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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.
Camera technology changes so quickly these days it may leave you wondering if you have an old clunker in your pocket and if it’s time to update to the latest capabilities. Features like anti-shake, night friendly settings, easy video, water resistance and extended battery life may convince you that it’s time to update your camera before your next vacation. Here’s a really terrific infographic that compares the best cameras and helps you answer the question, “What Kind Of Camera Should You Take Traveling”?
Hyatt Hotels are introducing their new All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica in a big way – with free golf!
This winter the new all-inclusive resorts, Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva in Rose Hall Jamaica, are offering a complimentary amenity that’s sure to put a smile on the face of your favorite golfer. Instead of waiting until Spring to hit the links, you can now play golf on your tropical Caribbean vacation. Every guest who stays at one of Hyatt’s new all-inclusive resorts, regardless of room category booked, will be offered complimentary greens fee for one round of golf per person per stay at either the ocean front Cinnamon Hill Golf Course or the legendary White Witch Golf Course. Which ever course you choose will deliver memorable views and an exciting day of golf action.
From November 7 to 9, 2014, Berlin and the world-at-large will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution in Berlin, Germany that witnessed the fall of the oppressive Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. Anyone who was alive during that era certainly feels an affinity with the people of Berlin so long tyrannized by a brutal government, and their jubilation at being finally free to engage with the rest of Germany and the world.
Citizens of Berlin will celebrate the fall of the Berlin wall with a LICHTGRENZE that will feature 8,000 helium-filled balloons placed along the route of wall that separated East and West Berlin.
Now that fall temperatures have started to cool and Colorado landscapes are turning to gold, it’s a wonderful time for some high-altitude hiking to hot springs in Colorado. Colorado is blessed with an abundance of scenic hiking trails to tease you into the mountains, but none so compelling as hikes that lead to soothing hot springs. What could be a better prize at the end of an energetic hike than to throw off your hiking boots and splash your way into the relaxing waters of a bubbling hot spring? Here for your daydreams then are 5 Colorado hikes that lead to wonderful hot springs pools.
Excitement is building in anticipation of the children’s film, Paddington, due to be released in the U.S. in mid-December and late November in the UK. The movie features the adventures of lovable bear, Paddington Brown, a storybook bear who has been entertaining young children (in book form) for over 50 years. London (Paddington’s hometown) is pulling out all the stops to honor the nation’s most beloved bear. 50 specially outfitted Paddington Bear statues will dot the city, appearing in strategic spots where Paddington encountered his most memorable adventures. Families will be able to follow specially designed Paddington Trails to follow the lovable bear all over the city.
This compelling question tickles our imagination and is the basis of a terrific new book published by Lonely Planet: The BEST Place To Be Today, 365 Things To Do & The Perfect Day To Do Them. The premise of this entertaining guide is to provide interesting and unique places you should consider traveling to – on the very best day to visit that particular spot. With something intriguing to do on every day of the year in 2015, this book makes it on our list of great Christmas presents for your favorite travel enthusiast.
So what’s the first day you would look up? Your birthday, anniversary, or perhaps that cold mid-winter week that you always hit the wall and want to escape to someplace exciting and warm.