Archive for November, 2011

Looking for a getaway that’s easy on your wallet but big on the scene? Head south to the lively, history-laden streets of New Orleans. There’s nothing quite like perusing the antique shops on Royal Street or enjoying French cuisine to feed your soul.

Forget making the naughty list. Why not surprise Santa this year with your grown-up Christmas list? From chocolate factory tours to Winter in Venice, show him you’ve checked it twice with cheap Las Vegas hotels under $150 and these budget-friendly attractions:

Having been to London twice before, it was time to be what I had not been before: a true tourist. On previous trips I spent time with locals and coworkers, never having to worry about where I was eating, which tube I was taking, or what I’d be doing. This London vacation was going to be vastly different. When tasked with taking your mother on her first trip abroad to the place she holds dear to heart (via what she’s seen on BBC, of course), you need to make it memorable.

A girlfriend spent the days after Christmas and before New Year’s with her entire family — 2 brothers and their girlfriends, 3 sisters and their husbands, parents, 2 nieces and a nephew — in a Los Cabos hotel. While my first instinct was shock at the thought of all of them traveling at the most stressful of times, she countered with, “It was the best vacation of my life.” No baking. No cleaning up after themselves. Just sun, sand and catching up.

The question comes up time and again: “Can I – should I? – take a Disney cruise when I’m not travelling with children?” The savvy traveler is well aware of Disney Cruise Line’s reputation for world-class service, and understands that while Disney certainly means character interactions and kids’ dining options, it offers “a whole new world” of incredible options for grownups as well.