet on the ground, trek through New Zealand's Fiordland National Park on the 33-mile Milford Track. 960 1280

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Turkey

Turkey

If you want to backpack in a less tourist-trodden country, this Middle Eastern gem is a great option. Spend a few days marveling at the mosques in Istanbul (which happens to be a major flight hub for scoring cheap airfare). Once you get outside of Istanbul, prices drop tremendously. So you’ll be able to get the most bang for your buck as you crisscross the country, touring the underground caves and rock houses of otherworldly Cappadocia and the ancient ruins of Ephesus. 960 1280

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Southwest USA

Southwest USA

There’s no reason to leave the good ole US of A in search of adventure. Southwest’s Four Corners region -- Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona -- offers incredible hiking and jaw-dropping scenery. While the Grand Canyon is a must-see, don’t miss other natural wonders, too, like Utah’s Monument Valley, Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns. 960 1280

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