Travel e-Scapes: May 23, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: New Orleans

Travel e-Scapes: 03212017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$156 New Orleans
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through November 3
Stay at least one Saturday night
Blackout dates: June 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30; July 1, 2
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Check out NOLA’s 2017 event calendar


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Staying Healthy
About a quarter of travelers will get gastrointestinal problems within the first two weeks of an international trip, studies have found. The CDC has the Can I Eat This? app to help you decide whether or not to put that raw cheese or carnitas into your mouth.
The Traveler’s Health branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a couple of tips that are often overlooked by clinicians:
1. Pack the pink pills: That’s Pepto Bismol, or any generic alternative with the same active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate. Bismuth subsalicylate is known to have antimicrobial properties, and it may actually form a protective layer on top of the intestinal wall. A study found that two tablets of Pepto Bismol tablets, taken four times a day, cut the risk of traveler’s diarrhea by more than 60 percent.
2. Routine vaccines: There’s a good chance you might need a vaccine, even if you’re just headed for a quick trip to Europe or the U.K. That’s because the CDC recommends that all international travelers be up to date on “routine vaccines,” no matter the destination. Routine immunizations are the dozens we get as children such as pneumonia and whooping cough vaccines to those for Hepatitis A and B.
When you add onto this list any shots recommended for your specific destination, the list of possible vaccines can get complicated.
To ensure your clinician gets the list right for your specific trip, use the CDC’s new travel app, called Trav Well. Type in your destination and time of travel into the app to learn what you need to do to prepare.

Record Passport Year
The U.S. State Department expects 20.5 million applications for new and renewed passports this year, and that will be a record number.
Adult U.S. passports must be renewed every 10 years, and it was 10 years ago that a new law went into effect requiring passports for Americans traveling to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. That new law resulted in a surge of passport requests in 2007, along with extraordinary delays that stretched into months for some individuals.
This year the State Department says it is beating promised turnaround times of six to eight weeks for processing passports.
At the end of April this year, the State Department had already processed more than 11 million passports, a combination of renewals and new documents. Typically about 40 percent of passport applications are renewals.
Spring and summer are the busiest season for passport applications as travelers gear up for vacations.
Here are some tips to avoid passport processing hassles:
– Make sure your photos meet the requirements.  Eyewear and hats are not permitted. You must look directly at the camera with a neutral expression or a slight smile. The photo must be shot against a light background. Photos (2-inch by 2-inch) can be taken at CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and other retailers.
– When does your passport expire? You may need to renew soon. Many countries require that your passport be valid for six months after you cross their border.
A new or renewed adult passport book costs $110 and a passport book and card costs $140 ($30 card only). A $25 processing fee is additional on new issues.
Child rates are $80 for a passport book; $25 passport card and $95 for both book and card.
Some locations accept only check or money orders, others accept cash and yet others permit payment by credit card.
Find Q & As and all downloadable passport forms at the U.S. Department of State.
See more at the U.S. Department of State. travel.state.gov website.
Apply in person at the Atlanta Passport Agency, located at 230 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 1000.
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Everyone needs a passport to leave the country, even newborn children. But the process to obtain one for someone under the age of 16 is different from the process for an adult.
All children under 16 must apply for a passport in person, with a legal guardian. Minor passports expire in five years, unlike adult passports, which are good for 10 years.
Even if your child already has a passport, be sure to check the expiration date of both yours and theirs before you plan a trip.
Here are some steps to take to obtain a new U.S passport for a minor. This process also applies to expired passport, as a minor’s passport cannot be renewed.
– Proof of the minor’s citizenship with an original or certified birth certificate, or a certificate of citizenship, consular report of birth abroad or certification of birth. An undamaged U.S. passport is permitted as proof of citizenship, even if it is expired.
– The person accompanying the child to get a passport will need to show proof of legal guardianship. An original or certified birth certificate or consular report of citizenship are the easiest to bring, because each also fulfills the requirement of the child’s proof of citizenship. An adoption decree, foreign birth certificate or divorce/custody decree are also accepted.
-Parents must present a driver’s license, domestic or foreign passport, certificate of naturalization or citizenship, a Mexican matricula consular, or U.S. military or U.S. government employee I.D.
– For an infant or newborn, the U.S. Department of State recommends you lay a white blanket over a car seat and take a picture of the child in the car seat. The baby’s head will be supported without the aid of a hand, which would disqualify the photo.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to HURRY! can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$108 Cincinnati, or $54 each way
$138 Austin or Las Vegas, or $69 each way
$188 Denver or Salt Lake City, or $94 each way
$228 San Francisco or $114 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required.
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday through November 1
Blackout dates: June 22-August 13; September 4
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Rates on Monday, Saturday and Sunday west and Thursday-Saturday east are $102 Denver; $112 Salt Lake and $123 San Francisco
Rates are $99 each way to/from Las Vegas on are valid on Saturday
Purchase by May 26

