All posts by Christine Dayao

Christine Dayao is a freelance writer who can talk for hours about all things Disney.
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa/Christine Dayao

When we think of taking a getaway to Connecticut, the historical and cultural epicenters of New Haven and Hartford usually come to mind — followed by a fun road trip along the western side of the state. But what about a trip to the coast? Filled with a number... Read More

A view of the monorail at Epcot in Walt Disney World
Epcot/Flickr/Jimmy Vuccolo

Every year, Disney raises the admission prices for its parks in Florida and California. In 2014 and 2015, news of the price hike came in February — leading many to anticipate the 2016 hike would come by Leap Day. While the predictions were indeed true, the new prices came this... Read More

The library at Hotel Chandler in New York City
Library at Hotel Chandler/Triumph Hotels

While New York City does have a reputation for being pricey, you can score some good deals if you’re really smart about it — which is one of the reasons why the Big Apple secured a spot on our list of 2016 Budget Destinations. For just one example, Triumph Hotels... Read More

Cloister guestroom at Sea Island in Georgia
Cloister guestroom/Sea Island

Nature lovers in search of an outdoor winter retreat — that doesn’t involve any snow  — may want to set their sights on Georgia’s Sea Island. Situated on the state’s coast, the resort has a variety of outdoor pursuits, from marsh kayaking and eco tours to hiking and wildlife... Read More

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McPherson Bayou in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
McPherson Bayou/Christine Dayao

Snow isn’t the only thing that Winter Storm Jonas left behind after it bore down on the Northeast this past weekend — it also left us with a profound desire to walk along a warm, sandy beach instead of trudging through slushy streets. And one place we’d rather be... Read More

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Penthouse Suite at Sheraton New York Times Square in New York City.
Penthouse Suite/Sheraton New York Times Square

Flowers, chocolate, and jewelry may get top billing when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, but they’re nothing compared to these over-the-top experiences being offered by hotels around the world. From stays in penthouse suites to the gift of glass slippers, here’s where lovebirds with deep pockets can check... Read More

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The Executive Suite at Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary
Executive Suite/Corinthia Hotel Budapest

There’s a lot that we look forward to at the start of a new year: new places to discover, chances to visit old favorites, and Corinthia Hotels’ Annual Sale. This time around, the promotion offers 30 percent off rates at its London outpost and 50 percent off at its... Read More

Magnolia Mansion at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort in Florida.
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort/Christine Dayao

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation has a lot of moving parts, from picking a hotel to deciding how many days of tickets to buy to making dining reservations. While we’ll admit that we’ve often spent months planning the perfect trip to the House of Mouse — many start planning at... Read More

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A view of the Times Square ball from the rooftop of The Knickerbocker
Rooftop/The Knickerbocker Hotel

All around the world, the last night of the year is always one of the most fun-filled: from performances headlined by big-name artists and the Times Square ball drop to spectacular fireworks above some famous landmarks, December 31 promises a rockin’ good time. And for some with deep pockets... Read More

A guestroom at Pennsylvania's Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
Hotel Monaco Philadelphia/Cris Molina for Kimpton Hotels

In anticipation of this Friday’s release of  “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” three Kimpton properties in Pennsylvania are offering a special discount: 44 percent off the best available rates. This pun-happy May The Fours Be With You sale brings down nightly costs to as low as $89. The special rates must... Read More

Welk Resorts Sirena del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Aerial view/Welk Resorts Sirena del Mar

Have you thought about travel plans for 2016 yet? If not, it’s time to start. And this promotion from Mexico’s Welk Resorts Sirena del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, which offers up to 53 percent off stays throughout next year, might just entice you to plan ahead for big... Read More

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motel 6 project phoenix renovations
Motel 6 Anaheim Maingate

Even after more than 50 years, Motel 6 is still keeping the lights on — and good thing, because the budget chain is in the midst of a renovation project that is expected to freshen up 75 percent of its properties in the U.S. and Canada by the end... Read More

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A guestroom at Chicago's Palmer House Hilton
Guestroom/Facebook.com/PalmerHouseHilton

There’s no doubt that the holiday season is a magical time, but who really has the budget to spring for a getaway right before the end-of-year gift-giving bonanza? We’ve uncovered nine hotels and resorts around the country that are offering significant savings for stays leading up to Christmas — all less than $200... Read More

The Colortopia exhibit at Epcot
Colortopia exhibit at Innoventions/Glidden

It’s nearly impossible to hear the name “Disney” and not think of strong, vivid colors — an element that’s been a cornerstone of the Walt Disney Company ever since the release of the non-black-and-white film Flowers and Trees in 1932. It’s an integral part of its animated films, books... Read More

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The lobby at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Towers in Indonesia
Lobby/Facebook.com/SheratonBandungHotelTowers

One of the most delightful parts about travel is checking into a hotel and being completely awed by the décor — from the furnishings and floors to the wallpaper and window dressings. But have you ever taken a moment to look up to find such stunning chandeliers and light fixtures? Here... Read More