Archive for October, 2010

Before you book your flight to head home for the Thanksgiving holiday, check out these tips for flying over the busiest holiday weekend of the year.

If surfing is your thing then you don’t want to miss out on the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search surfing competition. It’s where the world’s top surfers go to face-off against each other on the shores of Somewhere, Puerto Rico. The event this year could be making history as iconic surfer Kelly Slater attempts to take home his 10th ASP crown.

FedEx Office locations now have free WiFi. That’s more than 1,000 new, free hotspots for business travelers, many in prime midtown and office-park locations.

Call me sentimental, but I’ve always found the greatest of fall festivals to be those centered around Halloween — in particular, pumpkin patch festivals and farms. I consider myself a bit of an aficionado when it comes to fall events like these and happily share my top picks for the best pumpkin patch festivals across the country.

Soon, those who love ski vacations out West will enjoy them even more. In 2010, some fabulous new features will decorate a few of your favorite Colorado and Utah ski destinations.

International service is trendy, and apparently profitable, again. How else to explain the new burst of overseas flights after two years of sharp cutbacks?

Earlier this year, New York vacations got a little cooler. Eventi, a Kimpton hotel, opened on the outskirts of Chelsea, in a bustling little neighborhood near the Flower District and the Theater District. I spent two nights in an executive suite on the 22nd floor, falling in love with one of Manhattan’s most fabulous boutique hotels.

Taking a Hawaii vacation to Oahu and during the months of November and December promises excitement across the Aloha State for active enthusiasts, especially when it comes to the much-anticipated Honolulu Marathon.

Insanely over budget and months late, The Savoy hotel in London reopened for business early in October.

Every fall for the past twenty years, Universal Studios Florida has electrified Orlando vacations with Halloween Horror Nights. This year, as the event celebrates its 20th anniversary — “Twenty Years of Fear” — when Fear himself will descend upon the theme park for 24 terrifyingly fun nights. Universal Horror Nights sets the standard for theme park Halloween scare-fests, and every year, the festival comes alive with a completely new and frightening experience.

It’s no secret that fall can be one of the best travel seasons for the budget-minded. It’s known as a ‘shoulder season’, named so to describe the window of time after the crowds of summer vacationers have dwindled, but before the cold winter temps and hiked holiday prices. An ideal time to find deals in some of summer’s more popular hotspots, here are four destinations where you’ll find some of the biggest savings this fall:

If you’re in the mood for thrills and chills this Halloween, take a trip of my top three favorite spooky destinations: The Stanley Hotel, The Quenn Mary Hotel and the Hotel Coronado.

We’re celebrating great travel with a Twitter giveaway and airfare for two to ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas — the newest luxury resort and casino on the Strip! Here’s all you have to do to enter: 1. Follow @Orbitz on Twitter if you’re not doing so already. 2. Retweet the contest message posted [read more…]

The 35 annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) will be held on October 31, 2010, in Washington, DC. Although not nearly as famous as the races in Boston and New York City, the MCM still checks in as the 8th largest marathon in the World with nearly 20,000 participants expected.

Contintental and United airlines cleared another hurdle on their way to a merger, but at a high cost: It will turn slots at Newark over to Southwest Airlines.

Las Vegas vacations are not just about the outrageous hotels, the shopping and the high-energy casinos, but also about eating. Yes, foodies like me just can’t get enough of the incredible options offered by an impressively large assortment of Las Vegas restaurants.So what to do in a city with about as many restaurants as there are slot machines? Here’s a list of my favorite, top three new Las Vegas restaurants that’ll feed you well without robbing you blind.

Mexicana, one of Mexico’s two major airlines, stopped flying completely last month. Other carriers wasted no time announcing new routes into Mexico.