Conditions are perfect for visiting these near and far-flung, culture-rich locales: Price-wise, 2014 is the year. Dipping hotel rates, new attractions, and some perennially affordable sights and eats make these cities ideal to consider for your travel itinerary this year.
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Why: Take advantage of Atlantic Canada’s always-low prices and to see an UNESCO World Heritage Site on the cheap. Composed of four provinces, Atlantic Canada is well known for its amazing seafood and rich history. Old Town Lunenburg, a heritage site in Nova Scotia, is 260 years old, but it almost looks almost the same as it did in the 1700s. Buy a $10 ticket to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and its wharves to behold floating replicas of famous trawlers and schooners.
Where to Stay: The Smugglers Cove Inn is right right by the docks, if you want a quaint and cozy stay. For $5 a night, you can rent a Beta fish, which the hotel calls “a free ‘therapy’ session to help you relax.”
Why: Philadelphia’s arts scene has been bigger that it is now. The legendary Barnes Foundation art collection has moved from the suburbs to a new downtown home, and building a boom has given rise new state-of-the-art buildings for slew of institutions including the National Constitution Center, the Please Touch Museum, and the Philadelphis Theatre Company.
Museums such as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts line the avenue, so do restaurant and watering holes as Jew Wine Bar, which serves up small bites alongside international wines from its “Global Vineyard.”
Judge for yourself on who has the best cheesesteak in town: Pat’s King of Steaks or Geno’s Steaks, longtime competitors who are across the street from each other and, more importantly, both open 24/7.
Where to Stay: The Alexander Inn is a small but well-appointed boutique hotel in Center City within walking distance of both Independence Hall and the Avenue of the Arts.
Why: Deep discounts abound in Warsaw in 2014. Hotel stays cost a full 20% less this year. Visiting the capital of Poland is like taking the best European history lession you’ve ever had.
If you visit Warsaw in the summer, take in the free piano concert held next to the part’s statue of Chopin every Saturday and Sunday, a tradition that has lasted 50 years.
The oldest and most historic part of the city, Old Town was almost completely demolished during WWII, but restoration efforts have earn it UNESCO World Heritage status. Today, Old Town is teeming with cafés, galleries, and restaurants including Pierogarnia na Bernarskiej, a local joint that dishes out dirt-cheap traditional pierogies.
Where to Stay: The rooms in Ibis Budget Warszawa Reduta are teensy but outfitted with bright, contemporary furnishings in a price that’s unbeatable.
Why: It’s a fashionable time to experience au courant “K-Pop” music in the place that invented it, and conveniently, hotel rates are down 9% this year. Obviously, there’s more history in the country than the trajectory of pop star Psy.
14th century Geongbok Palace, in northern Seoul, has been destroyed and rebuilt twice. Efforts to restore the Joseon Dynasty buildings are ongoing, but some features are finished and available for viewing, including the Imperial Throne Hall, where coronation ceremonies were held, and the palace gate.
Try your hand at the craft at one of the museum’s two-hour classes for visitors, but brush up on your foreign-language skills beforehand: They’re taught in Korean.
For a bit of exercise in an awe-inspiring environment, hike the Bugaksan Mountain trails, which take you along the Fortress Wall of Seoul.
Where to Stay: If you’re up for trying of Seoul’s many “love hotels”, Hotel Amare is well situated in central Seoul. The lack of storage space is a major tradeoff for perks like sleek, modern décor and a free non-alcoholic mini bar.
Why: Now is the time to immerse yourself in culture in Riga, Latvia, where theater thrives and Art Nouveau buildings are abundant. lucky patcher apk here Old Riga is ideal for architecture-scouting: The spires of numerous churches reach into the sky, such as the landmark medieval Riga Cathedral which is famous for its 6,718-pile organ) and St. Peter’s Church.
Where to Stay: Named after the Livonian Poet who aided Goethe in starting the Sturm und Drang movement, Guesthouse Jakob Lenz isn’t exactly centrally located, but the price is right and the furnishings are streamlined and tidy. Ensure you don’t book a “basic” room unless you don’t mind sharing a bathroom with other guests.