Travel e-Scapes: August 4, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Denver

Travel e-Scapes: 03212017

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$158 Denver, or $79 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays only on flights operating before 7A or after 7P
Start travel on or after September 5
Finish trips on or before February 14
Blackout dates: November 21, 22, 25-27; December 21-23, 26, 27, 30, 31; January 1, 2
Valid on Southwest, nonstop
Purchase by August 6
Note: This deal is part of a larger Southwest sale!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

New Tourist Guidelines
Peru’s Machu Picchu is an iconic tourist attraction that draws millions of visitors from around the world, but officials have instituted a new set of rules that will hopefully conserve the historical site for years to come.
The new guidelines went into effect July 1 as a result of a 2015 study by a United States archaeologist and recommendations from UNESCO officials on how to ensure Machu Picchu doesn’t sustain damage from the rising numbers of tourists.
One of the major changes is that tourists can’t spend the whole day at the site any longer.
Instead, there will be two periods each day where travelers will be allowed to enter the area – one in the morning (6A-noon) and one in the afternoon (noon-5:30P).
All visitors must also enter with either an official Machu Picchu guide or licensed tourist guide. Each guide will also only be permitted to take a maximum of 16 people during each entrance into the area.
Officials have also updated its prohibited list to include bags larger than 16 inches, food and drinks, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, illegal substances, umbrellas, photographic tripods, selfie sticks, musical instruments, high heels, children’s strollers, walking sticks and more.
In addition, the site does not allow tourists to climb or lean on walls, touch or remove any items, get naked, make loud noises or feed the resident or wild animals in the protected region. Visitors must be respectful of the new rules or risk being removed from the area.
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Two associations in Rome have been put in charge of ensuring that tourists at the Trevi Fountain use a “path of controlled transit” from 9A-midnight through mid-October.
The mayor wanted to introduce a controlled-access path as the area around the fountain can become somewhat chaotic, with big crowds gathering to admire it, take photos and follow the tradition of throwing in coins to ensure they will come back.
It the trial is deemed successful it may become permanent.
A public outcry over inappropriate behaviour at the Italian capital’s monuments prompted the mayor to decree in June that anyone caught paddling in fountains or picnicking on their pedestals could face fines of up to 240 euros ($280.44).

Track Bags
Blue Ribbon Bags is selling peace of mind for $5 per person, a service that tracks lost baggage with the promise of a swift return. The company tracks bags using a proprietary system it developed. It does not use tracking devices placed on bags.
If a bag goes missing, the traveler is asked to submit a report within 24 hours, and the company goes to work. Blue Ribbon will send the customer emails and/or texts throughout the recovery process and pledges to have a bag back in a customer’s hands 96 hours after the flight lands or pay them $1,000 per bag.
Two other levels of coverage are offered: For $7.50 per person, the payout is $1,500 per bag; for $10 per person, it is $2,000 per bag.
The service can be purchased up to the point of a flight’s takeoff.


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!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$42 Chicago
$49 Minneapolis, New Orleans, St. Louis
$50 Orlando
$58 Boston
$59 Ft. Lauderdale
$64 Washington DC-Reagan or Dulles
$69 Austin, Houston, San Antonio, W. Palm Beach
$79 Denver (United matches on any nonstop flight), Las Vegas
$82 Kansas City
$87 Baltimore
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays only on flights operating before 7A or after 7P
Start travel on or after September 5
Finish trips on or before February 14
Blackout dates: November 21, 22, 25-27; December 21-23, 26, 27, 30, 31; January 1, 2
Purchase by August 6
Valid on Southwest Airlines, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$126 Phoenix, or $63 each way
Valid daily starting on or after September 26
Finish trips on or before October 12
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$126 Washington DC-Reagan, or $63 each way (nonstop)
$244 Monterey or Santa Barbara, California, or $122 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays only
Start travel on or after September 5
Finish trips on or before February 14
Blackout dates: November 21, 22, 25-27; December 21-23, 26, 27, 30, 31; January 1, 2
Valid on American via Phoenix
Purchase by August 6

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$154 Newburgh, New York, or $77 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays
Start trips on or after September 5
Finish travel on or before December 13
Valid on American via Philadelphia
Purchase by August 6

