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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Celebrate Veterans Day By Taking a Vacation 10.20.10

This year is just flying by. Veterans Day is 11/11. Also known as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, it’s a day to honor those who have fought for our country. What better way to do that then to visit memorials where they served and spread a little “economic stimulus” around.
                                          


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The Battle of Gettysburg was fought over 3 hot July days in 1863. Over 7,000 soldiers died there and another 30,000 wounded. It is one of the most visited battle sites in the nation. At night, people have said they’ve heard screaming and gunshots and others have seen soldiers on the field that resides in Pennsylvania. After touring the grounds and cemetery, you can visit the Gettysburg museum and gift shop to learn more about what happened there.

Stay near the battlefield or visit on a day trip and fly into Baltimore, which is a short 75 miles away. Be sure to pack for cold weather, as in the winter months it can get down to 20 degrees.  
  • While you’re in the area, why not make a stop in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Just a short drive away in Southeastern PA is a thriving Amish community. See how Americans lived before electricity and crafted everything by hand, from horseshoes to quilts.
  • If you have the kids with you, there’s something to amuse them, too. Jaunt over to Hershey and surround yourself in chocolate. From candy to amusement parks, if everyone in your party isn’t happy, there’s no pleasing them. Visit the Hershey factory and then head to Hersheypark and ZOOAMERICA. Two adjoining parks that offer both amusement park rides and zoo animals.  
  • Little kids might be more interested in Dutch Wonderland. It has 34 rides and an attached waterpark called Duke’s Lagoon. It features shows and games for children, like Thomas and Friends Live with Thomas the Tank Engine. It’ll make the trip to historical sites a bit more bearable.



Located in VirginiaWilliamsburg reminds me of my childhood. Every summer we would travel to this historical site and visit the memorials, Colonial Williamsburg and Busch GardensWilliamsburg was an important post of the American Revolutionary War and saw combat during the Civil War in what was to be known as the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862.
  • Package deals are available for around $300 per person, not including airfare through VisitWilliamsburg. All your attraction tickets, breakfast and hotel are included.
  • Fly into Richmond International Airport for the best rates and stay in Jamestown or Williamsburg for close proximity to everything in the historical district. Renting a car here is going to be essential for getting to everything: American Airlines can get you 35% off rental rates on Avis and you can earn up to 3,000 frequent flyer miles, making free travel that much more within reach.
  • American Airlines also offers discount tickets to Busch Gardens Williamsburg or you can buy a "Bounce Ticket" that allows you to get into Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg for a big discount.
  • For a more adult vacation activity, check out the Williamsburg Winery. The makers of over a dozen varieties of wine, take a tour of the vineyard and have a tasting and lunch combo. Get a tasting and lunch for the same price as a tasting if you book online.  


It’s a great time to travel to Hawaii now. With hotel rates dipping and new, cheaper flights, it’s never been more budget friendly to go there. The weather is beautiful and the beaches are always open. While there, travel to Oahu to visit Pearl Harbor and see the USS Arizona.
  • Stay at a four-star mystery Waikiki boutique hotel from only $105 per night. That's over 50% listed prices. Rates you can only get on BookIt. Book by midnight October 22 for travel before December 8.


The site of both World Wars, Germany has a lot of history, much of which was bloody. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany has become a wonderful tourist city. the whole country is rich with culture and cool things to see and do.
  • Save on airfare by purchasing airfare to Frankfurt via Reykjavik on Icelandair. Add Iceland as a stopover for as long as you want for no extra cost!
  • Purchase a city pass for major German cities like Frankfurt and Berlin and save big on attractions on your trip. Get discounts on museums, gardens, transportation, restaurants and more.

There are plenty packing tips I can give you for any of these trips, but the biggest one that matters is to buy good walking shoes. You'll be doing a lot of it, so treat your feet to comfort and get the best ones you can. You don't want your trip to be ruined by ouchy feet. This goes for everyone in your travel group. 
  • Aerosoles has up to 35% off all their boots. Great new styles and colors to go with every travel wardrobe. Choose from tall, short or ankle boots that will keep your feet comfortable all day long.
  • Patagonia offers many boot styles to keep your tootsies warm and dry. They may be expensive, but will give you your money's worth in the long run. 
  • You can probably find an L.L. Bean close to where you live. they have many quality fall and winter footwear options for men, women and children. Again, they can be spendy, but your feet will thank you. 

  • Got a desire to visit Japan or China? Fly round-trip to Tokyo or Okinawa from the west coast starting at $789 per person, including taxes. Book by October 28 for these excellent deals. Save over $500 on regular fares. You can use that money to visit Tokyo Disney! (China destinations start at $985)
  • Wow! Stay 4-nights in Guatemala for only $399 per person. Tours and air are included. This is $400 off regular rates! Book by November 3rd for travel on select dates of 2011. 
  • Lucky you! Ireland awaits from only $599 per person. 6 magical nights, including airfare B&B and castle accommodations, most breakfasts and rental car. Save almost $800 off similar packages. Book by October 29th for travel between December 1 and February 20. 

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