Travel e-Scapes: July 16, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: San Diego

Travel e-Scapes: July 16, 2015

GO NOW!  HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$160 San Diego
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this weekend!
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before June 11, 2016
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Dallas-Ft. Worth
Stopovers not permitted


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Got Grub?
Everybody has to eat, but a lot of the time while traveling it becomes a hassle. You plan to grab something at the airport, but there’s only time to make it to your gate on time.  AirGrub is the newest way to make the dreaded time at the airport more efficient and maybe even enjoyable. Enter your flight info to find out what meals are available in your departure terminal, place your order and pay through the app in four easy steps:
1. Download the app
2. Enter flight info or search by airport
3. Order meal based on options available in terminal

4. On the way to the departure gate, skip the line and pick up your fresh made meal
Available only in San Francisco, but coming next to New York, Boston and other airports 

On Broadway…
Go behind the scenes on Broadway with Walks of New York. The new 2.5-hour tour, called ‘Disney on Broadway: Behind the Magic,’ culminates in a visit to the New Amsterdam Theater, home to ‘Aladdin.’ A behind-the-scenes look at its prop and costume studio, which houses items from a variety of Disney shows, offers tourgoers the chance to don head pieces from ‘The Lion King’ and handle Mary Poppins’s umbrella. Guided by former Broadway professionals, travelers will also explore the history of theater in New York, walk the Shubert Alley and peek into the Broadway hot spot Sardi’s. Tours take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday; $72 adults, $65 ages 3-14. 


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:
$337 San Juan, Puerto Rico
$340 Cancun
$415 George Town, Bahamas
$426 Aruba
$515 St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
$529 Grand Cayman Island
$551 Turks & Caicos
$556 Barbados
$584 St. Maarten*
$594 Cozumel
$599 Bermuda
$600 Bogota, Columbia
$660 San Jose, Costa Rica
$734 Ixtapa
$767 Belize City
$770 Bonaire*
$816 Lima, Peru
$818 Mazatlan, Mexico
$829 Quito, Ecuador
$834 Liberia, Costa Rica
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
* = Saturday only service
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before December 16
No Thanksgiving blackout dates!
Purchase by July 23
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$857 Santiago, Chile
A 10-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Stay at least any five nights or up to 90 days
Complete travel on or before October 31
Purchase by July 20
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Miami
One free stopover permitted

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

Family Travel & Reunions
It’s National Family Reunion Month and there’s no better time to plan that long-awaited family getaway. Here are a few of the top resorts, retreats, and destinations that offer something for every generation.
New York City: Located in the Murray Hill neighborhood, just a short walk to Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, major shopping areas, bars and restaurants, Pod 39 is the perfect home base for families. Every night feels like a sleepover party in Pod39’s bunk bed pods where each bed comes with its own reading lamp and personal 19′ LCD TV so kids don’t have to fight over what shows they want to watch. Kids have a wide selection of board games and ping pong tables in the hotel’s Play Room. Rates from $119 a night.  
St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida: Recently named the #1 beach town by USA Today – is a 35-mile stretch of white-sand beaches along the Gulf Coast with 361 days of sunshine. The area is home to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where kids can meet Winter and Hope, the stars of the 3D major motion pictures ‘Dolphin Tale’ and ‘Dolphin Tale 2.’ A total of 31 museums are located within the boundaries of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa Bay. The Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort, features ample beach space, two pools, a variety of dining options and bars, activities like stand-up paddleboarding and diving – and the Li’L Guys Activity Hut offers crafts and themed activities. Neighboring Island Grand, including Captain RedBeard’s pirate show, KONK Club drop-off camps, crafts, paddleboats, tennis, mini-golf and more. The hotel offers 24-hour babysitting services. Per night rates from $179.  
Spring Creek RanchJackson Hole, Wyoming: Located on a butte just outside the Western town of Jackson and overlooking beautiful Jackson Hole Valley, the 1,000-acre Spring Creek Ranch is a secluded mountain retreat with spectacular views of the Teton Mountains. Rates start at $310 a night. The ranch offers an authentic chuckwagon dinner that transforms guests into pioneers crossing the prairie and coming into the great Rocky Mountains. The wagon ride will bring families to the banks of a clear mountain spring. Join on-staff naturalist on a wildlife safaris in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Geocaching program, which uses GPS technology to locate hidden ‘caches’ that contain fun prizes and unique souvenirs. Hit the Snake River, one of the best and most consistent white water adventures in North America, for the thrill of whitewater rafting. The ranch also offers talks on the background and mythology behind many constellations in the evening sky. Enjoy complimentary tennis or take in the mountain views while playing at one of two golf clubs in Jackson Hole, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Arnold Palmer.  
Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa Guanica, Puerto Rico: Located on the southwestern coast of the island, the recently renovated property offers families a half-mile of secluded beach on the Caribbean Sea and an exciting water sports program, which includes SNUBA, a hybrid between snorkeling and scuba diving. SNUBA is safe and easy for kids of all ages and lets them experience the thrill and adventure of deep-sea scuba diving. The resort features an on-property spa specializing in massages and body treatments. Rates from $195 a night.  
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach ResortSan Juan, Puerto Rico: Enjoy affordable rates, appetizing restaurants and friendly and first-class service with a local flair on the biggest and most beautiful beach in the San Juan metro area. The hotel is finalizing renovations to its rooms, restaurants, lobby, terrace, and pool areas. Rates start at $284 a night. On site is a kid’s pool, special toddler pool, beachfront hammocks, and an array of water sport activities, including surfing and paddle boarding lessons, and jet skiing. Isla Verde recently unveiled an Oceanfront Beach Bar & Lounge, new spot for lounging, libations, and tapas. Spend an evening rolling the dice at the resort’s high-energy Casino Del Sol. Guests receive complimentary Salsa dance lessons each Thursday at the Picante Lobby Lounge. 


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


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