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Much of the time, the only way you’re going to save money renting a house versus booking a hotel room is if you are traveling within a group. But even as a couple or a solo traveler, you can make the case for perks like a full kitchen, multiple bathrooms, a pool, spacious common areas, and a balcony or a yard — so long as you can snag a cheap per-night rate. From sunny Sedona to the metropolis of Miami Beach, we found some budget-savvy options under $100 among VacationHomeRentals.com’s 100,000-plus listings. Ready to stay in the heart of things and meet some locals?
MagicBand, FastPass+, and Magical Express. Disney is notorious for coming up with imaginative names for almost every single one of its concepts. So it didn’t come as a shock in 1998 when Disney Cruise Line took to the sea with some unique monikers for its onboard offerings.
Here, eight Disney Cruise Line names and phrases you should know before you go.
We’re all about saving money while traveling, but the need for convenience and unexpected complications can bust a budget in a hurry. These apps can come through in a pinch, helping with everything from finding a ride to a fast, affordable meal.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Bunking in a brand-new hotel near the beach for $169 per night this spring? Yes, please!
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.
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:
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:
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