Archive for January, 2012

Looking to get online for free while traveling? Here are some of the biggest airports that have free WiFi — and tips for getting online in the airports that don’t.

About 10,000 visitors are expected to flood Indianapolis on Feb. 5, which seems manageable considering the millions who will be tuned to their TVs around the world for – what else? – football (and commercials, of course). It’s not too late to book an Indianapolis hotel or scope out the highlights in the week leading up to the high-demand event.

Mid-winter where it’s familiar and mid-winter in Punta Cana? That may mean two different things entirely. And while it’s not like anyone needs arm-twisting to plan a Dominican Republic stay this time of year, the upcoming Punta Cana half-marathon and 10K might provide boost you need to make it through the snowy months that follow. Besides, it’s a solid excuse to lounge post-run at Punta Cana hotels. [More…]

The historic hotels of Charleston and Savannah provide memorable venues for private business events. Here’s where you can infuse that next meeting with lots of southern charm.

It’s winter, you’re in Atlanta, and you like beer? You’re in luck. The third annual Winter Beer Carnival proffers up more than 100 different beers and—when you need a break from beer—carnival games. All of this can be sampled for $40 with advance tickets or $50 day-of on Feb. 11 at midtown’s Atlantic Station.

Beginning Jan. 26, new rules from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) should make it a bit easier when shopping around for the best airfare. Consumer advocates are hailing a new consumer rule, designed to enhance protections for air travelers, that will require all government taxes and fees to be included in every advertised fare.

There’s nothing like watching someone else prove athletic prowess while on vacation. And in Hawaii, one of Honolulu’s most beloved road races — the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run on Feb. 20 — gives those on a Hawaii vacation a chance to do just that.

California vacations can now include a luxury hotel in a historic former military base, as San Francisco’s scenic Presidio park prepares to open its first-ever hotel, set in former officers’s quarters.

Superstar center Dwight Howard may be leaving the Magic. Many believe he’s helped fuel Orlando’s downtown renaissance. Will he stay? The question remains. But for now, guests at Orlando hotels can still catch Howard at the Amway Arena while enjoying the sophisticated spoils of that aforementioned revitalization.

One of the best perks of cruising is the view as you sail into incredible destinations like Alaska, Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico and Bermuda. While the stunning scenery is great from the boat, shore excursions allow you to experience those unique and stunning locations first hand. From thrilling adventures like off-roading and zip-lining to wildlife tours and snorkeling, shore excursions help build the lasting memories and stories to pair with those million-dollar views.

Visitors to Cancun often don’t make it beyond the hotel strip –the snow white sand, turquoise blue waters and mild year-round temperatures probably have something to do with it — but downtown Cancun should not be missed for its dose of local culture and inexpensive yet authentic cuisine. Come February, there’s one more reason to leave your Cancun hotel and head to the town center and explore: the town’s spirited, colorful carnival.

US Airways is ramping up an array of new flights to new destinations from its hub at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. Here’s what’s in their flight plans.

January and February are not considered “peak” travel months as travelers are returning from holiday vacations, children are back in school and family routines are being re-established in the New Year. This makes it the perfect time to take advantage of unique – and, many times, discounted – travel offers from Disney Cruise Line.

New airport security screening options might mean you can get through the terminal faster. Here are the places where you’ll see changes.

From December to early May, guests at Honolulu hotels could spy whales from virtually any beach, but it’s even more fun spotting them from on high.

There are plenty of excuses to plan beach vacations to Grenada this time of year. Tropical and swept by northeast trade winds, temps average a heavenly 84°F (29°C) right now. Situated at the southern tip of the Grenadines on the postcard-worthy, electric-blue Caribbean Sea, it’s dubbed the “Island of Spice” for its bountiful of mace and nutmeg crops, and it offers everything from diving to yachting, spas and a hopping nightlife scene.

Think about a Mexican getaway and the pervasive imagery generally includes white sand and blue water – perhaps Mariachis. But for some travelers to Cozumel hotels, additional concerns arise: bike maintenance, bathing caps, whether their toenails have grown back since the last race. These are the Ironman triathletes.

There’s no denying January is a dreary time of year. Given it’s a long stretch far from any significant holiday – sorry, but Valentine’s Day doesn’t count – it’s a wise time to spice things up. Here’s an idea: take a cooking class in early 2012, while settling in to affordable New York hotels.

Thinking about popping the question? Not only are scads of chapels and Las Vegas hotels primed to host your dream wedding, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will let you “try” marriage risk-free.

Although skiing and outdoor snow sports might come to mind when thinking of a Denver vacation in winter, bull riding and livestock should also appear at the top of the list. Denver’s National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, running from Jan. 7 to Jan. 22, is more than a century old (this is its 106th) and has all the hallmarks of the old west—including plenty of cowboys, cowgirls and bucking broncos.