Travel e-Scapes: May 28, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Travel e-Scapes: May 28, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$560 Rio de Janeiro
No advance purchase required!
Add $10 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Depart by December 17
Stay at least any three days or up to 90 days (final travel is December 31)
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase today, May 28 (we suggest ASAP!)


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Park Admission Hike
Busch Gardens and SeaWorld ticket prices went up $2 to $97 – the second ticket price increase in a year for the theme parks, which hiked prices $3 last May. General admission for ages 3-9 is $92. A online savings for weekday visits to Busch Gardens remains at $75, but it’s now $2 more at $87 to get a second day free. A $99 two-park, two-meal deal (Ride, Slide & Dine Ticket) through June 14 (to be redeemed by October 11) for admission to Adventure Island and Busch Gardens is unchanged.  

SeaWorld has a price increase but also a break. It’s now $97, $92 for ages 3-9, but its weekday ticket price dropped $5 to $70. 

Park Fee Increase
The cost to visit two of Hawaii’s national parks will rise on June 1. The per-vehicle fee into Haleakala National Park on Maui will increase from $10 to $15. The entrance fee will climb to $20 in 2016 and $25 in 2017. Motorcyclists will pay $10 starting June 1, $15 in 2016 and $20 in 2017. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be charged $8, with increases to $10 next year and $12 in 2016. Until now, camping at various sites within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been free. But starting June 1, a fee of $10 per site, per night will be collected. The added revenue will help fund improvements in both parks, including a soon-to-open cultural museum at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


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!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$29 Cincinnati or Indianapolis
$39 New Orleans, Orlando or Philadelphia
$49 Cleveland
$69 Austin or Washington DC-Dulles
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Valid on June 2-August 12 travel
Valid on Frontier(+Fees $$$), nonstop
Purchase by May 29

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$118 Los Angeles
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Valid on American(+Fees $), nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,099 Brussels, Belgium
$1,134 Zurich
$1,169 Frankfurt
$1,194 Munich
Add $30 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Depart through September 9
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to three months
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop
Purchase by June 9

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 OFFERS

New South Florida Digs
The Beachwalk Resort is situated precisely at the crossroads of Hallandale Beach Boulevard and the Intercostal Waterway, equidistant from Miami Beach to the south, and Ft. Lauderdale to the north. Just one block to the beach, the Beachwalk is located at the epicenter of the most iconic recreational, shopping, dining, and entertainment paradise on earth — an ideal setting for modern families and couples. The resort features a three-story beach club with pool, lockers, showers, restrooms, an outdoor bar and restaurant with chaise service and beach facilities, all accessible by a complimentary, electric trolley. Guest amenities include an infinity edged pool, contemporary fitness center, complimentary bicycles for city touring, grocery shopping services and a complimentary shuttle service to the Hollywood Broadwalk, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino and Aventura Mall. The resort is centrally located to numerous white-sand beaches, Sawgrass Outlet Mall and Ft. Lauderdale’s famous nightlife. On stays through July 31, Grand Opening Special rates are from $129 for Superior Rooms; $169 One-Bedroom Suites and from $249 for Two-Bedroom Suites. 

Summer in Cancun
A summertime ‘Grand Family Getaway’ package is offered by Grand Residences Riviera Cancun. An affiliate to the Leading Hotels of the World collection and the newly awarded recipient of a Trip Advisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence, Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is situated in a private enclave between scenic Riviera Maya and bustling Cancun (11 miles away). This exclusive five-star beachfront hideaway is ideally located between the world’s second largest barrier reef and a nature preserve. The resort features sprawling suites designed as private residences, gourmet dining, a world-class spa and salon and personalized beach and pool service.
​The package includes:
Luxury accommodations for two to five people
A la carte breakfast for two at El Faro Grill
Complimentary WiFi
Complimentary European Tea Time experience
Deluxe full-sized Bvlgari amenities
Children under 12 stay free when sharing their parents’ suite (a maximum of one child in a Junior Suite and a maximum of two children in a Master Suite)
The package is valid for stays of four nights or more through December 19. Nightly rates start from $319 and includes a daily $50 resort credit.
Summer marks the return of sea turtle season in the Cancun and Riviera Maya areas. This year, the sea turtle nannies, as they are known at the resort, will return to conduct nightly patrols to search for turtles who have ventured to the beaches to lay their eggs. Once the nests have been located and protected, the nannies stand guard until the eggs hatch and the babies are ready to be released. Guests can participate and attend the turtle releases, and after receiving instructions on how to hold and release the turtles, each person is given a turtle to set free. During the sea turtle season, each guest also receives a complimentary wooden sea turtle as a memento of the experience.
The bucket list-worthy experience of swimming with whale sharks is made possible for guests through the resort’s in-house travel agency, Thomas More Travel. Guests can partake in what is known as the largest whale shark gathering in the world, as hundreds of these gentle giants – the largest fish in the sea – migrate to the northern waters of the Mexican Caribbean to feed on plankton.  Now through mid-September, trips are available to the whale shark feeding grounds off the nearby island of Holbox. In addition to swimming, snorkeling or diving experience with whale sharks, passengers may also spot dolphins, sea turtles and huge manta rays during their adventure.  


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


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