5 International Cities That Could Be Bargains for Summer Flights
The bad news: If you are still planning your summer vacation travel, it may already be too late to lock in the most affordable rates if you’re staying within the United States. According to the travel website Hipmunk, April would have been the cheapest month to buy a round-trip domestic flight, based on its data analysis comparing booking from last year to this year. The good news: You could still score a huge discount this summer by looking abroad.
“We’ve been seeing lower prices to international cities where new flight routes have opened, or low-cost carriers have expanded, and competition has increased,” said Adam Goldstein, Hipmunk’s chief executive. The New York Times
10 Secret French Villages to Discover Before the Crowds Do
Imagine the perfect trip to France, and you probably picture the chic streets of Paris, the glittering beaches of the Cote d’Azur, and the fertile vineyards of Burgundy and Champagne. But your vacation wouldn’t be complete without following the lure of small French villages, where cats wander down quiet cobblestone alleys and patisserie windows beckon with tempting displays of macarons and fruit tarts.
With tourists and motor coaches crowding their medieval streets, some French villages are in danger of being loved to death. These 10 villages aren’t completely off the tourist map, but they remain unspoiled by mass tourism, and offer visitors a glimpse of everyday life in the French countryside. Smarter Travel
America’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts
“I just love having everything paid for up front,” says Renee Pagnani, who has vacationed at the same all-inclusive resort for six years in a row. “It’s the quintessential Vermont experience.”
Wait—did she say Vermont?
Instead of flying to Cancún or Jamaica, the Pagnanis drive four hours from their Boston-area home to the 165-acre Tyler Place Family Resort, where rusticity meets elegance on the shores of Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont. The family-run resort was an early pioneer of the all-inclusive concept in the early 1950s and today enjoys a staggering 90 percent repeat business. Travel + Leisure
Enjoying London’s Top Afternoon Tea Spots on a Solo Trip
The Duchess of Bedford was hungry. It had been hours since the lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria had eaten breakfast at Belvoir Castle, and dinner — as always — would be served at 8. What was a famished functionary to do? She called for tea and a light repast to be served in her chambers, and the enduring English custom of afternoon tea soon became the rage.
What could be more perfect for the traveler than a relaxing pause (anytime from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., depending on the tea salon) with enough sandwiches, scones and pastries to substitute for lunch or dinner? The Washington Post
Where Locals Eat in Venice – Best Spots for Coffee to Restaurants and Bars
‘Venice bewitches. Like many before me, I have been seduced by its art, architecture, poetry and beauty. But when people think of Venice they tend to think of its palaces, the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Square, fancy hotels and restaurants. What I adore about the city, though, is its love of food. Venetians cook and eat with such passion and pride – and as long as this continues, their culture will survive. There’s a genuine and thrilling attitude to the seasons and the ingredients they bring, and I find this completely infectious. The difference between home-cooking and restaurant food is simply a question of attitude. Conde Nast Traveller