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With warm weather finally approaching and two big upcoming May holidays (Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekend), the bookings are flying in here at FlipKey and everyone is talking about their future vacation plans. In fact, two of our very own FlipKey travelers were in sunny Puerto Rico just last week. You can check out some of their beautiful beach photos on our new Instagram account – be sure to follow @FlipKey_Vacation for updates!
Because of the surge in travel, April was buzzing with traveler surveys as well as celebrity news thanks to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s recent trip to Havana and Tom Cruise’s astronaut ambitions. We’re especially excited to start traveling again, so we have to ask: Did you book a rental in April? Where are you headed for the summer? We’d love to hear about your vacation plans!
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Chinese Tourists Now Biggest Source of Travel Spending
With a 40% increase from last year, Chinese tourists are officially the biggest spenders when it comes to travel. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, the total tourism income from China is $102 billion.
TripAdvisor Reveals Results of Fourth Annual Vacation Rental Survey
What’s most likely to sway you to book a rental over a hotel? According to TripAdvisor’s newest survey, savings, last-minute deals, and more living space are just a few of the reasons why rentals are an excellent accommodation alternative.
Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Cuba Trip Part of Growing Cultural Travel Trend
Jay-Z and Queen B headed to Cuba to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary in style. But, like any high-profile celebrity couple, they caused quite a stir with their visit and prompted both an investigation and a brand new song by Jay himself.
New Apps Let You Take Vacations Shots Like a Pro
Instagram isn’t the only option for amateur photographers – check out USA Today’s list of photo apps that will make those vacation shots especially memorable.
Tom Cruise Wants to Travel to Space and Meet Aliens Cruise’s love for sci-fi is no secret, but who knew he was so serious about traveling to space and chatting with a few aliens?
Tandem Pedals Power World Adventure
Instead of buying a house or having children, this couple took their tandem bike, named “Willie”, and rode across Europe, China, and the Middle East for a total of 25,000 kilometers.
Boston Marathon Explosions Attract an Outpouring of Help from City’s Residents
Following the tragic events of the Boston Marathon, thousands rallied to support those affected by offering a place to stay. The extensive list included e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and messages – some wrote that they would cook dinner or pay for a cab rides, but all offered a piece of home, rest, and comfort.
Travel Tips: Stay in a Converted Tobacco Factory in Tuscany or Try Camping the Old Fashioned Way
A tobacco factory in Tuscany? We think this estate would make for a wonderful, luxurious vacation (or honeymoon!).
What Are the Best Cities for Runners?
If you’re traveling to any urban environment, chances are you won’t have time to map out a run. That’s why these cities offer the best and most convenient trails for tourists.
9 “Roll & Go’ New Hampshire RV Adventures
A beautiful and unique New Hampshire family vacation. Check out Kathy Tully’s landmarks and favorite spots from her RV trip.
March was a big month in travel..and can you believe it? We almost missed it! The FlipKey Blog was out of commission for the month due to technical issues — we apologize if this caused any inconveniences and we’re happy to report that we’re ready to start blogging again.
For our first comeback post, we wanted to do a quick recap of all the travel stories we missed in the past four weeks. Hot topics this month included: Spring Break, Easter weekend, and National Passport Day. And, if you were anywhere near snow, rain, or a combination of both (we call it snain), travel plans for many were, unfortunately, delayed. Take a look at our top posts, stories, and photos of the month and let us know if we missed anything. Enjoy!
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From beauty to fashion to food, the entire month of February was consumed by one thing only: Valentine’s Day. Every year, the holiday is strategically placed as the 14th lands smack in the middle of the month — making it almost too easy for a complete takeover by 1-800-Flowers and Ferrero Rocher chocolate advertisements.
Are you a Valentine’s Day fan? Or perhaps a better question: does it even matter? Whether you celebrated with your significant other or not, escaping the holiday was not an option…and the travel industry was by no means an exception (sorry everyone!).
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Although the excitement of Christmas and New Year’s came and went with 2012, January 2013 was still a busy time for travelers. From Valentine’s Day getaways to Spring Break trips, everyone is looking forward to warm and tropical escapes, and perhaps a little romance. Bookings are on the rise and travel seems to be on everyone’s mind – especially for those of us trekking through the bitter cold every day (except for last Wednesday, when it was 70 degrees in Boston!). The New Year is already inspiring travel plans, and we can’t help but ask: Where are you all going and what will you be doing? What trends will 2013 bring?
