Unique Destinations

The 10 Best Skyscrapers in the World

With New York’s One World Trade Center set to open later this year, attention is focused on skyscrapers. “They are spectacular. They are larger than life. They are charismatic, and you can’t help but notice them,” says Judith Dupre, author of Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings. Her 18-inch-tall skyscraper-shaped book offers a peek at some of the newest buildings near completion. Here she lists ten of her favorite contemporary towers.

  1. One World Trade Center (New York)
  2. Mode Gakuen Tower (Tokyo)
  3. Shanghai Tower (Shanghai)
  4. International Commerce Centre (Hong Kong)
  5. Trump International Hotel & Tower (Chicago)
  6. Bank Of America Center (Houston)
  7. The Shard (London)
  8. Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
  9. CCTV Headquarters (Beijing)
  10. 1 Bligh (Sydney)

If your desire is to visit and see one of these structural marvels in person, then let us make it a reality! Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or submit a land vacation quote form and let us put together this very memorable & exciting trip for you!!

The 10 Most Anticipated New Theme Park Rides In 2014

With the 2014 Summer season just around the corner, theme parks will be standing tall this season. and not just in the metaphorical sense of proudly displaying their shiny, brand-spanking new rides. We’re talking about literally standing tall with coasters and other crazy contraptions that will reach absurd heights and make even the most steely-nerved daredevils quiver with fear. The most anticipated ride of 2014, however, will take Potterphiles deep underground for a face-to-(noseless) face encounter with “he who must not be named.”

10. New England SkyScreamer at Six Flags New England (Agawam, MA): What makes this ride unique, is that at 400 feet above the ground, it will be the world’s tallest swing ride.

9. Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens (Tampa, FL): Rising 335 feet into the air and freefalling back down at 60mph is intense enough, but the seats on the first-of-its-kind ride will tilt 90 degrees at the top of the tower so that passengers will be facing straight down before they plummet. Yikes!!

8. Zumanjaro: Drop Of Doom at Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ): This NJ park already has the world’s tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka. By piggybacking onto the coaster’s top hat tower, it will also boast the world’s tallest drop ride. Could you handle a 400-foot drop at 90 mph? Double Yikes!!

7. ThunderBolt At Luna Park, Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY): Its name may conjure memories of the classic wooden coaster that once graced Coney Island, but with its novel elevator lift tower and other decidedly modern touches, the new ThunderBolt will make its own waves at the seaside amusement area.

6. FireChaser Express at Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN): It only chugs along at 35 mph, which makes it accessible to all but the wimpiest of visitors. But the coaster, which features two launches — one forwards and one backwards — nonetheless packs a fiery punch and includes a cute theme.

5. Banshee at King’s Island (Mason, OH): With a ride time of 2:40 and the track length of 4124 feet, Banshee is the world’s longest inverted coaster and is getting rave reviews from ride fans.

4. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA): The supremely silly characters from the popular movie bring their supercharged antics to an engaging 4-D ride film. It’s loaded with laughs, and like the movies, includes some surprisingly touching moments as well.

3. Goliath at Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, IL): The anticipation is high for Goliath, which will boast a 180 foot, 85 degree drop and a top speed of 72 mph, which will make it the world’s tallest, fastest and steepest wooden coaster ride.

2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, FL): It’s both a mildly thrilling coaster with a unique cradle design that allows the cars to swing back and forth and a compelling “dark ride” that takes guests into the colorful mine to see the Seven Dwarfs at work. The animated characters are particularly stunning in the attraction, which is the capstone of the park’s New Fantasyland expansion.

1. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios Florida (Orlando, FL): Universal is promising a mind-blowing, next-generation ride experience in its second Potter-themed land. The coaster will use immersive 3-D imagery to take visitors to the subterranean netherworld under the Gringotts bank where they will face off against fire-breathing dragons and the villain to end all villains, Lord Voldemort. Getting to the new Dragon Alley land will be nearly as much fun, as the Hogwarts Express will shuttle muggles from the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade on a tricked-out, effects-packed, vintage steam train.

Don’t let this 2014 Summer season slip away without trying at least one of these new theme park rides! Let us make it happen for you! Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land package request quote form and allow us to book your next fun-filled theme park vacation!!

The 10 Most Affordable Caribbean Hot Spots

TripAdvisor has priced 10 beautiful Caribbean island destinations, comparing the cost of a one-week trip for a group of four people for this early spring season. Included, in the price analysis is the average cost of round-trip airfare from the continental US, a seven-night hotel stay, six dinners and a half-day snorkeling excursion. Here are the top 10 value destinations, with the cost of a weeklong trip for four people.

  1. Puerto Rico – $4,609.00
  2. Jamaica – $4,631.00
  3. Trinidad & Tobago – $4,771.00
  4. Dominican Republic – $5,315.00
  5. St. Maarten / St. Martin – $5,566.00
  6. Bahamas – $5,815.00
  7. Curacao – $5,833.00
  8. Bermuda – $6,064.00
  9. Aruba – $6,260.00
  10. Grenada – $6,622.00

Why not plan a trip to one of these affordable destinations for this early spring season? Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request quote and let us book your next affordable getaway today!!

