Travel Deals: Sizzling Summer Vacation Plans

Summer on Sale at Princess Cruises

Cruise Europe

Princess Cruises is getting ready for summer with a special cruise sale cutting cruise rates up to 30% on more than 100 summer cruise vacations. The sale runs through April 14, 2015 only.

Cruises on sale include voyages to some of the most intriguing destinations throughout Europe, including cruises to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and Russia, and the British Isles. Closer to home, there are discounts on  Alaska Cruises and tours. Read more »

International Leisure Travel Making its Comeback

Travel to Europe

Europe is back! And so is Mexico, the Caribbean and lands north of the border. In fact, U.S. international travel jumped nearly 10 percent in 2014, and 2015 shows no signs of slowing, according to U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI). Read more »

Where to Find World’s Worst Hotel WiFi

worst hotel wifi

Free WiFi ranks right up there along with free breakfasts when it comes to the most desirable hotel amenities, according to Hotels.com.

But anyone who has traveled and stayed at a hotel hoping to catch up on emails, not to mention sneak in an episode of “House of Cards” on Netflix, knows what disappointments may be in store. The beach ball circles endlessly while a stare at the frozen screen does little to move things along. Read more »

Halekulani: Historic Slice of Heaven in Waikiki

Luxury Hotel waikiki

Waikiki may be a crowded confluence of tony high rise hotel properties, designer labels and Elvis memories, but only paces away along the quiet reaches of Gray’s Beach on Oahu stands a top luxury hotel in Waikiki — the Halekulani — and the Hawaii of a gentler era.

The Halekulani has a history, nearly as deep and mysterious as the island itself. As the 453-room property rounds 108 years of age and stands where it started as the beachfront bungalow hotel built by Robert Lewers. Over the years a succession of owners put their signature on the property and gave it legacy and story that would eventually capture the imagination of a writer and then Hollywood.   READ MORE …

Latest Cruise Trends: Longer is Better

Longer Cruise favorites

According to recent surveys of travel agents by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 37 percent of agents reported an increase in bookings of 14- to 100-day cruises.

Longer sailings, including world cruises of several months, are increasingly popular among both retired and affluent travelers, according to travel agents.  Agents also reported that the top advantage of long cruises is the ability to see many places hassle free, without having to deal with multiple airports and packing and unpacking. Travelers also like the exciting itineraries offered by cruise lines to places around the world that would be difficult to visit on land. Read more »

To Dublin: Tour Pass Relaunches as Ireland Booms

what to do in Dublin

With Ireland’s visitor numbers up by nine per cent in 2014 and further increases expected this year, the Dublin Pass — a sightseeing card that helps visitors who want to travel to Dublin save time and money — has been relaunched to make the capital city more convenient and accessible for tourists. Read more »

Colo Hot Springs Vacations: Bubbling with Heritage

Hot springs vacations

Colorado is hot. And this designation does not just describe the legal high times to be had ingesting fumes and chemicals from some of the world’s best cannibis leaves. Nor does it refer to mastering some of the highest peaks in the country on ski and snowboard, all to be celebrated at bragworthy après ski parties in the baselands. Hot here describes the water, the temperatures of the mineral waters flowing through geology under the Rockies and creating some of the most amazing hot springs vacations and experiences to be had in resort areas replete with heritage. Read more »