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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, June 2013 Issue



Travel Savings Alerts
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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff


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In This Issue:
Fantom Five National Marine Park, Big Tub Lighthouse, Ontario, Canada

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  • Select Registry Inns Give Away 1,000 Free Nights
  • Rainforest Adventures Scream Season Savings
  • Washington, DC Summer Savings
  • Insight Cuba Summer Savings, Sweepstakes -
  • Travel Scams
  • Barbados Package w/"Free Spending Money"
  • Intro Rates at broughtonHOTELS Boutique Property
  • Bonaire September Savings Sellabration
  • Aruba One Happy Family Promotion
  • Claim Your Compensation
  • Four Miami Attractions for One Price
  • La Quinta Military Rewards Program
  • Millennium Hotels/Resorts Summer Savings & Perks
  • explora 20th Anniversary 20% Savings
  • Chateau on the Lake Resort Family Package
  • Packing Tips
  • Free Fun Fridays Massachusetts Summer Program
  • 6 Nights in Hawaii from $1,075 w/Air
  • airberlin Fare Sale
  • Rockin’ Summer at the Arizona Biltmore


    Select Registry Inns Give Away 1,000 Free Nights

    Select Registry Distinguished Inns is giving away a year of free nights at every inn and B&B in its portfolio.

    The free nights are part of Select Registry’s annual Vacation of a Lifetime. The program, now in its second year, runs through Dec. 31, 2013. Three grand prizewinners will be entitled to a free night at each of the nearly 350 Select Registry inns, bed and breakfasts, and small boutique hotels across the United States and Canada. That’s approximately 1,000 free nights.

    To qualify, you must register with the Select Registry Rewards Program. Registration is free and serves as your first Vacation of a Lifetime entry. After that, each of your Rewards Points earned throughout 2013 will count as an additional entry. Select Registry’s Vacation of a Lifetime is open to adult travelers in the United States and Canada. The free nights will be redeemable January through December, 2014.

    Only 350 inns in North America have earned the Select Registry designation, passing unannounced quality inspections to gain and maintain membership.

    All Select Registry inns offer breakfasts, and many have full-service restaurants and culinary classes run by celebrated chefs. Some Select Registry inns feature onsite spas, vineyards and wineries. For a unique getaways some Select Registry inns offer guided stargazing tours and hiking and kayaking excursions led by on-staff naturalists while urban inns are within walking distance to restaurants, shops, galleries, theater and more.

    Select Registry’s Vacation of a Lifetime Contest .


    Rainforest Adventures Scream Season Savings

    Rainforest Adventures parks in Costa Rica, Mexico, St. Lucia and Jamaica launch Scream Season through Aug. 30, 2013, extending added value including free activity add-ons when you purchase park experiences.

    Visitors to the Rainforest Adventures promotions page can use Facebook or Twitter to ‘like’ or tweet to reveal the promotional coupon, which can immediately be used to purchase a tour online; or, redeem the coupon directly at any of the five participating parks. Coupons can also be printed and redeemed through hotel partners and tour operators.

      Rainforest Adventures’ Scream Season package add-ons:
    • Experience 700 metres of screaming AdrenaLINE fun in Costa Rica: Buy an Eco Pass Experience for Rainforest Adventures, Costa Rica Atlantic and receive a free AdrenaLINE ride.
    • Climb a waterfall in Costa Rica: Buy a Tranopy Experience for Rainforest Adventures, Costa Rica Pacific and receive a free Waterfall Climbing Adventure.
    • Explore Hidden Worlds, near Tulum, Mexico: Receive an extra zip splash with the purchase of the Extreme Adventure package or the Ultimate Adventure package at Rainforest Adventures, Hidden Worlds Mexico.
    • Explore the Tranopy in Jamaica: Visitors to Rainforest Adventures, Jamaica at Mystic Mountain receive 15 percent off the Tranopy package, which includes the Sky Explorer, Bobsled and Zipline.
    • Receive free screams in St Lucia: Buy a Rainforest Adventures, St Lucia AdrenaLINE tour and receive a free ‘do over’ on the last three lines. This promotion is only available on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during Scream Season.

