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Summer Travel Deals: Save Up to 65% in St. Lucia

May 31, 2023
Anse Chastanet luxury resort is among St. Lucia’s memorable places offering special prices this summer (c) Laini Miranda/

CASTRIES, SAINT LUCIA – Summer in Saint Lucia means sun-kissed beaches, rainforests teeming with wildlife, therapeutic mud baths, quiet evenings under the stars, and plenty of opportunities to make lasting memories. Travelers now have extra incentive to discover summer ‘Saint Lucia Style’ with up to 65 percent off at more than 40 hotels, resorts, villas, Airbnbs, tours and excursions.

The Discover Summer Saint Lucia Style offers page on outlines all special deals and discounts available at participating properties – from intimate inns and boutiques to quiet bed and breakfasts to luxury resorts – catering to families, couples, honeymooners, wellness enthusiasts and more. Butler service, rooms with private plunge pools, all-inclusive options, family-focused programs, spa treatments and dining deals are just a few of the offers available through September 30, 2023.

Participating properties include: Akasha Luxury Villa; Anse Chastanet; Ashiana Villa; Bay Gardens Resorts; Bay View #7; Bel Jou Hotel; BodyHoliday; Brise de Mer; Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel; Castles in Paradise Villa Resort; Cayman Villa; Coco Palm Hotel; Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa; Fond Doux Eco Resort; Harbour #6 and #7 from Blue Sky Luxury; Hummingbird Villa; Jade Mountain; La Haut Resort; Ladera Resort Saint Lucia; Oasis Marigot; Orchid Cottage; Pelican Point #3; Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat; Saline Reef; Sandals Halcyon; Sea Pearl; Serenity at Coconut Bay; Smugglers Nest; South Sea House; StolenTime by Rendezvous; Sugarmon Villas; Tamarind Villa; Tet Rouge Resort; The Date House; The Landings Resort and Spa; The Lane @ Rodney Bay; Villa Cadasse; Villa Darcy; Villa Decaj; Villa Trou Rolland; Virtual Calmness and Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. Sample tours and excursions offering include various experiences with Serenity Vacations & Tours and Rainforest Adventures.

Saint Lucia boasts nearly 100 miles of coastline and pristine beaches with crystal clear waters. Activities and accommodations suit travelers who want to be active or just enjoy relaxation Caribbean-style. While in Saint Lucia, visitors will enjoy the newly-renovated facilities at tranquil Hummingbird Beach in Soufriere and the recently expanded mud baths in Sulphur Springs Park (the most Instagrammed spot in Saint Lucia). Additional sought-after summer activities include cooling off at Toraille Falls, taking in the spectacular 360-degree views of the island and the signature Pitons from Tet Paul Nature Trail, and snorkeling or diving at two dozen colorful marine-rich dive sites.

Major airline carriers offer direct or connecting flights to Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) from U.S. gateways including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. 

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a tropical rainforest, and the highly-Instagrammed mud baths at Sulphur Springs Park, and the world’s only drive-in volcano. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint coastline fishing villages, and internationally inspired cuisine. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes five-star hotels, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns, and value-oriented properties. The destination also offers world-class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the leading wedding and honeymoon destinations worldwide. Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is the official destination marketing and promotion organization for Saint Lucia. Saint Lucia inspires wanderlust with custom Augmented Reality (AR) Filters on Instagram and a newly launched TikTok. Learn more at and follow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Honeymoon in Paradise: Anse Chastanet in Saint Lucia

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Summer Getaway Hotel Deals

May 31, 2023
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa

From family getaways to adult-only couple trips, and from Latin America to the Caribbean to Spain, check out the special deals these hotels are offering this summer:

Family Friendly Hotels 

  • Sensira Resort & Spa
    • Sensira is a luxury all-inclusive resort that opened in 2021 that provides a sanctuary of tranquility and memorable experiences for families. The hotel boasts of 359 rooms, where you can customize your pillows and the scents you experience in each room. Located on the oceanfront of the Riviera Maya on Petempich Bay, Sensira Resort & Spa elevates what it means to be a baby-friendly and toddler-friendly property. Whether taking a multigenerational trip with the kids and the grandparents, or sneaking in romance and sophistication while your toddler is watched by professionals at the resort’s Kid Explorer Center, Sensira gives parents and kids alike everything they need to spend time together while still enjoying age-appropriate amenities. Those amenities may run the gamut between premium drinks over by the adult-only pool, or one of three film showings at the resort’s own movie theater, popcorn included. The hotel also provides REMO Offices for the work from home crew looking to experience bleisure travel. 
    • Applicable discount: up to a 25% discount applies only to reservations 30 days in advance if you travel from April 1 to December 31.
    • Solmar Resorts & Hotels 
    • Solmar Resorts & Hotels is a must-stay hotel for families looking to enjoy Los Cabos. The resort has six properties in Los Cabos. Grand Solmar at Rancho San LucasGrand Solmar Land’s EndThe Ridge at Playa Grande, and Playa Grande have planned a unique program of activities for kids at their super fun Kids’ Clubs. The resort boasts several swimming pools, including a dedicated kids’ pool with a pirate ship and waterslide, which is sure to delight the younger guests. Visitors will also find a Kids Club, where children can participate in supervised activities, games, and crafts, while parents enjoy some time to relax. Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, for example, is an authentic waterpark with slides, kayaks, and paddle boards to take the fun to the next level at the Salt Lagoon.
    • Applicable discount: up to 40% off if you book from May 8 to June 30.  

