Travel Books

2019


Travelocity Cheap Flights Info - A Guide to Finding the Best Travel Deals & Saving Money

By George Botwin

Whether you're planning a trek across an entire continent or want to visit another city for a few days, Travelocity is the best site for getting cheap flights and hotel rooms. There are hundreds of airlines and 140,000 to choose from. Simply enter the travel dates and begin the search, or check out the "current deals" page. It's always easy to find Travelocity cheap flights, no matter where you want to go.

Since 1996, it has been the leading website to put discount travel in the hands of the customer. You can easily plan your entire trip from start to finish - and save money in the process. The search engine is straightforward and easy to use. You don't have to search for just airfare. You can also look for a hotel room and cheap car rental at the same time.

Travelocity often offers deals through email. If you don't have time to search the site, you can sign up to receive the newest and best travel deals through email.

This website includes low airfare from all of the major airlines in the world, including United, Delta, American Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, etc. You'll find discounts on the smaller charter airline companies as well. Whether you need a short flight to a nearby city or want to fly across the world, always check with Travelocity cheap flights to see what is available.

Where Else to Find Travelocity Cheap Flights

Sometimes there are promo codes that are available at third party coupon sites. These are worth looking into because they can help you save additional money. Travelocity doesn't necessarily advertise every single discount offer directly on their site or through the newsletter. Just read the terms and conditions regarding any promo code because they often expire after a short period. If you find a good one that will help you save on your flight, be sure to jump on it while it's still available.

When booking your trip, about halfway through the checkout process there will be a spot for you to enter the promo code. Before finalizing, make sure that the discount has been applied to the order.

Comparing Travelocity cheap flights is easy. All of the details are listed and easy to look over. This includes price, tax information, dates, times, whether or not there are any connections, if a hotel is included, etc. If you are comparing vacation packages at resorts and hotels, there will be a small plane icon if airfare is included in the price.

Travelocity was designed with the customer in mind. There is no need to hire a travel agent when you can do all of the planning yourself - for free. The travel itself can be very inexpensive - especially if you take advantage of Travelocity cheap flights, hotel discounts, car rental coupons, budget cruises, and more.

To find out great discounts and coupons for hotels, flights, and vacations, visit George's website:


4 Benefits of Using Private Transfers

By Shalini M 

Whether you are going to travel nationally or internationally, you may be worried about how to choose the right transfer service. If you don't choose the right service, your trip may end up adding to your frustration instead of relieving it. However, we can share with you a method that can help you reduce your anxiety: you can hire private transfers. In this article, we are going to shed some light on this service and its benefits. Read on to know more.

Private Airport Transfer Service

As the name suggests, this private service can pick you from the airport and drop you to your desired destination. Once your trip is over, the same service can pick you up and drop you at the airport.

Based on your budget and needs, you can book this service online as well. You can choose from a lot of companies, but make sure you go with an efficient and trustworthy provider. Online testimonials can help you make the choice more easily.

Let's take a look at some of the benefits you can enjoy by availing yourself of this service.

1. Less Stress

If you want to relive your travel anxiety, you can hire a private airport transfer service. There are many sources of anxiety, such as booking an unfamiliar vehicle or being unaware of the travel direction.

But if you contact a driving company, you won't suffer from any stress. This way you can focus on your trip instead.

2. No Chance of Getting Lost

As said earlier, the possibility of getting lost is one of the main reasons for stress for travelers. If you hire a private transfer, you can rest assured that you won't get lost as the professional driver will always be with you and will get you to your desired destination safely.

3. No Stress or Tension

If you navigate on unfamiliar streets, you may suffer from stress. By booking a private vehicle or bus ahead of time, you can enjoy a professional traveling experience. Most of the companies employ experienced drivers. They are polite and courteous, thus offering a lot of comfort throughout your trip. Moreover, some tourists may even let you know about popular tourist attractions.

4. Security and Reliability

Another common problem travelers face is the possibility of losing their stuff while going from one place to another. But if you hire a private transfer service, your luggage will be in good hands throughout your journey.

If you choose public transport, on the other hand, you may be surrounded by people you don't know. This may increase your anxiety as your stuff may be at risk. On the other hand, a private transfer can keep your stuff in good hands, and offer you the freedom to choose your favorite vehicle.

The Takeaway

Long story short, if you pre-book a private transfer service, you can enjoy a lot of benefits. On the other hand, you can't enjoy these benefits if you choose to opt for public transport. Hopefully, this article will help you make the right choice.

If you need to hire a Private Transfer CDG Disneyland, you can check out Paris Private Transfer.


All All-Inclusives Aren't Alike

By Valarie Contrino 

Do you find yourself overwhelmed which all-inclusive to take your next precious vacation? You probably do, given the number of different properties available that include the words all-inclusive in their name.

