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  1. Sandals/Beaches Leap Day Wedding Package
  2. Emerald Waterways’ Reduced or Free Airfare
  3. UnCruise Savings on Tropical Getaways
  4. Amelia Islands ‘Secret Season’
  5. Golden Triangle with Goa from $799
  6. Portugal from $829 w/Air
  7. Amtrak Share Fares Deal
  8. Is Airbnb the Best Value?
  9. Australia & New Zealand $1,999 w/Airfare
  10. Take 3 Beginner Package
  11. Disney Tickets for U.S. Military
  12. 30% Off w/Accor Super Sale
  13. Common Mistakes Winter Drivers Make
  14. Riu Republica Apple Deal
  15. Peru on Sale
  16. Turks and Caicos Winter Travel Special
  17. Asheville Winter Deals
  18. Save up to $500 with Exodus Travels
  19. Free Fun Raleigh, N.C.
  20. Korea Grand Sale

1. Sandals/Beaches Leap Day Wedding Package

2020 is a leap year. In celebration of this unique moment-in-time, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are encouraging couples to take the leap and get married on Feb. 29, 2020.

The Sandals & Beaches Leap "4" Love Wedding package, only available to guests who plan to wed at select Sandals and Beaches Resorts on Feb. 29, 2020, incorporates four elements of nature: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Priced at $1,250, book the Sandals & Beaches Leap "4" Love Wedding package through January 31, 2020, and confirm a wedding date on Feb. 29, 2020, for the following:

Sand Ceremony for the element of Earth - Wedding couples will be united through a Sand Ceremony. Couples are given a keepsake vase, for which they choose two different colors of sand. The sand will be poured into the vase, combining the two colors. This ceremony symbolizes two lives becoming one and the start of forever together.

White Dove Release for the element of Air - The Sandals wedding team will release white doves behind you while you are exchanging your vows.

4-Course Candlelight Dinner for Two for the element of Fire - Nothing says romance like a private candlelight dinner for two. The wedding couple enjoys a sunset dinner under the stars with white-glove service and unlimited pours of Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines.

Seaside Trash-The-Dress Photo Shoot for the element of Water - Completing the package is a seaside "trash-the-dress" photo shoot. A professional EPIX wedding photographer will capture beautiful shots of a bride and groom alongside the Caribbean ocean and white-sand beaches.

The Leap "4" Love Wedding package is not available for Sandals Emerald Bay, Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa and Beaches Turks & Caicos.

Sandals wedding experience and Beaches wedding experience.

Sandals & Beaches Leap "4" Love Wedding Package; 877-Sandals or 877-Beaches.


2. Emerald Waterways’ Reduced or Free Airfare

Emerald Waterways launched its first foray to the African continent with two Egypt cruise and tour packages. The line is taking bookings for Egypt itineraries through 2021, and a new seven-day Israel extension that take you to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Galilee.

Emerald Waterways’ 10-day Cairo and Ancient Egypt River cruise begins with three nights in Cairo, where you visit the pyramids, the remains of Tutankhamun’s tomb and a home-hosted dinner and cooking demonstration with a local family. You then fly to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings before boarding the MS Hamees for a five-day southbound Nile cruise. While sailing, daily excursions include the Hathor Temple and Luxor Temple in Dendera, the Temple of Horus at Edfu, and the Osiris Temple Complex of Philae. After disembarking, you fly to Abu Simbel to visit the temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari before returning to Aswan for an overnight stay. The journey concludes with a trip to a Nubian village in Aswan before returning to Cairo for a final evening in Egypt. Itineraries start at $4,095 per person, based on double occupancy.

You can extend your stay with a five-day tour of Jordan or a newly-added seven-day tour of Israel. The Israel itinerary includes Bauhaus buildings, white city quarter and port in Tel Aviv, then Jaffa’s archaeological ruins. Then stops in Haifa and Acre before continuing to Galilee. Here, you take a short cruise on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Mount of Beatitudes; Capernaum; and Tabgha. The tour concludes with two days in Jerusalem.

The five-night Jordan tour begins in Amman with a visit to the Citadel with the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules, meet with local students and enjoy Jordanian delicacies at a home-hosted dinner. Next up is Petra for a two-night stay and an en-route stop at Mount Nebo. Petra’s eastern entrance leads through a narrow gorge to the iconic Treasury. The final day offers the options of a Jeep adventure in Wadi Rum before heading to the Dead Sea for a farewell dinner and overnight stay.

