This week in travel news…

trainsThe surprising comeback of train travel

It’s been 21 years, and John Moore still eagerly leans against his passenger window to watch the landscape pass by as the train he commutes on every day roars over the Moodna Viaduct in Cornwall, New York.  Click image to read more.

 

RomanceA romantic’s favorite fall getaways

While renovating a bed-and-breakfast in California’s Sierra Nevada, Maddy Breyer finds herself falling for the local sheriff.  That fictional location is as rugged and beautiful as the real thing for author Stacy Finz, whose debut novel, “Going Home,” features a young woman who moves to the fictional small town of Nugget, California, to start over.  Click image to read more.

BelizeFind paradise at Belize’s top beaches

Belize is unlike many other Caribbean destinations, where it’s easy to isolate the best beaches of a particular island. The mainland coast of Belize is a tangle of mangroves, which is about as far as a person can get from ideal beach conditions. Not to worry, Belize has literally hundreds of cayes (pronounced keys, as in Key West).  Click image to read more.

AcadiaFind the best fall foliage near Acadia National Park

As a child born and raised in the Northeast, autumn is the season that fills me with wonderful memories and has always been my favorite time of the year. Many hours spent on the soccer fields, apple picking with my family, and enjoying fall festivals and the beautiful burst of color that filled the landscape each October.  Click image to read more.

HotelsThe Coolest Hotel in Every State (and DC!)

Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that’s crazy!), it’s hard to define the word “cool.” And even harder to apply the label to hotels, when “cool” could mean historic, or trendy, or that the place is actually a decommissioned Coast Guard helicopter with a full-service bar… in your room!  Click image to read more.

TipsAbsolutely Everyone You Need to Tip While Traveling

It’s probably safe to say the idea of tipping the flight attendant has never crossed your mind, but apparently a whopping 30 percent of flyers have done it. How do you feel now, cheapskate?  Click image to read more.

 

Cruise MakeoverWorld’s Biggest Cruise Ship Heads Home to Florida After Refit

The world’s largest cruise liner set sail for Florida on Wednesday night after a sojourn in Europe that saw it undergo an extensive refurbishment. The refit means the Oasis of the Seas now has a culinary offering “as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities,” according to its owner Royal Caribbean.   Click image to read more.

 

It’s Norwegian’s $500 Dash!

 

NorwegianPack your bags and your sense of adventure. Book an unforgettable Norwegian Cruise Line® vacation on Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway or Pride of America and receive up to $500 to spend on board. Book one of our other select ships and you’ll receive up to $250 to spend on board. Plus, get up to $1,000 in air credits and more!  Dash towards great savings when you Cruise Like a Norwegian®.

 

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Collette Releases 2015-2016 Royal Horticultural Society Garden Holidays Brochure

Hyacinth bedding on Top Terrace in spring at RHS Garden Wisley.In partnership with the esteemed Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Collette releases its 2015-2016 RHS Garden Holidays brochure. The new brochure features 10 tours that combine a selection of the world’s finest gardens and horticultural sights with truly memorable travel experiences.

All tours have a strong horticultural slant, but also include the opportunity to enjoy the cultural highlights of the destinations featured. This may mean they offer private entry and specialist-led tours of public gardens, visits to private gardens, or the chance to see plants in their natural habitat. These tours are carefully balanced with horticultural content and more general cultural highlights, to ensure that every traveler gets the most from their trip.

All tours are led by expert Collette Tour Managers, with additional support from local guides and Curators, Head Gardeners, or experienced horticulturists with in the gardens themselves. 

Tours Include:

A one-year gift membership to the Royal Horticultural Society is included in the cost of each vacation. Once the trip concludes, travelers will receive a Royal Horticultural Society gift pack by mail.

Click here to order this brochure, or visit www.gocollette.com to find out more about our tours. For more information call 855-370-8687.

 

*Prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy.

WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS

MRGWyndham Vacation Rentals offers two properties in Central Florida that are located just minutes from Disney.  Bahama Bay and Caribe Cove Resorts both offer all the conveniences of home combined with all the amenities of a full service resort.   Each resort offers more room than your average hotel, with up to 1,800 square feet of space in units that can accommodate up to eight guests

Amongst beautifully landscaped grounds, just off 192, Caribe Cove Resort offers 2 and 3 Bedroom condos in elevator buildings.  With private screened patios, enjoy dinner outside enjoying the Florida sunshine or kick back in your living room and catch a complimentary movie from the DVD service in the lobby.   Around the resort, relax by the infinity pool or take a soak in the hot tub.  If being active is more your speed, enjoy our 24-hour fitness center or a game of basketball or billiards.    Our front desk is staffed 24-hours for your convenience. 

Nestled on the shores of Lake Davenport is the beautiful Bahama Bay Resort.  Just off the beaten path, Bahama Bay is a hidden gem amongst the theme parks.   Take a stroll on one of the nature trails, go for a dip in one of the four pools, soak in the hot tub or play a game of tennis, the resort has everything whether you want to relax or be active. 

Your room has a fully stocked kitchen and a washer and dryer, saving you money on eating out and packing a heavy suitcase, as well as plenty of living space and a screened in patio to enjoy the Florida weather.  In addition there is resort wide Wi-Fi, no parking fees and free DVD rentals in the lobby.   With a friendly staff on-site to help you with your every need,  Wyndham Vacation Rentals is where you want to be!

This week in travel news…

RoadTrips5 gorgeous road trips for fall
Brandon Griggs, CNN
In many parts of the United States., the autumn months are an ideal time to hit the road. Temperatures are mild, kids are back in school and the highways — except for fall-foliage hotspots such as the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina — are less crowded. Click image to read more.

Two men run past a couple strolling by the River Thames10 of the world’s best city running trails
Tamara Hinson, CNN
These days, some of the best running trails can be found in the world’s busiest places.
Which is great news for time-crunched business travelers who want to keep up with their fitness routines while seeing a bit of the city they’re visiting. Click image to read more.

GermsFive myths about germs on aircraft
Everett Potter, USA TODAY
It’s hardly news that many travelers are concerned about germs and diseases when they fly these days. But in the airborne petri dish that contemporary aircraft have become, fliers may well be worrying about the wrong things. Click image to read more.

DesertDesert Detox: 6 Stunning Remote Resorts
Billions of twinkling stars, breathtaking views, and miles from crushing crowds of tourists – if you’re hoping for a true escape during your next vacation, the desert may be the destination of your dreams. Click image to read more.

MeThe ‘me’ tourist: Social media, selfies and travel
Mark Murphy, FoxNews
When you think about travel, the word “experience” comes to mind. But it’s hard to “experience” what’s all around you when you’re spending every moment with a smartphone in front of your face. Click image to read more.

HondurasHonduras Confirms New Cruise Port on the Pacific
Cruise ships could be calling in at a brand new Honduran port — on the Pacific side of the Central American country — in two years time. The port of Amapala on Isla del Tigre — which lies just off the Pacific coast of Honduras — has been earmarked for cruise port development, a Honduran tourism official has confirmed. Click image to read more.

Five Exciting Ways to Travel the World with Collette’s Family Tours

ColletteToday’s parents — and grandparents — want to share the riches of travel with their children and grandchildren. And there’s no better time than now to start planning the next family trip.

Collette makes travel planning easy so you can simply focus on enjoying the world’s greatest destinations with your family. These family tours blend the must-see’s of each destination with hands-on experiences that keep the kids entertained. Throughout your journey, they are given the chance to roll up their sleeves and get involved. Whether it’s a cultural inclusion such as a pasta making class in Tuscany or a spectacular family bike ride, this is your chance to share some one-of-a-kind moments. Children ages 14 and under receive substantially discounted rates, too! Check out Collette’s new Family brochure filled with exciting tours designed for the whole family, today!