    Offers cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and are not valid for cruise ship passengers.

    With tour operations in Panama and adventure parks in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), Saint Lucia, Jamaica and Mexico, Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges. Since 1994, the company has been combining rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving an educational, adventurous, and sustainable rainforest experience.

    Rainforest Adventures Scream Season promotions.

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    Washington, DC Summer Savings

    Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for the nation's capital, offers their summer promotion: Select hotels will provide discounts if you stay in the District two or more nights.

    This seasonal incentive: 20 percent off on two-night accommodations and 25 percent off rooms booked for three or more nights will be available through Sep. 8, 2013. Additionally Washington, DC VIP discounts will be offered at more than 40 participating attractions, live theaters, restaurants and tour companies in a show-your-badge style campaign.

    Book a room at any of the 24 participating hotels and select your discount.

    Additional discounts throughout the city are available when you use your Washington, DC VIP pass to save 10 to 25 percent at more than 40 select outlets.

    To become a DC VIP, book a room on at Destination DC and download the pass. To activate these discounts, present your room key and a printed copy of the Washington, DC VIP pass or display your confirmation on a smart phone or tablet at participating vendors' points of sale.

    Hotel reservations at Destination DC or 877/442-8644.


    Insight Cuba Summer Savings, Sweepstakes

    If you want a firsthand look at Cuba legally you can receive savings on select June to September departures. Insight Cuba offers $300 per person savings on six itineraries, all with access to people and places the average traveler rarely sees.

    Tours feature cultural experiences, crafted to encourage conversation and shed light on the country’s history, arts and music scenes. In summer, prices are at their lowest and many departures coincide with Cuba’s annual festivals and events.

      Insight Cuba’s summer savings departures include:
    • Undiscovered Cuba (12 Days)- newest and longest program for travelers with a passion for exploration. Provides coast-to-coast views of the island where most other U.S. tour operators have yet to visit. Departures: July 15; Aug. 19.
    • Classic Cuba (8 Days)- Visit Trinidad, one of Latin America’s best-preserved colonial towns. Stops include Cienfuegos and Playa Larga, where you can interact with the students and teachers at the Korimacao Community Project for underprivileged youth. Departures: July 2; Aug. 6; Aug. 20; Sep. 23.
    • Cuban Music & Art (9 Days)- a look at Cuba’s music and arts scene, with time in Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Departure: Sep. 20.
    • Scenic Cuba (8 Days) - city and country life in the scenic eastern province of Pinar del Río, known for national parks, tobacco fields and peasant farmers. Departures: June 8; July 6; Sep. 14,
    • Jazz in Havana (5 Days)- In partnership with JazzTimes magazine, program peeks into Cuba’s jazz scene, meeting the players and enjoying performances with the island’s top talent. Departures: June 12; July 3; Aug. 7.
    • Weekend in Havana (4 Days) – introduction to the capital via meetings with patients at the Grandparents Home, a local plastic artist and a Cuban economist. Departures: June 13; July 25; Aug. 8; Sep. 12; Sep. 26.

    Insight Cuba offers a chance to explore Cuba with its “Win a Trip to Cuba for Two” Facebook sweepstakes, running through June 17, 2013.

    To participate, ‘Like’ the Insight Cuba Facebook page and enter via the “Win a Trip to Cuba for Two” tab at the top. The winner will be selected at random on June 18, 2013 to receive a free trip for two on the tour of choice: Undiscovered Cuba, Cuban Music & Art or Classic Cuba. Full sweepstakes terms and conditions are listed on the Facebook page.

    The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare from Miami to Havana and all the features of regular Insight Cuba tours.

    Insight Cuba keeps its groups to 24 people maximum. Lowest rates of the year start at $1,795 per person, double occupancy (with $300 savings) and include: accommodations, Cuban guide, tour leader, all meals, U.S. Department of the Treasury license and letter of authorization, all entrance fees to scheduled activities and events, all in-country ground transportation and transfers, travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation insurance (up to $1,000; additional coverage for a fee), an Insight Cuba guidebook, and a 24-hour emergency service hotline.

    Insight Cuba or 800/450-2822.


