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Save 23% on Kauai beach vacations

Friday, July 30th, 2010

hawaiiHawaii holidays will never go out of fashion, and since it’s summer, we thought to let you know about yet another amazing deal for a vacation in Hawaii. If you have already visited the Big Island or Maui, it’s time for you to take some time off and spend a few days on Kauai, nicknamed the Garden Isle.  Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, and it is also the most fertile (it is called the Garden Isle precisely because its lushness – you’ll find the  most delicious fruit in the world here). So if you are in the mood for a relaxing holiday spend suntanning, swimming, scuba diving and tasting other Hawaiian delights, you can do all of this in the second week in September, and save 23%!

Travelocity’s latest deal offers you 30 vacation packages starting at $637. This includes the roundtrip from Los Angeles to Kauai, between September 9 and 15, and a  hotel of your choice. Among all the Travelocity picks, the most interesting seems Aston Aloha Beach hotel, for $805 (flight+hotel). Aston Aloha is located on the west coast of the historic Wailua Bay, the place where much of Hawaii’s royalty was born and bred. The hotel is right next to Hawaii’s only protected swimming and snorkeling beach, but if you prefer the comfort of an indoor swimming pool, the Aston Aloha has two of them. There’s also a jacuzzi, a fitness room, tennis and volleyball courts and excellent dining options.

Weekend getaway from L.A. to San Francisco

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Golden Gate San Francisco

Los Angeles is one of the greatest cities in the United States, so if you are a resident of the city of angels you are lucky to be able to enjoy the perpetual sunshine, hot weather and of course, celebrities. But even paradise gets boring after a while, and you probably feel the need to see how’s life in other places of your beautiful home state. Sure, some may say that there is not much difference between the two cities, but any self-respecting Los Angeles born and bred person would claim otherwise. Why not exchange the sunshine for some chilly fog, for a weekend? Or walk the streets lined with Victorian architecture? If summer is scorching hot in LA, you can cool off a bit in SanFrancisco.

So if you’ve decided on a weekend getaway to San Francisco, here’s a great offer from Travelocity. You can book a flight to San Francisco for the month of August, and the roundtrip will cost you only $183. These amazing prices are available for the August 27-August 29 weekend, but it’s always good to plan ahead. You will be flying with Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles International to San Francisco International Airport. If you want a package deal instead of simply a flight, you can choose one of the hotels proposed by Travelocity, catering for all budgets and tastes.

4 days in Cancun at Ocean Maya Hotel

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

cancun beachCancun is the archetypal spring break destination for the student crowds, but that doesn’t mean that this flourishing city on the Yucatan Peninsula is not a great destination any time of the year. This is the perfect time to visit this amazing seaside resort if you want to avoid the spring break madness (or if you are a student, to revisit the spring break madness). Travelocity has a great deal for you: an all inclusive flight+hotel package for 4 days at some of the best hotels in Cancun. Prices start from as low as $500 and there are hotels for every budget. But if you want to strike a perfect balance between luxury and affordability, we recommends Hotel Ocean Maya, on the charming Playa de Carmen. For $650, you will have a room in a beautiful two storey newly renovated hotel, with a swimming pool, fitness room, tennis court and spa. There are several restaurants on site (one international, one Japanese, one Mexican and one Italian), plus a couple of bars and a lively nightclub. Of course, if you want more variety, you can head into Cancun city center.

Ocean Maya Hotel is a great hotel near the silky, sandy Playa de Carmen beach, and it is perfect or both first-time travelers to Cancun, and those who have made the resort a regular spot in their holiday schedules.

Incredible car rental deals in Honolulu

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Honolulu Hawaii care rentalsAre you planning on visiting Honolulu this September? As always, Hawaii is one of the most popular holiday destinations for summer/autumn, so planning for your getaway is a must if you want to make sure that you’ll be able to book the flights/hotels/cars you want. Honolulu, being the most populous city in Hawaii, has a great deal to offer to visitors, from beaches to nightlife and cuisine. However, if you want to get out of the city for a bit and visit the surroundings, what better way to do it than on your own terms, with a rented car, without the hassle of public transport or organized tours? You can go when you want, where you want, and all you need is a driver’s license and a great car from Avis.

Hotwire fished out all the best deals for the month of September. If you book now, you can get a economy car for as little as $11 per day in Honolulu. All you need to do is book now, and then pick up your car at the airport when you arrive. Other models are available as well, for phenomenal prices: mid-size cars for $12, full-size cars for $13, minivans for $27 and luxury cars for $47. Mileage is unlimited, so you won’t have to restrict your itinerary. Just roll wherever you please!

South Korea roundtrips in autumn

Monday, July 26th, 2010
Seoul at night

Seoul at night

Since it’s the end of July already, it’s time to start planning for your autumn getaway, and luckily there are countless great deals to choose from. If you want an unusual holiday, why not go to an interesting place in Asia? South Korea is the perfect balance between western and eastern cultures, and since it’s a smaller country than other Asian giants (think China or India – you’d need practically month to properly visit them), you can easily make a tour of the country in a week or two. Or maybe you can settle in South-Korea lively capital, Seoul, or use it as a gateway to other destinations.

If Seoul sounds good, then here’s a great deal that will save you a lot of money. Korean Air has lots of flights on sale for this autumn, and you can get a roundtrip ticket from the States to South Korea for fees starting at $762. You can choose your departure point from among several US cities, such as Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle. If you book your ticket by July 31, you can travel strating from August 21 through November 31, just in time for some of South Korea’s most interesting festivals and events (Andong Mask Dance Festival, Gongju Cultural Festival, etc.).

