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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, October 2019 Issue



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  1. Booking Incentives On Small Ship Cruises
  2. Variety Cruises Early Booking Discount
  3. 15 Day Japan/China Tour $999 w/Air
  4. Colonial Williamsburg Fall Experiences
  5. National "One Two Free" Promotion
  6. 25% Off Wild About Sri Lanka Tour
  7. Deer-Vehicle Crashes Peak in Fall
  8. Sights of Scotland Tour
  9. India on a Shoestring 20% Off
  10. Club Med 'Fall Into Savings' Sale
  11. 25% Off Fall Mountain Travel
  12. Yellowstone Winter In Wonderland Package
  13. Steamboat VIP Savings
  14. Ski. Soak. Eat. Repeat. Package
  15. 50% Off Companion on Tanzania Adventure
  16. Helpful Tips for Traveling with Pets
  17. Seaside FL Red Wine Festival Travel Deal
  18. Fall Endless Summer Package
  19. Zion Lodge Bed & Breakfast Package
  20. Goway Travel Maldives Escape

1. Booking Incentives On Small Ship Cruises

Adventure Smith Explorations offers booking incentives to the Amazon, Galapagos, and Antarctica, with some limited offers up to 40 percent off.

The Ecuadorian Amazon comes to life on four, five and eight-day Anakonda Amazon Cruises from $2,440 per person double (for four days). Specific departures through Dec. 20 come with savings from 10 percent to 40 percent. The Ecuadorian Amazon Basin reveals its bounties from the perspective of the Napo River aboard the 40-guest cruise vessel M/V Anakonda, specifically designed to navigate these waters. Guests visit Amazonian communities where they see handicraft demonstrations and sample traditional meals. Here the ecosystems showcase wildlife such as pink river dolphins, giant otters and turtles. In Yasuni National Park guests may swim, kayak and canoe, birdwatch and trek through the rainforest.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise offers savings up to 40 percent on cruises through Dec 20, 2019. These are from $1,966 per person double for four days exploring the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. Five and eight-day adventures are also available. Accommodation is aboard the 30-guest M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer.

Sea Star Journey Galapagos Cruises are five and six-day active explorations of the Galapagos aboard the 16-passenger yacht, Sea Star Journey. Select departures in November and December come with free local airfare and savings of up to 10 percent. The per person double rate is from $4,649 for five days. (Five and six-day programs can be combined with other itineraries to create longer cruises of up to 15 days.) Free roundtrip air from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos is available on Nov. 3, 17 and Dec. 15, 2019 departures. Sea kayaking, snorkeling, trekking and exploring the underwater world in a glass-bottom boat bring to life the wonders of this region.

On select departures of Seaman Journey Galapagos Cruises October through December 2019, you can save up to 20 percent plus a $300 discount on local airfare. Accommodation is aboard M/C Seaman Journey, a recently remodeled 16-passenger catamaran with sundecks. Four, five and eight-day cruises are available starting from $2,599 per person double.

National Geographic the White Continent is a 14-day cruise from $14,680 aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, the 102-guest National Geographic Orion or the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance. Bookings made by Dec. 31, 2019 on this itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula offer free roundtrip airfare (when booking on the National Geographic Explorer or Orion), and free bar tab and all ships’ crew gratuities. These ships are floating basecamps during the voyage, offering enough kayaks and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time.

Free roundtrip airfare and waived bar tab and crew gratuities are also offered on the National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands cruise throughout a 24-day adventure at a per person double rate from $25,220. Opportunities for wildlife viewing are countless including a colony of king penguins, albatross, king cormorants, nesting rockhopper penguins and Magellanic penguins.

AdventureSmith Explorations or 866/575-2875.


2. Variety Cruises Early Booking Discount

Variety Cruises offers early booking discounts to several of their itineraries.

Garden of Eden Seychelles – receive 10 percent discount on May to October 2020 cruises when booked by Jan. 31, 2020.

Spain and Portugal - 10 percent discount on summer 2020 cruises when booked by Jan. 31, 2020.

Adriatic Sea and Dalmatia - 10 percent discount on summer 2020 cruises when booked by Jan. 31, 2020.

Bali and the islands of East Indonesia - 10 percent discount on summer 2020 cruises when booked by Jan. 31, 2020.

