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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, March 2011 Issue



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In This Issue:
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  • Take Me to Barbados Savings
  • Barcelona Package $1,099 from NY
  • Australia on Sale
  • Crystal March Mexico Cruise Discount
  • House Sitting for Vacation Accommodations
  • Summer School at Oxford Open to All
  • New Medication Translations for World Travelers
  • TripAlertz More Appealing Deals in 2011
  • World Nomad Travel Writing Scholarship Contest
  • Canada's Largest Travel App
  • The West Bay Club Snow Bird Sale
  • Sun Valley Spring Deals
  • Arkansas Family Fishing Sweepstakes
  • Stay, Earn and Win at Best Western
  • Keep Safe in the Water and the Sand
  • Sterling Resorts Family Price Break
  • Six Night Package to Scotland $799
  • 50% Off at St. Thomas Resort
  • City Cards by Nicki Chodnoff
  • Summer Intern Contest at Amble Resort


    Take Me to Barbados Savings

    Barbados gives you the opportunity to escape to the warm Caribbean with the Take me to Barbados package. The offer has values on hotel stays, attractions, retail and dining. Through Mar. 25, 2011, book a Barbados vacation and travel Apr. 25 to Dec. 15, 2011.

    The limited-time Take me to Barbados package allows you to customize vacations, selecting options from hotels, attractions and activities available on island.

      The Take me to Barbados package offers the following:
    • One night free on a five night stay (two nights free on a seven night stay optional)
    • Free breakfast daily at participating hotels
    • Children up to 16 years old stay and eat free at participating hotels - up to two children per family
    • Barbados Value Book with $150 coupons to spend on dining, shopping or excursions (redeemable at participating outlets); value-added offers from participating attractions, restaurants, and retail shops; free day on a minimum three-day car rental

    Barbados Tourism Authority or 800/221-9831.


    Barcelona Package $1,099 from NY

    TourCrafters has a five-night Barcelona package for $1,099 that includes roundtrip transatlantic air from New York, fuel surcharge, accommodations in the Hotel Condes de Barcelona, an arrival transfer, a two-hour guided walking tour of Modernist Barcelona and a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. The package is valid until Mar. 31, 2011.

    Barcelona offers tree-lined boulevards, the Gothic Quarter, fine art museums and architect Antoni Gaudi’s Modernist creations such as the Sagrada Familia. It is the cradle of Spanish cuisine, with innovative restaurants and traditional markets.

    The four-star Condes de Barcelona, in two converted 19th-century palaces, is located on the Passeig de Gracia in Modernist Barcelona, close to several Gaudi buildings, shops, restaurants and transportation.

    All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include airport taxes. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking. Add-on air fares are $61 from Washington, D.C., Miami and Chicago and $161 from Los Angeles.

    TourCrafters or 800/482-5995.


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    Australia on Sale

    Tourism Australia kicks-off a Great Aussie Sale, featuring value-added and time-sensitive deals and vacation itineraries. The Great Aussie Sale features nearly 20 travel partners and gives Americans the chance to take that dream trip with offers up to 30 percent off on travel or free flights and hotel nights.

      Sample deals available:
    • Flight and hotel packages from $1,522 with Orbitz
    • Fly free to western Australia, the Great Barrier Reef or the Outback
    • Free hotel nights with Flight Center/Liberty
    • Fly Qantas to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane from Los Angeles for $449, from Dallas/Fort Worth for $474 and from New York from $549. Prices include fuel surcharges. Taxes and security fees up to $210 are additional, depending on itinerary. Valid for departures May 1 to June 8 or July 24 to Sep. 3 from Los Angeles, May 16 to June 8 or July 24 to Sep. 3 from Dallas/Fort Worth, and May 1 to 30 or Aug. 1 to 30, 2011 from New York. Seats are limited.

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    Crystal March Mexico Cruise Discount

    Crystal Cruises offers discounts for its 10-day Mexican Riviera cruise sailing roundtrip from Los Angeles. Departing Mar. 31, 2011, the getaway offers new per person tiered rates at 30 to 45 percent less than previous fares: $1,995 for Deluxe Outside Staterooms with large windows, $2,995 for Verandah Staterooms, and $5,995 and $7,995 for its butler-serviced Penthouses and Penthouse Suites, respectively, plus $500 "All Inclusive – As You Wish" shipboard spending credits.

    Sailing roundtrip aboard the Crystal Symphony, ports-of-call include San Diego; La Paz, Loreto, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

    As a "Mind, Body, and Spirit" focused cruise, Crystal lined up expert speakers and instructors in world affairs, medicine, tai chi, yoga, dance, and golf. Shore excursions include swimming with dolphins, zipline through jungles, fly to Guadalajara to join a You Care, We Care voluntourism event.

