Sunday, December 20, 2015

Top Destinations in 2016

January is the time we start to see the travel shows and expos start popping up.  Its traditionally around the time when people start planning their vacations or at least start thinking about where they want to go.  The excitement of walking up and down the rows of vendors, Africa, Japan, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, so many possibilities to choose from!
Travel shows are a great place to get inspiration on where to travel to.  There are lots of experts around to talk to and ask questions from and everybody there shares your passion for travel.
And the only question is where will you go in 2016?
Here are the experts picks for the top travel destinations for 2016.

Top Destinations for 2016world map
 
Top countries for 2016
  1. Botswana
  2. Japan
  3. USA
  4. Palau
  5. Latvia
  6. Australia
  7. Poland
  8. Uruguay
  9. Greenland
  10. Fiji


Top 10 Regions
  1. Transylvania, Romania
  2. West Iceland
  3. Valle de Vinales, Cuba
  4. Friuli's wine regions, Italy
  5. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  6. The Auvergne, France
  7. Hawaii
  8. Bavaria, Germany
  9. Costa Verde, Brazil
  10. St. Helena, British Territories

Top 10 Cities
  1. Kotor, Montenegro
  2. Quito, Ecuador
  3. Dublin, Ireland
  4. George Town, Malaysia
  5. Rotterdam, Netherlands
  6. Mumbai, India
  7. Fremantle, Australia
  8. Manchester, UK
  9. Nashville, Tennessee
  10. Rome

Top Best Value Destinations
  1. Estonia
  2. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam
  3. East Africa
  4. New Mexico
  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  6. Galicia, Spain
  7. Quebec City, Canada
  8. Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast
  9. Timor-Leste
  10. Western Australia


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Contest: Win City of Your Choice on GSPmyCity

I always believed that the best way to get to know a city is on foot.  One of the great things I love about Europe is how walkable the cities are.  The cities are very compact and you can easily walk around them viewing the different sites and it seems around every corner you find beautiful architecture, picture perfect cobble stone streets and that amazing little shop that wasn’t in any guide book.  One of the things I love about walking around these amazing cites is just going out and exploring them searching for those little hidden gems and the best way to do that is by walking around the city.
Europe isn’t the only country with walkable cities many countries have cities that are easily navigated by foot which lets tourist create walking tours to do their sightseeing.
But tourists don’t have to do the planning themselves, like they say “there’s an app for that!”  GPSmyCity has over 5000 walks in 470+ cities around the world and The Travelers Insider, in partnership with GPSmyCity, is giving away 20 promo codes for the full version of the app.
  • Just leave a comment telling us, if you could travel to any city in the world where would you go and we’ll enter you into the contest.
Contest

Rules:
* Must be over 18 years old
* App only works on IOS devices – iPads, iPhone
* Must leave comment stating which city you would
travel to.
* Winners will be able to pick, from available
cities,which city they would like for their app download.
* 20 codes will be given away.
* Winners will be chosen by random draw.
* Codes will expired in 28 days if not used.
* Contest ends on January 3, 2016


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Monday, November 30, 2015

Air New Zealand - Cyber Monday Special

Air New Zealand is offering some great deals for cyber Monday.  Fly from Los Angeles to Auckland for $520 round trip in February.  Departure dates, cities and arrival cities vary so play around with the details to find a flight that fits your needs.

There are tons of winter time discounts but hurry, its a cyber Monday special.

Air New Zealand

Monday, November 16, 2015

Changes to Florida Theme Parks

There will be some exciting changes coming over the next couple of years to Florida’s theme parks.  With over 62 million people visiting Orlando’s parks each year the pressure is on for to keep coming up with new ideas to keep visitors coming back year after year.


Universal Orlando
In the summer of 2016 Universal Orlando will open its fifth onsite hotel, the 1000 room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.  The hotel is built around a lush tropical lagoon and waterfall, the Caribbean style hotel has 83 suites and will feature Universal Orlando’s largest onsite, zero entry pool, with a white sand beach and water slide.  Guests will receive early entry to the park, complimentary water taxi and shuttle bus transportation to theme parks and Universal CityWalk, resort-wide charging privileges with their room key as well as other perks.  Value season rat3es start at just $119 per night for a seven night stay.

As for rides, Universal Orlando will be debuting Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal’s Island of Adventure next summer, where guests will be taken into the mysterious island filled with prehistoric predators and none other than King Kong himself.

In 2017 the Fast & Furious: Supercharged ride will open, a thrill ride that immerses guests in the underground racing world made famous in the Fast & Furious movies.  The park will also be opening up a third park, Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort.  The water park will feature a towering volcano , water slides, lazy river and a rapids ride.


Walt Disney World Resort
Last year saw a huge expansion for the Magic Kingdom but in 2016 there is even  more to
come.  At Disney’s Animal Kingdom big changes are under way.  IN the spring, Rivers of Light will Debut.  A night time spectacular in the Discovery River Lagoon that transforms the park with live performances, floating lanterns, projection mapping, water screens and swirling animal imagery.

Kilimanjaro Safaris will also stay open later starting in the spring offering nocturnal safari rides.  In 2017, Pandora – The World of Avatar will open in the Animal Kingdom.  This new Avatar themed land will take visitors on an adventure through floating mountains, bioluminescent forests and the winged creatures known as Banshees.

