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Grand Lucayan

With snow blanketing much of the Northeast, and cold temps per usual in the Midwest, what better time to book a tropical vacation? In the most recent batch of our weekly Top 25 Deals, there’s a great opportunity for chilly travelers to feel that heat at Grand Lucayan in the Bahamas, on Freeport’s Lucaya Beach, while saving as much as 70 percent.

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Jim's Journal: Ireland

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It is hard to believe, but despite taking numerous trips to the UK and Europe, I had never been to Ireland — and that needed to change. This New Year’s, rather than head to a sunny destination, where hotel prices and airfare were exorbitant, I decided to book an eight-night stay to explore the Emerald Isle.  I wanted to enjoy the famed countryside, medieval castles, and the newly vibrant cities of Dublin and Belfast.  Also, I wanted an overseas destination that — in winter — would not be freezing cold.  Ireland fit the bill perfectly. Read more

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sunset in kauai, a romantic destination that's great for solo travelers

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Traveling by yourself? One great thing to note about some romantic travel destinations is that they can also be fantastic places for solo travelers. And just think — nobody will be harping on you about whether you got him or her something for Valentine’s Day. Here are some sweet destinations where it doesn’t matter if you have a plus-one:

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Deal Alert: Budapest Hotel Offers $225 Opening Room Rates

Library Hotel Collection/Aria Hotel Budapest

Here’s something to get jazzed about: Aria Hotel Budapest is opening March 15 with a special rate that saves 45% off regular rates.

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By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel

5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Vacation

Don’t get scammed! Know these helpful hotel tips before you go. (Photo: Corbis)

We so badly want to trust our friends in the hotel industry, but it seems like every time we get close, one bad egg does something shady and ruins the whole batch.

You might assume that you would see a scam coming from a mile away, but the tricksters these days have gotten increasingly clever. As we’ll show you, something as simple as ordering a pepperoni pizza to your hotel room can come with irreversible consequences.

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Flying Airplane

Flickr/Bill Abbott

Who doesn’t want to find a cheap flight for their next trip? One of our favorite tips for scouting great airfare is to watch the sales. All of the major airlines offer discounts and promotions from time to time, particularly when destinations go into their off-season. To be privy to these, all you need to do is sign up for your preferred airline’s email list. They’ll send them straight to your inbox.

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Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. 

Seeing massive, blue-white glaciers and spotting wildlife are the rewards of any Alaska voyage, but experiencing the Last Frontier becomes more immersive than ever on Princess Cruises this year. Its new North to Alaska! cultural program, for all Alaska itineraries this May through September, will give cruisers the chance to meet local Alaskans (including a real-life lumberjack), nosh on local food like king salmon and king crab, and enjoy a Klondike Festival and Midnight Sun deck parties.

Fares vary. Six-night sailings on Pacific Princess, for example, start from $599 per person in May and $799 in July.

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The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons

If you’ve never been to Peninsula Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s isolated. Very isolated. Now, depending on what type of traveler you are, that might sound incredibly alluring — but just keep in mind that the nearest “town,” and the airport, is around 45 minutes away.

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5 Great Gondola Rides with Incredible Views

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

There’s no skiing required to enjoy the ascents of these five picturesque gondola tours. You’ll reach new heights and be rewarded with sky top restaurants, nature exhibits, and hiking trails. Don’t forget the camera!

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Hotel Tonight New Features

HotelTonight

One of our favorite money-saving travel apps, HotelTonight, which lets you book last-minute hotel rooms at steep discounts, is introducing some new features today: Bonus Rate and Rate Drop. These updates will give travelers even better last-minute hotel deals. Read more

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7 Reasons Why Princess Cruises’ Latest Ship, the Regal Princess, Rocks

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Princess Cruises’ latest ship, the 3,560-passenger Regal Princessdebuted less than a year ago in the Mediterranean. When we hopped aboard it’s inaugural Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale last November to check it out, we discovered a ton of awesome perks onboard that would make any vacation at sea much more enjoyable. From an abundance of balcony staterooms to a thrilling glass-bottomed walkway, here are seven reasons why the new ship rocks.

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American Club Resort

In a region deplete of destination resorts, The Carriage House Suites (one of four distinct lodging options at Destination Kohler, the AAA Five Diamond resort on the grounds of Wisconsin’s own Kohler Company in Kohler, WI), is a Midwestern oasis of stately charm and relaxation that will recharge you for days. Signature spa treatments at the Kohler Waters Spa utilizing specially crafted Kohler water fixtures have been attracting an international crowd since 1981. Paired with Kohler’s lush golf courses (two PGA tournament courses) and palate pleasing meals at the onsite Immigrant Room, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, a weekend away at Destination Kohler is like visiting your good friend’s country mansion — complete with valet parking.

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Deal Alert: Free Airfare to a Privately Owned Island Resort in Fiji

Turtle Island

If you’re dreaming of escaping to a tropical hideaway while most of the country is up to their eyeballs in snow, a new offer from the Turtle Island Resort Fiji — located on a beautiful private island — may spur a trip to the South Pacific.

When you book a seven-night, all-inclusive stay between February 21 and June 15, the resort will cover two roundtrip economy international airfares from LAX up to $2,500. For context, it depends on the specific itinerary, but most flights between the two destinations fall somewhere between $1,000 and $1,250 per person. This means that there shouldn’t be significant excess costs from Los Angeles. If you have to connect from elsewhere, though, you’ll have to cover that fare yourself.

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Winter Getaways: Hotel Savings in Traverse City, MI

Sugar Beach Resort Hotel

During the summer, much of the Midwest flocks to Traverse City, an arts-oriented quaint community in Upper Michigan tucked into an up-and-coming wine region. The city of just 15,000 residents sits on Grand Traverse Bay, which flows into Lake Michigan. Celebrity chef Mario Batali spends summers here, and Madonna’s parents own a winery in nearby Suttons Bay (Ciccone Vineyard & Winery), on the Leelanau Peninsula. Dubbed the Cherry Capital, it’s a foodie paradise with bushels of this locally grown fruit topping many dishes, plus artisan chocolatiers, coffee roasters and restaurants headed up by James Beard Award semifinalist chefs.

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Beyond Belfast: Northern Ireland on a Budget

Steve Larese

Northern Ireland teems with castles, ancient sites, and natural beauty. After you’ve explored Belfast, set off to see the stunning landscape and history of the rest of this beautiful land. Here are just a few Northern Ireland attractions that are as inexpensive as they are impressive.

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