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(Photo of The Twelve Apostles, Australia by Kevgibbo)


When I’m planning a trip, I like to read books set in that destination before I leave. I peruse guide books, of course, but it’s also fun to immerse myself in fiction and nonfiction set in the country I’ll be visiting. It gives me a bit of extra knowledge, history and perspective on my destination. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been exploring someplace new and gotten a little thrill when stumbling across a street, café or landmark I recognize from a story that I have read. I thought I would make some reading suggestions for various destinations, starting off with Australia.


There are great bargains to be found on plane tickets to Australia right now. Head over to FareCompare.com and check out the options. Round trip flights from LAX to Melbourne this fall can be had starting at $572. JFK to Melbourne starts at $706. United Airlines, Qantas and V Australia are all offering fare specials that cannot be beat. Snap up tickets to a land down under, and then pick up some of these titles before you depart.



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USA Today recently published a list of Ten Amazing Adventures Under $1,000. These are all guided tours and are definitely a considerable savings over what you’d spend doing similar trips on your own. From hiking in Poland ($995 for eight days) to viewing gorillas in Rwanda ($1000 for four days) or biking through Whistler ($720 for six days), these are not journeys you’d soon forget.


Given the state of the economy and the cost of airfare these days, everyone is looking for a good travel deal. There are a lot of ways you can save money on your summer trip, and they don’t necessarily involve sticking closer to home. As I mentioned last week, Virgin America is offering incredible deals on some of their new routes. $79 each way from Los Angeles to Boston, anyone? Also, V Australia is launching service between Los Angeles and Sydney starting at $530 each way. Aer Lingus is offering reduced summer fares to Ireland. $329 each way from Boston or New York to Dublin is a great deal. Norweigan Cruise Line will be sailing to Alaska all summer starting at $399 for an interior room.

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If you are planning a Spring or Summer trip to New York City, you may end up with some extra cash in your pocket.  USA Today reports that NYC hotel rates have dropped nearly 30% from last year’s prices.  That’s great news for travelers looking for a bargain!  In addition, Jaunted.com tells us that city tourism officials have announced a new progam that allows visitors to take 50% off their second night’s hotel stay and offers similarly discounted passes to local attractions.


What to do with all the money you’re saving?  Go shopping!  Chic Inspiration offers up a great guide to shopping in the Big Apple and you can check Racked.com for information on all the latest stores and sales.  If shopping isn’t on your itinerary, there are plenty of inexpensive things to do in the city.   Examiner.com lists five fantastic places from which to view Manhattan, and they run from completely free to a $20 fee.  You can also gain admission to local museums at reduced or waived rates on certain days.


Tourists may also be glad to know that getting around New York City on foot might soon get a little easier.   Explorer Pass reports that Broadway is set to become a pedestrian zone, with traffic directed around the congested Times Square area.  Put on those walking shoes and hit the NYC streets this Spring!

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Virgin America is offering several promotional fares on flights within the U.S. right now.  If you haven’t heard, Virgin America is the new JetBlue.  Seatback televisions, peppy employees, cool factor off the charts… you know the deal.  Everyone wants to be on Virgin America all of a sudden.  As they open up new routes, the airline is offering some pretty great travel deals for those of us located on the west coast.

Virgin America Travel Specials


In perhaps their best deal, until the end of May, you can fly from Los Angeles to Boston for $79 each way.  That’s right, about $160 round trip to go coast-to-coast.  Normally, you would pay twice that.  At that price, I may fly out there just to catch a Red Sox game, hit up Mike’s Pastry for some cannoli and then head home.  Totally worth it.

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