The Nile cruise is aboard the 142-passenger MS Hamees. The ship features a swimming pool on the Sun Deck and a private dock in Luxor.

Emerald Waterways offers $495 roundtrip airfare to Egypt or $1,200 per couple off the cost of the sailing on the 10-day itinerary, and free roundtrip airfare or $2,400 off the cost of the sailing for itineraries of 15 or more days. Booking must be made by Dec. 31, 2019 to receive this promotion.

Cruise fares include all transfers; all port charges; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; most shore excursions, all onboard and excursion gratuities. On touring days, hotel accommodations, internal flights, and transfers are also included.

Emerald Waterways or 844/428-8389.

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3. UnCruise Savings on Tropical Getaways

If you are looking for warm waters this winter, you can save up to $1,000 per couple on a tropical cruise with UnCruise Adventures. The cruise line will offer Adventure Savings on select Latin America, Mexico and Hawaii itineraries departing November 2019 through March 2020. UnCruise’s small ships carry 22 to 90 guests and take you deeper into each destination with included activities and a focus on nature and wildlife.

Book by Nov. 15, 2019 to receive an Adventure Savings of up to $1,000 per couple on select Latin America departures and up to $700 per couple on select Hawaii or Mexico departures. Holiday departures are available in all three destinations.

Costa Rica & Panamá—Canal: The 66-guest Safari Voyager sails 10-night cruises from San José, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panamá (or reverse). A full transit of the Panama Canal is included. Adventure Savings are available on select departures through March 2020. Mention code MACAW614.

Mexico’s Sea of Cortés: The 88-guest Safari Endeavour operates seven-night Sea of Cortés adventures roundtrip from San José Del Cabo, Mexico. Adventure Savings are available on select departures through January 2020. Mention code MEXICO700.

Hawaiian Islands: The 36-guest Safari Explorer sails seven-night cruises between the islands of Molokai and Hawai’i (or reverse). Adventure Savings are available on select departures through January 2020. Mention code HAWAII700.

Adventure activities are included in every UnCruise: kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches.

Cruises start at $4,395 (before savings) and are inclusive featuring meals; all beverages, including alcohol; adventure activities and transfers day of cruise. Port taxes and fees are additional. These offers are combinable with UnCruise’s Loyalty, Referral and Family Discoveries savings programs.

UnCruise Adventures or 888/862-8881.


4. Amelia Islands ‘Secret Season’

Amelia Island’s accommodations, attractions and restaurants invite you to visit in “Secret Season” which runs through November. With warm temperatures, low humidity, uncrowded beaches and a slower pace, this is a good time to make memories on Amelia Island, on Northeast Florida’s coast,.

Resorts, hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts, motels and rentals across the island offer an extra night with the “Secret Season” Free Night, Any Night” promotion. You can find Free Night, Any Night lodging offers online at AmeliaIsland.com.

For example, the Blue Heron Inn, Ketch Courtyard, and Amelia Hotel at the Beach are a few of the properties that offer the fourth night free, when you stay three consecutive nights. https://www.ameliaisland.com/Special-Offers/Free-Night-Any-Night

Amelia Island Secret Season.


5. Golden Triangle with Goa from $799

Lumle Holidays offers the 10-day Golden Triangle holiday from $799 per person, with stops in North India at Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Plus Goa is added to this tour. The price is for select dates through September 2020 and is based on double occupancy.

You start in Delhi, including Old and New Delhi. Then spend part of day three and day four in Agra, day five and six in Jaipur. Return to Delhi for your flight to Goa on day seven and stay in Goa until departure on day 10.

    The $799 price includes:
  • Delhi to Goa domestic flight on economy class
  • Nine nights at three star hotels
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotels
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned vehicle
  • LUMLE representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • English speaking local guides for sightseeing
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Mineral water in the vehicle throughout the trip
  • All currently applicable taxes on hotel & transport
  • Govt. service tax.
    The price does not include:
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance, visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the monuments
  • Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
  • Other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Personal expenses such as tipping, laundry, etc.

Lumle Holidays.


