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Travel Deals: Fast Forward to Fall Savings

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Welcome to the magical month of September.  The kids are back in school. The summer travel frenzy has died down in Europe and at home, airfares are dropping and hotels are looking for business. This week we have your first taste of September to December savings including Florida beach days, educational Williamsburg, a South African safari, and more.

 Bucket List Safaris

Why wait until February to take your special someone on a getaway?  Great Safaris, is offering a special discount for their South African Safari for Lovers package.  The trip includes a 9-day excursion to South Africa’s Cape Town and Kruger National Park and a 50 percent discount for the second traveler.  Following sightseeing in Cape Town and a wine tasting excursion, the wildlife adventures begin.  They will explore the African desert in an open Land Rover with professional safari guides in search of the Big Five: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinos and leopards.  Rates for the first traveler will start at $3,595 and $1,797 for the second traveler.  The promotion is valid through March 31, 2013 with blackout dates during Christmas and Easter.  For a detailed itinerary, please visit their website.

Entertainment & Education

Now that the kids are back in school, consider some educational travel. Colonial Williamsburg is offering the Autumn Senses Package, which includes a 2-night stay with nightly accommodations at the local Williamsburg Lodge, daily breakfast, tickets for Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums, evening ghost tour tickets, and $100 resort activities card.  Their package is available through November 25 and package starts at $128 per person, per night.  For more information, please visit them online.

Fall Florida Sun

If you don’t want summer to end, the ideal place would be to go somewhere that’s sunny year-round: Orlando, Florida.  staySky Hotels & Resort’s is offering special discounts in their Fall Into Savings promotion .  Visitors can take advantage of a $50 excursion credit offered that can go towards Florida Dolphin Tours, a Disney character meal or even visiting Kennedy Space Center.  staySky Hotels & Resorts have seven locations that are all centrally located to give guests easy access to popular attractions including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando.  Through December 20, rates start at $59.  To book “Fall Into Savings,” visit their website and enter promo code FALL2012 or call 1-866-455-4062.

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Pack the Puppy

Fido deserves a vacation too. The HosPETality Package at The Lodge at Santa Fe is letting travelers have a pet-friendly New Mexico vacation from now throught the end of the year. Their package includes overnight pet-friendly accommodations (covering the pet fee), a Yappy Meal for your pet and a discount to the local pet store. Rates start at $124 per night, based on double occupancy. Book online or call 888-563-4373.

 Off-Season Savings

Nantucket is best known as a summer community, but consider an October weekend getaway.  It’s the off season, so you’ll be hanging out with the locals.  The Nantucket Hotel & Resort is offering a special promotion, which includes two tickets to the Deamland Movie Theater and entrance to the Whaling Museum for every weekend stay after mid-October.  Guests will also appreciate the heated pool, complimentary children’s program, and free yoga lessons on the beach..  In September, room rates begin at $295 per night and drop to $175 per night by mid-October.   To make a reservation, call toll free at 1-866-807-6011 or email

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