Adult-Only Couples Getaway 

  • Temptations Cancun Resort
    • Temptation Cancun Resort is the ultimate destination for adventurous adults seeking an unforgettable vacation experience. Nestled in the heart of Cancun’s iconic Hotel Zone, this all-inclusive resort boasts luxurious accommodations, delectable dining options, high-quality entertainment, and an energetic ambiance that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
    • Starting at 500 USD per night
  • Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana
    • This resort presents a sophisticated seaside ambiance with impressive design and architecture. Its location on the northern shores of Uvero Alto allows guests to enjoy 750 linear feet of private beach surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. This resort offers 347 suites with stunning views of the ocean, gardens or swimming pools
    • Starting at 356 USD per night
    • Applicable discount: up to 50% off on reservations including transportation from the airport

Adventure Getaway

  • The Explorean Kohunlich
    • Explorean Kohunlich is a fantastic all-inclusive retreat that caters to adventurous guests. Nestled in the heart of the Mayan rainforest in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Explorean Kohunlich provides a variety of unique daily adventures designed to connect guests with nature. During the day, guests can explore the destination’s natural and archaeological wonders, or simply unwind by the refreshing pools while enjoying the sights and sounds of the surrounding nature.
    • Starting at 271 USD per night
    • Applicable discount: up to 50% off on reservations including transportation from the airport
  • Tenerife 
    • The Ritz Carlton, Abama
      • A timeless island retreat of natural beauty and endless possibilities, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is designed to harness Tenerife’s unique climate, offering a holistic experience for guests of all ages.
      • Starting at 294 USD per night
    • Hard Rock Hotel – Costa Adeje
      • A vibrant and music-inspired resort that promises an electrifying experience with a unique blend of modern luxury, iconic rock memorabilia, and an array of entertainment options, making it a perfect destination for music lovers and luxury seekers alike.
      • Starting at 241 USD per night
      • Applicable discount: 10% off all year and flexible cancelation

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Club Med Summer Travel Deals

May 31, 2023
Club Med Miches, the luxury Caribbean resort part of Club Med’s Exclusive Collection

Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, is running a few summer travel deals right now – great for families seeking all-inclusive vacation options for upcoming getaways:

With Club Med’s Summer Sale, enjoy up to 40% off, plus perks, on all-inclusive summer escapes at Club Med’s top resorts throughout Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Perks include free stays for kids under 4 and with an option to bundle airfare to get an additional 10% off with transportation included – ideal for those looking to book upcoming value-driven summer family vacations like Memorial Day weekend trips. Each Club Med resort boasts expansive outdoor areas, comfortable accommodations, unlimited culinary experiences, and a variety of land and water sports.

May – June 2023 Summer Promotion Offer:

·       Up to 40% off

·       Bundle with Air & Get 10% extra off + transfers included

·       Travel window: May 27, 2023 – December 15, 2023 (last night in resort)

·       Booking window: May 3, 2023 – June 27, 2023

·       Resorts include:

·       Eco-chic Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America

·       Family-fun Club Med Punta Cana, with new renovations and innovations like the Circus School

·       Family-friendly Club Med Cancun, offering family focused activities through Club Med’s Amazing Family Program perfectly catered towards multi-generational families

·       Club Med Québec, Club Med’s newest four-season mountain resort offering a unique waterfront experience to discover Quebec’s natural summertime wonders

Club Med Dominican Republic Offer

Travelers looking to vacation in the Dominican Republic can enjoy two of Club Med top Caribbean resorts; Club Med Punta Cana, which is currently undergoing a renovation of guestrooms, new restaurant design, and brand-new wedding venue, and Club Med Miches, the luxury Caribbean resort part of Club Med’s 5-star Exclusive Collection.

Offer Details Include:

·       Offer: 40% off summer getaways + up to $500 air credit per person per week

·       Resorts: Club Med Punta Cana + Club Med Miches

·       Travel window: July 1 – September 1 (last night in resort)

·       Booking window: May 3, 2023 – June 27, 2023

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Skyscanner’s Savings Generator Can Save 31% on Flights for Summer Vacation 

May 24, 2023
Global travel site Skyscanner has launched the new and expanded summer edition of its Savings Generator tool to help travelers save on vacation travel © Karen Rubin/

While 61% of Americans are planning to get away this summer, 69% have yet to book their summer vacation, according to  Skyscanner’s latest research in association with OnePoll. Even as 74% of US travelers feel confident they know how to find the best vacation deals. global travel site Skyscanner has launched the new and expanded summer edition of its Savings Generator tool to help travelers save big this summer.  

Whether you’ve yet to book your trip or are tempted to book another vacation this summer (82% of Americans that have booked are tempted if the price if right), Skyscanner’s Savings Generator is on hand to find you the cheapest week of the summer to travel to a selection of the most popular routes from the US including to the UK, Italy and Spain. 

The global travel sitecurrently searches over 80 billion prices every single day, so Skyscanner’s experts have crunched the numbers to share some simple dos and don’ts for grabbing the best bargain this summer:  

1. Travel the last week of the school summer holidays (instead of the first) and save 31% 
Despite over half of Americans (54%) sharing that they know that there are cheaper weeks of the summer holidays to travel, Skyscanner’s data shows that on average travelers can save 31% by travelling the last week versus the first week of the school summer holidays- meaning an average saving of $1224 for a family of four!  

2. Want to save big this summer?  Travel on a Sunday (most of the time)! 

Travelers who are flexible and can fly on less popular days of the week can save up to 5% on the cost of their flights this July and August according to Skyscanner’s Summer Savings Generator. An added bonus? The airports are likely to be less crowded too.  Since 73% of Americans say they would be willing to change the day and/ or week of their summer vacations to save this year, it pays to do your research by using Skyscanner’s Whole Month view.   

