Travel e-Scapes: May 11, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$230 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Depart June 7-March 23, 2019
Finish trips on or before April 4, 2019
Blackout dates: November 17-25; December 21-29; January 2; February 15, 18
Valid most days on Delta, nonstop
Photo: Grand Haven City Beach, a 45-minute drive west of Grand Rapids


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Biometrics
Orlando International Airport is the first airport in the nation to use facial-recognition technology for all international flights inbound and outbound.
The technology, otherwise known as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Biometric Entry and Exit Program enables passengers to board in less than 15 minutes, in part because it eliminated the need for passengers to handle boarding passes and passports prior to entry.
Instead of handling paper documents, boarding passengers will queue in turnstile-like lanes, stepping onto yellow footprints and looking into a camera to have their face scanned. The scan will then be compared to images obtained from passports or other travel documents to confirm identity.

Installation of the equipment will happen over the course of the summer at gates operated by the 24 international carriers in Orlando.
Images of US citizens will be discarded within two weeks. However, images of foreign travelers will be retained for 75 years, according to US Customs and Border Protection officials.

London’s Kew Gardens
Kew is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes and iconic architecture from every stage of the gardens’ history. Its collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing out in the gardens and inside glasshouses.
Following a five-year restoration, Kew Gardens has reopened its Temperate House – the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse.
The vast greenhouse is now home to a geographically arranged collection of 10,000 plants from of temperate climates around the world. These include some of the rarest and most threatened specimens, for which the botanic garden is a final refuge.
Adult admission is £17.75 (with a donation that supports Kew’s science and conservation work); adult £16 and ages 4-16 £4.
Kew Gardens is 30 minutes from Central London. Reach the gardens by tube (Kew Gardens station and then a 500-meter walk to Victoria Gate) or by #65 bus that stops at Victoria and Lion Gate.
Onsite are five cafes and restaurants. Picnics are allowed throughout the gardens (not in glasshouses and galleries).


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):
$100 Chicago-O’Hare, or $50 each way
Valid south from July 31-September 29
Valid north from July 7-September 29
Nonstop on American Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$90 Chicago-O’Hare, or $45 each way
Valid north from August 15-September 18
Valid south from August 21-September 11
Nonstop on United Tuesdays, Wednesdays

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$125 Flint, Michigan
Valid Mondays-Wednesdays
Depart August 21-September 18
Finish trips on or before October 3
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$162 Salt Lake City, or $81 each way
Valid Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Depart August 13-November 14
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$172 Colorado Springs, or $86 each way
Valid Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Depart August 12-November 13 each way
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$182 Denver, or $91 each way
Depart August 5-November 14
Valid most days on United, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$208 Tucson, or $104 each way
Depart August 21-October 2
Valid most days on United via Houston

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$415 Barbados
Valid Wednesdays-Saturdays
Depart September 5-November 2
Valid on American via Miami

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$467 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Depart July 19-November 1
Valid on American via Miami

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$574-$619 Inverness, Scotland
Depart September 12-March 20
Finish trips on or before April 1
Blackout dates: December 13-25
Valid on Delta/KLM via Amsterdam

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$667 London
Depart September 10-March 26
Blackout dates: December 13-24
Finish trips on or before April 4
Valid on Delta/Virgin, nonstop

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

Barbados Adults-Only
Treasure Beach at Paynes Bay in Barbados is a newly redesigned resort for adults only. It’s situated on the island’s west coast and features locally-inspired cuisine at Tapestry Restaurant, and the Treasure Beach Art Crawl – a curated gallery tour showcasing pieces created by local Bajan artists. The resort also offers complimentary easels, paints, meditation mandala classes, and a daily sundowner hour.
Guests also enjoy free motorized and non-motorized water sports, free wi-fi, breakfast every morning, and pool and beachside “ambassadors” to bring you an afternoon snack, more sunscreen, or a cold cocktail. Rates from $249 a night for a one-bedroom garden view suite with a separate living area and a private balcony.

New London Indigo
The new Hotel Indigo London, located in the heart of London’s stage and theatre district. The address of 1 Leicester Square is perfect to take in the energy and buzz of the capital, with Chinatown to the north, Trafalgar Square to the south, Covent Garden to the east and Piccadilly Circus to the west.
The 95-room boutique hotel features theatrical touches inspired by the neighborhood’s history and heritage and each of the three distinct bedroom designs represent different stages of putting on a theatrical production. For instance, Scriptwriter Rooms feature drafts of scripts framed as artwork. Backstage Rooms have the technical fittings of a stage such as spotlights, ropes and illuminated, flamboyant dressing room mirrors. And Auditorium Rooms capture the exclusive experience of a private theatre box with a banquette in each room and polished plaster.
Guest rooms offer views of London’s most impressive architectural icons, including The Shard, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Nelson’s Column, the London Eye and the Gherkin. Seven rooms feature balconies that overlook the square. A rooftop restaurant has a wrap-around balcony and floor-to-ceiling glass.
Rates from $168.
No two Indigo hotels are alike. Across Europe, there are currently 27 Hotel Indigo properties – and growing.
The Indigo brand will soon be opening at London Aldgate, Brighton, Stratford-upon-Avon, and in Milan at Corso Monforte.


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


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