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Who needs five star resorts, marble bathtubs, and caviar dinners? Sure, those perks are nice, but for travelers seeking a quick, easy getaway that won’t leave them in the financial lurch, there are better ways to go about it. Rather than overindulge, focus instead on fun, practical activities that are unique to the destination, whether that means hiking in a state park or snagging $9 seats to a symphony orchestra. To get you started, here are ten US cities perfect for budget travelers, plus tips on what to do when you get there: Read more
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and, if you are thinking about a last-minute ditch-your-family getaway, but worry that holiday fares will be astronomical, a limited but rather excellent – dare we say, classy – deal from Virgin Atlantic can get you to London for a long weekend in the comfort of Upper Class.
In case you aren’t familiar with Virgin’s ultra-luxe Upper Class service, a few things you can look forward to include chauffeur transfer services; 33” wide flat beds (the longest of any airline’s business class), an onboard bar, and clubhouses with cocktail bars and spas.
As Boston braces for colder weather – and revels in the World Series success of its beloved Red Sox – this small city with a big cultural pedigree offers plenty to see, and plenty of bargains. While a sunny stroll through the picturesque Public Garden might be out of the question, or at least an endeavor to be approached with caution and a really thick scarf, Boston’s indoor delights shine bright in winter. Here’s a sampling of winter activities in Boston, many of which cost twice as much in warmer months.
One and a half hours by car (or bus) from Boston, the city of Newport, RI is a laid-back, quintessential New England coastal town that’s a good alternative to more toursity destinations like Cape Cod and Nantucket. Its cultural associations call to mind images of wealthy heiresses swinging polo clubs in private country clubs, and in many ways, that’s half right. The Vanderbilts, the Astors, the Tennis Hall of Fame, the Newport Jazz Festival, the famous mansions along Belleveue Avenue: all of these point to Newport’s rich heritage of outdoor sports, architecture, and the high life. But for first-timers to the Northeast, a visit to Newport’s historic downtown is a must. Read more
As we begin to see the world of in-flight entertainment change, so too are we seeing an evolution in the way airlines are planning their new flight routes. A recent spate of new airline route announcements indicates a trend that many Americans (especially those who don’t live in New York or LA) will be very happy about: airlines are now focusing on establishing daily or weekly service out of secondary cities like Boston, Chicago, and Orlando. Likely due to overall growth among airlines like Emirates, United, and British Airways, passengers are now benefiting from nonstop routes based out of their home cities. Read more
Food trucks are a perfect option for an on-the-go lunch during a visit to Boston, whether perusing shops in Harvard Square or exploring the Freedom Trail. Don’t be fooled by the low prices: food trucks in Boston may be perfect for a student budget, but they will also satisfy the most discerning palate. There are dozens of trucks in nearly every neighborhood, so I’ve narrowed down the list to the five hot spots most beloved by locals (and by me!). Read more
Well, it’s officially September. While some cities are still seeing warm temperatures, we’re already skipping ahead in our minds to fall…and worse, winter. But, rather than let the changing seasons get us down, we’ve decided to just plan our next vacation. From Boston to Washington, D.C., and West Palm Beach, JetBlue’s Book Smart Sale (one-way fares; book by tomorrow at midnight; travel dates September 17 to December 18) is offering some great fares on key destinations: Read more
We know it’s hard to think about autumn travel as the summer winds down. But booking now will definitely pay off when you see the fare sale that JetBlue is advertising for their Leave-With-the-Changing-Leaves Sale. Travel is valid on one-way flights September 3 – December 18, and you must book by August 21 at midnight (blackout dates apply). Check out a selection of our favorite fares below. Read more
Your winter travel plans may not be on your mind yet, but here’s some incentive to start thinking about (and booking) them now: amazing flight deals. From Reykjavik to Oslo, Copenhagen, and more, you can fly round-trip this winter from multiple U.S. cities (New York, Denver, D.C., and others) on Icelandair from $546. As unappealing as cold weather might sound right now, these hot (well…so to speak) European destinations should give you something to look forward to this winter. Check out some of our favorite destinations and deals below. Read more
Just a few weeks ago, we were celebrating National Tequila Day. But that isn’t stopping bars from charging head-on into yet another booze-filled national holiday: National Rum Day falls on August 16 (a Friday, in case you were wondering), in honor of…well, no one’s exactly sure. But who cares? It’s an entire day of sanctioned drinking – and we’re OK with that. So don your pirate hat and grab a sprig of fresh mint. Here are our picks for the best rum cocktails around. Read more
Escape on an end-of-summer getaway, or start planning your fall and winter travel early, with this sale from Virgin America. Fly one-way, nonstop to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and more. While travel for these low rates is valid for a while (August 24–December 3, 2013), booking ends on August 8, at 11:59 CT. Certain day-of-week restrictions and blackout dates from November 21–December 3, 2013 also apply. Check out some of these great fares below! Read more
A couple of weeks ago, Delta’s CEO Richard Anderson issued a rare public lashing on immigration wait times for passengers coming into the United States. Obviously, the leader of a U.S.-based airline has financial motives for wanting to get passengers off the plane and through passport control in a more efficient manner – but his rant still held a lot of truth. Immigration wait times in countries like Japan or the Netherlands are far shorter than what we face here in the United States.
For those looking to make informed decisions around their future travel plans, here’s a quick look at which airports boast the shortest wait times – and perhaps more importantly, which airports have the worst. Though we can’t guarantee you’ll miraculously breeze through immigration on your trip, at the very least, you’ll know which entry points to avoid or plan for longer layovers if you have a connection. Read more
Boston’s Charles River is the Dirty Water of the Standells’ classic record but, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (and against conventional wisdom), the water just isn’t all that dirty anymore.
The E.P.A., which gave it a D grade on its first annual report back in 1995, upgraded the Charles to a B+ last year. Earlier this month the Charles River Conservancy hosted the first public recreational swim in the Charles in more than 50 years – since public swimming was banned in the 1950s.
Here’s more on the formerly off-limits Charles, and some other American rivers that are have made recent comebacks… Read more
Nap. Read. Work. Eat. However you occupy your time at the airport, Virgin Atlantic has devised a new way to ‘upgrade’ your pre-flight experience. With its new “Guest List” package, Economy and Premium Economy passengers now have the option to pay extra for the same perks normally extended to Upper Class passengers.
The special treatment will cost you, though. On top of your airfare, rates for the “Guest List” package start at $384 – depending on how many chauffeurs you need… Read more
Things are heating up across the U.S. – and more specifically in New York City. And JetBlue is taking notice: Not only did they just release another amazing one-way flight sale, they also announced they’ll be offering promo codes from today until Saturday, July 20 that will save you 90 percent on round-trip fares from NYC (EWR, LGA, and JFK airports)! Believe it folks, things are going to get hot this week – check out some of the amazing deals going on right now! Read more
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