Travel e-Scapes: May 4, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: New York State

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$203 White Plains, New York
A 21-day advance purchase required
Depart by October 3
Finish trips on or before November 1
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Learn more about the Hudson Valley for your next getaway!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Custom Trip Planning in Cuba
For a flat fee of $25 a day, travelers can use a service called ViaHero to hire locals on the ground to plan out their trips, arranging everything from lodging and airport pick-up to sightseeing and dining in Cuba. The service combines authentic local recommendations, convenient online booking and the old-school guidance of a travel agent.
Currently, ViaHero services are available in Cuba, Iceland, Japan and Colombia, with plans to add Ecuador and other South American countries this year.
Trips are customized to fit any budget. Travelers can be as independent with as much unstructured time as they like, or ViaHero can hire tour guides, drivers and even personal chefs.
The company has arranged more than 3,000 trips since launching in 2016 with travel to Cuba. ViaHero also ensures compliance with U.S. regulations for those Cuba trips.
Here’s how it works. Visit ViaHero, enter information about yourself and your interests, and the website matches you with a planner in your destination who then emails you about your preferences. You get a customized itinerary that can be downloaded or printed out like a personalized guidebook detailing what to see, where to eat and how to get around.
The $25-a-day fee is per group, not per person. For an extra $10 a day, you get additional services like phone support during your trip.
But why should travelers pay ViaHero $25 a day when travel agents will plan trips for free?
One major reason people use traditional travel agents is that in case of an emergency or change of plans, a travel agent can often seamlessly and at no cost rebook flights and other trip components for you. ViaHero planners will suggest specific flights for your trip and provide links for you to book them, but if you need to change or cancel your flight, you’re on your own when it comes to pleading your case with an airline.
ViaHero has, however, stepped in to help travelers with emergencies. One customer lost her passport in Cuba the night before flying home. Her ViaHero contact arranged a driver to go to the U.S. Embassy, where officials sorted things out, and she made her flight home the next day.

Art!
Find art exhibitions scheduled at more than 1,100 museums across the USA – all in one place – at ArtGeek, the search engine for art-lovers.
Now you can easily find the art exhibitions you’re interested in, anywhere in the country. Search by location and/or by dates and/or by the type of art you want to see.
So far the ArtGeek database holds more than 1,000 American museums, sculpture gardens, and other art venues.
Subscribe to the bi-weekly newsletter SneakPeek for special exhibition information, museum features, and more.
Follow what’s new and upcoming at ArtGeek on Facebook.


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!

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.


HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE

Adult Treehouse
Sunset at the Palms in Negril is Jamaica’s award-winning eco-friendly resort. Situated on 10 acres of lush tropical vegetation at the north edge of the Negril resort area, this treehouse-style, adults-only, all-inclusive boutique hotel overlooks Bloody Bay and a private white sand beach.
Here you can relax or enjoy non-motorized sports (pedal boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards), tennis, the fitness center, a swimming pool, and all meals and beverages. The Club MoBay VIP arrival service at the airport fast-tracks you through immigration and customs.
The resort’s mantra is Sensory Magic, and, in that spirit, offers sunset-viewing parties, festive culinary events (including a seafood fiesta), and screenings of movies filmed on the island.
Surrounded by a tropical garden and overlooking Bloody Bay, this relaxed resort is about 7 miles from the caves at Xtabi.
Accommodations feature furnished balconies, and bungalows have Balinese decor and comp Wi-Fi and TVs with premium channels. Split-level suites add separate living rooms.
The hotel has four restaurants, two bars and a coffee shop.
For its second annual Jamaica-Rama, rates for May through August 11 is $176 per person, per night with a three-night minimum stay required. From August 12 through October 31, the rate is $168 a person, per night.

Georgia Staycation
Two new excursion boats make their debut at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands and will host wine and margarita cruises each Saturday and Sunday this summer.
Sunset sailings aboard The LandShark and The Margaritaville begin in May, with the inaugural margarita cruise departing on Cinco de Margaritaville, May 5.
Excursion yachts feature a luxury enclosed cabin with indoor seating, heat and air, restrooms, an upper outdoor deck with seating and a new premium sound system equipped to set the Margaritaville mood.
The LandShark hosts up to 80 guests from 5-8 p.m. every Saturday, for fun-filled margarita cruises. Guests can choose from eight different types of margaritas with Margaritaville Dark Rum, Gold Tequila and Classic Margarita. Per person cost is $80, including two drink tickets (additional drinks available to purchase onboard).
The Margaritaville welcomes 70 guests from 5-8 p.m. every Sunday. Without a set menu, guests will embark upon a wine tasting journey with appetizer pairings. Price per person is $70.
Book wine or margarita cruises online.
Margaritaville at Lanier Islands is a one-of-a-kind lakeside destination located in Buford, Georgia, less than 50 miles north of downtown Atlanta.
The family-friendly destination will feature fun and entertainment including waterslides throughout the Water Park, boating and water sports, Georgia’s only inland beach, the Family Fun Zone and weekend events with live performances.
New food and beverage concepts include grab and go options, patio dining and LandShark Bar & Grill located at LandShark Landing – the ultimate playground for adults.
There are many lodging options for overnight stays, including a new RV Resort, camping to accommodations at the grand Legacy Lodge. The lodge features six 6-bedroom Lakeside Villas, 30 two-bedroom Lakehouses and two campgrounds featuring both tent and RV sites.


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


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