3. There are still cheap deals – just search EVERYWHERE for the very best prices  

US travelers yet to book their summer trip estimate flights will cost $223 per person on average, however Skyscanner can reveal deals to vacation favorites including Nashville from $73, Orlando from $70, and Las Vegas from $169 round trip in June. Let Skyscanner’s algorithm find the cheapest deal – just type in ‘Everywhere’ with your travel dates.  

“We know how much US travelers look forward to and research their summer vacations, especially this year,” comments Skyscanner’s Travel Trends and Destination Expert Laura Lindsay. “Therefore it’s our duty to analyze all the data we have access to and share this insight via our Savings Generator, updated for Summer 2023  so US travelers know how to make their money go further this summer. 

“Our research shows that Americans are willing to make sacrifices, including fewer meals out and less takeaways and coffees during the year, in order to save for their summer vacations, but are less likely to shop around in the way they would when doing their weekly shopping or purchasing clothes. We’re aware that the summer can be a costly time to travel, so we’ve updated our Savings Generator to help US travelers easily see how to get away within budget this summer. 

“There’s so much money to be saved if consumers compare their travel options, so we’re building the tools for travelers to do this quickly and easily.  We encourage all travelers to take note of our savvy tips and utilize the tools on our site like our Calendar View and Everywhere Search to save big this summer,” Lindsay says.  

The Skyscanner/OnePoll research conducted in May 2023 with 2000 US respondents also showed:

  • Thirsty for travel but leaving it to the last minute– while 61% of Americans are planning to get away this summer, 30% have yet to book. And of those yet to book, 43% cited they’re still deciding on dates and 42% are waiting to find the best deals 
  • Americansthink they’re more travel deal savvy than perhaps they actually are – while 55% of American travelers feel like they found a good travel deal this year, only 4% are searching for travel during the cheapest possible week of the summer 
  • Keen for further escapes this summer82% of Americans say they would be tempted to book another summer holiday this year if the price were right. 
  • Americans think flights will cost more than what’s actually available – Americans yet to book their summer trip estimate flights will cost $223 on average, however Skyscanner can reveal deals to Chicago, Miami, and Nantucket for less than $150 return 
  • Flexibility rules– 73% of American travelers say they would be willing to change the day and/ or week of their summer holiday to a different time to save money 

Skyscanner is a global leader in travel helping travelers plan and book their trip with ease and confidence. Every month Skyscanner connects over 100 million travelers in 52 countries and 30 languages to more than 1200 trusted travel partners so they can find the best flight, hotel or car hire options. 

Making use of the latest technology, Skyscanner simplifies the complexity of travel and provides honest and transparent solutions, searching more than 80 billion prices every day so travelers can be sure they’ve seen the best possible options, all in one place. 

Founded in 2003, Skyscanner has offices worldwide, in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America where traveler-first innovations are developed, powered by data and insights. Skyscanner is committed to helping shape a more responsible future for travel in collaboration with our partners, so that every traveler can explore our world effortlessly for generations come. 


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How to Avoid Crowds, High Air Fares this Summer? Explore These Alternatives

May 17, 2023
Instead of an Italian grotto, dive into the enchanting waters of Yucatan, Mexico’s cenotes! © Laini Miranda/

How to avoid the crowds and the high European air fares this summer? Here are three alternatives to explore:

Instead of walking the streets of Amsterdam… 

…Venture to Aruba, the island known for its Dutch influence, seafood, and flavorful, creative combinations. Located on the convenient Palm Beach, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is the perfect place to check in to experience all that the island has to offer. No matter what time of year visitors are in Aruba, they’ll get a taste of Aruban culture. Island events and festivals take place throughout the year such as Soul Beach Musical Festival and Carnival. Just a short ride from the hotel, the capital city of Oranjestad offers visitors local shops, boutiques, restaurants, and bars on charming streets with Dutch architecture and colorful buildings. For a look into history, families can explore caves where Arawak Indians dwelled and for underwater explorations, groups can go snorkeling or scuba diving to discover massive shipwreck sites. 

Instead of exploring an Italian Grotto… 

…Dive into the gorgeous waters of Mexico’s cenotes! With quick & affordable direct flights from almost every major US city on the eastern and southern seaboard, it’s no surprise that Cancun is a coveted vacation destination. With IG-worthy ocean views and easy access to the Yucatan’s most amazing sights including the colonial city of Valladolis and the ruins of Chiten Itza – Cancun is a popular destination for travelers who need an escape from reality. By day, guests of the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa can get the party started with adrenaline-packed watersports swimming with whale sharks, day trips to Island Mujeres and unique twists on the classic margarita (one resort offers 150!). At night, the Cancun strip comes to life at spots like the iconic Coco Bongo complete with Vegas showgirls and music/impersonations from legendary superstars. The party continues at the Miami-style nightclubs with pulsing DJ music, vibrant light shows and more ‘gram worthy tequila cocktails.

Instead of a trip to one of Greece’s 6,000 islands…

…Check into Caerula Mar Club on the secluded South Andros island in the Bahamas. Rested on Aptly nicknamed “The Sleeping Giant,” the island of South Andros is the perfect destination for pure relaxation. One of The Bahamas largest islands with just over 2,000 residents, this uncrowded paradise is home to the world’s third largest barrier reef, mystical blue hole ocean caves, and 90+ miles of pristine beaches. South Andros is approximately an hour-long flight from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and home to its own international customs, which makes getting there a breeze. The untouched beaches and blissful sounds of nature will make you feel like you are a lifetime away from the States, and all of your worries! 

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JetBlue Adds JFK-Curacao Flights

May 17, 2023
Located in Willemstad on six acres of beachfront property, the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort presents an ideal combination of active adventure and luxurious relaxation, with direct beach access, two pools, four dining concepts, meetings and events spaces.