    Crystal Cruises or 888/799-4625.


    House Sitting for Vacation Accommodations

    Holiday accommodation can be expensive. An increasing demand for house sitters means travel without paying for a place to stay is an option; particularly appealing in this age of austerity.

    Homeowners increasingly realize the benefit and peace of mind of having someone look after their home and pets while away. Andy Peck hit upon the idea of creating Trusted Housesitters to help bring homeowners and house sitters together while house sitting for a colleague in northern Spain in an otherwise unaffordable and exclusive mountain retreat.

    Whether staying at a beach house in the Caribbean, villa in the South of France, or winter retreat in British Columbia, house sitting enables a different kind of vacation, discovering a local community rather than staying in a hotel or resort.

    Trusted Housesitters profiles potential homes worldwide in need of sitters for anything from a weekend to more than a year.

    House sitters pay $15 per month or $60 for a year's membership to join Trusted Housesitters. Homeowners only pay if they find a sitter they'd like to contact.

    Trusted Housesitters offers an introductory 50 percent discount for a house sitter membership and six month's free homeowner membership with promotional code "TMUS11."

    Once potential house sitters create an online profile, they will receive email alerts when new house sitting opportunities arise in their preferred locations globally and they then can contact homeowners directly to find their perfect house sit.

      Current house sitting assignments include:
    • Pet sitting beachfront in Mexico with incredible sunsets and pool
    • House sitter on the Caribbean island of Bequia
    • Long term pet sitter for country in British Columbia
    • Cat sitter for cottage in Cotswold

    Trusted Housesitters.



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    Summer School at Oxford Open to All

    Everyone from Albert Einstein to Hugh Grant and Bill Clinton has gone to Oxford. You can, too. Spend your summer vacation at the Oxford Experience, a one-week residential course at Christ Church, one of the most prestigious and beautiful of Oxford colleges. There are no requirements, the course is open to all and there are no exams or papers.

    The courses cover some 50 subjects as varied as The Brontës; Late Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories; Golden Mycenae; The Novels of Thomas Hardy; Riot and Rebellion in Shakespeare’s London; Cotswolds Folk Traditions; Templars and Hospitallers: the Medieval Military Orders; The Arthurian Stories in Text and Image; Ethics, Questions of Life and Death; and The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

    The week starts with a reception in Tom Quad (named for Cardinal Wolsey, who founded the college in 1524). Mornings are devoted to course work. Most courses include afternoon excursions to stately homes, cathedrals or museums, and on other afternoons there are tours of Christ Church, the city of Oxford, Blenheim Palace and Broughton Castle. In the evening there may be a pub walk, a lecture, Pimms and croquet in the Masters’ Garden or a performance by traditional Morris Dancers. Once a week each student is invited to dine on “High Table” and on the final night everyone gathers for drinks in the flowering Cathedral Garden and a gala farewell dinner in the Tudor Hall. Christ Church’s Great Hall, by the way, plays Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films.

    Three daily meals are included: a full breakfast, a buffet lunch and a served three-course dinner. Accommodations are in student dorms, some of which have private baths. Those who sign up for two or more weeks get free bed and breakfast over the intervening weekends.

    The Oxford Experience takes place July 10 to Aug. 13, 2011. Each week starts with lunch on Sunday and finishes with breakfast on the following Saturday. The price of a one-week course, including tuition, accommodations and meals is £1,090, or approximately $1,730. Excursions and private bathrooms are extra. The deadline for registration is May 1, but early application is recommended as some courses are already full.

    Register here. Information and an application form are available by writing to The Oxford Experience, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, U.K.



    New Medication Translations for World Travelers

    HTH Worldwide, a global health and safety services company, expands its mobile and online brand name medication translation guide for world travelers.

    Prescription and over-the-counter drug names often vary by country so those traveling, living or studying abroad need to be sure they are getting the precise equivalent of medications they were prescribed at home. HTH Worldwide built, maintains and annually updates an international database of more than 6,200 brand names for nearly 400 compounds in 28 of the most frequently visited countries around the world. The latest additions to the database include translations for medications in South Korea, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates and a wider range of drugs used to treat behavioral health for all 28 countries.

  • For example Prilosec is Omeprazole or Lomac or Prilosid in India
  • Valium is Diazepam, Kratium or Valpam in Hong Kong.
  • This proprietary worldwide database is the product of years of research by faculty at leading U.S. medical research institutions and teaching hospitals.