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6. Portugal from $829 w/Air

Fleetway Travel offers a six night vacation to the Vila Gale Estoril, in Estoril, Portugal on the Lisbon coast from $879 per person, based on double occupancy. The trip includes roundtrip international airfare from New York to Lisbon, a five night stay at the Vila Gale Estoril, and breakfast daily. The trip dates for the $829 price are Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 25, 2020. This trip can only be booked by calling Fleetway.

Renovated in 2013, Vila Gale Estoril is 200 metres from Estoril Congress Centre, Estoril Casino, and several hundred yards from Tamariz Beach, Poca Beach, and Azarujinha Beach.

The hotel has an outdoor pool with beach views of Cascais Bay, spa, gym and several restaurants including a pool bar and cafe for light snacks and drinks.

You can add a tuk-tuk city tour from $19 per person or a historic Lisbon city tour from $35 per person.

Fleetway Travel or 833/238-3440.


7. Amtrak Share Fares Deal

Amtrak has Share Fares deals, offering up to 45 percent off Amtrak travel. Amtrak offers more discounts as part of its Share Fares deal, available on the Downeaster, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, Illinois Service, Wolverine Service, Blue Water, Pere Marquette, Missouri River Runner, Carolinian, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, Piedmont, Heartland Flyer, Cascades and San Joaquins.

The Share Fares discount requires a reservation two days in advance. Amtrak customers save up to 45 percent when purchasing tickets for six passengers. Share Fares is available with promo code V291.

    The fare structure:
  • Customer one – full price
  • Customer two – 15% discount
  • Customer three – 60% discount
  • Customer four – 70% discount
  • Customer five – 70% discount
  • Customer six – 70% discount.

Examples of one-way travel costs. This is the per customer price only when purchasing six tickets.

Boston to Portland: ticket one $24, ticket two $20.40, ticket three $9.60, tickets four, five and six $7.20, which totals $75.60 for six tickets or an average of $12.60 per ticket.

New York to Syracuse: ticket one $66, ticket two $56.10, ticket three $26.40, tickets four, five and six $19.80, which totals $207.90 for six tickets or an average of $34.65 per ticket.

Richmond to Washington, DC: ticket one $38, ticket two $32.30, ticket three $15.20, tickets four, five and six $11.40, which totals $119.70 for six tickets or an average of $19.95 per ticket.

Chicago to St. Louis: ticket one $31, ticket two $26.35, ticket three $12.40, tickets four, five and six $9.30, which totals $97.65 for six tickets or an average of $16.28 per ticket.

Fort Worth to Oklahoma City: ticket one $31, ticket two $26.35, ticket three $12.40, tickets four, five and six $9.30, which totals $97.65 for six tickets or an average of $16.28 per ticket.

Portland to Seattle: ticket one $35, ticket two $29.75, ticket three $14, tickets four, five and six $10.50, which totals $110.25 for six tickets or an average of $18.38 per ticket.

Fresno to Los Angeles: ticket one $36.25, ticket two $30.82, ticket three $14.50, tickets four, five and six $10.88, which totals $114.21 for six tickets or an average of $19.04 per ticket.

The offer is for up to six customers traveling together on the same itinerary and can be purchased at Amtrak. Reservations are required a minimum of two days prior to travel. This offer is not valid on the 7000-8999 Thruways, Acela, Amtrak Hartford Line, Capitol Corridor, Ethan Allen Express, Hiawatha, Keystone Service, Canadian Section of the Maple Leaf, Pacific Surfliner, Pennsylvanian, Valley Flyer and Vermonter.

The companion and full fare passengers must travel together on the same itinerary and have tickets issues together. This offer is valid for coach seats only; no upgrades allowed. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. Sale prices are not available at all times and on all routes. This offer is also subject to restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased, a 25 percent cancellation fee may apply. Please refer to discount code V291.

Amtrak


8. Is Airbnb the Best Value?

Airbnb accounts for a whopping 20 percent of the U.S. lodging market. Travelers are no longer limited to hotels for a place to stay. In fact, some value-conscious vacationers automatically book through the home-sharing network, to get the best bang for the buck. But this isn't always the best option.

