Travel e-Scapes: January 3, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Florida

Travel e-Scapes: January 3, 2017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$128 Orlando, or $64 each way
$134 Ft. Lauderdale, or $67 each way
$154 W. Palm Beach, or $77 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Finish travel on or before March 31 to/from Orlando; April 20 Ft. Lauderdale or W. Palm Beach
Valid on southbound flights to Orlando operating before 730A, 9-955A, noon-2P or 8-midnight; north between 5-9A, noon-230P or 7P-midnight
Valid on southbound flights to Ft. Lauderdale operating between 6-830A, 11A-130P, 5P-midnight; north 5-8A, 10A-1P, 2-4P, 6P-midnight
Valid on southbound flights to W. Palm operating before 9A, 11A-2P, 7P-midnight; north before 830A, 12-2P, 4-5P, 7P-midnight
Travel is permitted daily — and no blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

California Dreaming
Year 2017 will be a fun time to visit California with special milestone events planned:
50th Anniversary of Summer of Love: In 1967, nearly 100,000 young people converged on Haight-Ashbury, turning San Francisco into the epicenter of a cultural phenomenon known as the Summer of Love. In 2017, San Francisco celebrates the 50th anniversary of that summer with a variety of special events and exhibitions. A giant free concert will be held in June (date TBA) in Golden Gate Park. Visitors can also enjoy walking tours, apps and hop-on, hop-off tours that follow the footprints of this seminal summer. 

It was 50 years ago this June that folks from all over gathered in Monterey for the first ever commercial American rock festival, the Monterey Pop Festival. Now in 2017, Monterey is expecting to bring that energy back to the peninsula by celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love with several special events, including musical performances and art exhibits. Organizers are planning the main celebration for the weekend of June 16-18, exactly 50 years to the day of the original Monterey Pop to be held at the original venue, the Monterey County Fairgrounds.  
In September, the Monterey Jazz Festival will be celebrating its 60th anniversary and continues to be the longest-running jazz festival in the world. The event is held annually at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, which has been the site of the festival since the beginning. Attendees can expect to see more than 500 top jazz artists perform throughout the weekend of September 15-17 and on eight different stages spread throughout the fairgrounds. 

How to Avoid Being Pickpocketed
It happens! But, don’t let a pickpocket ruin your trip. Here’s a run down of the common scams used around the world to separate you from your money or belongings (TripAdvisor named both Madrid and Barcelona in its list of the 10 worst cities for pickpocketing, with Barcelona given the title of world’s pickpocketing capital). 

Keep your belongings close on public transport: Pickpockets are known to enter the metro and scan the carriage for unattended bags to steal. A pickpocket snatches your belongings and run out of the metro just as the doors are about to close. If you choose to put your bag on the floor or on the seat next to you, make sure you’re holding on to it, especially if you’re sitting close to the doors. If you are forced to stand during the transit, keep one hand on your cross-body bag while holding onto the above hand rails with the other hand.

Be wary of thieves in tourist spots: Pickpockets frequent areas crammed with tourists — and on the bus and metro lines coming into and out of those attraction sights and to and from the airport and major rail stations.

Watch out for the ‘police’: Pickpockets can pose as undercover policemen. They approach you on the street and ask for your wallet and documentation, pretending that they’re looking for counterfeit notes. You’ll discover later that they stealthily swiped a few notes while they were looking through your money. Ask for credible ID before turning over your wallet and/or passport.

Beware of other ‘tourists’: If a confused-looking person armed with a map and camera asks you for directions, you’re likely to try your best to help. While you’re pointing them the right way, be aware that the ‘tourist’ might have an accomplice using the distraction to pickpocket you.

Don’t be the jam in the sandwich: When crowds are present, watch out that you’re not sandwiched between two people on the street, an escalator, or a bus, while the person behind you picks your pocket or backpack. In crowded areas, wear your backpack in front of you and avoid keeping valuables in your pockets.

Be careful while paying the bill: Don’t lay your phone or wallet out on a restaurant table. Also, watch out if you pay a waiter with cash. He or she may swap your cash for fake notes and accuse you of passing counterfeit money. If this happens, speak to the restaurant’s management before paying double.

Don’t overpay the taxi driver: There may be a fixed rate to your destination. Ask a hotel concierge or do some advance online research about the costs to and or from airports. Also, consider using trusted transport apps like Uber and Hailo.

