All posts by Elina Vaysbeyn

While attending university in the great American tundra we call Buffalo, N.Y., Elina discovered that snowed-in days and nights could be best spent doing what she loves to do: writing. Drawing inspiration from her many globetrotting adventures, Elina's travels have brought her to such diverse locales as Latvia, Romania, Jamaica, and her personal favorite, Israel. Happily, as she currently rediscovers the beauty of the incredible metropolis she calls home (New York City), she's managed to find a perfect forum for her lifelong loves of traveling, writing, and bargain-hunting: ShermansTravel Media. E-mail:
Cologne Cathedral

Western Germany’s resilient Rhine River region has thrived for more than 2,000 years in defiance of the violent war scenes that reduced entire cities to rubble on the banks of this major waterway. Proliferating through viniculture, the tourism industry, and commercial business activity of cities like Frankfurt and Mainz... Read More

Avalon Panorama Exterior

When I stepped aboard the bite-sized Avalon Panorama, I had no idea what to expect from a ship built to navigate a quarter-mile-wide waterway. The 166-passenger and 47-crewmember cruiser (the ninth Avalon Waterways vessel to be inaugurated into the European river cruise fleet since 2006; two more are in... Read More

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

A centuries-old island paradise by day and maritime party town by night, St. Thomas in the USVI offers a plethora of activity options for visitors. From May 1 through August 31, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, a popular St. Thomas shores mainstay, is offering a 5-night package for four people... Read More

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Modern Museum of Art

New York City rooftop space is a rare breed of real estate, but it seems the kitschy Pod Hotel in Midtown has lucked out with several prime open-air perches. Through April 25, guests can stake out the rooftop lounge and garden, and outdoor café, starting from just $99 per... Read More

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Vision Airlines

An airline expansion move finally reaps benefits for the consumer. Small-scale carrier Vision Airlines (formerly Vision Air) is launching 17 new routes out of Northwest Florida Airport, which previously served only Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Miami. Starting from just $19 each way (before taxes), these flights will connect Florida... Read More

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Explore the charm and flair of the Southwest with this exclusive deal from the boutique Hotel Andaluz, the only 4-Diamond property in Albuquerque. readers have a chance to experience the upscale amenities of this historic city-center hotel with the Tax Amnesty package, featuring nightly rates starting from just... Read More

Springmaid Beach

Set on procuring the best deals on the market, editors have dug up an unmatched value on the shores of family-friendly Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Starting from just $85 for a two-night stay (50 percent off regular rates!), the beachfront Springmaid Beach resort, located on a secluded... Read More

Puerto Vallarta

Located in one of the most family-friendly destinations in Mexico, the all-inclusive Embarcadero Pacifico is offering rates from just $67 per person, per night through April 17! Flanked by the Marina Vallarta, the hotel looks out onto serene Banderas Bay. With the Embarcadero Pacifico all-inclusive plan, guests receive three... Read More

Mardi Gras

Fairly soon the festive streets of New Orleans will be strewn with beads, masks, and doubloons. Luckily, some deal-savvy visitors will have the chance to revel in the celebrations at one of the most prominent hotels in the French Quarter – the AAA 3-Diamond Prince Conti Hotel is offering... Read More

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Hard Rock hotel & Casino

It’s apparent that the poker tables are calling your name when Sin City hotel prices plummet to under $50 per night. Book a stay at the stylish Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas through March, starting from just $48 – a savings of up to 30 percent... Read More

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Caymanairways Edit

With “winter lows” dipping to a balmy 70 degrees, the Cayman Islands provide vitamin D-infused nourishment to sun-starved vacationers year-round. Thankfully, this $200 (before taxes) special round-trip spring fare from Cayman Airways proffers fuel for the wallet as well, charting direct flights from Washington, D.C., to Grand Cayman through... Read More

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Royal Caribbean

Unlike most value-conscious cruises that sail just a few short weeks after the promotion, this 5-night Bahamas voyage sets out in May, leaving a leisurely three-month interim for vacation prep. Starting from just $299 for an inside stateroom, this sailing offers up to 70 percent off regular rates! Departing... Read More

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Puerto Vallarta

Bring home the family values with this 4-night Puerto Vallarta package from Liberty Travel. Starting from just $479 per person, two kids (ages 12 and under) stay for free with parents at the top-rated Fiesta Americana resort on the Mexican Riviera, including round-trip airfare from Chicago (other departure cities... Read More

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Hilton Sonoma Wine Country editors often write about the gorgeous Sonoma Wine Country, but with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’d be hard pressed to stop. Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa invites couples to spend a romantic weekend wandering the vineyards, starting from just $199 per night. Stay in a luxurious... Read More

Monterey Del Mar

Strewn with beachside hammocks, Monterey Del Mar hotel marks a polished, serene enclave amid the lush tropics on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. For a limited time, is offering rates to this boutique beachfront property starting from just $369 for a 3-night, taxes-inclusive package, valid for... Read More