This Week’s Travel Photo Gallery
Submitted by: Amber D.
About this photo: This sunset photo of Molly Freeman Miller was taken just after roasting marshmallows over molten, hot lava from the Pacaya Volcano.
Best deal found: International budget travel is one of my fortes, so when my friend Molly suggested a trip to Guatemala, I was all game. I had already been there twice, so I knew that it was a destination that’s inexpensive, culturally and geographically intriguing, and an easy, direct flight (just under three hours from Atlanta). So I agreed, and we purchased tickets at Delta.com for $385, taxes and fees included. With $400 in cash stuffed into our money belts, Molly and I landed in Guatemala City around mid-day on Saturday, May 9th. From the airport, it was an hour taxi ride ($30) to Antigua, a colonial town on the edge of the western highlands where we made our base at La Casa Rustica ($35 for a double room with shared bath, www.casarusticagt.com) for a couple days. On Sunday we headed to Pacaya, an active volcano outside of Guatemala City. We hiked the volcano, toasted marshmallows over molten, hot lava, and watched the sunset. The next day we headed to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlan. We found a great bungalow with beautiful views for $12 a person per night. (hotelchi-ya.com – You can check out our MTV Cribs style video of the place .) On Tuesday we hired a guide to take us up “La Nariz del Indio,” a two hour lung-busting climb with incredible lake views. On Wednesday Molly and I hopped a shuttle bus to Xela, Guatemala’s second largest city, tucked into the highlands. Here we stayed at the Hotel Modelo for two nights (xelapages.com/modelo), for $50 a night for a double. Our primary reason for heading to Xela was to go to the Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs (lasfuentesgeorginas.com) which turned out to be much lovelier than we had even imagined. We also hired a guide to take us on a private colonial church tour which highlighted the interesting mix of indigenous beliefs with Catholicism. On Friday we headed back to Antigua for our last night in Guatemala. We arrived in town mid-day and spent the afternoon wandering through the local market. The trip ended with a $5 per person shuttle ride from our hotel to the airport the next morning. The purpose of our trip was to go to a beautiful place with good food (Guatemalans are known for their delicious guacamole, which I ate at least twice a day), and mix a little adventure with a little R&R without breaking the bank. We did it comfortably and without the use of our credit or debit cards (which come with high surcharge rates from Guatemalan businesses, plus international use charges from the cards themselves). In fact, we both left the country with cash in hand. And that in itself, is a pretty amazing feat in these economic times.
Submitted by: James A.
Destination: Waldo, AL
About this photo: This is the Waldo Covered Bridge, City of Waldo, Al (Talladega County) construced in 1858. Spanning Talladega Creek & located 7 miles south of Talladega on State Highway 77.
Best deal found: Dinner at the Ole Mill Restaurant locate on the Covered Bridge site
Submitted by: Dana F.
About this photo: The endless pool.
Submitted by: ReGena N.
Destination: Fort Worth, Texas
About this photo: This picture was taken at Fort Worth, Texas Botanic Garden inside of the Japanese Garden.
Best deal found: he Botanic Garden is FREE, the Japanese Garden cost $3.00. There’s a nice inexpensive restaurant inside the garden.
Submitted by: Earl P.
Destination: Lilburn GA
About this photo: This beautiful Temple is open to visitors and is right around the corner. It is the largest Hindu Temple outside India. You don’t have to travel to India – just head for Lilburn. Enjoy.
Submitted by: Mark P.
Destination: Panther Creek
About this photo: This is a photo of one of the main falls and pools at the Panther Creek Recreational Area in the Chattahoochee National Forest. There is a scenic filled hike (7.4 miles roundtrip) along the Creek with many striking views. This is one of my favorite hikes in Georgia.
Best deal found: Aside from the cost of gas, the daytrip was free.
Submitted by: Pat J.
About this photo: I am a native New Yorker and was able to finally get back after being away for over 20 years. My husband took this photo–neither of us had ever been to the Statue of Liberty. After we developed it we were awestruck by the power of the statue and the blue sky. Liberty Island was one of the best experiences for us.
Best deal found: The W Hotel on E. 39th. Got the room for $159 + tax etc. Special for Thurs-Sun.
Submitted by: Nina P.
Destination: Barbados Crane Beach Hotel
About this photo: This is a photo of a bronze statute of a crane at the Crane Beach Hotel in Barbados. We had a lovely lunch at the restaurant at the hotel and toured the Village which was still under construction. The beach, the pool and the environment is breathtaking and the staff is very customer centric.
Submitted by: Rebecca F.
About this photo: Everything is beautiful in Tahiti