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Cruise deals in Europe – less than $100 per day

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia

Travelzoo.com and Royal Caribbean Cruises have partnered to offer incredible cruise deals in the Mediterranean. Sail aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas or the Jewel of the Seas for as little as $799 per person for a 10-day itinerary.

$799 roundtrip Rome, Venice, or Barcelona to Venice. Visit Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Malta, depending on which getaway selected. There are select dates, so visit Travelzoo.com by Friday, October 16 for the dates and itineraries.

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Small ship cruising deals, the Northern Lights of Iceland, visit La Jolla

Northern Lights, Iceland by Moyan Brenn, Creative Commons
Northern Lights, Iceland by Moyan Brenn, Creative Commons

Today’s travel deals include specials on small ship Windstar cruises, a winter escape to Iceland, and discounts on bungalows in La Jolla, California.

Small ship cruise deals

The Fourth of July is bringing out the travel sales and Windstar Cruises is offering it’s best deals this weekend. With only 148 to 310 passengers on any ship, Windstar offers the best in small ship cruising. One of their best deals is seven days on the Wind Surf, setting sail fro

Ride Rio Grande rails, cruise the Inside Passage, enjoy Lake Las Vegas

This week’s deals include a train ride and concert, an Alaskan cruise, and a great deal at a resort in Las Vegas.

It’s summer in the Rockies, and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is offering half-price tickets for their Mountain Rails Live Summer Concert Series. The package includes two economy class adult tickets for $19, the train ride and concert tickets with the train departing Alamosa at 10:30 a.m. and Fort Garland at 11:15 a.m. Standard class tickets are available for $39 for two. Standard class features more comfortable seating with chairs that can be reversed to make a four-person seating area. Children’s tickets are also available. There are eight shows during the summer included in this promotion. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for the dates and to buy your voucher.

For those who can travel at the last minute, Cruise.com has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to offer sailings to Alaska in mid-July 2015. Sail July 15 on the Celebrity Millennium starting at $749 per person for an inside cabin. The package includes prepaid gratuities, and up to $300 extra onboard c

Las Vegas Sign
Las Vegas Welcome Sign

redit, discounts on Vancouver hotel and shore excursions, and a value booklet with up to $350 in savings. The itinerary is Vancouver, thorough the Inside Passage to Seward, with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and the Hubbard Glacier. Visit Cruise.com for more information and other dates and to book your Alaskan cruise.

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nevada is offering a great deal on room rates through September starting at $69 per night for two people. Breakfast is included with an upgraded, Premium King Lake-View room for $89 per night for two. Up to two kids 17 or younger stay free in double rooms. This resort has a private beach on the lake and watersports such as stand-up paddle boarding. Play some golf at the Reflection Bay Golf Club and the Southshore Golf Club or just hang by the giant pool. In Henderson, visitors escape the congestion and 24-hour hassle of the traffic on the Strip. Visit the Hoover Dam or nearby Lake Mead for hiking, biking, or fishing. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to book your Las Vegas getaway.

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Cunard cruises, New Zealand tour, sunny Belize

Tropical beauty
Tropical beauty

This week’s deals include transatlantic cruises, an adventure in New Zealand, and a resort in sunny Belize.

The Cunard Line, home of the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, and Queen Mary 2 is offering great deals on transatlantic sailings through June 2015. Cruisers sail on the Queen Victoria between New York to Southampton for eight days on April 25, starting at $1099 for an inside cabin. In addition save up to 20% off launch fare with up to $400 on-board credit per stateroom, specialty dining for two and free gratuities. Special fares are offered for the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth as well. Visit Cunard.com for more information and to book your cruise.

For those J.R.R. Tolkien fans, Air New Zealand is offering a 13-day “The Hobbit Trilogy” inspired vacation in New Zealand from $1,999 per person. The package includes round-trip airfare through Air New Zealand from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland, returning from Queenstown. Package also includes intra-country flights, four nights’ accommodations at Mercure Auckland, two nights accommodations at Sudima Lake Rotorua, and half-day guided Hobbiton movie set tour in Rotorua. Spend four nights at Mercure Queenstown Resort with a half-day guided Safari of the Scenes tour in Queenstown. All U.S. and foreign taxes and fees and applicable airline fuel surcharges are also included. Visit Groupon.com by December 8 for more information and to book your Tolkien adventure.

