Travel e-Scapes: August 25, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: New England

Travel e-Scapes: August 25, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$205 Burlington, Vermont or Portland, Maine
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before July 21, 2016
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Newark


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

European Bus Travel
A new French law will make bus travel cheaper and more frequent. It’s easy to travel from city-to-city by rail, but the Macron Law, named for the French economy minister who proposed it, will allow bus companies to compete with the most popular train routes for the very first time along popular routes from Paris to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Barcelona.
GoEuro.com, a price comparison website, offers these examples on a Paris-to-Lyon search:
Flight on Air France: from $162
SNCF Rail network: from $73 Second Class (2 hour trip duration)
Bus route (two companies): from $6 one-way (6.5 hour trip duration)
Another example on a London-to-Paris route:

Megabus: $30-$62 with leather reclining seats and free WiFi (8 hour trip duration)
GoEuro.com is best used for travel within and from England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Compare prices and travel times between cities by rail, air or bus.

Airbnb for RVs
Owners of an underused recreational vehicle allow the vehicle owners to list their Recreational Vehicle (RV) for potential renters on Outdoorsy.co (no m). Currently there are 2,300 RVs available for rent.  The company says it adds 50-75 new entries per day.
Outdoorsy.com is unique in that it allows renters and owners to purchase up to $1 million of liability insurance coverage.
The average six-night rental at Outdoorsy costs $1,960. Fully loaded RVs with extras like linens, bikes and barbecues average $2,400 for the same period.
Another RV sharing website is RVshare.com. Every rental booked online comes with 24-hour travel concierge, roadside assistance, and a secure payment system backed by a $10,000 guarantee.


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:
$82 Denver
$112 Tucson, Ontario or Orange County-Santa Ana
$120 Salt Lake City
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Complete travel on or before December 16
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Dallas-Ft. Worth

HURRY!   Round-trip from Atlanta:
$202 Colorado Springs
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before December 16
United(+Fees $) blackout dates: November 28-30
No blackout dates on American(+Fees $)

HURRY!   Round-trip from Atlanta:
$213 New Haven, Connecticut
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before July 21, 2016
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Philadelphia

HURRY!   Round-trip from Atlanta:
$234 Grand Rapids
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before December 16
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Philadelphia

HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$340 Grand Junction, Colorado
Start travel on or after January 4, 2016
Complete travel on or before February 11, 2016
Depart Monday-Wednesday, Sunday
Return Tueday-Friday
Stay up to 30 days
Valid on Delta(+Fees $) via Salt Lake City

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

Posh Ponte Vedra
There’s still time to cash in on summer rates at Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts, with up to a 20 percent savings and free breakfast for kids this month and in September (not valid September 4-7). Set on 15 miles of beach, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and The Lodge & Club offer spacious renovated guest rooms and suites. Many have ocean views from private terraces. Amenities include two 18-hole golf courses; 15 Har-Tru hydro tennis courts; four heated swimming pools, including a family pool with waterslide and an adults-only pool; an oceanfront fitness center with steam, sauna and Jacuzzi and over 100 fitness classes every week; a 30,000-square-foot spa with more than 100 services; beach rentals for kayaks, paddleboards and more; a children’s playground and nursery; boutiques and shops; a Starbucks and riding stables are nearby. There are four restaurants and three lounge options on site. Buffet breakfast for children under 12 at the Inn Dining Room is also included in the summer savings promotion. Nightly rates start at $219 for stays at the the AAA Five-Diamond Inn & Club, located on 300 beachfront acres south of Jacksonville. Rates at its nearby sister property, The Lodge & Club, start from $279. Rates also include WiFi resort-wide. Guests enjoy reciprocal access to the amenities of both properties. 

California Desert Deals
The romantic and historic Casa Cody Inn of Palm Springs was founded in 1920 by Harriet Cody, cousin to the legendary Buffalo Bill. On Sunday-Thursday arrivals through September, rates start from $79 and include continental breakfast, WiFi and parking. The inn is set against the San Jacinto mountains in the heart of Palm Springs Village and features adobe hacienda architecture with 29 ground level rooms. Most offer a kitchen, private patios and fireplaces. On site are two pools and a whirlpool spa. 
In nearby Indian Wells, the Miramonte Resort & Spa offers a third night free on Monday-Thursday stays through September 10. Rates start from $109 per night. Included is a $25 spa credit per stay. Not included is a $28 daily resort fee (charged for first two nights). This four-diamond Palm Springs spa boutique resort sits at the base of the scenic Santa Rosa Mountains and features an award-winning spa with 13 treatment rooms and a co-ed courtyard with private salt water pool. The 11-acre Mediterranean-inspired village offers two on-site dining locations, three pools (one adult only), a 24-hour fitness center and access to golf and tennis.


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


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