    World travelers can access this vital information by subscribing to mPassport (www.mPassport.com), a mobile and online personal medical concierge or by purchasing TravelGap or Global Citizen international health plans from HTH Worldwide. Employers and universities also make this information available to their employees, students and faculty when they purchase group health plans from HTH Worldwide.

    Brand name equivalents and their generic designations are available for 27 countries and Hong Kong: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    HTH Worldwide.



    TripAlertz More Appealing Deals in 2011

    The TripAlertz online travel community features prices that go down as the number of bookings go up.

    Members can continue to book hotel packages at the TripAlertz "Epic Price" that roughly translates to 20 percent off Expedia rates, but now can go deeper. Or you can get a free trip when you invite friends to buy a package too. Friends' packages can be for different dates and places or the same as yours. When a member gets one friend to purchase a TripAlertz package, the member receives a 25 percent discount off their package. When a second friend purchases, the member's package is reduced by 50 percent; when a third friend buys, their original price goes down by 75 percent. When four friends purchase (but not necessarily use) their trip within the "Deal Clock" time frame (depending on the deal can range one to two weeks), the original member's trip is free.

    Think of the TripAlert 2011 matrix as a new take on the Groupon.com business model (though Groupon doesn't offer travel). It offers a way to get a group rate for your vacation, but everyone doesn't have to travel at the same time or to the same place.

    TripAlertz is free to join. Members of this free private sales community have access to deals for premium hotels and resorts in destinations such as Miami, Orlando, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and Cancun. Travelers can join the TripAlertz community by entering their email address at http://www.tripalertz.com or bit.lyjointripalertz.

    During the booking period, members can opt-in to receive TripAlertz via SMS messages on their mobile phone, or by e-mail, so they can feel the excitement when the price drops on the deal they are participating in. Once booked, members can opt to meet, share advice, and create friendship with fellow travelers on a private collaboration page before traveling, a feature that no private or group buying site currently offers.

    TripAlertz .


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    World Nomad Travel Writing Scholarship Contest

    ENTER BY MAR. 28 - - WorldNomads.com, the travel services company that helps independent travelers stay safe and stress-free on the road and Rough Guides is accepting applications from aspiring travel writers to enter an essay contest themed around travel. The winning entrant can kick start their travel writing career by going on an assignment to Istanbul, Turkey.

    Candidates, 18 and older, can be journalism students, emerging and non-professional writers or even lovers of travel looking for a career change. Applications are accepted until the Mar. 28, 2011 deadline.

    One person will be selected to travel, all-expenses paid, to Istanbul to work with Terry Richardson, author of The Rough Guide to Istanbul, as he researches a new edition of his book.

    Prior to meeting and working with Richardson, the winner will experience Turkish culture. BikeHike Adventures will provide a sampling of multi-sport activities on their 12-Day Turkish Delight tour highlighting: exploring Cappadocia by mountain bike, foot and horseback; strolling through Istanbul with stops at the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and Palace; and sea kayaking on the Mediterranean.

    The winner will be announced Apr. 28, 2011. Travel will take place June 7 to 28, 2011.

    Entrants must be proficient in written English, be comfortable traveling on their own, be at least 18 years old, have a current passport and be an exceptional writer with a lust for adventure travel and a desire to be a professional travel writer.

    To apply, write a 500 word travel-focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes: Responsible Travel, Journey in an Unknown Culture or My Big Adventure.

    The winner of the scholarship contest, along with the best entries received, will be published on the WorldNomads.com website Apr. 28, 2011.

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    Canada's Largest Travel App

    Go Explore Canada is a multimedia app created by a Canadian production company with roots in film and television production. The app covers travel anywhere in Canada (including the high Arctic) with extensive listings in all 10 provinces and three territories, many with multimedia.

    It's a free download from the Apple App Store and Android Market. Go Explore Everywhere loaded the app with the top natural wonders and travel attractions of Canada. They also sell listings to the top restaurants, hotels and clubs. It has 5,000 locations and more every day.

    The latest Go Explore Canada version is streamlined with new category searches that allow you to zero in on what you want to find anywhere in the country. The more than 5,000 points of interest are searchable by province, territory and city with sections for nature and adventure, history, fun things to do, eating, sleeping, night life, transportation, essential services and more.

    Each point of interest has a pin on the map, address, phone number, description and direct link to its web site that can be surfed without losing your place on the app tour. Sites can buy embedded multimedia that plays instantly off their listing.

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    The West Bay Club Snow Bird Sale

    The West Bay Club welcomes residents from the Northeast United States to their warm destination and offer their version of a snowbird special, "The West Bay Club Humming Bird” special. The special features nights off through April and 40 percent off of spring rates.