Winter is in full swing in the Rocky Mountain West, and many folks are dreaming of warm water and sunny beaches. The Almond Beach Resort & Spa in Hopkins, Belize is offering a four night stay for two in an Ocean View room for $499 or in an Ocean View Deluxe room for $599. If you prefer to sun a bit longer, stay six nights starting at $699. The Almond Beach Resort is on the Belizean coastline between Dangriga and Placencia. The resort has two pools, beachside hammocks and on-site spa. For the active guest, visit the Mayan ruins nearby, go diving and snorkeling, or take a guide into the jungle for some bird watching. Visit Livingsocial.com by December 11 for more information and to book your Caribbean vacation.

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Caribbean beach

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Discover New Orleans, ski Crested Butte, enjoy the sun in Fiji

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Caribbean beach

This week’s deals include a tour of New Orleans and a cruise in the Caribbean, a great deal at a Crested Butte resort, and an adventure in Fiji.

Gate1travel.com is offering a ten-night package that includes time in the city of New Orleans and a cruise in the Caribbean from $749. The travel date for this price is February 5, but there are promo prices November 2014 through April 2015. This package includes three nights’ hotel accommodations in New Orleans, a walking tour through the French Quarter and Jackson Square, and an additional day to enjoy the city. On day 3 board the Norwegian Dawn and set sail for Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Honduras, and Costa Maya, Mexico. The package doesn’t include airfare to New Orleans. Visit Gate1travel.com soon for more information and to book your cruise.

Here in the Rocky Mountain West, ski season has just begun and it’s a good time to book a ski trip. The Elevation Hotel and Spa in Crested Butte is offering discounted room rates from October through April. Rooms start at $89 per night for a Courtyard King Room and $139 for a Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite with dining credit. Up to two kids 17 or younger stay free in the suites. The package includes two $30 spa credits per day. The property is located at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, a short walk from the mountain and the village. There is an onsite restaurant, or you can enjoy the restaurants and galleries in the village. For an offbeat adventure, visit the downtown rum distillery that welcomes guests year-round. At the resort, there is a $20 per day resort fee collected at check-in. Visit Groupon.com by October 25 for more information and to book your ski trip.

Some prefer sun to snow, and Travelzoo.com is partnering with Fuji Airways to offer round-trip airfare to the South Pacific for $999 from Los Angeles. Visit Fiji between February 1 and June 10 and September 10-30. Dive or snorkel the Rainbow Reef, eat great food, and spend time on one the many beautiful beaches. Fiji is also a great wedding and honeymoon destination, with many resorts specializing in these big events. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information on booking your dream trip to Fiji.

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Discounted houseboat rentals on Lake Powell, deals on Las Vegas rooms, Christmas cruises

Las Vegas Sign
Las Vegas Welcome Sign

This week’s deals include discounts on end-of-season houseboat rentals at Lake Powell, a deal in Las Vegas for condos on the Strip, and discount cruises over the Christmas holidays.

For those who long for the lazy days on Lake Powell, lounging on a houseboat and swimming in the secluded coves, The Lake Powell Resorts and Marina is discounting three-day houseboat escapes. Rent the 46” Expedition that sleeps six for $799 for three days, or the 53’ Adventurer, sleeping 12 for $1489. Travel between August 17 and December 31, 2014. There are also five-day packages through August 16 that are discounted, departing from the Wahweap Marina in Arizona. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for the best availability and to purchase your voucher.

Las Vegas is always a fun getaway from the Front Range, and one of the few non-gaming hotels on the Strip is offering discounts on two-night stays. Stay in a Studio or a one-bedroom studio for as little as $50 per night during the week, $64 per night weekends. Polo Towers Suites offers a roof-top pool, family water park, a spa, and a fitness center. Parking and Wi-Fi at the Towers is complimentary, though there is a $20 per night resort fee required for use of the pool, hot tub, children’s splash pad, BBQ area, business center, and fitness center. There is no restaurant onsite, though due the location on the Strip, there are plenty of choices close to the property. Visit Livingsocial.com by July 16 for more information and to book your stay. Dates available through September.