West Borneo - 10 percent discount on summer 2020 cruises when booked by Jan. 31, 2020.

Variety Cruises or 800319-7776.

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3. 15 Day Japan/China Tour $999 w/Air

UTO Vacation offers a discount on their 15 days Jewels of Japan and China tour. The tour starts from $999 per person, based on double occupancy, reduced from $2,999 and includes roundtrip international airfare from Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. More departure cities are offered for an added fee. The single supplement is $899. The $999 rate is for departures on Feb. 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 2020 plus several departures in November and December 2020. Use tour code JC 15 when booking.

The tour visits Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Hamanako, Yokohama and Tokyo.

    The tour includes:
  • Bus transportation between cities
  • Three- or four-star hotels with daily breakfast
  • Sightseeing admission fees as listed in itinerary
  • Cultural programs as listed in itinerary
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • All taxes and fuel surcharge.
    Not included in the tour:
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tour extensions and optional programs
  • Mandatory service charge and tipping of $290 per person
  • China visa fee of $230 per person.
    Highlights include:
  • Osaka Castle Garden
  • Nara Deer Park
  • The Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mt Fuji, Grand Canal, Suzhou Classical Garden and Hangzhou West Lake.

UTO Vacation or 855/526-1286.


4. Colonial Williamsburg Fall Experiences

Colonial Williamsburg Resorts invite you to enjoy a respite in Colonial Williamsburg, with their new signature resort experiences and entertainment events. The destination offers five accommodation options including the Williamsburg Inn, the Williamsburg Lodge, the family-friendly Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites, the Griffin Hotel or private, authentic Colonial Houses located in the Historic Area.

The Fall Getaway package includes a three-night stay; free tickets to Colonial Williamsburg and shuttle to nearby Busch Gardens; free wellness experiences; and booklet with up to $350 in resort outlet savings. Packages start at $129 per night. Minimum three-night stay based on availability.

Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets grant access to the world's largest living-history museum and two art museums. Colonial Williamsburg is a certified arboretum offering garden tours and programs during fall foliage. You can meet the nation's founders, receive hands-on lessons in historic trades and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, ax throwing, firing of a musket and other 18th century experiences in the Historic Area and Art Museums. Some additional charges may apply.

You can enjoy free fitness and wellness programs including guided, morning Wellness Nature Walks along the Bassett Trace Nature Trail, access to the Spa Fitness Center and 30-minute tennis and golf clinics.

All profits from guests staying at the Colonial Williamsburg Resorts support The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's mission to feed the human spirit by sharing America's enduring story.

Colonial Williamsburg Resorts have a line up of live entertainment events paired with season-inspired fare. The traditional afternoon tea experience at the Williamsburg Inn has been reimagined with a new menu and live music.

Learn, create and share alongside one of the Colonial Williamsburg Resorts chefs during the Woodford Reserve Tasting and Chef Demo in the Taste Studio. The interactive tasting and demonstration features spirits from the premium bourbon brand Woodford Reserve. Fridays at 6 p.m.

Colonial Williamsburg Resorts or 855/231-7240.


5. National "One Two Free" Promotion

National Car Rental launches its One Two Free promotion through its Emerald Club loyalty program. The promotion offers registered Emerald Club members one free rental day for every two qualifying rentals. Free Day covers base rate (time and mileage) only. Registered members can earn free days faster by accruing additional promotional points via bonus opportunities, such as renting through National's app or expediting the rental process with Emerald Checkout, which allows you to scan any vehicle on National's Emerald Aisle, confirm their rental options and accelerate their checkout using a Virtual Pass. The "One Two Free" promotion’s earning period runs through Feb. 29, 2020, and a redemption period through June 15, 2020.

"One Two Free" has been enhanced to include a mid-promotion surprise bonus opportunity, which will appear on members' promotion dashboard in November.

Each qualifying car rental completed during the "One Two Free" promotion is worth 300 points. A free day is awarded once a registered Emerald Club member earns 600 points. During the "One Two Free" promotion, bonus points can be earned through other activities, including:

    Using National's mobile app to book rentals (75 points per completed rental).
  • Completing the November bonus opportunity (100 points upon completion).
  • Purchasing and adding Sirius XM Satellite Radio service to a qualifying rental (one-time bonus of 250 points).
  • Completion of the online National Rental Car Survey after a qualifying rental (one-time bonus of 50 points).
  • Renting any size vehicle in Latin America (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).
  • Renting any size vehicle in Europe (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).

