How To Make The Most Of Your Holiday Travel

1) Fly smart – download flight tracking apps like Hopper which track your ideal flights and send you a notification of the best time to book them! A great tool whether you are exploring what destinations have affordable flights over the next month, or looking for the best dates to visit family. Also when looking at flights consider the week before instead of the week after a holiday to capitalize on deals, and try and get a flight out on the early side if your worried about any delays cutting into your holiday activities. See www.hopper.com, for more info on the app!

2) Look at travel deal sites – like Travelzoo, especially close to the holiday season publish travel deals from more than 2,000 travel, entertainment and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and spas worldwide so you’re likely to find a way to save on holiday travel and activities the other end! In fact, they also launched an amazing holiday gift guide stocked with incredible travel experiences and gifting ideas, so you can purchase a gift card for your loved one or even an activity for them to enjoy on your trip! See www.travelzoo.ca for more info.

3) Consider winter sun – If you’re looking to get away this year to some sunshine, you don’t have to go far!. Kissimmee in Central Florida, caters to all ages when it comes to entertainment during the holidays; from the theme parks to “ICE!” at Gaylord Palms to Now Snowing Nightly in Downtown Celebration, you get the holiday experience without the cold chills! It’s also a great airlift from Toronto to the Orlando International Airport, which is just 25 minutes away. See – www.wintersunderland.com/canada for more.

4) Want to take the family on vacation? Choose destinations that have something for everyone, like an all-inclusive. The Dreams Playa Mujeres Resort and Spa in Mexico offers unlimited luxury alongside all inclusive features for the entire family, between golf courses, infinity pools, kids’ waterparks, 7 restaurants and 13 bars (even a teenage bar!) Take advantage of their Triple Play promotion this winter, by saving up to 50% when you book now through December 21 (to travel anytime between now and April) see DreamsResorts.com/playa-mujeres for more info or DreamsResorts.com/TriplePlay.

5) Capitalize on your drive OR take a train– If you are going to drive consider driving on Christmas Day itself. You do need to make sure you’ve planned ahead and topped off your tank on the 24th, the freeways are all yours! OR consider a train; there’s a lot less stress when you’re not the one driving; watch the wintry scenery go by, wine in hand while catching up with your loved ones en route!

Romantic Getaways Deals

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Given that Valentines Day falls three days before a long holiday weekend, and that finding the perfect gift can be tough, why not consider a romantic getaway. Whether you plan a trip for that particular weekend or for an alternative date, the gift of a romantic escape is always a winner! 

Mexico

Consider Mexico, a warmer destination that combines culture and relaxation.The Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma, is an adults only all inclusive resort that provides a private bungalow experience. We’re talking glass bottom floors, private jacuzzis, and a ladder down into the ocean (you even get a personal bungalow butler!) They have a great Leave Winter Behind Deal, which gives you up to 30 percent off when you book now until the 28th of Feb.

Florida

A great option, especially if you’re going for a long weekend because it’s accessible. Fly into Ft Lauderdale and stay at The Pelican Grand, which is a waterfront beachfront resort, located 10 minutes away from the airport. Here you’ll find rooms with sweeping ocean views, a spa, lazy river pool and a fabulous onsite restaurant (where you can dine under the stars overlooking the ocean.) They have a Romance on the Beach package running right now that includes champagne and dinner for two in your stay.

Jamaica

Never fails to be romantic with good weather, good vibes and beautiful beaches. The Moon Palace in Ocho Rios is a gorgeous all inclusive option that provides a tone of waterfront activities (from sailboats a standing wave) 6 bars, 5 restaurants 4 pools and a spa. You can also setup a private dinner on the beach or book a couples massage! With their Time Stands Still in Jamaica deal, if you reserve a trip before Feb 15th for 5 nights, your 5th night is free!

Tools to Help:

The app Hopper is a great resource because it tracks your ideal flights and notify you of when they go down or when to book. It also allows you to explore dates and destinations to see where and when is affordable for you to travel.

If you don’t have someone to share this season of love with, doesn’t mean you can’t book your own getaway. Download the app Solotraveller, a social network that allows you to connect with other solo travelers worldwide to share experiences or meet up. Who knows, you might even meet that special someone while your away!

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Summer Travel on Newsmax


It’s been over one year since Americans were told to cancel their travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic, and there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for those pining for a getaway. With vaccinations mounting in the U.S. just in time for warm weather, many will be venturing out further than their backyards for the busy summer travel season. So what does this summer hold for travelers?

1. Can we expect any good deals…what destinations will be the most popular this summer? 

Despite the influx of travelers booking trips, there are still deals to be had and there are some clear trends emerging…

Florida – Has been a popular travel spot throughout the pandemic with its warm weather and outdoor activities – and it continues to trend in flight bookings this summer. I recently visited Captiva’s gorgeous South Seas Island Resort, located right off of Florida’s Gulf Coast. The resort’s paradise appeal goes without question situated on two-and-a-half miles of powder-white beaches in a destination that offers world-renowned sailing and fishing. Right now they are offering their Advanced Purchase Promotion, where you save up to 20% on your hotel reservation by at least 30 days in advance.  