Sure, Airbnbs are the better pick in cities like Anaheim, Chicago and Philadelphia. Housing costs there are relatively low, making Airbnbs more plentiful, which gives the consumer plenty of options. Airbnbs there offer travelers a better value, for the most part. That means that Airbnbs in those cities are, generally speaking, a better bang for the buck. The large number of Airbnb properties in cities like Austin, St. Louis and Miami Beach make booking one on short notice not only possible, but, very affordable.

However, Airbnbs aren't the best bet in other cities. If you're heading to New York, Atlanta, San Francisco or Seattle, you might be better off booking a hotel room. These cities have a high average housing cost, which, in turn, gets passed along to the traveler. Additionally, strict housing regulations limits the qualifying Airbnb locations in these cities, which can increase their price.

Right in the middle of the list of 15 tourist destinations is Orlando, Florida. There are plenty of hotels and home-share options, which leads to a slim six percent price difference between a seven-night stay at a hotel or an Airbnb. A thrifty traveler can choose the comforts of home or the amenities of a hotel, and barely notice the difference in cost.

To determine the best cities to book a hotel or Airbnb, the editors at FitSmallBusiness.com, looked at a variety of factors including availability, price, amenities, location and regulatory environment, and analyzed data from key sources such as Airbnb.com, Booking.com, and WorldAtlas.com. All of this research helped to determine which cities offered the better deal on accommodations. You can find the full report HERE: https://fitsmallbusiness.com/best-worst-tourism-cities-hotels-airbnb/

    The top cities to book hotels:
  • 1. New York City
  • 2. Atlanta
  • 3. Los Angeles
  • 4. Las Vegas
  • 5. Seattle
  • 6. San Diego
  • 7. San Francisco
  • 8. Orlando.
    The top cities to book Airbnbs:
  • 1. Anaheim
  • 2. Chicago
  • 3. Philadelphia
  • 4. San Antonio
  • 5. Austin
  • 6. St. Louis
  • 7. Miami Beach
  • 8. Orlando.

"It's not always obvious whether you should book a hotel or a home-share when traveling," says Sarah Wright-Killinger, Managing Editor, Fit Small Business. "We just hope our research makes the choice a little easier."

FitSmallBusiness.


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9. Australia & New Zealand $1,999 w/Airfare

Goway Travel has a special offer that lets you explore the two most popular cities of Australia and New Zealand on this 11-day air-land combo tour from $1,999 per person based on double occupancy.

At that price, the trip includes international airfare departing from Los Angeles. For departures from Seattle or Portland add $115, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City or San Francisco add $230. From Phoenix add $325, and from Chicago, Cleveland, Houston or New York add $460.

Trip departure dates are Apr. 1 through July 23, 2020. The trip must be booked by Nov. 10, 2019.

    The trip includes:
  • Roundtrip airfare on Air New Zealand
  • Four nights in Sydney with half day sightseeing tour
  • Hop on-hop off harbour cruise in Sydney
  • Four nights in Auckland
  • Auckland Hop on Hop Off Explorer Tour
  • Fullers Auckland Harbour Cruise
  • Waiheke Island tour.

The tour starts in Sydney, where you'll tour the Sydney Opera House, cruise across the harbor, and see koalas and kangaroos at Taronga Zoo. Then head to Auckland where you explore the twin harbours, and learn about Maori traditions. The tour includes one free night in Sydney and one free night in Auckland.

Goway Travel or 800/557-2841.


10. Take 3 Beginner Package

The Take 3 Beginner package from Ski Vermont allows you to take three beginner ski or snowboard lessons at participating Vermont resorts for the package price of $129.

Beginner skiers and riders can redeem all three lessons at the same resort or choose a new resort for each lesson. Each pass includes rental equipment for the day plus a group lesson with a professional instructor and a lift ticket to access limited beginner-only terrain. This package is for beginners only and should not be purchased more than once for an individual who used the program in a previous season unless for the purpose of learning another sport. The package is not valid in conjunction with any other discount or promotion and coupons are not transferable and may not be resold.

Call ahead to check reservation availability at your desired resort if you are coming during a busy time of year. Then reserve once you purchase the Take 3 Beginner package. If you do not call to reserve, the lessons will be based on availability that day with no guaranteed spot in the lesson.

Resorts reserve the right to refuse to redeem a Ski Vermont Take 3 Beginner package if you are in their lesson system as having completed this program in a previous season.

