A new series of f-ree, dynamically mapped and customizable sound-seeing tours of Philadelphia are available. The SoundAboutPhilly tours concentrate on lesser-known city experiences and combine tales, fun facts and lively music to tell the area's story. Spontaneous and intimate in tone, the tours feature distinctive and varied voices of experts, boutique owners, chefs, musicians and everyday, in- the-know Philadelphians.
The first three tours are: "History Unplugged," 300 years of non-textbook American history; "Flavorhoods," a look at dining in different ethnic neighborhoods; and "My Philly," recommendations from Philadelphians accents and all. Each tour introduces the sounds, history and culture of Philadelphia. Even when not in town, you can soak up Philly while walking the dog or driving to work. You'll learn which Old City boutique hosts bridal showers, what not to say when ordering at a Port Richmond pizza joint and which room in City Tavern was destroyed by rowdy Founding Fathers as they planned the Revolution.
The remaining four tours will be unveiled about once a month and will feature the African American experience in Philadelphia, undertold tales of the Historic District, the inside scoop on classic Philly spots and a look at the city's religious history.
With the dynamic mapping capabilities, the web site integrates the audio with Google Maps to customize a map that matches your selected tour and prints it out so you can take it with you as explore the city.
The web site will grow over time with oral information about the city and region, where downloadable tours (beyond the original seven) will live in the future. As Philadelphia becomes increasingly wireless, the audio tours will be accessible to anyone with a wireless Internet connection in Philadelphia.
At the web site, you can listen to any tour directly, download a tour or specific segment to iTunes or other audio players or sign up for an RSS feed to receive a new tour each time one is uploaded.
Fr-ee Fun San Diego|
This savings-packed FR.EE brochure features almost 40 Fun, Fr-ee Things to do in San Diego. When heading to Southern California, attend concerts or visit a State Historic Park and keep that cash in your pocket.
To get your Fr-ee Fun San Diego brochure, for a $1 handling fee, click here to send us an email.
Insects and snakes are important to the balance of nature. However, more people die from insect bites than from snake bites and most insect bites can be prevented.
The California Poison Control System is a fast, easy way to get information about poison-related concerns. While many insects can bite or sting, most are more bothersome than dangerous. But how do you know which is which?
Bites from fleas, mosquitoes and the common housefly can cause pain, itching and swelling at the site, an unpleasant experience but not necessarily dangerous, unless an infection occurs.
Some bites and stings from aggressive insects such as Africanized honey bees ("killer" bees), West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes, black widow spiders, fire ants, and poisonous snakes can be uncomfortable or painful. However, when treated promptly, they are rarely fatal.
The California Poison Control System (CPCS) is available (800/222-1222) 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions about bites and stings and questions relating to treatment.
Unseasonably warm and wet weather increases the insect population. The following tips are to keep everyone, particularly children, safe.
Do not leave food, drinks or garbage out and uncovered. Bees and wasps are attracted to the smell of fruit juice, soda, leather, perspiration and rotting food.
Remove standing water where mosquitoes may breed. At dusk wear long sleeves and pants and apply a repellent with DEET.
Avoid wearing perfumes and floral scents so you don't smell like a flower.
Avoid wearing bright floral patterned clothes so you don't look like a flower.
Do not walk barefoot.
Do not plant shrubs or flowers that attract bees, such as star jasmine or bottlebrush, next to swimming pools, decks or patios.
Be careful where spiders live, such as woodpiles, garages and other dark places. Carefully remove any spider webs you may see.
Shake all shoes, clothing, towels and bedding that are sitting around as insects and scorpions may crawl into the folds to hide.
Run from swarming bees.
Call a professional bee removal company to remove a hive of any kind.
If extremely allergic to bee or wasp stings, wear a Medic-Alert bracelet and ask a physician about prescribing an emergency bee-sting kit to have on hand.
Snakes, even rattlesnakes, are not naturally aggressive, so do nothing to annoy one.
If you or your child is bitten by a snake, or react strongly to an insect bite, go to an emergency room for treatment.
If your child is bitten or stung, call the California Poison Control System. They can answer any questions, any time. Just talk intelligently and calmly.
If breathing difficulties, swallowing difficulties or body-wide itching develop, call 9-1-1 immediately. Otherwise, wash the bite or sting area with soap and water to help prevent infection.
If stung or bitten on fingers or hand, remove any rings or jewelry in case of swelling. Your local pharmacist can recommend the best over-the-counter medications to help treat insect and spider bites.
