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The month of August calls for savoring the last bit of summer fun, and what better way than with a little rum. In honor of National Rum Month, these 6 rum-infused cocktails will take you on a journey from the bright blue waters of the Caribbean to the plush highlands of Guatemala.

Born in Barbados
Rum was the first alcoholic spirit produced in the New World, in Barbados to be exact. This little Caribbean island is home to Mount Gay Rum Distilleries, which produces the starring ingredient in Elegant Hotels’ signature Rum Punch, which isn’t lacking any punch.


Rum Punch

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Barcelona (Photo Courtesy of Thinkstock)

Book by August 31.

Barcelona is a traveler’s dream. Teeming with incredible food, unmistakable landmarks and unstoppable nightlife, it’s no wonder that this elegant Spanish city is at the top of many bucket lists.

Whether your first priority is to see the latest addition to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, or to eat your way through La Boqueria market, this city is as varied as it is budget friendly. And if all of that exploring gets exhausting, you can always just lie on the beach.

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Machu Picchu (Photo Courtesy of ShermansTravel)

Book by September 4.

Is peering down at the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu on your bucket list? How about a picturesque boat ride on Lake Titicaca or a stroll through the charming city of Cuzco? Check all of this off and more on an 8-night comprehensive tour of Peru while saving $1,000 from similar tours offered.

For $1,999 per person ($182 per day), this package from smarTours includes round-trip airfare on LAN Airlines, 8 nights of accommodations at first class hotels, all domestic flights, ground transportation and transfers, 11 meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners) and sightseeing with an English-speaking tour guide.
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The Galapagos Islands are a natural wonder unlike any other place on the planet. The islands are a volcanic archipelago teaming with one-of-a-kind animals and plants, thanks to a very remote location more than 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, and the fact that many species uniquely evolved since it’s difficult to migrate from one island to the next. (Each island has its own distinct landscape—the destination is, after all, the spark that fueled Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution).

Travelers are flocking to the Galapagos Islands largely due to the awe-inspiring animals (think: playful sea lions, century-old giant tortoises, and prehistoric-looking marine iguanas) and easier travel to the remote destination in recent years (there were only a few flights to the islands a week in the 70s, and today there is an average of about six a day). In fact, visitors to the Galapagos surged from only 11,765 in 1975 to a whopping 204,395 in 2013, according to the Galapagos National Park Service.

This tourist boom is impacting the delicate ecosystem by keeping the demand for flights high and causing a bigger carbon impact; requiring more cargo ships to up the odds of oil and other fuel spills—not to mention ocean contamination from boat paint; increasing trash with limited ways to dispose of it; causing degradation to natural environment with more people visiting fragile habitats; draining the already-limited fresh water supply; and increasing the risk of invasive species hitchhiking to the islands on ships and planes carrying tourists. Sadly, the Galapagos Islands were added to the list of World Heritage Sites in danger in 2007.

Even though an influx of travelers is putting this delicate eco-system at risk, there are ways you can use travel to help preserve rather than destroy this double World Heritage site.

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Photo Courtesy of ShermansTravel

Book by July 31.

It’s 2 blocks from Waikiki Beach. It’s surrounded by high-end shops. It’s a 7-minute drive from Diamond Head. And, it’s on sale.

You’ll find all that and more right now at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach hotel, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Stay at this beautiful Hyatt property, which underwent a major renovation in 2012, for $189 per night on select dates through Nov. 30, 2014. That’s 30% off current rates! Even better? Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included, and kids 17 and under stay free.

This rate is good for a city-view room, but for as little as $9 you can upgrade to a mountain- or ocean-view room with a private balcony. Relax at the on-site pool, spend an evening by the fire pit or simply kick back in your room with a movie or music played from your own mobile device.

If you’ve had enough sun and sand, head to the nearby Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium or Kapiolani Park. They’re all within a 1-mile radius of the hotel.