To help answer that question, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite news highlights. Trips to Antarctica, wellness spas, sparkly new travel gadgets and much more seem to await us this summer. Here are our top picks in this year’s first edition of our travel news roundup:
For Travel Savings in 2013, Go Retro
We loved this article by Frugal Traveler blogger, Seth Kugel. He gives some great tips on how to save even more this upcoming year by using a few old-school tricks. As ultimate bargain-hunters ourselves, we think we’ll see these trends rise in popularity among the travelers here at FlipKey.
Global Travel Indicators for 2013
William Chalmers really gets the data down in this post about the next year in travel, and we like his comical, positive attitude. According to him, travelers are happier, safer, and savvier than ever. A great sign for all of us.
5 Best Travel Gadgets from CES 2013
Phones, cameras, and watches for the avid traveler – all James Bond style.
Travel Apps that Really Help
Sorting through apps and trying to find what works while on a trip is more of a curse than a blessing. We suggest you take CNN’s word for it and give these apps a go.
Cat Lost on Vacation, Travels 190 Miles Home
A heart-warming cat story. Who doesn’t want to read this?
The Orbital Balloon: NASA Tests Blow-Up Space-Craft
Is space travel really within our grasp? Check out NASA’s new space hotel.
British Explorer Embarks on Antarctica Adventure
Known as one of the world’s greatest explorers, Sir Ranulph Fiennes embarked on an expedition dubbed “The Coldest Journey” on Monday January 7th, 2013. Fiennes will cross Antarctica during the winter, battling freezing weather, total darkness, and almost no chance of a rescue operation if things go wrong. According the article, the expedition is similar to a flight into space. The team hopes to better understand the effects of climate change by taking this dangerous voyage. We wish Fiennes and his team the best of luck and are in awe of his adventurous tenacity at the age of 68.
After 50 Years, Cuba Drops Unpopular Travel Restriction
“Exit permits” will no longer be needed for travel outside of Cuba. However, travel continues to be treated as a privilege and not a right.
The Most Underrated State for Adventure Travel
2,616 miles of trails, 3,100 miles of rivers, and a 7,900 ft. deep canyon – can you take a guess as to where this could be?
Recently, we heard that President Barack Obama had planned his official winter vacation for the year. With a $4 million price tag on the President’s last trip, we predict an equally lavish and relaxing vacation this time around. The destination? Hawaii, of course! The tropical hotspot and childhood home of the President has been a favorite location since he was first inaugurated. His trips are often followed closely — who could forget the photos of him surfing? Or the photos of him visiting U.S. troops? We anticipate that this year, the First Family’s vacation will be just as rewarding. But, where will the President and family be staying this time around? Hawaii has been a favorite vacation spot for the past three years and we can’t help but speculate what the First Family’s new vacation home will look like. To help us get a better feel for where the President may stay, here are some top Hawaii homes and vacation spots from politicians and celebs alike:
1. Paradise Point Estates at Kailua Bay, Hawaii
This breathtaking home was where Obama and family stayed for their first official winter vacation back in 2008. They liked the estate so much that they picked the luxurious property for another two years in a row. The best part about it? This rental is available through FlipKey!
2. Oprah’s Hawaii Home
Oprah has long been a fan of Hawaii and in 2006, she decided to build a beautiful and comforting property – a 21st century-style cottage home to be exact. Perhaps Oprah will let the First Family stay in her farmhouse? We expect she will pay them a visit at the very least.
3. Luxury Home on Kailua Bay, Hawaii (2011)
Another luxurious estate known for its exclusive location and superb amenities. The First Family changed their typical accommodations and went for this 6,000 square foot home, located right down the street from their previous favorite spot, Paradise Point Estates. Since their last vacation, the home has gone up for sale at a cool price of $7.9 million.
4. Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa, Maui, Hawaii
The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf-Astoria hotel, was a favorite of former President George W. Bush Jr. With Obama’s previous estate now up for sale, perhaps the President will take a look at this exclusive, high-end resort.
As the President of the United States, Obama will have several luxury estates, villas, and resorts to choose from. Do you think he would pick any of the above for his next vacation? Or will he go back to his favorite home at Paradise Point Estates? If you’re looking for more facts on how the President travels you can take a look at our previous infographic, How to Travel Like a President.