Travel e-Scapes: September 15, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: European Vacations

Travel e-Scapes: September 15, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta, including a five-night hotel stay:
$779 Dublin (October 9-December 20)
$865 Barcelona (February 1-28, 2016)
$925 Rome (February 1-28, 2016)
$955 Amsterdam (February 1-28, 2016)
$999 London (December 24-February 11, 2016)
$1,065 Paris (October 6-24)
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy or when two travel and stay together
Valid on travel seasons shown
Prices include all taxes and fees
Valid on British Airways, nonstop to London with connecting service onward
London stopovers non permitted unless final destination

Purchase by September 17 at British Airways Vacations
Special Note: AARP members may be eligible for an additional discount


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Create a Vacation Film
Vimeo has relaunched and redesigned their video editing app – Cameo by Vimeo. Enhance your summer vacay clips into gorgeous HD videos – all on the phone in your pocket. Powerful editing software lets you trim clips, adjust audio, and rapidly render files.  It’s seriously easy.
Apply one of 8 different themes and add a stylized font for the title.
Along with the easy-to-use editing toggles, Cameo lets you take audio out of clips by simply clicking on the speaker button below the clips. And, you can add the audio back to the clips by clicking the same button as well as boost the audio so you can hear it above any background music, if you choose to use music in your video.
Browse the music library to add to the video with choices from cinematic, to pop, to R&B.
Cameo is only available on iOS, but an Android version will roll out soon. 

Real Rock Festival
With artifacts and petroglyphs dating more than 10,000 years old, Ridgecrest, California, just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, is rapidly becoming known as California’s newest cultural mecca.
The 2nd Annual Petroglyph Festival celebrates the area’s historic petroglyph rock art on November 7 and 8. Bus tours to the protected 10,000 year-old rock art will be open to the public through the Maturango Museum.
The area’s most popular areas for visiting petroglyphs, Big and Little Petroglyph Canyons, are situated on property of the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station. The two canyons are designated U.S. National Historic Landmarks. In 2001, they were incorporated into a larger National Historic Landmark District, called the Coso Rock Art District. Because the area is protected being on federal land, it has the greatest concentration of petroglyphs in the Western Hemisphere and has largely been left undisturbed for thousands of years.
Over 15,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to learn about the rich history of the area while enjoying an Inter-Tribal Powwow and Cherokee Hog Fry, among many of the over 15 major events over the weekend. A wine walk is set to return with more than triple the number of wineries from 2014, in addition to a new beer garden. The weekend events will be filmed for a PBS special with plans to air in spring 2016. 


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!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$157 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
$189 Cancun
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid on departures through December 16 – or – January 11 through March 3
Cancun: Valid Sunday-Wednesday south; Tuesday-Friday north
DR: Valid Monday-Thursday only
Southbound blackout dates: November 20-22; February 11-13
Northbound blackout dates: November 27-30; February 14-15
Purchase by September 24
Valid on Delta or Southwest, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$700 Hong Kong
$857 Male, Maldives
$882 Shanghai
$890 Manila
$896 Beijing
Depart May 16-August 20, 2016
Travel any available day of the week
Stay one weekend or up to six months
Valid on Turkish Airlines, nonstop to Istanbul with connecting service onward
Two free stopovers permitted in Istanbul
Compare to rates of $1,500 on other carriers
Purchase by October 21 at Turkish Airlines

Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your ticket!
+Fees $$$ = Carry-on Bags: $10-$75; Checked Bags: $15-$100; Seats: $3-$199; additional fees vary by carrier
+Fees $ = Checked Bags: $24-$125; Select/Preferred Seats: $9-$99


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

Sound of Silence in Boston
Near bustling Harvard Square, monks provide a silent escape in which to unplug and relax. The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an order of Episcopal brothers, has a guesthouse at its monastery. Upstairs guest rooms – once the living quarters for the brothers – are spartan. Each door is labeled with the name of a saint or apostle, and opens into a narrow room with the bare essentials: a single bed, a desk and little else. Private bathrooms are down the hall.
Behind the stone walls, idle chatter is taboo. Cell phone calls are to be taken outside, or not at all. Signs posted throughout the house ask guests to respect the quiet.
The monastery has large and elegant common rooms and a library. In season guests can enjoy the patio garden. Guests are not required to attend worship services in the chapel, but of course can join the brothers. Before bedtime, guests can observe the brothers as they meet to chant their evening prayers.
Visits can last an hour or for days. A bill is slipped under the door. The suggested fee is $100 for an overnight stay; $50 for students — including meals and the occasional ‘talking meals’ with the brothers.  Reservations required for overnight stays.
Sitting along a crook of the Charles River, the monastery is a physical marvel. The chapel, designed by renowned New England architect Ralph Adams Cram, is an echo of early Christian basilicas, with interior pillars and arches, marble floors and a stone canopy stooping over the altar. Notable guests drawn to the monastery include poet T.S. Eliot, who was a regular at worship services while he taught at Harvard in 1931. 

Time for the Tropics
U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism partners with the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in the 2015 VI Nice promotion with special savings, free nights and island gift certificates. The sooner the travel, the more the savings. The promotion is available for bookings made by October 3
Stay 5 or more through October 31 and receive:
5th & 6th night free in an Oceanview Room ($594 savings)
15% savings on the room rate for each paying night starting at $252 (regularly $297)
$500 Certificate to use toward dining, shopping and activities
Stay 5 nights or more from November 1 through December 19 and receive:
5th night free in an Oceanview Room ($320 savings)
15% savings on the room rate for each paying night starting at $272 (regularly $320)
$350 Certificate to use toward dining, shopping and activities
The VI Nice Certificates can be redeemed at the resort’s gift shop, aboard Heavenly Days for snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles, and Bolongo Bay’s two seaside restaurants including Lobster Grille and Iggies Beach Bar & Grill, one of the best beach bars in the Caribbean. The certificates can also be enjoyed at participating restaurants, boutiques and attractions across the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
Family owned since 1974, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas is a flip-flop casual, fun resort where everyone knows your name. With 64 true beachfront rooms and 10 value rooms for the more budget minded traveler, Bolongo is recognized by Frommers as one of the ‘World’s 10 Best Beachfront Hotels.’ Non-motorized water sports are complimentary to include Hobie Cats, stand up paddle boards, windsurfers, kayaks and snorkel gear. And, catamaran sails are complimentary.
On site are two oceanfront restaurants and nightly entertainment at Iggies, one of the Caribbean’s best beach bars. And, guests who visit over a Thursday can join in the resort’s famous weekly Snorkel Booze Hunt where it’s “finders, keepers” in diving for free bottles of Caribbean rum. Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, American citizens do not need a passport to visit. For reservations, call Bolongo Bay Beach Resort at 1-800-524-4746. 


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


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