Friday, July 30, 2010

Save Money in Paris with the Paris Pass


Are you planning a trip to Paris? Are you wanting to see museums, ride the Metro, or take a Seine River cruise? If so, you can actually save money in Paris with the Paris Pass.

Based on an adult 2-day Paris Sightseeing Pass, you can save USD $71 over the cost of buying admission and transportation costs separately; or based on 6 days, you can save $201. The Paris Pass is actually a culmination of several passes including:
  • Paris Museum Pass - allowing free admission to over 55 museums and monuments including the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay
  • Paris Attractions Pass - allows free admission to attractions like the Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, and Chateau Fontainebleau
  • Paris Travelcard - which provides unlimited travel on the Metro, RER (Reseau Express Regional), and buses
  • Extras - plus you'll receive a free guidebook, shopping discounts, plus you'll be able to skip the long line for tickets found at many attractions
Available for 2, 4, or 6 consecutive days, you can also save an up to additional 10 by purchasing the Paris Pass online through the Super Sunday Sale, only available on Sundays. According to The Paris Pass, the top 10 attractions in Paris are:
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Louvre Museum
  • Towers of Notre Dame
  • Ô Château Wine Tasting
  • Orsay Museum
  • Montparnasse Towers
  • Paris Bus Tour
  • Grevin Wax Nuseum
For more information or to purchase your 60+ Attractions - 1 Ticket pass, visit the Paris Pass.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Paris Old Metro Signboard by PedroSimoes7

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stupid Tourist Questions 101


While we all have traveled and asked many questions in wonder,that's what travel is all about - the learning experience. But when we wonder about the question being asked, then that's a different story all together.

Here's a compilation Stupid Tourist Questions from around the world:
  • "Are the coconuts in the trees real?"
  • “Does the water go all the way around the island?”
  • "How many sunset trips do you run a day?"
  • "Do I have to get wet to swim with the dolphins?"
  • "Does the crew sleep on board the cruise ship?"
  • "Does the ship dock in the middle of town?"
  • "Do we have to leave the ship to go on the tour?"
  • "How do we know which photos are ours?"
  • "Why did the Greeks build so many ruins?"
  • "Do you know of any undiscovered ruins?"
  • "Will I be able to speak English most places I go in Canada?"
  • "Which direction is North in Canada?"
  • "Are there any ATM's (cash machines) in Canada? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax?"
  • "Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street?
  • "Are there any lakes in the Lake District?"
  • "Why on earth did they build Windsor Castle on the flight path of Heathrow?"
  • "What time of night does the Loch Ness monster surface and who feeds it?"
And the all time favorite, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Tourists - Go AWAY! by Seth W.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Discover: The Bare Facts About a Nakation


Are you tired of dragging your luggage through the airport? Frustrated that it tips over and won't turn when it's supposed to? Does it irk you when you have to stuff your carry-on in the overhead bin by pushing and shoving?

Well, if so, maybe it's time for a Nakation. Yep, you got it, a naked vacation. Just think, you'll never have to pack again! You won't have to worry about baggage charges or airport security - you'll be free in more ways than one!

The American Association of Nude Recreation (AANR) has over 250 resorts, clubs, campgrounds, and RV parks, where you can choose to enjoy your Nakation.

Erich Schuttauf, AANR's Executive Director states, "To avoid added baggage stress as you embark upon a vacation, whose purpose is to de-stress and rejuvenate you, plan a Nakation – a vacation to a nudist resort! All you’ll need for the week (sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, shoes and toiletries) can fit in a small carry on that will fit under the seat, avoiding even carry on bag fees."

He continues, "So avoid the hassles of security screening bag issues, worries over lost belongings because you can’t lock your luggage to protect checked valuables. And the fact that overhead compartments never seem large enough for carry on roller bags. Take a Nakation.”

For more information, visit AANR.

Photo Courtesy of American Association of Nude Recreation.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ten Best Vacation Views from Bed!


Once again, thanks to our friends at TripAdvisor for coming up with some very cool topics - and this is definitely one we all want to experience - the Ten Best Views from Bed.

Locations range from exotic to tropical but all promise spectacular views of nature at its best. Without further adieu, here is the list of the Ten Best Views from Bed:

Flickr.com Photo Credit: L1090344.JPG by DavityDave

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Only in San Franciso


I love the tourism slogan, 'Only in San Francisco' because it's so true. Where else in the U.S can you find attractions like Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alamo Square, or even Alcatraz? These are the things that make San Francisco special.

If you're going on holidays to San Francisco this summer, one of the hottest not-to-be-missed attractions is the musical stage production of J. M. Barrie's, Peter Pan. Performed in an outdoor pavilion theater, the 2 1/2 hour show features a montage of puppets, music, magical flying, plus 360 degree video projections, the first of it's kind in the world. Visitors are invited to view the '100 Years of Peter Pan' exhibit as well as to enjoy refreshments from the concession stands. The last date to see Peter Pan in San Francisco is September 5th.

The Summer 2010 San Francisco Art Bash is another event to be enjoyed as it offers five different art exhibits at different venues throughout the city until early September. The San Francisco Museum of Art (SFMOA) introduces the Fisher Collection which includes works by Warhol and Calder while the de Young Museum features The Birth of Impressionism Masterpieces from the Musée D'Orsay in France. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, you'll find Various Illuminations of a Crazy World by Maira Kalman; the Shanghai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum; and Techno-Craft by Yves Behar at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Also in September, you'll find the most well attended event in Chinatown, the 2010 Autumn Moon Festival, September 18-19. Signifying a holiday on the Chinese Lunar calendar, Chinatown becomes even more alive with performers, dancers, music, and drummers, as they celebrate this important event.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Chinatown, San Francisco by www.bluewaikiki.com

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Discover the Delicious Chocolate Islands!

Flightster is looking for a new Travel Blogger; I'm submitting this as my entry!

Last week we ventured off to the stunning Seychelles Islands - this week visit the delicious Chocolate Islands.


Located on the equator 150 miles to the west of Gabon, Africa, the Chocolate Islands are named for being the largest supplier of cocoa in the world. The striking beaches of black sand, framed by volcanic peaks and tropical rainforest, make these islands a truly unique and desirable destination.

Comprised of two main islands, Sao Tome and Principe, the Chocolate Islands also include Annobôn, Bom Bom, and the Bioko Islands. Must sees on Sao Tome include the Santa Sé Cathedral, the Historical Archive, and the Presidential Palace.

Roughly one-third of the country is designated as a nature preserve known as Ôbo Natural Park (Ôbo meaning “wild, impenetrable woods”). Hiking, bird watching, turtle watching, big game fishing, whale watching, fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling are available in abundance.

Only a five-hour flight from Lisbon, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe have long been visited by Europeans looking for that perfect match of history, culture, nature, and spectacular beaches.

For more information, visit Sao Tome and Principe Tourism.

Chocolate Islands Travel Tips:
  • Main languages are Portuguese and Spanish
  • In order to enter the islands, you must be vaccinated for Malaria & Yellow Fever
  • Entry Visas cost €20; airport departure fees are also €20
  • Dry season runs June to September
  • Don’t bring your credit card – cash transactions are the norm
  • Don’t miss visiting the old cocoa Plantation homes

What’s New in Orlando Theme Parks 2010


When families go on holidays in America, there’s a good chance they’re going to Orlando. With an abundance of theme park choices, sunshine, shopping, dining, and nightlife, Orlando truly has something for everyone.

But if you’ve been to Orlando before, don’t be fooled – it’s constantly changing by adding new attractions and rides for families to enjoy. Let’s take a look at what’s new in Orlando theme parks for 2010.


SeaWorld Orlando

Aquatica
, the new water park at SeaWorld Orlando, is unique in the sense that it offers visitors a combination of water park fun plus the opportunity to view tropical fish and striking Commerson dolphins, up close and personal. Besides a huge 80,000 square foot white sandy beach, Aquatica offers thirty-six water slides, rivers and lagoons, private cabana areas, and three dining options. SeaWorld Orlando has also introduced a new flying roller coaster called Manta which provides glimpses of tropical fish as you fly by at speeds of 56 miles per hour.


Universal Orlando Resort

Earlier this year, Universal Orlando unveiled The Wizarding World of Harry Potter inspired by the series of book authored by J. K. Rowlings. Located fittingly at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features multiple attractions like Hogwarts Castle and the Dragon Challenge, a high-speed roller coaster reaching with speeds of 60 miles per hour. The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is another new coaster with a high tech twist featuring a series of special effects, lights, and sounds.


Walt Disney World Resort
With the success of the television show, American Idol, at Walt Disney World Resort you can now take your own chance at becoming a star with the new interactive The American Idol Experience. Toy Story Mania is another new interactive attraction where visitors don 3-D glasses as you follow your way through a series of carnival type games. Celebrate a Dream Come True is a new parade featured at Magic Kingdom Park while Epcot has a new attraction called The Sum of All Thrills which lets you design your own ride and then allows you to climb onboard a 4-D simulator to test out your design skills.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Slides by SpakAttacks

Friday, July 23, 2010

Top Sightseeing Attractions in London


When you visit a large exciting city such as London, England, it's easy to get overwhelmed. And with so many sights to see, where do you start? The best idea is to do a little research first on the topics that interest you - what do you want to see? Do you want to visit Piccadilly Circus? See a West End show?

If you're having trouble narrowing it down, here's a list of the Top Sightseeing Attractions in London to help you get started.
  • Tower of London
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Big Ben
  • Golden Hinde
  • Camden Market
  • British Museum
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Abbey Road
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Tower Bridge
  • Covent Garden
  • Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
  • London Eye
Purchasing a London Pass allows you free admission to over 55 attractions in London and is available in one, two, three, or six day consecutive increments.

The other key to enjoying a first time visit to London is choosing wisely from the many hotels in London city centre so that you're close to the attractions you want to visit.
And to get around, consider a London Travelcard that will enable you to ride the buses, trams, and the Tube in and around London with ease.

And if you do want to see that theater show in the West End, check out the box office ticket booths the same day of the show for last minute savings.

Flickr.com Photo Credit:
Dial, Covent Garden, WC2 by Ewan-M








Thursday, July 22, 2010

Discover: Tucker’s Point Hotel and Spa, Bermuda


When one thinks of Bermuda, it may conjure up notions of pink sand beaches, tropical palms, lighthouses, and maybe even cricket. But when you think of the newest resort in all of Bermuda, your only choice is Tucker’s Point Hotel and Spa.

Completed in 2009, award-winning Tucker’s Point Hotel and Spa has already been voted to the 2010 Hot List at Condé Nast Traveler, designated as the 2010 Traveler’s Choice for Romance and Relaxation & Spa by TripAdvisor, and was listed in Travel & Leisure’s 30 Romantic Dream Trips.


So what’s all the fuss about? According to Tucker’s Point, it could be the first class services and amenities offered to guests, the location amongst 200 acres of oceanfront, the 18-hole championship golf course, or maybe it just comes back to those palm trees and the longest private beach on the island of Bermuda. “We are proud that we are attracting new visitors to Bermuda and providing a world-class hotel experience – one which we will continue to build upon,” said Brian Young, General Manager of Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa.

As well as catering to discerning guests and couples, Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa has recently unveiled it’s Fabulous Family Fun package which includes a well-deserved 50-minute spa treatment just for mom, up to four passes to Bermuda’s famous Crystal Caves, a one-hour Junior Golf Clinic for the family’s future PGA pro, a complimentary dining menu for children under 12, and a 50 percent discount on a second room for children under 18.

Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa also offers an array of activities through Camp Seahorse for children ages 5 to 12, scuba diving instruction and diving arrangements through their on-site Dive & Watersports Centre, a Snorkel Safari to a Nature Reserve, along with Junior Golf Camp and Junior Tennis programs.

Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa is Bermuda’s only member of Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, a luxury collection of more than 200 exceptional independent hotels and resorts in the most desirable locations around the world.


For more information or to make reservations, visit Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa.

Press Release/Photos Courtesy of Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Travel Writer Hump Day Savings




Southwest Airlines Sale!
With prices as low as $49!
Sale ends August 5, 2010




Big Fall Sale with Delta Airlines!
With prices as low as $44!

Sale ends July 29, 2010



Affiliate Offer for Sandals Grande Ocho Rios


Save up to 65%!
Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach & Villa Golf Resort.
Guests who book 3 nights or more will receive a
Free Island Routes Catamaran Cruise!


Guests must enter the Discount Code to receive this consumer offer- SGOAFF.
Sale ends August 4, 2010



International Getaways for Next Weekend
with American Airlines
Fares to Belize for as low as $227!
or Freeport, Bahamas - $74!
or Providenciales, Turks & Caicos - $197



Flickr.com Photo Credits:
Delta Airlines B767-322ER
by Irargerich
Southwest Flight
by Bob B. Brown


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Orleans Celebrates COOLinary Dining


New Orleans, “America’s Most Delicious City,” is once again offering one of the most waited for events during the year – the 2010 COOLinary program featuring special prix-fix three-course meals at almost twenty restaurants throughout the city.

For the months of August and September, a gourmet lunch can be had for $20 or less while a dinner can be savored for only $34 or less at these participating restaurants (with more being added daily to the list):

Bring a big appetite to the Big Easy and enjoy! For more information, visit New Orleans COOLinary.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Best. Breakfast. Ever. by TibbyGirl

Monday, July 19, 2010

Kids Fly Free to Fiji with Air Pacific


Hearing the words 'kids fly free' is music to any parent's ear. But hearing that Kids Fly Free with Air Pacific to Fiji, is even better.

Fijians love children, parents love the picturesque white sand beaches & turquoise waters - this along with huge savings makes for the perfect family vacation.

On sale now until August 15, 2010, the Kids Fly Free to Fiji promotion to the alluring South Pacific allows one child or infant per accompanying adult to fly for free, taxes and surcharges of $267 are not included - a bargain at this price.

Travel can take place from August 1, 2010, right through to February 28, 2011, so don't dismiss this offer without thinking of the upcoming winter travel season. What a great family trip this would make in the fall or next year!

For more information or to make reservations, visit Air Pacific.







Friday, July 16, 2010

Big Fall Sale with Delta Airlines


'Fall into savings' with the Big Fall Sale just announced by Delta Airlines where flights can be had for as little as $44!

The Big Fall Sale with Delta Airlines offers sale fares worldwide to all of the destinations that Delta Airlines flies.

Take a look at these amazingly low international each-way sample fares (based on round-trip purchase):
$129 - Boston to Bermuda
$229 - Los Angeles to Guatemala City, Guatemala
$229 - New York to Dublin, Ireland
$309 - New York to Athens, Greece
$369 - Minneapolis/St. Paul to Amsterdam, Netherlands
$409 - Seattle to Beijing, China
$429 - Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia

The Big Fall Sale with Delta Airlines also applies to domestic flights as well with each-way samples fares (based on round-trip purchase):
$44 - Pittsburgh to New York Kennedy
$99 - Dallas to Cincinnati
$99 - St. Louis to Savannah
$109 - Raleigh-Durham to New Orleans
$124 - Las Vegas to Memphis
$124 - Atlanta to Los Angeles
$134 - Los Angeles to Tampa
$164 - San Diego to New York Kennedy

The Big Fall Sale with Delta Airlines ends July 29, 2010. Black out dates apply and all tickets must be purchased at least 21 days prior; other restrictions apply.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit Delta Airlines.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Spotting-01-0013 Delta Airlines (N394DL), Boeing 767 by Andrei Dimofte


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Best Barbecue in America


During the summer, there's truly nothing better than barbecue. That tangy, sticky sweet sauce slathered over a variety meat, slow cooking for hours....it's mouth watering.

Our friends over at Gayot recently smoked out the best barbecue in America; here's the list of their grilling favorites:
According to Steven Raichlen, well known barbecue-guru, his favorite barbecue joints are listed in an article published at Epicurious, 'for people who love to eat.' His choices for the best barbecue in America include:
  • Kreuz Market, Lockhart, TX
  • Allen & Son Barbecue, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Charlie Vergo's Rendevous, Memphis, TN (as above)
  • Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue, Kansas City, MI - also a top pick of Chef Anthony Bourdain
For more information, visit Gayot and Epicurious.


Flickr.com Photo Credit:
Best BBQ Chicken with Simple Barbecue Sauce
by TheBittenWord.com

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Newly Revamped La Quinta Inns & Suites and Motel 6

Motel 6
With the introduction of their newly designed 'Phoenix' rooms, the revamped decor at Motel 6 has been described as "sexy, European and stylish." Surprisingly, these don't seem to be the typical words to describe Motel 6. With 1,035 hotels in their chain, Motel 6 expects to have 120 rooms transformed into the Phoenix format by the end of 2010. Phoenix room amenities include:
  • eco-friendly initiatives like energy and water conservation
  • 32" flat screen television and entertainment unit with multimedia panel/plug-ins
  • wood-like flooring
  • a settee corner area for relaxing
  • double doors lead into the bathroom showcasing the granite counter tops, large vanity, and walk-in shower
  • pedestal bed with luggage storage underneath
And yes, Motel 6 will still leave the light on for you.


La Quinta Inn & Suites
Near the end of it's $200 million makeover program, La Quinta Inn & Suites has revamped over 30,000 rooms to date. Waking up on the bright side has never been easier than with the new rooms featuring:
  • the oh-so-soft Bright Morning Bed by Simmons Beautyrest
  • complimentary Bright Side Breakfast
  • free in-room high speed internet access
  • over-sized work desks with ergonomic chair
  • free voice mail & local calls
  • eco-friendly initiatives including water conservation
For more information or to make reservations, visit Motel 6 and La Quinta Inns & Suites.

Photos Courtesy of Motel 6 and La Quinta Inns & Suites.



Monday, July 12, 2010

Kamping with KOA


With the ever growing popularity of staycations, it's no wonder camping is an option that many families are considering for the summer. But if the thought of camping in a tent gives you the heebie-jeebies, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has the perfect alternative for you.

KOA offers a selection of accommodation options including Kamping Kabins, Lodges, Kottages, and even a stay in a classic Airsteam trailer. Let's take a look at the details of each of these family fun opportunities:
  • Kamping Kabins - sleeping from 4 to 6 guests, these one and two room cabins offer the basics; bring your sleeping bags, towels, & toiletries and you're set
  • Kamping Lodges - also sleeping from 4 to 6 guests, the Lodges offer a separate bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, plus central heat/air
  • KOA Studio Lodge - the newest addition to the family of accommodation for KOA offers sleeping for 4 plus a bathroom and fridge
  • Kamping Kottages - are available as a Standard Kamping Kottage (sleeps 4, with a double bed & bunk bed; log table & chairs; bathroom) or as a Deluxe Kamping Kottage (sleeps 4; log table & chairs; kitchen; bathroom, and living room)
  • Airstream - these brand new trailers offer a nostalgic camping experience with all the modern amenities; available on at KOA in Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay, Sugarloaf/Key West, Bar Harbor, ME, and Las Vegas
For more information or to make reservations, visit KOA.

Photos Courtesy of KOA

Friday, July 9, 2010

Take a Wild Summer Ride at Silverwood Theme Park!


As the largest theme park in the Pacific Northwest, Silverwood Theme Park offers a selection of 65 rides and attractions, spread out over 2,000 acres - which includes an awesome water park.

Located just minutes north of Coeur d’Alene, ID, Silverwood is a theme park inside a natural theme park with nearby rivers, lakes, mountains, and forests offering some of Idaho’s best outdoor adventures.

Silverwood has two world-renowned wooden roller coasters, a new mammoth Aftershock steel coaster and a 16-acre water park with rivers, wave pools and high speed slides, called Boulder Beach Water Park. Booking a VIP Cabana for the day is definitely the way to go at Boulder Beach; for an extra fee, a cabana provides a shady area with lounge chairs, mats, towels, and even a refrigerator, so you and your family can relax and enjoy the day.

Get big savings and big fun by taking advantage of Silverwood E-Ticket Deals where specials are announced on a frequent basis. There's also a selection of area hotels that offer package rates including both hotel and admission tickets; this options provides some of the best values, especially for families. Another great way to extend the family fun at Silverwood is through their on-site RV Park and Campground facility which includes a picnic area and convenience store.

Open from May to September, general admission into Silverwood Theme Park is $41.99 day per adult ($20.99 after 5:00 p.m.) and $21.99 for seniors and children aged 3-7.

For more information, visit Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beach Water Park.

Photo Courtesy of Silverwood Theme Park

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Play of Passion in Obgerammergau


Taking place every ten years, the Passion Play in Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany, is the summer event not to be missed.

Re-enacting the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the roots of the Passion Play date back to the early 1600’s when the bubonic plague killed the majority of the residents in Oberammergau. In thanks for being spared from the dreaded lurgy, villagers promised to present a play to express their gratitude. Amazingly, the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634.

In keeping with authenticity, all of the performers within the play must be residents of Oberammergau for at least the past twenty years. Rehearsals for the Passion Play begin almost a year in advance – in real life, this year’s Jesus is a psychologist while Mary is a flight attendant.

Now until October 3, 2010, you have the chance to see the five-hour Passion Play at the open air theater in Oberammbergau; there’s also a three-hour intermission for dinner so plan to devote an entire day to seeing the play. Performed only in German, guests from other countries are given guidebooks in their own language through which the play can be followed.

Unfortunately, tickets only are now sold out but one and two night packages are still currently available.

For more information, visit Oberammergau Passion Play.

Photo Credit: Passion Play Oberammergau 2010