Shermanstravel Blog

Subscribe via RSS
Please enable an RSS reader on Google Chrome.

by
Deal Alert Save 20 on Train Travel between London and Paris or Brussels

Flickr/Joshua Veitch-Michaelis

Want to ditch the crowds of people at the airport this year? Just hop on a train, especially if you’re looking to travel throughout Europe.

Making that notion even more appealing is a deal from Rail Europe that discounts EuroStar standard premier (comfort class) tickets by 20 percent for travel between London and Paris or Brussels, with one-way rates starting at $121.

Read more

by
Vitality Spa on the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

We love cruising for the lavish dining options, awesome entertainment, and incredible off-shore excursions. But lately, there’s a new reason for going onboard — top-notch spas. These days, cruise ships offer immersion into stress-free living with luxuriously heated ceramic beds, relaxation pools, and one-of-a-kind massages. Here, five of the best cruise ship spas.

Read more

by
Travel Bottle Spill

iStock

Whether we travel for fun or for work, we want to look our best. Unfortunately, many of the basic conditions of traveling, especially by air, work against that. Here’s what you need to do.

Read more

by
lake geneva

flickr/degust

Looking to book your next European adventure right now? SWISS airlines’ current sale includes nonstop flights to Zurich and Geneva for as low as $837, round-trip. We love these fares, especially because they cost about $660 less than what we’re seeing for summer flights.

Here are some of the fares we found. Read more

by
Rendering of the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas

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. 

Thought the Oasis of the Seas — the world’s biggest cruise ship since 2009 — is humongous at a 5,400-passenger capacity? In spring 2016, Royal Caribbean International is launching an even bigger Harmony of the Seas, slated to accommodate 5,479 guests. Harmony’s design closely follow the Oasis with the concept of themed “neighborhoods,” such as Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, and Youth Zone. But new additions include three multi-story water rides, along with some high-tech features that debuted on the line’s Quantum of the Seas in late 2014 — including the robot-powered Bionic Bar, wristbands that double as stateroom keys, and onboard credit cards.  Read more

by
Bixby Bridge - Flickr torroid1

Flickr torroid

Hop into your car and head to one of the country’s five most scenic bridges, each a crown jewel of American architecture. These bridges demonstrate imaginative uses of engineering — overcoming nature’s road-blocks with arches and suspensions that go beyond getting you from point A to point B.  Read more

by
Singapore skyline

themreport

Is Asia the new Caribbean? For thousands of experienced cruisers ready to visit exotic places — such as China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia — the answer is a resounding “yes.”

While some first-time cruisers set off for Asia, most are intrepid travelers who have already island-hopped in the Caribbean and sailed the familiar cruising grounds of Europe and Alaska. Now, they’re venturing off the beaten path — and cruise lines are delivering with more routes and better ports. Here’s a peek at what’s hot.

Read more

by
j.n. ding darling national wildlife refuge, sanibel, florida

Flickr/cletch

As winter maintains an icy grip on the East Coast for a few more weeks, we like the idea of following the birds south to sunny Sanibel. Just off the coast of Fort Myers in Florida, Sanibel has seen a resurgence in national and international tourism in recent years, thanks to its year-round sun and white, sandy Gulf beaches. It’s a quieter, more relaxing, and very affordable scene here compared to the hubbub along the state’s eastern coast — ideal for those seeking to stay active but low-key, all the while enjoying fine dining and great shopping. Here’s how to make the most of the area’s expansive nature and golden warmth.

Read more

by
YVE Hotel Miami downtown deals

YVE Hotel Miami

Bunking in a brand-new hotel near the beach for $169 per night this spring? Yes, please!

Read more

by
belgrade communism

Flickr[St Stev]

On a recent trip to Southeast Europe, we discovered something fascinating: The former Yugoslavia, to Serbians, was the perfect example of communism. But chat with some locals and chances are they’ll mention that it was really “Titoism,” named after President Josip Broz Tito, that propelled the country to be the socialist, independent nation that it had become. Even today, after Yugoslavia’s collapse, many are proud of their former leader and his lax communist approach. For your own glimpse of Yugo-nostalgia, here’s a communist tour of Belgrade that covers the rise and fall of Tito.

Read more

by
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, downtown disney hotel deals

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Want to stay a stone’s throw away from the action of the Walt Disney World Resort without paying those infamously high hotel prices? Your best bet is book a stay at the nearby Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels: a collection of seven properties within walking distance of the free-to-enter Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.

Included with a stay at any of the properties is complimentary shuttle service to each of the Disney theme parks and water parks, on-site Disney tickets for purchase, the ability to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants, and a booklet filled with discounts on dining, entertainment, and shopping.

Plus, through the end of March, the hotels are offering reduced rates with its Escape the Cold promotion to make stays here even more tempting. With it, rates start at $73 a night, depending on the property. Here’s a look at what’s being offered during the promotion:

Read more

by
Margerie Glacier, Tarr Inlet, Alaska cruise

Flickr/Tavis Jacobs

An Alaska cruise is a bucket-list trip for travelers who love the great outdoors. Cruise ships typically sail weeklong northbound and southbound trips, often between Seattle or Vancouver and Anchorage. Expect to find unbelievable scenery along the way, at points such as Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier Bay, not to mention deliciously fresh seafood. It’s the voyage of a lifetime — and you’ll want to make sure your experience is the best that it can be. Here’s how to do just that:

Read more

by
Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak

CocoaVia/Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak

Harley Pasternak is always on the go — and not just because he’s a Hollywood fitness trainer. The nutritionist and best-selling author is jet-setting around the world if he’s not in the gym with celebrity clients like Rihanna, Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian (among others).

Many of us tend to take a break from our exercise regimen during vacation, but there is no excuse to. “These days, every hotel in the world has a gym,” says Harley. To get the scoop on exactly how he stays fit while traveling, we caught up with Harley on one of his recent trips to the CocoaVia wellness launch event in NYC, where the brand celebrated heart health month. Here’s what the guy that keeps Katy Perry looking perfect had to say.

Read more

by
New Hotel Garibaldi Blu, a cheap hotel option in Florence

Hotel Garibaldi Blu

Want to travel to beautiful Florence this spring? If your schedule is flexible, try going in March — a month that turns out to be an exceptionally good time to reap savings in Tuscany’s capital. Here, three hotels under $150 a night, including a brand-new property that just soft-opened in December.

Read more

by

By Annemarie Dooling for Yahoo! Travel

Even though you don’t need a passport to visit and the U.S. dollar is the official currency, Puerto Rico feels like another world — the ultimate beach getaway destination. Instead of just flying in for a quick weekend, here’s how to spend the best week of your life in Puerto Rico.

Day 1:

No Passport Needed: The Perfect 7-Day Trip to Puerto Rico

Read more

Sign up for the Top 25 Newsletter
to get exclusive weekly deals