Now that the July 4th holiday is over, many folks start thinking about their Christmas travel plans. Vacations to Go offers lots of great deals on cruises, and they do show some Christmas dates available for the Princess Emerald Princess. Sail from Bayport, Texas on December 21 and cruise the Caribbean, stopping in Cozumel, Belize City, and Roatan in Honduras, spending Christmas Day in Belize City, starting at $899 for an Oceanview room. If you prefer to spend the New Year’s holiday at sea, look into the Caribbean Princess, setting sail on December 30, 2014 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and visiting Cozumel, Nassau, and Princess Cays over nine days starting at $1249 for an Oceanview cabin. Visit Vacations To Go for more information on last minute cruise deals.

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Fall cruising in the Caribbean

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Caribbean beach – Costa Maya

Summer is just getting started, and if you travel in the Fall, this deal may be tempting. Smartcruiser.com and Travelzoo.com are partnering to offer four night cruises for as low as $279 per person, double occupancy. Travel November 6, November 20, December 4, or December 18 for the lowest fare. Taxes and port fees are extra and run between $75 and $100 depending on the cruise selected. Sail for five nights over Thanksgiving for $479 per person. Passengers also receive up to $125 of on-board credit. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to reserve your cruise.

Five money-saving tips for travel budgets

Now that you have your budget estimate, it’s time to see how to bring it in line. There are lots of ways to do this. Here are my top five tips to saving money when planning a trip.

Keep your travel dates as flexible as possible.

Hotels and flights eat up most of your travel dollars. By keeping dates flexible, you can arrange travel on the least expensive dates for your trip. In general, traveling in the middle of the week is cheaper than the weekends. Traveling mid-winter is often cheaper than traveling mid-summer, and with fewer crowds. Sometimes, seasons make the difference. For example, we had planned a trip to Puerto Vallarta with another couple in October when the flights were in the $600 per person range. Unfortunately, something came up and we needed to re-book the trip. We ended up re-booking for the week before Christmas, and the flight costs dropped by half. We ended up having a marvelous time in the Mexican town, joining the Saturday night street fair and parade celebrating Advent. There were fewer people on the beach, and the weather was great.

Use rewards points or mileage accounts

I’m not a big fan of spending money just to accumulate rewards points. If it’s convenient to use that credit card or that rewards account, by all means carry on. I know that many folks are corporate travelers, and this is how they build up those points accounts. If those accounts are yours, use them. The airlines have a habit of reducing the value of the points over time, so accumulating points is not always the best move. I’m planning a trip to Panama in October, and we used my husband’s points to get him there and I paid for my ticket. Once there, we’ll use my hotel points for at least one night stay in the city. These two accounts save us nearly $1000 between the airfare and the hotel stay.

For accommodations, look beyond hotels

Hotels have gotten into the business of “fees”, the most noxious being the “resort fee.” Las Vegas hotels love their resort fees, charging as much as $50 extra per day over and above your room rate for amenities such as pools and fitness centers.  The most noxious part about this is that guests have no choice whether to pay this fee – but that’s another post. Check out other available accommodations such as VRBO.com or Airbnb.com. These options can be very cost-effective, particularly for larger groups or multiple night stays. In Spain, my friend and I stayed in two bedroom apartments, complete with kitchens, living rooms, and washing machines for less than it would have cost us to stay in a hotel. We were very comfortable and the hosts made a little extra money. Everyone wins! Pay attention to locations. It doesn’t save you any money of if you spend lots of time and money getting to and seeing the attractions you want to experience.

Do you really need a rental car?