    Travel Scams

    Scambook issues a warning about two scams involving bogus free airfare vouchers and vacation package deals being mailed to consumers.

    The first promotes a non-existent airline called US Airlines offering free airline tickets that can be redeemed by calling a number and providing personal information. The other a Travelocity scam operates in a similar fashion, using their name and logo but the fine print reveals the promotion isn’t in fact offered by Travelocity.

    Scambook advises you to throw out these letters without redeeming them. These mailers are phishing scams to obtain private information to sell to an affiliate marketing group or identity thieves.

    To avoid falling for an airfare phishing scam, Scambook advises consumers to make use of the following five tips if you receive a mailer:

    1. Google the return address. If a letter claims to be from an airline or travel service but its return address does not match the company's official address, it's likely a scam.
    2. Read the fine print. Examine the letter carefully and keep an eye out for any asterisks or other fine print. If the letter states anything about restrictions or processing fees, this is a red flag. Remember that a truly "free" offer does not require paying anything.
    3. If it's a prize, consider if any contests were entered. If recipients did not enter any vacation contest but the mailer includes phrases like "Congratulations" or "You're a Winner," it's unlikely to be legitimate.
    4. Be on guard for third-party senders. Some credit cards and other consumer loyalty programs give away free offers from other companies. If the mailer received is sent by the consumer's credit card company or another group, Scambook recommends that the consumer call their company at a number obtained from the company's website instead of the mailer.
    5. Never respond to a mailer that requests a wire transfer or prepaid credit card as payment. This is always a sign of a scam.

    Scambook .


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    Barbados Package w/"Free Spending Money"

    The Caribbean island of Barbados offers a reason to visit - free spending money for island experiences. This offer is available for travel through Dec. 21, 2013. Trips must be booked by June 22, 2013.

    With the Barbados Island Inclusive, you receive "free spending money" based on your length of stay to use at participating attractions and restaurants while on-island. With a minimum stay of five nights you receive $150 per person and on stays of seven nights or longer you receive $200 per person based on a maximum of two people per room. Vouchers will be distributed upon hotel check-in.

    With more than 30 attractions and restaurants participating in this campaign, you can experience Barbados dining and adventure. Visit Barbados or Book Barbados provide a list of participating attractions and restaurants.

    When booking with participating hotel partners use booking code: BII2013. On check-in, you will receive the vouchers in denominations of $50 in Barbadian increments and provided a list of all participating service providers.

    Barbados Tourism Authority or 800/221-9831.


    Intro Rates at broughtonHOTELS Boutique Property

    On June 1, 2013, broughtonHOTELS introduces the Moment Hotel on Sunset Boulevard’s Guitar Row in Hollywood. The Moment features 39 rooms including one suite, 24 hour in-room dining and a cafe cooking breakfast and dinner. The Roofdeck is a 2000 square foot rooftop lounge at the front of the hotel with views of the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip below.

    Intro rates at Moment Hotel Hollywood include free welcome drinks and breakfast for two with a one night stay. Prices start at $239.

    Amenities include 46” flat screen TVs, over-sized glass showers, and a fully-stocked mini bar. Each room comes with an automated black-out shade. The hotel’s suite accommodates up to four guests and features a large sitting area, two flat screen televisions and a private patio.

      Intro rates with the Start Your Moment package include:
    • Overnight stay
    • Two drinks on the Roofdeck
    • Breakfast for two
    • Staff's Hollywood insider picks on sights, bites and activities
    • Rates start at $239 and are based on availability. Tax and gratuities are not included.

    The Moment 7370 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood CA or 323/391-3908.


    Bonaire September Savings Sellabration

    Although many visit the Caribbean island of Bonaire during the winter months, or in summer when families travel together, the month of September is overlooked.

    September is a good time to take a break once the kids are back in school. Divers will be awed by the annual coral spawning. Those who want to try Bonaire's east coast diving, but hesitate due to the high winds, may experience these untouched reefs when the winds are light in September and the east coast becomes more shore diving “friendly.

    More than 30 of the island's tourism companies join together to provide deals including accommodation packages, excursions and activities and other specials to make any Bonaire vacation complete.