There will also be changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Stars Wars Launch Bay will be opening later this year with exhibits, merchandise and the opportunity to meet Star Wars characters.  A new Star Tours- The Adventures Continue, featuring locations and characters from the upcoming file Star Wars: The Awakens and a re-imagined Jedi Training Academy, with new characters from the Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels. 

All this leads up to the opening of a new 14 acre Star Wars Land at Disney Hollywood Studios.  The new Frozen ride will be opening next year at Epcot and Soarin Around the World will also debut at Epcot next year. 



Legoland Florida Resort
Legoland has opened a new themed land, Lego Friends Heartlake City which is based on the popular Lego Friends line featuring five girl characters.  The expansion features Mia’s Riding Adventure, a platform ride with horse shaped seats that spin while traveling forwards and backwards, an interactive musical show, heart shaped fountain filled with Lego brick instruments that play music and several stores.  Nest year there will be a new 4D movie with characters from The Lego Movie.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Deal Alert: Warming Up in Hawaii

Hawaii
What better place to warm up this winter then in Hawaii and with prices like these you can't go wrong.

Hawaii
Airline: Alaska Air

Travel Dates: Nov 9 – Dec 16

(One way prices)

Oakland – Maui    $199

Oakland – Kauai   $256

Portland – Kauai   $275

Sacramento – Maui  $239

San Diego – Kona  $189

San Jose – Kona  $219

Seattle – Maui   $209

Seattle – Kauai   $219

Spokane – Maui  $ 239

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pre-Order In Flight Meal on British Airways

Economy ClassBefore you fly you can pre-order and purchase an in-flight meal from a selection of new meals between 30 days and British Airways24 hours before your flights departure.  The menu is available exclusively at ba.com and gives you a good alternative to the complimentary meals.  Meals include poached king prawn, salmon, braised beef, vegetarian meals, British breakfast as well as other items.  (Prices range from 15-18 British Pounds)

Available Routes:      (Economy Class)
This service is available on flights leaving from London, Heathrow and flying to:

Abu Dhabi, Accra, Amman*, Atlanta, Austin, Bahrain, Baku*, Baltimore, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut*, Bengaluru, Boston, Buenos Aries, Cairo*, Calgary, Cape Town, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago, Dallas Ft Worth, Denver, Dubai, Entebbe, Haneda, Hong Kong, Houston, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Mumbai, Nairobi, Narita, New Delhi, New York - John F. Kennedy, New York - Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio De Janeiro, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul (Incheon), Shanghai (Pu Dong), Singapore, Tel Aviv*, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC.
* Gourmet, Healthy and Vegetarian Kitchen options only.



First, Club World and World Traveller PlusIn the premium cabins you will be able to pre-order your meal between 30 days and 24 hours prior to your flight departure for free however your meal choices will be the same as on board.  By using this service though you will be able to guarantee you get the meal of your choice.

Available Routes: (First, Club World and World Traveller Plus)
Abu Dhabi, Accra, Atlanta, Austin, Bahrain, Baltimore, Bangkok, Beijing, Bengaluru, Boston, Buenos Aries, Calgary, Cape Town, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago, Dallas Ft Worth, Denver, Dubai, Dulles International (DC), Entebbe, Haneda, Hong Kong, Houston, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Mumbai, Nairobi, Narita, New Delhi, New York - John F. Kennedy, New York - Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Shanghai (Pu Dong), Singapore, Toronto, Vancouver.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Pricing for Cruise Lines

The face of cruising is changing.  It used to be you booked a cruise and pretty much everything on Cruisesboard was included except shore excursions, gratuities, liquor and sodas.  But it’s a little more complicated than that these days.

Now some cruise lines offer different cruise levels to choose from while others are including free liquor or shore excursions, all in an attempt to lure in passengers.  Cruise lines have found that giving passengers extra amenities can make a huge difference when it comes to them deciding which cruise to choose.

Celebrity Cruises started the 1-2-3Go! And Pick Your Perk programs, which lets passengers choose which extra amenities they want.  They can choose from things such as beverage packages, prepaid gratuities, onboard credit or other items.  Their Go Big, Go Better, Go Best program allows passengers booking an ocean view cabin or better to choose from four extra amenities  - prepaid gratuities, $150 onboard credit, the classic beverage package or unlimited internet.  Passengers pay a lower fee (Go Big) and get to choose one Amenity, or pay a medium fee (Go Better) and get to choose two of the amenities, or pay the highest fee (Go Best) and get all four amenities plus up graded to the premium beverage package.

MSC Cruises introduced a four level pricing system ranging from basic cruise only fare to all inclusive.  Passengers can decide what they want to bundle into their fare – drinks, massages, priority boarding, half price fitness classes or access to exclusive, adult only areas.

Norwegian Cruise Line occasionally offers their “Freestyle Choice” promotion which allows passengers to choose one of four extras – unlimited beverages, free specialty dining, free WiFi, or free shore excursions.  Guests who book a suite or accommodations in the Haven get all four, plus an extra $25 onboard credit.   Starting in 2016 all voyages on the Norwegian Sky will include free spirits, cocktails, bottled and draft beer and wines by the glass priced up to $11 and unlimited fountain drinks and juices at all bars and lounges, restaurants and in Great Stirrup Cay.

The results are in and passengers want these all inclusive and bundle fares and extra amenities so you should expect to see more cruise lines and ships to fall in line and start offering the same type of pricing.