The 15 Cheapest Vacation Spots for 2019

A street in Mijas, located in Spain's Costa del Sol region.
A street in Mijas, located in Spain's Costa del Sol region.
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If you’re planning to take a vacation this year but don’t want to spend a fortune, the latest Holiday Money report from Post Office Travel Money might inspire an idea or two. Its round-up includes popular vacation destinations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Africa, and Asia where you’ll get the best deals in 2019, as Insider reports.

Post Office, a UK-based provider of foreign currency, created its rankings using data from tourist boards and tour operators. It compared the cost of eight items that tourists are likely to be shelling out money for, including dinner for two, a bottle of beer, a cup of coffee, and sunscreen. (This list accounts for local travel costs, but if you’re looking to save money, you’ll also need to factor airfare into the equation. This will vary, depending on which city you fly out of and into.)

Of the 42 resort towns and cities analyzed, Bulgaria’s aptly-named Sunny Beach is the place where your dollar will go the furthest. Located along the Black Sea, this tourist hub is known for its nightlife, amusement and water parks, and affordable hotels.

Next on the list is the Turkish resort town of Marmaris, situated along the Mediterranean coast. In addition to sun and sea, its proximity to a 16th-century castle and rock tombs may also appeal to history and architecture buffs.

For more travel ideas, check out the 15 cheapest destinations below. (Then read the full report here.)

1. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
2. Marmaris, Turkey
3. Algarve, Portugal
4. Cape Town, South Africa
5. Costa del Sol, Spain
6. Tokyo, Japan
7. Mombasa, Kenya
8. Prague, Czech Republic
9. Paphos, Cyprus
10. Bali, Indonesia
11. Hoi An, Vietnam
12. Sliema, Malta
13. Cancun, Mexico
14. Orlando, Florida, USA
15. Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

[h/t Insider]

Attention Aspiring Astronauts: Arlo Skye Now Has Space-Themed Luggage

Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

While some travelers are preoccupied with getting their luggage through airport security, the designers at Arlo Skye are thinking bigger. As Condé Nast Traveler reports, the brand's new line of suitcases is inspired by space travel, with high tech features and a sleek, futuristic look.

Arlo Skye was founded in 2016 by alumni from Louis Vuitton and Tumi Inc. They set out to create luggage that emphasized design, with luxury polycarbonate suitcases available in trendy colors like rose gold and custom monogramming.

The company's Space Collection may be its most stylized line yet. It comes with a removable, 10,050-milliamp-hour charger with USB C and A ports for charging phones and other devices. The chrome-colored case is 22 inches tall, 9 inches deep, and 14 inches wide and weighs 8.5 pounds empty.

Space Collection suitcase from Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

Depending on what type of space traveler you are, you can get one of three designs laser-etched on the bottom of your luggage. There's Moon Shot, Team Human, and Occupy Mars; each engraving comes with a short ode to space and a small picture of its respective celestial body. Like other suitcases made by Arlo Skye, these bags are zipper-free and made from polycarbonate with an aluminum frame.

Whether you're a globetrotter or an aspiring astronaut, the Space Collection from Arlo Skye makes a great travel companion.

Buy it from Arlo Skye for $450.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Here's How You Can Help Rebuild Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Kitwood, Getty Images

A fire at Paris’s famed Notre-Dame Cathedral raged for nine hours on Monday, drawing the world’s attention to the partial destruction of one of the best-known cultural monuments on the planet. The efforts of more than 400 firefighters managed to preserve much of the 859-year-old structure, but the roof and spire were destroyed.

Financial support for the building has already come pouring in, with billionaire François-Henri Pinault pledging $113 million toward reconstruction and another billionaire, Bernard Arnault, promising $226 million. A total of roughly $1 billion has come in from donations, but a revitalized Notre-Dame is a considerable expense that could cost even more.

For people who would like to assist, donations are being accepted by the nonprofit French Heritage Society for virtually any amount.

Why will expenses run so high? Prior to the fire, Notre-Dame was in dire need of extensive restoration. Buttresses caused instability to major walls, gargoyles were damaged, and cracks had formed in the now-destroyed spire. The cathedral is owned by the French government, which allots roughly 2 million euros (or about $2.26 million) annually to upkeep. Between the existing wear and the fire, it could take years or possibly decades for the work to be completed.

The publicity surrounding Notre-Dame has also motivated people to assist in rebuilding efforts on a smaller scale, and closer to home. Three churches in Louisiana that were recently targeted in allegedly racist arson attacks saw donations climb from $150,000 to over $1 million following the Notre-Dame fire. You can donate to that GoFundMe campaign here.

[h/t CNN]

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