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new luxury travel site [Oct. 15th, 2007|10:20 am]
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Luxury Travel Deals, Meals & Steals :: 14Trips.com

At Vagablond, we’re all about luxury travel, shopping, food and wine. Our fellow bloggers at www.14Trips.com is also all about luxury travel and only luxury travel. It’s a San Francisco based online venture focused on finding the best five-star travel deals the luxury industry has to offer.

With the smart luxury traveler in mind, they seek out exceptional offers from respected online travel resources and bring them together in one place. 14Trips features over 1,000 deals on luxury hotels and resorts, upscale cruises, and full service tours to the most amazing locations in the world. They promote trips with infinity pools, villas built over aquamarine water, the Coco Chanel suite at the Ritz Paris, all the great trips you’ve always read about in the travel magazines, and to all the places you’ve ever dreamed of traveling.

If fact, each analyst at 14Trips has extensive travel experience and knows that “charming” isn’t luxurious.They choose deals at only select boutique hotels, exclusive inns, high-end seaside resorts and classic 5-star hotels. 14Trips also negotiates with luxury properties to bring exclusive discounts to its readers.

Check them out at www.14Trips.com and stay tuned to Vagablond in the future for specific promotions on their most luxurious luxury trips.

Vanessa DellaPasqua of 14Trips told us, “We truly scour the web for all the deals on luxury properties we can find, so a lot of our deals are great offers we found “hidden” in the hotel websites, in travel agent offerings, etc. Most of the deals we feature can be found online, and we do the work for our readers — we pre-select properties worldwide (about 3,000 between 4 and 5 stars) that are truly luxurious hotels, and we dig in to find the best deals at these locations. We also negotiate exclusive deals with some properties. We are starting in the Bay Area, but we plan to expand our reach to other metropolitan areas soon.”

She continued, “14Trips makes it practically impossible to miss a good deal. Our weekly email features the current 14 best offers, hand-picked by the 14Trips analysts. Or, you can receive our last minute room discounts from 5-star hotels on your mobile. You can subscribe to our weekly email at http://14trips.com/signup, and you can sign-up to receive our exclusive last-minute offers via mobile. To do so, TXT “Follow 14trips” to 40404 from your cell phone.”

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great value for trip to ireland this winter [Oct. 10th, 2007|11:28 am]
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dakotapie
Spend 7 days in Ireland with air, hotel, car, and breakfast 

Save some green when you go green this winter! Aer Lingus Vacation Store is offering a 7-day/6-night package to the lush countryside of Ireland for just $659 per person*. Get a flight from the U.S. to Shannon, 6 nights' accommodations, rental car with unlimited mileage, and daily Irish breakfast. Travel November 1, 2007, to February 29, 2008 (other dates available at higher rates).

Your complete Ireland trip includes: 
- round-trip air on Aer Lingus from LAX or SFO (other cities available for an additional fee)  weekly standard economy rental car with unlimited mileage
- 6 nights at the luxurious Bunratty Castle Gardens or Blarney Resort Lodges
- daily full Irish breakfast

Upgrade your vacation for just $79 more per person and get an automatic full-size car with GPS navigation system, entrance to Bunratty Folk Park, a guided tour of Waterford Crystal, and the Farney Castle Tour.

Flights to Ireland start at $675, which is more than the price of this package. Book now. This offer ends October 19.  To book, go to: http://www.hotwire.com/travelticker/details.jsp?inputId=tbug-details&slotid=9&cid=3fe74d86fa51a5264849d2471c5696fe&tid=T-TTK-0055&zid=Z-3302&encId=8t6rpieyz76xlksn1fvd&tracking=deal-title
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amazing cruise deal [Aug. 22nd, 2007|02:05 pm]
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$299 -- 8-Night (!) South America Cruise* new

Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina


Travel dates: Dec. 5

By Lynn Nugent
Travelzoo Staff

Sometimes deals come along that are so incredible we can hardly believe they're real. This jaw-dropping offer certainly falls into that category. But we can assure you...it's very real indeed!

For an astounding $299 per person, book an 8-night "Highlights of South America" cruise on Orient Lines' intimate Marco Polo. That price includes all government taxes and fees. WOW!

Your journey begins in Rio de Janeiro on Dec. 5. The ship crosses the Tropic of Capricorn then stops in Itajai, Brazil before sailing on to Punta del Este and Montevideo, both in Uruguay. The final stop is Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As part of this same sale, CruiseDeals.com has various itineraries on Orient Lines that are likewise reduced. For complete details on this sale, click here to visit CruiseDeals.com's Web site.

When you are ready to book, call CruiseDeals.com at 1-800-668-6414 and mention Travelzoo.

About Orient Lines: Orient specializes in cruises to exotic destinations. Their fleet features just one ship, the Marco Polo. This 800-passenger vessel is designed to reach ports that mega-ships can't touch. Onboard you'll find excellent service, multiple dining options, a casino, Internet cafe, a swimming pool, Jacuzzis, and even a helicopter landing pad on the deck.