Buyer beware though. Many of the resorts have different vibes, ranging from family-friendly to risqué. Here are some comparisons to make you aware how extensive this range could be.

Family-friendly could mean they have a kids club and, if so, what ages do these clubs take in. Is there a section of the property that includes other entertainment such as water slides, park-like setting or miniature golf. Are there shows solely for the entertainment for children? Room occupancy--the resorts think the typical family consists of four persons however we know that just isn't true. What properties accommodate families larger than their typical family of four?  What room amenities are there for the kids? Does the resort brand partner with a specific character brand?

Adult-only. At what age is someone considered an adult. Some properties consider a 16 year-old an adult while others might consider an 18 or 21 year-old an adult. Some resorts will require that someone over 21 or 25 be in the room with younger adults. Some resorts will not allow Spring breakers and those that do typically include a surcharge for insurance. What type of liquor is offered--top shelf? How many ala cart restaurants are there?  Are you required to make reservations at the ala cart restaurants? Are there any surcharges when ordering lobster, steak et al? Are you required to wear a band identifying that you're a guest at their resort? What type of adult entertainment is offered? What type of vibe is at the resort (ex. foam parties, loud DJ). Is there a quiet section at that property? What VIP clubs are offered and if so what do they include?

Besides all these questions, some others of importance would be the resorts proximity to beach--does it sit right on a beach? Or is it some distance where walking or a ride is required to get to the beach. What amenities are offered on the beach such as chairs/towels/wait service?  Is there are VIP section that is roped off for those purchasing into this room category where special amenities are offered? How large is the property? Will I have to take a cart to move about the property? How many pools are there and how many have a pool bar? Is the resort more about wellness or fun in the sun?

As you can see the list of comparisons go on an on. While most resorts provide comprehensive websites, it can be difficult to have all your questions answered. And, even then, you really can't be guaranteed that all your preferences are checked off.

It is important then to understand which resort(s) might meet most of your preferences and what better way is to work with a professional travel consultant. One who is hell-bent on keeping current by visiting those destinations their clients travel to, attend trade shows and meet regularly with suppliers who are there to assist, should a guest have an issue when they check into the resort?  Sure, you can check the Internet but are you absolutely certain that the resort you choose is the one for you and your traveling companions?

Why not use the services of someone who is not only in the know, but keeps abreast of current events/situations and has access to those resources to help you decide which resort will best meet your needs/preferences.

Visit us at http://www.contrinotravel.com or better yet, contact us @ 718-761-4846 or valarie@contrinotravel.com



INNKEEPERS and SPA

NEW ORLEANS

Hubbard Mansion
DESCRIPTION: Don Hubbard presents a fabulous Greek Revival house filled with intergenerational wonders and Victorian antiques; beyond the wrought iron gates, the home flaunts a four-column ivory portico preceding seven-foot windows and balconies that overlook the Avenue; magnificent foyer and spiraling staircase, private quarters reveal king-size legacies of perfection, imperial mahogany beds and regal armoires with matching chaise lounges compliment hardwood floors blanketed by oriental rugs; marble whirlpool, carriage house, living and dining areas, fully-furnished kitchen, washer and dryer and 2 1/2 baths are featured as well

BREAKFAST: Deluxe Continental
PRICING: $150-$350 per night, two nights minimum
ADDRESS: 3535 St. Charles Avenue  MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: St. Charles Streetcar is in front
PHONE: 504-897-3535
WEBSITE: http://www.hubbardmansion.com

MARTHA’S VINEYARD

Martha's Vineyard Inn
DESCRIPTION: Within walking distance to the center of Vineyard Haven and West Chop; when you enter the 5-room inn with spa, you are greeted by an old trunk in which you leave your old stresses. Wake up for breakfast and then unwind in our relaxing hot tub; find Victorian furnishings, fine paintings, and hardwood floors; our living room is designed for with a high tea server in the afternoon; enjoy natural spa treatments such as massage, yoga, sauna and mineral baths

ADDRESS: Vineyard Haven
PHONE: 800-595-9996 or 508-693-0001
WEBSITE: http://www.marthasvineyardinn.com

East Marion, NY

Quintessentials Bed & Breakfast and Spa
DESCRIPTION: Started in 1994 by Jamaican, Sylvia Daley as the first bed & breakfast and full-service spa on the North Fork, Long Island; a romantic, 1840 Victorian inn, Quintessentials blends Caribbean flavor with European style, featuring deluxe suites and rooms with gas fireplaces, private sundecks and whirlpool baths; a full-service spa, personal image development service in relaxing, elegant surroundings in Long Island Wine Country; indulge for an hour or a day in stress-relieving treatments from a relaxing hot stone massage, reflexology, effective, results-oriented skincare, steam room, Reiki energy balancing, or their signature marine and vino therapies that incorporate wine, grape seed, seaweed, Caribbean herbs and essential oils; many patrons also enjoy the spa parties and wine tours on the East End and Hamptons

