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Summer Travel Bargains, Available Now During Brief Buying 'Sweet Spot'

Summer Travel Bargains, Available Now During Brief Buying 'Sweet Spot' May 21st, 2013 at 3:00PM: Moyan_Brenn/ Flickr Summer travel season is right around the corner but exciting travel opportunities are often limited by price. There are plenty of places to go, but they are often priced out of reach. Still, with some research and timing, summer travel bargains are out there right now. Why? Sellers of travel want occupancy and booking levels to be at a certain target number right about now. If...

Adventure Safari Brings Easy Way To Give Back

Adventure Safari Brings Easy Way To Give Back Mar 6th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Traveling almost anywhere around the world, we see people in need. Many struggle to survive in endangered areas or in a place where an earthquake, tsunami or another natural disaster has occurred. But those in need can be located at stops along our way in the Caribbean, South America, Europe or some other areas too. In the past, it has been hard not to feel the need to help, but often more...

Photo Of The Day: Eleuthera

Photo Of The Day: Eleuthera Oct 12th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Eleuthera is a long slender snake of an island, about 110 miles long and an average of two miles wide. It has an embarrassment of beaches, which are notable not just for their number but also for their variety: a long pale strand here; a deep beach backed by reeds there; pretty pink sands elsewhere. Flickr user trishhartmann captured this particularly dramatic Eleuthera beach, Tippy's Beach...

Hilton launches "Authentically Local" programs in the Caribbean and Latin America

Hilton launches Feb 13th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Can a mega-corporate hospitality chain with 3,750 hotels provide authentic local experiences to travelers? Select Hilton Worldwide hotels are giving it a shot with the just announced "Authentically Local" packages. Available through the end of the year in the Caribbean and Latin America, the packages are aimed at introducing travelers to local cultures and languages through experiences such as...

The world's most ethical tourism destinations

The world's most ethical tourism destinations Jan 18th, 2012 at 3:30PM: Each year, non-profit organization Ethical Traveler conducts a survey of the world's developing nations, analyzing their progress toward promoting human rights, preserving their environment, and developing a sustainable tourism industry. The study, run by Ethical Traveler's all-volunteer staff, factors in country scores from databases like Freedom House, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and...

Last minute tropical Labor Day getaways

Last minute tropical Labor Day getaways Aug 29th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Ready, set, book. The East Coast was largely spared the wrath of Hurricane Irene and no other pending tropical storms are threatening to ruin your upcoming three-day weekend. Why not jet away for a quick tropical vacation? From the East Coast, many Caribbean islands are a nonstop flight away, and from the west and Texas, Mexico is an easy jaunt. Consider the following great last-minute Labor...

Seven ways to experience Bahamas culture

Seven ways to experience Bahamas culture May 31st, 2011 at 12:00PM: When most people think of the Bahamas, there are only three things on their mind: sun, sand and sea. But in between dipping your toes in turquoise waters and sipping down a Bahama Mama or few, there are several ways you can get to know the local culture of the islands and some of the friendly, welcoming people who live there. Instead of bypassing the real Bahamas, here are three ways you can...

A conversation with the founder of Swim to Empower

A conversation with the founder of Swim to Empower Apr 21st, 2011 at 2:00PM: Named for the Greek for "freedom," Eleuthera is 110 miles long and just a mile at its widest. To the east is the occasionally wild Atlantic, to the west a shallow, almost-always-calm Caribbean Sea ... waters on both sides that literally beg to be swum. Unless, of course, you don't know how to swim. Which is the case for 80 percent of the islanders. Taught to be scared of the ocean, even a...

Cruise ship makeover: come along for the ride

Cruise ship makeover: come along for the ride Apr 17th, 2011 at 11:00AM: There are new cruise ships and there are old cruise ships. The new ones have all the latest features, the old ones not so much. Well, at least not until they go in for scheduled maintenance. At that time, the cruise line has an opportunity to take care of routine repairs. Sometimes they add new features to those old ships, making them much more attractive to would-be cruise travelers looking...

Eleuthera Island, Bahamas - "Fishing is a Good Life Here"

Eleuthera Island, Bahamas - Mar 29th, 2011 at 10:00AM: French Leave, Eleuthera -- Under a cloud-studded sunrise at the end of the two-and-a-half-mile long beach I watch a 14-foot plywood boat back into the morning surf. A trio of Bahamian men readies it for a day of spearfishing along the near-reef that parallels the 110-mile long island. One will drive; another will watch and stack fish. The third – a lithe, fair-skinned black man with...