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$155 Manchester NH or Providence RI
$182 Baltimore-BWI
$232 Albany NY
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through April 19, 2018
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$212 Bangor ME
Vali Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday starting on or after August 22
Finish trips on or before November 1
Also valid on September 3
No minimum stay required
Add $20 per round-trip for Monday, Thursday travel
Valid on United via Newark
Purchase by May 25

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$224 Newburgh NY, or $112 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through April 19, 2018
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta via Detroit

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$228 Hartford CT, or $114 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through November 2
Blackout dates: June 11, 23, 25, 30; July 9, 16, 30; September 17
Valid on American via Philadelphia

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$338 Cancun, or $169 each way
Valid on August 22-November 2 travel
Fly south Sunday-Wednesday; Tuesday-Friday north
Valid on Southwest, nonstop
Purchase by May 25

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$508 Fairbanks AK on United via Chicago
$508 Juneau AK on Delta via Seattle
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through August 31 to JNU; August 15 to FAI

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$674 Maui or Kona, Hawaii, or $337 each way
Start trips on or after August 13
Finish travel on or before September 30
Valid west Sunday-Wednesday; Monday-Thursday east
Service is on Delta via Honolulu
Add $75 each way for a Honolulu stopover
Purchase by May 23

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$779 Bombay-Mumbai, India
$787 New Delhi, India
Depart August 21-November 26 or December 24-January 21
Valid daily
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Lufthansa via Frankfurt
Add a Frankfurt stopover for an additional $100
Purchase by June 14

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$995 Tel Aviv, Israel
Valid daily
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to 3 months
Depart August 21-December 24
Valid on Delta via Rome
Stopovers not permitted
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Deals from other U.S. gateways:

Round-trip from Los Angeles:
$570 LAX to Bangkok, Thailand
Depart July 21-December 6
Add $75 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
No minimum stay required
Valid on United via Tokyo-Narita
Add $100 for a Tokyo stopover
Purchase by June 2

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply on most airlines for a checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines.

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search/booking guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Boston Seaport
The Sunday Funday package from the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center helps beat the Sunday night blues. Perks include a free lunch or dinner at the hotel bistro (includes beverage, appetizer, entrée and dessert; no alcohol), a complimentary room upgrade, and free parking at rates from $206 a night. Valid Sundays only through December 24.
Extra perks include complimentary health club access, a heated indoor pool, two bottled waters nightly and a 24-hour Business Center.
The residential-style hotel is located in the heart of the Seaport district, one of Boston’s most vibrant and growing neighborhoods. The award-winning hotel overlooks Boston Harbor and backed by beautiful city and water views. More than 100 popular bars, restaurants, museums, parks and Boston’s famous Harborwalk are all just outside the doors.

Sonoma Coast
One part Hippie chic and two parts rustic modern, the 25-acre Timber Cove Resort is perched on a bluff high above the Pacific Ocean’s Sonoma coastline. Built in 1963, this casual, sophisticated property was closed for eight months last year for renovation and expansion. Knotty-pine-paneled rooms and the wood-and-stone Great Room were renovated along with the addition of eight ocean-facing suites and a new farm-to-table restaurant. Suites offer a variety of ocean views, sunset vistas, and forest panoramas.
All guest rooms feature a variety of amenities including Crosley LP record players with a collection of vinyl records, minibar munchies and libations featuring local Sonoma partners, custom Russian River Roasters coffee with tea kettle and pour over coffee setup, eco-friendly toiletry products, luxurious linens and towels, yoga mats and Nest-guided fireplaces.
Suites feature ocean views, sunset vistas, and forest panoramas and amenities such as a Smeg fridge, large soaking tub, a separate bed and living room, and a complimentary bottle of Fort Ross Pinot Noir.
Explore area wineries and return to nightly campfires. Rooms from $250.
Located right off Highway 1, Timber Cove is the perfect spot to take in the world’s most famous drive, with Bodega Bay to the South one hour and the quaint town of Jenner also to the South. Jenner is less than a two-hour drive from San Francisco.


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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