Paris is hopping this summer with record-high tourist arrivals and near-high record temperatures. If you're heading to the city before early September, it's often tricky to find an elegant but reasonably priced hotel with air-conditioning. Nights can be stifling in mid-summer, but we've found a few excellent values on rooms and rails.
Fall and winter are excellent seasons to take advantage of smaller crowds and great deals at many of the U.S.'s spectacular National Parks. Whether you're into nature hikes, skiing, breathing in the fresh country air or just lazing the day away in front of an open fire place, the hotels and lodges of the U.S National Parks are perfect retreats from the hustle and bustle of city life.
From Sharon in SC: "If you are looking for a great, self-guided walking tour in the Czech Republic, look into Czech Greenways. It can be booked through Summit International Travel. My husband and I enjoyed five days walking from village-to-village through beautiful lower Bohemia. The Czech-based local company (English-speaking) that met us at our starting point could not have more helpful."
From LisaRex: "We traveled to Niagara Falls for a girls' weekend away. We booked 2 city view suites at the Embassy Suites Fallsview for 7 women. The view was exactly as promised. Rooms were new, clean and very spacious. Other than the band rocking out til 11pm next door (don't book city view here if you want to get sleep before 11), I have no complaints about our room or the hotel."
From grags2003: "My husband is a huge travel nut, and I'm trying to find something cool for his birthday. I've heard of 2 things -- the Hideaway Report and TSJTravel? Does anyone know if these are good resources? Do you know of anything else, besides the typical travel magazines?"
From suzanne97: "I had to cancel a Northwest trip to Asia and was advised by my travel agent that there would be a $200 change fee and that I would have a year to use the $1,500 credit. So, I want to go to China in October and called the travel agent to rebook. They quoted me a price of $1,800 + $200 change fee. I found the route I wanted on the northwest website for $920. My travel agent was able to find this fare but northwest would not allow me to use the credit because the new ticket was less. Their policy states you must buy an equal or greater ticket. I was told that only customer service can override this. Everytime I call I get a message they are too busy and to call back later."
From trevorchil: "There is a couple of tricks I can share with you from what I have learned living in Costa Rica and helping friends and family rent vehicles that will save you money on car rentals in Costa Rica."