Puerto Rico and Hawaii – Puerto Rico is the third most-booked destination for summer 2021, according to Priceline, with Orbitz naming it the most popular search destination for those living on the East Coast. Hawaii equallyseems to be surging due to its far-off feel – Oahu and Maui ranked 5th and 14th, respectively.according to Priceline’s 15 most booked destinations for summer 2021.

2. What about city breaks, or urban entertainment hotspots – are these due to have come-back this summer?

Hotel prices dropped during the pandemic in urban environments more than rural ones, due to the exodus from crowded cities during the pandemic, but now is the time to grab deals on city breaks before prices rise again.

Los Angeles – Despite what some may think, every sector of the visitor experience from museums and restaurants to theme parks and outdoor live events is open in Los Angeles. This spring, a bunch of new and exciting hotels will open like the Fairmont Century Plaza and the Downtown L.A. Proper. There are tons of brand-new restaurants opening throughout the city, concerts and football games are being held at the SoFi Stadium, and The Music Centre in downtown LA is hosting live performances. If you head to discoverlosangeles.com you’ll find some great deals on hotels, restaurants and more, good thru June 30th. 

New York and  Las Vegas – There’s nothing quite like spring in New York and given that the average daily hotel rates in the city were under $150 this March, according to Priceline, travelers are jumping on the opportunity to see the city open up. Also travel deals to Las Vegas from major air travel hubs have plenty of travelers opting to kick off their return to Sin City, the second most-booked summer destination on Priceline this year.

3. What other changes can travelers expect when they fly, specifically when it comes to insuring their trips this summer?The pandemic changed how airlines and hotels handle flexibility, with many eliminating change and cancellation fees altogether. 

In turn, many travel insurance companies also specifically added Covid medical and trip interruption or flight reimbursement coverage. You’ve got air medical transport programs out there like Medjet that, if you are hospitalized while traveling, will arrange medical transportation to your hospital at home. Most travel insurance only evacuates to a nearby hospital, while they get you moved home. They added Covid-19 transport benefits last October, for domestic travel and international destinations like Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean as they opened up. In general, how people insure their trips and protect themselves, may change for good, after this past year.

Honeymooning

Yup it’s wedding season! The time when the joy of engagement quickly turns to panic for many of us prepping for that special day. But before you know it, it’ll be free time, beach time, him-and-you honeymoon time. Here are some great travel tips for newlyweds booking their together-time away.

Decide how much activity you want in your honeymoon. Do you want to see a million museums or lie on by the pool for a week? Always start your trip with some R&R at a comfortable spot before booking in all the site seeing. If you really want to kick back and relax, consider a spot like the Caribbean island of Aruba, to truly let go, which post all the wedding mayhem is ideal. Rates at the luxurious Aruba Marriott Resort start at as low as $150 a night this time of year. If you are looking for privacy but still that resort experience, consider Wyndham Vacation Rentals, which from cottages and condos to villas and castles, gives travelers a different kind of vacation experience, in over 600 destinations worldwide.

Set your budget. Seasons have a big impact on honeymoon travel choices. Postponing the honeymoon to a less expensive season and booking as far in advance as possible could save you more than a few bucks. If you want to cut costs but still have some sense of adventure on your honeymoon, consider a long weekend camping, glamping or (for those super social couples) just hitting up an all-inclusive style camp experience with Club Getaway – which takes the best parts of summer camp and adds it’s own adult twist on them…think zip-lining, kayaking, and a cold beer on the lake at the end of the day!

Research weather. While summer is a popular time for weddings, summertime varies according to geography… and comes with a wack of humidity in many places. Oddly enough many of the places that get bad winters have incredible summers, such as the UK. Britain offers both glorious summer temps, lush countryside and vibrant city life over the summer season, as well as beautiful coastlines. Visit www.visitbritain.com for tips on where and what to do!

Consider travel time and comfort. If you only have a week off of work, don’t spend two days on an airplane. Maximize enjoyment and minimize stress by booking through sites like Skyscanner that browse over 1200 trusted airline and travel sites, worldwide, to find you your perfect route. Alternatively, make the journey part of the ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and book a private jet! Companies like Jetsuite offer private jet charters for as little as $536 or a seat on a private jet for as little as $109 each way. For peace of mind and saving on time, it’s also with downloading a service like Freebird so you can skip the line and instantly book a new ticket in the event of a flight cancellation, four-hour delay, or missed connection (starting at as little as $19 each way.)

Pack well. Marriage means a lot of sharing, so if you want to save on baggage fees, you might want to get used to sharing a suitcase on your first trip and newlyweds! Packing smart doesn’t have to be hard or expensive thanks to great new packing innovations from brands like Travelsmith’s smart packs, travel cubes and space maximizing luggage.

Be as unconventional as you like! It’s your honeymoon so don’t feel restricted by what the conventions of a honeymoon are. Whether camping, cruising the Med, or kicking back in the Caribbean, remember this is YOUR time to start a new life. Start married life on the really healthy side, at a life altering resort, like Movara Health and Wellness Retreat, or hit that up post a week of Pina Coladas at a beach resort. Either way ENJOY newlyweds!