Terms & Conditions:
Cancellation Terms:
- If cancelled before Aug. 21, 2014, Eastern Time, $19.95.
- If cancelled on or after Aug. 21, 2014, Eastern Time, Lose 1 Night’s Room & Tax plus $19.95.

Coupon Terms:
- Book 21 days in advance and receive an INSTANT 10% OFF on lodging plus FREE breakfast daily! Inventory and pricing subject to change at any time. This offer will end soon; so book it now!
- Hotel Check-In Time is:  3:00 pm
- Hotel Check-Out Time is:  12:00 pm
- You must be AT LEAST 18 years old to check in to this property.
- This booking is subject to the Hotel Terms & Conditions.
- This booking is subject to the BookIt.com Terms & Conditions.

– BY SHERMANSTRAVEL

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Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

Book by July 31.

With 11 swimming pools, 14 marine lagoons, 21 restaurants, 19 bars and lounges and a waterpark, the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas takes entertainment and relaxation to the next level. Of course, all of those amenities come at a price. The Bridge Suite, which links 2 of the resort’s towers, once hosted Michael Jackson and is one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world.

But this resort isn’t just for high rollers and rock stars. For a limited time, you can enjoy this Caribbean playground with a 4-night stay at the Atlantis Beach Tower for just $499 per person. This offer from CheapCaribbean.com includes round-trip airfare to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale, FL, a terrace room with 1 king or 2 double beds and a private balcony or patio, and a “Wine & Dine” pass (for guests 18+) that includes 1 Sushi & Sake Sampler Platter at Nobu; 2 margaritas at Mesa Grill; 1 flatbread and 2 glasses of select wines at Olives; 2 draft beers and 1 plate of ‘Trash Ribletes’ at Virgil’s; and 2 daiquiris at Daiquiri Shack in Marina Village. Upgrade to an oceanview room for $90 more per person. READ MORE

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When it comes to spirits in bright, sun-bleached Miami, you might think of margaritas, mojitos and caipirinhas. But there’s a different sort of spirit that haunts Miami more than a hangover might after drinking too many cocktails. While traditional American ghost stories are most often associated with the Wild West, old New England or the antebellum South, this lively urban area is full of legends about the restless deceased. Whether you prefer the conga, merengue, samba or calypso, let’s do the dance of the dead through 5 of Miami’s favorite supposedly haunted hot spots. For more spooky haunts near Miami, tune in Saturday, July 12, at 10|9c for an all-new season of The Dead Files.
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Book by August 31.

Myrtle Beach, SC, is a summer classic. With a picture-perfect boardwalk, crab shacks, ice cream stands and a Ferris wheel — just for nostalgic good measure — it’s been a family-friendly vacation destination for decades.

Snag a summer hotel deal, and book your stay on select dates through August 31 at numerous hotels and resorts in the area. Rates start at $59 per night during peak season this year. Visit the Myrtle Beach website for more information, and to see a list of deals.

Here are a few highlights:
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Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

Book by August 31.

If you’re itching to see the new Diagon Alley expansion at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando, this package offers you a great and less expensive way to do it.

For $669 per person, this deal from Delta Vacations includes round-trip airfare, 3 nights at a brand new resort, a 3-day park ticket to Universal Orlando, free “Universal Express Unlimited” access that lets you skip the lines and early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With this offer, you’ll save about $120 on travel dates later in the season.
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Canada Day celebration

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While Americans famously celebrate Fourth of July, Canadians celebrate their own nationalistic holiday, appropriately named Canada Day, on July 1.

Until Oct. 27, 1982, Canada Day was actually known as “Dominion Day.”  It was almost a hundred years before that, on July 1, that the British North America Act was passed (sometimes referred to as the Constitution Act) which established Canada as a separate nation. The following year, the Governor General of Canada asked that all Canadian citizens celebrate on July 1. Declared a civic holiday in 1867, most Canadians are pleased this day off landed in the summer instead of the cold winter, because it’s often the kick-off weekend to summer vacations. READ MORE

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