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Int'l Fare of the Day: Denver to Cancun $261 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 24, 2014

Fly from Denver to Cancun for $261 round-trip, including all taxes, on American.

Searching AA.com, we found seats departing DEN on Tuesday, October 28, returning from CUN on Thursday, November 6. Flights connect via DFW.

Other dates are also available for travel through November 24. Some itineraries may require an overnight stay in Dallas, depending on travel dates.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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From Delta Air Lines: West Coast Holiday Sale for Int'l Business Class

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 24, 2014

Delta Air Lines has lowered fares in business class from West Coast cities to Amsterdam, Beijing, London, Paris, Seoul, and Shanghai for peak holiday travel.

Departures are valid from November 23 through November 28, and again from December 16 through January 3. Travel must be completed by January 13.

Fares require a minimum stay of 7 days. Tickets must be purchased by October 29.

Fares include:

Los Angeles to Amsterdam $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Los Angeles to Beijing $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Los Angeles to London $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Los Angeles to Paris $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Los Angeles to Seoul $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

San Francisco to Amsterdam $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

San Francisco to London $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

San Francisco to Paris $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Seattle to Amsterdam $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Seattle to Beijing $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Seattle to London $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Seattle to Seoul $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Seattle to Shanghai $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Portland to Amsterdam $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Portland to Beijing $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Portland to London $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Portland to Paris $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Portland to Shanghai $2,999 round-trip, including taxes

Visit our fare listings for Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Spokane, and San Jose for a complete look at these sale fares.

Above image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

From Frontier: 13% Off Promo Sale for Fall Travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 24, 2014

As part of the current promo sale from Frontier, fly nonstop from Denver to Ft Lauderdale for $138 round-trip, including all taxes.

Other routes are also included. Enter promo code BLACKCAT when booking to apply the 13% discount. This offer is valid for domestic nonstop travel from October 31 through December 17.

Avoid blackouts: November 21-26, and November 29-December 1.

All tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, October 24.

Ft Lauderdale image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Dallas to Doha $666 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 24, 2014

On Lufthansa, fly from Dallas to Doha, Qatar for $666 round-trip, including all taxes.

Searching Lufthansa.com, we found seats departing DFW on Friday, December 5, returning from DOH on Saturday, December 13. Flights connect via Frankfurt. 

Other dates are also available for travel through May, excluding peak holiday periods.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Doha image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Nonstop Fall/Winter Sale from Southwest

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 24, 2014

Save on fall/winter travel with the latest sale from Southwest. Fares are valid for travel on Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays, from November 8 through March 5.

Avoid blackout dates: November 25-26, November 29-December 1, December 19-20, December 26-29, January 3, and February 16.

Some flights may be operated by AirTran. Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm, November 6.

Fares include:

Boston to Atlanta $258 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Indianapolis to Orlando $238 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Tampa to Indianapolis $254 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Washington DC to Indianapolis $274 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Ft Lauderdale to Indianapolis $272 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Washington DC to Indianapolis $274 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Des Moines to Las Vegas $284 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Denver $220 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Los Angeles to Las Vegas $146 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Los Angeles to Tucson $184 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

San Francisco to Los Angeles $146 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Seattle to San Diego $224 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Cleveland to Nashville $204 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Chicago to Boston $224 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Chicago to Cleveland $198 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Houston to Boston $256 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

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Domestic Fare of the Day: New York to Las Vegas $275 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, October 24, 2014

Fly nonstop from New York to Las Vegas for $275 round-trip, including all taxes, on JetBlue.

We found seats departing JFK on Saturday, November 8, returning from LAS on Thursday, November 13.

Other dates are also available for travel in November, excluding peak holidays.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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Int'l Fare of the Day: Washington DC to Shanghai $731 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, October 23, 2014

On American, fly from Washington DC to Shanghai for $731 round-trip, including all taxes.

We found seats for travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, departing IAD on Tuesday, November 25, returning from PVG on Thursday, December 4. Flights connect via Dallas DFW.

Slightly higher fares are available for travel through mid December.

For a look at fares from across the US and Canada, visit our fare listings for Shanghai PVG.

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Domestic Fare of the Day: Atlanta to Anchorage $336 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fly from Atlanta to Anchorage for $336 round-trip, including all taxes, on US Airways.

We found seats departing ATL on Saturday, November 8, returning from ANC on the following Saturday, November 15. Flights connect via Phoenix.

Other dates are also available for travel through mid February, excluding peak holiday travel.

For a look at what's available from other departure cities, visit our Anchorage ANC listings.

Anchorage image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Thanksgiving Travel: Los Angeles to Tokyo $723 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, October 23, 2014

For travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Tokyo for $723 round-trip, including all taxes, on Singapore Airlines.

We found seats departing LAX on Wednesday, November 26, returning from NRT on Wednesday, December 10.

Other dates are also available for travel through mid December.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Tokyo image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

10 Places You Shouldn't Go If You're Phobic

Posted by Christine Sarkis on Thursday, October 23, 2014

(Photo: Thinkstock/Hemera)

Afraid of clowns? We suggest you steer clear of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Can't stand bats? Maybe Austin isn't the city for you. In this, our most macabre month, we're taking a look at 10 places known for the kind of spectacles that many people would travel the world to see … and a few would go to any lengths to avoid. So if you're terrified of darkness, lightning, underground spaces, and other phobic "delights," we suggest you avoid these 10 otherwise lovely destinations around the world.

