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Money-saving Vacation Tips

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Vacations are Becoming More Expensive

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Everyone is Taking to the Skies

Have you tried pricing air for a Summer or Fall vacation?  If you have, then you know that the prices are sky high.  Why are airline prices so high?  One word: Demand. Using money-saving vacation tips will help you score the trip of your dreams.

The demand for flights is on the rise.  This coincides with the increase in gasoline prices.  So the problem is not solved by driving.    According to the International Air Transport Association, demand for flights is expected to increase through 2017.  Ouch!

In 2013, airlines carried more than 3 billion passengers.  By 2017, that figure is projected to rise to 3.91 billion.

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More Hotels Needed due to Demand

Also, hotel construction was considerably slower during the last recession.  Construction has only recently returned to 2009 levels. This means as demand increases, the available inventory of rooms is unable to keep pace with the number of travelers. You end up with too few rooms for too many vacationers.

So, what’s a would-be vacationer to do?  Use some of these money-saving vacation tips to help you keep your travel costs in check.

  • Book Early – Decide where you’d like to go on vacation, then book the trip.

    Booking Airline Tickets

    Be Prepared to Book

  • Alerts – Sign up for price alerts from your preferred airline carrier.  Then, be ready to book immediately if you see a bargain.
  • Travel Agent – Contact your travel agent and find out what destinations offer the best pricing.  Then, your agent can plan and book your vacation based on their knowledge of pricing deals, popularity of various destinations and special offers from their list of top suppliers.

 

Flexible Travel Dates

Aim for Flexible Travel Dates

  • Flexibility – Whenever possible, try to schedule a range of dates for vacation.  If you have a bit of flexibility with your departing and returning dates, you may be able to take advantage of slower than normal periods where hotels and airlines offer discounts on destinations and flight, respectively.

 

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Hawaii – An American Paradise

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Hawaiian Islands are an American Paradise

Hawaiian DancersI think the Louisiana Purchase was the best land acquisition America ever made and the second best deal was making Hawaii a state.  When you visit Hawaii, you know you are not in Kansas anymore or any other state in the United States, for that matter.  No, Hawaii is truly unique; and blessed with unbelievable beauty.  The Hawaiian Islands are an exotic, American paradise.

There are more than 100 islands that make up the Hawaiian Islands.  However, when people talk about “going to Hawaii”, they are probably going to vacation on one of the eight primary islands, which are Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii, nicknamed, the Big Island.  The last-four listed are the islands with a major focus on tourism.

The Hawaiian Islands are a superb destination for enjoying a vacation, celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary or birthday.  It’s a great vacation option for girlfriend getaways, couples, families and multi-generational get togethers.   Hawaii has natural, awe-inspiring beauty, providing an exotic vacation option but without the requirement for a passport and minus the hassle of long waits in customs lines.

If you want to experience a great, exotic vacation, go to our dedicated Hawaii section of our site. Here you will find great options on hotels, condos and resorts.

This striking tropical paradise will provide an abundance of outdoor activities for all age groups and fitness levels.

  • Here are some ideas for the myriad of activities you can enjoy.
    • Land – Golfing, hiking, camping, off-roading (ATV); tennis, horseback riding
    • Water – Deep sea fishing, surfing, snorkel/scuba/snuba, jet skiing, waterskiing, whale watching, windsurfing/kite surfing, kayaking
    • Air – Helicopter tours, hand gliding, parasailing

     

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Cape Town Whales and Wine

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Starting from $2,399 including taxes, fuel surcharges and Sept. 11th fee*

There is NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT CHARGE on this amazing vacation!

Begin your African adventure in Cape Town, the Mother City.  From your base at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, you may venture out to the Constantia region, home of the first vineyards in South Africa.  There will be plenty of leisure time for you to explore the history and culture of Cape Town from her natural attributes to her historical sites.    In the evenings, you may enjoy the award-winning culinary offerings from the onsite, South Africa Restaurant of the Year, The Greenhouse, or stroll along the world-renown Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, for additional dining options or shopping.

Whale in HermanusMarvel at the magnificent whales from your room at The Marine, the 5-star Relais & Chateaux Hotel set high atop the cliffs.  Spectacular views are yours from one of the best land-based observation posts in the world.  

This vacation of natural wonders includes:

  • International flights: New York or Washington, DC to Johannesburg
  • Domestic flights: Johannesburg/Cape Town/Johannesburg
  • Accommodations as specified
  • Traditional Dinner – Cape Malay Experience a unique and authentic cuisine of the Western Cape, dating bak to the 17th century (excluding beverages)
  • Wine CellarPicnic lunch at a local wine farm within the Hermanus area 
  • A bottle of South African wine
  • Singles pay same individual price as doubles/couples – no single supplement

* Pricing for the following dates:

May and Sept 2012

Additional travel dates:

  • April and Aug. 11-31, 2012 (from $2,699)
  • June, July and Aug 1-10, 2012 (from $2,999)

Excludes:

  • Costs of obtaining a passport, gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature and other services not mentioned

Restrictions apply.

Call or email us for details on this amazing vacation.

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TASTE & TOUCH SOUTH AFRICA from $4,999

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This package includes 2 nights in Cape Town, a stay in the Winelands, an authentic traditional cooking course and a safari to see the famed White Lion plus much more . . .


Includes:

  • Round trip coach air on South African Airways from New York (JFK) or Washington (IAD) Airport to South Africa OR Tambo International Airport
  • Domestic coach air in South Africa as per the itinerary (Johannesburg – Cape Town – Johannesburg)
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Most meals (7 x breakfasts, 6 x lunch, 7 x dinner)
  • Ground Transfers
  • All park fees and safari activities
  • Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Winelands Tour

These special Fares/Rates are valid for a limited time from May 1-31, 2012 & from Sept. 1-30, 2012.  Act now to reserve your spot.