Eleuthera Island, Bahamas: It's not for everyone

Eleuthera Island, Bahamas: It's not for everyone Mar 21st, 2011 at 8:00AM: Eleuthera, Bahamas – Before I came here it was hard to fathom the rationale for promoting an island with a negative ("Eleuthera, It's Not For Everyone"). But after ten days spent roaming its 110-mile length and half-mile breadth up close, the official motto of the long, skinny, desert-dry island the slogan began to make sense. It is a special place: Hot, dry, swept by strong winds,...

Cruise line private islands, a very safe port

Cruise line private islands, a very safe port Feb 12th, 2011 at 7:00AM: Often a highlight of a cruise to the Bahamas or the Caribbean is a stop at one of the cruise line's private islands. Probably one of the safest, most controlled ports of call you might visit, cruise line private islands are consistently ranked high by passengers. Most are located in the Bahamas and each one is unique. On every private island you will find crystal clear water, sandy beaches,...

Caribbean tourism surges

Caribbean tourism surges Jan 25th, 2011 at 11:00AM: When the global economic crisis grew into the monster it became and began impacting the lives of people everywhere, the amount of vacations to the Caribbean, not surprisingly, sharply declined. Of all expenses budgeted into any one family's financial plan, these expensive vacations, once sources of annual pride for members of the bourgeoisie, were among the first to go. Luxurious beachfront...

Companions fly free to the Bahamas through June 30, 2011

Companions fly free to the Bahamas through June 30, 2011 Oct 1st, 2010 at 2:00PM: Back by popular demand, the Islands Of The Bahamas are again offering a free companion air credit. The specifics allow for fairly easy travel - the credit of up to $300 applies to any traveler booking before December 1, 2010, for stays of four or more nights. Travel must be completed by June 30, 2011, and some blackout dates, including November 23 through 29, December 23 through January 2 and...

Hotel review: RIU Palace Paradise Island, Bahamas

Hotel review: RIU Palace Paradise Island, Bahamas Jul 13th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Is it really better in the Bahamas? The archipelago located in the Caribbean is a U.S. favorite for a quick beach getaway, but does it really stand up to the hype? The Bahamas is home to gorgeous beaches, shopping options ranging from t-shirt stands to Gucci stores, and a nightlife to rival some of America's hottest city spots, but where you stay in the Bahamas is equally important as what you...

Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort offers 'friends fly free' promotion to the Bahamas

Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort offers 'friends fly free' promotion to the Bahamas Jan 12th, 2010 at 3:00PM: There's a cold front blowing through most of the U.S. and while most people are staying warm under wool scarves and flannel sheets, the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is heating up the Bahamas with a stellar hotel deal. The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is hosting a "Companion Flies Free Package" for those guests who book by March 3, 2010 and travel through June 23, 2010. Here's the breakdown of...

Man overboard! Passenger falls off Bahamas cruise ship

Man overboard! Passenger falls off Bahamas cruise ship Apr 19th, 2009 at 10:30AM: The Coast Guard has given up its search for a 39-year-old Norwegian Cruise Line passenger off the Bahamas. The man fell off the boat early yesterday morning, approximately 60 miles north of Nassau. Though he hasn't been identified, other passengers saw him take the plunge. Other cruise ships in the area contributed to the search for this lone moron passenger. But, at 8 PM yesterday, the Coast...

Narco-tours in Mexico

Narco-tours in Mexico Mar 3rd, 2009 at 8:30AM: Yesterday Brenda wrote a post about the safety of traveling in Mexico. Here's another travel option for Mexico if you like to flirt with danger just a tad. See if your taxi driver is a narco-tour guide. A narco-tour is when a taxi driver in places like the beach resort town Mazatlán drives you past the homes and hang outs of the famous drug cartel folks. You know, to see how people with...

Travel sans visa coming for European, Caribbean, Mauritius, and Seychelles nationals

Travel sans visa coming for European, Caribbean, Mauritius, and Seychelles nationals Feb 13th, 2009 at 2:00PM: A mutual agreement allowing Europeans, nationals from four Caribbean countries, and citizens of two island nations in the Indian Ocean is expected to be passed and approved by the end of March, which will allow for hassle-free and smoother travel. If you hold a passport from any of the following countries, it means you're that much more free to travel between those listed sans visa: Austria,...

Star Island won't make you change

Star Island won't make you change Jan 11th, 2009 at 9:00AM: It seems like every effort to "go green" requires a change of behavior. Hotels let you choose to use towels or sheets twice. Your parents instructed you to turn the lights off when leaving a room. These measures can affect change, but they usually don't. Despite the clear benefits, people just won't change. But, what if you could find a way to protect the environment without having to change any...

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