    Located 86 miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most abundant fish population in the Caribbean. For those who want to relax, not having traffic lights on the island makes it easy to stroll into town or hop on a scooter or bike to take in the island at your own pace. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to guesthouses, small inns and private villas.

    Tourism Corporation Bonaire September Savings Sellabration or 800-BONAIRE

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    Aruba One Happy Family Promotion

    The Caribbean island of Aruba offers families deals, incentives and activities, through Sep. 30, 2013.

    The Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), several tour operators and more than 10 properties partnered on the "One Happy Family" program, which includes an interactive VIK (Very Important Kid) component and culminates in a week-long trip giveaway to the One happy island.

    Book a stay at a participating hotel or resort and mention the "One Happy Family" package and receive free nightly accommodations and daily breakfast for children under 12 years old, a souvenir gift, VIK benefits, and discounts or special offers on island attractions and activities.

    On check-in at participating hotels, children receive a VIK cocktail and a VIK passport featuring several kid-friendly hot spots, including Baby Beach, Archaeological Museum, History Museum, California Lighthouse, Aruba Aloe Factory and the wild Arikok National Park, which covers nearly 20 percent of the island with caves, hidden beaches, cacti and indigenous fauna.

    As families visit and explore these locations, the VIK-holders are challenged with answering questions and completing puzzles. Once finished, kids submit their passports to the hotel to be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a one-week trip for four (airfare included) back to Aruba. Winners will be announced at the end of September.

      Participating Hotel Partners Include:
    • Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
    • Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
    • Divi Aruba All Inclusive
    • Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
    • Divi Dutch Village
    • Divi Aruba Phoenix
    • Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino
    • MVC Eagle Beach
    • Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa
    • Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
    • Talk of the Town Hotel and Beach Club
    • Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
    • The Mill Resort & Suites

    One Happy Family Aruba.


    Claim Your Compensation

    refund.me is an international service provider, with a free online platform and mobile app, that helps passengers claim their compensation for flight delays, cancellations, missed connections and diversions. Their app recently won the Sabre Red Appy award by Sabre Travel Network as it makes it easier for travelers to claim compensations of up to 600 euros for flight delays and changes eligible under EU law EC 261/04.

    Passengers are often not aware of existing EU regulations or simply avoid the complicated bureaucratic process required to claim their right to compensation. refund.me simplified the process through its cloud-based and largely automated procedures. Automatic monitoring of all bookings will ensure that no eligible flight is missed and compensation claims are filed.

    The process is simple. Key in your data, upload your documents (e.g. ticket) and the refund.me team assesses your chances of success according to the latest EU legislation.

    If your claim is justified, refund.me acts on your behalf all over the world, going to court if necessary, without incurring any cost risks to you.

    When you win your case, you receive the compensation due you less 25 percent commission plus VAT as refund.me’s service charge.

    Currently, refund.me also helps bus, ship and rail passengers file and enforce claims under the relevant EU regulations (EU 181/11, EU 1177/10, EU 1371/07). In the future, they will provide services for mishandled luggage according to the principles of the Montreal Convention.

    To date, refund.me has enforced claims for hundreds of air travel passenger rights in 43 countries from 116 airlines and 215 airports.

    Refund.me.

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    Four Miami Attractions for One Price

    Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Discovery and Science and Zoo Miami offers a 'Summer Savings Pass' which gives you unlimited admission to all four attractions throughout the summer.

    The Summer Savings Pass is valid for admission and unlimited admission to each of the attractions until Sep. 30, 2013. At Summer Savings Pass costs $55 plus tax, per adult and $45 plus tax, per child (ages 3-12), Annual pass holders of these attractions are eligible to purchase this pass for $30 plus tax, per adult, and $20 plus tax, per child

    Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Zoo Miami have the passes for sale online at their respective websites. The Museum of Discovery and Science have the passes available by phone 954/713-0930.

    Summer Savings Pass.


    La Quinta Military Rewards Program

    La Quinta Inns & Suites offers La Quinta Returns Military Rewards, a new membership level in the La Quinta Returns loyalty program for military, veterans and their families.

