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The latest travel news is coming out of the cruise liner industry as well as LAX and Mt. Kilimanjaro. It’s the beginning of the busiest travel season in North America and the headlines are reflecting the warmer climates.Unknown

This past Saturday, Haimark Line, a small-ship cruise line debuted its new luxury service with a 10 day trip from Montreal, Canada to Portland, Me. As new cruise ship companies often due, they are starting as a one ship show specializing in rivers and oceans. They will keep their cruise offerings in North America with a French Canadian Maritime & Coastal Atlantic lines running from late may to early June and through late October. Haimark not only provides sights to be seen, but also guest lecturers. With the inaugural lecturer being Dan Rather, the TV anchor.

Los Angeles International Airport is the largest hub for Pacific Rim travelers coming out of the continental U.S. After looking at their booked flights they came out with a startling projection early this week. On Monday, July 27, an estimated 245,000 passengers will board planes to travel to a destination far away. In this 24 hour span that will be one of the most traveled day of the year for LAX. There are plenty of reasons for such a surge in travelers this summer. LAX has been using more large airplanes opening up more seats per flight, while plane ticket prices have been manageable due to the decreased cost of oil.

Out of Mount Kilimanjaro, a “charity trek” is scheduled for three separate dates this year as a part of Intrepid Travel’s Trek for a Cause. Two climbs up the iconic Mountain were made last year, raising more than $40,000 for local educational programs. Each climb is an 8 day event which costs $2,215 Australian. Climbing this famous mountain can now be joined with benefitting the local teachers of the surrounding area.


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Memorial Day Travel

Memorial day weekend is just a few days away, and for some of us it has already started. This year many projection organizations (AAA) expect traffic to be the worst is has been in a half decade. An estimated 35.5 million people will travel over 50 miles this weekend which is almost a 5% increase from last year. How many of these people will be driving? The vast majority with 33 million likely to be behind the wheel. With lower gas prices, many will take to the roads searching for beaches and popular vacation destinations. To be exact, the average gas price in New England is around $2.65 down from $3.66 last year and $4.08 in 2008. A weather forecast showing that much of the eastern seaboard will be sunny and dry has many soon-to-be travelers excited and equally dreading the car ride.latraffic-article-image-650x365

With the roads surely going to be congested, there are a few tips to help alleviate the stress that can come with having fun on the first beautiful long weekend of the summer.

1. Travel Off Peak
Visiting your family down the shore? Leave late on Friday or before the crack of dawn on Saturday to miss the masses on the roads.
2. Take Mass Transit
The more people that ride in buses, and on trains, the less cars on the road. That means a faster travel time for everyone. Plus it gives you time to put a dent in your beach book on the way, instead of having to drive and focus on the road.
3. Pack snacks or a Lunch
Traffic can be time consuming. To cut down on time you might spend at a rest stop, pack snacks or sandwiches to stay your hunger so the trip can keep moving.
4. Books On Tape
If you need to drive, try a book on tape to help the time pass by. When occupying your mind in a story, it takes it off the time you’re spending in the car. The trip will move faster.
5. Quality Time
Think of the time you’re spending stuck in bumper to bumper traffic as a great bonding experience for whoever you’re riding with. Much of our time is occupied by work, so enjoy what personal time you can manage with your travelling companion.


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Tips to Save When Traveling

Vacation, me-time, relaxation. These are all valued parts of our time away from work, but how we decide to spend out travel money can often leave us unfulfilled. There are certain ways to make sure that where you travel to, what you spend on, and the activities you choose to participate in are going to give you the best return (happiness) on your payment.

Going to the popular place in the popular season

Want to take the kids to Disney during summer break? So does every other couple, which drives prices up for hotels, park passes, and everything else under the sun in the sunshine state. Try to schedule your park appearance in a winter month, it will still be warm and there will less crowds along with being easier on your wallet.