Arts/Culture with Fr.ee Fall Baltimore
Baltimore, MD unveiled Fr.ee Fall Baltimore, a program offering more than 175 fr.ee cultural events this fall, to uncover the cultural treasures including live music, dance, theater, museum exhibitions, classes and lectures. More than 70 cultural organizations are participating in this fr.ee arts program.
At the center of eliminating admission fees is the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum. For the first time in more than 20 years, both museums will offer fr.ee admission.
Details about all Fr.ee Fall Baltimore events are available online.
Baltimore embraces the Fr.ee Fall spirit by offering a special coupon book and hotel packages. Sample packages include:
Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore room rates from $169 per night plus tax plus a fr.ee upgrade to the best available room and breakfast for two adults.
Reserve a room mid-week for a fr.ee house and garden tour at the Gramercy Mansion Bed & Breakfast, including an organic farm and a gallery exhibit.
From $250 per night including tax, the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel offers accommodations, two adult tickets to the National Aquarium, fr.ee buffet breakfast for two adults and up to two children and late checkout.
The Tremont Park Hotel offers a one-night stay plus breakfast for two and fr.ee valet parking from $169 per night.
The Tremont Plaza Hotel offers an overnight getaway in a signature suite and full breakfast for two from $169 per night.
Fr.ee Fall Baltimore events or Special hotel packages .
F.ree Travel Day in Europe
Eurail offers an extra day of rail travel on all six-, eight- or 10- day Eurail Selectpasses. You must purchase this pass by Dec. 31, 2006. Your first day of travel must occur within six months of purchase. The Eurail Selectpass allows unlimited travel in three, four, or five European destinations out of 22 countries or country combinations.
This offer applies to adult and child passes, youth passes (those under 26) and saver versions (for two or more people traveling together). Once you select your favorite destinations and your days of travel, you are ready to go.
Eurail comprises 27 railways and shipping lines, and several bonus partners.
Face-It Luggage Tags -- Your Face on Your Luggage|
There's no mistaking your luggage with the Face-It Luggage Tag. The durable, laminated tag displays your face and the phrase "This Face Belongs With This Luggage."
A Face-It Luggage tag makes it less likely for a stranger or thief to walk off with your luggage and helps you recognize your luggage at a glance in hotels or airports. Face-It Tags are also available for briefcases, portfolio books, backpacks, sporting equipment, musical instruments, bicycles and more.
Face-It Luggage Tags.
Best Western “Double Up” Promotion
Through Dec. 15, 2006, members of Best Western's f.ree Gold Crown Club International (GCCI) and NASCAR-themed Speed Rewards loyalty programs will receive either double points or double airline miles with every qualified hotel stay between Sunday and Thursday. Point redemption awards include fr.ee room nights with no blackout dates; Best Western Travel Cards; dining, shopping and entertainment options at Starbucks, Macy's and SeaWorld.
Members of the AAA and CAA Preferred Gold Crown Club program, a select class of GCCI, will receive triple points or triple airline miles with every stay, regardless of the time of week. In addition, Preferred customers will be given a 10 percent bonus on base points earned with each visit.
To be eligible, you must reside in the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean and be a member of either GCCI, Speed Rewards or the AAA/CAA Preferred program. Pre-registration for the promotion is also required. If you are not already a member, you may join the program of your choice prior to your first stay. Membership is fr.ee.
Best Western “Double Up” Promotion or 800/WESTERN. Mention promo code FALL06 or AAA/CAAFALL06.
Intro Price for Tortola House
Frenchmans Lookout sits on one of the highest points on Tortola's west end and houses up to 10 people. It is a two story Carolina house with a wrap-around porch on each floor. Located in the British Virgin Islands, the house was purchased in 2001 by Richard Friedman, an American hotelier. Several years of remodeling and refurbishing has turned it into an ultra-comfortable Caribbean house.
Each of the five bedrooms open out onto a porch. Every room on both levels opens onto the porch via French doors, even the bathrooms. The main floor houses the living room with music and entertainment center, renovated kitchen and dining room. Dinners are served by a private chef and staff or by those guests who love to cook and want to be alone. Off the great room is the garden framing the L-shaped swimming pool and barbeque gazebo high above the harbor and small village of Soper's Hole.
Frenchmans week-long program includes a welcome dinner, two days of snorkeling and exploring on a 35 foot motor yacht with professional captain. Also included are 10 one-hour spa treatments from the Serenity Spa given on-property by spa owners.
