Travel e-Scapes: January 30, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Cancun

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$240-$270 Cancun
Valid daily through December 10 on American via Miami or Dallas
Visit Google.com/flights and choose American Airlines from the filters
Next, choose your dates and go!
Availability in June is slim


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Vacation Planning
It’s National Plan for Vacation Day – a national observance dedicated to encouraging Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year. By failing to block the calendar, Americans create a stockpile of 662 million unused vacation days and a $236 billion missed opportunity for the U.S. economy.
Fewer than half of Americans (49%) take the time to plan their vacation days out each year, according to new research from Project: Time Off, held back by lack of certainty with personal schedules (64%), work schedules (57%), and children’s schedules (50%).
Managers are near universal (91%) in saying they want to approve vacation requests, but a significant 43% say they are sometimes unable to because their employees did not provide enough notice. Nearly half (48%) of employees give six weeks or less notice when taking at least a week off; just 19% give three months or more.
Planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. According to the research, workers who set aside time each year to plan out their vacation days use more of their vacation time, take longer breaks, and report greater happiness than non-planners with their relationships, health and well-being, company, and job.
Project: Time Off has launched a vacation planning tool that lets employees enter in the number of days off they earn, plot out how they want to spend them, save to their calendars, and export to their friends and family – and even their bosses.

LA Exhibit
The largest ever international exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts from the tomb of its most famous pharaoh will open in Los Angeles. King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, opening March 24 celebrates the 100th year anniversary of discovering the tomb of the Boy King Tutankhamun.
More than 150 items from Tutankhamun’s tomb will be on display at the California Science Center. Never before have so many ancient items associated with King Tut been on display together outside Egypt. Many of the items would have been used by the Boy King himself including golden jewelry, elaborate carvings, sculptures, and ritual antiquities.
As well as ancient artifacts, there will also be multimedia displays telling the story of King Tut. Guests will be able to learn about the scientific analysis of his 3,000-year-old mummy and the cutting edge archaeological tools now being used on digs in Egypt.
The Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in May 2018 about a mile and a half from the Pyramids of Giza. It will house more than 100,000 artifacts.
The Los Angeles exhibit is expected to sell-out. Pre-register for tickets now.


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!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$274 San Francisco, or $137 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through March 14
Also valid starting on or after April 9 with travel finished on or before June 13
Add $20 per direction for other travel days
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$294 Oakland, California, or $147 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through May 22 on American via Dallas, LAX or Phoenix

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$359 Barbados, or $150 south, $209 north
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on American via Miami
Not offered during June and July to BGI; not valid on April, June or July returns
Finish trips on or before December 24

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$614 Lima, Peru
A 14-day advance purchase required
Finish trips on or before December 11
A 5-night minimum stay required; three months max
Valid daily on American via Miami
Note: No July availability

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$707 Cairo, Egypt
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on departures through May 9
Also valid on departures started on or after August 26 through November 25
No minimum stay required
Valid on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul
Free stopovers permitted

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

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.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Philly Package
Treat your loved one to a romantic weekend in Philadelphia – with a side of culture. One of Philadelphia’s most stylish boutique hotels, the Independent Hotel joins with the Philadelphia Museum of Art to create a fun overnight Cultured Romantic package. Here’s what’s included:
Overnight accommodations at the Independent Hotel, voted one of Pennsylvania’s most romantic hotels
A pair of two-day passes to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum (a $40 value)
Complimentary hotel parking
A bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates
Rates from $175 a night.
Housed in a restored Georgian building, guest rooms at the Independent have hardwood floors, and some have exposed-brick walls. Suites add sitting areas and fireplaces. Complimentary continental breakfast baskets are provided. An evening wine and cheese reception and access to a local gym is complimentary.
The museum pass allows for two-day access to all three buildings, including the Rodin Museum, where Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss will be on view. Rodin is considered as one of the most remarkable sculptors of his time and the museum contains the largest collection of his works outside Paris.

Unlimited Golf!
Enjoy unlimited golf on three of Sandestin’s original courses through March 2:
The incredibly scenic Links Golf Club hosts five holes on the Choctawhatchee Bay.
Baytowne Golf Club straddles both the bay and gulf side of the resort.
Raven Golf Club, the Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout that played host to the PGA Champions Tour in 2006 and 2007.
Sandestin’s Unlimited Golf Package includes:
Unlimited rounds of golf on The Links, Baytowne and Raven Golf Courses
$25 beverage car credit per person
Overnight accommodations
Early check-in (noon) and late check-out (2PM)
Complimentary sleeve of golf balls per person
Unlimited use of the practice facility and practice balls during stay
Rates are $100 per person, per player and based on double occupancy in a Village/Grand studio accommodations (room upgrade, based on availability). Rates are based on a minimum two-night stay. Taxes and fees additional.
Refer to package group code ULGOLF.
Book online or call a Sandestin reservation specialist at 800-622-1038.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a 2,400-acre destination resort on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.


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


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