New customers can join National's Emerald Club here to be automatically registered for the promotion. There are no fees to join, and members enjoy expedited service at airports and free upgrades in National's Emerald Aisle, a section of the lot where members can select any vehicle if they reserve a midsized car.

Free days earned for qualifying rentals through "One Two Free" are awarded in addition to a member's chosen rewards earnings (frequent traveler miles/points or rental credits).

Emerald Club.


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6. 25% Off Wild About Sri Lanka Tour

On the Go Tours discounts its 10 day Wild About Sri Lanka tour by 25 percent. Prices start from $1,459 per person, based on double occupancy, and the discount applies to select departure dates: Nov 16, 23; Dec. 7, 2019; Jan 11, 25; Feb. 8, 22; Mar. 7, 14, 28; Apr. 4, 11, 2020.
    Trip Highlights include:
  • Polonnaruwa - the ancient capital city of Ceylon
  • Dambulla - Rock Temple
  • Kandy - city tour with Tuk Tuk ride, the Temple of the Tooth and cultural show
  • Nuwara Eliya - drive through Little England
  • Udawalawe National Park - nation's largest herd of Asian Elephants
  • Bundala National Park - coastal national park with 200 species of birds
  • Kayanwala village visit & cooking demonstration
  • Colombo - The Fort and Gangaramaya Temple
  • Sigiriya - 5th century fortress ruins
  • Matale - spice gardens
  • Giragama Tea Factory - working tea factory
  • Scenic train ride through waterfalls and tea plantations from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala National Park - Asian elephants, Sri Lankan krait, crocodiles and leopards
  • Mirissa and Weligama - Whale watching Nov. 1 to Apr. 30.
    The trip includes:
  • Nine breakfasts and 1one lunch
  • English speaking national guide for group of six or more, professional chauffeur guide for groups of five or less
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers on day one and day 10
  • Nine nights accommodation in four-star, five-star and heritage properties
  • Three Jeep safari/game drives - in Udawalawe NP, Yala NP and Bandula NP
  • All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • International flights and visas
  • Entrance Fees of $160 to $190 per person, paid in local currency
  • Tour guide tip - recommend $3 to $6 per day per traveller
  • Tipping Kitty: $60 to $80pp, in local currency to porters, support staff, bell hops, etc.

On The Go Tours or 866/606-2960.


7. Deer-Vehicle Crashes Peak in Fall

Cooler weather and shorter days mean more deer are now gracing roadways. The number of deer-vehicle collisions peak during the fall, which means drivers need to use caution and remain alert during the months ahead.

While any animal on the road is dangerous, deer are most often the cause of collisions. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, resulting in 150 occupant deaths and tens of thousands of injuries.

October through December are peak months for deer-vehicle crashes, due to the clearing of fields and deer mating season.

How to avoid animal collisions:

Scan the road ahead: Looking ahead helps provide enough reaction time if an animal is spotted. Also, some animals, like deer, move in groups, so when there is one, there are usually more in the area.

Use high beam headlights if there’s no oncoming traffic: This can help you spot deer or other wildlife sooner and give you time to slow down, move over or honk the horn to scare the animal away. High beams also help in spotting animals’ reflective eyes.

Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk: Deer tend to be more active in the early morning and at dusk; especially between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

If a collision is unavoidable, apply the brakes firmly and remain in your lane: Swerving to avoid an animal can often cause a more serious crash or cause you to lose control of your vehicle. What’s more, drivers who swerve to miss a deer and hit something else may be charged for an at-fault accident.

Consider purchasing comprehensive insurance, if you don’t already have it. Comprehensive insurance is the type of insurance that covers animal collisions.

Always wear a seat belt and remain awake, alert and sober: According to the Insurance Information Institute, the chances of getting injured when hitting an animal are much higher if you don’t have your seatbelt on. If you’re distracted or drowsy, you’re not properly scanning the road for deer, and could end up spotting them too late.

  • What to do if you hit a deer:
  • Move your vehicle to the side of the road away from the animal.
  • Call the police and let them know what happened.
  • Stay away from the deer and wait for the police to arrive.
  • Contact your insurance company and file a claim.
  • Double-check your car to make sure it’s safe to drive.


