Archive for December, 2012

“Did you know…The Top 13 Travel Bloggers of 2013?”


Chris Elliott’s top 13 list of travel bloggers for 2013 is a must-read for travel aficionados.  You can capture the whole list at the link above.  We’ve pulled out a trio of our favorites below:

Christina SaulMy View from the Middle Seat

Christina Saul, photographer, traveler and journalist, chronicles her travels with artful imagery and candid appraisals.

Wandering Earl

Earl, a permanent nomad, shows us that long- term travel is not a crazy fantasy, but a very real lifestyle option.  Great gig if you can get it!
wandering earl




Digital NomadDigital Nomad

Andrew Evans is National Geographic’s digital nomad—always traveling and always wired. Share in the adventure as he explores great destinations around the globe.



“Did you know…Friday will be the busiest day at airports this holiday?”

(USA Today)

crowded airport

(Photo: David Zalubowski AP)

In a recent USA Today story on holiday travel, It’s reported that Friday, December 21st, is the busiest day of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season to fly, according to travel search site, Kayak.

Dealing with crushing crowds, delays, frustration and exhaustion are par for the course — particularly if you’re flying from a major airport, like Miami, New York’s JFK or Chicago’s O’Hare.

Read “Airport Survival Guide” and to learn how to navigate the busy holidays in stride.


Last-Second Holiday Getaways – Part 2 of 2: When the Unconventional Calls

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

In part one of our Holiday Hot Topic series, we showed you the spiritual wonders of the Amazon, made you believe in Santa Claus and took you surfing in Ohio.  Guess what?  There’s more to this sleigh ride – enjoy Part Two and happy holiday travels…

surfing in hawaiiGoviva! And spend the holidays vacationing with a celebrity

Sometimes folks want to squeeze the utmost from life’s adventures.  They want to live the once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Now there’s a resource for luxury travelers who have an insatiable appetite for experiencing the unexperienced, like taking a vacation with a celebrity.

Goviva! is the source for once-in-a-lifetime unique experience travel packages. They are specialists in curating and fulfilling truly unique experiences in the areas of Sporting Events, Entertainment, Active Lifestyle, Fashion, Food & Wine, Film, and Celebrity.

For example, on the Goviva! website, click on Oahu, HI and up pops a Hawaiian Surfing experience with one of surfing’s all-time-greats, Jamie Sterling, as your guide.  Or, click New York, NY, and you can plan an Art escape with legendary artist, Peter Max.  Guests will receive a VIP tour of Peter Max’s gallery and studio, participate in an intimate Q & A session with Peter and more.

Fitpacking man on hikeIs slimming down on your list of New Year’s resolutions?  Then maybe a Fitpacking holiday is for you

Fitpacking is a unique travel company specializing in weight loss backpacking.  The company guides clients on one and two-week wilderness hiking vacations to stunning destinations in order to alter body composition, jump start fitness levels and provide an unforgettable wilderness experience.

To help you burn off the holiday weight-gain, Fitpacking is running a New Year’s week trip to the wild and scenic Florida National Scenic Trail, December 31 – January 8, 2013. The hike begins on New Year’s Day and participants can expect to lose 5 pounds of fat (not just water weight) during their trip.

Holistic Holiday & Wellness Sojourn at Utah’s Red Mountain Resort

The Red Mountain Resort is a holistic active resort located amid Southern Utah’s red rock cliffs and canyons. The resort is a one-of-a-kind active destination retreat, perfect for a wellness vacation.

Red Mountain Resort is offering a Villa Essential Retreat Promotion for the holiday season. This package is $300 perRed Mountain Resort person, per night for a Villa bedroom inclusive of all Essential Retreat amenities. The package is available November 1, 2012 – January 1, 2013, and must be booked by December 31st.   A Deluxe package is also available.  For more information, visit the Red Mountain Resort website:


Last-Second Holiday Getaways – Part 1 of 2: When the Unconventional Calls

Ho, ho, holiday travels await in our second annual Hot Topic series, featuring Last Second Holiday Destinations!  This two-part series features getaways that are anything but typical.  Now, get on your Snuggie, sit back and start planning a holiday you’ll never forget…

amazon rainforest

Amazon Rain Forest - Accommodations in the Trees

The Amazing Amazon Rainforest – Fly out of Miami any day of the week to Manaus and in about 5 hours you will find yourself in one of Earth’s truly incredible natural wonders.  Book a 3 night/4 day package with Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel now and get 20% off.  Offer includes airport transfers (van + boat), all meals, excursions and bilingual guides for $945 plus 10% tax.

All Aboard The Polar Express – Families looking for a last-minute holiday experience might be surprised to learn there is still availability on select days in December for the Grand Canyon Railway’s (GCR) popular Polar Express excursion.
Closely following “The Polar Express” book by Chris Van Allsburg, this nighttime trip from the Grand Canyon Railway depot in Williams travels through the starlit wilderness to the North Pole and features a special reading of “The Polar Express” while passengers enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.

Polar Express

The Polar Express

The North Pole was extensively renovated recently with enhanced lighting and the addition of features, such as storefronts, mailboxes and other structures to give the village a more permanent and three-dimensional look and feel. Upon arrival at the North Pole, passengers are welcomed by Santa Claus and Elf Bernard before Santa boards the Polar Express for the return trip to Williams. Santa makes his way through the passenger cars, greeting every child and presenting each one with a special gift – a jingle bell signifying their belief in Santa Claus. The round-trip journey is a little more than an hour in length.

Though there are some sold-out days on weekends leading up to Christmas and New Year’s, there is still plenty of availability on many mid-week nights, so travelers can make a last-minute decision to experience one of the most popular Polar Express runs in the country.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling 1-888-848-3511. Some weekend dates are already sold-out, so Grand Canyon Railway recommends booking now for the best selection.

Kalahari Water Park, Sandusky, OH

Kalahari Water Park

Sensational Sandusky — It’s always sunny and 84 degrees in Sandusky, Ohio.

Well not literally, but the multiple, award-winning water parks that populate the Lake Erie Shores and Islands region can make that claim.

Kalahari – Always wanted to learn how to surf? America’s largest indoor water park, Kalahari, invites you to try your luck on one of two Flowriders. These exciting attractions use 50,000 gallons of water each minute to create a five foot ocean-like wave right underneath your feet.

Combine this with over 15 other rides and attractions, a swim up bar, world class dining and 900 beautifully appointed authentic African-themed guest rooms and suites.

Great Wolf Lodge – Hold up in Fort Mackenzie, a four-story interactive tree house, or come crashing down the 100 foot water slide, Totem Towers. With over 33,000 square feet of water park excitement, The Great Wolf Lodge was designed with everyone in mind.

Also, explore the enchanted winter wonderland during Snowland. A month-long holiday celebration featuring daily indoor snow showers, North Pole University, toy creation stations and and a even visits from Santa. For more info on Lake Erie adventures, visit

For more fabulous off-the-beaten-track last-second holiday sojourns, check back again for Part 2.