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Hotels That Give Rebates to Offset High Gas Prices

We've got some great news to relieve the stress of high gas prices when planning your getaway this summer.  Several lodging companies have come up with creative promotions to refund the cost of your tank of gas - or at least take a bit of...

Rental Car Companies Charging $9 a Gallon for Gas!

Watch Out - gas charges could be a total budget buster!  You are probably well aware that rental car companies offer you a full tank of gas at a relatively fair prices when you pick up your rental car.  But you probably are not aware...

Aqua Resorts Hawaii Has Quirky 15% Off Deal for Summer

I love it when a travel company puts their tongue firmly in cheek and comes out with a great quirky promotion.  Hat's off to Aqua Resorts, a  budget friendly hotel company with dozens of nice properties throughout the Hawaiian islands.  As a nod to President...

4 Night Inn to Inn New England Heritage Getaway

[caption id="attachment_7405" align="alignleft" width="177" caption="Rosewood Country Inn"][/caption] Come summer, the rolling green hills of New Hampshire beckon 'flat-landers' to come explore its bucolic byways, picturesque villages, and historic attractions.  We've found an incredibly great Inn to Inn getaway package that is both fascinating and affordable. ...

Paris By Pastry – Exquisite Madeleines

There are so many iconic French foodie experiences, it's hard to know where to begin.  Surprisingly it's often the simplest ingredients executed to perfection that produce the tastes we crave long after returning from a trip to France.  While many famous French confections ooze with...

Extreme Teen Adventure Camps That Make Memories For a Lifetime

When your kids have outgrown swimming at the lake and singing summer camp songs, it’s time to send them on a grand summer adventure that will challenge their mind and body,  shape their futures and spark interest in the world around them.

Here are three well respected companies that specialize in exciting and adventurous summer camp programs that your teens will remember for the rest of their lives.

National Geographic Student ExpeditionsSend your inquisitive teenager on an exciting expedition with top National Geographic Society scientists.  National Geographic Student Expeditions specializes in summer adventures for teens completing grades 9 through 12.  Nat Geo invites them to ‘Explore, Engage & Create’ with noted National Geographic photographers, writers and scientists.  Student Expeditions follow the footsteps of legendary explorers in exotic locations across the globe from the Galapagos Islands, to  New Zealand, Barcelona, Costa Rica and Yellowstone National Park, where students learn to view landscapes and cultures with new appreciation.  Programs are offered in varying lengths from 10-12 day workshops to 2 or 3 week in-depth expeditions.  Send your inquisitive teenager on an expedition Indiana Jones would have been excited to participate in. 

Florida Is Calling With Great Summer Deals

We've had an unusually cold and snowy winter and spring so far is rainy and cool, but there's  good news from Florida - the weather is beautiful and warm.  Now that all the snowbirds have migrated back north, perhaps it's time to plan a well...

Caribbean Pineapple Fried Rice – A Taste of Spring

Last year Clint and I had a fabulous vacation stay at The Fernandez Bay Resort on Cat Island in the Bahamas.  Not only did they have a spectacular oceanfront setting, but the food there was wonderful.  Each evening we enjoyed a delicious buffet filled...

Austin-Lehman Kayak Adventure
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Austin-Lehman Kayak AdventureDon’t miss this outstanding sweepstakes opportunity to win $5,000 towards an adventure tour for two with Austin-Lehman Adventures. Austin-Lehman has been offering small group multi-sport adventure tours for more than 35 years, and was recently named the #1 adventure tour operator and safari outfitter  in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine.  Their carefully crafted adventures focus on history, culture and nature while treating guests to distinctive accommodations, fine cuisine and expert guiding.

This is the very first sweepstakes offered by Austin-Lehman and here are 3 reasons you should  enter today!

  1. A generous and flexible prize – $5,000 toward an adventure trip for two that YOU choose – select from tours across 5 continents. 
Qantas Does Dallas – New Nonstop Flights to Australia

Anytime I can avoid a layover in LAX (my least favorite airport) it's a great day.  That' why I was so happy to hear that Qantas Airlines is beginning non-stop flights to Australia from Dallas Texas.  Beginning on May 16th.  Qantas will begin flying 4...

Wheelchair Accessible Hot Air Ballooning In Sonoma California

Mobility is no longer a barrier to experiencing the romance of soaring above the picturesque valleys and vineyards of Sonoma County California on a majestic hot air balloon ride.  Up & Away Ballooning has recently acquired a state-of-the-art balloon basket that was custom crafted in...

National Geographic’s Newest Travel Planner

100 Countries, 5000 IdeasI’ve just received a copy of National Geographic’s newest glossy travel book, 100 Countries, 5000 Ideas and I couldn’t wait to settle into a comfy chair and let my fingers dance across the world.  We’ve all come to expect dazzling photography from the folks at ‘Nat Geo’, and this illustrated travel planner is packed with photos that tell the story of destinations worldwide.  Inspiring photographs, detailed maps and savvy advice will help you decide ‘where to go, when to go, and what to see and do when you get there”.

Mobile App Finds Nearest Emergency Room Fast

Massachusetts General Hospital has been a leader in progressive medicine for decades and now they have  developed an iPhone App to help travelers immediately locate the nearest emergency room.  The free App, which is available for download at the iTunes Store, is called FindER.  The...

3 Top Luxury Cruise Lines Offer Amazing Summer Deals

We're all accustomed to the low, low  offers advertised by huge mass market cruise lines who want you to vacation with thousands of other passengers, but rarely do the premier luxury guys get into the act.  Well that has all changed this year with some...

Amelia Island – An Enchanting Getaway Destination That’s Easy To Reach and Full of Fun

Amelia Island BeachBeautiful Beaches, Intriguing History, Gorgeous Inns,  Divine Food, Good Shopping – Wow What A Great Vacation Spot! I’ve just spent a completely magical long weekend on Amelia Island in Florida.  If you’ve never visited this beautiful and fascinating island just off the coast of Jacksonville Florida, you’re missing a lot. When I think of what makes a great island getaway destination, a few musts come to mind – long stretches of soft sand beach, awesome restaurants in varying price categories, friendly pubs with quirky personalities, interesting accommodation choices, great walks, a bit of history to learn about, excursions out on the water, and oh yes… artsy boutique shopping.  Amelia Island has all these in SPADES!  Let me tell you about our 3 days of fun on Amelia Island.

Fernandina Amelia IslandGetting to Amelia Island – We stopped by on our (end of winter) drive north from Florida back to Boston.  Amelia Island is located along the Jacksonville coast, making it a quick detour off Route 95 to Route 17 then over the bridge onto A1A.  If you’re flying there’s more good news – JetBlue often has reasonably priced nonstop flights to Jacksonville from many of the cities they serve.  You should be able to find a good array of flight choices into Jacksonville (JAX) airport.