Dubai is a dream destination for shoppers, with its huge modern malls and traditional Arabic souks offering everything from electrical appliances to hand-woven carpets. But this appealing combination of old and new, in the heart of the Middle East, isn’t without its potential stumbling blocks for newcomers. Here, we share our top tips to ensure your spending spree goes without a hitch.
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Book by Nov. 20.
As the weather cools off, travel is starting to wind down in destinations across the US. That’s not the case for Las Vegas. This party and entertainment city keeps going strong — and arguably is at its strongest — through winter, and it’s offering some great deals to boot.
This getaway package from Delta Vacations, is one of them. It offers round-trip flights; a 3-night stay at the 4-star Monte Carlo Resort and Casino; 2 complimentary tickets to Blue Man Group; and all taxes and fees for $314 per person.
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Book by Oct. 31.
One of the most anticipated new hotels on the famed Las Vegas Strip is now open, and you get to stay there for 25% off. The 4-star SLS Las Vegas only recently opened its doors to the public in late August after a multimillion-dollar renovation of the iconic Sahara Hotel and Casino. Now, it’s confirmed as one of the hottest spots to stay during your time in Sin City.
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Book by Sept. 30.
Cheap international flights are hard to come by, especially if you’re looking at prime travel days, like a Friday in peak season. Tweaking those travel times, though, can help you save big on your next trip.
Starting at just $400 (Los Angeles to San Jose, Costa Rica), these global, round-trip flights purchased through Liberty Travel depart on select dates in late November and early December from a wide range of U.S. cities. While many of these fares depart in shoulder or low season, taking a trip on these dates means much lower prices and smaller crowds, making for a more affordable, less stressful vacation.
Chef’testants Tiffani Faison, Nina Compton, Brooke Williamson and Paul Qui (from left to right) – Photo Courtesy of Jason Leppert
Are you passionate about traveling the world and testing your cooking chops? Then Celebrity Cruises has you covered with the premium cruise line’s Top Chef at Sea program. The popular Bravo TV show – Top Chef – has now embarked internationally on Celebrity’s fleet, already known for its celebrated cuisine, with a series of exciting culinary features, and on select signature sailings, some of the celebrity chefs also come aboard.
Japanese Torii Gate
by: Brian Leonard, Executive Producer
In July, I was lucky enough to travel to Hiroshima, Japan, from the Washington, DC, area for a shoot. I was working on an exciting new pilot for Travel Channel that looks at places where something big once occurred — either manmade or natural — that changed the place forever, and we find out what makes it different today. It’s a very inspiring project, and I wanted to feature cities that are not the “normal” vacation and tourist destinations. So Hiroshima was a great place to start. READ MORE
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Book by August 31.
With limitless expanses of green countryside and dramatic coastlines, Ireland is a stunner. It also happens to have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for travelers as well as affordable prices — especially compared to other countries in Europe. If you’ve been itching to visit, this package lets you do it for less.
For $1,119 per person, this 10-night itinerary from European Destinations gives you the organization (and easy planning) of a guided vacation, with lots of time for independent exploration. The package includes round-trip air from New York City, 10 nights’ accommodation in places like Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Killarney and Limerick, a 9-day car rental, daily breakfast and all taxes and fees.
Planning a cruise to the Galapagos can be overwhelming simply because there are hundreds of ships and tour companies to choose from. Once you’ve decided when you want to visit the Galapagos Islands, taking a cruise on a small yacht is the best way to see the more remote islands and wildlife.
Don’t let the word “yacht” give you the impression that you’ll spend your days lazing in the sun as you drift among the islands — tours to the Galapagos come with itineraries calling for early-morning wakeup calls, challenging hikes and multiple excursions daily. Translation: You’ll be spending most of your waking hours exploring the islands rather than relaxing on the ship. But you wouldn’t want it any other way when given the chance to visit a destination known for wildlife so epic that it inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
I opted to cruise with Adventure Life because this sustainable travel company is a member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) and helps fund conservation projects to protect this double World Heritage site. As a guest on the M/Y Galapagos Grand Odyssey, I saw first-hand the benefits of traveling on a smaller luxury ship because it made the expedition experience both more intimate and comfortable. Here are some things I learned from traveling the Galapagos by ship:
The Runaway Bridesmaids surged ahead in the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City.
This month, newly-hired American Airlines flight attendants got the chance to dump freezing water over the head of their CEO minus the risk of being fired: They were taking part in the viral ice bucket challenge to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease. The trend of flight attendants having fun for a good cause continues next month as male and female travel workers from many of the major airlines will be running in recycled bridesmaids dresses as part of the Runaway Bridesmaids 1-mile fun run on September 27 to raise awareness and funds to help fight human trafficking.
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Book by September 30.
Looking for a quick, end-of-summer getaway that’s as good for your spirit as it is for your budget? Try Florida’s Palm Beach. The area offers all the trappings of a classic beach getaway — miles of sand, excellent swimming and water sports galore — plus a posh vibe that extends to its restaurants, shops and (of course) its championship golf courses.
Starting at $430 per person, you can book an air-inclusive 3-night vacation package that lets you stay at the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront resort, and includes all taxes and fees. You’ll also receive exclusive discounts to nearby attractions such as the Palm Beach Zoo, Delray Yacht Cruises, MacArthur Beach State Park and more.