Travel e-Scapes: September 13, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: The Caribbean

Travel e-Scapes: September 13, 2016

HURRY! Holiday trip idea! One-way to/from Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, each way:
$121 South from Atlanta
$203 North to Atlanta
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Finish travel on or before August 9, 2017
No blackout dates! 


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Local Led Tours
Who better to explore a city with than an enthusiastic, knowledgeable local? Check out these free and low-cost tours in Europe: 

  • This Is My Athens matches local volunteers for free personalized tours such as food, the arts or the outdoors far from the tourist trail.  
  • A new Paris start-up, INSIDR, rents tourists pre-paid smartphones with unlimited 4G data, local calls and texts, and a map with GPS navigation for select locations, and for guided walks. The phone also comes with three WhatsApp groups with 70 locals on hand to give advice and recommendations. A daily app message gives the weather forecast, updates on transport, and day trip suggestions. Rentals cost are €29 for 1-3 days, €45 for 4-7 days and €6 per day for stays of eight days or more.  
  • Dubliners share recommendations, local history and cultural knowledge with tourists over a free pint of Guinness at The Little Museum of Dublin.  
  • Vienna with Locals offers an eclectic range of activity-based tours by Viennese locals. Choose from a glimpse of the city’s fashion world from a working model, an erotic art crawl featuring masters like Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt or even shopping for traditional dirndl dresses. The site’s selection of ‘Lovely Places’ includes Vienna’s first vegan sushi restaurant and a secret hilltop swimming pool with amazing views. Tours start from €22 per person (minimum three to a group).  
  • Enjoy a leisurely walking tour with Slow Travel Berlin. Soak up the city’s rich history and cultural heritage with a long-term resident, many of them journalists and academics. In-depth tours cost from €15 per person for a 2-3 hour tour.  

If your next destination isn’t listed here, simply Google: free local tour – and the city. Just about every medium to large city across the globe will have an option or two to choose from. Or, Google: hop on hop off – and your city destination. This option gives you from 24- to 48-hours to explore set routes around town with route narration. Jump off at a particular point of interest and then jump back on the next bus (15-20 minute cycles) when you’re ready to see another attraction.
Plan and take your own walking tour – free! Clark shares how to use Google Maps overseas with no data usage on your phone or device. Pre-downloaded maps can be accessed offline without the need for WiFi. 

Autumn in Dallas
Named one of ‘America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals’ by Fodor’s Travel, MSN Travel and Country Living, this year’s event at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, September 17 to November 23.
The Dallas Arboretum was just named one of the 15 most breathtaking gardens in the world by Architectural Digest.
More than 90,000 pumpkins are sprouting in the Texas Panhandle this month, on their way to being featured in this year’s Autumn at the Arboretum national fall festival. For the 11th year, Autumn at the Arboretum will include the popular one-acre Pumpkin Village, featuring artful arrangements of tens of thousands of pumpkins, gourds, squash, bales of hay and cornstalks. They are used to create pumpkin houses that represent nature to reflect the ‘Art of the Pumpkin’.  
Set amidst the garden’s remaining summer flowers, and 150,000 fall blooms like chrysanthemums, copper plants, and firebush, it will open daily from 9A-5P.
The popular Haybale Maze will also return with the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch offering pumpkins for purchase and the Great Pumpkin Search.
General Garden Admission is $15 adults; $12 Seniors; $10 ages 3-12. On-site self-parking or parking garage is $15 ($8 booked online).


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!

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$43 Dallas-Ft. Worth
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on American through December 13
Blackout dates: November 26-28
Service is nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$70 Detroit
$117 Las Vegas
$120 Oakland
$127 New Haven
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on American through February 15
Blackout dates: October 16, 23; November 18, 26-28; December 13-January 9
Routing is via Dallas-Ft. Worth, Charlotte or Philadelphia 

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$90 San Juan, Puerto Rico
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by September 19

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$90 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Start travel on or after January 17
Finish trips on or before March 2
Valid Monday-Thursday only on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by September 19

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$101 St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
$107 St. Thomas
Travel daily starting on or after November 1
Finish trips on or before February 28
Blackout dates: December 19-24, 26-28 south; December 26-January 5 north
Routing is via Miami with one free stopover permitted
Purchase by September 14

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$698 Athens, Greece
$776 Budapest, Hungary
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Depart by May 12, 2017
Blackout dates: December 7-27 outbound; January 1-13 returns
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year
Purchase by September 28
Valid on Delta/Air France via Paris
Stopovers not permitted

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$755 Nairobi, Kenya
A 3-day advance purchase required
Depart by October 31; November 21-December 2; December 29-January 10
Add $35 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
A 7-night minimum stay required; four months max
Valid on Qatar via Doha, UAE
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by September 25

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to discount 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. 

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for easy to follow steps.


SPECIAL RESORT OFFERS

Get Your Motor Runnin’
EagleRider has introduced new Bike + Hotel’ packages for The American Southwest and Route 66. Riders who want to experience these two iconic riding destinations can choose a late-model motorcycle equipped for touring — such as a Harley-Davidson, Indian, Honda, BMW, Triumph, Yamaha, or Polaris Slingshot.
EagleRider will also combine the ride with a room located within walking distance to local restaurants, saloons.
First, choose a route.
Next, choose a hotel from two price categories, $159 or $229 for each day, that can be mixed and matched to accommodate travel budget and individual taste.
Current bike and room rates from $179 per day in Las Vegas or Los Angeles to $229 in San Francisco — a savings of up to $200 a day.
Then, grab your bike and hit the road. Hotel stays are pre-arranged (present a voucher at check-in) to include the lowest rates at motorcycle-friendly and motorcyclist-approved hotels and motels, preferred parking, late check-ins and check-outs.
EagleRider also offers self-drive and guided tours in more than 100 beautiful locations across the globe.  

Georgia Coast
A relaxing island getaway doesn’t always require lengthy flights, traveling overseas, or even finding your passport! Find your oasis on Georgia’s coastline where you can indulge in all the Golden Isles have to offer this fall, including hundreds of activities, tours, food and spirits festivals and more. Visit historic monuments and museums, hike local nature preserves, or take a ghost tour.
Discover Brunswick and its four barrier islands, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island with special offers from $69 a night on Jekyll Island. Or rent a seaside retreat during the Shrimp & Grits Festival, September 16-18 from $199 per night.  
Upcoming Events & Festivals on the Golden Isles:
St. Simons Island Food & Spirits Festival: October 5-9 
Wings Over the Golden Isles Airshow: October 8, 9  


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


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