Travel e-Scapes: January 15, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Philadelphia

Travel e-Scapes: January 15, 2016

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$40 Philadelphia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before April 6
Blackout dates: March 20, 28
Valid on American, nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Up & Coming Airbnb Neighborhoods for 2016!
Airbnb hosted 40 million people in 150 countries in 2015.  A majority of Airbnb properties (74%) are located outside of traditional downtown districts and tourist hotspots. It’s the up-and-coming neighborhoods that are popular for a local feel.  
Here are Airbnb’s list of the Top 16 Neighborhoods to Visit in 2016:
1. ChÅ«Å-ku in Osaka, Japan – 7000% growth
2. Banglampoo in Bangkok, Thailand – 1230% growth
3. Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 1200% growth
4. Capucins in Bordeaux, France – 950% growth
5. Koukaki in Athens, Greece – 800% growth
6. Triana in Seville, Spain – 750% growth
7. Hammerbrook in Hamburg, Germany – 400% growth

8. Kaneohe on Oahu, US – 320% growth
9. Meireles in Fortaleza, Brazil – 285% growth
10. Roma Sur in Mexico City, Mexico – 275% growth
11. Oak Lawn in Dallas, US – 260% growth
12. Poncey-Highland in Atlanta, GA – 240% growth
13. District VII in Budapest, Hungary – 145% growth
14. The Bukit Peninsula, Bali – 130% growth
15. Richmond in Melbourne, Australia – 126% growth
16. Constitución in Buenos Aires, Argentina – 125% growth 

Top Spots for Kids
ABC Travel Guides for Kids
is the producer and publisher of all-in-one alphabet, activity and souvenir guides specifically designed for kids.  
The creators have named their Top 7 U.S. Family Travel Destinations for 2016:
Philadelphia: Time for an authentic Philly cheesesteak and a visit to the City of Brotherly Love as Franklin Square turns 10 and the National Constitution Center hosts Headed to the White House this election year. Best ice cream parlor is The Franklin Fountain.
Chicago: The Cubs are going to win the World Series in 2016 (?) and Chicago’s Museums, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Art Institute all remain among our nation’s best.  
Orlando: More than just the theme park capital of the world, Disney Springs and nearby Kennedy Space Center’s Heroes and Legends attraction features the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.  
St. Petersburg: Take a ‘Bird Quest’ through the areas museums, parks and hotels and let your senses go wild at the hands-on exhibits at Great Explorations, Sunken Gardens and Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Detroit: Only in Motor City can you visit the largest penguin facility in the world; stop at a LEGOLAND Discovery Center and enjoy an afternoon of Beatles at The Magical History Tour at The Henry Ford.  For dinner kids will love the iconic Buddy’s Pizza.  
Miami: A Miami Culinary Tour in Little Havana is life changing and GameTime Miami, Jungle Island, Coral Gables Venetian Pool and Lincoln Road provide unique experiences for everyone.  The Pizza Bar and Bodega are fun.  
Hilton Head: Beaches, bike trails, kayaking and water sports, horseback riding and we’re just getting warmed up. 


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   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!

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$88 Los Angeles
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 3
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, January 15

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$105 Quebec City, Quebec
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 30
Valid on United via Newark
Purchase by January 28

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$141 Montreal
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before February 29
Valid on American via Philadelphia

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$188 Bermuda
No advance purchase required
Add $20 per direction for Thursday-Sunday travel
Depart by December 31
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$470 St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
$478 Grand Cayman Island
A 7-day advance purchase required
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before February 29
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase today, January 15

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$764 London
Travel is permitted daily on outbound flights operating between 930P-midnight; returns between 5-6P
Complete travel on or before May 17
Blackout dates: March 17-April 11
Valid on American via Philadelphia
This rate is based on a round-trip fare of $684 to London from Philadelphia and an $80 round-trip rate between Atlanta-Philadelphia
Tickets must be purchased separately: ATL-PHL-ATL and PHL-LON-PHL
Compare this to round-trip rates of $1,370 from Atlanta on competitors during spring season

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 added during the flight 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. 