Due to increased demand for travel to Curaçao, JetBlue has launched two additional direct flights to the destination from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Flights are now offered from JFK to Curacao International Airport five times a week, Thursday through Monday, departing at 8 a.m. and arriving at 1:25 p.m. 

Curacao Tourist Board officials predict a 20% increase in travel to the island in 2023, in addition to the record-breaking tourism year they had in 2022. The CTB attributes the country’s growth to “the openings of several new resorts, along with the rebranding and renovations of existing resorts across the island.” 

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is one of the resorts that is contributing to the increase in visitors, having undergone a $40 million renovation in recent years. Located in Willemstad on six acres of beachfront property, the resort presents an ideal combination of active adventure and luxurious relaxation, with direct beach access, two pools, four dining concepts, meetings and events spaces. The resort also offers a kids club and a walking path connected to the property. state-of-the-art gym with daily classes including yoga, Pilates, pool fitness and more. Guests can also take advantage of live entertainment in the lobby on weekends as well as the Reef Club which offers a private lounge setting with food and beverages.

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WalletHub: 2023’s Best Summer Metro Travel Destinations for Budget, Fun

May 17, 2023
Little Island on the Hudson River Greenway has become one of the most popular attractions in New York City, along with High Line. WalletHub cites NYC as one of the top summer metro travel destinations © Karen Rubin/

With nearly 85% of Americans planning summer trips in 2023, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2023’s Best Summer Travel Destinations based on budget and fun, with expert commentary, to supplement its Best Travel Credit Cards and Currency Exchange studies.

To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, WalletHub compared 100 metro areas across 41 key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from the cost of the cheapest flight to the number of attractions to the average price of a two-person meal.

Top 20 Summer Travel Destinations
1. Atlanta, GA11. San Antonio, TX
2. Honolulu, HI12. Salt Lake City, UT
3. Washington, DC13. Greenville, SC
4. Wichita, KS14. Austin, TX
5. New York, NY15. Philadelphia, PA
6. Chicago, IL16. Oklahoma City, OK
7. Tampa, FL17. Grand Rapids, MI
8. Orlando, FL18. El Paso, TX
9. Richmond, VA19. Los Angeles, CA
10. Springfield, MO20. Minneapolis, MN

Best vs. Worst

  • The average flight to a popular summer destination costs $413, lasts 4 hours and 13 minutes and has 0.4 connections.
  • The Los Angeles metro area is the most attractive destination on the West Coast and the Washington, D.C. metro area is the most attractive destination on the East Coast.
  • Florida and Texas are home to the most top summer destinations in the U.S., each with at least two metro areas in the top 15. Oppositely, California has among the largest number of the unpopular summer destinations, with at least two metro areas.
  • The Houston metro area has the lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel room, $28, which is 9.1 times less expensive than in Portland, the metro area with the highest at $254.    

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Expert Commentary
What are your predictions for the 2023 summer travel season (percent of Americans traveling; most popular destinations; busiest travel times)?
“Travel will most likely increase this summer compared to 2022, both in-terms of number of travelers and travel spending. There is still a strong demand to want to travel. The pandemic created a stronger demand for outdoor recreation. That continues today, thus popular destinations will be beach destinations and national parks. The busy travel season runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. During summer we seeing the highest demand for travel coming from families since there is no school. This tends to make mid-June to early August the busiest travel times. If you want during summer and avoid the larger summer crowds try to plan a trip in early June or later in August.”
Dan Plunkett, Ph.D. – Director, UWL Tourism Research Institute; Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“Domestic Travel: Short-haul, drive-to destinations will continue to be popular. Weekend destinations, theme parks, state, and national parks will be packed during the summer travel months. People will be taking more frequent, but shorter trips, staying at lower category hotels and short-term rentals, but will be traveling in 2023. International travel will continue to be popular in 2023, especially in Europe, which is eager to accept more Americans. Selected countries like Japan in Asia will also see significant increases in outgoing travel from the U.S. Once again, people will be taking shorter trips internationally but will be traveling.”
Max Starkov – Adjunct Professor, New York University
What are the costliest travel mistakes?

“Not planning in advance! Though it can be a fun adventure to wing it, take a last-minute trip, and hope for the best, these days almost everything should be booked well before you travel. That means flights, trains and boats, accommodations, museums, and other attractions entry, and even restaurants. Book in advance to avoid disappointment! Another mistake is not taking advantage of various credit card and points promotions. Many airline mileage plans and credit cards allow you to collect points that can come in very handy later on. Some of the higher-end credit cards also offer valuable perks such as travel and rental car insurance, hotel elite status, airport lounge access, and travel discounts.”
Michael Pretes – Professor and Chair, Department of Geoscience, University of North Alabama
“First, do not wait until the last moment. Prices mostly rise. Next, it is important to research destinations and learn your options. This includes everything from visa and vaccination requirements to hotel options. Third, the airlines make approximately $5 billion annually on baggage fees. I believe many Americans are overpacking. Overpacking is likely to cost billions. Fourth, I am against most forms of travel insurance. Yet, there are times when it is wise. I recommend a credit card that includes travel insurance if you are a frequent flyer. I have been saving thousands in recent years by only booking flights and hotels with a card that includes great travel insurance. Finally, additional fees are adding up. wi-fi, parking, resort fees, and more are unexpected by many consumers. We pay seemingly small amounts but these fees add up.”
Justin Taillon – Professor and Department Head, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Highline College
Will the current economic downturn affect traveling this summer?
“Absolutely travel will be affected by the economy! With the rising costs of gas, food, and utilities, a family vacation may or may not even happen this year. The best advice is to be creative and try some new adventures. Do not let where others go or what’s trending affect your choices and budget. Visit national and state parks, historical museums, and educational locations along with local hospitality fare, and support regional attractions; you may be pleasantly surprised!”
Mary Jo Ross, Ph.D., CSEP, CPCE – Associate Professor, Slippery Rock University
“While there is still so much pent-up demand for travel due to the pandemic curtailing our vacations over the last few years, an economic downturn could likely affect travel this summer. Those who have already planned their travel will probably still take the trip but may cut down their daily spending, spend less on accommodations, or perhaps end their trip a day or two earlier to reduce the overall cost of a trip. For those who are not planning travel due to economic factors, a great option is to be a tourist in your community. Much like we saw in the financial crisis of the late 2000’s the staycation provides an alternative to a costly vacation. Head to your local visitor’s center and explore what your area has to offer instead.”
Ara Pachmayer, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Cal Poly Humboldt