8. Sights of Scotland Tour

YMT Vacations offers a discount on its 10-day Sights of Scotland tour, on select tour departure dates. They reduced the price from $1,749 to $1,499 per person, based on double occupancy plus $299 taxes and fees. Airfare to Scotland is not included. The select tour departure dates for the $1,499 tour price are: Apr. 22, May 13, and Sep. 23, 2020.

Sightseeing includes Edinburgh, Cairngorms National Park, Loch Ness, Inverness, Western Highlands, Isle of Skye and Glasgow.

  • The Sights of Scotland tour includes:
  • Eight nights hotel accommodations at moderate hotels based on double occupancy
  • Eight breakfasts and four dinners
  • English-speaking local tour director
  • Baggage handling to/from your hotel room for one piece of checked baggage.
  • Trip highlights include:
  • Tour Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Crown Jewels
  • Scenery of the Scottish Highlands
  • Loch Ness with a scenic cruise
  • Explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle
  • Stop at the battlefield of the Battle of Culloden Moor
  • Tour Cawdor Castle and gardens
  • Rugged and beautiful Isle of Skye
  • Whisky distillery tour and tasting
  • History and culture of the Scottish Clans.

YMT Vacations or 877/332-6185


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9. India on a Shoestring 20% Off

Encounters Travel offers a 20 percent discount on its eight-day India on a Shoestring tour, departing on Dec. 28, 2019. The tour prices drops to $1,095 from $1,365, per person based on double occupancy.
    The tour includes:
  • Accommodation in budget hotels, homestays and heritage properties
  • Transport and transfers by air conditioned car or minibus
  • Second class air conditioned sleeper and chair carriages for train journeys
  • 24-hour airport arrival transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary
  • Local tour leaders and specialist guides
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
    Not included in the tour:
  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Entrance fees to sites visited ($35 for included tours, additional for optional tours)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for drivers and guides.

The tour starts in Delhi with free time to explore. You continue to Bundi, Jaipur, Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at sunset and return to Delhi for departure.

Travel Encounters or 877/260-3950.


10. Club Med 'Fall Into Savings' Sale

Club Med launched its Fall Into Savings sale. Enjoy a warm weather winter vacation or spring break holiday with rates originally from $239 now starting at $125 per night, per adult. Book by Oct. 22, 2019, for travel through May 2, 2020.
  • Benefits include:
  • Up to $400 air credit
  • No single supplement
  • Kids under four stay free, and kids four to 15 stay for up to 50 percent off.

Club Med resorts offering the Fall Into Savings Sale include:

Club Med Cancún Yucatán, Mexico: The Aguamarina expansion introduces 60 oceanfront family rooms, water games at the new family pool and different outdoor activities to provide entertainment all day long.

Club Med La Caravelle, Guadeloupe: Will re-open this fall, introducing all-new dining concepts, two beachside bars and a rum cellar, new oceanfront accommodations with an adults-exclusive Zen Oasis area.

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: The new Amazing Family program has activities for families to bond, reconnect and create memories; Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, an interactive playground with more than 25 acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay, FL: on the St. Lucie River, the resort's Spectacular Months events include Zen-tacular Months (September – October), focusing on wellness with free beauty workshops, guided wellness activities and new nighttime renewal massages at the Club Med Spa by L'OCCITANE.

Club Med or 800/258-2633.


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11. 25% Off Fall Mountain Travel

Wynham Vacation Rentals offers savings up to 25 percent off on fall travel to their properties in Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Canada. Use promo code FALLMC when booking.

Up to 15 percent off in Aspen, CO. At least a two night stay is required. Book by Nov. 25 for travel through Nov. 27, 2019.

Up to 20 percent off in Park City, UT. At least a two night stay is required. Book by Nov. 20 for travel through Nov. 21, 2019.

Up to 20 percent off in Snow Mass, CO. Book by Oct. 31 for travel through Nov. 1, 2019.

Up to 20 percent off in Steamboat, CO. Book by Nov. 24 for travel through Nov. 24, 2019.

Up to 20 percent off in Breckenridge and Keystone, CO. Book by Nov. 8 for travel through Nov. 9, 2019.

Up to 25 percent off in Vail, CO. Book by Nov. 16 for travel through Nov. 17, 2019.