Redeeming all three lessons at one resort will not qualify you for that resort’s specific program completion rewards such as Bolton Valley’s “Learn to Love It” program, Sugarbush Resort’s “First Timer to Life Timer” program, or the “Discovery Learn To” programs at Killington Resort. Those programs must be purchased separately. You may not combine the Take 3 Beginner package with an existing vacation package at a Vermont Resort.

The lessons are valid every day of the season except for black out dates determined by each resort.

After purchasing, you are mailed vouchers via the US Postal Service. There no digital versions of this product so plan ahead accordingly. Resorts require the actual product in hand at the time of redemption. Allow two weeks for processing and delivery.

The Take 3 Beginner package lesson time varies by resort. All are group lessons that range from one to two hours. Check with the resort for age restrictions prior to purchasing. The signature card must be signed at the time of redemption in presence of resort personnel. Package coupons are void if detached from the signature card.

The Take 3 Beginner Package can be redeemed at any participating resort. Positive identification will be required at the time of coupon redemption.

    Participating resorts:
  • Bolton Valley
  • Burke Mountain
  • Jay Peak Resort
  • Killington Resort
  • Mount Snow
  • Pico Mountain
  • Smugglers' Notch Resort
  • Stratton Mountain Resort
  • Sugarbush Resort.

Ski Vermont.


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11. Disney Tickets for U.S. Military

Disney parks honor active-duty and retired members of the U.S. military with special offers on theme park admissions and resort stays at Walt Disney World Resort for most dates in 2020.

Members of the U.S. Military can choose between four-day, five-day, and six-day Military Salute tickets. A four-day ticket costs $265, a five-day ticket costs $283, and a six-day ticket costs $301. The Park Hopper option is included on all Military Salute tickets, and the Park Hopper Plus option can be added to each ticket for $50. Prices are the same for children and adults. Tickets must be used Jan. 1, through Dec. 18, 2020.

Purchase tickets at U.S. Military Bases. Military Salute tickets will also be available to purchase at Walt Disney World Resort theme park ticket windows beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Tax is added to the price of the tickets at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows. A valid military ID is required at time of purchase,

There are also great rates at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 1 through Apr. 4 and Apr. 19 through Dec. 18, 2020. A valid Military ID will be required upon check-in and a military member (or spouse) must stay in the room.

Memory Maker will be available for $98 Jan. 1, through Dec. 18, 2020 and can only be purchased at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows.

Disneyland Resort Military Salute tickets go on sale Nov. 5, 2019. Book at Disneyland Resort by calling 800/854-3014.

Disney Military Promotional tickets must be purchased by an eligible service member or their spouse, for use by themselves and family members and friends.

“Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of military service members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of active or retired Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps Members.

The prices charged at U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices listed above.


12. 30% Off w/Accor Super Sale

Hotel chain Accor's Super Sale is back with rates from $25 per night and 30 percent off at more than 3,300 hotels and resorts globally. Members of Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program also receive free breakfast.

From the beaches of Bali, the islands of the Maldives, a view of the Eiffel Tower or hiking mountains in New Zealand, this is the sale travelers wait for.

Some deals include: ibis Styles Bali Petitinget from $25, Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort from $99, Muse Bangkok Langsuan – MGallery from $103, Pullman Nadi Bay from $124, Sofitel Mumbai from $144 and Fairmont Jakarta from $146.

The Super Sale features Accor brands from luxury to economy, including Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, MGallery, Pullman, Swissôtel, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure to ibis, ibis styles and ibis budget hotels worldwide.

It pays to be loyal. Accor Plus and Le Club AccorHotels' members receive early access to the savings. The Super Sale is valid for stays Dec. 15, 2019 until Nov. 14, 2020 across Asia Pacific and until Mar. 1, 2020 in other parts of the world. Accor Plus members get an additional 10 percent off.

Membership to Le Club AccorHotels is simple and free of charge. Go here to start earning points towards hotel stays and other benefits including advance access to Super Sales.

Accor Plus is the group's subscription lifestyle program, which offers discounts on dining and accommodation plus exclusive events and offers throughout the year. To join this program visit www.accorplus.com

Reservations are subject to availability and conditions apply.

Accor Hotels.


