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Festivals And Events Coming Up This Month

Festivals And Events Coming Up This Month Jun 5th, 2013 at 4:00PM: didy b/ Flickr Summer weather brings festivals and events that range from open-air concerts and outdoor car shows to group hikes and more. In June, there are a number of notable summer festivals and events. Some are held annually, others are starting up for the first time this year. Count on good food, warm summer fun and great memories to be made at any of these must-see events. Gettysburg...

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...

Infographic: Americans Will Spend $84 Billion On Summer Hotel Stays

Infographic: Americans Will Spend $84 Billion On Summer Hotel Stays May 14th, 2013 at 4:00PM: This summer, Americans are expected to spend a whopping $84 billion dollars on summer hotel stays, with the average traveler booking just over seven nights this season, states new data from Room Key. What are travelers seeking? Price (72%), hotel amenities (58), as well as the ability to earn points and rewards (31%), something we've previously seen travelers pay less attention to. Room Key's...

America's Vacation Deficit And The Right To A Summer Holiday

America's Vacation Deficit And The Right To A Summer Holiday Jul 26th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Only in America will you find a condition like the "vacation deficit" – a statistic that measures the proportion of people who think that a summer vacation is important, but don't think they'll be able to squeeze one in this year. The "vacation deficit" is measured annually as part of Allianz Travel Insurance's Summer Vacation Confidence Index, released last month. According to the...

Where Do US Travelers Go During Summer?

Where Do US Travelers Go During Summer? Jul 24th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Do you want to know what the most popular travel destinations in the United States are for summer? To help relay that information and inspire people with trip ideas, Mapquest has created a "Summer Travel" infographic, which has been shared by Daily Infographic. By looking at what searches were performed on their website in 2011 as well as doing some factual research, Mapquest was able to gather...

Google Street View Helps Visualize Cool Summer Attractions

Google Street View Helps Visualize Cool Summer Attractions Jul 11th, 2012 at 4:00PM: As summer blazes on, travelers are looking for cool places to go. A quick escape from summer heat to a water park, beach or lake might be just what they have in mind too. But how about a look first? Google Street View can give us a panoramic view from positions along many streets in the world, including some major summer attractions. A little warm where you are today? Click on one of...

Summer Travel Trends: Experiential Travel, Weekend Getaways And Digital Tools

Summer Travel Trends: Experiential Travel, Weekend Getaways And Digital Tools Jun 16th, 2012 at 9:00AM: A lot has changed in the way people take summer vacations from last year. According to the American Express Spending & Savings Tracker, consumer behavior is shifting towards experiential travel, with 42 percent looking to learn about local culture. Furthermore, 22 percent of travelers are looking for more "soft adventures," like cooking classes, spa retreats and trekking. Likewise, 36 percent...

Summer Travel Season Kicks Off Right Now

Summer Travel Season Kicks Off Right Now May 25th, 2012 at 3:30PM: Summer travel season traditionally starts on Memorial Day then ends on Labor Day. Nothing new there. This year though, there are solid signs that the summer travel season could very well be back up to pre-recession levels with Americans traveling more than ever before. Helped by a dip in gas prices in many areas, Memorial Day weekend travel should start the summer off with a bang as 34.8...

Travel Channel, National Parks Join For Summer Promo

Travel Channel, National Parks Join For Summer Promo May 23rd, 2012 at 3:30PM: Summer can mean a trip to one of America's national parks for many. These adventure-packed and history-rich destinations offer travelers a wide variety of vacation options at hundreds of locations. To promote America's national parks and help with planning a summer park vacation, the Travel Channel has joined with the National Park Foundation (NPF) in a summer-long partnership of initiatives. ...

Summer Hotspot: Baltimore, Maryland

Summer Hotspot: Baltimore, Maryland Apr 13th, 2012 at 2:00PM: If scenes from "The Wire" are the only images that come to mind when you think of Baltimore, it's time to reevaluate. The city is a hodgepodge of distinct neighborhoods, including historic Fells Point, where you can take your pick from more than 120 pubs, and quirky Hampden, where you still might be able to spot a beehive hairdo straight out of a John Waters film. Although Baltimore is only a...