Destinations and travel times are subject to availability and confirmed on a first come, first served basis. The offer is for accommodations only and excludes travel costs and other expenses that may be incurred. Taxes, additional fees and charges may apply. The offer cannot be combined with other offers and is valid on new reservations only.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Fall Mountain Travel or 866/733-1229.


12. Yellowstone Winter In Wonderland Package

Geysers, hot springs and other thermal features contribute to Yellowstone’s winter environment. Moisture from thermal features combined with the cold winter temperatures create amazing landscapes. Because a blanket of white covers the ground, most of the larger mammals are easier to spot making winter a wildlife watchers’ dream. This educational adventure will include in-depth exploration (sometimes by cross-country skis or snowshoes, professional instruction provided) in a variety of winter habitats, including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The activity level includes brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to five miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.

    The Winter Wonderland package is available every Monday from Dec. 16, 2019, ending Feb. 24, 2020. The 2019/2020 winter package rates are:
  • $2,569 per person, double occupancy
  • $3,289 per person, single occupancy.

When you book one of the winter packages, you receive an accommodations package rate of $54 for adults, $27 for children (three to 11). Rates do not include taxes, fees and gratuity. Package prices are higher during the Christmas holiday (Dec. 22 to Jan. 4). You must be at least 12 years old to participate. A minimum of four persons is required for the course to occur.

    Lodging & Learning programs are offered in partnership with the Yellowstone Forever Institute. The package includes:
  • Four nights lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, two nights lodging at Old Faithful Snow Lodge
  • Six breakfasts, five lunches, and six dinners
  • Instruction by Yellowstone Forever Institute naturalist guide
  • In-park transportation for field trips and to lodging sites
  • One welcome gift per person
  • One Snow Card discount card per person, good for an additional 10% discount on select gift shop items, tours, rentals and meals (except designated special events.)
  • Professional cross country ski instruction
  • Cross country ski rental
  • Unlimited ice skating
  • Optional evening programs with National Park Service & Yellowstone National Park Lodges.

During the winter season, a daily shuttle is offered from the Bozeman Airport to/from Yellowstone. Reserve your seat(s) when making your lodging reservations by phone.

Yellowstone Winter In Wonderland Package or 307/344-7311.


13. Steamboat VIP Savings

The sVIP Program at Steamboat Springs, CO gets you 25 percent savings on lodging and lift tickets plus free VIP experiences.

Save 25 percent on lodging and lift tickets (10 percent off Dec. 21, 2019 to Jan. 4, 2020). Kids 12 and under ski free when a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian purchases an Adult five-day or more lift ticket. A minimum four nights lodging with three-day lift tickets is required.

The sVIP savings is valid for stays Nov. 23, 2019 through Apr. 12, 2020. You must book by Oct. 10, 2019.

Save 25 percent off ski and snowboard rentals at Steamboat Ski & Sport which includes delivery, 10 percent discount Dec. 21, 2019 to Jan. 4, 2020. You also save 25 percent off group lessons and childcare (10 percent discount Dec. 21, 2019 to Jan. 4, 2020). Make these reservations by Oct. 10, 2019.

    Free sVIP experiences include:
  • Old Town Hot Springs passes
  • Night skiing
  • First Tracks - lifts open early for sVIP skiers
  • Equipment demo day - Offered one day during your stay, try the latest equipment
  • Guided snowshoe tour
  • Scenic nighttime gondola ride
  • sVIP free activities must be booked in advance.

Save 20 percent off night dining options. To receive the discount, book here and mention sVIP in reservation request.

Additionally, you save 10 percent on spa services at the Steamboat Grand Spa.

Steamboat Springs VIP Savings, or Steamboat Central Reervations 877/255-2628.


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14. Ski. Soak. Eat. Repeat. Package

Whiteface Lodge, in Lake Placid, NY, offers their Ski. Soak. Eat. Repeat. package this winter. The package requires a minimum two night stay.
    The S.S.E.R package includes:
  • Two lift tickets to Whiteface Mountain
  • Free access to indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas
  • 25 percent off spa services (excluding Saturday, Sunday & holiday periods). Separate spa appointment is required
  • 25 percent discount on most regularly priced spa merchandise and products
  • Free full breakfast each morning for each member of your party.
    Additionally, you receive a nightly resort credit of:
  • $50 per night for a one bedroom suite reservation
  • $75 per night for a two bedroom suite reservation
  • $100 per night for a three bedroom suite reservation.