    La Quinta Returns Military Rewards offer men and women who currently serve or have served our country, the opportunity to benefit from their continued loyalty to the La Quinta brand.

      It provides members with the following benefits:
    • Upgraded membership status
    • 20 to 30 percent more points on every stay
    • 2,000 La Quinta Returns bonus points after your first stay
    • Free room upgrades
    • A dedicated phone number for customer service and reservations
    • A personalized welcome kit

    Click here to enroll in the La Quinta Returns Military Rewards program.

    In appreciation of the service of our military, veterans and their families, La Quinta Inns & Suites offer a 12 percent discount off the best available rate at La Quinta Inns & Suites across the country. This discount is available for those who present a valid, government-issued military ID card at check-in.

    La Quinta or 800-SLEEPLQ.


    Millennium Hotels and Resorts Summer Savings & Perks

    To celebrate summer, Millennium Hotels and Resorts offers a "Summer FREEdom" package with 15 percent off the best available rate for overnight accommodations, free breakfast for children 12 years and under and free Wi-Fi throughout 14 U.S. hotels.

    The package is good for a city getaway with metropolitan locations such as the Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston, Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago and two New York City locations: ONE UN New York and Millennium Broadway Hotel.

    For families looking to escape the city and get into the great outdoors, you can relax at the Millennium Resort and Villas Scottsdale or the Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage.

    Additional hotels are located in Buffalo, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Boulder, Durham and Nashville. Starting rates range from $93 to $212 per night.

    Millennium Hotels and Resorts introduce additional perks for the Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21. The hotels celebrate the longest day of the year by putting time back on your side. Subject to availability, all 14 hotels will offer guaranteed one hour early check-in for arrivals on Friday, June 21 and extended late check-out by one hour on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

    The "Summer FREEdom" package is valid to Sep. 2, 2013 and uses the booking code, "SFREEDOM."

    Rates are per room, per night and do not include tax, gratuity or incidental charges. Up to two children allowed per room. A seven day advance purchase is required with full prepayment at time of booking.

    Millennium Hotels and Resorts or 866/866-8086.


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    explora 20th Anniversary 20% Savings

    In celebration of its 20th anniversary, explora, Chile’s eco-adventure pioneer, offers 20 percent savings on a four-night stay or four nights for the price of five nights any time before Oct. 14, 2013. This offer is valid at any explora destination.

    Twenty years ago a group wanted to open South America to the world. It started with explora Patagonia, perched below the Paine Massif, in one of the most remote places on Earth. explora Atacama, explora Travesias and explora Rapa Nui were developed in subsequent years.

    In the last two decades, thousands of travelers enjoyed unforgettable experiences at explora. This success is celebrated with an exclusive package:

    Reserve a four-night program at any explora destination through Oct. 14, 2013, and receive a free additional night. This offer can be used with explora Passport: by reserving two four-night programs, you receive two free nights and a five percent Passport discount.

    This offer is valid for confirmed bookings at explora Atacama, explora Patagonia and explora Rapa Nui through Oct. 14 2013, (trip concluded). explora Patagonia will be closed for renovations through July 15, 2013.

    The anniversary celebration is valid for new bookings only and is subject to availability.

    This package may be used with Solo Traveler, CESA and explora Passport but is not valid for Travesías or Honeymoon programs.

    explora has three luxury lodges that are gateways to explore remote areas in South America: the desert of Atacama, the southernmost tip of the continent at Patagonia, and Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island), in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. For adventurous travelers, explora offers multi-day nomadic journeys, known as travesìas. Accompanied by a guide, personal chef and a handful of other travelers, travesìas take you through little-known, remote areas of Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

    explora.


    Chateau on the Lake Resort Family Package

    For family getaways consider two packages from Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa, on an Ozark mountaintop overlooking Branson, Missouri’s Table Rock Lake.

    The “Day on the Lake” package includes two nights’ accommodations and a $150 credit at the Chateau Marina to be used toward water sports. The water activities include boat rentals, such as pontoons, ski boats, wave runners, and sea kayaks; parasailing, catamaran and guided fishing excursions; scuba diving; and snorkeling. The package, based on availability, starts at $520 per room plus tax, includes a picnic lunch for up to four people and free Wi Fi. The price varies based on dates of stay and room type selected. Chateau Marina reservations are recommended prior to arrival.