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Hawaiian condo or house rentals? [May. 9th, 2007|08:40 am]
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steen70
Has anyone ever rented a condo or house in Hawaii (any of the islands - although I'd prefer Maui or the Big Island)? I'm looking to rent a place for a week next January so I can meet up and vacation with family from Australia :) It would need to be at least three bedrooms and I/we want to spend no more than $3,000 on the rental. There will be kids with us, so a pool and/or proximity to a beach would be good, too.

Thanks!
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is it possible to do england on the cheap? [Apr. 30th, 2007|09:35 am]
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Thrifty visitors can avoid a soaking in London
By Jeffrey Stinson, USA TODAY
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2007-04-26-london-travel-gets-pricey_N.htm

LONDON — Traveling here has never been cheap, but now it's even less so.

The British pound crossed the $2 threshold last week for the first time since 1992 and has hovered there ever since.

That means a hamburger costs the equivalent of $8; a pint of beer is another $5. A room in a modest three-star hotel in central London goes for $180 a night; a five-star will set you back $350 a night or more.

A one-way ticket on London's subway is $8; just setting foot in a taxicab is $4.40; and a ride from Heathrow Airport to central London is at least $110.

"I've been here a few times," says Charles Stewart, 23, a U.S. Army lieutenant on leave from his post in Arizona. "I definitely feel a lot poorer this time."

Elliott Frisby, spokesman for VisitBritain, the country's tourism agency, says early evidence indicates the exchange rate could be affecting the number of tourists from the USA and how much they spend.

But the agency will have to wait for summer numbers before it can be sure, he says.

Although the 3.7 million U.S. visitors to the United Kingdom last year spent 2.7 billion pounds, or more than $5 billion, those numbers fall short of the peak in 2000, according to VisitBritain. Then, 4.1 million spent 2.75 billion pounds at a time when the dollar had more buying power.

To cope in the sinking-dollar environment, frequent American visitors have learned to circumvent retail hotel costs and navigate the city like residents by using travel discount cards and finding inexpensive ways to eat.

Stewart, for instance, searched the Internet to find a $70 room at a convention hotel that wasn't hosting one during the week.

Charles and Betty Wright of Williamsburg, Va., have been coming to London every year for the past 35.

They trade timeshare points for London lodging.

"We couldn't come here every year otherwise," says Charles Wright, 66, a retired lawyer.

The Wrights find pubs a bargain. Pubs offer typical English fare, such as bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes) or steak and ale pie for $13 to $15.

Another veteran of London, Californian John Wilson, 69, a retired dean at Pepperdine University in Malibu, suggests eating like the natives: Standing up or doing takeaway (carry out) rather than dining at a far more expensive sit-down restaurant.

If you do splurge, Wilson advises, don't calculate what you just spent in dollars.

"My wife and I sat down for coffee and a sweet roll for breakfast and realized we paid $15 apiece," he says. "I keep thinking we paid $30 for breakfast. But you can't do it. You have to put it out of your mind."
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airline de-regulation [Apr. 24th, 2007|09:33 am]
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Trans-Atlantic deregulation: Airlines salivate at possibilities
By Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2007-04-24-europe-air-usat_N.htm

It's still 11 months until the trans-Atlantic air market is deregulated, but airlines on both sides of the pond are angling for their share of what's expected to be an explosion in lucrative trans-Atlantic travel.

Airlines "have been waiting 15, 20 years for this to happen," says aviation consultant Craig Jenks. "They are not willing to wait one minute more."

Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Continental and Aer Lingus are among those carriers positioning themselves for the coming change in rules, planning new routes and striking cooperative arrangements with other airlines.

After years of negotiations, the United States and European Union last month agreed to dismantle the patchwork of agreements that has limited trans-Atlantic air service since World War II. The new treaty, called Open Skies, takes effect March 30, 2008, and allows any U.S. airline to fly anywhere in the EU's 25 nations, and any European airline to fly anywhere in the USA.

For travelers, it will mean more flight alternatives. The effect on fares is less certain. The increased competition can't hurt, but the trans-Atlantic market is already competitive.

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amazing adventures on the cheap [Apr. 19th, 2007|09:02 am]
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Ten amazing adventures under $1,000 for 2007
By Molly Feltner, SmarterTravel.com
Courtesy of USA Today



I'll be honest, finding an adventure trip that qualifies as "amazing" for under $1,000 isn't easy. Right now I'm looking for an overseas small-group adventure tour for myself and my cash-strapped sister. It's got to include most of our expenses, a good combination of physical challenges and authentic cultural interactions, eco-friendly, and to a place none of our friends have ever been. Oh yeah, and cost less than $1,000 for on-the-ground expenses.

Luckily my job involves hunting down such rare finds and I'm happy to report I've found a great crop of possibilities, both for international and domestic travel. Most are to destinations that are up-and-coming or newly opened, or they offer a new and better spin on an old classic. For each adventure, I tried to pick the outfitter that had the best value tours as well as strong recommendations from clients.

