February 24, 2014 |
The other day, when TripAdvisor listed the ten top islands in its new Travelers' Choice poll, I decided I needed to get out more. I'd been to only three. Then I noticed what was missing. So to Hellas (that's Greece) with their list. Since these things are just arbitrary conversation-starters anyway, I'm pretending to be incensed and making my own. No crowd-sourced wisdom, just my memory. I should admit it's been 20 years since I've laid eyes on some of these places, but I have seen them all. One of the reasons we love islands, I think, is that the way they hold onto their own cultures, even as the surrounding world changes by the day. Also, these are not all swimsuit destinations.
February 20, 2014 |
Ambergris Caye in Belize was recognized Wednesday as the world's top island in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice awards. The western Caribbean island is a dream spot where scuba divers can tour the Belize Barrier Reef and the 400-foot-deep Blue Hole filled with sea life and stalactites. And it's not all that crowded. It has "just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped that you're tripping over flip-flopped tourists," according to TripAdvisor. The rest of the 10 best islands in the world range from the familiar (Easter Island)
February 7, 2014 |
TripAdvisor this week rolled out a handy new feature to its flight search website that allows consumers to compare amenities such as legroom, Wi-Fi, power outlets and in-flight entertainment before buying a ticket. It also features traveler-generated photos of the airplane inside and out. Here's how it works: Enter your destination search on the Cheap Flights search page. Then filter on what amenities you want -- onboard Wi-Fi, television, power -- or just do a general airfare search and the information will pop up with the list of flights.
January 30, 2014 |
The Lodge at Sea Island in Georgia, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and the Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon took the top spots in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of the best hotels in the United States. U.S. News & World Report on Wednesday joined Forbes Travel Guides , AAA and TripAdvisor in ranking luxury hotels this month. The magazine's top 10 hotels in the U.S. included Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., lauded for its extensive renovation of the 45-acre site, and the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, which was singled out for its Tom Fazio -designed golf course and its other awards for exceptional service.
August 15, 2013 |
If your travel plans this fall include Thailand, consider stopping off in Bangkok for a weekend stay at Emporium Suites by Chatrium. The contemporary high-rise hotel in the capital city trims weekend rates up to 18% through October. The deal: The Weekend Getaway starts at $134 a night and includes daily buffet breakfast for two, free Wi-Fi and Internet connections, welcome drinks and fruit, and late checkout. The hotel with 378 rooms receives high marks from travelers on TripAdvisor , noting it offers good views of the city.
July 28, 2013 |
How much control are you willing to surrender when booking your next boutique hotel stay? Name: Stayful.com What it does: This website sources deep discounts at independent and boutique hotels by using its own bidding system and access to hotel rooms that might go unsold. Hotel rooms in San Francisco and New York are currently available, with Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago up next. It has plans to expand to 15 cities by the end of the year. What's hot: Usually you don't get to see the name of the hotel when you're bidding on rooms.