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January 5, 2017

WHAT 2017 TRAVEL WILL BRING

by Kristen Leigh Painter

There's good news and bad news.

☼ 'Basic Economy' Becomes a Buzzword ☼ Frequent Flier Points Will Be Devalued ☼ More Cheap Transatlantic Flights ☼ Even More Crowded Airports ... But More Comfortable Airplanes ☼ Phone Calls on Planes? ☼


 

November 22, 2016

Your Mini Guide to Philippines Travel Ideas

Phillippines

Still relatively undiscovered, the Philippines is made up of 7,107 idyllic islands in the Western Pacific. The only Spanish colony in Asia, it is home to heavenly beaches, unbeatable outdoor adventure, tantalizing cuisine, and eternally cheerful people. Philippines travel is slowly growing more popular with travel saavy North Americans, and visitors can unlock incredible experiences in Manila, Boracay, and many more destinations.

It's more fun in the Philippines... here is our mini guide to see why!

Manila - Pearl of the Orient

Manila is emerging as one of Asia's most happening capitals. Travellers arriving from North America almost always first land in "Mani," making it a perfect opportunity to spend two or three nights here to adjust to the new time zone and explore some of the most interesting neighbourhoods.

Intramuros ("within the walls"), is the oldest district and historic core of Manila. It features San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the San Agustin Museum just beside the church. Binondo, Manila's Chinatown, is brimming with amazing hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Explore Tayuman, where religious icons and handcrafts are sold in the streets, and Escolta, for its impressive art deco buildings and street art.

Banaue Rice Terraces

From Manila, travel north to the Banaue Rice Terraces area. This UNESCO World Heritage site is also listed as a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines and the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. 2000-year-old rice terraces are built into the mountain sides, reaching a height of several thousand feet. Drink in stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. This area is home to local native tribes. Visit the nearby small town of Sagada, with its cool and refreshing climate, and see fascinating burial caves and hanging coffins. Dive into centuries past at the Bontoc Museum, which features native Philippines objects and artifacts.

Palawan

If you crave space and beauty, head to Palawan (fly to El Nido or Puerto Princesa), an island in the Philippines' most sparsely populated region. The island forms a long sliver, stretching 650 km all the way to Borneo. Savour untouched islands, limestone cliffs, coral reefs, misty mountains, and teeming wildlife. Puerto Princesa (Puerto) is the culinary capital and primary gateway of Palawan, and it makes a great place to start. El Nido offers gorgeous resorts and overwater bungalows at great value for money. This is true paradise!

Boracay

If you crave nightlife and glamour, head to Boracay (fly to Caticlan). Only 7 kilometers long and 500 meters wide, this slice of paradise is the Philippines' top tourist destination. Boracay's centre of activity is White Beach, a postcard-perfect stretch of sand lined with hotels, restaurants, bars, and dive shops. There's no shortage of activities for you in Boracay. With around 25 dive sites that cater to all levels of experience, as well as parasailing, outrigger boats, waterskiing, snorkeling, and more, you'll never have a dull moment.

 

November 2, 2016

Three Ways to Explore Europe by Luxury Train

by MIR Corporation

Central Europe, East Europe, and the Balkans are wonderful destinations, dotted with UNESCO Sites, handsome medieval churches and city centers, ancient ruins, and rustic villages. Hidden from view for much of the 20th century, these fascinatingly cosmopolitan countries claim a wealth of distinctive landscapes and unique cultural heritage.

Trying to tackle all of these lesser-known locales can be tricky to accomplish on your own. Luckily, MIR makes it easy to discover Europe's uncommon and incredibly diverse destinations aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, allowing you the freedom to explore celebrated classic cities and unexpected treasures while traveling with comfort, efficiency, and style.

We have three all-inclusive and all-encompassing luxury rail journeys by private train that can take you through the heart of Europe, including two NEW journeys ready to book for 2017.

MIR Train

3 Journeys, 12 Countries

  • Treasures of Eastern Europe - New!
  • Hellenic Treasures - New!
  • Budapest to Venice

Follow the sweep of conquerors and cultures across parts of Europe you may never have visited before, as well as through classic destinations such as Venice and Berlin. Kingdoms, empires, monarchies, commonwealths, and creeds all left their marks on the people and places they touched.

On these three rail journeys by private train, roll along the backroads and through the urban centers of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy, and Greece. Disembark to examine in detail their finest sites, monuments, and museums, and catch a glimpse of some of the world's most complex and cosmopolitan countries.

