Savings Ahead
Many tour companies offer great discounts for travelers who book their tours early in the year, and with most of these great discounts being offered only in January, it is sad to think that you might have JUST missed the boat on a great discount for your 2012 travels. But, we have great news! Haggis Adventures, Busabout, Topdeck Travel and Shamrocker Adventures have extended their earlybird specials into the month of February, with up to 15% in savings! AND Tucan Travel is offering 15% off ANY tour, for ANY departure if you book in the month of February. So, it looks like February is the time to book your travel and save some $$$!
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Every traveler wishes they could travel for free right? Well, some travelers really DO travel for free! The easiest way for any adventure traveler to score a free tour is to keep your eyes peeled for tour promotions by top tour operators, and enter their frequent competitions or take advantage of their tour discounts.  Here are some of the latest promotions and competitions to get your started on planning your free tour in 2012. Intrepid Travel is currently offering a FREE tour to Peru to any traveler when you bring a friend with you!  So find a friend to travel with, and each travel for 50% off, or one of you can go for free.  How easy is that? Topdeck Travel is giving away a free 19 day tour to Africa when you upload a picture of yourself in their Africa mask (downloadable from their website).  The winner will be announced at the end of February, and runners up have the chance to win Lonely Planet Guides, tickets to The Lion King, Topdeck travel vouchers, and Zoo tickets. G Adventures offers Free tours to travelers who gather a large group of friends to travel with them.  Often the group must be larger than 10 people, so if you are a social butterfly who can convince 10 or more of your friends and family to travel with you, you may just be eligible for a free tour!  G Adventures is currently offering a free tour promotion on their tour to the Galapagos. So, browse TravAddict for a tour vendor that sparks your interest, and join their mailing list to keep up to date with their competitions and promotions and you could be traveling for free in 2012!
Like a full-bodied Napa vintage, this trip is sure to please! Kayak through picture perfect valleys, bike through the valley, and have a picnic lunch with spectacular views. Napa Valley may be synonymous with good grapes but it’s the stunning scenery that sets it apart. So get ready to pedal, paddle and hike your way through the vineyards and wilderness of Wine Country. Indulge in wine tastings, take in options like horseback riding or hot air balloons, and spend your nights in comfortable hotels. What’s Included – Hiking excursions. – Kayaking on Russian River. – Korbel Champagne Cellars. – Wine tastings in Napa Valley. – Scenic picnic lunches. – Bike tours of San Fran and the Napa Valley. – Hiking excursions. – Park entrance fees. – 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners (Allow USD100-125 for meals not included.) – Comfort hotels (5nts) – Air conditioned private touring van. – Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout To learn more about this Napa Valley tour, visit the G Adventures website now!

Today, January 18th TravAddict is striking to help stop the passing of the SOPA and PIPA bills.  This video best describes the bills we are trying to help stop:

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There are so many great festivals to consider when traveling to Europe, and here are a few that we love: Venice Carnival, Venice Italy – Held in February, the Venice Carnival began in the 12th century and involves masquerades, ceremonies, music, and processions involving tradition and extravagant Venetian masks and ball gowns. Las Fallas, Valencia Spain – Held in March, Las Fallas, or the festival of fire involves a parade of extravagant and elegantly decorated floats, and at the end…..they light them on fire along with a spectacular array of fireworks. St Patrick’s Day, Dublin Ireland – Held in March, St Patrick’s Day is the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, and Dublin throws a local party for this festival that is bigger than any other. This is an Irish festival that no local misses. Running of the Bulls, Pamplona Spain – Celebrated from July 6th to the 14th every year. The festival dates back to 1591, and the origins of the festival are to celebrate the life and works of the Patron Saint of wineskins; San Fermin. The actual ‘Running of the Bulls’ began as the need to transport the bulls from their location outside the town into the bullring for the festivals daily bullfight. Edinburgh Festival and Tattoo, Edinburgh Scotland – Held in August, the Edinburgh Tattoo involves the traditions Fringe Festival and Fireworks with the Edinburgh Castle in the backdrop. This is a Scottish tradition that all of the local come out to enjoy. Oktoberfest, Munich Germany – Held in September, Oktoberfest began in 1810 when Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) Married Theresa. Prince Ludwig invited the town to his wedding celebration with 40 000 guests. He loved beer, and there wedding almost resembled a beer festival. The townspeople decided to celebrate again on the first anniversary of the wedding, and today Oktoberfest draws approx. 6 million visitors over 2 weeks, and an average of 10 000 litres of beer are consumed each day. Topdeck Travel and Busabout offer some great tour options for traveling to these festivals, with great discounted prices and guaranteed access to the festival and accommodation.
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January is a great time to book a tour, as there are lots of great specials available for the bargain hunter!  If you have been thinking about traveling abroad, but haven’t taken the leap and booked your tour because you are waiting for the perfect deal, now is a great time to start seriously thinking about booking.  Here are the latest specials for January we think are worth a mention: – Gecko’s Adventures is offering 15% off ANY tour anywhere in the world when you book before January 31st and travel before September 31st. – Busabout is offering up to 20% off selected 2012 tours to Europe when you book before January 29th. – Intrepid Travel is offering 15% off any of their new tours in 2012 when you book before February 7th. – Topdeck Travel is offering 5% off any 2012 Europe tour when you book before January 29th. So, what are you waiting for?  Get your 2012 tours booked now and save a bundle!
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For all who claim to be Irish and those who want to be! This neat package tour with Shamrocker Adventures gives you the St. Patrick’s Day party you’ve been waiting for. You get to hit the highlights of the festival in Dublin’s Fair City, including the Parade, see all the famous sights of the capital and then party properly with the Irish on their native soil. This means you can get on with the business of having an awesome time! This tour experience of St Patrick’s Day in Dublin with Shamrocker Adventures is priced from $349USD per person, and includes the following: INCLUDES: > All accommodation and breakfasts > Exclusive Shamrocker St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt > Excusive Shamrocker St. Patrick’s Day parties > Shamrocker Welcome pack > FREE entry to Guinness Storehouse > FREE walking tour of Dublin > FREE Lonely Planet guidebook
sunset cliffs san diego
We here at TravAddict enjoy reading the latest travel news of a morning, and this morning we came across an article on Yahoo news about disappearing places in the USA. We were taken back a little when we noticed that the Sunset Cliffs of San Diego, California (TravAddict’s home base) was on this list. The Sunset Cliffs are a landmark in California, and a beautiful spot with magnificent ocean views. To think that these cliffs might one day no longer exist was a sad thought for us. Of course it is sad to think that all of the sights mentioned in this article may one day no longer exist (which also included the Everglades in Florida, the Glacier National Park in Montana, Mesa Verda Cliff Dwellings in Colorado, and the Coral Reefs of Biscayne National Park in Florida). With the Sunset Cliffs being so close to us in distance and in memories, it got us thinking, what can we do to help preserve these cliffs?  Knowing that they are in such danger from slowly being eaten away from irrigation and developments, we thought there must be something we can do as locals to help.  Our team is investigating our options for getting involved in preserving any natural sight of San Diego so that when others take a tour to the USA, they are able to enjoy all of the wonderful sights we hope will exist forever.  Starting local to help preserve a local wonder is a great place to start when getting involved in preserving the world for everyone to enjoy.  We will keep you posted with what our team comes up with and how we are going to help our local community in preserving if not the Sunset Cliffs, but any sight in San Diego that needs help with preservation!  We are thinking of it as our New Years Resolutions