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Rental Escapes: Top Summer Destinations for Luxury Villas

May 17, 2023
Chateau de Villette. Rental Escapes, a full-service luxury villa company specializing in providing unparalleled private villa rentals worldwide, has identified the top regions luxury travelers are eyeing for summer travel this year. In addition, with the increased demand for luxury villa rentals throughout 2023, Rental Escapes has added to its arsenal of villa rental options to ensure an abundance of options.

Montreal – Rental Escapes, a full-service luxury villa company specializing in providing unparalleled private villa rentals worldwide, has identified the top regions luxury travelers are eyeing for summer travel this year. In addition, with the increased demand for luxury villa rentals throughout 2023, Rental Escapes has added to its arsenal of villa rental options to ensure an abundance of options.

The top five most sought-after destinations for luxury villa rentals:

1.       Turks and Caicos

For the ultimate tropical getaway comprised of 40 low-lying coral islands, Turks and Caicos is known for their white-sand beaches, diving and snorkeling, whale watching, excellent year-round weather, and ample opportunities for watersports. Travelers can enjoy relaxing afternoons spent soaking up the sun or activities like horseback riding, parasailing, and diving.

·       Where to Stay: Sitting on a large peninsula that feels like its own island, Villa Emara provides seventeen magnificent bedrooms accommodated with the utmost privacy from a private beach. With a blend of privacy and personalized service, guests will have a luxurious experience with the feeling of home away from home. Multi-gen families can retreat to the Caribbean estate Hawksbill, which features an oversized pool and lap pool, hot tub, firepit and boat dockage. For water sport enthusiasts, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment are available to all guests. To view all of Rental Escapes’ luxurious villa rental options in Turks and Caicos, click here.

2.    Dominican Republic

Home to a vibrant culture, rich history, jaw-dropping scenery, world renowned beaches, and a plethora of luxury villas, the Dominican Republic has been one of the most popular Caribbean vacation destinations. The dynamic country offers an arsenal of recently constructed villas, featuring modern amenities geared towards outdoor living, to experience the very best of the country. Guests can take advantage of large terraces, infinity pools, and elaborate palapas, all with scenic ocean views.

·       Where to Stay: Travelers looking to enhance their vacation cannot go wrong by booking one of the many villas in the Dominican Republic. Featured in Architectural Digest of Germany, Juanillo 2 Las Hamacas offers its guests a beachfront luxury villa with six bedrooms. Guests will have access to all resort amenities such as a golf course, spa, restaurants, bars, and tennis center. Brand new Villa Lorenne welcomes beach lovers to enjoy a short golf cart ride to two private beach clubs, an outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as games next to the outside bar. To view all of Rental Escapes’ luxurious villa rental options in the Dominican Republic, click here.

3.     Barbados

Located on the Eastern tip of the Caribbean and known for its turquoise water, sandy white beaches, colorful fish and exceptional restaurants, Barbados offers exciting experiences to satisfy every traveler. The sights, tastes, and experiences make Barbados a once-in-a-lifetime trip for all.

·       Where to Stay: One of the most prestigious villa rentals in Barbados, Greensleeves offers ten exquisite bedrooms, impeccable service, and waterfront, panoramic sea views from the four-acre property. Located in Paynes Bay, Kiko offers a beautiful oversize swimming pool with umbrella lounge chairs, comfortable living areas, and an expansive covered veranda. The nine oceanfront bedrooms boasts the ultimate in decadence along with a game room, fully equipped gym and yoga studio, spa and sauna. To view all of Rental Escapes’ luxurious villa rental options in Barbados, click here.

4.    Italy

Home to many diverse landscapes, history, and dialects, there’s no destination quite like Italy. Filled with delicious food, rich history, celebrated culture, legendary ambiance, and beautiful landscapes – there are unlimited reasons to visit. The gorgeous country offers villas with their own distinct charm, inescapable beauty, and fascinating history. Italian villas offer travelers the space they desire, with authentic locations in the countryside or by the sea, along with architecturally stunning facades. 

·       Where to Stay: Just a 15 minute walk from Piazza de Mulini, Positano, Villa Giulia boasts its spectacular view of Positano and its gulf with a stylish design offering modern, elegant décor with a white and neutral color palette reflecting current interior design trends. The elegant three-story waterfront property, Villa Lika provides its guests with a sun-kissed terrace filled with summer mood interiors and arched windows. It’s stunning views with a color palette inspired by the sand and sea set the perfect mood for a relaxed vacation. For unforgettable day trips, this villa is driving distance from preferred sites such as Positano, Amalfi, and Pompeii. To view all of Rental Escapes’ luxurious villa rental options in Italy, click here.

5.    St. Barts

The volcanic island, St. Barts, or St. Barthelemy, is one of the world’s most beautiful luxury vacation destinations, known for its stunning beaches, incredible cuisine, and plethora of luxury villa rentals. Rental Escapes boasts an arsenal of villas that will appeal to every kind of vacation -seeker, from those looking for a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or a worry-free vacation.