13. Common Mistakes Winter Drivers Make

Winter driving has its challenges. Throw an inexperienced or inconsiderate driver into the mix, and your drive can get much more difficult.

It’s always aggravating when other drivers put you at risk. Getting stuck behind a driver who is spinning their tires or not paying attention isn’t just annoying, it’s dangerous.

Winter driving calls for quick decision making, patience and a little bit of know-how. Below Erie Insurance provides ways to spot a rookie winter driver and how to avoid looking like one yourself:

6 Common Mistakes Of Winter Drivers.

Tailgating: Usually, drivers tailgate because they want the car in front of them to go faster. This is never OK, especially in the winter months. It takes longer to come to a stop in the winter, so you should always put more distance between you and the car ahead. Impatience on the road rarely pays off. Tailgating just puts you and others at risk.

Speeding: Speeding can get you into trouble quickly. Make sure you’re never driving faster than what is safe for the conditions. In snowy or icy conditions, that probably means driving below the speed limit. The faster you're going, the more likely you are to lose control or slide into another car. Expect traffic to move a little slower in the winter and allow extra time to get to your destination.

Getting stuck: Driving through deep snow may sound like fun, but chances are it will leave your tires spinning. For your own safety, know when to stay off the road altogether and drive carefully to avoid losing traction in the first place. After all, getting stuck is easy – getting out isn’t.

Ice on the windshield: If your car has snow or ice on the windshield, it can be tempting to save time by letting your wipers or defroster remove it as you drive. But driving without full visibility is like driving blindfolded. Use a snow brush or ice scraper to clear your windshield entirely every time you get behind the wheel. And don’t just clear a little “window” you can see through.

Snow on the roof: If you’ve ever driven behind someone with snow on their roof, you know it can be an accident waiting to happen. If your car is covered in snow, clear your roof before you tackle the windows. You’ll keep snow from falling in your field of vision and from hitting the drivers behind you.

Driving with high beams on: This can be frustrating in any condition, but some people think that high beams increase your vision during whiteouts or heavy snowfall. In fact, fog lights and low beams will do much better. Learn what to do if you get stuck driving in a whiteout.

Erie Insurance.


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14. Riu Republica Apple Deal

Apple Vacations offers a last minute deal to the Riu Republica all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. A three night hotel stay starts from $293 per person based on double occupancy and includes taxes and fees. Add in roundtrip airfare from Chicago O’Hare and the offer on limited dates is $499 per person for airfare and hotel for three nights. The offer is good for stays through Dec. 21, 2019.

The package includes a welcome gift, small bottle of rum, king bed (based on availability), late check-out (based on availability), in-room minibar and liquor dispenser restocked regularly, free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 spa credit per adult.

The four-story, adults-only, beachfront property in Punta Cana offers 1,007 guest rooms with balconies or terraces, minibars, and free wireless internet access.

Activities include volleyball, table tennis, windsurfing, kayaking, water polo, and wellness center. Two pools include free sun loungers, towels, and parasols plus poolside or swim-up bars. Splash Water World, a new waterpark has four body slides. Free sun loungers are available on the beach. The resort also provides a nightclub, boutique shops, sun terrace, and concierge service.

Restaurants include Italian, Indian, and steakhouse specialties. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner items can be found at the buffet restaurant.

Apple Vacations or 800/517-2000.


15. Peru on Sale

Exoticca Travel offers their 16-day Ultimate Inca Adventure from from $1,799 per person based on double occupancy.
    The price includes:
  • Roundtrip international flights
  • Internal flights from Cuzco to Lima
  • Voyager or Expedition train from Sacred Valley toAguas Calientes
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in Classic and Deluxe category hotels.
  • 14 Breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Visits/entrance fees as per itinerary with English speaking guide
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Nazca Lines from the Sky experience.

The $1,799 rate is for departing from New York on limited April 2020 departure dates. Departures from Boston, Houston, Miami and Washington D.C. cost $1,899 per person; from Orlando $1,949 per person; Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles cost $1,999 per person; Atlanta or San Francisco costs $2,049 per person.