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While staying at a hotel can make you feel like a prince or princess, it does not mean your bank account reflects your inner royalty. Room service is always a great idea when you do not feel like walking to the elevator but it is always littered in surcharges and delivery fees. That money could be better spent on a different activity rather than being lazy and eating where you sleep.

Wi-Fi Payments

High end hotels often charge for the service that hooks up your computer to the ever-elusive internet. It can be worth getting online to plan activities and find directions, but at nearly $15 a day, that money can be saved. Simply walk down to the lobby and hop on the computers in the “business room” for free access.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are often overpriced and offer information you can gather on your own prior to seeing the sights. Add a little time on the front end of your trip to get to know where you are going to be and you can save yourself a little bit of money.


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Experiential Travel

Experiential travel is a term that should almost be assumed having the word “travel” in it. Visiting new places is about the experience one has while there, along with the people they meet. In our age of experience sharing it has become a trend to showcase what others in different parts of the world can do.ras_5453

Once upon a time, travelling meant taking pictures in front of the aesthetic sights to be seen around the world. A deeper version of experience travel is the connections that can be made throughout a journey between fellow travellers or with the local people and culture. A tip for how travelers can get closer to the communities you are visiting is to adopt the practice of “going local”.

One way to get a grasp on how a culture operates and interacts is through their food. Take a cooking class, that way you can have a deeper insight into the food that makes their culture special and where the best places to eat are (usually locals only). It is not only a wonderful way to bond with local inhabitants, but also bring a skill, not just a souvenir home from a distant land.

Tourist traps are a real and present doom everywhere you go. Think about your local tourist hot spot where you are from. The food is not quite as good, the people are all not from the area, and it is usually crowded and stinky. Apply this knowledge to your vacation travel and get off the beaten tourist path to find the hidden gems that never get old for the locals.


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Startups For Travel

Love to travel but also have an inclination for responsibility? A few new startups are pioneering a different way to travel for those who are focused on things other than just arriving at their destination.

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This platform is a way for travelers to connect with fitness instructors where they are for any given amount of time. For the fitness-oriented bunch that hates taking days off, this is a great way for them to find yoga instructors, cycling classes and weigh the experience based on past users.

GreenHotelWorld

In a world where we have all become more eco-friendly, travelling in a way that has the least impact on the environment has become a top priority for many. For travellers looking to stay in “green” hotels, this is a way to find exactly that. The platform will list hotels and ranks them in order of their “green rating”.

MyBhutan

For those looking to travel to Bhutan, this is a way to navigate the booking process that comes with a visit to the area. The steps to obtain a visa and bypass government roadblocks are difficult to those who are unfamiliar with the process, this is a way to ease the headache a tourist might encounter.

Orbirental

There are so many booking platforms on the web in today’s internet, it leaves a traveller spending hours sifting through sites to find the best deal in the best location. Orbirental is an app that aims to simplify the booking process and find you the best deal no matter the platform it lives on. Scanning sites such as Airbnb, Someway, and ARBO, this app plans on streamlining the process in order to increase response time, increase occupancy and user experience.


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Best Days to Travel

Love to travel but hate to shell out an absurd amount of money to get to your destination? Buying a plane ticket has its tips and tricks along with every other aspect of travelling. Many travel experts will tell you that the golden period to buy a ticket is three months prior to your planned dates. This rule does not apply to every region of travel though. Below is a list of destinations that can be travelled to and the amount of time you prior you should book your flights.

North America-2 weeks priorAirplane- Travel- Ari Kellen
Central America- 3 months prior
Africa- 2 months prior
Asia- 7 months prior
Carribean- 4 months prior
Europe- 1 month prior
South America- 5 months prior
Middle East- 5 months prior
South Pacific- 3 months prior

Travel days matter as well when looking for rates. It is safe to assume that most people travelling short distances will want to take a weekend and leave Friday afternoon, while returning Sunday night or Monday morning. Airlines are smart and hike rates for rush hour days and times. If you are planning on flying long distance try to book a flight for the middle of the week (Thursday is best), and return in the middle of the week (between Tuesday and Thursday). If you are trying to leave in those in demand times, see the list below to manage your costs on certain days.