As a guest, you can enjoy the resort’s amenities including: Canoe Club (seasonal), valet parking, indoor/outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, 24 hour fitness center, game room, tennis court, basketball court, ice skating rink, bowling lanes, movie theater, and nightly s’mores.

All packages are subject to availability. Not valid on previously booked reservations or groups. Blackout dates may apply.

Whiteface Lodge Ski. Soak. Eat. Repeat. or 518/523-0505.


15. 50% Off Companion on Tanzania Adventure

Great Safaris offers 50 percent off a companion on its 10-day Tanzania Adventure.

Book the Tanzania Adventure at the Classic accommodation level and receive a 50 percent companion discount for the second traveler. Land-only prices for Classic accommodation level accommodations are $5,995 per person based on double occupancy for trips through Oct. 31; $5,395 per person for trips Nov. 1 to Dec. 15; and $6,595 per person for Dec 16. through 31, 2019.

The Tanzania itinerary begins in Arusha. Then travel to Lake Manyara National Park with animals such as impala, elephant, dikdik, bush buck, and hippo. You spend two nights in Serengeti National Park with game drives and a visit to the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge. Stay two nights at Ngorongoro Crater where you descend 2,000 feet into the crater. You continue to Tarangire National Park for a game drive.

The trip features all of the popular northern Tanzania game parks. You travel in 4×4 safari vehicles with driver/guide and open roofs for game viewing. This small group vehicle safari has a maximum of seven travelers, all with window seats. Safari includes meals, accommodation, park entry fees .

Extensions are available to Zanzibar and Kenya. The offer is valid for new bookings only, is subject to availability, and cannot be combined with any other offers.

Great Safaris or 800/409-7755.


16. Helpful Tips for Traveling with Pets

Many pet parents enjoy road trips that include their furry friends. PetSmart offers pet parents tips on how to make traveling with pets safer and more enjoyable.

"Traveling with your pets doesn't have to be stressful if you do a little preparation and planning beforehand," said Jennifer Freeman, DVM, PetSmart's resident veterinarian and pet care expert. "Preparing for the journey is just as important as knowing what pet-friendly amenities and accommodations are available at your destination. Be sure to pack plenty of food, water and a few familiar objects like their bed, blanket or toys. I also recommend pet parents take their pet to the vet prior to the trip to ensure their pet is up for travel."

Avoid swimming in small lakes or ponds. Blue-green algae, which can form blooms that can discolor the water a blue-green appearance, produces potent toxins that can sicken or kill people and pets. Be aware of warning signs such as diarrhea or vomiting, weakness or staggering, drooling, difficulty breathing and convulsions or seizures. Keep your eye out for symptoms and if your pet does swim in a lake or pond, be sure to thoroughly rinse them off afterward.

Purchase a dog safety harness. Dog safety harnesses are designed to help keep your pet in place should you come to an abrupt stop. Most harnesses clip into the car's seatbelt system so it's easy to use.

Protect your seats. Perfect for long road trips, a car bench seat cover lets your pet stretch and relax for a comfortable ride while keeping your car clean. Choose a waterproof fabric for extra protection.

Consider a dog booster seat. Booster seats are great options for the smaller pets who want to look out the window. Doggie booster seats clip onto the seatbelt and harness your pet.

Bring a hard-sided carrier. Held in place with a seatbelt, a sturdy hard-sided carrier can help keep your dog from roaming around your vehicle while you drive. "Pets that are traveling in a cage or hard-sided carrier should have enough room inside to stand up, lie down and turn around," said Freeman.

Keep them hydrated. Ideal for dogs on the go, collapsible bowls expand into food and water cups that latch onto your dog's leash. A quick-release clip attaches to leashes, belt loops, purses, and strollers making it perfect for traveling.

Pack a Pet First Aid Kit. Having a first aid kit on hand for your furry friend is a great way to give yourself peace of mind during hectic travel.

Keep them calm. Ask your vet about options if your dog gets car sickness or has anxiety about travel. Prescription and over the counter calming products can be helpful to make the trip more enjoyable for everyone.

