Got vacation photos or videos? Share them with Budget Travel's community!

Novel Ideas: Three for the Road

The season's best transporting new books—and where to experience the action firsthand.

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
By Rebecca Wells
Small-town girl and aspiring hairdresser Calla moves to New Orleans, where she enrolls in a prestigious beauty school. As she earns her keep at a local diner, she learns that city folk are just like her family back home, at least when it comes to food (Harper, $26).

New Orleans
Don't miss the pecan waffles or the fluffy Chef's Special omelets, stuffed with meat, cheese, onion, and French fries, at The Camellia Grill, a Big Easy standard (504/309-2679, omelet $8).

Italian for Beginners
By Kristin Harmel
Chronic rule-follower Cat decides, on a whim, to vacation in Italy with her ex, Francesco. Soon enough, she's alone and heartbroken, but after zipping through Rome on a Vespa, she realizes that tossing out your plans can lead to the best experiences (5 Spot, $14).

Ride past sites like the Vatican and the Baths of Caracalla on Nerone Tours' four-hour Vespa drive through Rome. Make sure to ask your guide to stop for a gelato break in the Campo dei Fiori (, from $210).

Dreaming in Hindi
By Katherine Russell Rich
Author Rich impulsively ditches her life in New York City to take on a freelance writing assignment in India. She's so enthralled with the country, she stays for a year to study Hindi and pen this memoir on the power of learning a new language (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26).

Udaipur, India
Take in this romantic city, known for its four glittering lakes, from the rooftop terrace of Udai Kothi, a lavish boutique hotel with panoramic views of ancient palaces (, from $95).

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.



Oceanfront hotels in Miami's South Beach Pink-Slip Trips
Plenty of people panic after losing a job. But instead of staying home to polish their résumés (or nibble their fingernails), these women fearlessly packed their bags, embracing the freedom that comes with a wide-open schedule. Sayonara, vacation request form!
Privacy Policy
Copyright ©2015 Budget Travel LLC, all rights reserved. "BudgetTravel ®," "BudgetTravelOnline ®," Budget Travel Online," "Vacations for Real People ®" and the related logos are trademarks and service marks of Budget Travel LLC