For the very active, the houseman/driver will tell you about nearby beaches, good restaurants and shopping in Road Town.
The special introductory price for this seven-night package, through Dec. 23, 2006, is $12,500 while it is $35,000 during the Christmas/ New Year's holidays. The high season rate, valid Jan. 3 through Apr. 21, 2007 is $25,000 while the low season rate, valid Apr. 22 through Dec. 15, 2007, is $15,000. The intro rate is $2,500 less per week than the low season rate.
The price includes a seven night stay, arrival and return transfer, welcome cocktail and dinner made by the house's professional chef, breakfast each morning, two full days with lunch on a captained yacht, and 10 spa treatments. Four percent in gratuities and seven percent tax are not included.
Frenchmans Lookout or 800/940-0020.
Viking River Cruises $199 China Airfare
Viking River Cruises all-inclusive cruise-tours allow you to explore China's top landmarks and a Yangtze River cruise. For a limited time, you can receive roundtrip international air from $199 when booking a cruisetour on select 2007 dates. Valid on June, July and August 2007 departures only, the cruise must be booked by Dec. 18, 2006, and is good on new bookings only. The cruise-tour must be paid in full when booking and can not be combined with any other offer except Past Passenger Discount.
Airfare purchased from Viking River Cruises does not include air taxes/fees of $320. Transfers are included in air price. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy and include port charges. Limited singles fares are available. If you purchase independently, transfers may be purchased when available and price will be quoted at time of booking.
Roundtrip airfare to China is available from $199 on the 15-night China's Cultural Delights itinerary, which features three nights in Beijing, one night in Xian, a nine-night Yangtze cruise from Chongqing to Nanjing, and two nights in Shanghai. Mention offer "01P" to get discounted air.
Roundtrip airfare from $399 is offered on the nine- or 10-night Imperial Jewels of China itinerary, with two nights in Shanghai, a three- or four-night Yangtze cruise from the Three Gorges Dam to Chongqing (or the reverse), one night in Xian, and three nights in Beijing. Mention offer "08P" to get discounted air.
The $199 and $399 airfare rates are valid on departures from Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle only. Flights from other gateways cities or upgrades to business class are available for an additional cost.
When traveling to China with Viking River Cruises, you are escorted by the cruise line’s English-speaking guides. On the Yangtze cruise portion of the trip, you travel aboard the 306-passenger all-balcony Viking Century Sky or Viking Century Sun.
The Viking Century Sky includes gourmet Western meals and Chinese menus designed by Martin Yan; four European onboard managers to oversee customer service and quality. Each cabin is equipped with a phone, color television, private bathroom and shower, hotel-style beds, and climate control. The ship includes a restaurant, observation lounge and bar, coffee bar, sauna, business center, internet cafe, sun deck, shop, and laundry service. A doctor, massage services, and beauty salon are also available onboard.
Viking River Cruises or 877/668-4546.
Protect Luggage with Baggage Guard Seals |
The pre-numbered, one-time use plastic padlocks are the perfect way to protect your luggage since they cannot be reinstalled once removed. That feature lets you instantly know if someone tampered with your luggage. Yet when TSAs at airports need to inspect your luggage, Baggage Guard Seals can be easily removed. A package of 10 Baggage Guard Seals is still only $9.95.
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Electronic in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport in Scotland began testing a new text service to allow passengers to make travel inquiries and get speedy answers.
Travelers can use their cell phone and send a question by text message to 64BAA (64222).
Questions can relate to transportation connections, hotel information or other travel issues. Sample questions: "What is the closest hotel to Edinburgh Airport?" or "What is the quickest bus service from Edinburgh city center to the airport?".
Questions will be received by a team of "textperts" who will send a quick response, in a matter of minutes, direct to travelers' phones. The cost for each question is £1 (about $1.87), with the charge being reverse billed.
The service, provided by 82ASK, is known for fielding a wider range of queries from beer recommendations to pick-up lines that work.
The test program is designed to reduce the pressure on information desks and airport information phone lines and will initially run for two months.
Dine Out Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver again invites you to experience the city's food and wine scene during Dine Out Vancouver 2007.