Prevention is key. Be sure to prepare for where you're going, especially concerning fleas/ticks and heartworm prevention.

Microchip them for peace of mind. Consider getting your pet microchipped and registered in addition to outfitting them with a collar with correct contact information listed in the event pets plan their own escape excursion. Always keep pets leashed when stopping at gas stations and rest areas.

Petsmart travel products and resources.


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17. Seaside FL Red Wine Festival Travel Deal

The Homeowner's Collection, a Seaside, FL vacation rental company, has a travel deal for November's "Seeing Red Wine Festival." Book a stay at a Homeowner's Collection cottage and receive free tickets to the wine festival. This year's festival will be held Nov. 7 to 10, with the Grand Tasting on Nov. 9, 2019.

Guests booking a one-bedroom cottage will receive a free ticket to the festival's Grand Tasting event, a $225 value. Guests booking a two-bedroom or larger cottage will receive two free Grand Tasting tickets, a $450 value.

A three-night minimum stay is required to qualify for this promotion.

Travelers will also receive a 15 percent discount on any additional festival tickets they purchase.

The Seeing Red Wine Festival is held in Seaside, FL. All Homeowner's Collection cottages are in Seaside, which means that you can walk to festival events.

To book this promotion call the Homeowner's Collection at (855) 411-1557. This promotion is not available online.

Homeowner's Collection and Seeing Red Wine Festival promotion or 855/411-1557.


18. Fall Endless Summer Package

The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, brings back their Fall Endless Summer package. Designed for guests who would rather hear crashing waves than crunching leaves, the package includes overnight accommodations in a deluxe ocean view room, daily full hot breakfast, plus one pumpkin spice latte each morning per person and one welcome drink per person. Rates start at $129 per night. The Fall Endless Summer package is available for stays through Dec. 20, 2019.

Average high temperatures in Myrtle Beach, SC range from the mid-80s in September to the lower 60s in December.

On a quarter-mile stretch of Atlantic shoreline, the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach Oceanfront is at the south end of Ocean Boulevard. Its central location is minutes from The Market Commons, featuring retail outlets and dining options. The property offers private balconies with outdoor seating for all rooms, oceanfront dining, six pools, 18-hole miniature golf course, and expansive lawns.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach Oceanfront or 800/770-6895.


19. Zion Lodge Bed & Breakfast Package

The fall and winter are some of the most beautiful times at Zion National Park. Couple that with the lack of crowds. You can visit the park with the Zion Lodge Bed & Breakfast package for select dates November 2019 through February 2020.
    The Zion Lodge Bed and Breakfast package includes:
  • Overnight stay for two in any Zion Lodge hotel room, suite or cabin
  • Free buffet breakfast for two at the Red Rock Grill for each night’s stay.
  • Children ages 16 and under stay free in the room (using existing bedding). Additional adults are $10 for the room only (breakfast not included). Additional adults or children may purchase breakfast separately on site.

The package is valid for stays Nov. 12, 2019, to Feb. 29, 2020. Blackout dates of Nov. 23 to 29 and Dec. 29 to 31, 2019 apply. Rates vary by day of week, season, and holiday periods and average about $200 per night. Use promo code BNBFREE when booking.

Zion Lodge Bed & Breakfast package or 888/297-2757.

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20. Goway Travel Maldives Escape

Goway's newest Asia special offers island luxury with flexibility to unwind in the Maldives. Passengers who book Goway's Maldives Escape by Oct. 31, 2019 will save $1,500 per person on departures between November 2019 and April 2020.

An archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are famous for good weather, unspoiled beaches, diving and snorkeling opportunities, and abundant marine wildlife including whale sharks in season. Some resorts offer underwater dining. They're also a popular honeymoon spot, with a cultural identity unique enough to satisfy the curious globetrotter, within one of the world's most romantic settings.

Goway's Maldives Escape is an 11-day vacation that includes flights with Emirates (including taxes), inter-island transfers from Male, seven nights accommodation, and some meals based on your chosen resort. Canadian departures fly from Toronto with Air France and Etihad Airways, while connecting flights are available to cities across North America.

Book by Oct. 31, 2019 to be eligible for Goway's Maldives Escape offer. Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplements, extensions, and upgrades are available at extra cost.

Goway's Maldives Escape or 800/387-8850.


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