Travel e-Scapes: June 16, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Seattle, Washington

Travel e-Scapes: June 16, 2015

Even lower than last week — and valid through mid-2016!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$122 Seattle
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before May 12, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Chicago or Denver
Stopovers not permitted


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Italian Maze
It took eight years to construct and now the world’s largest maze or labyrinth is open in Italy. The 17-acre Labirinto della Masone is set on the estate of art publisher Franco Maria Ricci in the town of Fontanellato near Parma in the region of Emilia-Romagna. The labyrinth covers eight hectares and is modelled out of 200,000 bamboo plants measuring up to 15 feet in height to nearly two miles of inside paths. This labyrinth of bamboo hedges is five times the size of the Pineapple Garden Maze, the largest permanent hedge maze in Guinness Book of Records. The site is also a museum containing 500 paintings, sculptures and art and design objects dating from the 16th to the 20th century. Open Wednesday-Monday (10:30A-7P). One-day individual tickets of €18 include admission to the maze and museum. 

ID Theft Tips
Summer is a prime time for thieves to take advantage of vacationers, since they often leave personal information in unexpected locations. Stay safe and protect your identity with tips from TransUnion:

Public Wi-Fi can mean public snooping. Don’t check your bank account in public places where the Wi-Fi is not secure.  
Use a privacy screen on your laptop while traveling on a plane or bus.
Keep copies of credit cards or passports in a safe place (personal safe or locked suitcase) in case your info is comprised.
Schedule bill payments in advance. Avoid another opportunity for thieves to steal your info and unpaid bills could hurt your credit.
Freeze your funds if your info is stolen. You can contact a credit bureau or use TransUnion’s mobile app feature, Credit Freeze, which lets you lock and unlock your credit.
Don’t share vacation plans on social media. Thieves can see the information too.
Shred travel documents after they’re used. Or, keep this information on your phone instead. 
Watch your wallet. Send a fraud alert and notify card issuers if your wallet is stolen.
Stop your mail while on vacation. Credit card offers can easily be stolen from your mailbox.


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!

WOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$43 Philadelphia
$49 Chicago-O’Hare
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Start travel on or after August 22
Complete travel on or before October 20
Purchase by June 17
Valid on American(+Fees $), nonstop
Choose from 7 daily flights to ORD; six to PHL

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$51 Miami
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before May 11, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on American(+Fees $), nonstop
Choose from 7 daily flights

TODAY!  Round-trip from Atlanta to Frankfurt or Paris:
$843 Depart October 29-December 13 or December 25-March 25, 2016
$859 Depart September 10-October 28
$985 Depart by September 9
Add $30 per direction for Friday, Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Purchase today, June 16
Valid on United/Lufthansa(+Fees $) via Newark or Washington DC-Dulles
Compare to Delta’s peak rate of $1,516

TODAY!  Round-trip from Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa:
$929 Depart October 26-December 6 or January 10-March 31, 2016
$1,027 Depart August 11-October 25
Travel any available day
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to one year
Valid on British Airways(+Fees $) via London
Two free stopovers permitted (4 or more hours)
Purchase today, June 16

TODAY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,237 Cape Town, South Africa
Travel any available day
Depart September 13-December 6 or January 10-March 31, 2016
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to one year
Valid on American(+Fees $) via London
One free stopover permitted (4 or more hours)
Purchase today, June 16

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 & VACATION OFFERS

Stay Now, Save Later
Stay with Radisson this summer and get more… Now through July 25 at participating hotels, when you book a 2-night stay with the ‘Get More’ offer, guests will receive an e-Certificate for 50% off a future stay. Eligible stays must be completed by August 31 at the Best Available Rate for each night stay. The 50% off savings may be applied to stays at a participating hotel between September 1 and January 31, 2016 (excluding December 31). e-Certs are delivered via email approximately 10 business days after check-out. 

Escorted Ireland
With a driver at the wheel, savor the lush green countryside, charming towns and historic castles of this seven-night escorted tour of Ireland for $1,199 per person (a savings of $990 per person!), including airfare (from/to New York City) and 4-star hotels. Nights in energetic Dublin kick off and conclude this Irish tour, which also covers the lush countryside. Travelers will explore Kilkenny and its 12th-century castle; Killarney, set near the picturesque Ring of Kerry and 15th-century Blarney Castle; and Galway, a lively city near the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
This package from Gate 1 Travel includes:
Round-trip airfare to Dublin from NYC (departures from all major U.S. cities are on sale)
All transportation in Ireland
Three nights in Dublin, one in Kilkenny, two in in Killarney and one in Galway
Daily breakfast and three dinners
An expert tour manager and plenty of sightseeing
Taxes and mandatory fees
Valid on November 17 or 24 departures. Book through June 19 (we suggest ASAP). Start the booking process at Travelzoo.
For an independent Ireland vacation, check out Gate 1’s several fly/drive packages. 


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


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