Smart And Savvy Travel

Mexico’s First Over-Water Bungalows Scheduled to Open Soon!

For years the industry standard has been: “Over-water bungalow?  We will have to send you to the South Pacific for that…” Finally US travelers will have a closer option!  El Dorado Maroma, an adults-only all-inclusive Karisma resort located in Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, will begin accepting reservations now for bookings starting in September […]

TSA to Stop Accepting Drivers Licenses From Nine US States

Starting soon in 2016, TSA will no longer accept drivers licenses from nine US states as a form of identification for air travel.  The Real ID Act states that acceptable forms of identification must be equipped with machine-readable chip technology, which these states’ drivers licenses do not comply with: Alaska California Illinois Minnesota Missouri New Jersey New […]

Minneapolis Traveler’s New “Escape Lounge”

Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport debuted an exciting new option for travelers this week.  Escape Lounges opened a $2 million lounge spanning over 5,000 square feet inside Terminal 1.  The lounge, a relaxing way to spend time waiting on a layover or pre-departure, will be open to all passengers regardless of the airlines they’re flying with. Key […]

Traveling During Europe’s Migrant Crisis

What is being coined as the “European Migrant Crisis of 2015” has effected nearly every developed nation in the Western world as displaced refugees try to settle in new homes.  Some countries have closed their roads and blocked their borders because they simply cannot handle the influx of asylum-seekers.  What does this mean for travelers […]

Travel Tips For The Holidays

The holiday season is right around the corner, meaning you better get your act together soon in order to travel efficiently!  Our team compiled some suggestions to streamline your holiday travels. 1) Booking: Book early and SAVE! Prices will only increase as the holidays get near, and avoid these three days!  Sometimes it’s a good idea […]

Marriott Set to Acquire Starwood

Starwood has effectively been on the market since late April and finally this week a purchaser came forward.  Much to the surprise of many, Marriott was the one to make the big announcement! “On Monday, Marriott announced that it would acquire Starwood for $11.9 billion in stock and $340 million in cash. That means cash was used for […]

We’ve Planned Your Next Year…. Intrepid Travel’s Ultimate 365-Day Adventure

“The Ultimate 365-Day Adventure is a nonstop, no-holds-barred, year-long journey that spans almost the entire globe. Guests travel from the jungles of South East Asia all the way to the ice-covered Antarctic Peninsula.” With a $75,000 price tag, this adventure isn’t for the price-conscious… But considering it includes all of your meals, accommodations, flights and […]

WOW Air to Commence California to Iceland Routes

WOW Air has disrupted Icelandic air travel by offering outrageously low fares from East Coast cities to capitol city Reykjavik.  In big news, they will begin offering flights to West Coast cities next summer, with tickets going on sale in January. Read more with Travel Weekly News.

Tourism Booms in Myanmar

I firsthand experienced Myanmar’s dramatic influx in tourism last year, evidenced by the clear discrepancy in the supply and demand of accommodation.  While the number of visitors has tripled in the past three years, prior strict government laws have hindered growth of the hotels necessary to house all of these tourists.  The results?  It’s hard as hell […]

An Interesting New Take on Shoes: SHOOZ Can Streamline Travel Packing

While still in fundraising, SHOOZ aim to reinvent footwear functionality.  Soles and tops can be purchased separately and combined to create personalized styles, streamlining travel packing with this innovative less-bulky option.  Get more info and links to their Kickstarter campaign here.

Searching Early, Booking Late: How Hotel Booking Patterns Have Changed

Consumer shopping patterns have shifted over the years with the increase of internet access and smart phones.  Although hotel bookers are spending more time researching their travels, there has also been a rise in last minute final bookings.  Here is the clearer picture of buyers’ path to purchase.

E-Cigarette Laws and Travel

E-Cigs are often thought to be the safe cousin of traditional cigarettes, yet as time passes it has become clear that they have many risks of their own.  Stories have surfaced of e-cigs catching fire and that clearly poses a danger during air travel.  In efforts to eliminate this issue, the Department of Transportation has […]

Imagine a New Way to Experience the World: G Adventures & National Geographic

So excited for this new partnership!  Our clients will love these tours, launching December 15, 2015. “National Geographic has been inspiring the world for more than 125 years through exploration, science, and storytelling. G Adventures changes lives every day through the social and economic power of travel and human connection. Separately, we’ve always had similar values. […]

Cool Gadgets Making Your Travels Easier

With baggage fees on the rise we must be super efficient with our packing.  Check out these products making their way to the marketplace and be sure to bring only the best gadgets on your next business trip! 35 Innovative Business Travel Gadgets

Uber & Starwood Partnership

A perfect opportunity for Starwood Preferred Guests to rack up points by using Uber! 1 SPG point for each $1 spent with Uber every day Additional points earned when using Uber in-stay More details on this partnership and travel hack from The Points Guy.