No Buddy, No Problem: Can’t find a friend to travel with? Sometimes a solo trip is needed to gain a little perspective.
Paris Is Always A Good Idea: And so is investing in an “all you can fly” deal that makes jet-setting off to Paris on weekends for macarons and croque-monsieurs a reality... it’ll just cost you. Grab those berets and act fast, only 10 tickets are available.
Airline Or Chorus-Line: Passengers on an Icelandair flight were treated to a little more than peanuts and a soda on a recent long-haul flight to New York.
OO-DE-LALLY: Somebody call Robin Hood, the tax man is coming for travelers in the Hoosier state. Indiana lawmakers are considering additional taxes on travel bookings made through travel agents and online booking website. The state gov’s saying fair is fair, but we think there might be another tea party situation on the horizon.
IN OTHER NEWS....
Can’t Catch Flights: Air New Zealand is leaving passengers in the ‘wop wops’. Almost 30 international and domestic flights have been canceled at Auckland Airport due to refinery repairs at New Zealand’s only refinery. More flights are expected to be canceled and Air NZ is reducing ticket sales as repairs could take 10 to 15 days, according to reports. Yeah-NAH.
On-A-Holiday: Apparently Ryanair forgot that PTO’s a thing. The airline’s in hot water this week, for having to cancel up to 50 flights a day during the next six weeks due to a backlog of unused staff holiday days. The cancellations will affect 400,000 passengers and will be focused in Ryanair’s Stansted hub airports in Brussels, Barcelona, Roma, and Milan. Affected passengers can cancel flights for a full refund or change their flights for free.
DEALS OF THE WEEK
Disclaimer: Fares as advertised are available as of publishing. Sale fares could expire at any time.
2 For 1: NYC/Boston to Western Europe with a free stopover in Portugalstarting at $314 roundtrip. Sample fares include NYC - Madrid with up to 5 days in Lisbon or Porto starting at $314 RT or $334 RT NYC-Paris (same stopover eligibility).
Make the most of your Lisbon stopover with a luxury stay on the Portuguese Riviera starting at $190 a night at the InterContinental Estoril, just 20 mins outside of Lisbon.
Go Greek: As college campuses around the U.S. encourage fellow co-eds to go greek, Emirates is encouraging the same by bringing back their two for $700 RT flight deal from NYC to Athens. Save even more by booking with 3 other friends (starting at $360 RT per person). Perfect for a girls - or bros - getaway, or an international couple date.
Book by Sept 22.
Iceland Is So Hot Right Now: have serious FOMO from your sister's childhood best friend's brother's trip to Iceland clogging up your newsfeed? You can get in on the action thanks to a TravelZoo deal that gets you roundtrip flights + 3 nights hotel + Reykjavik city tour + an ice cave experience all starting at $499 per person (double occupancy).
Travel September - March. April dates available at higher cost.
- $499 ... Baltimore; Boston; Chicago-O'Hare; Newark; Pittsburgh
- $599 ... Los Angeles; San Francisco
- $649 ... Miami
- $799 ... New York-JFK; Washington, D.C
Eur-In Luck...again. Those $400+ flights from U.S. to Western Europe are back! Book now if you've been eyeing a trip Nov 2017 - May 2018 (excluding major holidays). We've got all the details up on our site, and will add if/when new cities get added. Departure cities include:
Dallas/Miami/Chicago/Philadelphia/Phoenix/San Diego/Atlanta/San Francisco/Washington DC/Baltimore
*TravelZoo Weekly Top 20 is now live.
*Hawaiian Airlines say aloha to winter in Hawaii with mainland flights starting at $377 RT. Book by 9/21 for travel 1/10-3/22.
*Southwest Airlines current sale ends tomorrow, 9/21. Getaway for as low as $59 one way for travel 10/11-3/7. Blackout dates do apply.
SO WHAT DID I MISS...?
Deals posted on Facebook and our website this week...
$383 RT from New York to Paris + Portugal
$500- $600 RT West Coast U.S. to Australia
Check our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for short-lived fares like these throughout the week.
WHERE TO GO....
Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!: Just when you think we couldn’t get any more basic with PSL’s and cashmere sweaters, we are here to bring you a village made of pumpkins. Autumn at the Arboretum starts Sept 23 running through Nov 22 in Dallas, TX. This year’s theme is the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and will feature more than 90,000 pumpkins (yellow brick road included of course). Just watch out for falling pumpkins...
And in case you need more of a push towards those quintessential fall feels, mark you calendars because the Rink at Rockefeller Center opens Oct 1st.
Speaking of October…
Feeling So Fly: Looking to gain some insta traction with the latest hot spots, or just trying to sit at the cool kids table? Here are the top trending travel destinations right now. Off the beaten path more your style? Don’t miss the opportunity to break away from the pack and explore the unknown.
I Solemnly Swear I Am Up To No Good: Muggles, witches, wizards, giants and more will come together for a magical weekend on Oct 28 and 29 in London’s Warner Bros. Studios. For £240, you too can in the Great Hall for a feast like no other at ‘Hogwarts after Dark’. All Hallows Eve will never be the same after a feast under the enchanted ceiling in the company of Hippogriffs and dementors. Book your ticket on the Hogwarts Express ASAP, reservations won’t last long. Of course, if you would prefer to channel your inner Hermione and quietly stick your nose in a book, there is always Wizards Tea at a quaint Wales B&B.
Flashing Lights Lights Lights: Imagine 5 days of festivals, food, fireworks, gifts, and more. Listening yet? Diwali, known as the “Festival of Lights,” brings people from every corner of the world to India for the Hindu celebration of lights. The five day festival starts Oct 19, countrywide. Find a party near you.
This Little Piggy Went… to Pennsylvania, for one of the top culinary festivals in the region. At the spotlight: Bacon. On Nov 5 and 6, over 80,000 people will flock to Easton, PA for Bacon Fest, featuring two days of musical performances, contests, vendors, and of course, all you can eat bacon. Pro tip: this is not a weekend to watch your cholesterol... swine not enjoy yourself.
Monkey Business: This November, attend the biggest feast in Lopburi, Thailand, where chefs produce two tons of delicious local flavors. The catch? It's not for human consumption. It’s a feast to feed about 3,000 macaque monkeys, and it always ends up with dancing and a food fight. The Lophuri Monkey Festival runs from Nov 26 and 27 and costs about 20-baht to attend (read: less than $1 USD).
BREAK IT DOWN...
Maria Maria: Reminds me of a recent story.... In the hurricane season from hell, we’re back with another one on the horizon. Category 4 Hurricane Mariahit the island of Dominica this week, wreaking havoc in her wake, and has set her sights on Puerto Rico and the Irma-battered U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Forecasters predict high winds and heavy rains that will produce mudslides and flash floods in the storm path. Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm as it makes its way up the U.S. East Coast.
Prayers For London: Last week, an explosion targeted morning commuters at the Parsons Green Underground station in southwest London. At least 29 people were injured, most injuries were minor and from a stampede and panic as people fled the station. Authorities are treating the attack as terrorism. This is the fifth terrorist attack in the U.K. this year.
Mexican’t Catch A Break: On Tuesday, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit in Mexico City and the surrounding areas killing at least 149 people. The earthquake struck on the anniversary of Mexico’s 1985 quake, which killed thousands of people and devastated large parts of Mexico City, and just weeks after an 8.1 quake hit farther south.
Can You Hear Me Now: Survey says a fifth of freelancers are digital nomads, only tethered by a wifi connection. Survey also says that freelancers are more likely to enjoy their work than non freelancers. We have an inkling that might something to do with the nomad part. Check out the top 30 companies that are now hiring…