All posts by Molly Fergus

Lured by an opportunity for paid travel after graduating from the University of Missouri, Molly Fergus accepted a gig as an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile driver. The yearlong stint as a "hotdogger" took Molly to 20 states, two countries, and one tropical island – and cemented her travel addiction. Now that she doesn’t pilot a hot dog on wheels, Molly’s busy tracking down top airfare deals and scheming the best ways to skirt all of of those pesky fees. Her wanderlust has pushed her to zip-line through Ecuador’s cloud forest, hike Italy's stunning Cinque Terra, and sample a traditional calf's brain dish in Barcelona. Her latest adventure has brought her from the Second City to the first (the Big Apple!), where she's joined up with the online editorial team at as an associate editor. Most Recent Trip: Playa del Carmen. Next Trip: Cambodia.
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    Hotel Jules

    Airlines, bloggers, cruise lines, and resorts flood our inboxes daily with travel contests and sweepstakes. The prizes are always tempting, but it’s tough to figure out which giveaways are worth your valuable time (and contact information) and which you should demote to the spam folder.... Read More

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    Naples Crayton Cove

    Escape to sunny Florida just as the weather turns with this Discover Crayton Cove package from the Cove Inn on Naples Bay. Guests who stay at least two nights will pay only $80 per night for accommodations at the hotel, which overlooks the bay. While in town, feast... Read More

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    In Flight Laptop

    Another win for in-flight entertainment: American Airlines is adding streaming video to an additional 400 planes by the end of 2012, and more than 90 of those machines will already have that capability by the end of this year. The nifty technology lets passengers stream movies and TV shows... Read More

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    The threat of a government shutdown canceled the regularly scheduled Passport Day in April, but now that all is back to normal, the annual event is back on track for Saturday, September 17. This is the only day of the year that the government lets customers line up and apply... Read More

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    Holiday Inn Aruba

    Type-A travelers, you’re in luck. The Holiday Inn Aruba is offering as much as 45 percent off room rates, and all you have to do is reserve by September 30. The 45 percent savings is valid during the 2012 off-season, from May 1 to December 23, but you can... Read More

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    Peninsula Chicago Exterior

    If you’re on the hunt for a swanky urbane vacation at once-a-decade prices, halt the search: In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Peninsula Chicago is slicing room rates to a lowly $10 for the second night’s stay through December 31. This reduces the cost of rooms by almost... Read More

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    Nassau Paradise Island

    Paradise alone is not so idyllic, which must be why the Nassau/Paradise Island tourism board is offering free companion airfare for fall and winter visitors who book a four-night stay at select hotels. Properties on deck include luxurious resorts, such as Atlantis, and value-minded hotels like the Best Western... Read More

    Airlines, bloggers, cruise lines, and resorts flood our inboxes daily with travel contests and sweepstakes. The prizes are always tempting, but it’s tough to figure out which giveaways are worth your valuable time (and contact information) and which you should demote to the spam folder. To up your odds... Read More

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    Aruba Marriott Resort

    Reap all the benefits of off-season Caribbean travel (low cost, fewer tourists) without the risk of a hurricane swirling through and ruining those beach days with a stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, which is slicing 30 percent off room rates through September 15. The 411-room... Read More

    Jupiter Beach Resort   Lounge Chairs

    Baby Boomers, take your mind off that dwindling 401(k) and pursue a more experiential type of retirement savings at Jupiter Beach Resort in Florida this fall. The AAA Four-Diamond property is offering a “Beach Boomers” package through September 30 that slices 20 percent off the best available room rate... Read More

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    Kick off Labor Day weekend at the Riviera Palm Springs, which is knocking 50 percent off room rates and all food and beverages on Friday, September 2 only. The “Friday Nite Lite” package brings rates at the storied, Rat Pack-favored resort to just $129.50 per night, and the food... Read More

    Jw Marriott La Live

    For the remaining few weeks of the JW Marriott L.A. Live’s “I Love L.A. Live” package, the hotel has decided to slice an additional 15 percent off the already 15 percent off prices. That brings room rates in the downtown Los Angeles complex to just $189 on weekends (unfortunately... Read More

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    Usgs Earthquake

    Twitter was shakin’ as much as the earth this afternoon, when a 5.9 magnitude quake struck in Virginia and sent tremors as far north as Toronto. New York has reported little damage, but because it’s the largest city in the country and home to major media outlets, the slight... Read More

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    Hurricane Photo

    It’s deals season in the Caribbean, and with good reason: Hurricanes and tropical storms swirl through the region this time of year, squashing many bargain-hunting beach-goers’ plans. This week, Hurricane Irene is causing trouble in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and seems to have her sights set on... Read More

    Redondo Beach

    Combine the glitz of Hollywood and the lure of the Pacific Ocean into one vacation at Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, Los Angeles’ only waterfront hotel. The 161-room Redondo Beach property claims partial and panoramic views of the water in select rooms, and now through October 31... Read More