Fear of Lightning: Catatumbo Delta, Venezuela

The flickering sky triggers an intense physical reaction in people with astraphobia, the fear of lightning and thunder. Hands down, the worst destination for anyone afflicted with this malady is Venezuela's Catatumbo Delta, where a massive storm rages nearly every night over the Catatumbo River. The Catatumbo Lightning can last for up to 10 hours per night, producing an estimated million lightning strikes each year. A number of tour companies run lightning-watching trips to the area, some as part of longer itineraries.

Fear of Clowns: Baraboo, Wisconsin

Clowns: To some, they're a source of constant delight, to others, endless horror. The small town of Baraboo, Wisconsin, should be approached with extreme caution by anyone with coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. In the 19th century, Baraboo earned the name "Circus City" as it was the headquarters of several circuses, including the Ringling Brothers Circus. Today, the town remains home to Circus World, a museum complex featuring the largest library of circus information in the United States.

And while there are plenty of other things to do in Baraboo (including a railway museum and a big-cat rescue center), beware: Circus artifacts are sometimes part of town festivals and parades.

Fear of Heights: Grand Canyon National Park

When you've got a severe fear of heights, the best view is always the one from ground level. And because heights are everywhere when you travel—from the flight itself to fun-for-most activities like coastal cliff walks and skyscraper city views—for acrophobes, panic-inducing moments lurk in the shadows of even the sunniest vacations.

While it's absolutely possible to enjoy the best of the national park system even with a fear of heights, acrophobes should consider skipping the Grand Canyon in general and, specifically, not even think about taking a stroll on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass walkway suspended 4,000 feet about the canyon floor.

Fear of the Dark: Tromso, Norway

Nyctophobia, more commonly known as fear of the dark, is so common in childhood that even the most unflappable adult likely remembers a time when nighttime felt scary. Each winter, a nyctophobic nightmare plays out as polar night blankets the far north in constant darkness that stretches for days or weeks. Tromsø in Norway, known as one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights, makes the most of its polar-night season—which stretches from November 21 to January 21—with festivals and cultural events. This period of darkness and twilight may frighten some, but night owls and party people rejoice with an extra-lively nightlife scene in winter.

Fear of Water: Venice, Italy

Aquaphobia, the fear of water, is not an easy affliction to live—or travel—with. Especially not in Venice, Italy, where water is everywhere. You must cross over water to enter the city, and once there, it's nearly impossible to get around without crossing over canals large and small. In this city without cars, water buses and taxis are the primary ways to get around.

Even sitting still, water feels close, lapping up against the stones of the canals and overflowing onto sidewalks and streets during the acqua alta.

Fear of Bats: Austin, Texas

Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge is the ultimate test for recovering chiroptophobes. Few other cities on Earth offer such a dramatic—and to anyone with a fear of bats, utterly alarming—nightly spectacle. Each evening between March and October, crowds gather at dusk to watch as 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats leave their daytime home under the bridge and emerge like a swirling black ribbon up into the sky.

Ready for some serious exposure therapy? Try a kayak tour that puts you under the bridge to watch the show.

Fear of Small Spaces: Budapest, Hungary

Don't know if you're claustrophobic? Here's a test: Imagine wiggling through tight spaces no larger than a sturdy pair of hips in order to get to more small spaces. The visceral aversion to small spaces is among the most common phobias, and for sufferers, even hearing the word "claustrophobia" can make it hard to breathe. Caving, naturally, tends not to be a favorite pastime of the claustrophobe, which is why sufferers should make sure to stay aboveground while in Budapest, Hungary. Under its city streets sits the large Palvolgyi-Matyashegyi cave system.

Urban thrill seekers can don headlamps and helmets and spelunk their way through the subterranean labyrinth. Claustrophobes can stay aboveground and sip coffee. Everyone wins.

Fear of Crabs: Christmas Island, Australia

No one wants to get pinched by a crab while wading in the ocean, but for people with a strong fear of crustaceans, the possibility is enough to ruin a trip to the beach. Even the thought of seeing a crab may be too much to bear, which is why anyone suffering from this fear should never go to Australia's Christmas Island in October or November. It's around this time that the island's massive red crab population makes its annual migration from the rainforest to the coast to breed. Millions of crabs—each up to five inches across—gather together in broad streams, flooding roads and scaling cliffs to reach the ocean.

Fear of Crowds: Megacities of the World

Agoraphobia, enochlophobia, ochlophobia … there are actually a number of different types of phobias focused on the fear of crowds. No matter what you call it, if the mere thought of crowds pressing in all around you sends you into a panicky tailspin, then you'll do well to avoid the world's densest cities.

As of 2013, 28 cities around the world fit the "megacity" criteria of having more than 10 million people. And while some of these massively populated urban areas are spread out, others, like Mumbai, India, have incredibly high population densities, causing them to feel crowded in a way most North Americans have never experienced.

Fear of Sharks: Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Whether Jaws is to blame or there's a more primal survival instinct that triggers the extreme fear of sharks, there's no doubt that galeophobia can seriously compromise beach vacations, ocean sunsets, and three-hour cruises. And unless it's an act of extreme exposure therapy, the shark-averse should not visit Mexico's Guadalupe Island. Its waters are famed for great white sharks and attract cage divers, photographers, and shark nuts from around the world.

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title 10 Places You Shouldn't Go If You're Phobic. Follow Christine Sarkis on Google+ or email her at editor@smartertravel.com.

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