·       Where to Stay: Large groups will love Silver Rainbow, a magnificent six-bedroom villa with striking views and immediate access to the beautiful blue-green water of the Petit Cul De Sac lagoon. Beach lovers will enjoy Wake Up, a beachfront villa featuring a contemporary design with an infinity pool, jacuzzi, hanging chairs, a sauna, steam room, and gym. To view all of Rental Escapes’ luxurious villa rental options in St. Barts, click here.

In addition to sharing the top trending destinations for summer 2023, Rental Escapes has added to its inventory of luxury villa rentals to meet demand. The company has seen unprecedented desire for luxury villa rentals in destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and the U.S. and has reported a record number of sales to kick off the year as travelers increasingly look to book with an industry leader who is dedicated to crafting customized villa experiences. As a result, Rental Escapes has expanded its offerings and added over 300 villas to its arsenal to ensure all travelers are able to find the perfect villa in their dream destination.

Rental Escapes is a full-service luxury villa company that prides itself in providing top-notch personalized service and unforgettable villa experiences. The company offers a hand-picked selection of more than 5,000 carefully vetted and curated luxury villa rentals in 70 destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, the United States and beyond. Its team of highly trained villa specialists assist guests and travel advisors in planning and booking the ideal villa stay. In addition, every reservation is provided with a concierge service to take care of arranging everything from private chefs to boat charters.

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Destinations for Solo Travelers this Summer

April 28, 2023

Vienna, Austria is an ideal destination for culture seekers traveling solo © Karen Rubin/

Solo travel is one of the top trends for summer vacations. Google searches for “solo travel for women” and “solo cruises” have doubled this year in the U.S. along with a 120% jump in searches for “solo travel destinations.” As temperatures rise and getaways are on everyone’s mind, see why these popular destinations are so appealing to solo travelers:

Barbados – This Caribbean island boasts all-inclusive resorts and volun-tourism opportunities perfect for a solo traveler. Club Barbados is a luxurious oceanfront resort with diverse dining options, watersports, tour accommodations and land activities. The all-inclusive Sugar Cane Club rests on the island’s west coast. While visiting Barbados, solo travelers can also embark on tours for one that highlight the rich culture, friendly locals and many historic sites. There are also opportunities to enjoy an immersive experience through volun-tourism opportunities. The Barbados Sea Turtle Project invites visitors to assist with transporting baby turtles to the shore while also helping to protect their nesting sites from predators. Other opportunities to do good include planting trees, beach and sea floor clean-ups, and packing school supplies to donate to Barbados’ students. More volunteer opportunities can be found here.

U.S. Virgin Islands – A solo escape to the Caribbean? The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is the perfect destination for a self-discovery vacation. American citizens do not need a passport, making it easy to experience. Solo travelers will want to book at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, a family-owned beach resort nestled in a picturesque bay with views of the Caribbean Sea in St Thomas and offers a friendly, personalized service. Two Sandals is another amazing spot, with stunning ocean-view balconies. Spend days on the white sand beaches or hitting any of the 20 hiking trails. Two-thirds of St. John and nearly all of Hassel Island is designated as the Virgin Islands National Park, meaning you’re never far from this untouched and protected piece of nature and history. Attend a local event like the King of the Wing Festival or Mango Melee, celebrating the islands’ culinary traditions. Solo travelers can taste it all on the Virgin Islands Food Tours with a dive into the food of St Croix. St Thomas offers its own USVI food tours as well with local cuisine and cocktails. Consider booking an excursion with Tan Tan Tours, an off-roading 4-wheel Jeep island tour in St Croix. Or hit the water with Aquaman Virgin IslandsSeasthe Day, or Abigail III that offer boat tours.

Monaco– The ultimate luxury destination, Monaco has long held the secret to indulging in style. From prestigious hotelsluxury spas, and private beaches, to water sports, cocktails by the sea, shopping trips, and walks through lush gardens, Monaco is a stellar choice for solo visitors. Visitors can start strolling through the old town and stop for a visit to the iconic Prince’s Palace, the Cathedral of Monaco and Fort Antoine, without missing the chance to book a tour at the Oceanographic Museum. The cars collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco, now with a new location at Port Hercule, just a few yards from the iconic Formula 1 circuit, is also something absolutely unique for travelers. For the ultimate Monaco experience, solo travelers should take a few hours to unwind at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, a haven of luxury dedicated to wellness and beauty at the Hotel de Paris, then treat themselves with some shopping at One Monte-Carlo, the new fashion district featuring 24 high-end boutiques, and finally tap into luxury at one of the six different restaurants in the Principality sharing no fewer than nine Michelin stars between them.

Vienna – Austria’s capital is known for its rich history and cultural heritage, with many iconic landmarks  like the stunning architecture of the Hofburg PalaceSt. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the Vienna State Opera. Culture seekers will visit Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Art History Museum) and its vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, including works by famous artists like Rembrandt, Raphael, and Vermeer. The Belvedere – Palace and Museum is also a must-visit, with its impressive collection of Austrian art, including Gustav Klimt’s famous painting, “The Kiss.”

Redding, California – Located below the Oregon border in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, Redding is a great alternative to some of California’s more crowded outdoors destinations. For solo travelers, Redding is teeming with many outdoor activities, from fly fishing and kayaking to caving and tubing down the Sacramento River. Exploring downtown Redding on foot reveals some unexpected pleasures, including an array of public art and murals, several coffee houses and roasters, and charming shops and restaurants. The Park, on the site where the Carnegie Library once stood, is now a gathering spot for gourmands with up to six food trucks offering many cuisines. The Park also features a lifesize chess board, single-lane bowling alley, cornhole and more plus a stage featuring live entertainment. The Sundial Bridge, which connects the downtown area to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, is a real working sundial designed by Santiago Calatrava. 