The 10 Best World Wine Destinations

“It takes more than great wine to make a great wine destination”, says Susan Kostrzewa, executive editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Travelers also want good food and enjoyable interactions with winemakers and locals. “It’s really about the tone and vibe of the place.” The magazine has identified the following ten most promising vintage wine destinations for 2014.

  1. Umbria, Italy
  2. Aegean Islands, Greece
  3. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
  4. Hill Country, Texas
  5. Mendoza, Argentina
  6. Sonoma, California
  7. Baden, Germany
  8. Barossa Valley, Australia
  9. Walla Walla, Washington
  10. Languedoc, France

Why not make your next vacation to one of these great wine destinations? Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request quote and let us make this unique and wonderful trip a reality!!

Party Time: Best Caribbean Spring Break Islands

While the history of Spring Break dates back at least to the 1934 visit of the Colgate University swim team to Fort Lauderdale, it was the 1958 novel and 1960 film “Where The Boys Are” that enhanced it in American pop culture. For some college students, the tenuous coming-of-age angst of that movie has morphed into a week of no-holds-barred bacchanalia. These days, breakers know no boundaries, and popular Caribbean destinations including Nassau, Cancun, Puerto Rico and Jamaica compete for college students craving for a respite from snow and studies. A much milder experience awaits many families, who use the spring closure of K-12 schools to warm up and recharge in a tropical setting. Still other travelers seek only to relax in an isolated locale or to give back via volunteer activities. Here are options for all:

  • Jamaica (Montego Bay & Negril)
  • Cancun
  • Nassau & Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • Trinidad
  • Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Lucia

Spring Break season 2014 is around the corner. Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request quote so we can begin planning your next well-deserved Spring Break getaway!!

The Six Best Caribbean Resorts for Families

The Caribbean has some of the best sands and the friendliest family resorts. At these six diverse properties, you and your children can encounter dolphins, ride horses in the surf, snorkel through schools of tropical fish, learn sailing or simply sit and chat.

  • Atlantis Paradise Island (The Bahamas)
  • Club Med Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
  • Half Moon Resort (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort (Just South of Cancun, Mexico)
  • Coconut Bay Resort (Saint Lucia)
  • Beaches Providenciales Resort (Provo, Turks & Caicos)

With this harsh winter 2014 season in full swing, let us plan your next family vacation to one of these six wonderful destinations. Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us an air/land vacation request form so we can make this next family getaway a memorable reality.

Ten of the World’s most Adventurous Cruises

Adventure & Expedition cruising is a travel niche that is growing each and every day. These floating adventures take the form of anything from five-star Champagne explorations to ambling along in a tramp steamer. Here are ten of the world’s best Adventure & Expedition cruises:

  • Island Safari, Hawaii (USA) – Extreme Rating: 6/10
  • Across the Northwest Passage (North America) – Extreme Rating: 6/10
  • Through Ancient Kimberley (Australia) – Extreme Rating: 7/10
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (The Amazon) – Extreme Rating: 7/10
  • Jungle Book Tour (India) – Extreme Rating: 7/10
  • Into Wild West Africa – Extreme Rating: 8/10
  • Following Scott, Amundsen et al (Antarctica) – Extreme Rating: 8.5/10
  • Island Hopping in the Pacific Ocean – Extreme Rating: 8.5/10
  • Ice-Breaking to the North Pole – Extreme Rating: 9.5/10
  • Down to the Titanic Wreck (Atlantic Ocean) – Extreme Rating: 10/10

If Adventure & Expedition cruising is something that peaks your interest, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a cruise request quote so we can plan this adventure of a lifetime!!

Five Perfect Winter Honeymoon Destinations

Planning a winter wedding this year?
Here are five perfect destinations for that winter honeymoon.

  • Saint Kitts & Nevis (Caribbean)
  • Thailand
  • Turks & Caicos Islands (Caribbean)
  • Australia
  • Iceland

Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote so we can plan that perfect winter honeymoon vacation today!!

10 Places To See Before They’re Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world’s most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristene, off-the-beaten-path spots and their cultures. Here are 10 places on the brink of forever changing, and some threatening to disappear altogether:

  • Easter Island, Chile
  • Antarctica
  • Machu Picchu & Choquequirao, Peru
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Culebra & Vieques, Puerto Rico
  • Dead Sea, Israel & Jordan
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Venice, Italy
  • Tibet

For a memorable vacation to any of these historic destinations, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote and allow us to plan what will be truly a getaway to remember.

10 Incredible World Landmarks You Haven’t Seen — Yet.

These instant classics — including record-breaking towers, 35-story-tall sculptures and external building climbs — are worth traveling to see.

  • SkyPoint Climb & Observatory Deck – Gold Coast, Australia
  • LeMay America’s Car Museum – Tacoma, WA
  • ArcelorMittal Orbit – London, United Kingdom
  • Sea Life Aquarium – Kansas City, MO
  • Kamppi Chapel Of Silence – Helsinki, Finland
  • National Museum Of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement – Las Vegas, NV
  • Tokyo Sky Tree – Tokyo, Japan
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Pool – Brooklyn, NY
  • The Arch Cultural Center – Mandal, Norway
  • Aizhai Suspension Bridge – Hunan Province, China

For more information on visiting any of these incredible landmarks, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land quote request and we will be more than happy to help you plan your next adventurous vacation!!