<a href="" target="_blank">Ed Passarella</a> is our Editor-in-Chief and has been with SmarterTravel since August of 2001. Ed and his wife, Andrea, travel as a team, so this bucket list is a joint effort. They like to mix up their travel. Well-planned explorations of exciting cities alternate with peaceful, unstructured respites involving an island, a lake, or a mountain.

<ol><li>Hearing some jazz at a club in Montmartre. Not just for the music, but because it'd mean we were back in Paris. While we've done pretty well checking out the Left Bank and the museums, we've never had the pleasure of hearing live music, Parisian style.</li>

<li>Take a water taxi ride the full length of the Grand Canal. Forget the gondolas. Too slow. Too quaint. We had a taste of the old-fashioned, wooden power boats once in getting from the Venice train station to our hotel, but we want to get back for a leisurely tour.</li>

<li>Race down the East Coast and catch the sunrise from vantage points stretching from the Chesapeake to the Barrier Islands of Georgia.</li>

<li>Watch the sunset from the hills above Bodega Bay. Yeah, it'd be fun to check out the locations where Alfred Hitchcock filmed <em>The Birds</em>, but the real attraction is the stillness at dusk&mdash;followed by the upward view of an impossibly starry sky, far from the light pollution of a big city.</li>

<li>Slurp some Vivoli cioccolato and limone while strolling the back streets of Florence. Vivoli's famous gelato emporium was closed the day we were in the neighborhood, so we missed our chance back then. We want a do-over.</li></ol>

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Every year as the summer winds down, I get an itch to visit the cobblestoned streets, sidewalk cafes, and decadent desserts of Paris. It's similar to how bones ache before a bad storm, and in this case Paris is my hurricane. Thankfully, has a cure and then some, with its Paris and London vacation package starting at $699 per person (without taxes and fees) for travel in November (other departure dates are available at a higher cost) more»

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I've been known to book entire vacations around food, while some of my friends and family are a bit more entertainment-minded. This is why I was particularly pleased to see Kimpton Hotels offering a cocktail or a continental breakfast for just $1 more than the best available room rate, because it satisfies both travel needs. The deal is valid for up to two guests per room, and is sure to start your day, or night, off more»

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Hyatt is offering discounts on hotels across the globe, but you must book by September 2, 2010! more»

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In my humble opinion, there's really no better way to spend an afternoon than surrounded by the paintings, sculptures, furniture, photography, and drawings of the great artists of this world. However, a steep entrance fee for most museums typically has me searching out more affordable creative outlets.

That's why I was particularly excited when I saw the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day offer. On September 25, 2010, you and a guest can get into more than 1,300 participating museums across the country for free, including the Museum of Fine arts in Boston, World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame in Washington, the Oz Museum in Kansas, and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. All you need is a Museum Day ticket, which you can download from the Smithsonian Magazine's website. more»

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For many children—and let's face it, many adults, too—Disney World is a place where dreams come true. Unfortunately, most of those dreams cost a pretty penny just to get to there. But before you put away your mouse ears this year, consider United Vacations' new Walt Disney World Resorts offer, which features two ways to make your dreams a reality.

First, you can save up to 46 percent on your room when you book a three-night vacation package. These resort packages typically include accommodations, airport/hotel transfers, resort/theme park tickets, and benefits such as extended park hours and complimentary transportation. You must book by November 21, 2010, and travel before February 11, 2011, to take advantage of the discount. Prices vary by property. more»

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Though you may have your heart set on a far-flung destination for your vacation, is making it pretty tempting to leave your passport at home this fall. Book by August 27, and you can save up to 70 percent on trips to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For instance, a five-night package to the Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort in U.S.V.I. starts at $329 per person, without taxes and fees, after discounts, and includes round-trip airfare from Miami (other departure cities are available at a higher cost), five nights' accommodations, TripMate weather insurance, and a $100 coupon if it rains. You'll also get $150 worth of dining, shopping, and entertainment certificates. Travel is valid between September 15 and more»

Couple on Porch With a View (Photo: iStockphoto/Justin Horrocks)

Though there's no use in pretending the end of summer isn't near, you can still enjoy the final days by saving on one last escape to a cozy B&B. is currently offering an End of Summer sale, where you can save $50 when you book a reservation online totaling $250 or more.

At first glance, $250 may seem like a lot of money to spend to get a discount. However, this amount will cover a few nights' getaway, including a long three-day weekend. You must book by September 21, and travel before September 30 to take advantage of this more»

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The days are growing shorter and the temperature is beginning to drop, but you can still celebrate summer with big savings over the long Labor Day more»

Couple at Beach With Picnic (Photo: iStockphoto/Morganl)

If you think an affordable tropical vacation means an inflatable pool in the backyard, it's time to think again. Pleasant Holidays is currently offering vacation packages to hot spots in Mexico, including Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, and Puerto Vallarta, starting at $169 per person (without taxes and fees). The lowest priced deal comes with round-trip airfare from Miami to Cancun (other departure cities available at a higher cost), three nights' accommodations, and hotel taxes and fees. You must book by September 5, and travel before December more»

London Telephone Booth in front of Big Ben (Photo: iStockPhoto/Jeremy Edwards)

Editor's Note: Sorry, folks. We goofed. British Airways’ promotion ended on Thursday, and obviously should not have been included in today's International Airfare Deals newsletter. Please go to SmarterTravel’s airfare deal page for similar content. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Have there been times in your life you knew you could afford only certain aspects of a trip, such as airfare, lodging, or meals, but the entire vacation is just a bit out of reach? If this happens to be one of those times for you, British Airways' London for Free sale may be just what the doctor more»