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I’m getting married in less than three weeks [hold for applause]. It’s a destination wedding, which probably merits its own blog post at some point. However, since wedding planning has rendered me unable to put together a string of coherent thoughts, it’s best if I focus on the honeymoon in this post since, well, that’s way less stressful.
Selecting a honeymoon destination requires looking at the trip from several different angles. As you begin to discuss where to decompress after months spent selecting tablecloths and entrée choices, you want to make sure you reach the decision that makes both of you happy. Ultimately, there are only three types of honeymoons. Once you pick which is right for you, the decisions get a lot easier. Read more
As mammoth cruise ships continue to build upon child care programs and family-friendly entertainment, it’s becoming easier to bring the kids along as you sail into the Caribbean sunset. Finding a cruise that lets kids have fun and learn something on vacation (gasp) is a challenge onto itself. With more and more emphasis on “going green,” it’s no surprise that parents are looking for creative ways to educate their kids about the environment, and eco-cruising on smaller vessels can bring this concept to life.
As I made myself comfortable in a window seat of a LAN flight from Ecuador’s largest city of Guayaquil to Baltra Island in the Galapagos, I had two reasons to be excited. For one, I was finally visiting this island chain in the eastern Pacific that has been on my travel dream list for years. Two, I was on this route’s inaugural flight (September 16), happy to know this world’s wonder has finally become more accessible to U.S. travelers. For the next 90 minutes up in the air, there was much flashing of the cameras and plenty of champagne flowing, but I spent most of the midair time staring down at the immense blue of the ocean below. I was soon to land in the “living laboratory of evolution,” as Charles Darwin called these isolated and pristine islands.
Get front-row seats to Darwin’s discoveries when you book LAN Airlines’ round-trip flight to Guayaquil, a bustling, Ecuadorian port city not yet hit by the tourism wave. Starting from just $499 out of Miami, every ticket is accompanied by free round-trip air to the Galapagos – an evolutionary wonder of natural diversity and one of the most-coveted destinations around the world. Jump on this equally rare, two-for-one airfare steal and pioneer LAN’s first routes to these exotic islands from September 16 and on.
VALUE: Save up to $900 – the going rate for round-trip flights to the Galapagos Islands.
CATCH: Pack layers – June through December is the Galapagos’ dry season, so temperatures can dip to 60 degrees and under.
DETAILS: Reserve with LAN Airlines by June 21.
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The Luxury On this 10-day cruise-tour, animal lovers and adventure seekers can explore the exotic wildlife of Ecuador’s mystical Galápagos Islands. Adventure Life is offering fall cruises aboard the Millennium (pictured), a luxury yacht with six spacious cabins featuring private balconies and picture windows. On off-ship excursions, naturalist guides will lead the way through tropical forests, across red-sand beaches, and to the Charles Darwin Center, where visitors can view 11 subspecies of tortoises. Read more
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