Your trip starts in Lima complete with city tours. Take a bus along the coast to the port town of Paracas with beaches and wildlife. Take a boat to the Ballestas Islands, with birds, sea lions and seals in their natural environment. Take a bus to Nazca to see the mysterious Nazca lines by air, some measure 90 yards in width. Then onto Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to religious monuments. Pass through Yura and Chivay on the way to Colca Valley, home to the giant Andean Condor. After watching the birdlife, transfer to Puno, home of Lake Titicaca. Then to the South Valley of Cuzco visiting Andahuaylas, a 17th-century church and the ruins of Racqui, known as the ´Temple of the God Wiracocha. Board the Voyager or Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes, and transfer to Machu Picchu. Return by train to Cuzco to overnight. After spending the day in Cuzco take a flight to Lima where you spend the day at your leisure. After an overnight stay you catch a flight home.

Exoticca Travel or 888/488-0592.


16. Turks and Caicos Winter Travel Special

Save 50 percent every other night at the Ocean Club and Ocean Club West on Turks and Caicos island.

The beachfront sister properties offer this special through Feb. 8, 2020. A four night minimum stay is required, which is available only for new reservations and is valid on certain room categories. Booking must be done online.

Ocean Club Resorts or 800/457-8787.


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17. Asheville Winter Deals

In Asheville, NC, winter offers the best rates of the year for travel deals and fewer crowds. Here are some lodging discounts that have you on your way to an Asheville adventure.

A Month of Romance - Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast – Feb. 1 to 28, 2020. Weekend nights are discounted by 15 percent with a two night minimum stay. Weekday nights are discounted by 20 percent.

First Dog Stays Free - Asheville Cabins of Carolina Mornings – to Dec. 31, 2019. A number of pet-friendly properties where your first dog can stay at no cost.

Junior Citizens Discount - Hill House Bed and Breakfast – The "junior citizens" discount gives you 10 percent off your room rate if the average age of the adults in your party is less than 30. Valid to Dec. 31, 2025, you must request this discount.

Single or Business Traveler Special - Hill House Bed and Breakfast - For a single-occupancy room take 10 percent off your first weeknight and 40 percent off all additional weeknights. Valid to Dec. 31, 2025.

Stay A Week And Save - Engadine Inn and Cabins – to Dec. 31, 2019. Book a full week’s stay and receive a 40 percent discount off of the retail price of a room or a cabin. A minimum seven night stay is required and it must include a full weekend (Friday and Saturday booked consecutively). This discount can include holiday weekends. When booking, refer to the “Stay A Week And Save” discount.

Explore Asheville Hotel deals.


18. Save up to $500 with Exodus Travels

Tour operator Exodus Travels encourages you to achieve your travel goals with their “Be Your Best Self” campaign, which offers 15 percent, up to $500, off small group and self-guided adventures. You must book your trip by Dec. 2, 2019 and mention code Adventure20USA.

The 15 percent off is for new bookings only, and applies to small group, self-guided tours and cruises. The discount applies to tours that cost at least $1,000 per person and is based on availability.

Satisfy your appetite for adventure by canyoning and zip-lining through Costa Rica, safari in Namibia & Botswana, or trek an isolated Andean route to Machu Picchu. Try a master chef cooking class in Sicily, sample street snacks with a bia-hoi (local beer) in Vietnam, or cycle to Prosecco.

Exodus supports local small businesses, wildlife conservation and female entrepreneurs through their responsible travel initiatives. Wherever you go, you’ll be contributing to the development of local communities.

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19. Free Fun Raleigh, N.C.

Explore what the Raleigh area has to offer without breaking the bank. Here are some free experiences and attractions.

William B. Umstead State Park - N.C.'s most visited state park has more than 5,000 acres of forest, trails and lakes for hikers, cyclists, horseback riders and canoeists. Park at the Old Reedy Creek Rd. trailhead for the park's multi-use trails.

North Carolina Museum of Art - Its permanent galleries are open to the public free of charge. Also stroll through the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, with its monumental public art installations and miles of multi-use trails.

Artspace - Downtown Raleigh's Artspace has 30,000 square feet of galleries for an up-close-and-personal look at artists as they work.

Pullen Park - Entertaining families since 1887, The park is between downtown Raleigh and the main campus of North Carolina State University. Admission and access to the playgrounds, grassy and tree-shaded areas, picnic shelters, grills and tables are free. There are amusement rides, including a carousel first built in 1911, for a small fee.

CAM Raleigh - CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum) is a non-collecting contemporary art museum, in the Warehouse District, displaying new and emerging work by local and national living artists.