Don’t fall for the fake petition trick: Avoid strangers approaching you on the streets and asking for donations or to sign a fake petition. Pickpockets and their accomplices may trip to steal your belongings while the other openly extorts money from you.

Don’t fall for the drop scam: A pickpocket may try to return a valuable item to you that they claim you’ve dropped. While you deny the item is yours, an accomplice uses the distraction to snatch your wallet. If you turn around and find a stranger with a wad of cash or some jewelry that’s not yours, walk away as fast as possible. The ‘drop’ scam works the other way round. A person suddenly drops money or a bag on the ground to entice you to stop and help while an accomplice steals your things.

​Avoid impromptu roadside games: It looks fun, but don’t play street games or lotteries. Stop to play and the odds are favorable that your belongings will be stolen. 


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:
$59 each way, Greenville
$72 Raleigh
$87 Baltimore, Washington DC-Reagan or Dulles
$94 Kansas City, Pittsburgh, San Antonio
$95 Ft. Lauderdale, W. Palm Beach
$104 Chicago, New York-LaGuardia
$109 Akron, Dallas
$110 New Orleans
$112 Orlando, Tampa
$114 St. Louis
$117 Ft. Myers, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Richmond
$126 Philadelphia
$130 Houston
$142 Detroit
$144 Austin, Minneapolis
$155 Los Angeles
$160 Las Vegas, Phoenix
$194 San Diego
A 21-day advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Valid on January 24-May 24 travel
No blackout dates!
Travel to Florida and Nevada Sundays-Wednesdays; Tuesday-Friday returns
Purchase by January 26 at Southwest Airlines

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$126 Denver, or $63 each way
$136 Phoenix, or $68 each way
$156 Los Angeles, or $78 each way
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week
Finish trips on or before February 8
Valid daily on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase by January 4

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$276 Seattle, or $138 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through March 11
Valid on Alaska Airlines, nonstop
Purchase by January 9

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$284 Belize City, Belize
$346 Liberia, Costa Rica
$356 San Jose, Costa Rica
A 21-day advance purchase required
Finish travel on or before June 2
Valid daily on United via Houston

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$284 Tucson, Arizona, or $142 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Start travel on or after January 24
Finish trips on or before May 24
Blackout dates: February 16, 18, 20; April 12-17
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by January 26

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, 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 guide. 


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

North Georgia Mountains
Cozy up at the Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge this winter and save over 60% on accommodations. The lodge caters to outdoor enthusiasts with hiking trails, rock climbing, archery, and zip-lining. According to TripAdvisor, Amicalola Falls State Park is the No. 1 attraction in Dawsonville, Georgia.
Per night rates for up to four people in a Lodge Room:
$59 Sunday-Thursday through February 23
$69 Friday-Saturday through February 18
$99 Sunday-Thursday March 5-30
Stay a weekend night through February for $10 additional.
Lodge fees of $10 per night and 15% tax is additional. Resort fees cover WiFi, two bottles of water, in-room coffee and tea, $5 State Park pass, access to the business center and parking. The hotel is not pet-friendly.
Blackout dates: January 6, 12-14, 27, 29; February 11, 17, 24-25; March 21.
Guest rooms overlook the North Georgia mountains valley and the on site Maple Restaurant offers spectacular views and a Sunday breakfast buffet.
Start the booking process at Travelzoo.  

Budget Lodging in Paris
Find a slice of provincial France right in the heart of the Marais district and beside Saint Catherine’s Square at Hotel Jeanne d’Arc. Place des Vosges and rue des Rosiers, Paris’s Jewish quarter are a few steps away and Notre Dame Cathedral and Hôtel de Ville are within easy walking distance. Spacious and charming rooms can accommodate up to four. Rates from $112 a night, including continental breakfast.  
Hotel Le Relais Montmartre is located just off the busy Rue Lepic, but feels like a home. Antiques and oil paintings fill the lounge/reception and a log fire is lit in winter. The small courtyard has a table and chairs. Spotless rooms feature painted exposed beams. Rates from $122 a night, including buffet breakfast in the dining room or continental breakfast served in your room.
Located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, one of Paris’ smartest districts, Hotel Michelet Odeon is situated next to the beautiful Theatre de l’Odeon and steps from the Jardins du Luxembourg. The 42 rooms are decorated in a sleek urban decor, and include triples and quads for friends or families. From $100 a night with continental breakfast. 


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


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