Explore the Best in Travel 2016

A vacation should feel like a reward, but that doesn’t mean it should break the bank. The trouble is that most travel guides either ignore the expense factor or obsess over it, turning the bargain hunt into the main adventure.

MONEY’s first Best in Travel Awards shift the focus to a more universal—and useful—metric: value. We selected all of our winners—from the domestic and international destinations to the best airlines, hotels, cruises, and travel cards—because they land in a travel sweet spot: great choices at great prices.

The result is a list that’s both timely and handy, packed with the kind of intel that makes saving money as easy as a walk on the beach. Call it your ultimate vacation value guide.

By Susie Poppick, Stirling Kelso, and Kara Brandeisky with Shalene Gupta, Sara Morrow, Taylor Tepper, and Alexandra Mondalek


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Find Your Best Trip
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The right trip for your budget
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Best Domestic Destinations
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From San Diego to Sante Fe
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Best International Destinations
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Prague, Marrakesh, and beyond
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Best Hotel Chains
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Rest your head for less
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Best Resorts
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Getaways that have it all
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Best Rental Cars
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Great deals on wheels
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Best Cruise Lines
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Don’t miss these boats
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Best Travel Credit Cards
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Low fees, big perks
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Best Airlines
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Fly better and cheaper
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Best Frequent Flier Programs
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Points go farther here
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Best Money-Saving Travel Apps
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Apps that make cents
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To locate where quality, cost, and value intersect, we relied not on our reporters’ favorite haunts, but on something far less subjective: data. With input from more than 40 sources—including TripAdvisor, Numbeo, Hotels.com, J.D. Power, and Onboard Informatics—we considered financial factors such as overall costs and price trends, as well as experiential ones, such as cultural attractions and tourist amenities.
Read more about our methodology.

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