Summer Hotspot: Hawaii's Big Island

Summer Hotspot: Hawaii's Big Island Apr 12th, 2012 at 2:00PM: With summer temperatures that rarely climb over 90 degrees and just as infrequently drop below 70 degrees, Hawaii's Big Island is an automatic summer hotspot in terms of climate. But aside from the perfect weather, the Big Island brings plenty more to your vacation experience for summer 2012. There's a lot to explore on the Big Island. Volcanoes, waterfalls, various shades of sandy beaches,...

Summer Hotspot: Havana, Cuba

Summer Hotspot: Havana, Cuba Apr 11th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Havana's crumbling mansions, cobblestoned streets and vibrant salsa beats have long been a mystery to Americans kept off Cuba's shores by historic trade bans. But in the past year, travel to Cuba has become much easier, starting with the lifting of certain restrictions by the Obama administration last January. That move was followed in April by a new set of Treasury Department guidelines,...

AAA Releases Data On Top Summer Travel Destinations

AAA Releases Data On Top Summer Travel Destinations Apr 10th, 2012 at 2:30PM: Easter has come and gone and, at least for much of the East Coast, spring seems here to stay – and summer vacations are just around the corner. A recent AAA travel agent survey shows that despite rising fuel costs, vacation loyalists are still planning summer trips to destinations near and far. According to AAA data, top summer vacation destinations include Orlando, Honolulu, Rome, London...

Summer Hotspot: Montreal, Quebec

Summer Hotspot: Montreal, Quebec Apr 10th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Hungry for some culture this summer? Skip the jet lag, high exchange rates and long museum lines in Europe for one of North America's most cosmopolitan and best warm-weather destinations: Montreal. The charms that contribute to Montreal's growing cultural reputation are already evident year-round, ranging from its cosmopolitan European-style cafes, a top-notch range of award-winning...

5 student travel programs that are hiring this summer

5 student travel programs that are hiring this summer Jan 25th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Want to get out of town this summer? Leading a student travel program may just be your ticket. The requirements vary from program to program, but often include foreign language proficiency, in-country experience, previous work with adolescents, a keen sense of adventure, and a whole lot of patience. There are dozens of programs out there, but this list is a good place to start. Plus, we...

Heat "dome" descends on mid atlantic region: what are the coolest places to visit this summer?

Heat Jul 21st, 2011 at 11:00AM: What's hot for summer? Well, everywhere. The predicted heat index for Friday in Washington, D.C. is a miserable 116 degrees. According to ABC News, 22 people have already died as a result of this natural phenomenon and this temperature spike could last weeks. Sitting in the air conditioning all summer just won't do. Thankfully for us, the folks over at MyWeather.com have come up...

Summer Monday giveaway: stay in touch with an iPad

Summer Monday giveaway: stay in touch with an iPad Jul 4th, 2011 at 8:00PM: Nobody loves summer more than your friendly neighborhood Gadling bloggers. It's the perfect time to plan an escape from the mundane trials of daily life, or maximize your adventures in the outdoors. And if you're planning on flying the coop this summer, you're going to need some fun swag. So every week this summer, in celebration of our own road trip, Traveling the American Road, Gadling will be...

Traveling the American Road: A Video Introduction from Chicago

Traveling the American Road: A Video Introduction from Chicago Jun 6th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Last week, I kicked off a summer-long road trip around the country, a project we're calling Traveling the American Road. After picking up my ride in Chicago, I set out to see the city, and this video intro will fill you in on the project, a quest to find out how people are confronting change in the wake of the Great Recession and determine the state of the American road trip in an era of...

Megabus branches out to Cape Cod

Megabus branches out to Cape Cod Jun 4th, 2011 at 6:30PM: If you're still planning a summer escape and want to save some gas money, here's some good news: Megabus will now send some of its blue, double-decker buses to Cape Cod. Known for offering fares as low as $1 and having free Wi-Fi onboard, Megabus will now make two daily round trips from New York to the Ocean Street Docks in Hyannis, Massachusetts (with a stop in Providence along the way). From...

Lonely Planet dishes out summer travel tips and chance at a Napa Valley trip

Lonely Planet dishes out summer travel tips and chance at a Napa Valley trip May 26th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Summer is fast approaching and sure to fly by even more quickly than it came. To help Americans get the most out of the summer months, Lonely Planet has launched a special micro-site called "Weekends of Summer" that has 15 free guides for all the weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The guides reads like a summer to-do list, with suggestions like "pop a cork" and "explore the great...

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