Monday, April 14, 2008
All the recent gloomy travel news—airline bankruptcies, flight cancellations, Olympic controversies, hurricane-season warnings—is enough to make you want to stay home. Where to turn? We dug through our files to find photos so glorious that they're bound to get you dreaming and planning again.
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
We've been tracking the collapse of low-cost carriers like Skybus (analysis
) and the thousands of flights canceled by American Airlines (recap and predictions
). AA is one of many U.S. carriers that have failed technical compliance with FAA rules for its old, fuel-inefficient MD-80 jets. Factor in months of delays, record highs for lost luggage, and unpleasant coach conditions, and we're left wondering: Is it time for travelers to pay higher fares so that airlines can invest in their fleets and improve quality of service?
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Even if you can't get away from other tourists on your vacation, you can make it look like you did—by removing them from your digital photos.
THE REAL DEALS
Round-trip airfare and four nights at a resort on the Kona coast give you time to explore the island's wonders, including the active Kilauea volcano, the towering Mauna Kea mountain, and the restored ancient religious temple, Puukohola Heiau, from $867.
why it's a deal
My girlfriend and I went to Jamaica during hurricane season, figuring the cheap tickets would be worth the risk. Sure enough, a hurricane hit. Luckily, our resort had a generator, which supplied power throughout the storm, so we still had a wonderful vacation. Now when we plan a trip to a hurricane-prone area, we always ask the hotel if there's a generator on the premises. —Christopher Schubert, Staten Island, N.Y.
THE REAL DEALS
Book one of Intrepid Travel's 30 land-only trips to Africa—starting at $590—and receive 50 percent off your second trip. Thrills include viewing majestic Victoria Falls, spying big game in Kruger National Park, and experiencing the cultural traditions of Kenya's tribes.
why they're a deal
ONLINE TRIP COACH
Michael Luongo, author of Frommer's Buenos Aires
, answers your questions on Buenos Aires on Tuesday, April 15, at noon (ET).
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