So you have a few more day to book your flight for free, don’t miss the opportunity!

Book your all-inclusive Tunisia holiday for this fall

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Sousse Tunisia travelTired of relaxing but passive holidays where you spend your time in the pool hotel? Let’s face it, we all want a bit of adventure in a foreign country, from time to time. But planning your trip, looking up hotels in every place you want to visit, arranging transport (and booking all of this) can be a bit of a hassle. But unless you’re the really adventurous type and you’re daring enough to go somewhere (like Tunisia, for example) and leave your accommodation, transport and route to Lady Luck, you should thoroughly plan your holiday in order to avoid any mishaps. You don’t even have to do any of the planning, BudgetTravel.com does it all for you!

Here’s a great all inclusive 9 night Tunisian holiday, from $2,169. Just pick one of the available date between October 2010 and May 2011, and you’re as good as gone. The flight is a roundtrip from either New York, Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, L.A. or Seattle, so it’s be easier to pick the location that is closest to your home. In addition to having accommodation booked for you in some great hotels in Tunis, Tabarka, Tozeur, Sousse and Hammamet, you’ll also get guided sightseeing, a tour of the ruins of Carthage, several museums and Djerba island. Of course, all fees are included in your package, so you won’t have to spend any money except for souvenirs!

Posh Manhattan holidays for great prices

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

manhattan at nightFor regular people, the creme de la creme of Manhattan society, living in the Upper East Side, may seem a bit unreachable, but would you say no to spending a few nights living the high life? Travel Zoo has the solution for you. No, they won’t give you money for outrageous shopping expeditions in Manhattan, but what they do have is amazing hotel deals, right in the heart of Upper East Side. Besides its fame for being a shopping Mecca, as well as a hub for America’s socialites, Manhattan has some genuine touristic and cultural value. The sheer number of museums, parks and other landmarks make Manhattan a a perfect place to spend a weekend sightseeing.

Now for the deal: $169 per night at Affinia GArdens, a quiet and quite upscale hotel in Upper East Side. The offer is available from August 20 to September 7, and the rates are $130 lower than usually. The suites have kitchens and huge living rooms and lots of luxury facilities. And in true Upper East Side style, there’s a tea bar at the hotel instead of a regular bar, for your inner peace of mind.  You can also customize your room with the so-called experience kit, meaning that the hotel offers you free tours and all the workout equipment you need and a wine kit. All you have to do to get all of this is to book by July 30.

Canada autumn cruises with Expedia

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

new-england-marthas-vineyardThere’s still a bit of time until autumn, but when it comes to travel, it’s always better to plan well in advance. Especially if you want a trip that will capture the autumnal glory of places such as Canada and New England. These northern regions are famous for their dazzling autumns full of golden red foliage, sunshine and blue skies. What better way to profit from the beauties of autumn than on a cruise? New England and Canada cruises are very popular in the autumn, and cruise periods are quite short, so you really have to start planning now if you want to spend part of your autumn on a beautiful cruise ship.

Expedia’s deals, like usual, don’t disappoint. July 20 through August 15 you can book a pass aboard the Norwegian Dawn, a luxurious cruiser with great facilities (indoor pool and spa, a beautiful collection of art and a variety of dining options). The trip starts on October 3, just in time for the Canadian foliage explosion, and sail off on a roundtrip from New York City. At $499 plus onboard credit for 7 nights, this is really a great deal. And since the ship leaves from New York, you won’t have any trouble finding a cheap flight from your home to NYC.

Oh, and depending on your cabin type, you get up to $5oo onboard credit. What more do you need for the perfect cruise holiday?

Plan ahead for your Hawaii trip with Avis

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Avis_Rent_a_Car2As usual, Avis comes up for some great deals, this time for your end-of-summer vacation. Maybe you haven’t had time to take a break from work during the summer months, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve a holiday! Check out our previous deals, and you’ll surely find a great opportunity to visit Hawaii in September-October. The Big Island is the perfect place for an autumnal holiday if you still want to enjoy the summer mood, even if the leaves are turning yellow where you live. Enjoy the Hawaiian beaches, get a suntan, drink some delicious cocktail and visit lots of  amazing places on the island. With Avis’s deal, there’s nothing easier! Plan ahead, and plan smart. Book your car now and you’ll save up some bucks so that you will be able to enjoy other aspects of your trip.

Chose one of three car types (subcompact, compact and intermediate) according to your needs, with weekly rates starting from $159. The rates depends on the island, so if you’re on a budget, make Honolulu your headquarters, but if you want to splurge, go to Kauai. There’s plenty to see on any of Hawaii’s islands, and if your holiday is planned for more than one week you can visit more places for less money.

August vacation in New Zealand

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Air-New-Zealand_6New Zealand is just one of those places that you absolutely must visit at least once in a lifetime. Fly to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand and visit the awsome sights in the area, or travel to other major destinations such as Christchurch or Queenstown. The more you see the better! You can hike, visit sights, relax and take nature walks, New Zealand has something to offer to everyone. Booking a trip to New Zealand in August might seem impossible on such a short notice, but fortunately there are some great last minute deals that can help you save quite a few bucks on the flight.

With Air New Zealand’s amazing deals, you can spend your summer holiday in New Zealand for incredible prices. Until July 29, you can book a roundtrip from San Francisco, or Los Angeles to Auckland, with fares starting from $798. You can pick any travel date between August 3 and 11.  For only $100, you can upgrade your trip to travel on to Christchurch, Welligton or Queensland, with a free stop at Auckland. If you are traveling from Los Angeles, you also have the option to take a break on an exotic Pacific island such as Samoa or Tonga for no additional charge.



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