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:
The Best of Northeast Skiing Country Inn Getaways
One of the best perks of winter in the Northeast is ski season and all the great chances to get out and play in the snow. Whether you prefer cross-country or downhill skiing, romantic sleigh rides or just sitting in the lodge by the fire with your drink of choice, ski trips are something everyone looks forward to. Here are some terrific country inns that make a perfect place to stay while you hit the slopes this winter.
Know anyone who’s a diehard “Frozen” fan? True fans of the movie can now vacation like Elsa and Anna thanks to this list of cozy cabins and charming castles inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, courtesy of HomeAway.com – the world’s largest vacation rental site. Is your vacation fund melting faster than a snowman in the Sahara? Not to worry – with rates starting at just $60/night, there’s a destination for almost any budget. So enjoy these enchanting vacation rentals all inspired by the Disney movie, Frozen.
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.
Fall is right around the corner. Soon warm summer breezes will give way to crisp autumn air and the season’s harvest will reach its peak, yielding delicious fresh produce. BnBFinder has paired exceptional orchard destinations with beautiful bed & breakfasts and inns to create unforgettable autumn getaways. So take advantage of the small window of time for leaf-peeping and apple-picking this fall and visit some of these outstanding local farms.
Going back to school has never been such a treat as when you stay at an historic Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast. While Labor Day means back to school and some sad faces, you won’t mind a bit when you’re heading for one of these converted schoolhouses that are now outstanding inns. They’ll be no complaining about staying late, or dozing off, as these charming properties will have you reminiscing for the simpler days of small communities school. And these fine establishments will be swapping the three R’s from Reading, Writing and ‘rithmatic, to Rest, Relaxation and Romance. So take notes on the Best Schoolhouse BnB’s across America.
Contrary to popular belief, river cruising is not exclusive to Europe. Most of the world’s great cities have emerged along the shores of mighty rivers and today river cruising has expanded to travel the world’s great rivers. There are opportunities to explore rivers all across the globe, from the Yangtze River in China to the Irrawaddy river in Burma. There are also river cruises in the USA and South America, with routes along the Mississippi and the Amazon rivers. River cruises offer the opportunity to explore territory which is often thought of as the remit of backpackers, in a luxurious relaxed, leisurely and safe way.
Viator.com, the web’s most popular website for booking sightseeing tours around the globe has announced a great end-of-summer sale. Select sightseeing tour tickets in some of Europe’s most popular destinations can be booked at a discount during August and used throughout 2014.
Live concerts by top artists are the latest trend in cruise ship entertainment. While great stage shows have always been a popular amenity while cruising, the new over-the-top mega-ships are rolling out a whole new cruise experience; on-board one night only concerts by some of the countries most popular performers. Just as premier restaurants and premium excursions are now being offered for additional fees, so too are top live concert experiences. Performers like Lady Antebellum, Daughtry, STX, REO Speedwagon, and Trace Adkins are performing one-night concerts while ships are in port.
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Which Outer Banks Town Is Perfect For You? Here’s a look at 5 of the Barrier Islands’ tiny towns to see which one best fits YOUR vacation personality.
Whether you like to spend your vacation bouncing around from one excitement to the next, or you prefer to hide away from the world and immerse yourself in nature, look no further than the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where there is a little something to suit everyone.
After giving you eight good reasons to visit Croatia in 2014, we are going to take another look at this beautiful hotspot and see why Croatia is known as one of the premium sailing destinations in the world. Its attractiveness rises from the sheer variety of sailing experiences available to both amateurs and seasoned sailors. Sailing in Croatia provides challenge, adventure, excitement, and the ecstasy of coming into contact with some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth.
Discover Lubec, Maine, Eastern Most Town in USA, For Fresh Lobster, Wild Blueberries and Heavenly Chocolate
Most vacationers consider a visit to Downeast Maine to be a weekend spent jostling through the crowds in Bar Harbor. But if that’s as far as you venture, you would be missing the true rugged beauty of a coastal Maine town that embraces the rhythm of the sea and centuries of seafaring traditions.
For an authentic Downeast experience far from summer tourists and Starbucks, drive past Washington County’s wild blueberry barrens, and along Maine’s Bold Coast to discover Lubec, Maine on the edge of Passamaquoddy Bay. Perched at the furthest point east in the continental United States, the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse greets the very first rays of sun each day before the rest of America
Every young girl has dreamed of being a princess. For more than 75 years, Disney princesses have captured our imaginations and transported us into magical worlds that only exist in our daydreams. HomeAway.com, the world’s leading vacation rental website, is helping make childhood fantasies a reality with this list of Disney princess-inspired vacation rentals. You won’t have to wish upon a star to stay in these properties on your next getaway – rates start at just $105 a night!
Last-minute bookers and spontaneous travelers, give a cheer! Last Minute Travelers Will Soon Get Help From Airbnb
San Francisco-based Airbnb is now experimenting with a new service that will enable the company to enter the very delicate and crowded field of booking last-minute accommodations over the phone.
I’ve just taken a ride with UBER for the very first time and I’m now officially a raving fan – I love this “taxi” type service that is sweeping the world’s large cities. Uber has me thinking about taxi transportation in a whole new way because they solve issues I really never realized I had with traditional taxi transportation.
Here’s why I preferred my Uber rides to any taxi journey in recent memory:
Tips for Packing Your Trekking Bag for a Long Trip
Hiking is an excellent way to enjoy nature, connect with those around you or enjoy some quiet time, and participate in physical activity. A long trek that spans days instead of hours requires careful planning to ensure you’re fully prepared for your trip. Learning how to pack, what to pack and what to leave at home is vital to experiencing nature in a safe, enjoyable way.
I always intend to loose a whole bunch of weight before going on vacation so I will look great in the travel photos and feel a little less guilty when sampling the local cuisine. But reality being what it is, it’s the same old me (the good and the bad) in all the photos. Here […]
There’s a new VIP airport lounge experience that every flyer needs to know about. Up until now only elite flyers with oodles of airline miles and the willingness to purchase expensive annual memberships have had access to VIP airline lounges at US airports. Now The Club Airport Lounges is redesigning how travelers access VIP treatment while waiting for their flight to board with pay-as-you-go airport lounges.
There’s good news for passengers sailing this summer from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem. Passengers from RI, CT, MA, NH, VA, MD, DE, PA & NJ, will soon be able to book round-trip coach transportation from a number of convenient departure points to the cruise terminal in New York.