Cancun, Mexico (Photo: Adalberto Rios Szalay/Sexto Sol)

When I was in college, my favorite day of the week was Monday. A group of us would go to a local cantina to sip Margaritas, listen to the mariachi band, and believe, if only for a moment, that we were in Mexico. And though my Margarita Mondays are long gone, CheapCaribbean is making it easy and oh-so-affordable to have a fruity cocktail in the original South of the Border with its Mexico Madness sale. The deal is available at destinations all over Mexico, including Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Acapulco, and Zihuatanejo....read more»

Hawaii has long been a favorite destination with honeymooners and couples celebrating an anniversary. But which island should you choose? <a href="http://www.gohawaii.com/"target="_blank">GoHawaii.com</a> has a vacation planner with island info, activity suggestions, dining recommendations, and more to help you plan your perfect trip.

I've said it before (and I'm sure I'll say it again), but there's something glorious about the way the word "free" sounds. It produces a warm feeling akin to the famous moment in It's a Wonderful Life, when Zuzu proclaims, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." However, unlike the angel who had to work hard for his wings, you don't have to do a thing. You can travel for a little bit longer than you may have originally planned without spending an extra dime. Travelocity is currently offering free nights this summer at hotel properties all over the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Plus, there are plenty of free nights for those who are planning a quick getaway closer to home....read more»

<strong>Cliffs of Moher</strong>

One of the most photographed places in Ireland, the <a href="http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/" target="_blank">Cliffs of Moher</a> ascend more than 700 feet above the water and cover nearly five miles. The dramatic cliffs are home to several species of sea birds, including the only mainland colony of Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, and Choughs. Visitors are welcome to climb the stairs leading to O'Brien's Tower, which provides panoramic views. On a clear day, you may even catch a glimpse of the Aran Islands. 

(Photo: iStockphoto/Ines Gesell)

With a reputation for wet and rainy weather, Ireland isn't the first destination many people consider for fall or winter travel. But, in my humble opinion, there's never a bad time to visit the Emerald Isle, especially when you can go for a steal. And Sceptre Tours is making it easy to see the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, or the Blarney Stone during the cooler months with its Emerald Package. The deal starts at $759 per person (without taxes and fees), or just $59 per day, for travel between November and March.

The same package is available at other times of year for a little extra. For instance, you can book the same deal for travel in October for just $40 more per person. The offer includes round-trip airfare from New York City (other departure cities are available for a higher cost) to Dublin or Shannon, a weekly standard-shift car rental, first-night stay at a hotel in Dublin or Limerick, and five nights at farmhouse B&Bs of your choice. Upgrades are available for both the car rental and the B&Bs....read more»

Big Ben and Westminster Bridge, London (Photo: Hisham F. Ibrahim)

If you think the only way you're going to Europe this summer is by taking out a second mortgage on your home, it's time to think again. Go-today.com is offering $100 off per person for vacation packages that depart in July, August, and September, to places all across Europe, such as London, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, and Venice. Packages start as low as $749 (without taxes and fees) per person to London (with the discount), and include round-trip airfare from New York City (other departure cities are available for a higher cost), six nights' accommodations at a four-star hotel, daily breakfast, and hotel taxes and service charges....read more»

Swan Boats in Boston's Public Garden

I may be a bit biased, I'll admit, but my adopted hometown of Boston is a hard city to beat for culture, history, art, food, and sightseeing spots. I'm not just here to tout the glory of my city (though I could write a novel on the subject): the Massachusetts  Office of Travel and Tourism is currently offering Mass99, a $99 package promotion. If you're planning a trip to Beantown before September 30, you can get a slew of different packages around the city for $99. This can mean a savings of up to 20 percent on the everyday prices. This deal is worth considering if you're traveling with a family or a few friends, but wouldn't really appy to the solo or travelers or couples....read more»

Man looking at laptop in Meadow (Photo: iStockPhoto/Kemter)

The response to last month's Q&A was so overwhelming, it's inspired me to do another one. So, without further ado: I will be available all day (from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 22, 2010) to answer your travel questions. No query is too big or too small. Fire away!...read more»

Convertible (Photo: Index Open)

I'm a strong believer that everything that was once old will be new again—even things that are better left in the past like ankle warmers or slap bracelets—which is why I am tickled when my theory is proven right with something that's a sight for a sore wallet. I'm referring to Expedia's Summer Hotel Sale, which was originally slated to end on June 29, 2010, but is now available through July 27. You can save up to 40 percent off hotels in the U.S. and Canada if you travel by August 31, making it easy to throw on a classic '80s ballad and take a drive down memory lane. Who knows? You might even start a trend that brings back hair bands. Or not....read more»

Tourists with map (Photo: Index Open)

It can be overwhelming to plan a vacation, especially one that involves sightseeing, transportation, and tour guides. GAP Adventures understands this frustration and provides an easy way to book a fun-filled trip in one simple place. Choose from a wide variety of small group tours and safaris in places all over the world, including the Greek Islands, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Beijing, and save 20 to 25 percent off last-minute tours with its Season for Adventure sale. The promotion applies to tours booked by August 31 for travel in July or August....read more»

Just because your money's tight doesn't mean you can't afford a beach vacation to the far-flung hideaway of your dreams. Make an exotic escape a reality with these seven super-affordable resorts in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

<h2>Fiji: Mango Bay Resort</h2>

It isn't necessary to shell out hundreds of dollars a night for an upscale South Pacific getaway. <a href="http://www.mangobayresortfiji.com/" target="_blank">Mango Bay Resort</a> in <a href="http://www.fijime.com/" target="_blank">Fiji</a> has a fresh take on resorts: It's the island nation's first "flashpacker," an upmarket backbackers' resort located on an enclosed sandy bay on Fiji's main island. You can choose from accommodations ranging from dorm beds (starting at $21 per night) and private safari-style walk-in tents ($109 per night) to a beachfront <em>bure</em> (a Fijian-style bungalow; from $156 per night) and make use of the resort's pool, restaurant, bar, nightclub, and outdoor cinema. In addition, there are plenty of free activities offered, including snorkeling, kayaking, cooking classes, introductory diving classes, and more.

(Photo: Mango Bay Resort)

When it comes to family vacations, there are the old standbys of major theme parks, national parks, and beach-side vacations. However, if you've had your fill of The Mouse, hiking, and sand, Air Pacific's Kids Fly Free to Fiji promotion might be just what the travel doctor ordered. Book a flight to Fiji by September 30, 2010, and you'll receive round-trip airfare for your little one—ages two to 11—free....read more»

Amsterdam, Netherlands (Photo: Andrew Ward/Life File)

If you're like me, it's probably rare that you would consider a Europe vacation during the high season, particularly because of the heat, crowds, and escalating prices. But Orbitz' Europe Summer Sale might make you reconsider. Book before July 23, 2010, and you can you can save up to 30 percent at one of seven Starwood Hotels unique brands around Europe, including properties in Madrid, Paris, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, and Florence....read more»

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