North America- leave Wednesday- return Tuesday
Central America- leave Thursday- return Tuesday
Africa- leave Monday- return Thursday
Asia- leave Tuesday- return Tuesday
Caribbean- leave Thursday- return Thursday
Europe- leave Thursday- return Sunday
South America- leave Thursday-return Monday
Middle East- leave Wednesday- return Monday
South Pacific- leave Tuesday- return Wednesday

In order to find and compare prices side-by-side check out Kayak.

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Top Wine Destinations In The World

Many have been exploring their hometown vineyards to taste what locally grown grapes can produce. Visiting a vineyard is a wonderful experience where patrons can enjoy bottles of red or white while looking out over the gorgeous scenery usually associated with such places. After getting the feel for what an amazing wine tour experience can be, take a look at the most amazing win travel destinations where you can drink the best wine in the most beautiful places.

The Finger Lakes

Often overlooked, upstate New York has much to offer in wine categories. In particular the region has countyroad12_overlook_fallhistorically produced incredible Riesling. Over 100 wineries comprise the land mass surrounding the lakes. If some of your travel companions are not terrible inclined to drinking wine, the region also has impeccable micro-brewed beer.

Piedmont

On the border of Switzerland and France, this region of Italy sits on the mountainous top of the Italian boot. Drink wine while gazing above at the mysterious Alps, and spend the night in charming cottages across the countryside.

Hawkes Bay

Fans of Syrah, this may your destination. The variety is quickly becoming the area’s flagship wine. New Zealand offers incredible agricultural landscape as well as offering visitors to feel like they’re drinking wine in the general area of Westeros (filming location of Game Of Thrones).

Orlando

Not just for kids! The city has some hitting power when it comes to food and drinks. Being able to find your favorite wine and vintage is not a problem after a long day at the amusement park.

Galicia

Located in Spain’s northwest corridor, this area was originally settled by Celts and Visigoths providing with a rich culture.Spanish countrysides welcome visitors looking to tour and taste the local vintage as well as the impressive, fresh seafood.

Okanagan

British Columbia is known for having rich soil and beautiful mountains. It is no wonder it finds itself on Okanagan_Lake_from_the_Naramata_Bench_(7631780744)the list of the top vineyard destinations in the world. Looking for something more than just wine tasting? This region is home to many water sports, as well as outdoor activities.

Loire Valley

Carved by the river that bears its name, the valley hosts many gorgeous vinyards set to the landscape of the French countryside. Only an hour and a half from Paris by train this is the birthplace of the classic French cuisine we all know of today. A product of the bursts of enlightenment from the 1500s.


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Travel To Your Favorite TV Show

Are you a TV buff? Can’t get enough of your favorite shows? Tv networks are wising up to the fanatic ways of TV series fans by enticing them to come visit the places that are frequented on the show. Downton Abbey fans, you can spend a night at the Highclere Castle, location of the show. Stay at the guest quarters and feel Winterfell | Ari kellenlike you are in the show at the front of the complex called London Lodge.

Other domestic destinations are seeing an influx of tourists as Albuquerque is seeing Breaking Bad Fans touring the streets, and Georgia is hosting more and more Walking Dead buffs. Visitors can take a walking tour of the hospital and CDC featured in the show led by Walking Dead extras, or…. zombies.

For those wishing to bask in the glory days of advertising and fitted suits, tourists can walk up and down Madison avenue along with other iconic Manhattan streets to taste old fashions and other 60’s style cocktails. If you plan on going, they recommend dressing to impress, to fit in and get the full experience.

Trying to run through the countryside north of the Wall from Game of Thrones? Visit northern Ireland to breathe the fresh air and feel the bite of winter just like your favorite characters. You might not find Winterfell but hey, at least you will be close enough to say you were north of the Wall.

