Travel e-Scapes: July 21, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Cancun, Mexico

Travel e-Scapes: July 21, 2015

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$98 Cancun
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
No Thanksgiving blackout dates!
Travel any available day of the week
Valid southbound on flights operating between 9:30-11:29 a.m.; north 2:29-4:31 p.m.
Purchase by July 23
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Street Art
Local artists create eye-catching murals on buildings in downtown St. Pete Clearwater. The destination along Florida’s Gulf Coast is drawing comparisons to Wynwood in Miami and is now home to over 30 urban murals around the Central Arts and Warehouse Districts. First commissioned by local non-profit Florida Craftsmen to deter graffiti artists from spray-painting the back walls of businesses, these murals are now part of weekly walking tours where participants will hear the stories behind the creation of over 30 works of art in a four block radius. Many of the tours will be led by the mural artists themselves. Walking Mural Tours take place on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. from Florida Craftsmen at 501 Central Ave. in St. Pete. A large portion of the proceeds – $19 adults, $11 ages 6-18 (free under 5) – goes back to the artists to help them fund more mural projects. Home to a total of 31 museums including the Dali Museum, St. Pete Clearwater is an epicenter of art and culture from around the world and these new murals are helping to further that reputation. 

Travel + Leisure Best Cities
Readers of Travel + Leisure were asked to rate airlines, hotels, cities, cruise ship operators and other travel services between November 3, 2014 and March 2, 2015. The scores given to each entity represent an index of responses that were based on rating specific characteristics.

10 Best Cities in the World:
1. Kyoto, Japan
2. Charleston, South Carolina
3. Siem Reap, Cambodia, site of the Angkor Wat temple complex
4. Florence, Italy
5. Rome
6. Bangkok, Thailand
7. Krakow, Poland
8. Barcelona, Spain
9. Cape Town, South Africa
10. Jerusalem
The Galapagos Islands off Ecuador were deemed the world’s best islands. Vancouver Island, British Columbia, took the top honors for the U.S. and Canada, and Maui ranked tops among the Hawaiian islands.
T + L readers also voted in a list of the world’s top 100 hotels. India’s Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur and Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur were in the top 10. Some U.S. hotels that ranked high: Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana (tied for third place); the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, California and the Sunset Key Cottages, a Luxury Collection Resort, in Key West, Florida (tied for eighth place).
Other interesting rankings:
Singapore Changi Airport was selected as top international airport.
Disney Cruise Line was named top mega-ship line, Crystal Cruises was named top large-ship line, and Seabourn named top small-ship line.
The Golden Door in San Marcos, California was named best destination spa in the world.
Check out all of the World’s Best lists at Travel + Leisure. 


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:
$97 Boston
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before November 11
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop
Choose from up to 12 daily flights

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$320 Belize City, Belize
$394 Liberia or San Jose, Costa Rica
$400 Montego Bay, Jamaica
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
No Thanksgiving blackout dates!
Travel any available day of the week
Purchase by July 23
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop

Round-trip from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv, Israel:
$663 / Depart October 24-December 15 or January 10-March 27, 2015
Add $30 per round-trip for August 26-October 3 or October 9-23 departures
Travel any available day of the week
Stay at least one weekend or up to 90 days
Purchase by July 30
Valid on American(+Fees $), nonstop
Round-trip rates between ATL and Philadelphia average $96-$116
See Clark’s Travel Tips page for details

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$690 Honolulu or Maui, Hawaii
Add $10 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Depart August 17-November 19 or November 25-December 12
Stay at least any three nights
Complete travel on or before December 18
Purchase by July 28
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Los Angeles

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,035 Paris
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Depart by August 22
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Purchase by August 1
Valid on American/British Airways(+Fees $) via Chicago or London

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

See You in September
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau invites travelers to visit this September with an array of attractive promotions, including ‘See You in September’ – a promo that offers visitors who book two nights at select hotels a third night free on September 1 to October 12 stays. Participating hotels include B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale, Courtyard By Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood Beach Marriott, Neptune Hollywood Beach Hotel, Riverside Hotel, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach and W Fort Lauderdale. Rates start from $95 per night.
The ‘Dine Out’ promotion, which features $35 prix fixe menus at a range of Fort Lauderdale restaurants will be available from September 1 to October 12.
Also take advantage of 2-for-1 Summer Savings cards for shopping, museums, dining, spa treatments, water sports activities, snorkeling dive excursions, catamaran cruises and water taxi transportation now through October 12.   

Boozy PDX
The Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon is partnering with over 40 breweries, festivals and beer businesses on the ‘PDX Brews and Booze Experience’ package.
Here’s what’s included:
One 32-ounce Collectors’ Edition Jupiter Hotel Growler
Bucket of canned craft beer from Portland’s Base Camp Brewing
The 2015 Distillery Row Passport includes: complimentary tastings at seven craft distillers, tasting notes, mixologist recipes and a guide to local pubs and eateries
Jupiter Hotel key chain bottle opener
Gift certificate for a box of Voodoo Doughnuts
Copy of the 2015 Portland brew festival calendar
Per night rates from $184.
The Jupiter Hotel is a mid-century, renovated motor inn-turned-boutique hotel in the heart of Portland and minutes from Downtown Portland. There’s always something brewing in Portland. Check out events for the week, month and season, and by topic at Travel Portland


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