    The West Bay Club is the newest boutique resort in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, on the shores of Grace Bay. The resort's 46 suites have ocean views, access to the ocean, full kitchens and balconies. Personal services include provisioning your kitchen, dining in the Atlantic Bar & Grill, and providing a personal chef to prepare an in-suite dinner. The resort features suites, from one bedroom to four bedrooms. Other amenities include a spa, fitness center, free wireless Internet access, free European breakfast daily and free non-motorized water sports.

    The West Bay Club Hummingbird special gets you the fourth night free for travel through Mar. 31, 2011. The spring, summer and fall special offers the fourth and seventh night free for travel Apr. 1 to 30, 2011 and June 1 to Oct. 31, 2011. During May 2011, stay in a one bedroom or larger suite, for five nights or longer and receive up to 40 percent off. Specials applies to new reservations only and are not valid for studios. There are a limited number of rooms available for this special and the special cannot be combined with other promotions. Spring rates start at $495 for a one bedroom suite.

    The West Bay Club or 866/607-4156.



    Sun Valley Spring Deals

    The Sun Valley, Idaho Spring Ski package begins Mar. 28 and runs through the close of the 75th ski season, Easter Sunday, Apr. 24, 2011.

    Stay and ski as many days as you like between these dates for $72 per person (double occupancy). Single occupancy is $114.

    The More for Your Money in March offer gets you one night free when you buy three at a condo or home. Most rentals are walking distance to downtown Ketchum or the slopes for ski in/out access. Plus kids ski free at Sun Valley's Dollar Mountain, which also has a Snow Park for kids. Kids 15 and under ski free with one paying adult parent during March on Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Mention Promo Code "INT MID " for the More for Your Money in March offer. 800/371-9180

    Fly direct on Horizon Air roundtrip to Sun Valley from Los Angeles or Seattle from $189. 800/786-8259.



    Arkansas Family Fishing Sweepstakes

    Win a trip and all the gear to one of Arkansas's Diamond Lakes by entering The Natural State's Family Fishing Sweepstakes. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter the contest and the contest winner is responsible for purchasing a fishing license.

    Arkansas Parks and Tourism has partnered with Northland Fishing Tackle, Frabill and MarCum Technologies to offer this prize package, which includes a fishing vacation at DeGray Lake Resort State Park on DeGray Lake.

    The DeGray Lake Resort State Park package includes: two nights' lodging for two, $100 credit towards restaurant purchases, one day fishing boat with motor rental (does not include fuel). The package is good Mar. 17, 2011 through Mar. 17, 2012; advance reservations required, subject to availability.

    DeGray Lake has abundant largemouth bass, hybrid bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, walleye and crappie plus bluegills and redear sunfish. If you get tired of catching fish, DeGray Lake Resort State Park lodge offers a day spa, horseback riding, a heated pool, sandy lake beaches and golf.

    On the gear side, the winner will receive a MarCum Technologies VS625SD flat-screen underwater camera and ShowDown Troller portable sonar unit. Included are two Frabill Stormsuits raingear, the Frabill Hiber-Net landing net and a collection of bait containers, aerators and bait care products.

    From Northland Fishing Tackle comes an assortment of lures, including models from their Live-Forage series and species-specific Bionic fishing line plus an assortment of rod and reel combos.

    Click here for complete details including prize descriptions, rules and regulations.


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    Stay, Earn and Win at Best Western

    Best Western invites members of its loyalty program Best Western Rewards to celebrate the brand's 65th birthday and the launch of Best Western, Best Western Plus and Best Western Premier in North America. The 65-day event runs until Apr. 11, 2011, and gives Best Western Rewards members several opportunities to stay, earn and win.

    Register online, stay three separate times during the promotional period, and earn a voucher for a free night toward a future stay. Vouchers can be redeemed at any of the brand's 2,200 hotels in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean before June 30, 2011. Pay for the three stays with your Best Western Rewards MasterCard and earn an additional 1,000 bonus points.

    Best Western also offers a special incentive to try its three new descriptor brands during the promotion. Those who qualify for the spring promotion and complete three stays at two separate descriptor hotels will receive an additional onetime bonus of 6,500 Best Western Rewards points.

    Each of the first 10 Best Western Rewards members who register for the promotion and stay at a Best Western, a Best Western Plus and a Best Western Premier hotel during the promotion will receive a grand prize of 650,000 Best Western Rewards points.

