Travel e-Scapes: December 29, 2015



Travel e-Scapes: December 29, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,014 Paris
Depart June 15-August 20
Travel any available day of the week
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year
Valid on Delta, nonstop
American and United match
Purchase by January 6
Note: Round-trip rates start from $1,520 outside of this sale


5 Things You Didn’t Know About New Year’s Eve has compiled a list of the five most interesting facts about the New Year’s holiday to guide and educate travelers during the year-end festivities: 
1. The top three places in the U.S. to visit and celebrate New Year’s Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World, and New York City. Airbnb has more than one million reservations on New Year’s Eve, 2015, including approximately 47,000 reservations in New York City alone.
2. The biggest international celebration is in Sydney, Australia. This celebration includes more than 80,000 fireworks set off over Sydney Harbour Bridge, with more than 1 million people in attendance to watch the show!
3. More than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed during the holiday season, and it’s the biggest day for champagne consumption.
4. Only 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and 25% of those give up their resolutions by the second week in January. The top New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more, quitting smoking, sticking to a budget, saving money, getting more organized, finding a better job, and being a better person.
5.  Not all celebrations end happily. More vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Take a Hike on New Year’s Day!
America’s State Parks encourage people to get off the couch and get outdoors on the first day of 2016.
On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Last year nearly 28,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 66,000 miles throughout the country!
First Day Hikes are led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers. The distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family. People are invited to savor the beauty of the state park’s natural resources with the comfort of an experienced guide so they may be inspired to take advantage of these local treasures throughout the year.
Visit America’s State Parks for details on First Day Hikes near you.

Young Solo Travelers
United Airlines has quietly expanded the age range of children who have to use a $150 service when flying without an accompanying adult, raising it from an upper limit of age 12 to age 15. The $150 ‘unaccompanied minor service’ fee applies to children ages 5 to 15 when traveling alone. The service includes airline employees ushering children to their seats and making sure they’re picked up by a designated adult upon landing. Delta and American Airlines charge the same $150 for unaccompanied minors (ages 5-15). Southwest charges $50 for unaccompanied minors ages 5 to 11.


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:
$40 Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas-Ft. Worth or Philadelphia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before April 6
Blackout dates: March 13, 20, 28
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$48 New York-LaGuardia
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday
Complete travel on or before January 27
Valid on American, nonstop

TODAY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$59 Denver
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Start travel on or after January 4
Complete travel on or before January 30
Add $20 each way for January 31-March 9 travel
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase today, December 29

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$114 Sarasota
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before November 24 (Thanksgiving Day, 2016)
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop


HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$328 Steamboat Springs-Hayden, Colorado
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel west Sunday-Wednesday; return Tuesday-Friday
No minimum stay required; 30 days max
Complete travel on or before March 2
Valid on Delta, nonstop
American and United match with connecting service

HURRY!  Round-trip from Newark:
$785 Newark to Frankfurt, Germany
Depart May 16-August 23
Add $25 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year
Valid on United, nonstop
Note: Purchase round-trip travel to/from NYC-LaGuardia (from $96) or Newark (from $238) separately during sale periods.  

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,265 Tel Aviv, Israel
Travel any available day of the week
Depart May 17-August 22
A 7-night minimum stay required; three months max
Valid on United via Newark
Purchase by January 31

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. 


Make it Maui!
Honua Kai Resort & Spa, a Kaanapali beachfront resort, offers spacious, studio, one-, two-, & three-bedroom suites. Open floor plans blend indoor and outdoor spaces with sliding glass panels that can be opened to welcome gentle breezes and ocean views. All accommodations feature a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. On site are two restaurants, a full service concierge desk, a beach activities desk and water toys and snorkel gear rentals.
The ‘Say No to Snow’ package includes: 
A 5-night stay in a one- or two-bedroom suite
A 5-day rental car
A sunset cocktail cruise
Welcome amenity of Maui coffee and mug
Resort taxes
Rates start at $1,707, a savings of $350.  Valid on stays through April 1 (blackout dates may apply).  Book by January 15.
The Honua Kai Resort is spread out over 38 tropical beachfront acres with a network of pools, five hot tubs, a meandering lazy river, a waterslide, waterfalls, a shallow pool with a sandy beach and a children’s area with fountains for play.

Road Trips from Atlanta
Head for the hills this winter with a 45% savings at an all-inclusive dude ranch in the Smoky Mountains.
The French Broad River Dude Ranch in Tennessee invites you to saddle up for an adventure-packed dude ranch escape.  The ranch is a four hour drive from Atlanta. 
A rate of $498 is for a 2-night stay for two adults on January 2-April 30 arrivals (not available January 21-26). Rates of $798 apply for two persons staying three nights. Discount rates are offered for ages 5-19.
While at the ranch, enjoy horseback rides, three home-cooked meals a day and evening activities such as square dancing, live music, bingo and bonfires.
Guest rooms feature a rustic, all-wood design with Western themes.
This offer is based on a pre-purchased voucher system. Get the details and make purchases at Travelzoo.  
Discover other lodging offers in the Southeast at Travelzoo — including Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Gatlinburg, the Blue Ridge Mountains and more. 

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

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