From Jan. 19 to Feb. 4, 2007, you can enjoy a special three-course dinner at one of Vancouver's hottest restaurants for $15, $25 or $35 per person, complemented by British Columbia VQA wine pairing suggestions.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the promotion, and the culinary event has been extended from 14 days to 17 days due to consumer demand. The list of participating restaurants and menus will be posted online during the first week of January 2007.
|Reduced Winter Rates at Thunderbird Lodge|
Thunderbird Lodge, at Canyon de Chelly National Monument in northeastern Arizona, reduces its rates for the 2006-07 winter season up to 43 percent off summer rates. Overnight visitors to the lodge on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will also receive coupons for continental breakfast, 10 percent off canyon tours and 10 percent off
gift shop purchases.
Winter rates are in effect through Mar. 31, 2007. Rates per night are $58.50 for a single room, $65 for a double, $71 for a triple and $77 for a quad. Suites are available from $90.50. Rates do not include taxes.
Thunderbird Lodge features 74 rooms equipped with full bathrooms and satellite television. The lodge sits on the site of a trading post built in 1896, and its cafeteria-style restaurant is located in the trading post's original building. The Thunderbird Lodge gift shop and rug room offer some of the region's finest examples of Native American jewelry, crafts and Navajo rugs.
Thunderbird Lodge or 800/679-2473
Cheap Tix Chart
Buy Tickets at a Discount -- Special ticket outlets
sell discounted day-of-performance tickets to theater productions, films, and
sporting events. Discounts can be 50 percent or more. On The Go
Publishing’s Cheap Tix Chart, still only $14, lists outlets in the
U.S. and eight foreign cities that sell discounted, day-of-performance tickets.
Click here to order the Cheap Tix Chart from On The Go Publishing.
|New EU Security Rules for Air Passengers|
The European Union approved new airline security rules that will restrict the amount of liquid allowed onboard planes, limit the size of cabin baggage, require passengers to remove coats at security checkpoints and other similar measures.
The EU Regulatory Committee for Civil Aviation Security, representing all 25 member states, approved the measures, proposed by the European Commission, to address the new threat of liquid explosives.
The new rules will come into effect in early November, after being officially published by the European Commission. The new carry-on luggage size rules will come into force later to allow tour operators time to prepare.
The proposed new rules:
Limit the amount of liquids allowed to be carried by each passenger to 100 ml per container.
Require containers fit in one transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a maximum size of one liter.
Require passengers to present the plastic bag at security checkpoints.
Limit cabin baggage to 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm (22 inches x 17.7 inches x 9.8 inches), with possible exemptions e.g. musical instruments.
Require passengers to remove coats and jackets at security checkpoints.
Require laptops and large electrical items to be removed from bags at security checkpoints.
The new rules will still allow passengers to buy, under certain conditions, larger quantities of liquids at airport shops beyond the point where boarding passes are controlled.
|Call Home from London Cheap|
Visit London, the tourism organization for the city, introduces Totally London Phonecards, a new service for visitors to the UK who want to call home for less.
The Totally London phonecard service saves you up to 75 percent over prepaid roaming mobile costs and cost less than four cents a minute for calls from the U.K. to the U.S. . There are no hidden connection or maintenance charges. Plus you can get a replacement guarantee if your card is lost or stolen. You can buy access and open an account for£10. Purchase cards worth at least £20 ($38)and you get an additional 20 percent discount on the per-minute cost.
Designed for visitors to the UK, the service is available with prompts in 10 languages. The service offers a toll-fr.ee access number for land-lines or an 0207 access number for use with mobile phones.
This is the new easy-to-use electronic service replaces phonecards. You don't need a phonecard, just the fr.ee-phone access number for the number you're calling from, your account number and a PIN number.
The cards can be ordered online from VisitLondon.com, or bought from vending machines in the Britain and London Visitor Centre near Piccadilly. They’ll soon be available at some retailers and tourist attractions in London.
Totally London Phonecards.
|Best of the Mediterranean for Less|
You can explore the best of the Mediterranean for a fraction of the price with Costa's "Mediterranean Value Voyage" collection. The collection features select voyages November 2006 through April 2007, with early booking fares that are up to 45 percent off.
All Costa ships sailing the Mediterranean in the winter are equipped with retractable magrodomes or indoor pools, making poolside activities enjoyable at all times.
Costa's "Mediterranean Value Voyage" collection features 10- and 11-night cruises through Spain, Morocco, Portugal, the Canary Islands, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece. Fares for 10-night cruises, including airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation begin at $1,398 per person. Government taxes are additional. All fares are subject to change and based on availability.
Costa Cruises or 800/GO-COSTA .
Silky Travel Jewelry Roll
A must have for travelers. Our silky travel jewelry
roll comes in a random assortment of single-color jacquards, solid colors and two-color brocades.