    Every Best Western Rewards member registered for the promotion will be automatically entered into a daily prize drawing. One winner will be drawn each day for the following giveaways:

    • Day 1 through 32, win 6,500 Best Western Rewards points, redeemable for a $25 gift card to Walmart, Shell, or 60 other retail partners, or a Best Western Travel Card.
    • Day 33-48, the prize doubles to 13,000 Best Western Rewards points redeemable for a $50 gift card.
    • Day 49-60, 26,000 Best Western Rewards points equal to a $100 gift card.
    • Day 61 and 62, Lifetime Diamond Elite status in Best Western Rewards. Once the status is activated, you are eligible for a 30 percent points bonus on each stay, room upgrades, check-in /check-out privileges and other special offers.
    • Day 63, 64 and 65, 260,000 Best Western Rewards points, redeemable for a $1,000 gift card to Macy's, Home Depot or another retail partner.

    Register here. or 877/467-8737.



    Keep Safe in the Water and the Sand

    Before long, the lazy, hazy days of summer will be here and many will head to the beach for fun and sun. The American Red Cross and the United States Lifesaving Association want everyone to enjoy their time by offering tips for ocean and beach safety.

    Follow these tips to stay safe in and around the ocean.

    Use common sense and watch out for the dangerous toos. Make sure you don't become too tired or too cold. Don't go too far from safety, get too much sun or engage in too much strenuous activity.

    In the ocean:
    • Learn to swim, and learn how to swim in the surf. It's not the same as swimming in a pool or lake. To stay safe, adults and children should know how to swim. The Red Cross has developed swimming courses for people of any age and swimming ability.
    • Stay within the designated swimming area and swim only at a lifeguard protected beach.
    • Never swim alone.
    • Be cautious at all times and check local weather conditions. If in doubt, don't go out.
    • Swim sober. Water and alcohol don't mix. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance and coordination. You need all three to be safe in, on and around the water.
    • Leash your surfboard or bodyboard to your ankle or wrist. With a leash, you will not become separated from the floatation device. Consider a breakaway leash. A few drownings are attributed to leashes becoming entangled in underwater obstructions. A breakaway leash avoids this problem.
    • Don't float where you can't swim. Non-swimmers should not use floatation devices to go offshore. If they fall off, they can quickly drown. No one should use a floatation device unless they are able to swim. Use of a leash is not enough because a non-swimmer may panic and be unable to swim back to the floatation device, even with a leash. The only exception is a person wearing a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
    • Don't dive headfirst, protect your neck. Serious, lifelong injuries, including paraplegia and death, occur every year due to diving headfirst into unknown water and striking the bottom. Bodysurfing can result in a serious neck injury when the swimmer's neck strikes the bottom. Check for depth and obstructions before diving. Go in feet first the first time. Use caution while bodysurfing, extending a hand ahead of you.
    • Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. Ask a lifeguard about surf conditions before entering the water.
    • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
    • Pay close attention to children and elderly persons at the beach. Even in shallow water, wave action can cause a loss of footing.
    • Keep a lookout for aquatic life. Water plants and animals may be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants. Leave animals alone.
    • Make sure you always have enough energy to swim back to shore.
    Rip currents:
    • Rip currents, according to the United States Lifesaving Association, are responsible for more than 100 deaths on our nations beaches every year, and for more than 80 percent of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards.
    • Rip currents appear as a channel of churning, choppy water, an area having a notable difference in water color, a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward and a break in the incoming wave pattern. None, one, or more of the above clues may indicate the presence of rip currents. Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average beachgoer. For your safety, be aware of this major surf zone hazard.
    • The greatest safety precaution you can take is to know the danger of rip currents, and always swim at beaches with lifeguards. If you are caught in a rip current, remember the following:
    • Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
    • Never fight against the current.
    • Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle -- away from the current -- towards shore.
    • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
    • If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arm and yelling for help.
    • If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, call 9-1-1. Throw the victim something that floats - a lifejacket, cooler, inflatable ball. Yell instructions on how to escape the current. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current. For more information on rip currents (http://www.usla.org/ripcurrents/), visit the USLA web site.
    At the beach:
    • Nothing hurts more than a sunburn, the pain of spending too much time in the sun without the use of sunscreen. Protect your skin. UVA rays increase the risk of skin cancer, skin aging and other skin diseases. UVB rays cause sunburn and can lead to skin cancer. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15. Read the label of whatever sunscreen you choose to use, and reapply as directed.
    • Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don't feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.
    • Wear eye protection. Not only will you look great, but sunglasses protect against damage that can occur from the UV rays of the sun. Be sure to wear sunglasses with labels that say your sunglasses will absorb at least 90 percent of UV sunlight.
    • Wear foot protection. Your feet can get burned from the sand or cut from glass and other sharp objects in the sand.
    • Watch for signs of heat stroke, which is life-threatening. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body by applying cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin (or misting it with water) and fanning the person. Watch for signs of breathing problems and make sure the airway is clear. Keep the person lying down. Signs of heat stroke include:
    • Hot, red, usually dry skin. In some cases, such as during athletic activity, the skin may be moist
    • Changes in consciousness
    • Rapid, weak pulse
    • Rapid, shallow breathing

    American Red Cross and the United States Lifesaving Association.



