Travel e-Scapes: November 20, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

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Round-trip from Atlanta: 
$329 Turks & Caicos Islands
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before October 16, 2016
Blackout dates: December 19-January 6
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase on or before December 31 (we suggest asap!)


Special Notice: Stay tuned for the Tuesday, November 24 Travel e-Scapes Black Friday & Cyber Monday edition! You won’t read about paltry 10% discount offers, but only the best value deals that will save you big bucks on both air travel and lodging!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

London Travel Hacks
1. If you can’t afford a trip to the top of The Shard (£24.95 or $35.55) or a ride on the London Eye (£19.35 or $27.57), head up to the top of the Walkie Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street in the city’s financial district for views over the city from the Sky Garden.  The famous enlarged glass dome is dedicated to three storys of exquisitely landscaped public gardens, including observation decks and an open air terrace.  It’s completely free, but you need to reserve a timed entry.  
2. Rather than pay for Tube rides (£2.90-£6.40 per ride, or $4.15-$9.12) walk and see more of the city! A neat new London Tube map shows you how long it takes to walk between stations — just in case you want to get somewhere fast. However, the map does show how efficient the Tube can be when compared to hoofing it. A spokesperson for the London Tube: ‘What we have seen is that people are desperate for this sort of thing, so we have created it. We focused on central London, zones 1 and 2, and based the times of our journey planner. We’re investing heavily in improving walking and cycling routes across London, with all the health benefits they bring. This is going to be great for people to see how quick and easy it is to so many stations.’

Here’s the full PDF version of the Transport for London walking map. 

Travel Insurance
After a recent series of terrorist attacks in Paris, travelers with plans to visit Paris may be covered by their travel insurance to cancel their upcoming trip.
Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance website, answers the four top questions asked by travelers.

Can I buy a policy now to cover my trip to Paris?
It is now too late to buy a travel insurance policy with terrorism coverage for this event. Any travelers purchasing travel insurance on or after November 13 would not be covered to cancel their trip under the terrorism benefit.

Do the Paris attacks meet the travel insurance definition of terrorism?
Terrorism is a covered reason to cancel a trip under many travel insurance policies. The event must meet the policy’s definition of terrorism, which, for many policies, is that the event must be deemed terrorism by the U.S. government.

‘The Paris attacks have been named an act of terrorism by the State Department, so insured travelers could be covered by travel insurance policies with this definition,’ said Squaremouth CEO Chris Harvey. ‘However, their trip dates and itinerary may need to meet other requirements to be eligible for coverage.’

Will my travel insurance cover me to cancel my trip to Paris?
Travelers with approaching trips to Paris may be covered by their travel insurance to cancel, but those with travel plans in the next few months, or even to other regions of France, may not be. Travel insurance policies may include other criteria that must be met for a traveler to be covered under the terrorism benefit to cancel their trip.

Many policies require the traveler’s departure date to be within a specified time period of the attacks, often 7-30 days. Under some travel insurance policies, the terrorist attack must have occurred in a city, or within 50-100 miles of a city, on their itinerary. Travelers would need to be able to show hotel, transport or tour bookings in or near Paris.

What if I am too scared to travel?
Those who have not yet purchased travel insurance coverage, or who do not meet the other criteria to be eligible for terrorism coverage, would need to purchase the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade to be able to cancel their travel plans out of fear of terrorism.

Cancel For Any Reason is only available as an upgrade within 14-30 days of their initial deposit date, requires the traveler insure their entire trip cost, will only reimburse up to 75% of the traveler’s trip costs, and requires the traveler cancel their trip at least 48 hours before their departure date.

To keep travelers up-to-date with travel insurance coverage, Squaremouth offers a Travel Insurance Information Center. This online resource is updated with official provider position statements, answers to frequently asked questions, and current government travel alerts and notices


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!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$442 Cabo San Lucas-Los Cabos, Mexico
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
No minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before April 30
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by December 1

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$637 to Rio de Janeiro – or – Sao Paulo, Brazil
No advance purchase required
Depart by December 31 – or – January 1-July 9, 2016
Add $25 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
No minimum stay required; three months max
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto
Two free stopovers permitted
Purchase by December 2

Bundled Independent Air & Land Europe Package from Atlanta:
From $1,182* per person, based on double occupancy
9-night Prague – Vienna – Budapest package
Three-night hotel stay in each city – plus train travel between cities
Fly into Prague and out of Budapest
Daily breakfast included (when offered at hotel)
All hotel taxes included
*Based on January-March travel
Book this Tripmasters package by December 1
Start the booking process at Travelzoo


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

Hilton Head Resort
Nightly rates of just $109 are offered at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa on stays — including weekends — through February (not available January 10-12). The hotel will even waive the $20 resort fee (a $2 tourism fee still applies). Guests will still enjoy amenities such as shuttle services to the golf courses, use of the tennis courts and local, access to WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, self-parking and WiFi.
This newly renovated beachfront resort is adjacent to the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, home to three 18-hole golf courses and several tennis courts.
Hilton Head is home to 100 local non-chain restaurants.
Book by November 30. Start the reservation process at Travelzoo

NYC Shopping Package
This year, spend the holidays in the heart of Midtown, one block from Macy’s Herald Square and within walking distance to major department stores and boutique stores. The Gregory is a new luxury Herald Square Hotel – restored and reborn in 2015. Popular attractions like Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall are within walking distance, and The Gregory also offers ideal access to major subway and train stations, including Penn Station.
The ‘Shop & Stay’ package includes:
Complimentary $50 gift card towards Macy’s Herald Square (located on the corner from the hotel)
Complimentary cocktail for two by the fireplace at The Liquor Cabinet
Complimentary black car pickup and drop off service*
Special holiday gift bag upon check-in
A two-night minimum stay required
Valid on stays through January 31. Rates from $209 per night.
*Black car service for two must be booked at least one day in advance and includes pickup/drop off within the borough of Manhattan below 125th Street. 


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


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