 

 

October 27, 2016

There are so many vacation spots around the world that are beautiful, quirky, exotic, relaxing, exciting... the list goes on and on! If you would like to take a vacation somewhere new and exciting (or relaxing), but don't know where to begin, take a look at this list from Trip Advisor.

Top Travel Destinations of 2017:

1. London, England

2. Istanbul, Turkey

3.Marrakech, Morocco

4. Paris, France

5. Siem Reap, Cambodia

6. Prague, Czech Republic

7. Rome, Italy

8. Hanoi, Vietnam

9. New York City, New York

10. Ubud, Indonesia

 

 

October 21, 2016

DISNEY CRUISE LINE INTRODUCES FIRST-EVER MARVEL DAY AT SEA ON SELECT DISNEY MAGIC SAILINGS FROM NEW YORK IN FALL 2017

Posted by Disney Destinations

In 2017, Disney Cruise Line Guests will unite and celebrate the epic adventures of the legendary Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe during a brand-new, day-long celebration: Marvel Day at Sea.

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Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that is sure to empower Guests to unlock their hidden superhuman abilities as they assemble their own Super Hero community onboard the Disney Magic on this very special day. Highlights include:

 

  • Unleash Your Inner Super Hero during the Ultimate Day at Sea
  • Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor and other Marvel Universe Super Heroes are onboard for scheduled meet-and-greets and photos.
  • A brand-new spectacular party fills the upper deck with music, dancing and games.
  • The deck party culminates in a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects and the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled on a cruise ship.
  • Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe.
  • For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in Marvel's Avengers Academy in the Oceaneer Club.

 

Marvel Day at Sea will be on seven- and eight-night Disney Magic Bahamian cruises departing from New York on Oct. 6, 14, 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18, 2017. All will include a stop at Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, with a day at Walt Disney World® Resort. Marvel Day at Sea will be on one seven-night Canadian Coast cruise departing from New York on Oct. 21, 2017, with stops at Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax.

 

 

October 21, 2016

Sandals: Luxury Vacations

Come experience the very pinnacle of luxury Caribbean all-inclusive vacations with Sandals Resorts. Sandals delights couples in love with supreme vacation packages at luxury resorts in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada and Barbados, featuring gourmet candlelit dining for two, gorgeous tropical settings and some of the world's most exquisite beaches, where golf and scuba are included at each all-inclusive resort. If you are planning a wedding, Sandals is the leader in Caribbean destination weddings and honeymoon packages.

 

Visit Sandals' Website or call us for details!


 

 

December 11th, 2015

When to Book Your Flight, According to the Experts

by: Daniel McCarthy/December 11, 2015

Retrieved from Travel Market Report


Hold that booking.

While some travel agents may follow some general rules when it comes to booking airline tickets to get the cheapest fares for their clients, new data has broken the practice down scientifically.

According to booking data from Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and Expedia, airline tickets follow a predictable pattern and getting the best deals often comes down to holding out for the perfect time.

When to book during the year

While most trips get booked all together, it may be best to wait for a certain period of time before a vacation to book.

According to the report, the time to get the lowest fare on an economy ticket for travel within North America is roughly 57 days in advance of the trip. According to Expedia and ARC, booking it then saves 10% on average against the optimal fare.

But for international flights, particularly ones to Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa, agents should be away that, in most cases, the early the better.

Flights from North America to Europe reach their lowest price point around 176 days before departure (11% less expensive than the average fare), while fares to Asia-Pacific reach their lowest point 160 days in advance (13% cheaper than the average fare), and fares to the Middle East and Africa reach their lowest point 144 days in advance (24% cheaper).

Meanwhile, flights to North America's closest neighbors-the Caribbean and South America-generally have their lowest fares closer to the departure day.

For the Caribbean, it's 77 days in advance (5% savings), and for South America it's 90 days (10% savings).

The data also showed that Europeans booking flights are best off not waiting less than 140 days in advance; the average fare booked more than 140 days in advance was $156.41 compared to $175.69 for fares booked after.

When to book during the week

While traditionally, it had always been assumed that booking a flight on a Tuesday would yield consumers the biggest savings, the data from Expedia and ARC suggests that there may be a new best-booking-day.

Tuesday is still a close second, but weekends may be the new best time to be booking flights.

Though, the groups said that there may be some caveats to that information.

Most importantly, weekends usually show up as the days with the lowest air prices because that is when leisure travelers are most often booking tickets (as opposed to business travelers, who most often book their tickets during the week).