PRICES: $250-$300 per night
ADDRESS: 8985 Main Road (Route 25A)  MAP
PHONE: 800-444-9112 or 631-477-9400
WEBSITE: http://www.quintessentialsinc.com

Newport News, VA

Divine Alkhemi Wholistic Skincare Boutique
DESCRIPTION: Malikah Divine first began her natural beauty experience at the age of 21 when introduced to the world of natural skin care by a beautiful West African woman in Harlem by the name of Folasade', the owner of Sade Skin Care; her skincare boutique located in Historic Hilton Village; provides natural skin care to treat and prevent skin disorders and to maintain the skin of men, women and teens; other clients use their service for special occasions such as weddings, fashions shows and photo shoots; spa treatments and packages, catering to pamper parties, bridal parties are available; the retail shop features deluxe, handcrafted skin care products

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 11a-6p; Sat by appt only
PRICES: begin at $10-20
ADDRESS: 10202 Warwick Blvd  MAP
PARKING: free behind the boutique
PHONE: 757-246-2324
WEBSITE: http://www.divinealkhemi.com

Beverly Hills, CA

Lady Dee's Day Spa & Skincare Studio
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1988, Lady Dee offers a wide range of services and packages to treat clients spirit and physique; the spa feature 11 relaxing parlor rooms in a 3,000 square feet spa and a well-stocked gift shop; her spa specializes in treating all skin types and hyper-pigmentation caused by child birth, sun damage and birth control pills; Lady Dee was mentored by Dr. James Fulton who cleared up her severe acne problem in college; services include chemical peels, waxing, electrolysis, facials, body wraps; the massages will make you a repeat patron – they are really good; Black celebrity clients include Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Lonette McKee, Nancy Wilson, Nia Long, Toni Braxton, Chris Tucker, Tommy Davidson, Eddie Griffin, Kenny Lattimore and Natalie Cole

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-9p, Sat 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 155 South Robertson Blvd  MAP
PARKING: street
PHONE: 800-6LADYDEE or 310-659-7082
WEBSITE: http://www.ladydspa.com

New York, NY

Sugar Hill Harlem Inn
DESCRIPTION: Located on Sugar Hill, high on the cliffs overlooking Harlem in a limestone townhouse renovated in 2001; the area known as Sugar Hill is steeped in the history of the Harlem Renaissance; Sugar Hill Inn is focused on this history and all of their terrific non-smoking rooms are dedicated to the many great artists and civil rights leaders who were associated with this area; celebrity-themed rooms were meticulously designed and decorated by Carol Donawa, a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design

PRICES: $125-$275 per night
ADDRESS: 460 West 141st Street  MAP
TRANSIT: near 1, A, B , C & Dsubway lines
PHONE: 917-464-3528
WEBSITE: http://www.sugarhillharleminn.com

Pampered Man Pampered Woman Spa
DESCRIPTION: Walking through the doors is like entering your own private sanctuary filled with relaxing sounds of instrumentals, the gurgle of water flowing over polished stones in a copper-bowl fountain and a gracious smiling staff; offers facials, natural nail care, therapeutic massage and a variety of body treatments while strongly reflecting the flavor of Oakland -- a lobby display features hair and beauty products manufactured in the city;; by spa standards, prices are affordable, particularly combination packages; one excellent value is the 3-hour long Completely Pampered Man or Woman package, which includes a 30-minute massage, a spa pedicure, a pampered manicure and an express facial

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed Noon-7p, Thu-Sat 10a-7p
PARKING: on street
ADDRESS: 458 Perkins Street, Suite 104  MAP
PHONE: 510-418-2252
WEBSITE: none


2019 EVENTS


Black Cruise 2019 Calendar

Vibe Cruise
3 nights of non-stop parties and events over Memorial Weekend
Miami and Bahamas
May 25-28, 2019

Latin Dance Cruise
Get your Salsa groove on in the Caribbean
Miami, Cuba and Bahamas
June 6-10, 2019

NPN Cruise
Cruises tailored to continuing education for professionals, primarily medical
Miami, Havana and Cozumel
July 14–July 22, 2019

Black Marriage Cruise
Chilling with with the happily married couples in exotic locations
Miami, Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel
July 13-20, 2019

Festival At Sea
Oldest black cruise operator; cruise with over 2000 black folk
PORTS: Fort Lauderdale, San Juan, Tortola, Punta Cana and Key West
DATES: July 20-27, 2019




2019 CALENDAR