Archive for June, 2009

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Africa Travel Sale: 20% Off Tours

June 30, 2009

Starting tomorrow, you can save 20% off of selected trips to Africa if you book with the Adventure Travel Company.

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Bookings must be made and paid in full by July 31, 2009 and travel must occur before March 31, 2010. Be sure to mention promo code ACA20_0709 when you book.

Trips that will be on sale include the 14-day Gorilla Encounter through Kenya and Uganda, the 11-day Highlights of Tanzania, and for those with a lot of travel time available, the 58-day Ultimate African Overlander from Nairobi to Cape Town.

The website has a longer list of trips, and agents can provide you with even more trips that aren’t listed on the site.

The closest I’ve come to Africa is the elephant habitat at the Oakland Zoo, so all of these trips look good to me. Take advantage of these great deals, and let me know where you’re going!

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Amazing Travel Sale Tomorrow: June 30, 2009

June 29, 2009

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the One-Day Sale at Travel CUTS and the Adventure Travel Company:

See travel sale prices in Canada
See travel sale prices in the US

Book tomorrow and get:

  • 60% off selected trips in July
  • 30% off selected trips in August
  • 15% off any trip

For example:

13 days in Cambodia: Was $670, Now $268
8 days in Egypt: Was $775, Now $310

These are some incredible prices, so mark your calendar for Tuesday!

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One-Day Travel Sale: June 30, 2009

June 26, 2009

The Adventure Travel Company has announced a one-day sale. they’re offering:

  • 60% off selected trips in July
  • 30% off selected trips in August
  • 15% off any trip

For example:

13 days in Cambodia: Was $670, Now $268
8 days in Egypt: Was $775, Now $310

These are some incredible prices, so mark your calendar for Tuesday!

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Cipi Hostel, El Salvador

June 23, 2009
Cipi Hostel

Cipi Hostel

I was doing volunteer work in Nantucket one summer and I met a couple in their 30s who owned a hostel in New Hampshire. They were open for a few months in winter for ski season and a few months in summer for hikers and families, and they spent the rest of the year doing their own traveling.

Right away I thought that was the life for me. How awesome would it be to spend all of your time either traveling to other places, or to have travelers from around the world coming to you? I still think opening a hostel is something I would like to do some day, and I’m inspired by the people who actually do it.

One of those people is Elena Rivera. Elena was a travel agent in Boston a few years ago, and now she’s a hostel owner in El Salvador.

Cipi Hostel is located in Ataco (Concepcion de Ataco), Ahuachapan, a beautiful mountain town. The hostel offers:

– Spacious Social Areas
– Low Cost Internet
– Communal Satellite TV
– New sheets, bedspreads and towels
– Huge Garden
– Tours
– Games

Best of all, dorm room beds start at $7.00 during the week. Just $7! This is why I need to do a Central & South America tour.

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Comic-Con 2009, Just One Month Away!

June 18, 2009
Comic-Con 2009

Comic-Con 2009

When I bought tickets to Comic-Con last lear, it was only because a few of my friends had just come back from it and talked about how much fun they’d had. Joss Whedon and the “Dr. Horrible” gang were there along with the “Twilight” crowd and other big names in TV, film, comic books and video games.

There was nothing specific I was desparate to see this year, I just wanted to walk around and experience it, maybe see some previews of upcoming shows and things. I thought it might be fun to go to the San Diego Zoo while I was in town.

Yesterday though, all that changed. David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Casanova”, Barty Crouch, Jr. from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) announced he would be there for a “Doctor Who” panel, and I pretty much went into a frenzy.

You can have your Robert Pattinsons and Trekkies and Trekkers and “Iron Man”s, just leave me the Doctor.

Mmm... David Tennant

Mmm... David Tennant

And now I’m even more excited about this trip, but a little anxious too. Before, I was just going to have a good, relaxed time. Now, I’m already wondering how early I should line up to make sure I get a good view of my super celebrity crush. I hate waiting in lines. Can I just bribe someone at the front to let me in?

For those who just want to know about RPats and the “New Moon” team, the only report I’ve seen says:

On Thursday, July 23, Summit Entertainment will hold a panel for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON at Comi-Con International in San Diego, California. Come see our stars and exclusive new footage for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON — there may be even be a surprise or two in store!

It doesn’t say that any of the stars will be there, so don’t get your hopes up too high. Also, tickets are sold out. There’s always YouTube though, and I’m sure plenty of blogs – including this one – will let you know what’s going on there.

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The Statue of Liberty: Open for Business

June 16, 2009

statue_of_libertyThe Statue of Liberty’s crown was closed after September 11th. Since then, visitors to Liberty Island could walk around her feet, but not go all the way up and peek through her head.

The Statue is reopening on the 4th of July though, and tickets for the first few days have already sold out.

If you’re planning a trip to New York, you can avoid long lines and get tickets up to a year ahead of time by ordering online or calling 877-523-9849. Tickets for adults are $15 (that includes the boat ride).

Be ready for some exercise when you get there, because the only way to the top is 168 steps in a tiny stairwell.

And did the French think to put air conditioning into our Lady? Non! However hot it is outside, expect it to be 15-20 degrees warmer inside, before you start sweating. (Bring your eco-friendly water bottle to stay hydrated.)

As long as you’re touring the statue, consider a stop at Ellis Island. Will Smith liked it enough to visit there in “Hitch”, and the stories of the 20 million people who arrived in America through this island should keep your interest too. 

Learn more at www.ellisisland.org.

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Europe’s Best Beachside Hostels for Student Travelers

June 11, 2009

London’s Times Online was kind enough to put together this list of Europe’s fabulous seaside hostels.

Once you’ve had enough of the museums and churches and other historical sights, try one of these relaxing and affordable getaways. (See the Times for the full list.)

The Pink Palace, Corfu, Greece

The Pink Palace, Corfu, Greece

CASCAIS BEACH HOSTEL, Cascais, Portugal
This hostel features a massage service, free WiFi, PlayStation, free parking, and a swimming pool all for 20 Euros a night in a dorm room.

HOTEL PARADIS, Nice, France
How about some time on the French Riviera? Two people can split a room here for 55-110 Euros a night. You’ll have Armani on one side of the hostel and Louis Vuitton on the other, which is about as close to either of those brands as I’ll ever get.

PINK PALACE, Corfu, Greece
This hostel seems to make it on every list: Most Popular Hostels, Best Party Hostels, Most Famous/Infamous Hostels, you name it. There’s really no point in traveling to Greece if you aren’t going to spend a day or two here, if only to be able to tell people you did. The 24-hour bar alone is reason to give it a try, but they also offer boat excursions, kayaking, a jacuzzi, pool table, ping pong and more.