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Where To See The World’s Most Dramatic Cherry Blossom and Spring Tulip Festivals
This year more than most, everyone is desperate for a glimpse of spring to help them forget what a disgusting winter 2015 has been. All across the world cherry trees are in bud and ready to burst with pink perfusion to create lacy canapes dancing on spring breezes. Likewise, fat garden bulbs are sending their shoots toward the sunshine and soon gardens will sprout with spring tulips painting the landscape in impossibly bright colors. Oh yes, we need a dose of beautiful spring flowers right now! Here’s our master list of the best Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals across the globe.
Will This Be The Year You See The Northern Lights? Incredible Sale – Norther Lights Tour to Iceland for just $699 per person!
For the next 8 days, go-today is offering an unbeatable vacation package to Iceland for travelers wanting to enliven the 2015/2016 fall/winter season. For just $699 per person, ordinary Americans can transport themselves from the dreary boredom of a cold, blah East Coast to an Arctic world of thermal pools, glaciers, geysers and frozen waterfalls. Bookings must be made by March 30, 2015 – so get cooking.
Blaze your Path through Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail with the Help of These Spirited B&B’s.
With the spike in bourbon and whiskey sales over the past five years, one of the largest trends in travel has been the pilgrimage to Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. From bachelor parties, to mancations, to girlfriend getaway weekends, everyone wants to know more about America’s favorite brown spirit.
Come on a with us on a fascinating historic stroll through Warsaw, Poland.
What fascinates me about Warsaw is the immense and depth of of its cultural history. Warsaw is the capital city of Poland after the medieval capital city of Krakow. What is more eerie, is that Warsaw was completely destroyed during the World War II, with many lives perishing in the town. But humanity’s spirit never wanes and Warsaw is a symbol for that; today almost every standing structure in the city is postwar era renewal. Thanks to the ingenuity of the city’s talented engineers, the quaint old district of Stare Miasto still stands fully-restored.
They Eat Horses, Don’t They?… The Truth About the French, is a delightful book examining popular myths about the French.
Who among us hasn’t fantasized about putting life on hold and spending a year or two living in FrancThe Truth About The Frenche? Ahhh, I can imagine it all now; croissants at daybreak, long walks through lavender fields, stopping for a picnic of wine, bread and cheese… But I’m also imagining dealing with the infamous French stand-offish attitude, poor plumbing, and trying to dress with the chic ease of French women. Need I worry about the myths and rumors about quirky French lifestyles or is it all just hooey?
Take this fun quiz to find your perfect road trip in Ireland. Then download the map, directions and all the sites to see from Lonely Planet. This is your perfect Ireland Road Trip helper!
We all know the big three St. Patrick’s Day cities that grab all the attention each year for gala green celebrations and boisterous parades. Boston, Chicago and New York are hard to beat for their St. Paddy’s Day enthusiasm and Celtic traditions.
But with more folks claiming to have Irish heritage in the United States than in Ireland, there are lots of other cities that go all out to celebrate their Gaelic connections and hoist more than a few pints of green beer and Guinness. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day across the United States:
Imagine never having to wait in long, long U.S. Custom lines again when returning to the United States from your international travels. Yes, you could apply for Global Entry, pay the fees, have an interview and wait to be approved, or there may be a much easier way. The new free Mobile Passport App streamlines the re-entry process and is a must-have app for US citizens who travel internationally.
Stepping Out in Toronto? Here are our recommendations for great bars and restaurants in Toronto for good time.
Nowadays, most of the places in Toronto tend to be over-hyped or too mainstream. It is always nice when you have a place to go and relax, to put the burden of your work day aside. Not all the clubs and bars can provide you with that “solitude among people”. We as individuals tend to follow the trends, thus forgetting that the point of going out is to have a good company in descent environment. High prices don’t presume better quality of the drinks; more people in the club don’t presume better service. This is our choice for the best, intimate clubs that give you the feeling of privacy for smaller but selected groups.
Winter 2015 has to be one for the record books with huge snow storms and frigid temperatures whipping across the country. But it’s not all bad news. Remember the thrill you had as a kid when you could run out in the snow and play? Now with winter school vacation just days away, there’s a new attraction that is sure to light up smiles on every face, old and young!
Ice Castles have sprung up across America thanks to a very imaginative Utah-based visionary.
HotelTonight.com was made-to-order for times like this – stop procrastinating and find a great last-minute deal on a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, the pressure is on to plan a big event to celebrate your love. Couple that with all the weather events across the country and everyone is ready to just getaway! But where to begin? Thankfully, HotelTonight is coming to your rescue with ready-made LOVE packages!
The National Geographic Society has a well earned reputation for capturing the essence of a destination in vivid detail while igniting our imaginations about what it would be like to visit there. Now their team of experts have scoured the world to identify the most extraordinary places in the world to stay. The initial selection of 24 Unique Lodges of the World include properties that demonstrate a dedication to authenticity, sustainability, excellence in service and outstanding guest experiences.
Chase your winter blues away, with a blues immersion of a completely different kind! Ease your body and soul into an incredibly seductive aqua-blue infinity pool, imagining that you can gaze out on this mesmerizing oceanfront scene forever.
Well, all this can be yours for at least an unforgettable vacation stay if not forever. We’ve found perhaps the most inviting infinity pool vacation rentals imaginable that are all just a few hours flight away.
Let’s be honest, we all grimace at the thought of spending hundreds of dollars on travel insurance. One of the most asked questions I received as a travel agent was, “Do I REALLY need to buy travel insurance, I’ve never had a problem before”? But with volcanoes erupting, winter snow storms, strikes across Europe, terrorism events and just unlucky happenstance, having some trip protection is in fact a good idea. So for all you procrastinators, here’s some good news: there’s a new breed of travel insurance out there that is both no-hassle and inexpensive. Here are some policies well worth considering:
Emirates Airlines has announced an unbelievable sale for flights from JFK to Milan, Italy – with prices so low you will probably never see a sale like this again!! Emirates is offering two airline tickets for the price of one when tickets are purchased by June 22, 2015. That means two tickets from $799 in […]
Yes, travelers returning from Cuba can now bring up to $100 worth of alcohol and tobacco into the United States. With the new U.S. government regulations easing restrictions for travel between the United States and Cuba, travelers can enjoy easier travel to the island of Cuba and can return home with some of Cuba’s most revered products – cigars and rum. You should be aware that these products may not be resold in the United States.
Could it be that the years of bad news for travelers with diminished services and higher prices are finally going to take a turn for the better? Well yes, in fact, there’s finally some good news on the horizon for travel trends in 2015. So let’s take a look at some of the most important changes in store for the new year that are sure to cheer all you bedraggled road warriors.
We’ve found some sensational Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. BUT, it’s important to keep your eye on Facebook and Twitter this weekend as all the major travel brands will be popping up great discount promotions and giveaways to win your devotion and dollars. So give some thought to where you want to go and then zero in on the social media pages of hotels, airlines and tour companies that service that destination.
Here’s a look at some of the best travel promotions you’ll find for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Every time I book a hotel stay in Europe, I have to stop and try to figure out just what those meal plan initials mean…. EP, MAP? While All-Inclusive and BnB are pretty self explanatory, who can figure out the meal plan difference between European Plan and American Plan? I know one of them includes lunch, but for the life of me, I can never remember which one it is. Here’s a great Infographic prepared by itravel2000.com that walks you through the differences in meal plans and how to determine which plan is the best for your next vacation.