North Carolina State Capitol - One of the best-preserved examples of civic Greek Revival-style architecture. Free guided tours are given each Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also explore the many statues and monuments on Union Square.

Lake Johnson Park – This paved, three-mile greenway loop, has two miles of unpaved trails. There are also boats and paddleboards for rent May through September.

Neuse River Greenway Trail – The 27.5-mile paved, uninterrupted greenway has winding boardwalk areas and suspension bridges cross over wetlands. The trail is open to joggers, walkers, runners, cyclists, and roller-bladers. The Neuse River Greenway Trail is part of the 100-plus-mile Capital Area Greenway System.

Garner Veterans Memorial – The names of 67 Garner-area veterans who died serving their country and a historical narrative about the wars and conflicts are on the memorial, It is at Lake Benson Park, which features trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters and open space areas.

Tour Historic Oakwood for late 19th- and early 20th-century Victorian-inspired homes featuring a diversity of architectural styles. The homes, some with beautiful gardens, have been restored. Explore this 30-block neighborhood by car or on foot. A self-guided tour brochure is available at the Visitor Information Center.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - Four floors of exhibits, some with live animals. All exhibits can be explored via self-guided tours.

North Carolina Museum of History - Across a walkway from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of History provides access more than 14,000 years and 150,000 artifacts of N.C. history.

Splash pads and spraygrounds – Cool off on a hot summer day at a public splash pad or sprayground. Here are two that offer free admission: Jack Smith Park splash pad in Cary, Taylor Street Park sprayground in Wake Forest.

JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University - 10 acres with more than 5,000 plants collected from all over the world. Nearly 20 different gardens can be explored, each with a unique theme: Japanese garden, a butterfly garden, a rooftop terrace filled with heat-tolerant plants.

Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden – At the center of the Raleigh Little Theatre campus, the garden has more than 60 varieties of roses. Accessible sunrise to sunset, in the summer there’s a free outdoor movie series.

First Friday - Free, self-guided tour of cultural hot spots, local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues and museums. Tour stops can feature music, a creative works, wine samples, and hors d'oeuvres.

City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum) - Interprets the city's history and preserves the city’s past. Exhibits explore Raleigh's journey towards Civil Rights, local democracy and Raleigh's music scene.

Dorothea Dix Park – The 308 acres in downtown offer rolling hills, shade trees and views of the downtown skyline. Open from dawn to dusk, the park hosts sunset watching, bike riding, soccer matches, picnics, and yoga.

North Carolina Executive Mansion - The Victorian-style mansion is filled with 18th and 19th-century furnishings and art. Meander through the house and surrounding gardens free of charge.

James B. Hunt Jr. Library – Reflects North Carolina State University's status as a technological research university with its design of glass and zigzagging, solar fins.

State Farmers Market - 75 acres of indoor and outdoor vendor space. Sample and shop the fruits, vegetables, meats and gift products from across the state year-round.

Disc golf - Try your hand at free courses at East Wake Middle School (during non-school hours), Cedar Hills Park, Buckhorn and Zebulon Community Park.

Historic Yates Mill County Park – This 174 acre wildlife refuge and environmental research center has hiking trails, a 24-acre pond and Historic Yates Mill, Wake County's last remaining operating gristmill.

Lake Crabtree County Park – On the shores of 520-acre Lake Crabtree in Morrisville, the park offers nature trails, seasonal boat rentals, playgrounds, picnic facilities, and a fishing pier.

Free Fun Raleigh, NC or 800/849-8499.

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20. Korea Grand Sale

The 2020 version of the Korea Grand Sale, an annual shopping, culture, and tourism festival for foreign tourists, takes place Jan. 16 to Feb. 29, 2020. The festival is held by the Visit Korea Committee and takes place across the country.

Promotions offer up to 95 percent discounts on airline tickets sold by eight Korean airlines for flights to Korea from overseas on about 100 routes. The hotel promotion offers up to 80 percent discounts plus an extra 10 percent markdown for rooms at about 200 hotels in Korea.

Programs offer hands-on experiences with K-pop, Korean culture and K-Wave (Hallyu). These include K-pop Star Training programs, K-beauty tryout programs, gourmet tours of Korea and indoor/outdoor activities for winter season.

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