Travel e-Scapes: May 24, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Montana

Travel e-Scapes: May 24, 2016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$296 Kalispell, Montana
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 27
Valid on United via Denver
Photo: Glacier National Park: A 45-minute drive north of Kalispell


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

At-Home Safari
If you don’t have the time or the cash to travel to South Africa for a safari, sit back and take in the sights from home!
Google Street View now takes you on a safari through Kruger National Park with the Mzansi Experience that showcases popular spots in South Africa including Table Mountain and Cape Point. Get a 360-degree look around Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest reserves to spy elephants, lions, leopards and more roaming in the wild.
In addition to Kruger National Park, the ‘Mzansi Experience’ includes the beautiful sites of Table Mountain, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Cape Point, and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Take a virtual stroll along the golden stretches of Sunset Beach and wander along Durban’s Golden Mile.  

The national walking trails of England and Wales are now featured on Google Street View. Web users will eventually be able to tour all 15 trails from their office or home with 360-degree images captured by the mapping tool. The first one features the North Downs Way, an inspirational 153-mile journey from Farnham to Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover that is part of an ancient route used by pilgrims.  
Trekker cameras were used for the first time to map the rocky terrain of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, which saw a spike in visitors.
Google Street View cameras have also been used to map the slopes of Mont Blanc, the wilds of the Galapagos Islands and dozens of U.S. national parks, and underwater diving spots near Bali and the Cook Islands.

Cool Shoes
The budget European airline easyJet will soon be selling a new product — Sneakairs.
A pair of smart shoes have built-in vibrating sensors to direct wearers where to go. The left shoe vibrates when you should make a left turn; a vibrating right shoe indicates a right turn. When both vibrate, you’ve walked past your turn.
The shoes are equipped with Bluetooth technology and are linked to a phone’s GPS—think real-time Google Maps, where the directions vibrate on your phone when it’s time to make a turn.
The associated app is only available for iPhone users.
But the freedom of putting away your phone and taking in the sights!
Sneakairs will no doubt only be available in the airline’s signature orange color. The price has not yet been determined.
The British low-cost airline has been at the forefront of technological innovation. Last year, easyJet made headlines as the first airline to incorporate wearable built-in microphones and LED messages into its uniforms.
Watch the Sneakairs demo video, filmed in Barcelona


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:
$86 Washington DC-Reagan
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 23
Complete travel on or before November 2
Blackout dates: September 2, 5
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, May 24

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$315 Ketchikan, Alaska
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before August 31
Valid on Delta via Seattle
One free stopover of 24 or less permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$440 San Jose, Costa Rica
$472 Cartegena, Columbia
$478 Belize
$482 Aruba
$517 Quito, Ecuador
$578 Bogota, Columbia
$672 Lima, Peru
Travel any available day of the week
Depart starting on or after September 9
Complete travel on or before November 16
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Delta, nonstop
These rates are part of a larger Delta sale to the Caribbean, Latin and South America
Purchase by May 29

Let’s hack a deal to Dublin, Ireland!
Ticket #1 (hurry!): $126 round-trip Atlanta – Philadelphia
Valid any available day of the week through December 31
A 21-day advance purchase required
Rates are slightly higher with less advance purchase notice
Blackout dates: June 30; July 1, 14, 15, 21, 22, 31; August 7, 14; October 16; November 27, 28; December 17, 22, 23, 26
Valid on American, nonstop
Ticket #2: $527 round-trip Philadelphia – Dublin
No advance purchase notice required — go as soon as this week
Depart by June 15 or September 1-October 31
Stay at least one Saturday night
Purchase by July 3 (we suggest asap!)
Valid on American, nonstop
Total ticket price when purchasing two separate tickets: $653 round-trip ATL-DUB
Compare to Delta’s round-trip ATL-DUB rate of $1,174!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$892 Bangkok, Thailand
Depart June 1-30
Add $25 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
No minimum stay required; three months max
Valid on United via Chicago and Tokyo, Japan
Two stopovers permitted for $100 additional per stop
Purchase by May 31

Round-trip for two passengers from Boston, Chicago, New York City, Orlando, and Washington DC:
$999 Milan
$1,249 Dubai
$1,399 Middle East: Amman
$1,549 Africa: Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Male, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius
$1,569 India: Colombo, Mumbai, Delhi
$1,649 Far East: Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Yangon
Travel to Milan from August 20-December 8 or January 9-April 03, 2017
To all other destinations from July 15-December 8 or January 9-April 10, 2017
Travel must be completed on or before April 10 (Milan); April 17, 2017 all other destinations
A 7-day minimum stay required; three months max
Blackout dates on returns from Milan: August 5-September 05; December 31-January 10, 2017
Inbound blackout dates for all other destinations: July 24-September 05 and December 31-January 10, 2017
Routing is via Dubai
Stopovers permitted in either direction at $100 per stopover
Purchase by May 26 at Emirates Airline

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 CRUISE & HOTEL OFFERS

Europe Cruise Savings
Grand Circle Cruise Line is offering free airfare from any U.S. city on select 2016 departures of its 16-day Romance of the Rhine and Mosel cruise. Depending on the departure city, couples can save up to $2,800.
The privately-owned 140-to-164 passenger ship features all outside cabins and calls at ports in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland on the ‘Romance of the Rhine & Mosel’ cruise.
Rates for the 16-day cruise, including round-trip airfare, start from $2,495 ($156/day) per person on October 20, 25 or November 3, 8, 17 departures.
Here are the inclusive features: 

  • International airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations for 14 nights aboard a private river ship with wireless Internet access
  • Daily breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners, including 1 meal in a local restaurant, plus all onboard house beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • 13 included tours with personal headsets
  • 5 Discovery Series events; Local tour experts accompany travelers every step of the way
  • Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers All port charges
  • Baggage handling for 1 piece of luggage per person, including tips

Discovery Series activities include a German language lesson, discussion on the European Union discussion, visit to a winery, lunch at a family’s home and a discussion on contemporary Switzerland.
This Grand Circle Cruise Line free air offer is not publicized on its website. 
Book by June 10 by calling 1-800-221-2610 and referring to code SAB1 016.
Readers of Conde Nast Traveler named Grand Circle the ‘World’s Best River Cruise Line’ for the past four years.  

Summer in the Big Apple
Beginning June 6, Hotel Wales – a boutique Manhattan hotel – will offer a limited-time savings of 25% on summer stays of two or more nights from June 20 through September 11. The sale applies to all accommodation types, including deluxe and family suites.
Guests enjoy complimentary WiFi, 24-hour coffee and tea, and access to the Rooftop Terrace, which offers sweeping city and Central Park views, during summer stays. Also included for guests is an unlimited-ride MetroCard.
The Summer Like a Local sale runs through June 13.
Sale rates start from $150 per night. Hotel Wales is located on the Upper East Side one block from Central Park on Museum Mile and one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.


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


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