Travel e-Scapes: June 26, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Yosemite National Park

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$134 Sacramento, or $67 each way
Valid August 10-December 10 or January 5-February 13
Valid on United via Houston
The spectacular Yosemite National Park from Sacramento is under a three-hour drive


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Bond. James Bond.
Your mission: to reach the summit of Gaislachkogl mountain. Once there, find the home of a striking new exhibition dedicated to 007, built into the peak overlooking the Austrian Alps in a structure resembling a Bond villain’s lair.
Due to open on July 12, 007 Elements is an immersive attraction that places visitors inside the world of one of cinema’s favorite action heroes, celebrating the work of Bond set designer Sir Ken Adams and behind-the-scenes footage from the films. Also on display are film props and interactive exhibits that “that places visitors inside the world of 007”.
The Gaislachkogl ski resort in Sölden was one of the locations for Spectre, the 24th Bond film released in 2015, which featured an impressive chase scene shot over five weeks on the mountain, featuring an aircraft and a fleet of Range Rovers. Filming also took place at the futuristic Ice-Q restaurant, which became the Hoffler Klinik in the film, which is next to the new installation.

Austrian architect Johann Obermoser – who designed Ice-Q and also the cable car station that takes visitors to the summit – took inspiration from Bond villain lairs when designing the exhibition space, a stark, contemporary structure built into the mountaintop. Only the entrance, exit, two windows and a viewing plaza are visible from the outside. The interiors of the building will be kept at 33.8F to avoid any risk of disturbing the frozen foundations. So keep the ski gear on or wrap up warm.
Speaking to Architectural Digest, Obermoser described the challenges of building at altitude: “The permafrost at this elevation, the geological fault lines, and the exposed location on the peak created huge challenges during the build,” he said. “The snowfall prevented us from getting vehicles to the site, so we ended up having to fly the concrete in by helicopter.”
Sölden is 1 hour 13 minutes by car from Innsbruck, Austria.
Further details and advance ticket information coming soon.

Vacation Rentals
Vacation rentals were not as popular several years ago as they are now. In the U.S. alone, the percentage of adults who have stayed in a vacation rental has quadrupled from 8% in 2011 to 32% in 2015. So there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of vacation rental sites such as HomeAway, Airbnb, TripAdvisor, and VRBO. But there’s just one site to visit that has access to of those sites combined. Through a parnership with all of the biggies – plus TripAdvisor/Flipkey, VRBO, Booking.com and more – a meta-search has been created with 8 million rental listings in 150,000 destinations worldwide.
Enter your destination and dates at Tripping.com and let the site cull through its curated data.
Narrow results with filters for a price range, number of guests, desired amenities such as a pool, balcony, Internet, air conditioning and more. Results are displayed with prices on various sites listed side-by-side. Click on a listing to be directed to the partner site.
There is also the option to add hotels into a search simply by clicking on tags for Hotels.com, Hilton, GoSeek, Expedia, TripAdvisor, and Priceline. Those results will pop up in separate windows when the search is complete.
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TripsIn.com is another vacation rental site that has expanded to include properties in the popular destinations of Florida and Southern California – perfect for beach-lovers and sun-worshippers! TripsIn.com will continue to launch in other vacation spots around the world, and already offers travelers a better way to search vacation rentals in Mexico, Colorado, South Carolina, Utah and now Florida and Southern California.
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One more spot to book your next vacay is with timeshare listings from owners at Craigslist. Also, Red Week is also a popular timeshare community where owners list their timeshare rentals.
Are you looking to sell your timeshare? Check out Clark’s tips on how to ditch it without getting ripped off.


DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers can expire at any time.  Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal right now – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$130 Detroit
Depart August 16-September 29
Finish travel by October 3
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$275 Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, or $111 south, $164 north
Depart July 3-19; October 19-May 21
Return Sepember 11-20; October 3-November 14; December 5-26; January 16-April 24
Final travel is May 21
Valid on American via Miami or Dallas

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$312 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Depart September 3-October 15 or October 26-November 6 or January 28, 30
Finish trips by February 13
Valid on JetBlue via Ft. Lauderdale

Thanksgiving! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$360 Bermuda
Depart July 17-December 14 or December 24-May 7
Finish trips by May 21
Valid on American via Philadelphia or Miami

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$360 Kethikan, or $180 each way
Valid west July 6-September 1
Valid east July 3-September 2
$360 Juneau, or $180 each way
Valid west July 9-September 1
Valid east July 3-August 27
$370 Anchorage, or $185 each way
Valid west July 6-September 1
Valid east July 3-19; August 16-27
$360 Fairbanks, or $180 each way
Valid west July 5-September 1
Valid east July 3-August 27
$370 Sitka, or $185 each way
Valid west July 4-September 1
Valid east July 3-September 2
Book on Alaska Airlines
One or two flight connections required
Mix and match these one-way rates!

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$400 Kauai or $200 each way
Valid west August 14-28; September 2-October 2; October 27-November 11, 28, 29; December 3-5, 9, 11
Valid west September 5-December 19
$400 Kona or $200 each way and up to $211 each way
Valid west August 14-December 12
Valid east August 13-December 19
Valid on American via Los Angeles or United via San Francisco

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$425 Dublin, Ireland
Depart August 12-30; September 2-30; Otober 1-19
Finish trips by October 27
Valid on United via Newark

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$448 Barcelona, Spain
Depart August 13-28; September 4-October 20
Finish trips by October 27
Valid on United via Newark

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$463 Paris
Depart September 2-19; October 3-17
Finish trips by October 25
Valid on United via Washington DC-Dulles

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$472 Madrid, Spain
Depart August 19-25; September 3-October 20
Finish trips by October 27
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$527 Edinburgh, Scotland
Depart August 13-October 21
Finish trips by October 28
Valid on United via Chicago or Newark

How do you find these great deals? Visit Clark’s 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! Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines.


HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE

Ready, Set, Go…
Hotwire will hold its biggest sale of the year, the Hotwire Effect XL Sale. For the first time in six years, July 4 falls on a Wednesday. Book a 4- or 5-star hotel the weekend before, during, or the weekend after the holiday for a set price of just $49 per night – an average savings of $157 each night.
Stays are permitted from June 28 to July 8 in eight of America’s most-traveled Fourth of July destinations according to Hotwire 2017 booking data:
Austin (vs. average $179/night)
Chicago (vs. average $169/night)
Los Angeles (vs. average $179/night)
Miami (vs. average $139/night)
New York (vs. average $167/night)
Orlando (vs. average $140/night)
San Francisco (vs. average $189/night)
Washington D.C. (vs. average $133/night)
The booking window starts today, June 26 and through June 28 – while supplies last. The fixed $49 per night rate applies only to the first two nights of stay in the June 28-July 8 timeframe.

Boston Parker House
A great savings offer for stays at the Omni Parker House in Boston is available on Groupon. Opened in 1855, this 4-star hotel is the country’s longest continuously operating luxury hotel and was the first in Boston to offer running water and elevator service.
On the Freedom Trail, this opulent 19th-century hotel is half a mile from both Boston Common and the New England Aquarium, and 2 miles from Boston Logan International Airport.
Guest rooms feature cherry wood furnishings and old-world decor. Room service is offered 24/7.
There’s a high-end restaurant offering New England-inspired cuisine, an upscale bar, a classic cocktail lounge and fitness center.
Rates from $143 a night (reguarly $265) on select dates through September 30. Free cancellations permitted up to 48 hours prior to check-in.
Kids 17 and younger stay free with adults. The Omni Kids Crew program at Omni Parker House caters to its youngest guests. Upon check-in, kids receive a backpack filled with crayons, 2-in-1 card games, binoculars and a small tabletop game. Kids also receive milk and cookies delivered to their guest room on the first night. Our Omni Kids Crew coloring menu is also available in our restaurants, with crayons and an Omni Kids Crew cup.


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


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