Monthly Archives: November 2017

2017 Black Friday-Cyber Monday Travel Deals


Besides gearing up for your Thanksgiving meal, get your laptop ready for browsing and buying the 2017 Black Friday-Cyber Monday travel deals. Here are some ones to consider.

Expedia‘s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale officially kicks off on November 24, with new deals on hotels, flights, cruises, rental cars and packages, beginning at 9 a.m. PST. Cyber Monday sales kick off at 9 a.m. PST and will refresh hourly until 3 p.m. PST. Deals booked on Black Friday have a travel window of November 24, 2017March 31, 2018 and Cyber Monday deals have a travel window from November 27, 2017March 31, 2018.

Gate 1 Travel‘s Black Friday sale takes place November 22-24, with discounts applied to all Gate 1 Travel, Discovery Tours and Signature Collection packages. Apply these romo codes:

  • Spend $500 or more and receive $50 off with the promo code BLKFRY50
  • Spend $1,000 or more and receive $100 off with the promo code BLKFRY100
  • Spend $2,000 or more and receive $250 off with the promo code BLKFRY250
  • Spend $4,000 or more and receive $500 off with the promo code BLKFRY500
  • Spend $10,000 or more and receive $1,000 off with the promo code BLKFRY1000
  • Spend $20,000 or more and receive $2,500 off with the promo code BLKFRY2500

Customers can book online through Gate1Travel’s website on November 23 or calling 1-800-682-3333 between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on November 22 and 24.

Friendly Planet Travel is offering Cyber Monday savings of up to $1,400 off per person on 68 tours to over 40 international destinations. Packages include airfare, accommodations, most meals, transfers, English-speaking guides, and more. The sale starts at 12am ET Monday, November 27 and lasts through Tuesday, November 28.
On Cyber Monday, Contiki is offering savings of up to 30 percent off of select trips and to score $150 off all worldwide flights spanning from across six continents for travel booked by December 4. The tour company caters to travelers ages 18-35.
Trafalgar is offering discounted tours on sale from Black Friday through Cyber Monday,  with $750 off per couple on select bookings for over 20 trips – including the European Highlights, Best of Switzerland and Treasures of Thailand with the Golden Triangle.

G Adventures‘ four-day, online sale between Black Friday and Cyber Monday will feature more than 200 trips on six continents, with deals of up to 30 percent off of regular tour prices.

Southwest Vacations, of the Southwest Airlines, has a Cyber Week sale during Black Friday and Cyber Week with promo codes and daily deals. Book a flight + hotel package to any destination and save up to $250 when you use one of the promo codes below at the time of booking. They involve:

  • Save $125 on U.S. destinations with promo code SAVE125.*
  • Save $250 on international destinations with promo code SAVE250.**

Book now through December 4, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. CT, with travel now through August 6, 2018. One-day advance purchase is required. Restrictions and exclusions may apply.


How to Feel Comfortable Going Out Alone



Creative Commons photo / Georgie Pauwels


For a while, I’ve been thinking about how to write a helpful post about being okay with traveling alone, particularly in mind for women.

Now it’s time to do so.

Recently, a trending hashtag called #metoo has highlighted how many women have been sexually harassed and/or assaulted at some point in their lives. While sadly as these incidents occur in common settings, from the workplace to any public venue, travel can also involve scenarios in which women might find themselves in uncomfortable situations involving unwanted advances from catcalling to sadly the unthinkable.

While my tips or advice might sound more general, I would like to think that they can at least ease your worries or assumptions about what others might think of you being by yourself. Whether it’s venturing out where you live or in another destination, here are some ways to help you feel more comfortable with being out alone.

Don’t make nice if it doesn’t feel right

In particular with women, there’s a common feeling that people have to maintain politeness even in circumstances we’re we might feel unease. While I’ve met some people who hesitate in being assertive or showing or speaking what they think, it’s a good reminder to remember that you don’t have to explain yourself, or be nice, to those who make you uncomfortable. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t hesitant to leave or excuse yourself in doing so.

Go to afternoon showings

If you’re itching to see an exhibit, movie or play, but don’t want to feel awkward about being out at night, consider going in the afternoon. Matinee showings often attract different and smaller audiences where it’s easy to get into your seat and focus on what you came to see –and not worry about who’s noticing you.

Sit at the bar

Granted you might get hungry while being out, and heading into a crowded restaurant alone may make you want to loose your appetite. So do this: find a bar stool. Sitting in this part of a restaurant doesn’t mean you have to have an alcoholic drink; rather it helps make you not feel weird about being at a table. So order a meal with your beverage, and use this space to relax and maybe have some small talk with your bartender or those seated around you.

Go on a tour

One of the best ways for feeling not alone in a new location is by having a guide to go around with. Consider signing up for a visitor’s tour that gets you familiar with your location by having you walk around a certain area (and focusing on something that interests you). Once the tour is over, a good guide will ask if you need directions for what place you’re heading back to.

Read up on locations

While you would look up addresses of where you’re going, maybe delve a bit more about how to get around. Looking to use public transportation? Read up on everything from what type of tickets you need or if schedules can change (for example, New York City’s subway system can operate differently on weekends and holidays) on the day you plan to go. And if you’re driving, learn what you can do about parking; give yourself extra time in the case you might have to drive around to find a spot.

What tips would you offer to help women feel easier about traveling solo?