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Slideshow: 48 Hours in St. Kitts

August 26, 2014 by

Nevis 620x400Located in the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands, St. Kitts and its sister island Nevis are relatively new to the tourism circuit. We put together a slideshow of activities — whether it’s on the beach, or in the rainforest, or at a great restaurant — that we hope will inspire you. Check out our slideshow here.

Found a Hot Airfare? Here’s How to “Hold” It Before You Book

August 26, 2014 by

britishairwaysMany of us have had this experience: You see a good fare for a flight you want to book, but first, you need to talk to friends or family, or maybe book the days off work. A day or two later, when you return to the booking site to complete your reservation, the flight has jumped in price and you are left kicking yourself for not having just booked when you first saw it.

Last week, a new holding fee service was announced by British Airways that should help avoid this very situation. The new fee allows customers up to 72 hours of consideration time before deciding whether or not to go ahead to book a flight. You pay $5 per person to put a hold on a short-haul flight or $10 for long-haul, then, if you do go ahead and book, the fee is refunded. Read more

7 Best Spots for Beginners to Learn Stand-Up Paddling

August 26, 2014 by

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The fastest-growing water sport in the world, stand-up paddling (also known as SUP) is an easy sport to learn, despite looking like you need to be a master of balance to even think about it. Sure, balance is an important element, but if you can walk down the street without falling over, you’ll usually be fine. Want to learn the basics on your next vacation? Here are the best places to try it out:

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5 Ways to Explore Bergen (on the Cheap)

August 26, 2014 by

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Ever since Bergen was the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle in the hit Disney film Frozen, this Norwegian town has been getting a lot of attention from travelers. But the city is more than a fairytale setting — although the vibrant colors on the historic buildings in Bryggen wharf may seem straight out of a storybook. Teeming with culture, nature, and adventure alike, some of Bergen’s other proud badges include Norway’s second largest city, the Gateway to the Fjords, and a European City of Culture. Here are five ways to experience the best of all that on a budget:

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How to Make the Most of Your B&B Stay

August 25, 2014 by

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We’ve always been big fans of bed and breakfasts for their cozy, personal feel, not to mention the amazing first meals of the day that you’re always treated to. But beyond that, staying at a B&B also means access to localized advice on what to do, being able to borrow trip essentials that you might have forgotten, and getting the opportunity to meet smart people from all over the world. While it typically requires a bit more effort to book  yourself into a B&B — they aren’t listed on traditional hotel search sites, though the likes of bnbfinder.com are starting to try to address that — the rewards can be tremendous. Here’s how to make the most of your stay the next time you check into a B&B:

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10 Free Attractions in Little Rock, Arkansas

August 25, 2014 by

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Long known for its political prowess as Arkansas’ capital, the riverfront city of Little Rock is now showing off a softer side, with an eclectic mix of history and nature that appeals to travelers. Surprisingly, some of the biggest attractions at this offbeat destination are also the free ones. Here are 10 of them to add to your itinerary:

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Q&A with Ciara: How to Travel Like a Pop Star

August 25, 2014 by

Ciara Degree DO:MORESince breaking onto the scene in 2004 with her album Goodies, recording artist Ciara has traveled the globe — while on tour and during time off. This new mom has teamed up with Degree’s DO:MORE campaign to take her performances to the next level and challenge people everywhere to accomplish their goals.

In an exclusive interview, Ciara shares where she wants to travel next, what’s in her carry-on, and the scoop on a sweet treat she picked up in Asia.

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Orbitz Rewards Dining: Getting Cash Just For Eating Out

August 22, 2014 by

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These days, many loyalty programs are being scaled back and points or miles being “devalued.” But Orbitz is bucking that trend in a major way with its latest announcement: Rewards members are now able to earn cash to spend on travel by dining out. You’re probably wondering what the catch is, but, truthfully, there isn’t one.

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How to: Find Pop-Up Restaurants on Vacation

August 22, 2014 by

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Exclusive and sometimes quirky, pop-up restaurants offer a festive alternative to the traditional, reservations-needed dining experience we’re accustomed to when we got out for a gourmet meal. These underground experiences can be trick to plan for on vacation, considering the location is often undisclosed until right before the event, and there’s only one seating. But for friendly foodies, it’s absolutely worth pursuing — it’s a great way to interact with locals, taste ingredients sourced from the area, and be a part of the fun experiments that up-and-coming chefs are dreaming up. Here’s how you can secure your place at the table:

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Checking In: A Charming (and Affordable) Olive Oil Resort in Tuscany

August 22, 2014 by

Villa CampestriVilla Campestri, a stunner of a property that’s situated in the hills of Mugello, just 45 minutes from Florence, and has something that other Tuscan resorts don’t: an on-site olive grove and production facility.

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Checking In: Mondrian South Beach

August 21, 2014 by

MondrianSoBe1The Morgans Hotel Group, which offers a spate of stylish, upscale properties around the world, is in the midst of some major expansion. The Mondrian London at Sea Containers is set to open September 30, followed by the Mondrian Doha, and the Mondrian Istanbul. The hotel group is also preparing to open their Delano brand in Las Vegas this fall, followed by Cesme, Turkey; Moscow; and Cartagena; then another in Karaköy, Istanbul. With all this new activity in mind, we took a step back to see how their second Mondrian property, in South Beach, Miami, which opened way back in 2008, is holding up.

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Cruise Packages for Romance

August 21, 2014 by

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Cruise lines lure couples onto their ships with promises of romance for all ages. After all, what could be more lovely than watching the evening sky turn pink across a calm sea with your loved one?

Indeed, cruisers typically travel in pairs, says Cruise Lines International Association, with married couples representing 80 percent of the passengers. We can think of a few ways to kindle the fire on any itinerary — like cozying up with a room service dinner or making a reservation at an intimate specialty restaurant. You can always spring for a side-by-side massage at the spa and try the hot tub after dark (when kids who run around during the day will be all tucked in). Or, during a port of call, why not take a horseback ride on the beach or sign up for a two-person parasailing excursion?

But for those who want to take romance to the next level yet, cruise lines also offer many romance and special event packages that feature amenities designed to create just the right mood:

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Deal Alert: $99 Rooms at Hyatt Regency Chicago

August 21, 2014 by

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National Skyscraper Day, which falls on September 3 this year, is a bit obscure as most holidays days go. But here’s a related celebration that any traveler can appreciate: a Chicago hotel that’s commemorating the day with a week of $99 rates.

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Travel Porn Alert: New Sky-High Swimming Pool at London’s Shangri-La Hotel

August 21, 2014 by

Shangri-La Hotel at The ShardWho doesn’t love a new hotel pool, especially when it’s on the 52nd floor of a luxury hotel in one of our favorite cities in the world — London?

The Skypool at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard just opened, and we’re swooning. Not only is it the highest pool in Western Europe, it also offers views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye, and it’s heated.

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Last-Minute Deals for Labor Day Weekend

August 20, 2014 by

sedona, az - christine weiNo plans for Labor Day weekend? If you regularly read ShermansTravel, you’ll know that two weeks is more than enough time to plan a last-minute vacation. With these deals, it’s easier than ever to say “yes” to one last summer escape…

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