SPECIAL HOTEL & CRUISE DEALS

Special NYC Package
The Gregory offers a ‘Winter Escape’ package for stays through February 29. The special offer includes:

  • Complimentary skate rental for two at Bryant Park’s Winter Village
  • Two complimentary (spiked) hot chocolate to sip by the fireplace at The Liquor Cabinet
  • One Gregory Robe to take home with you ($95 value!)

A two-night minimum stay is required. Room rates from $184.
Guest rooms feature upscale decor, plush linens, comfortable beds, robes, Apotheke bath products and complimentary WiFi. On site is a fitness facility.
The Gregory is situated just one block from the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue and Herald Square. This boutique property is near Penn Station and within walking distance to all the city sights. 

Bermuda’s Pink Sale
Bermuda is throwing the biggest resort sale of the year with savings of up to 50% off stays through April 30 or September 7-December 31.  Book stays by January 25:
Grotto Bay Beach Resort from $109.50: Situated on a naturally landscaped, 21-acre estate of hibiscus, oleander and bougainvillea-filled gardens at the water’s edge in Hamilton Parish.  A 3-night minimum stay required.
St. George’s Club from $120-$175: Enjoy a five-night minimum stay in a one- or two-bedroom cottage overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Town of St. George. The property features 71 self-contained cottages with full kitchens surrounded by three pools (including one heated pool), two tennis courts and an on-site gym and restaurant.
Coco Reef Resort from $129: On beautiful Elbow Beach and 10 minutes from City of Hamilton for shopping, nightlife, restaurants and ferry/bus stations.
Dawkins Manor from $145: Large, comfortable suites (sleeps up to four) with two queens, fully equipped kitchen and a private entrance.  Located 3-5 minutes walking distance to other hotels, restaurants, bus stop, supermarket, moped rentals, Elbow Beach and Nature Walk. Hamilton is 10 minutes by bus or taxi.
Coral Beach & Tennis Club from $165: Full breakfast and afternoon tea daily.  Guests enjoy Club amenities, tennis and squash courts, gym and beach facilities.
Fairmont Southampton from $165: Standing atop one of the highest points in Bermuda offering panoramic views across the island, this luxury resort is surrounded by gardens and an 18-hole executive par-3 golf course.  Rates include breakfast.  A 2-night minimum stay required.  
Hamilton Princess from $190: This newly renovated architectural beauty has an infinity edge resort pool with uninterrupted views of Hamilton Harbour.  Minimum 3 night stay. 
Royal Palms Hotel from $195: This intimate hotel estate is family-owned and operated. A fine example of Bermudian architecture in a tranquil garden setting. Daily continental buffet breakfast, evening wine hour and comp WiFi.  A 2-night minimum stay required.  
Rosedon Hotel from $204: Come and experience uniquely Bermudian culture. Rooms are surrounded by lush tropical gardens and a private pool. Included: Gourmet or Continental breakfast, newspaper, daily traditional afternoon ‘High Tea’, drinking water delivered daily, Tuesday evening Rum Swizzle Party with live Calypso music.
Rosewood Tucker’s Point from $225: Valid on Villa Deluxe King rooms and higher categories. Bermuda’s premier luxury resort, private club and residential community on 200 waterfront acres.
Elbow Beach Bermuda from $227: As one of the most intimate and elegant hideaways on the island of Bermuda, the Elbow Beach Resort is steps away from the half-mile of private pink-sand beach.
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa from $249: Receive 50% off Deluxe Ocean Rooms, Suites and Cottages. Bermuda’s only resort dedicated to adults, set on a 30-acre peninsula, with 4 beaches, hidden coves and panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean. 
The Reefs from $252:  Enjoy 50% off our top categories of Junior Suites and Point Suites, with some of the best views.  A Bermuda South Shore fixure since 1947. 
Newstead Belmont Hills from $254: Valid on one-bedroom suites with a minimum four night stay. Includes WiFi and a complimentary round of golf per day at Belmont Hills Golf Club.  Just 3 minutes from Hamilton via private water shuttle.
Get full details on Bermuda’s Pink Sale.


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


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