This handy travel jewelry roll measures 8 1/2 x 11 inches when open and closes to a compact 8 1/2 x 4 inches.
Our exclusive design offers a place for everything with one deep pocket, a ring bar and three zippered compartments.
Price $40. Click here to order from On The Go Publishing.
Ireland under $100 Per Day
Dooley Vacations offers the Incredible Ireland B&B package for frugal travelers looking for an Irish escape without breaking the bank.
This package starts at $499 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes roundtrip airfare, five-days and three-night’s accommodations, and a rental car. Valid for travel through Feb. 28, 2007, the package also includes a fr.ee Waterford Crystal Factory Tour, breakfast daily, and Irish coffee welcome reception.
Your first night is spent at a pre-booked hotel, and the following two nights are spent in your choice of Farmhouse B&Bs. Upgrades to Town & Country B&Bs (with private bath) and automatic rental car are available for an additional $50 per person. You can extend the Emerald Isle escape with the option of adding up to four nights or spending one night in a five-star castle.
Dooley Vacationsor 877/331-9301.
Stay Two Nights, Third Night Fr.ee
This winter, Joie de Vivre Hospitality presents their company-wide winter promotion that offers a fre.e third night with all two-night stays, a 33 percent savings.
The winter promotion will be available at all of Joie de Vivre's 30 hotels throughout California. The promotion is available Nov. 15, 2006, through Jan. 31, 2007. Reservations must be made by Nov. 15 with black out dates and restrictions applying, depending on the property. The offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with any other specials.
For San Francisco getaways, Joie de Vivre Hospitality offers recommended "local" activities on their website. Via the hotel matchmaker, there’s a wealth of information about off-the-beaten-path activities such as: Glide Memorial Church's Sunday morning gospel choir celebration; Karma Moffett's Tibetan Bell Ceremony and rock climbing at Mission Cliffs.
Joie de Vivre Hospitality or 800/738-7477.
Budget "Win A Trip to the Strip"
Budget Rent A Car launched an online trivia contest. The "Win a Trip to the Strip" sweepstakes offers you a daily chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and a chance at the grand prize, a trip for two to Las Vegas. The grand prize package includes airfare, accommodations at the Wynn Casino and Resort, a Budget car rental and $1,000 spending money.
No purchase is necessary to participate. Participants receive a Budget coupon for $10, $15 or $25 off a weekend rental, $25 off a weekly rental, or a fr.ee upgrade just for playing. The sweepstakes runs through Nov. 30, 2006 and is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including D.C., who are 21 years or older.
Budget Rent A Car.
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CURE & CLEAN NATURALLY -- Throw out your harmful toxic disinfectants,
cleaners, bleaches and insecticides! Cure and clean with the world’s safest
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EASY IMMIGRATION TO NEW ZEALAND -- Thinking about making New Zealand
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|Live Among the Locals Forget about staying in a boring hotel. Live among the locals in a house or flat.
Coach House London Vacation Rentals offers short term central London rentals with more than 60 properties that sleep from 2 to 12 people.
Each rental comes with a neighborhood guide, breakfast provisions for the first day or two of your stay, a telephone help line, and what to do and see.
Coach House London Vacation Rentals.
|NATURE'S MIRACLE PRODUCT -- in today’s computerized world, we’re still
using a product discovered by chance more than 10,000 years ago -- VINEGAR!! Throw out toxic cleaners and insecticides that pollute! Save money
and save the environment by using vinegar, one of the world’s safest all-natural products. Get more than 150 powerful
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|Gambler's General Store -- The world's largest gambling superstore with slots, video poker, dice, craps, roulette, books, software and more.
Gambler's General Store or 800/322-CHIP.
|FR!EE PEARL Necklace & Bracelet
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|DINNER AT 35,000 FEET What meals will you get on your flight?
See behind the scenes at airline catering. Preview first- and
business-class menus and pictures of actual airline meals, photographed and contributed by passengers.
More than 330 airlines represented.
Learn what your meals will probably be.
the online recreational vehicle publication features raw reviews of RV parks based on real RVers' experiences.
RVShark includes RV for sale listings and an RV parks for sale section. RVShark is fr.ee.
Herd ostrich, ride horses or gather eggs -- at a family farm in Pennsylvania, the relaxing alternative to a camping vacation. The 25 family farms roll out the red carpet for families and are found in all corners of the state.
Pennsylvania Farm Vacation Association or 888/856-6622.
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