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Heading to San Diego Comic-Con this week? If you've been before you'll know how exhausting it can be fighting the crowds, waiting in lines, and carrying around all that new swag. Coming to the rescue is the Marriott Rewards program, which will be offering SDCC attendees the chance to perk up at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Perk Up! Lounge.
To receive your free invite, just download the Marriott Guest Services App and find a LocalPerk, which will direct you to the hotel's Perk Up! Lounge. The lounge will have everything you need to relax, charge your phone, or refuel.
For backpackers traveling on a budget, hostels are always an easy solution, especially when proper planning takes a backseat to spontaneity. But if you do have your sights set on a destination, don't forget about Couchsurfing, the poor man's AirBnb. For those unfamiliar, it's a system where you arrange, typically for free, to stay on someone's couch.
Couchsurfing recently releases its newest app, which allows you to search for places to stay on the go. Some hosts simply offer a place to crash, and others note that they're willing to go grab dinner or drinks. There's a bit of work to do upfront, though, in that you have to create a reasonable profile on the site and reach out to hosts in advance. Basically, between your profile and correspondence, you have to convince the host that you're not a total psycho.
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Atlantic City boardwalk as seen from the water.
For a long time, Atlantic City was considered the Las Vegas of the east, attracting gamblers and partiers from the nearby cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C. for getaway weekends with its combination of casinos and beaches.
On paper, one would think this proximity and outdoor setting would give it a natural advantage over Vegas, a destination that's closest major market is five hours away (Los Angeles) and that relies on artificial environments (pools) to entertain its guests. For a long time, especially during the 1980s, Atlantic City held its own against Sin City. The last few decades haven't been as kind, however, although there was at least hope that it could once again return to these days of glory.
Aston is giving their guests an opportunity to give back on their next trip to Hawaii.
Aston Kona by the Sea, Aston Shores at Waikoloa, and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas are all participating in the “Leave a Legacy with Aston” program.
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This is the week, you guys! Our awesome sister site HotelChatter.com has completed yet another (the 10th annual!) info-packed report on hotel WiFi, and all info is laid totally bare, free from flowcharts. If you've ever searched for a hotel and tried to figure out, in the hotel website's fine print, whether or not they charge for WiFi and how much, then this report is for you.
Actually, it's a report for anyone! Do you want to sit in a cozy hotel lobby, drink tea and get some work done? Crash in your room and catch up on your favorite blogs (hint hint)? Head to a hotel with free WiFi that you find on the report. There's even a section on hotel chains that offer MOAR wifi strength, for those times you need the best possible connection for Skype video conferences or Netflix streaming.
Check it all out here:
The Occidental Grand Xcaret, located next to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is giving guests two unique ways to get a hands-on conservation experience.
Option 1: an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the hotel's Flamingo Flock as a trainer. Every day hotel guests can help park trainers carry the flamingos one-by-one into a public area during their "walk around times" in the morning and afternoon. Talk about getting "hands on" with the local wildlife!
The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami is the latest hotel to offer their guests discounts in exchange for doing good.
The "Our Beach Is Your Beach" Package includes an additional 10% off the best available rates, $50 spa daily credit, and free daily breakfast for all guests who participate in a 3-hour beach clean-up and a 2-hour environmental beach walk.
Olympic skier Bode Miller, who added a bronze medal in Sochi to his pile of hardware, has just put his yacht up on AirBnb. The yacht, which can sleep up to 12 people, is currently docked in San Diego harbor. It goes for $3K a night, with a minimum of three nights. If you're going to get 12 people in there for three nights, it works out to $750 each, which is comparable with a penthouse room in a luxury hotel.
As for amenities? The ad lists a full kitchen, three master bedrooms and two 'bunk rooms,' an open upper deck, and use of a dinghy and a Sea-Doo. There's also the benefit of saying you slept on the same bed as one of America's most decorated Winter Olympians, natch.
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Glamping is coming to another National Park this summer.
After the success of "Yellowstone Under Canvas," the Under Canvas Group is bringing their luxury camping to the Glacier National Park in Glacier, MT.
The camp, located 7 miles outside Glacier Park, will offer fully furnished safari tents, tipis, and deluxe suites with king-sized beds and full bathrooms. For the first time, the accommodations will also include tree house tents with amazing views and cabins. As part of their partnership with Leave No Trace, Under Canvas is also taking steps to ensure the camp has minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
Romantic Travel / Valentine's Day Travel / Hotels / Thailand Travel / Phuket Travel / Bali Travel / St. Lucia Travel / Honeymoon Travel / Naked Travel / Nude Travel / Sex Travel / Lists / → All Tags
Do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and skip the expensive dinner, skip the diamond engagement ring. Instead, put airline tickets in the hands of your love, and give the gift of an experience. All this week, we'll be sharing a few of our own recommendations for some of the most romantic travel ideas in this world.
Idea #1: A night or two in a private pool villa, for skinny-dipping.
Now, skinny-dipping here and there doesn't make you a nudist, but it does impart some spontaneous edge and prove you're more than a little comfortable in your own skin. Sleep naked, and wake up before coffee by walking straight from bed into the deep end.
Unlike an overwater bungalow, the confines of a private pool ensure there'll be no sharks or jellyfish lurking below. Here's our three favorite hotels with villas whose pools are ultra-private:
According to the American Association of Nude Recreation (which apparently exists), many of the mental cues that tie us to our everyday cares slip away as the clothes come off.
And get this: Clothing-optional tourism is a $440-million-per-year industry, according to AANR, including everything from cruises, organized tours, and more than 250 resorts and clubs nationwide. Not surprising, there are twice as many male nudists as females, typically 35 years or older with a college education and a higher-than-average household income.
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Celebrities have to be creative when it comes to staying one step ahead of their fans and the paparazzi. This even extends right down to the name they use when booking a hotel, renting a yacht, or even reserving an entire island.
Here are 25 of the best celebrity aliases, ever: