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Celebrate Your Mom with these Great Mother's Day Escapes

Moms are one of the most important people in our lives and whenever we get a chance to celebrate them, we should do so with open arms.  Why not make this Mother's Day memorable and even more special by taking Mom on a great Mother's Day escape?

Here are some indulgent Mother's Day packages from across the US: 

  • Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI - enjoy the opening weekend of their 125th season including accommodations, a welcome reception, cocktail reception, a Mother's Day luncheon buffet, a history lecture, free green fees, and discounted ferry tickets; rates from $659 for the weekend
  • La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, Santa Fe, NM - offering deluxe accommodations and two spa treatments, a $40 breakfast credit daily, and two complimentary margaritas at the lounge; rates from $269 per night
  • Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY - this package includes accommodations, breakfast and dinner, chocolate-covered strawberries, wine for Mom, along with live music and dancing; rates from $355 per night
  • Acqualina Resort & Spa, Sunny Isles, FL - this amazing two hour experience gives Mom the pampering that she deserves - after three luxurious spa treatments, she'll receive a spa lunch on the verandah by the pool; package rate is $295
Whatever you choose to do, Mom, this day is for you!

Best Single Travel

If you're traveling solo, its' sometimes hard to find tours for single travel in general.  Here is a great option to ensure you enjoy your trip and get the best vacation value for your hard earned dollar.

Best Single Travel offers a selection of Singles Vacations for Singles in their 30s 40s 50s & Active 60s - and what a selection they offer!  Destinations include:

  • Africa
  • Cancun all-inclusive
  • Greece Island Hopping
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Spain & Portugal
  • Panama
  • London, Paris, & Amsterdam
  • Eastern Europe
  • Costa Rica
  • Thailand
  • Ireland
  • Israel 
  • Turkey
  • France - castles, wine, and beaches!
Best Single Travel offers additional tours dedicated to 18 to 35 year olds, adventure travel, cooking vacations, cruises, and sailing adventures.  

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Explore the Wonders of the World by Private Jet

For those of us who haven't won the lottery yet, this dream vacation may just be that, a dream....but for the lucky few, enjoy and have a drink for the rest of us!

It all starts with flying in Business Class onboard a Private Jet 757 Boeing jetliner.  And the perks that come with?  Champagne, short flights, and pre-arranged customs and immigration whenever possible.

Where do you want fly?  How about a 16-day journey through Asia and Africa? or maybe a 19-day exploration of exotic Asia alone?  the South Pacific?  South America?  Or maybe the 39-day around the world tour would be more to your liking.

What's included?  In this case, everything.  Accommodation, all meals and drinks, all sightseeing tours, tipping, transfers, and taxes.  Plus you'll even have a tour doctor in case you get the sniffles.  Or something like that.

And the cost?  Well, what the heck does it matter?!  At this level, who cares.  But if you really need to know, the 2012 (yes, you'll have to wait until then) Tour Program with Private Jet starts at $24,450 per person.  Cheers, and don't forget to send my ticket.

For more information, visit The Captain's Choice Tour. Photo Credit: Halong Bay by Bruno {BRA}

The Re-Making of a Royal Princess

I don't want to date myself but I remember watching the Love Boat television series just wanting to be Julie McCoy or maybe even a guest who romantically fell in love onboard the cruise ship.

The Royal Princess was an integral part of the show when it came showcasing Caribbean cruises.  Now many years later, Princess Cruises has just announced a new Royal Princess ship to set sail in 2013.

Let's take a look at what we know so far about the contemporary Royal Princess:

  • she will weigh 141,000 tonnes
  • she will carry 3,600 passengers
  • a new revolutionary design will feature a covered glass-bottomed walkway which will extend over 28' past the ship's side providing for amazing ocean views to the waters surface 128' below
  • part of this unique feature includes the SeaView Bar
  • will offer an adults-only pool area with private cabanas during the day which turns into a dance club by night
  • will feature their signature outdoor theater, Movies Under the Stars
  • will have an expanded Piazza atrium along with 260,000 square feet of public space inside the ship
For more information on the Royal Princess, visit Princess Cruises.

Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises

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Celebrating A Royal Occasion in London

As much of the world gets ready to watch the Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Katherine Middleton on April 29, 2011, why not consider flying to London to enjoy the festivities in person?

The luxurious Milestone Hotel in London, England, is offering a unique package dubbed the Royal Occasion which features:

  • four nights accommodation
  • daily English breakfast
  • champagne afternoon tea
  • a seven-course Royal Banquet Dinner
  • tickets for two to Kensington Palace
  • commemorative mugs
  • luxury return airport transfers
The Royal Occasion package offers your choices of optional features including a picnic in Hyde Park or a Royal Feast at midnight.  Available only from April 24 to May 3, 2011, the Royal Occasion package starts at $4,000.

For more information on the Royal Occasion Package, visit the five-star The Milestone Hotel. Photo Credit:
William and Kate shun traditional wedding list for charity donations by Humberpike


How to Get a Free Passport - No Kidding!

Have you been thinking about taking a trip to Europe?  Maybe to the Greek Islands, the Colosseum in Rome, or the Louvre in Paris?  Well, why not get a free passport while you're at it!

Popular travel television host and tour guide, Rick Steves, is offering to do just that.  When you book a 2011 European tour you'll receive a $135 discount equivalent to the cost of a passport (at time of final payment).

Designed to maximize the experience, each tour group size ranges from only 20 to 24 people; over 10,000 travelers explore Europe annually with Rick Steves tours. 

For more information, visit Rick Steves' Europe. Photo Credit: Colosseum by Rennett Stowe

Caribbean Resort Encourages Guests To 'Go Bananas'

A Caribbean resort has teamed up with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board to give families and their 'little monkeys' a summer holiday to remember.


Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, near the island capital Castries, will be participating in the Tourist Board's "Go Bananas" summer promotion offering families discounts, special packages and the chance to take part in some of the island's most enjoyable experiences.

Vacationing between Jun 1 and September 30, 2011, and quoting the "Go Bananas" promotion, families can receive a number of great deals. Kids can have fun in the "Going Bananas" kiddy session, learning to make non alcoholic beverages from the key export, bananas, with adult sessions available. Other deals include a discount coupon book supplied by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, complimentary excursions, a children's education session at Pigeon Island and great deals on children's meal plans.

The resort is a popular destination with families and has a range of facilities to ensure that family holidays are as enjoyable as possible. The award winning Jacquot Fun Club caters well to younger children with Jeep Safari Tours, water sports and themed nights on offer. Teen club keeps the teenagers entertained with karaoke, bonfire and movie nights.

Parents are not forgotten as the romance of the island can be captured through candle lit dinners for two, island excursions and relaxing spa treatments at the resort's Serenity Spa. A dedicated nanny service is on hand for parents wishing to take some time for themselves.


Windjammer is very family friendly with lots of fun activities such as water sports and safaris available to keep everyone entertained. Our aim is to help families create those unforgettable moments." 

This year marks the resort's 21st anniversary and to celebrate this, Windjammer has undergone a $500,000 refurbishment programme restoring many of the 161 villas back to their original designs. 

The resort boasts 60 acres of exotic landscape and 1,500 ft of white sandy beaches along with two children's pools, a kid's playground and specially designed menus for little ones.  Book by April 15th, 2011, to go bananas in St. Lucia!

For more information, visit 

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. Photo Credit: St. Lucia by Loimere

New Orleans Oyster Festival

When you hear the motto "eat oysters, love longer" in conjunction with 'New Orleans,' you just know it's got to be something good...

This year's New Orleans Oyster Festival takes place on June 4 & 5, 2011, in the historic French Quarter.  Promising to 'educate the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster,' the two-day festival brings together oyster farmers and restaurateurs to showcase this most delicious delicacy.

The free admission means you can bring all of your friends to enjoy events like a shucking contest, eating contest, live music, along with tasting local culinary delights in the Oyster Capital of America.

For more information, visit New Orleans Oyster Festival.


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Best Family Vacation Destinations for 2011

When it comes to planning your family vacation, it pays to listen to the opinions of others.  They've travelled, they've tried, they've hit and they've missed. 

Here are TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award winners for the Top 10 Amusement Parks & Boardwalks in the U.S.:

  1. Anaheim, CA - home of Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Angel Stadium
  2. Wisconsin Dells, WI - Noah's Ark Water Park, Vertical Illusions, Bigfoot Zipline
  3. Wildwood Crest, NJ - Splash Zone Water Park, Morey's Piers, Cape May County Park & Zoo
  4. Orlando, FL - home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Outta Control Dinner Show, Discovery Cove
  5. Sandusky, OH - Cedar Point Amusement Park, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, Kalahari Waterpark Resort
  6. Myrtle Beach, SC - Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show, Soar and Explore Zipline and Ropes Course, Alabama Theater
  7. Hershey, PA - Hershey Park, Hershey's Chocolate World, Hershey Gardens
  8. Ocean City, MD - Trimper's Rides & Amusement Park, Boardwalk, Frontier Town, Ripely's Believe it or Not!
  9. Carlsbad, CA - home of Carlsbad Lagoon, Legoland California, Carlsbad Flower Fields, Carlsbad State Beach
  10. Panama City Beach, FL - Gulf World Marine Park, WonderWorks, Water Planet, Shipwreck Island Photo Credit: Disneyland Railroad by Adam Arthur

Spring into a Getaway!

Are you looking for a last minute spring break getaway?  Here are some great ideas for vacation fun, family-style.

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Tampa Bay, FL
What's great about the Free Play Family Plan package is the fact that kids 12 and under get to eat and play for free.  The 900-acre resort features four golf courses, lakes for fishing, a huge new 20,000 square foot spa, and your choice of six swimming pools.  The $245 per night rate gets you suite accommodations, plus free breakfast for all, and free golf and tennis for kids with a paying adult.

Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay, TX
Things are always bigger in Texas and this 7,000-acre playground is no exception.  Families can take advantage of the daily planned activities including banana boat rides, s'mores by the fire, bingo and more.  The package rate is $325 per night which includes a $100 resort credit (when staying 2 nights) and a $50 per night credit after that (for up to 5 nights).

Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, OH
As home to the largest indoor water park in the U.S., need we say more?  Rates start at $225 per night for their Spring Family Fun package including water park admission, token card for the arcade, four souvenir glasses, a pizza and pop for 4, plus a $20 credit at Indigo Swimwear.  Not to mention their mini-golf course, spa, salon, fitness center, dining options, and shopping.

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, St. John, USVI
Seriously, what could be better than spring break in the Caribbean?!  If you're willing to spend some family time volunteering, you can earn a $100 resort credit during your stay.  With nightly rates starting at $399, the Westin sits on 47-acres on stunning Cruz Bay.  White sand beaches, turquoise waters, enough said. Photo Credit: St John Island from Rennett Stowe

The Luck of the Irish: St. Patrick's Day Parades

Don't you just love a good parade? St. Patrick's Day offers some of the best!  This could be your lucky day if you're near one of these locations, so don't miss attending these popular St. Patrick's Day Parades for 2011.

Wishing you always—

Walls for the wind

And a roof for the rain

And tea beside the fire—

Laughter to cheer you

And those you love near you—

And all that your heart might desire! Photo Credit: 
March 17/2010 Happy St. Patrick's Day by Jude Doyland

Experience the Royal Wedding Frenzy in London

The Travelocity Roaming Gnome® has booked his flights to London, on Virgin Atlantic Airways, for the royal wedding. He and his friends at Virgin Atlantic have teamed up to offer two lucky travelers a trip to London to experience the excitement of the city during this historic occasion.

Today through March 31, 2011, participants can enter to winregal London getaway for two, including roundtrip flights from one of the Virgin Atlantic US gateways to London, in its luxurious Upper Class cabin, plus a four-night hotel stay at The Kensington Hotel. Travel dates are April 27 – May 2, 2011. 

During the flight to London, the sweepstakes winners will enjoy a flight that’s fit for a king or queen with the award-winning Upper Class cabin where they will experience fully flat beds, an onboard bar and the flexible Freedom Menu. Upon landing, the duo will enjoy a relaxing shower, freshly pressed clothes, and a hot breakfast at Revivals, Virgin Atlantic arrivals lounge.

Once in London, the Roaming Gnome and his lucky companions will join the masses outside Westminster Abbey to pay his respects to the royal couple on their wedding day.  When it’s time to return to Heathrow, the winners will breeze through security in Virgin Atlantic’s exclusive Upper Class Wing. Once through Virgin Atlantic’s Private Security Channel, and before their flight home, the lucky couple will have some time to relax in Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse for a Cowshed spa or Bumble and Bumble treatment.

To enter, visit Travelocity / Virgin Atlantic Airways Royal Wedding Sweepstakes.   

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Staycation at Home in Palm Beach, FL!

As one of the earliest established resort destinations in the U.S., Palm Beach, FL, and Boca Raton have been welcoming visitors for over 100 hundred years.

This area has long been known for its variety of antique & art shows, sports spring training camps (February to March), equestrian events including polo (January to April) - not to forget the Honda Classic and the World Series of Poker.  You're sure to find something for everyone whether you're traveling as a family or as a couple looking for a romantic getaway.
Here are just a few of things you can discover in Palm Beach & Boca Raton:
  • for families - 47 miles of beaches, zoos, water parks, and parks with over 120 family attractions in total
  • for couples - range of dining choices, romantic accommodations, shopping in 15 areas, and spas
  • eco-adventures including hiking and wildlife viewing
  • championship golfing at 160 courses, tennis, and watersports
  • performing arts, art galleries, plus 75 cultural and historical sites
To help plan your vacation to Palm Beach & Boca Raton, there are a number of popular annual events you may want to consider attending including:
  • South Florida Fair - January
  • American International Fine Art Fair - Feburary
  • Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show - February
  • Delray Beach International Tennis Championships - February
  • Palm Beach International Film Festival - March
  • Palm Beach International Boat Show - March
  • Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction - April
Hotel special offers & packages for Palm Beach & Boca Raton ranging from bed & breakfast to boutique and five-star hotels are updated daily - visit Discover The Palm Beaches & Boca Raton for more details. Photo Credit: Palm Beach, Florida by Jrubinic

Wine & Dine in Argentina!

Are you a food & wine connoisseur looking for some adventure?  Instead of exploring your local wine store for that perfect bottle or your local market for the freshest produce, consider a wine & dine package in Argentina as an alternative.

You'll explore everything from hearty Mendoza Malbecs to subtle Syrahs, Salta's aromatic Torrontes to the classic Cabernet Sauvignons - Argentinean wines are yours to be discovered!  Produced from a full range of grapes, you're sure to find the perfect selection to suite your taste and budget.

You'll visit Buenos Aires, Salta, Cafayate, Mendoza, and the Uco Valley - you'll shop in local markets, take an empanada cooking class, tour wineries and more!  This 11 day/10 night escorted tour departing October 10, 2011, includes accommodation, most meals, transfers, tours & tasting, and guest wine experts.  

For more information, visit Photo Credit: Wine Sniffer by Timsnell

Some of the Best Hotels in the World

When it comes to choosing a hotel, many travelers turn to the trusted and sometimes brutally honest public reviews found on the popular website, TripAdvisor.

We can always count on them to produce a number of Top Ten lists including their latest Travelers Choice Awards which names the best hotels in the world in a variety of categories.  Let's take a look at the Best: Photo Credit: Citizen M Amsterdam City by Citizen M Hotels 

New Caribbean Port of Call in Jamaica

Located between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Falmouth has always been an important port for the island of Jamaica dating as far back as 1769. 

More recently, Falmouth has been established as the newest Caribbean port of call for Royal Caribbean International sailings.  This historic port set amongst 19th-century gingerbread Georgian architecture offers cruisers a number of shore excursion opportunities including:

  • visiting the beautifully restored Good Hope Great House plantation
  • riding a bamboo raft down the Martha Brae River
  • tour of the Appleton Estate Rum factory
  • purchasing local crafts at the Albert George Shopping & Historical Center  
  • taking a walking tour of the historic harbor itself
  • the chance to enjoy local restaurants and authentic Jamaican cuisine like jerk, breadfruit, and ackee
  • exploring the historic port by horse & buggy

For more information, visit Royal Caribbean International. Photo Credit: Road to Falmouth Jamaica by Carlotta Tofani

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A Royal Trip to Canada

His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Katherine Middleton have accepted an invitation to undertake a Royal Tour of Canada, extended to them on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Royal Tour will include Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the National Capital Region.  

Taking place from June 30 to July 8, 2011, this will be the couples first trip to Canada as newlyweds after their royal wedding which takes places on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London.  

Prince William and his new bride, Kate, are expected to draw huge crowds across Canada similar to those of Prince Charles and Diana upon their first visit.  This will be in stark comparison to the last royal visit by Prince Charles and Camilla, whose public events were not that well attended overall.