For dates and a detailed itinerary, give us a call or send us an email with your contact information.  We’ll be happy to discuss this exciting vacation with you.

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South Africa in Style

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Starting from $2,999 *per person/double occupancy; including taxes and fuel surcharges

Culture

Explore the natural splendors of Cape Town from its landmark beaches, delicious Malay cuisine and rich culture of the Xhosa people.  Shop for beautiful, brightly colored beadwork and baskets of the Zulu tribe or visit Robben Island, political prison from the Apartheid days.  The “Mother City” is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans converge. 

Wine

You’ll travel to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, home of award-winning wine farms. Here you’ll spend a half-day in the Cape Winelands, sampling world-class crisp white wines and classic, French-style reds.

Safari

No trip to South Africa would be complete without a safari game drive.  You’ll enjoy both morning and evening game-viewing safaris in search of the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.  In open-air vehicles, you’ll be led into the bush by a tracker and driver, searching for a chance to spot giraffe, wildebeest, hyena, cheetah or maybe even the elusive wild dog.

This vacation of a lifetime includes:

  • Round trip coach air on South African Airways from New York (JFK) or Washington (IAD) Airport to South Africa OR Tambo International Airport
  • Domestic flights within South Africa per itinerary
  • Several meals including 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • 5-star luxury accommodations
  • Sightseeing per itinerary and much more . . .

* Pricing applicable for the following dates:

  • Feb., Mar., May, & Sept. 2012
  • Other dates are available at slightly higher rates, if these don’t work for you

For more information on this exceptional, value-packed vacation, contact us.

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Dart Board Vacation Planner

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I love this story.   Once I read it, I knew I had to share it. This Midwestern couple uses a dart board to select their family vacation every year. They pull out a map of the United States, flip a coin to select the dart player, then the winner throws the dart at the map. They’ve been doing this  since 2004.

I’m not sure I’d ever do something like this but it sure sounds fun and spontaneous.  As a travel consultant, I’m already predisposed to the idea of travel but this idea really had me thinking. I’m afraid we’d get up the courage to give this a try but then one of us would throw the dart and land somewhere I’d never think to go on vacation and then call out, “Hey, how ’bout 2 out of 3?”After a few more changes to 5 out of 7 or some other form of cheating, we’d land on a spot that sounded interesting. So much for sport. Read More >

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South Africa Wine and Safari Vacation Package

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Prices from $2,959 plus $150 for taxes, and departure and 9-11 fees

Safari in Style with a Fine Living Enthusiast Vacation

cable car to Table Mountain in South Africa overlooking the Indian Ocean

Table Mountain in Cape Town

Upon landing at Johannesburg, you’ll begin your African journey.  You’ll have the time of your life while exploring the beautiful beaches of Camps Bay.  In Cape Town, you’ll have opportunities to see the unbelievable views from Table Mountain or take in Company Gardens or the National Museum.

Hop on a ferry to Robben Island.   Led by an ex-political prisoner, you’ll learn about the life of political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela on a tour of this symbol of Apartheid.  Then spend the evening shopping and enjoying fine dining at the world-renown Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Many exciting adventures await you. You’ll get to visit South African wine country and enjoy their crisp white wines and French-style reds.  Don’t forget to have your camera ready as you experience the thrill of spotting the Big 5 on safari game drives.

Then, each evening, return after your exhilarating day of exploration and adventure to your exquisite 5-star accommodations.

Pumba Private Game Reserve / South Africa / Water Lodge - Pool

Pumba Private Game Reserve

What is included?

  • Round-trip, economy class air from JFK or Dulles to Johannesburg
  • Regional flights to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth
  • Fuel Surcharges
  • 5-star hotel accommodations
  • Half-day winelands tour
  • Big 5 Game drives and 3-night stay at luxurious 5-star safari lodge
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Private airport transfers

Prices are in US dollars and are per person based on double occupancy and include fuel surcharges.  Price reflects travel during specific months. Travel outside of these stated time periods is additional. Government taxes, departure fees and Sept. 11th fee are $150 and payable prior to departure. Ask about travel insurance.

Customized vacation packages are available upon request.

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Botswana Awesome Wetlands

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Prices from $3,419 plus up to $210 for taxes and departure fees*

Victoria FallsYour exciting journey begins when you check-in at your 5-star luxury hotel, where you can relax and get acclimated or head out to the nearby shopping and restaurants. The next day, fly to Victoria Falls where you will stay at a beautiful safari lodge for three nights.  For the rest of your vacation, you will marvel at one of the seven natural wonders of the world, spectacular Victoria Falls.

Elephant crossing the Chobe RiverWitness the vast herds of African elephant and other abundant wildlife as you enjoy two daily safari game drives from the your well-appointed lodge into the national park in open safari vehicles. The game drives follow the routes along the Chobe riverfront, which supports the greatest abundance of wildlife in the game park.

Here’s what is included in your adventure:

  • Round-trip economy airfare from New York (JFK) or Washington DC (Dulles) to Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Regional flights to Victoria Falls Airport in Botswana
  • Deluxe accommodations in Johannesburg
  • 5-star accommodations at safari game lodge
  • Morning and evening game drives (6 total)
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Fuel surcharges

Would you like to extend your stay in South Africa? Just give us a call and we can help you plan the vacation of your dreams.

This is not a group tour. Are you interested in a customized itinerary? You can call us to book for yourself and a companion or a group of your choosing.

*Prices are in US dollars and are per person based on double occupancy and include fuel surcharges.  Price reflects travel during specific months. Travel outside of these stated time periods is additional. Contact us for travel date availability.  Government taxes, departure fees and Sept. 11th fee are $210 and payable prior to departure.

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