What would a tourist article be without mentioning the mind-blowing Harry Potter World. Have a drink at Hogsmeade before you attempt to escape from Gringotts. Then take a stroll down Diagon Alley to visit Ollivanders wand shop. Maybe you would like to pick up some quidditch supplies.

Options are available for you to experience the places what you watch on TV every week, it is up to you to make the decision to go for it! Be sure to keep exploring and have a great time.


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Top Destination for 2015, Cuba Among Top Places

A couple weeks after the Obama administration lifted the travel ban to Cuba many habitual travellers have pegged the island country as their number one destination for 2015. Travel Leaders Group announced in its 2015 trends survey that Cuba is emerging as a top spot for luxury vacationers. They compile the data from about 850 travel experts and managers.Cuban-beaches-zc

The country is an untouched paradise for American travelers as there has not been a legal way to get there from the U.S. for many decades. Such time passing has created much demand for exploration around the island.

While Cuba is a place of interest, European travel continues to dominate the travel volume as they offer river and Mediterranean cruises along with historical destinations for academic buffs. Europe offers a balance of the old and new world and the possibility to do it in style and comfort. Other destinations are creeping up on the European demand, including African safaris, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Croatia and Vietnam.

Any of these destinations not tickling your fancy? the rest of the top ten destinations from North America are Australia, England, Baltic cruises, Germany, Ireland, and South Africa.

The emergence of a stronger U.S. dollar has driven travel abroad, coupled with dropping fuel costs along with airfare ticket prices. It seems that 2015 will shape up to be a big year in tourism for Americans looking to take advantage of the economic atmosphere. If you are looking for the most bang for your buck head to the Euro-zone as our dollar is doing well against the EU at the moment.

At the moment, northern Europe is seeing a higher influx of tourism than southern Europe where cruises are usually launched. If trying to find a deal, aim towards the Mediterranean.

How ever you travel, and wherever you travel, be sure to have fun and take pictures!

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Top Travel Destinations of 2015

The Faroe Islands
Come see a solar eclipse on March 20th in The Faroe Islands.

Traveling the world has become an increasingly popular fad.  From discovering all the resources that make traveling easier (think cheap flight fares, or groupon), to just having a strong urge for “wanderlust,” people all over the world want to be cultured and pushed out of their comfort zones to see all the world’s beauty.  For 2015, CNN has come up with a list of the top ten destinations to travel to, here are a few that are on their list:

The Faroe Islands are on the list of places to see in 2015, as it will be one of the only places in the world to witness a solar eclipse on March 20th.  A solar eclipse is “when the moon passes between the earth and sun, plunging daylight into darkness,” (Johanson, Top Ten Destinations of 2015).  Travel companies of the Danish Realm are working overtime with booking various tours and cruises for people to witness this once in a lifetime historical event.  Even though it won’t even last three seconds, you’ll have seen an exciting glimpse of history if you travel to the Faroe Islands in late March.

Next stop? Salta, Argentina, which borders Bolivia, Chile, and Paraguay.  CNN describes Salta as, “home to colorful towns, gnarled mountainscapes and the highest altitude wineries in the world,” (Johanson, Top Ten Destinations of 2015), essentially deeming it a combination of Napa Valley and the Grand Canyon.  Recently, Salta has been given $160 million to turn into one of the biggest tourist spots in Latin America.  So get your tickets this coming year before someone else beats you to it.

Abu Dhabi has been ranked number one on many travel sites, and there’s no question why.  Located right next to Dubai, Abu Dhabi “has steered a different course in a multibillion-dollar bid to become the cultural capital of the Middle East,” (Johanson, Top Ten Destinations of 2015).  With an upcoming performing arts center on its way and a Saadiyat Island Cultural District under renovation, which will include the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum, and the second Louvre Museum in the world, Abu Dhabi will have it all when it comes to art and intellect.  So broaden your artistic horizons and bask in Middle Eastern culture by exploring Abu Dhabi at some point in 2015.

To read more about the top destinations of 2015, check out CNN’s article, written by Mark Johanson, here.  Safe travels!