Archive for December, 2010

With New Year’s Eve only days away, time has almost run out for travelers to finalize their celebration plans. Almost. For the first time ever, Orbitz is recommending the most unique traditional and modern hotel pairings for New Year’s Eve, taking the guesswork out of deciding where to go. Steal away to one of these top five NYE destinations and there’s only one thing left to figure out; will you celebrate old-school style or in all the latest rage?

Along with the magic of spectacular weather, scenery, and beaches, trips to Hawaii would not be complete without an evening at one of it’s many award-winning restaurants. From award-winning chefs to some of the most spectacular seafood you’ve ever tasted, restaurants across the Hawaiian islands can almost do no wrong. How to tell the very best from the great? Created in 1984, the Hale Aina (“eating place” in the Hawaiian language) Award recognizes Hawaii’s most notable dining establishments and those most worthy of a traveler’s appetite.

With Orbitz customer contributions totaling more than $50,000 sent to the non-profit carbon offsetting organization, CarbonFund.org, the online travel company and its customers have offset over 10 million pounds of CO2 in 2010.

We recently posed the following question to our Facebook friends: “If you could travel to any place in the world to experience one event or festival, what would it be?” Travelers (and aspiring travelers) around the world chimed in to share this bucket-list of international events and vacation destinations.

Today, Hotmail and select partners — Orbitz, Monster.com, Linkedin and Netflix — are introducing a new type of dynamic email that delivers up-to-date content the moment the message is opened.

Tonight, the brand-new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opens its doors with a grand opening celebration set to unveil one of the biggest-casino resorts to hit the Vegas Strip in some time. The first bets are expected to hit the tables at 8:00 pm, VIPs will mingle and the party will end with a pool-side concert staring The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers.

Southwest Airlines has priced its new in-flight Internet service: $5 per flight, regardless of length of the trip or the device used.

As cold weather and longer nights begin to dominate many places in the United States, airlines and hotels begin focusing more on warmer-weather spots. So if you’re battling the cold and dark already, consider these balmier options.

The Air Transport Association (ATA) expects 43.6 million passengers to travel on U.S. carriers over the winter holidays. For the best way to navigate airport lines, security measures and the often-unpredictable winter weather conditions, consider these top five holiday travel tips.

Some new Mexico hotels have opened and are tempting a winter getaway. Combining luxury, value and a number of unique and totally refreshing amenities, these newRiviera Maya hotels are sure to please even the most discriminating traveler with beaches, fine dining and glorious R&R:

Southwest Airlines will add two South Carolina cities to its route map beginning on March 13.

An intermodal transportation facility has opened at T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, and the aerotrain has closed at Kuala Lumpur International.

Guadalajara is barely a blip on American travelers’ radar, which is strange. Mexico’s second-largest city is cleaner, safer, friendlier, prettier, and easier to navigate than the country’s behemoth, Mexico City. Guadalajara enjoys a temperate Los Angeles-style climate, and fascinating spots like the town of Tequila, where the famous liquor comes from, lie nearby.

There’s luxury—and then there’s once-in-a-lifetime knock-your-socks-off, over-the-top luxury. If you prefer the latter like me, these five ultra-luxury, five-star resorts promise truly unforgettable Caribbean beach vacations.

Just when you thought you’d seen it all from Royal Caribbean, the brand-new Allure of the Seas introduces even more exciting innovations to the fleet. Now sharing the title of largest ship at sea with sister ship Oasis of the Seas, the Allure boasts several revolutionary concepts, like the first cruise ship Starbucks as well as The DreamWorks Experience, featuring the How to Train Your Dragon ice show and the Madagascar water show. The AquaTheater is actually the first amphitheatre at sea, and shopaholics will love browsing the only onboard GUESS store and Britto gallery, which includes exclusive pieces by the pop artist created specifically for Royal Caribbean cruisers.

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival takes place for a month – Jan. 5 – Feb. 5, 2011, in the frigid climes of Northeastern China. The panorama of ice sculptures that are created and put on display is positively awe inspiring by day. But come nightfall, when the city of ice is lit up with an array of multicolored lights, it takes on an air of breathtaking beauty that’s as tough to explain as it is to forget.

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