San Luis Obispo, California – Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along California’s Central Coast, San Luis Obispo (SLO) lends itself well to a solo sojourn. The charming downtown is filled with individual shops and restaurants as well as day spas, tasting rooms and public art. Enjoy a wine tasting trek with Sidecar Tours, featuring an old-fashioned sidecar attached to a chauffeur-driven motorbike. Zip past vineyards, enjoying door-to-door service while sipping some of California’s most celebrated wines in between. SLO also has many protected open spaces catering to hikers and cyclists of all abilities. Stay at Hotel Cerro with its chefs’ garden and pluck plump fruit from its trees. A stay in SLO also means visitors are contributing to a more sustainable San Luis Obispo through “Keys for Trees,” an initiative where hoteliers earmark a percentage of revenue from overnight stays that they contribute to the planting of trees. The goal is to plant 10,000 trees by 2035, when SLO aims to be carbon neutral. 

Baltimore, Maryland – Get lost in art at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s new exhibit dedicated to the 50th anniversary of hip hop, The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, with over 90 multidisciplinary displays of the music genre’s contributions to society. Another exhibit, Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined, opened at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum through September 5, or embrace your inner child without judgment from a traveling companion at the The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited at the Maryland Center for History and Culture, set to open on May 26. Treat yourself to a solo date at the Lexington Market, the oldest public market in the United States having opened in 1782. The newly renovated space has been designed to become a “gathering place for all of Baltimore and a hub for community, culture, health, and wealth-building.” If nothing else, stroll Baltimore’s fascinating and diverse neighborhoods, from the historic Mt. Vernon and its George Washington Monument, to the artsy and eclectic Hamden and its Atomic Bookstore, to the seaside views of the Inner Harbor and the National Aquarium

Chattanooga, Tennessee– The Crash Pad, An Uncommon Hostel, offers budget-friendly accommodations for solo travelers and an opportunity to make new friends with shared spaces. Outdoor activities lend themselves well to single sojourners, including kayaking along the Tennessee River, exploring the iconic Ruby Falls, a visit to Lookout Mountain where seven states are visible (Georgia, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia) and hiking in and around the city center. The weekly Chattanooga Market, held Sundays, features one-of-a-kind gifts and foods from local merchants and farmers. Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Chattanooga Whiskey Co., music at one of several local venues, including Songbirds, a visit to the Bessie Smith Cultural Center—named for Chattanooga’s favorite daughter, songstress Bessie Smith (known as the Empress of the Blues) or explore the Tennessee Aquarium, one of the only aquariums dedicated to freshwater exhibits. 

Louisville, Kentucky – Louisville is an ideal destination for solo travelers, offering museums, including the Muhammad Ali Center and Kentucky Derby Museum, to learn about the city’s culture and history. Explore the Bourbon Trail to discover the distillation process and sample some of the world’s best bourbons. Attend one of the city’s festivals or events, such as the Kentucky Shakespeare “Hamlet” in the Park Event (May 18, 2023), which is featuring professional actors and theater companies as well as the beautiful Chamber Music concert in the Pavilion (June 4, 2023). Visit Churchill Downs to tour the iconic racetrack and museum. Walk through historic neighborhoods like Old LouisvilleButchertown, and the Highlands for beautiful architecture and boutique shopping.

Loudoun County, Virginia – Solo travelers looking for a mix of history, wine tasting, and outdoor activities will find it in this region just a short drive from Washington D.C. Learn about regional history at Morven Park and Oatlands Historic House and Gardens or drive along the Loudoun County Wine Trail and taste some of the best wines Virginia has to offer. Hike to Bear’s Den for beautiful views from high rocks of the Shenandoah Valley to the west, with pine trees all around. Visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for an out-of-this-world experience. Relax and rejuvenate at one of Loudoun’s many spas or wellness centers such as the Amenity Day Spa and Awakenings Spa Boutique.

St. Louis, Missouri – St. Louis invites solo visitors to explore Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, which is home to several museums, a zoo, and beautiful gardens. The Missouri History Museum, located in Forest Park, offers a comprehensive look at the history of Missouri, while the National Blues Museum celebrates the city’s rich musical heritage.

Florida – VISIT FLORIDAis confident that solo travelers can find somewhere perfect across the state of Florida:

  • In Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a 35-acre subtropical historical estate and house museum located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. The estate celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2020, and is a blend of art, architecture, history and ecology, providing a charming destination for solo vacationers, who can enjoy newly designed self-guided walking experience.
  • Kissimmee, Florida– From biking around Celebration to fishing on Lake Toho, the area offers plenty of activities for solo travelers looking to explore. For nature enthusiasts, Kissimmee boasts a variety of hiking trails perfect for birdwatching, including the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park and the Shingle Creek Regional Park. For a unique and exhilarating outdoor experience, try tree trekking at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. For a bit of adrenaline, go to Gatorland, a popular wildlife park that offers thrilling zip-lining experiences over alligator-filled ponds. And for those who want to visit a nearby theme park, Kissimmee is just minutes away from Walt Disney WorldUniversal Studios, and other popular attractions. When it comes to accommodations, Kissimmee has everything from budget-friendly hotels to luxurious resorts.

