Travel Photo Gallery – July 28, 2010


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Here are some of the most compelling travel photos and deals submitted by our listeners this week. See Clark’s favorite every week in the Thursday Travel E-Scapes newsletter. (Subscribe.)

Submitted by: Amy W.
Destination: Atenas, Costa Rica
About this photo:
While visiting a rural school in Costa Rica, this farmer passed by on the road taking his oxen to work another field.
Best deal found:

Submitted by: Ron Z.
Destination: Arches Nation Park , Utah
About this photo: Arches has many hiking trails that led to many Arches. Here is Broken Arch in the early morning.
Best deal found: Van Rental from Hotwire for one week $256

Submitted by: Patrick F.
Destination: NYC
About this photo: Sunset Lower East Side taken from the Circle Line cruise.
Best deal found: CitiPass tickets to major attractions at substantial discount – unlike most purchasers, we did them ALL.

Submitted by: Joe O.
Destination: Fly fishing New Mexico, Wyoming and Yellowstone
About this photo: T
his photo was taken of the grand tetons while on a road trip during late may-july. this is a beach area facing the grand tetons at lake jackson.
Best deal found:
Next September I will turn 62, and I found out that I  will be able to buy a lifetime pass to all the national parks for only $10. and I will be able to save on camp site because i get half price which adds up to $10/night.

Submitted by: Konita K.
Destination: Nassau, Bahamas
About this photo: This is a photo of the ceiling in the main lobby of the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
Best deal found:

Submitted by: Dave D.
Destination: New York, NY
About this photo: Early evening cruising in NY Harbor–The Staten Island Ferry in the foreground and the lower Manhattan skyline in the background.
Best deal found: The best deal in NYC is the one pictured–the Staten Island Ferry affords amazing views of the skyline, bridges, harbor and the Statue of Liberty. . .and is FREE. Wow. Best cheap eats: Curry Alley, 6th Avenue between 1st and 2nd Avenue has a dozen or more Indian restaurants that try to outdo each other to provide more good food at a lower price than should be possible on Manhattan. Our lunch at Raj Mahal was four courses–soup, appetizer, entree, and dessert. . .and $6 a person. Wow. Delicious too.

Submitted by: Kelly W.
Destination: Sana’a, Yemen
About this photo: This is the ‘door of Yemen’ in Sana’a, Yemen. I was there over the Christmas holidays. Old Yemen is great because you can entertain yourself for hours with just the shops there. There are thousands of years of history all around. The Old City of Sana’a is a World Heritage Site.
Best deal found: I loaded up on silver jewelry and paintings. Tourism in Yemen has taken a big hit because of internal conflict, so there are plenty of deals to be had. I recommend taking a Yemeni guide who has shopping experience so you can get the best deals. My real secret to getting the best deals in Yemen is wearing top to bottom full veil when I shop and letting my guide do the talking, so I get Yemeni, rather than ‘Amreeki’ prices.

Submitted by: Pam D.
Destination: Yosemite National Park
About this photo: I took this “classic Yosemite view” photo from Glacier Point, in June 2010. The Yosemite valley is very crowded in summertime, but I found escaping into the mountains left much of the crowd behind!
Best deal found:

Submitted by: Jolli M.
Destination: American Samoa
About this photo: Two children canoeing in back of my hotel in Pago Pago.
Best deal found: Really cheap to call back to the States. $5 for a 100 minute calling card.


Submitted by: Sylvia W.
Destination: Machu Picchu, Peru
About this photo: View from the Guard House in Machu Picchu.
Best deal found: Most of the restaurants around the main square of Cusco have free entertainment that comes through – musicians, dancers, etc. It is a great way to experience the local culture without having to pay for a show.

Submitted by: Deni P.
Destination: Costa Ric
About this photo: This is an active Arenal volcano in Costa Rica. The steam comes from lava which is more visible at night. Don’t pay $10 a person to enter the national park because the dirt road ends few hundred yards past the entrance gate and the view is the same as from the road around the volcano. There are only few short flat trails around the volcano. It’s prohibited to hike up to it.
Best deal found: Pay about $6 to enter Observatory Lodge premises to be able to hike through lush rain forest to the top of the inactive Cerro Chato volcano with turquoise lake on the bottom of the crater. Be back by sunset to get a drink at the Lodge and watch red lava explosions and flow. Dinner is overpriced and low quality though. We stayed at good Las Colinas hotel in La Fortuna for $80 a night, breakfast, internet, and parking included.

Submitted by: Rudolph A.
Destination: Monument Valley
About this photo:
T2nd time in Monument Valley, Sept. 19, 2008 and I will return again.
Best deal found:

Submitted by: Kim L.
Destination: San Juan, Puerto Rico
About this photo: This picture is standing out side, backside of the main building of the Rio Mar Beach Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Best deal found: My husband and I just came back for a 7 day cruise. We added an extra day and night so we wouldn’t have to rush back to the airport after the cruise. We did not have any hotel reservations, so I was a little nervous being at a place we’ve never been. We rented a car for $25.00 and started to drive. We came upon the entrance and decided to go in. The best deal for such a beautiful resort was offered to us since at only $99.00 for a 5 star hotel/resort! That place is amazing.

Submitted by: Scott C.
Destination: Sierra Nevada
About this photo: This photo was taken from our campsite at sunrise.
Best deal found: Backpacking is always a good bargain, and this trip was a very memorable one; our first as a complete family.

Submitted by: Laurie F.
Destination: Botswana
About this photo:
Off to an early morning safari and caught the sun rise.
Best deal found:
The best deals found were in the native markets where there are many unique hand made items and everyone seemed willing to negotiate. We also went off season so the prices for lodging and tours were almost half the price of the high season prices.

Submitted by: Patricia W.
Destination: St. Thomas
About this photo: Magen’s Bay Beach in St. Thomas. Every bit as beautiful as stated in all the travel books.
Best deal found: $4.00 admission fee. Got there early before the crowds and had the beach almost to ourselves.

Submitted by: Robert D.
Destination: Acadia National Park,Maine
About this photo: Boulder Beach is very difficult to ascend to. There aren’t any direct paths,just cliffs for entry. This makes this photo all the more rewarding.
Best deal found: High Seas for no frill accomadations. Also Pectin seafood for lunch. Full filet of haddock and 2 sides, $7.00. Down the street in pricely BarHarbor it would cost $19.00 to $22.00.

Submitted by: Melissa F.
Destination: Nicaragua (Central America)
About this photo: Greetings Clark Howard fans!! This trip to Costa Rica/Nicaragua was awesome!! I enjoyed the rainforest in Costa Rica and volcanoes in Nicaragua! The food was outta this world! SERENE!!
Best deal found: We’ve learned that when you communicate with the locals, your trip becomes much more inexpensive! Put it this way, I purchased 12 pairs of earrings that you will never see in the states for $57! Melissa Rene’

Submitted by: Adriana K.
Destination: Sea World, San Diego
About this photo: The June fog at the Beach lasted til July and our family, AJ and Brooke, his wife and Samantha, went to Sea World for the day!
Best deal found: The sweet deal, ticket attendant asked us if we were AAA members and gave us a $20/per person discount! When we visited AAA online and by phone, there were no deals available. Be sure your members ask at the counter if they have AAA!


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