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This whiskered mug (shown at right) was my last hurrah on Kauai before it was time to board a plane bound for covert Nextpedition destination #2.
Considering that I’m obsessed with any adorable wild creature – let alone one that waddles from the surf onto the beach before my very feet – this, I decided, was going to be a tough surprise act to follow.
When the plane’s wheels rolled down the runway in Honolulu, I have to admit that I still wasn’t entirely convinced that the second leg of my mystery trip could possibly live up to the past four days.
The Ultimate Nextpedition: How One Writer Signed Up For a Mystery Trip . . . and Found Herself Dangling From a Pacific Island Zipline
Tucked inside the parcel was my Nextpedition trip console – and an envelope that would reveal my first Farbarian-meets-Adrenalista-match-made-in-travel-heaven destination: Kauai!
Three days later, my husband and I were bound for the not-so-Farbarian town of Newark, N.J., to catch an 11-hour flight to Honolulu, where we’d hop a 30-minute flight to Lihue, Kauai.
If you’re thinking about a Vegas vacation in 2011, American Express Travel has you covered. They’ve got rates that range from $30/night at the Riviera Hotel and Casino to $55/night at the Hard Rock to $149/night at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas (with a $100 resort credit included!). Many properties are also throwing in sweet extras like room upgrades, spa credits, or show tickets. Though anyone can score these low rates, American Express cardholders get the bonus perk of double rewards points when booking through Amex Travel (and can even pay for the vacation with points). Book by July 13 for travel through December 31.
THE VALUE: Rates are discounted up to 40 percent.
THE CATCH: Most of the low rates for this deal are for midweek stays. Rates don’t include resort fees charged by some hotels.
For general trip planning information, see our Las Vegas Travel Guide.
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