    Sterling Resorts Family Price Break

    Families looking for a break in price should check out Sterling Resorts in Florida’s Gulf Coast.

    Book three nights for stays through May 24, 2011 and receive the fourth night free. Topped off with unlimited free DVD rentals and two free large pizzas, families can enjoy Florida’s warm spring weather without wearing out their wallets.

    Sterling Resorts offers more than 1,000 family-friendly condominium units. Beachfront accommodations range from cottages on the sand to four-bedroom suites overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. A full range of amenities offer a no-hassle family escape, with fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryer, and private gulf-front balconies. You can receive extras through the Sterling Plus program, rarely available at vacation condominiums, which includes: onsite check-in, Wolfgang Puck coffee and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities.

    In addition to the spring offer, at select locations you will also receive exclusive access and discounts to area golf courses, spas and dining venues.

    To keep up to date on Sterling Resorts’ special offers, become a fan on Facebook.

    Sterling Resorts or 877/496-1690.



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    This package is priced from $799 from New York, $819 from Boston, $899 from Chicago, and $999 from Los Angeles for travel through May 31, 2011. This package is available through Aug. 31, 2011 at slightly higher rates. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, for Monday and Tuesday departures, and exclude government taxes/fees/facility charges up to $325 per person depending on departure gateway and carrier. Other days of the week and departure cities are available at higher rates. This package is subject to availability and blackout dates apply.

    Upgrade Options:

  • Scottish Heritage seven-day Pass with access to more than 120 attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Culzean Castle, Traquair House and Stirling Castle Adults ages 16 and older from $61, children ages five to 15 from $36, children under five are free.
  • The Historic Scotland Explorer Pass from $40 per person: access to 78 sites in Scotland. Three-day adult passes from $40, children from $24. Seven-day adult passes from $55, children from $33. A three-day family pass (two adults and up to six children) from $80, seven-day family pass from $109. Children under the age of five are free.
  • Spend an additional night at Holiday Inn Express with extended car rental for $75 per person.
  • Upgrade to an automatic car with unlimited mileage for $50 per person additional.
  • Collision damage waiver (CDW) and theft from $89 per person.
  • Sceptre Tours or 800/221-0924.



    50% Off at St. Thomas Resort

    BOOK BY APR. 3 - - The Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St. Thomas’ all-inclusive resort, offers savings on an all-inclusive vacation throughout 2011 with the Winter Value sale.

    You get up to 50 percent off all-inclusive nightly rates for travel through Dec. 22, 2011. All rates include meals and beverages, entertainment, half-day access to the supervised Kid’s Club and activities featuring snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, scuba instruction, miniature golf and family movie nights. Book the Winter Value sale with all-inclusive rates from $368 per night double occupancy through Apr. 3, 2011.

    Travel to St. Thomas becomes easier when American Airlines increases their nonstop service to three times daily from Miami to St. Thomas, effective June 10, 2011.

    Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa or 888/582-9104.



    City Cards by Nicki Chodnoff

    City cards present a simple, cost-effective way to explore a city on your own, allowing you to choose the sights that interest you most. What makes city cards cost effective is that they are one-price passes that can provide free or discounted admission (with savings up to 50 percent) to museums, attractions, public transportation, shopping and dining. But more importantly for many travelers, they save time. With a city card, you generally don't have to wait in line to buy tickets.

    Here is a round-up of 10 popular city cards that will undoubtedly save money and time.

    1. Amsterdam - The I Amsterdam City Card consists of a chip-card, a public transport ticket for the GVB public transport system, a pocket guide with admission to more than 50 free attractions and 60 discounted offers on tourist attractions and restaurants and includes a free canal cruise. It is not valid for train travel, including to and from Schiphol Airport.


    2. You can choose a 24 hour (39 euro), 48 hour (49 euro) or 72 (59 euro) hour card.

      The I Amsterdam City Card is available at several tourist offices of the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board (ATCB) or online.

