August 6, 2013 |
Prices are falling and interest rising in Cancun as summer draws to a close, according to statistics compiled by Kayak.com, the airfare and travel comparison website. If you're looking for a budget-friendly, last-minute beach destination to end your summer vacation, Mexico 's Riviera Maya may be a winner. Kayak 's techies analyzed more than 100 million inquiries a month that were conducted on the website from Memorial Day through July to find late-summer deals in August.
July 21, 2013 |
As Americans, we like to say that we work hard and play hard. But what happens when work invades our play time? A new survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that 61% of Americans plan to work during summer vacation this year, compared with 52% last year. The survey of 1,094 employed Americans shows that the economy is pushing workers to do more. Just ask John Husing, an economist from Redlands who communicated with clients and reporters by Internet during a recent adventure trip on a boat from Tasmania to the Antarctic coast.
June 19, 2013 |
For the 12 European-based players on the U.S. national team, Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Honduras was a little like the last day of school. They were going on summer break no matter what happened in the game, but a passing grade on the final exam was going to make that break a whole lot more fun. So striker Jozy Altidore, who spends his winters playing in the Dutch Eredivisie with Alkmaar, and goalkeeper Tim Howard of England's Everton, made that happen with Altidore scoring in the 73rd minute and Howard posting a shutout in a 1-0 victory over Honduras.
May 10, 2013 |
Summer at desert resorts can bring good values for those content to cool down by splashing in the pool or having a massage. Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage has a summer sale on rooms starting at $99 a night that's an inexpensive way to explore and enjoy this resort. The deal: Rancho las Palmas, which has 444 rooms and 22 suites, recently renovated its plaza, restaurant and suites. But it's the water features that will impress the kids. There's Splashtopia water park with a pool, lazy river and two 100-foot water slides and the Azure pool for adults.
May 6, 2013 |
Advice for summer travelers: Plan on a late-summer vacation to find the best prices. If online travel retailers are reading the tea leaves correctly, August might be the wallet-friendly sweet spot this year. Priceline says June and August will be the cheapest times to fly domestically, and August will offer best airfares for international travelers. It also found that airline tickets cost about 1% more than last summer. “Internationally, tourists can keep costs in check by traveling in August, but they'll have lots of company, as that's when Europeans traditionally take summer holiday,” Priceline spokesman Brian Ek said in a statement.
March 25, 2013 |
Are you in summer vacation planning mode? Every state and many cities in America publish their own tourism guides, vacation planners, whatever you want to call them -- and they're usually free for the asking. Sure, the glossy, color magazines are out to lure you to visit, but they're also packed with good information and maps. The deal: You can find guides by searching online for state or local tourism offices. For example, the 108-page Official State of Alaska Vacation Planner is offered in hard copy (it takes three weeks by mail)