Space is filling quickly! Don’t miss the opportunity to create great family memories with the following Family tours:

• Italy Family Discovery, 9 days starting at $2499*
• Shades of Ireland Family Discovery, 10 days starting at $2499*
• London & Paris Family Discovery, 8 days starting at $2599*
• The Wild West & Yellowstone Family Adventure, 7 days starting at $1849*
• Costa Rica Family Adventure, 8 days starting at $1499*

Click here to view all family tours and order your Collette Family brochure, or call Collette at 855-370-8687 for more details.

*Prices are per person (adult), land only, based on double occupancy.

Norwegian’s Perfect 10!

NorwegianIt’s your last chance to get up to $2,000 Cash Back with Norwegian’s Perfect 10! Book any of Norwegian’s exciting destinations today and get 10% of your cruise fare back as an onboard credit. Use the cash for onboard goodies like specialty dinners, spa treatments – even shore excursions! Sway to the island rhythm in The Caribbean. Hang ten in Hawaii. Go wild in Alaska. There’s always more to experience when you Cruise Like a Norwegian®.

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The evolution of All Inclusive.

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There were resorts. Then, there were all inclusive resorts. Now, there’s Hyatt ZilaraTM and Hyatt ZivaTM.

Experience Hyatt ZivaTM Puerta Vallarta, debuting December 2014

Grand Opening Sale: Save up to 60% on select dates
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• 9 Gourmet Restaurants, Bars and Lounges
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• 24-Hour Room Service and Chef Specialties
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• Tequila Sommeliers

To learn more, call your travel agent, call 855.822.2802, or visit AllInclusive.Hyatt.com
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Norwegian’s Perfect 10.

NorwegianIt’s Norwegian’s Perfect 10! Which means it’s the perfect time to book a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line®. Book any of our exciting destinations today and get 10% cash back as an onboard credit, up to $2,000 per stateroom. Use the cash for onboard goodies like specialty dinners, spa treatments – even shore excursions! Sway to the island rhythm in The Caribbean. Hang ten in Hawaii. Go wild in Alaska. There’s always more to experience when you Cruise Like a Norwegian®.

Legendary Powder in beautiful Northwest Colorado

SteamboatSteamboat Springs, rich in its western ranching heritage with a sense of community like no other. Steamboat is one of the largest skiing and riding mountains in North America and offers over 100 restaurants, shopping, dining and nightlife options along with many other activities in addition to the world-class skiing and riding Steamboat is known for. Skiing isn’t your thing? No problem, enjoy the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, back country snowmobiling, dinner sleigh rides, ice skating, tubing and much more. Skiing and riding is your thing? Then enjoy riding on 2,995 skiable acres, through some of the world’s best tree skiing, oversized super pipes and terrain parks. If you want even more, enjoy expanded night skiing during the 14/15-ski season.

Getting here is easy! With 11 direct flights into Steamboat/Hayden on major US carriers such as Alaska, American, Delta and United Airlines with convenient connections from more than 300 additional airports. Steamboat/Hayden is only 23 miles away so you can be on the slopes in no time.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers Steamboat’s largest selection of professionally managed vacation rentals throughout the ski area base village. Affordable ski-in/ski-out studios to luxury 6 bedroom townhomes and everything in between. On-site personal services including front desk, bell staff, housekeeping, guest service desks and complimentary shuttles. Numerous amenities can include indoor pools, outdoor pools, hot tubs, game rooms, day spas. Complimentary WI-FI is featured in all vacation rentals.

Enjoy the best lodging rates of the season while saving up to 25% off Steamboat lift tickets when booked together by November 7th, 2014. Visit our website or give us a call and let our local travel experts arrange the perfect package including discounted lodging, lift tickets, airfare, transfers, car rental and more. 888.712.3374