      After purchasing a I Amsterdam City Card online, print out your confirmation and present this printed confirmation at the tourist offices of the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board at Stationsplein 10 and Schiphol to receive your card.

      If you are traveling around Holland, you can purchase a Holland Pass

    3. Copenhagen - The Copenhagen Card provides free entry to nearly 65 museums and attractions in the greater Copenhagen region including Tivoli, free transport by train, bus and Metro including to and from the airport and discounts at restaurants, for rental cars and shopping.

      The Copenhagen Card is available in a 24 hour and 72 hour version. The adult (16 years and older) 24 hour card is 31 euros and the child's card (ages 10 to 15) is 15 euros. The adult 72 hour card is 62 euro, while the child's car is 30 euros. With an adult card you can bring along two children up to nine years old for free.

      The Copenhagen Card can be purchased online or at tourist offices throughout Denmark, such as at the tourist information offices across from Tivoli, at the airport, major train stations and many hotels, camp grounds and youth hostels.

      Copenhagen Card

    4. Frankfurt - Frankfurt Card for visitors traveling to Frankfurt am Main, lets you take advantage of the city’s public transport and offers reduced-price admission to numerous cultural establishments and services in the Main metropolis.

      The Frankfurt Card includes: free and unlimited travel on Frankfurt’s public transport system within the city districts and Frankfurt International Airport (Travel zone 50 an 5090). Reduced prices on select city tours, cab rides, museums, attractions, river cruises, stages, shopping and dining.

      The card is available as a one day or two day ticket and as a single ticket or for up to five people. The one day individual ticket is 8,90 euro and the two day ticket is 12,90 euro. The one day group ticket is 18 euro and the two day group ticket is 26 euro.

      The Frankfurt Card is available at all Ticketcorner distribution centers, at the Frankfurt Airport, online, and at Tourist Information at travel agencies, train stations, the Hauptbahnhof, Reception hall and Romer.

      The Frankfurt Card

    5. Innsbruck - The Innsbruck Card is an all-inclusive card that includes: Free Entrance to more than 50 museums, sights and attractions where entry fees ranges from 4 to 9 euros; free public transportation within the city of Innsbruck; free one time ascend and descend on Innsbruck area cable cars and lifts; free transfer from Innsbruck to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds (15 minutes outside the city) and free entry to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds.

      The card is available in a 24 hour (29 euro), 48 hour (34 euro) or 72 (39 euro) hour format.

      The Innsbruck Card is 50 percent of the adult price for children ages six to 15.

      The Innsbruck Card was created and is heavily subsidized by the Innsbruck Tourist Board.

      The Innsbruck Card

    6. Reykjavik - The Reykjavík Welcome Card makes it easy to enjoy the city. Available for 24 hours (1.900 Icelandic Krona), 48 hours (2.400 Icelandic Krona) or 72 (2.900 Icelandic Krona) hours, the welcome card gives you free admission to all of Reykjavík’s thermal pools, many museums and attractions, unlimited travel on Reykjavík buses, discounts at shops and restaurants and free internet access at The Centre.

      The Reykjavik Welcome Card is sold at the Reykjavik Tourist Information Centre in downtown Reykjavík and several hotels, museums and bus stations.

      The Reykjavik Welcome Card

    7. Rome - Roma Pass, sponsored by Rome City Council, the Ministry for the Arts and Cultural activities, and ATAC, the public transport company, enables tourists and local to receive discounts to enjoy Rome.

      The 25 euro card offers free entry to the first two visited museums or archaeological sites and reduced ticket prices to all other museums and archaeological sites. With free use of the city’s public transport network, you can travel on urban buses, trams, metropolitan trains and underground metro lines A and B within urban Rome. The Roma card provides reduced charges for use of the 24-hour on-call multi-lingual Medical Service for Tourists (MET Travel Health)

      The Roma kit includes the Roma Pass card, the Roma MAP with tourist sites and Metro stations, listing addresses, telephone numbers, opening times and nearest bus stops and metro stations. The Roma Pass Guide lists participating museums and sites while Roma News details events and services for tourists offering discounts.

      Most museums are generally closed on Mondays (except the Colosseum and the Baths of Caracalla). Almost all the museums are closed Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and May 1.

      A 27 euro Roma and Piu Pass expands admissions to Rome and its Province.

      The Roma Card

    8. San Francisco - San Francisco CityPass offers prepaid admission to five attractions: California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruises, Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a choice between the Exploratorium or the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor museum. It also includes a Muni and Cable Car Transportation Passport (seven days of unlimited free rides on all Muni buses, light rail and cable cars). The San Francisco CityPass is valid for nine days. Starting with the first day you use the card, you have eight subsequent days to use it.

