Last week I had the privilege of visiting the cruise ship, Oceania Marina, while it was docked in Boston Harbor for a one day port call. My invitation came from Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), a Boston-based tour company specializing in learning vacations. Road Scholar sets themselves apart in the travel arena by offering in-depth learning experiences, all meals, touring and tipping included pricing, and inspirational travel opportunities worldwide. As part of their Adventures Afloat program, they have contracted with Oceania Cruises to bring the Road Scholar experience aboard a selection of Oceania’s upscale cruises.
Have you toyed with the idea of owning a Bed and Breakfast someday? Here’s the basics of what you need to be a successful Innkeeper.
Move over Lorelai Gilmore and Bob Newhart, do you think you have what it takes to be an innkeeper? I can’t think of any other profession that combines the knowledge from as many different disciplines as innkeeping does. From cook to concierge, housekeeper to historian, gardener to greeter, mediator to marketer the list goes on and on, so to be successful you need to know your limitations and know when to get help.
Top Seven Ways to Travel Like a Jedi With Star Wars Inspired Vacation Rentals. In a nod to Star Wars Day which occurred this week, we bring you fantastic vacation rentals where you’ll feel just like your in a Star Wars film. Grab your light saber and here we go:
Short three and four day cruises from Miami have always been a popular getaway option, but now Norwegian Cruise Line is setting themselves apart by introducing all-inclusive pricing that includes unlimited free beer, wine and premium spirits while cruising to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Sky. Those Bahama-Mama’s are going to taste all the better […]
Baseball season is back! There is nothing better than hearing the crack of the bat on a long warm summer night as you watch the game with some friends and share refreshments. Instead of viewing it on TV, why not get off your couch and see one of America’s favorite pastimes firsthand at one of the celebrated stadiums steeped in tradition? While you are at it, you can stay at a B&B that has just as much history as some of these treasured parks because nothing beats seeing a great win front and center, except maybe a home-run experience in hospitality.
Have you been scared away from visiting Europe because it’s just too expensive? Well there’s good news on the horizon. Not only is the dollar strong again and climbing in value against the Euro, but seasoned traveler Matt Kepnes (a.k.a. Nomadic Matt) has shared his secrets for How to Travel The World on $50 a Day.
It’s been 50 years or more since Arthur Frommer first peaked America’s imagination to head to Europe for $5 a day. Generations have now hopped-the-pond to explore Europe, and the world, on a budget. Matt’s terrific guide for traveling smarter in today’s economy should be on everyone’s book shelf.
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.
New Laws Call for On Board Crimes to Be Made Public
Have you ever thought about possible crime occurring on board a ship? Most cruisers don’t. But as cruise ships become ever larger and now carry as many passengers as some small towns, crime on board should not be overlooked. Crime aboard cruise ships is not a topic that is openly discussed on the news or throughout the cruise industry, but it does occur. And although cruise lines would prefer to hide the stats, Cruisers have the right to know what has happened on board their ship prior to leaving port. Thanks to a recently passed law, vacationers will now know have access to crime statistics.
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!
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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