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Muggles around the world rejoiced yesterday when Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment finally announced the expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, extending the Harry Potter experience between Universal's two Orlando theme parks.Read More
A handy guide for over-packers
Let’s face it over-packers, when we go on vacation we are sorely tempted to bring everything in our closets along for the ride. After all, there is a remote chance we will get invited to a gala while in Rome and need that formal gown or tux we purchased on sale and have never worn!
In reality, it’s highly unlikely you’ll need your best clothes while on vacation. With added fees from airlines, the hassle of baggage claim and the many TSA regulations, being able to carry-on luggage is a must and will make your life a heck of a lot easier. Not to mention that you won't hear frequent fliers snicker as you pass by, lugging the most enormous bag known to man, filled with everything but the kitchen sink!Read More
You may have heard in the news over the past couple of days that air traffic controller furloughs have begun and are causing many delays at airports across the nation. The airports that are expected to be most directly impacted are the largest such as Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare, Newark, JFK, LaGuardia and Los Angeles. But delays at these airports can have ripple effects on others across the country, leading to additional delays at medium-sized and smaller airports as well.Read More
I had the opportunity to work in Guest Relations at Walt Disney World shortly after I graduated from college. As part of that role, I went through an intense training so I would know the parks inside and out, and be prepared for any questions that a guest might ask. And, most of the time, I was!Read More
Happy Earth Day! Travel is a great way to get out into the environment and appreciate what the earth has so generously given us – from the awe-inspiring nature of Glacier National Park to the historical and architectural beauty in Venice, Italy, our wanderlust sends us traveling more now than ever before.
Although today’s the official day that we consider the cost of our activities on the environment, there are some things we can do every day to scratch our itch for travel while still being gentle on the earth.
Over a century ago, AAA began as an organization for motorists. “Automobiling,” in its earliest days, was an exclusive sport, and the auto club was a fraternity for car owners. In fact, AAA began as a social organization where friends met to share their love and knowledge for road travel. In that spirit, we are excited to announce that we have formed a new AAA Road Travel Club, where we can engage in that same kind of excitement.Read More
Are you thinking about a close-to-home vacation? If so, you've got a lot in common with your fellow AAA members. Seven out of the top 10 destinations searched on AAA.com last year were for cities within 400 miles of our region.Read More
Though it may not possess the history of Oahu or be as romantic as Maui, the island of Hawai’i—known as the “Big Island”—is full of gorgeous beaches and plenty of tourist attractions to make your trip to the Aloha State a memorable one.Read More
For the first time in 10 years Syracuse University is going to the NCAA Final Four! The game, against the University of Michigan on Saturday, April 6th, is at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Even the casual SU fan remembers the end result of the NCAA Tournament the last time SU appeared in the Final Four in 2003 (I won’t say it for fear of causing some kind of jinx).Read More
Have you seen our new Ithaca office? Beginning today, AAA’s Travel and Insurance Center in Ithaca has moved to the Threshold Plaza near Tops. This easy-to-find location will help us to provide better service for our members in and around Ithaca.
- Browse through hundreds of maps and TourBooks® to choose the ones you want.
- Save on luggage, tickets and travel accessories at our expanded AAA Travel Store.
- Get travel and insurance help from the same agents you already know.
A fee for Wi-Fi. A fee for your room safe. A charge to check in early. Hotels are besieging their guests with fees and surcharges that garnered a record estimated $1.95 billion in 2012, according to the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management at New York University.
Some fees, such as for Wi-Fi, typically are voluntary. Particularly onerous, however, are “resort fees,” which are mandatory. Ostensibly, these fees - which can range from $8.50 to $60 per night - cover such things as fitness center use, newspapers, and, our favorite oxymoronic amenity, the “free” coffee in your room. But guests don’t always learn of theses extra charges until check-in. Now there’s hope.Read More
As a semi-professional Disney visitor and a former Walt Disney World cast member, my friends and family tend to
use me ask me for advice when they’re starting to plan a Walt Disney World vacation. Without fail, the most common question they ask is, “How can I save money?”
Costa Rica is an eco-tourism hotspot located in the jungles of Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast. And I’m not kidding when I call it a “hotspot.” On our trip there in late February, we saw temps in the 90s every day: the perfect dose of summer we needed to cure our mid-winter blues.Read More