San Antonio, Texas – New to San Antonio, The Hot Wells the city’s newest park and home to the former Hot Wells Resort. The resort’s ruins cast a striking silhouette against the San Antonio sky and abuts against Camp Hot Wells, a camp-inspired wine bar with private bathing cabanas and foot soaking bar pools filled with hot sulfur waters. The most famous structure in San Antonio is The Alamo, which includes the historic church and the Long Barrack, the oldest building on the Alamo historic site dating back nearly 300 years. The new Collections Building, opened in March, features rare artifacts, including musician Phil Collins’ collection of Alamo artifacts. The Alamo belongs to a collection of historic missions, all part of the Mission Trails, that also include the Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada – open for guided and self-guided tours. The Saga, a unique video art projection similar to that of the immersive van Gogh experience, is free to the public and takes place several nights a week in San Antonio’s historic Main Plaza with San Fernando Cathedral serving as a canvas It depicts the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio, the Lone Star State and U.S. San Antonio doesn’t destroy its buildings, it repurposes them. The San Antonio Museum of Art was once home to the Lone Star Brewery, and Hotel Emma, a luxury urban resort, is housed in the former Pearl Brewery. The Liberty Bar was once a nunnery, and residential homes, long abandoned by their owners, have been transformed into some of the city’s best restaurants. 

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New York Campground Owners Make Big Improvements for 2022 Camping Season

June 17, 2022
Cabins along the river at the Herkimer Diamond KOA campground, Herkimer, NY, are themed and you can even go prospecting for “diamonds.”. My cabin had a dinosaur dig theme. New York State campground owners have made many improvements in facilities and programs for this camping season © Karen Rubin/

Campground operators across New York State have added new campsites and cabins, new amenities and have scheduled live entertainment and theme weekends for this camping season.

“Campground operators have made improvements that will make their parks even better vacation destinations than they were last year,” said Donald G. Bennett, Jr., president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York (CONY), which hosts, the travel planning website for camping enthusiasts.
Bennett also noted that many campgrounds experienced record occupancy levels during the pandemic, and have been better able to reinvest in their parks, adding new campsites, amenities, attractions, including rental accommodations.

Here’s a sampling of what’s new at several campgrounds across New York:

— Beaver Meadow Family Campground in Java Center: This 260-site campground is adding a heater for its swimming pool. The park’s amenities include a gem mining sluice, a jump pad, a playground, hiking trails and a three-acre catch-and-release fishing pond. The park also has two rental cabins.

— Country Roads Campground in Gilboa: This 118-site campground is adding new RV sites and upgrading existing campsites to 50 amp service. The park is also adding a one bedroom rental cottage. Other recent improvements include upgrading the park’s WiFi system and installing new pool decking and a basketball court. The park is also expanding its activities this year and will offer cornhole tournaments for adults and children.

— Dream Lake Campground in Warsaw: This 100-site park is adding 45 new campsites, boosting its overall site count to 145. “We’re hoping to have the expansion completed by mid-summer,” said park owner Patty Jarnot, adding that the park is also adding a new bathhouse. Half of the new campsites will be available for overnight or short-term rentals, with the rest being available for seasonal camping. Other park improvements include a new bear’s playground, replacement of another bath house and laundry facility, and a new 1 3/4-acre fishing pond.

— Kayuta Lake Campground in Forestport: This 165-site park has upgraded its WiFi so that guests can stream video from their campsites. The park has also expanded its offering of organized weekend activities. The campground has two rental cabins.

— King Phillip’s Campground in Lake George: This 216-site campground is offering live entertainment throughout the summer, including bands, DJs and movie nights.

— Lebanon Reservoir Campground in Hamilton: This park added seven new RV sites last year, boosting its overall site count to 150 sites and two rental cabins. Other recent improvements include a new office and camp store.

— Leisurewood Campground in Akron: This 910-site park, open May through Columbus Day, is adding outdoor movies and concerts.

— Medina / Wildwood Lake KOA Holiday in Medina:   This 350-site campground has doubled the size of its camp store, added a new game room, and converted several of its seasonal campsites to premium RV sites. The park has frontage around a 13-acre catch-and-release fishing lake. Boat rentals are available along with many other amenities, including a jumping pillow, pedal carts, a mining sluice, and a tavern.

— Natural Bridge / Watertown KOA in Watertown: This park, under new ownership, is offering theme weekends for the first time this year. Work is also underway to create five new patio RV sites and to redesign entrances to the park’s indoor heated pool. The campground is also seeking a liquor license and plans to offer craft beers as well as propane service and EV chargers.

— Niagara Falls / Grand Island KOA in Grand Island: This campground is located next to the Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World ( The park is adding two RV sites, each of which will their own private fenced area for their pets. Other improvements made in recent years include adding a jumping pillow and a gravity rail play structure, which kids can hang on to and ride, sort of like a slow-moving zip line, as they make their way from one side of the play structure to the other. The campground features 138 RV sites, 25 tent sites and 54 cabins.

— Pope Haven Campground in Randolph: This campground is upgrading electrical service for 19 of its campsites and adding a new playground.

— Triple R Camping Resort in Franklinville: This park recently completed a new water attraction, LeeKee Lagoon, a water play structure with interactive features. The park also created a few more deluxe RV sites with concrete pads and patios and added two more deluxe cabin rentals with large decks and awnings so that guests can enjoy them regardless of weather conditions. Additional improvements include the installation of new basketball and volleyball courts. The park is also renovating part of its barn and plans to offer food service, including sandwiches, pizza and wings.

— Trout Run Camp Resort in Wellsville, NY: This year-round park is opening a new splash pad in May and has added six new family cabins for a total of 17 log cabins onsite. The park has also developed corporate retreat packages, geared for companies seeking a unique location for their off-site training or team-building activities.

Campground Owners of New York is the trade association that represents independent campgrounds and RV parks in New York. Based in Pittsford, CONY provides education, government affairs and marketing services for campgrounds, including hosting, a travel planning website, and publishing a printed directory of New York campgrounds.

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