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Hawaii from the West Coast [Apr. 11th, 2007|12:08 pm]
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$422 & up - Hawaii: 5-Night Vacations from the West Coast

The 2-month window between Easter and the beginning of June is a great time to visit Hawaii. The weather is sublime, the tourists are waiting until summer and there are travel deals to be had -- especially on Orbitz.

Using the $150 OFF coupon from their Summer Sale, we found these sample 5-night vacations in May (May 13-18):

$422 -- Stay at the 3-star Aqua Aloha Surf Hotel: Roundtrip air from Los Angeles
$480 -- Hang out at the 3-star Aqua Bamboo & Spa: Roundtrip air from San Francisco; Continental breakfast included
$595 -- Unpack at the 3-star Park Shore Waikiki: Roundtrip air from Seattle
$615 -- Linger at the 3-Diamond Aqua Palms & Spa: Roundtrip air from Phoenix; FREE breakfast and Internet
$736 -- Unwind at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki: Roundtrip air from L.A.; Full daily breakfast included 

Even better, these per person prices listed above include taxes. If you wanted to visit more than just Oahu, there are great deals on the other islands as well.

The Summer Sale gives $150 OFF any 5+ night vacation booking to Oahu or Maui. If you want to visit Kauai or the Big Island, use the Mega Sale to save $100 OFF your trip.

How do you take advantage of this offer?
Click here to go to Orbitz.com.

  • Use the right-hand booking engine to enter your departure city and desired dates.
  • Choose a Flight + Hotel search and on the next page pick your hotel
  • Select the lowest-priced flight and on the next page enter SUMMER150 or MEGA100 where it says "I have a promotion code."
  • The final price displayed will include taxes and the discount.

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european river cruise [Mar. 7th, 2007|02:59 pm]
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This is something I've been reading up on for the last couple of years out of curiosity and it sounds like it could be a really great time. The only downfall I can see is that it's a small boat and you might be stuck with people you don't like. 

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$699-$799 -- Europe River Cruises over the Holidays, 50% OFF * new

Austria and Germany

 

Top 20 deal - sells out quickly!

Travel dates: Nov. 21, 26; Dec. 2, 8, 14, 20, 26

 

By Travelzoo Staff

European river cruises are one of the hottest trends in travel right now, offering a new port nearly every day. If their high price tag has kept you away, relief is in sight. Gate 1 Travel is offering holiday cruises on the Danube for as low as $699-$799 -- over HALF OFF the prices we're currently seeing for similar cruises.

Sailing dates and itineraries:

  • $699: Thanksgiving cruise, 5 nights, Vienna to Regensburg (Departs Nov. 21)

     

  • $799: Christmas Markets cruise, 6 nights, Regensburg to Vienna (Departs Nov. 26)

     

  • $799: Christmas Markets cruise, 6 nights, Nuremberg to Vienna or reverse (Departs Dec. 2, 8, or 14)

     

  • $799: Christmas /New Year cruise, 6 nights, Nuremberg to Vienna or reverse (Departs Dec. 20 or 26)
About the ship: Built in 2004, the MS Bolero features 90 outside cabins, a restaurant, a lounge, a fitness center with whirlpool / sauna, a library and a sun deck. All cruises provide all meals, unlimited beer and wine with dinner, and some excursions.

Travelzoo Tip: For your convenience, Gate 1 Travel can package airfare for you to Vienna or Nuremburg and back home from Regensburg or Vienna. The air-inclusive package will include all transfers.

Click here for full details or to book directly with Gate 1. Click on the cruise you're interested in, scroll down the page and click on the departure date to start the booking process. Or, call them at 1-800-682-3333. The prices are listed as $799-$899. You must use promo code TZWRC100 to get the additional $100 savings. Port charges of $95 are not included. You must book by March 21.

NOTE: The booking engine automatically includes transfers at $110 per person roundtrip when booking a cruise option. If you do not wish to purchase this, please call Gate 1 to remove it from the final cost.



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DESTINATION MEXIC0: Staying ahead of the crowds ... [Feb. 4th, 2007|09:00 am]
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[courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle]

DESTINATION MEXIC0: Staying ahead of the crowd on the Nayarit coast
Keep heading north of Puerto Vallarta to find tranquil towns

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/02/04/TRG8SNSGVB1.DTL


(02-04) 04:00 PST San Francisco, Mexico -- By the time I got to Sayulita, on the Pacific coast north of Puerto Vallarta, it was almost too late. San Pancho was the new Sayulita, and Lo de Marco, a few miles farther north, stood ready to become the next San Pancho.

Confused yet? It's all part of the effort by Margaritaville seekers to stay one step ahead of the new mega-resort rising on the beach in the state of Nayarit, which Mexico intends to transform into the next Cancún. As hotels rise and bulldozers rumble across the dunes, barefoot travelers whose taste runs more to fish tacos and hammocks are migrating to villages farther and farther up the coast.

To achieve Margaritaville status, a place must be relaxing but in some way stimulating; unspoiled yet equipped with good restaurants and comfortable digs; within reach of the city's boutiques, supermarkets, clubs and ATMs, but at a safe remove from the northward march of gated resorts and luxury villas.


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