      The pass costs $69 for adults and $39 for kids ages five to 12.

      You can buy San Francisco CityPASS online or at participating attractions listed above.

      San Francisco CityPass.com

    9. Stockholm - The Stockholm Card saves you on sightseeing with free entry to more than 75 museums and attractions including the Vasa Museum, Skansen Aquarium, Grona Lund's Amusement Park, the Treasury and Junibacken. If you visit all 75 museums and attractions it would cost you 4000 krona in entrance fees.

      The card gives you unlimited travel on greater Stockholm’s public transport. You can reach all parts of the county by metro, bus, commuter train and tram. Additionally you receive a guidebook listing hours of operation, maps and directions to every tourist attraction, special offers and included tours. The Stockholm Card comes in a 24 hour, 48 hour and 72 hour version. You have a year from the date of purchase to activate your card. Children's cards, valid for ages seven to 17, may be purchased with adult cards with a maximum of three children's cards per adult card.

      Stockholm Card prices are 425 kr for the 24 hour adult card and 195 kr for the child card. The 48 hour Adult Card is 550 kr while the 48 hour child card is 225 kr. The 72 hour adult card is 650 kr while the 72 hour child card is 245 kr.

      Once you purchase your Stockholm Card, when you arrive in Sweden, you can redeem your card at the Stockholm Tourist Center at Vasagatan 14. You can also redeem the card at Arlanda Airport at the visitor center in terminal 5 or the information centers in terminal 2 and 4.

      The Stockholm Card

    10. Valencia - The Valencia Tourist Card gives you discounts to 160 museums, attractions, shops, and free travel by public transport around the city. You can buy a card valid for 24 hours (10 euros), 48 hours (16 euros) or 72 hours ()20 euros. It is valid from when it is stamped the first time it is used. The card is valid once per attraction and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus and tram. You also receive discounts on the Valencia Bus Turistic.

      You can buy the Valencia Tourist Card in many hotels, tobacconists and newspaper stands. Places that honor the Valencia Tourist Card are identified with a sticker. When you purchase a Tourist Card, you receive a brochure in English and Spanish detailing participating establishments and a map of the city.

      Valencia Tourist Card

    11. Warsaw - The Warsaw Tourist Card lists about 130 businesses, museums, galleries, hotels, clubs, theaters and restaurants participating in the program. A free public transport ticket valid within the city limits is included in the card. All participants of the WTC program are indicated on the map to make it easier to find your way around the city.

      The Card is available in two versions: a 24 hour card for 35 Polish Zloty or a three day card for 65 Polish Zloty.

      You can buy the Warsaw Card at the Warsaw Tourist Office at the Palace of Culture and Science, Chopin Airport and Old Town Square along with travel and tour agencies and hotels.

      The Warsaw Card .



    Summer Intern Contest at Amble Resort

    The Resort at Isla Palenque, an Amble Resort, announces their Island Intern Contest. The eco-luxury resort wants collegiate and post graduate students with a passion for sustainable travel and adventure to apply to be the first intern on Isla Palenque, an island located in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama.

    The winner will live on the island for four to six weeks with all expenses paid including travel, lodging and adventure activities. In addition, the intern will receive a $2,500 stipend. To apply, submit a YouTube video stating why you would be the best Island Intern.

    This summer, the winner will photograph, film and blog about their experience on Isla Palenque, as a testament of Amble Resorts' mission to provide authentic, environmentally and culturally sustainable travel experiences.

    Amble President, Benjamin Loomis will lead a panel of contest judges, including: Horst Schulze founder of The West Paces Hotel Group; Richard Shaw, a principle at sustainable planning firm, Design Workshop, who led the work on Isla Palenque's Master Plan; and Chris Tackett, Social Media Editor at Treehugger.com.

    In addition to the judges, voices of the travel and sustainability industries will provide feedback for the adventure-hungry contestants. The panel includes experts from the International Ecotourism Society, Terracurve, Gadling, Treehugger, Vagabondish, Mother Nature Network, Ecorazzi, Justmeans, the Examiner, Tourdust and OceanHome Magazine.

    Submissions are open and voting begins Mar. 28, 2011. Ten finalists will be chosen on April 11, 2011; one for gaining the most views on YouTube, four for gaining the most votes on the contest website, and five by the panel of judges and experts.

    The 10 finalists will then compete in a round that includes blogging and Skype interviews with Amble representatives. The Island Intern will be announced May 2, 2011.

    The contest website has information on the intern's responsibilities, rewards, requirements, terms and conditions and to view the contestant videos.




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