Travel e-Scapes: May 20, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY:

Travel e-Scapes: May 20, 2016

HURRY! Winter & Holiday sale! 
Round-trip from Atlanta:

$630-$690 to cities across Europe, including:
London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Rome, Budapest, Prague, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nice (and south France), Shannon, Dublin, Lisbon, Oslo, Copenhagen and more!
Depart October 30-December 15 or December 24-March 31, 2017
Add $50 for stays of less than 7 nights (minimum Saturday night stay)
Add $100 for August 28-October 29 or December 16-23 departures
All departures based on Sunday-Wednesday outbound and Monday-Thursday returns
Add $35 per direction for other travel days
Valid on United/Lufthansa via Newark, Washington DC or Frankfurt
Additional destinations such as Athens and Malta can price at $780-800
Stopovers not permitted
American/British Airways matches to select destinations
Purchase tickets today, May 20 (like as in asap)!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Big Northeast Events
Airbnb might be your best option for affordable accommodations this summer if you’re heading toward two Pennsylvania cities.
The state will host two major national events, the U.S. Open Golf Tournament, and the Democratic National Convention.

The U.S. Open Golf Tournament will be played at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, near Pittsburgh, from June 13-19.
The Democratic National Convention will be in Philadelphia from July 25-28.
Visitors for these events will be in addition to the many thousands who come to Pennsylvania each summer, for events such as Philadelphia’s 4th of July celebration, to enjoy the state’s great outdoor areas for activities such as fishing, hiking, and boating, as well as to visit historic sites such as Gettysburg.
Erie County’s Presque Isle State Park, which attracts up to 4 million visitors annually, in March was voted the country’s best freshwater beach in a poll sponsored by USA Today. 

Negative Tourism
Authorities in Thailand are set to close the island of Koh Tachai, saying heavy tourism is negatively affecting natural resources and the environment. The island, off Phang Nga province, is part of the Similan National Park. Almost all Thai marine national parks close to tourists from mid-May to mid-October for monsoon season but Tachai will not reopen. The park is popular with tourists and divers – who will still have access to a few dive sites in the area.
Local media cited experts saying a beach on Koh Tachai could hold about 70 people, but sometimes the number of tourists was well over 1,000, along with food stalls and tour boats. That was far in excess of the island’s sustainable capacity and was causing damage that threatened to become irreversible.
Thailand draws tens of millions of tourists a year, many of them to its beautiful beaches and islands.
Other beauty spots around the globe have been adversely affected by tourism:
Phi Phi Islands in Thailand – since becoming the backdrop for the Hollywood film The Beach, this tropical paradise has come under increasing pressure as a result of an uncontrolled tourism boom.
Cozumel, Mexico – this has become the world’s second most popular holiday destination for cruise ships, causing huge damage to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – the unique ecosystem on this isolated island is extremely sensitive not only to growing numbers of tourists, but to the invasive species they are bringing with them.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC 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!

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$80 Newburgh, New York
$123 Albuquerque
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before June 22
This rate is also valid on select dates through August 21 (several blackout dates to work around)
Valid on United via Chicago, Houston or Denver

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$92 Colorado Springs
$120 Tucson
$162 San Diego
$170 Palm Springs
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this weekend!
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 27
Valid on United via Chicago, Houston or Denver

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 & RESORT OFFERS

New Yosemite Lodge
The first new Yosemite resort in more than 25 years, Rush Creek provides a relaxed yet sophisticated experience inspired by the nature surrounding its 20-acre wooded hillside setting. Rush Creek features a mix of 143 Lodge Rooms, Suites, and Hillside Villas, all with private decks, most with sunset views. Amenities throughout the property include:
Outdoor fireplaces
Innovative play areas
Pool area with Pool Bar
Solar-heated saltwater pool and two hot tubs
Restaurant and Tavern with indoor/outdoor seating
Guided tours and free planning advice for exploring independently in and around Yosemite http://www.rushcreeklodge.com/explore-yosemite-tours
Daily on-site activities
General Store
Rush Creek opens June 15 with discounts on stays all summer long (through September 4). Save 20% on stays using promo code GR16. Discounts are valid for stays of two or more nights. Rates range from $215-$495 per night.
Average rates are $310 in a Lodge King for two to four guests with a sitting area with queen sofa bed, and large private deck with forest and – or sunset views. Amenities include private bath with shower, satellite radio, custom artwork and furnishings, Keurig coffee brewer, refrigerator, desk, feather pillows, electronic safe, iPod dock, complimentary WiFi, Eartherapy bath products, hair dryer and iron.
The lodge is located less than a mile from Yosemite’s west entrance and a 3-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area along scenic Highway 120 – the most direct route to Yosemite from the Bay Area. Highway 120 offers convenient access to the lodge from all parts of California and offers easy access to Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows and the rest of Yosemite.

Off Season in Arizona
The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination in Scottsdale, makes a splash with its best rates of the year, starting at just $169 per night, from May 27-August 31. Refer to rate plan SUMMER.
From June 1-September 15, three Phoenician restaurants will offer a $40 three-course menu at J&G Steakhouse; a $30 three-course Afternoon Tea menu (Monday-Friday) and a $20, a two-course menu at Relish Burger Bistro.  
Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician features elegant, residential-style accommodations, a 27-hole golf course, 10 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops, and a multi-million dollar art collection. 

Gift Card Incentive from Best Western
Register now and stay between May 23 and August 28 and earn a $50 Best Western gift card for every two separate stays. Best Western Rewards members save 10% when booking direct on BestWestern.com and earn 1,000 rewards points for stays completed during the promotion period.  
If you’re not already a Best Western Rewards Member, join today – it’s free!
Best Western offers Status Match – a No Catch program that matches your elite status in any other hotel loyalty program, free of charge. 
Best Western International operates about 4,100 hotels of which about 2,200 can be found in North America.


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


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