Why It Might Pay to Delay Planning Holiday Travel

Procrastinators who have yet to book holiday flights might still have a shot at getting reasonably priced tickets—especially if they’re willing to play chicken with the airlines. AAA analyzed three years of domestic flights to identify the best times to reserve seats for Thanksgiving and Christmas travel and found that dawdlers got the best prices. Those who waited until seven to 13 days before the week of Thanksgiving paid $482 on average. Those who waited until that close to the week of Christmas paid around $488. By those calculations, holiday…

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8 Winter Travel Destinations for the Perfect Holiday Getaway

Where should you go for the holidays? Even though a popular song says there’s no place like home for the holidays, a vacation isn’t exactly a bad way to spend your time off, either. With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to nail down those travel plans, starting with where you’ll go. If you’re not sure of a destination yet, this list includes something for everyone, from tropical paradises to snow-capped mountains. Image source: Getty Images 1. Saint Lucia If you’d take a sunny day at the beach…

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Student discounts you can get on holiday travel and at tourist destinations

Book flights and hotels in advance, travel in the shoulder season and take the DIY approach. We are all familiar with such travel tips to keep our vacation budgets under control. However, there’s more money to be saved during family holidays if you have a school or college-going child. You can grab student discounts on entry fees to heritage sites and airfare. Then there are additional benefits like special travel cards that are designed exclusively for students. These discounts should not be confused with concessions that are offered to children in general.…

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Your next holiday should be to this ghost town in China

Blanketed with greenery, the ghost town is perched atop cliffs looking west into sea mists obscuring the horizon. Abandoned homes ravaged by weather and creeping vines stand silent but for the surf, the whine of mosquitos, and birdsong. This is Houtouwan — Back Bay in Mandarin — an abandoned fishing village engulfed by nature on the far eastern island of Shengshan, 90km off the coast of Shanghai. Small groups of tourists on a recent weekend braved muddy footpaths through overgrown lawns to chase foggy photographs and answers to the question:…

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Wine, waterfalls and hiking trails make this place the perfect holiday spot

The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it’s also famous in the world of wine. The region’s geology has given rise to a wine industry that’s growing in both number and reputation, with more than 40 wineries within a 40-mile (60-kilometer) stretch. In 2004, the Columbia Gorge was designated an American Viticultural Area, a wine grape region distinguished by geographic features. Here’s a look at the gorge, the wine region and wineries, along with what visitors need to know about…

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Visiting Costa Rica this winter holiday? Here are 10 helpful tips to keep in mind

Waiting to explore the lush and wild world of Costa Rica? Here are a few things to keep in mind. One of the most ecologically rich destinations in the world, Costa Rica is a relatively small Central American country with an abundance of environmental attractions. The country’s imposing volcanoes, tropical forests, wildlife, botanical gardens, stunning river valleys, and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts make for an enchanting journey. The rich sights and sounds of this dream vacation spot are sure to amaze you and help you…

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7 ways to weatherproof your winter holiday travel

A White Christmas can quickly turn blue for unprepared travelers. Last year, storms created major headaches for people traveling through the West, Midwest and Northeast around the Christmas holiday, causing more than 620 flight cancellations across the U.S. That was nothing compared with 2010. A holiday blizzard in the Northeast caused nearly 10,000 flight cancellations, while a separate Christmas Day snowstorm in Atlanta contributed to 500 weather-related cancellations. Blizzards aside, during the late fall and early winter many parts of the country — such as the Upper Midwest and Rocky Mountain states — have upwards of…

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Planning your next holiday? Here are top 5 travel stories of the week to inspire you

Many of us are perpetually day dreaming about our next vacation. The research and planning that goes into it before actually taking off also lends itself a certain thrill. Whether you’re a nature lover, a culture vulture or looking for a digital detox, we’ve got you covered. Check out our best travel features from this week: 1) Find solitude in Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley in Uttarakhand If you’re looking to experience peace and silence, head to the lap of Uttrakhand. In Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley, explore old temples,…

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11 beautiful places to visit for a green holiday

Ecotourism can simply be defined as an environmentally responsible travel directed towards exotic natural habitat for enjoying and appreciating nature. It promotes conservation and provides a favourable active socio-economic participation of the locals. Ecotourism destinations allow travellers to experience some of the most extreme and gorgeous natural wonders across the globe but on a responsible note. The money spent by travellers on visiting these destinations is put back for maintaining and protecting its natural environment. Following are the top 11 eco-friendly destinations around the globe for your next green vacation!…

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Reasons to Stay in the UK for Your Holiday This Year

There are plenty of wonderful travel destinations globally that offer visitors an exciting experience. From the Far East to beautiful Latin America, anyone who travels around the world can see diverse and interesting cultures, historical landmarks or simply relax on a sunny beach. However, a lot can also be said for spending your holiday where you live, especially if you live in the UK. With the Peak District, Snowdonia and National Parks, there is a lot to see and do in the United Kingdom. Even if you enjoy spending time…

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