    The “Silver Dollar City Family” package includes two nights in a standard room, one set of two-day passes to Silver Dollar City for two adults and one child; a $50 food credit toward any of the resort’s food services (not including taxes and gratuities); free Wi Fi; indoor parking; and use of the resort’s fitness facilities, outdoor and indoor pools, hot tubs, playground, and nature trail. Additional Silver Dollar City tickets may be purchased separately. The package starts at $469 per room, plus tax and gratuities. Pricing is based on dates of stay and if a different room type is selected.

    The resort offers 301 rooms and suites with down comforters, tiled stone baths, dual-line telephones with data port, Wi-Fi access (at a fee), iron and ironing board, coffee maker, in-room safes, and in-room on demand movies (at a fee).

    In addition to Chateau Marina, the resort includes the 14,000-square-foot Spa Chateau with an Infinity tub, outdoor Roman bath beneath a waterfall, a lake-view Movement Therapy Studio for Zumba, Yoga or Pilates; and a hair salon.

    Other recreational options include the fitness center, two lighted tennis courts, the year-round indoor pool, an outdoor (seasonal) pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, nature and biking trails, an indoor movie theater, and full-service concierge.

    Chateau on the Lake Resort or 888/333-5253.


    Packing Tips

    If you’re like most travelers, deciding ahead of time what to wear for a getaway is nerve-racking. You wish that you had a crystal ball to show you what activities are in your future and the clothes you’ll need. Since crystal balls don’t exist, you over-pack and possibly pay a fee at the airport.

    “Even though packing doesn’t seem like much work in theory, it is!” says Marla Tomazin, an image consultant for 20 years. “Fortunately, there are ways to make packing for a trip easier and less stressful. If you plan ahead and think about what you really need, your suitcase can be neatly filled with fabulous outfits.

    If you sit on your suitcase to get it zipped, read Tomazin’s eight tips on how to take the stress out of packing by choosing the right outfits:

    Tell a color story. As you daydream about lounging on the beach or seeing Broadway shows, decide the base tone of all your outfits. Whether it’s beige, gray, black, or blue, make this decision first. Your color story is a base color that will be consistent throughout your outfits whenever possible. If you’re going to a warmer climate, beige can be a good color story. If it’s a business trip, it may be black or chocolate. As long as you don’t mind wearing the same pair of pants a few times, your color story can decrease the amount of clothes you bring. Being able to mix and match items will broaden the amount of outfits you can put together.

    Decide on shoes. Footwear is the heaviest and most difficult thing to pack. Make sure that each pair of shoes is unique in terms of color and style. Depending on where you are going and the size of your suitcase, consider taking a metallic or camel-colored shoe, a sandal, and something with a heel. That way all bases are covered. When packing, put microfiber fillers in your shoes so they don’t get smashed in your suitcase. Put each pair in a shoe bag so they stay organized.

    Set the scene. Once you pick out your pants, tops, and shoes, lay them out on your bed to make sure everything goes together. Ideally, each top goes with each pair of pants, and shoes can be worn with several outfits. Planning outfits ahead of time will save you stress at your destination. If you think you will forget what goes with what, take photos or write down your daily plan.

    Add accents. Once you have your foundation in place, choose one or two accent colors. A few scarves, a bright cardigan, or a statement necklace, can add spice to your outfits. In addition to choosing bright accents, chose what jewelry, hose, socks, belts, underthings, and toiletries you might need.

    Prepare for rain. Check the weather before leaving for your destination. Regardless of what the Weather Channel says, prepare for a downpour. A lightweight raincoat that’s dressy enough for an evening out can work double duty.

    Take one outfit out. Now that you’ve decided on all your outfits, take one out. This ensures that you haven’t over-packed and frees up room in your bag for anything you may want to bring back.

    Use plastic bags. When packing, lay the long plastic bags from the dry cleaners in the bottom of the suitcase. Then as you put clothes in the suitcase, weave the plastic back and forth through each layer. It helps everything stay neat and organized. If you’re staying at a hotel, the plastic bag can double as a drawer liner. On the way home, use one of the bags for dirty clothes so they stay separate. Keep a small Ziploc bag in your suitcase to put your three-ounce liquids aside, so you can get through airport security quickly and with less hassle.