In many parts of the world, renting a car is more of a hassle than it’s worth. Here in the United States, it’s almost a given that you will need a car. I’ve traveled in Europe and in Latin America, having never rented a car. In Europe taxis and trains are usually much more cost effective, particularly if you’re staying in one place for awhile. For our trip to Panama in October, we will be renting a car for the first time outside the U.S. We’ll be driving from Panama City to Coronado, using the car for day trips. Since neither my husband nor I speak good Spanish, we didn’t want to brave the bus system quite yet. Rental cars pose their own set of issues, and there are plenty of complaints about overcharging for extra insurance and phantom damage to cars. If possible, take time and date-stamped pictures of your rental before you leave the parking log, including the windshield. Return the car to the agency during the day, when you can talk with the staff and get a signed statement that the car was returned in good condition.

Travel light

Avoid overpacking. Most people take too much on their travels. There are many different sites, including www.onebag.com, that explain how to get the most from the room you have in a roll-aboard or carryon. In the United States, most folks are spending about $25 one way to check a bag, depending on the airline. At the end of the flight, folks are milling around a luggage carousel instead of hopping in a cab or on a train and starting their adventures. I spent 10 days in France in May taking just a carryon.  Most places have laundry facilities close by or in your hotel. In Spain, I rented apartments that included a washer and dryer. You don’t need any many things as you think you do. Or take your older clothes, wear them overseas, and then throw them away or donate them. Get rid of clothes you no longer want and lighted up your suitcase as well.

How do you save money when travelling? Let us know in the comments below.

Keystone Inn, cruises in Asia, raft the Green River in Utah

Keystone Golf
Keystone Golf

This week’s deals include cruises through Asia, a great room deal at the Keystone Inn, and a raft trip in Utah on the Green River.

Celebrity Cruises is offering a great deal on cruises in Asia. Sail for 14 nights between Singapore and Hong Kong, departing on December 7  for $1399 per person, including prepaid gratuities and $1000 credit per cabin. The credit can be used for anything on board. Cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium stopping in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Hanoi. For $1499 per person, cruise round trip from Singapore over Thanksgiving, stopping in Bali, Komodo, Indonesia, Phuket, Thailand, Langkawi, Malaysia and Port Klang, Malaysia. Oceanview cabins are available for a bit more per person, and have the same prepaid gratuities and $1000 credit. Visit Travelzoo.com by April 22 for more information and to book your vacation.

Keystone Lodge and Spa/The Inn at Keystone in Keystone, Colorado is offering a great deal on rooms, with dates into December. Two people stay in the Lodge in a Double-Queen room for as little at $89 per night. The Inn at Keystone is offering an Inn Suite for as little at $99 per night for two. For families, this is a great deal since up to two children 17 and younger stay for free. The Keystone Resort offers plenty of activities to keep anyone busy including horseback riding, two fabulous golf courses, stand-up paddleboarding and paddle boats on the lake, fly fishing at nearby streams and hiking. There are plenty of restaurants on the property, as well as the great food options in nearby Dillon. Visit Groupon Getaways by April 30 for more information and to book your mountain getaway.

For the adventurous, Dinosaur River Expeditions of Vernal, Utah is offering a four-day, three night rafting trip down the Green River for $495 per person. The trip starts at the Gates of Lodore and ends at Split Mountain, tent camping for three nights along the river.  The package includes three breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners. The experienced guides provide commentary and safe passage. The tour company provides the boats, rafting gear, group camping gear, a small dry bag and a large dry bag. Round trip ground transportation is provided from put-in to take-out. Personal sleeping gear is not included, though a sleeping kit consisting of a sleeping bag, pad, pillow and four-person tent is available for an additional $40 per person. You’ll experience some whitewater, guided hikes, and great food. At the end of the day, throw a line in the water or just kick back and enjoy the wilderness. Visit Livingsocial.com soon to buy your voucher. Valid for stays through September 6, 2014.

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Cruise the Caribbean for $299

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Caribbean beach

Travelzoo.com is partnering with MSC cruises to offer an incredible deal on a seven-night Caribbean cruise. Sail from Miami on the MSC Divina, with ports of call in the Bahamas, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico starting at $299 on August 23 and September 6. Other sailings are also on sale. Visit Travelzoo.com
by April 23 for more information and to book your cruise.