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54 Sage hotels throughout the US are participating in the promotion. Guests do need to book the special "Help Haiti" rate, which has limited availability, in order to make the donation.
The Sage group is offering a few other promotions that benefit victims of the disaster. Coco Key Water Resorts, a division of the hotel group, will offer 1% of all food and beverage purchases to the Red Cross, and will offer a $5 pass on January 26, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.
Sage has a history of offering great rates and promotions to help others. In the past, they've offered free nights to volunteers, service-people, and teachers.
A luxury safari is big investment. With rates at some lodges going for $800 to $1200 per night (and even mid-range prices in the $400-$500 range per couple, per night), it's an experience that needs to be perfect. Here are questions you need to ask when booking your dream safari lodge.
How much land will you cover and what animals will you most likely see?
Yesterday, January 18th was supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Congrats, you made it through. Now here are some more travel tidbits to cheer you up!
- Eric Weiner rhapsodizes about the joys of the long airport layover. I personally hate spending any more time in an airport than is absolutely necessary, but Eric makes a good case for why he finds the experience to be a pleasant one. [via World Hum]
- Did you know if you pack a starter pistol in your luggage and declare a weapon, your bag will be extra secure? Apparently, it's a little trick used by photographers to make sure their expensive equipment stays safe in their luggage. [via Life Hacker]
- We've seen a hundred and one posts on traveling light, but this one goes to extremes - use a "hacked off toothbrush"!? The author makes a good point to scrutinize everything you bring and see if you can find a lighter option. [via Practical Hacks]
- Jaunted's going retro this week. Check out this post about flight attendant requirements in the 1950's. [via Jaunted]
- Warning: this post will not help you stick to your New Year's resolutions. Andrew Hickey showcases some great spots to get your junk food fix in NYC. [via The Brooklyn Nomad]
There's virtually no limit to the adventures you can have on the Big Island of Hawaii. SCUBA, snorkel, watch whales pass in season, take a helicopter flight over the island, or view lava up close from a boat, watching the fiery rivers pop and hiss as they land in the ocean. On the Kohala Coast, many of the resorts offer easy access to some of the island's most unique activities. For others, well...you'll need to get a bit more creative.
Kona Village resort offers guests several options for traditional Hawaiian water-sports, including stand-up paddleboarding, through its Alaka'i program. Alaka'i means "ambassadors of the waves" and the staff here really do try to fulfill that role by teaching guests not just about the logistics of each activity, but also about its historical and cultural significance to the islands. The Junior Alaka'i program is geared for kids 10-17 and includes three days of lessons in activities like paddleboarding, windsurfing, free diving, and outrigger canoeing. Guests at the Four Seasons Hualalai can also use the equipment at Kona Village.
Elsewhere on the Big Island, you can rent a board from Hilo's What Sup Big Island, where daily paddleboard rental is $65, or $75 for a half day with lunch and beginner lesson.
It's almost Friday! Here's a few more travel tidbits from around the net to help you soldier on until the weekend.
- Sometimes a country's "second cities" are even better than the more popular ones. AirTreks lists tens common stops on a round-the-world trip, and where you should go instead. [via AirTreks]
- Matador has launched a campaign to round up relief workers to go to Haiti, and to get JetBlue to fly them all there. See how you can help. [via Matador Change]
- Looking for more travel reading to add to your bookshelf? Check out World Hum's list of nine subversive travel books. [via World Hum]
- Bird-saliva soup, fried bugs? I'm an adventurous eater....but maybe not that adventurous. Feeling hungry yet? Try this list of Asia's most exotic foods. [via MSNBC]
- In case you missed it, our own Mike Barish did a very funny interview with the folks over at SoSauce. Check it out here. [via SoSauce]
The unhappy employees had planned on striking over the Christmas holiday, but thankfully, the strike was blocked by a judge.
Apparently, the flap all started when BA introduced some new cost cutting measures - which included firing hundreds of employees and freezing pay for current workers. As a result, the "disaffected" workers have stopped any of their own money-saving efforts onboard the airplanes. One worker was quoted in the Telegraph article as saying that "No-one is doing anything to help save costs any more. Whereas we used to keep unfinished bottles of wine in first-class to save money, now they're routinely poured down the sink."
Let's hope the union and British Airways can resolve their issues soon. I hate to see good wine go to waste.
The website is not affiliated with Disney, but it is designed to help parents of children with special needs negotiate the obstacles to taking their kids on a Disney vacation. There are tips for travel, packing, get around the parks, dining and choosing a room, and what issues parents of special needs kids should consider The special needs covered range from physical and mental disabilities to ADHD and terminal illness.
For many parents, the most helpful part of the site might be the forums. Here parents can discuss the issues important for their children, like which rides might scare kids frightened of the dark. They can also find support in parents dealing with similar issues as themselves. As the aunt of a special needs child, I've seen how just knowing that there are other parents who understand your situation can be a big help in and of itself. If you are the parent of a child with special needs, and you are planning a trip to a Disney theme park, it might be worth checking out the Mouse-Aid site.
The winner of the prize will receive round-trip airfare for four people to Dulles Airport, a seven-day Enterprise hybrid car rental, six nights of lodging at stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway and several great activities along the way. The winner and family will have the chance to explore the Luray Caverns and the Mill Mountain Zoo, and to go canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, or rock climbing. They'll enjoy ice cream at the Split Banana, dinner at Shenandoah Pizza and a picnic at Peaks of Otter plus much more as they explore this beautiful area of Virginia.
To enter, just fill out the online form. The winner must be 21 years old and a resident of US. The winner will be selected on November 10, 2010 and travel must take place between November 15, 2010 and October 31, 2011.
Despite only taking out as much as money from the ATM as you thought you'd need each day, you somehow managed to come in under budget. Now what do you do with this extra foreign currency you've got burning a hole through your picket? You could convert it back to your home currency, getting hit with exchange fees again, or you could try one of these seven options.
Save it for next time.
Sell it to another traveler.
If you know of another traveler heading to the destination soon, you can offer to sell them your leftover currency. Offer then a rate that is lower than what they pay at the bank or once they arrive in country, but higher than what you would make selling the currency back for dollars. In this way, you both win.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Don't let the midweek slump get you down. Check out these other sources for travel inspiration.
- I'm a big fan of booking everything online - I've actually never used a travel agent. But Chris Elliott makes a case for a few trips you should never book online. [via Elliott.org]
- According to USA Today, as much as 25% of travelers are just sick of all the air travel hassles and are choosing not to fly anymore. [via USA Today]
- Thinking ahead to summer? The Times Online has put together a list of the 100 best summer holidays. It skews towards UK readers and quotes prices in Pounds, but still offers some good ideas. [via Times Online]
- We've worried that Nessie may have gone extinct, while over at Matador Trips, Tom Gates is on the hunt for another one of Scotland's Loch Monsters. [via Matador Trips]
- Anyone who has ever stayed at a DoubleTree resort knows all about those delicious cookies. Here, a look at how they affect the brand perception of the hotel. [via New York Times]