    Wear your heaviest clothes on the plane. Don’t stuff jackets or boots into your suitcase. If you get too warm, put these items in the overhead compartment or hold them on your lap. This may prevent you from checking a bag.

    Marla Tomazin, Certified Image Consultant


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    Free Fun Fridays Massachusetts Summer Program

    The Highland Street Foundation offers the Free Fun Fridays program, the annual summer program that opens doors at no cost to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This year, 60 museums and cultural venues participate in the program, up from 50 venues in 2012. From June 28 through Aug. 30, 2013, six different cultural venues will be open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer – totaling 60.

    The Highland Street Foundation provides grants to participating venues to cover the cost of opening their doors for free. For most venues, there is no ticket, ID, coupon, or password required. However, the New Repertory Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Freedom Trail Foundation and Boston Harbor Island Alliance do require tickets.

    This year, the program welcomes back the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Peabody Essex Museum, along with new venues, including the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Barrington and the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford.

    For the full Free Fun Fridays 2013 program go to the Highland Street Foundation web site.

    Highland Street Foundation.


    6 Nights in Hawaii from $1,075 w/Air

    Relax on Waikiki Beach and see volcanoes with this Oahu and Big Island getaway from Beach Destinations that also saves you more than $300 per person.

    The Real Deal Vacation package to Hawaii includes airfare from Los Angeles to Kona, (departures from additional gateway cities are available) with a return flight from Honolulu, on Delta Airlines. Air taxes and fees are included in the package price.

    The trip includes three nights at the Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island; three nights at the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber on Oahu; and flights between the two islands. The price starts from $1,075 per person, based on leaving from Los Angeles and a July 3, 2013 arrival date, and includes all hotel and air taxes and fees.

    Beach Destinations or 877/433-4378.


    airberlin Fare Sale

    BOOK BY JUNE 4 - - airberlin, Germany’s second largest airline, offers a fare sale that starts at $729 including all taxes and surcharges for travel. The sale runs through June 4, 2013.

    airberlin offers sale fares from New York or its other US gateways such as Chicago to Copenhagen from $799, Miami to Zurich from $859 and Los Angeles to Vienna from $849. Other destinations in the sale include Barcelona, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Milan and Rome. From airberlin gateways in New York, Chicago and Miami the fares are valid for travel Aug. 16, through Dec. 13, 2013 and from Los Angeles Aug. 16 through Oct. 29, 2013.

    Fares are based on roundtrip travel and prices vary depending on dates of travel and final destinations. Additional service charges apply such as booking through the call center or online. Fares are based on limited availability.

    In addition to sales fares there are refurbished economy and business class cabins featuring on-demand entertainment systems, free beverage service throughout the entire flight and meals.

    airberlin or 866/266-5588.

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    Rockin’ Summer at the Arizona Biltmore

    The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix offers a rock ‘n’ roll themed summer, with a calendar of activities combined with summer rates from $109 through Sep. 2, 2013.

    Many rockers have vacationed at the Arizona Biltmore including Elton John, Eric Clapton, U2, Steely Dan, Neil Diamond and Bruce Springsteen.

    Free Rockin summer activities include:

    Rock On! The retro photo exhibit by photographer John Robert Rowlands will trace the history of rock ’n’ roll.

    Rock-themed films will be screened in the Aztec Room, the resort’s original theater room in the 1930s. At the Saturday and Sunday matinees, free popcorn will be served.

    A DJ at the Paradise Pool will spin hits Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 6 to 9 p.m.

    Wine Tastings: Free wine tastings in the lobby on Fridays 5 to 7 p.m.

    Entertainment in The Wright Bar: Live music in the evenings Thursday through Saturday.

    Splash Cinema: The entire family can watch family-friendly movies while floating in the Paradise Pool on Saturday nights.

    Kids Game Room: Video games, foosball and other games all summer long.

    Arizona Biltmore or 800/950-0086.


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