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$186 Salt Lake City, or $93 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays only
Start travel on or after November 8
Finish trips on or before April 7
No blackout dates!
Rates are $123 each way on other days of the week
Valid on Frontier, nonstop (not daily)

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$190 Colorado Springs, or $95 each way
$194 Memphis, or $97 each way
Valid daily starting on or after September 5
Finish trips on or before September 30
Blackout date: September 17
Valid on American via Dallas

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$228 Burlington, Vermont, or $114 each way
$228 Hartford, Connecticut, or $114 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through December 14
Blackout dates: September 17; October 15, 22; November 17, 22, 25-27
Valid on American via Charlotte, Philadelphia or Washington DC

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$585 Madrid, Spain
Valid east Sunday-Wednesday; Tuesday-Thursday west
Add $20 per direction for other days
Depart October 29-December 14; December 24-March 22
Return November 6-January 1; January 9-March 31
Stay at least any 7 nights or up to six months
Valid on British Airways via Miami or Philadelphia

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$670 Reykjavik, Iceland
Valid daily starting on or after October 21
Finish trips on or before December 15
Stay at least any 4 nights or up to a month
Valid on Delta via New York-JFK
Purchase by August 10

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$698 London, England
Valid east Sunday-Wednesday; Tuesday-Thursday west
Add $20 per direction for other days
Depart September 11-December 14; December 24-March 22 or April 1-May 11
Return September 21-December 28; January 9-March 30 or April 9-May 17
Stay at least any 7 nights or up to a year
Valid on British Airways, nonstop
Purchase by August 4

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$830 Denpasar, Bali
Valid Monday-Thursday only in each direction
Depart August 15-December 9 or January 1-May 23
Valid on Delta via Seoul, S. Korea

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 Travel Booking & Planning Guide page for airfare search tips.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

St. Augustine Private Enclave
Following a multi-year renovation, a private enclave of houses dating from 1790-1906 in downtown St. Augustine is now welcoming discerning guests who have an appreciation for history, luxury and privacy.
The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens consists of nine historic homes covering one city block.
Each guest suite features original heart pine floors, windows and fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, vintage-inspired furnishings, rain shower heads in oversized bathrooms and private balconies.
Guests will feel more more like a neighborhood resident than a tourist in the outside sitting area among fountains and ferns inside the courtyard.
Plan a day exploring the city on one of the complimentary bicycles. Afterwards, cool off in the saltwater pool or treat yourself to a horse and carriage ride along 16th-century lanes.
After a day of sightseeing and exploring the oldest city in America, gather around one of the inn’s cozy fire pits and savor a glass of wine from the nearby San Sebastian Winery.
A master mixologist presides over nightly social hours at the popular Well Bar, a reincarnation of St. Augustine’s first two-car garage. Or, take a private mixology class that will have you shaking and stirring like a pro.
The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens is St. Augustine’s most immersive historical hotel. Talks with art and history docents, watercolor painting with local artists, and walking tours are all part of the experience.
The inn is within a short stroll of some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Castillo de San Marcos, the Lightner Museum and Flagler College.
Watch for summer rates from $169-$199. Rates are lowest for Sunday-Thursday arrivals.

New on LBK
The Zota Beach Resort is Longboat Key’s newest luxury resort located on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico shores. Perched on the edge of the sands with walkways over Florida scrub, Zota offers an ideal place to plant yourself from sunrise to sunset with miles of white sand beach.
The resort offers relaxed beachfront luxury with easy access to the upscale shopping, entertainment, and restaurants at Sarasota’s St. Armands Circle.
Onsite is a zero-entry climate controlled pool, hot tub and chic wine bar.
Guests have a choice of views, including our contemporary resort, the beach, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Zota Beach Resort is inspired by the indigenous name for the area of Sarasota, Zara Zota. Historians believe that early Spanish explorers spotted the white sands on the barrier island from a distance and were reminded of the Sahara Desert. The native origin of the word Zota is blue waters, thus the area became known as Zara Zota, the Sahara by the blue waters. Over time the name evolved to become what is known today as Sarasota.
Book the Grand Opening Offer with savings of 25% by September 30 for stays before December 24. Blackout dates apply. Nightly rates from $194.


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


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