Popular Underground Accomodations


Window seats are coveted on airplanes. Ocean view rooms are considered an upgrade on cruises. A hotel room with a great view is a perk for most travelers. However, these rooms don’t have great views. In fact, there is no view at all.

We’re taking a look at a variety of underground accommodations from Arizona to Australia because sometimes travel is just about shutting out the rest of the world.

First up is the Grand Canyon Caverns Suite in Arizona. The caverns are described as the “darkest, deepest, quietest and largest suite room in the world.” Don’t believe it? The caverns are absent of any light and nothing lives in them, so the only thing moving or breathing in the caverns is you. To reach your quiet room, you take an elevator down 22 stories (yes, you read that right!). However, this suite comes at a price. The Cavern Suite is $700 per night as a double, $100 for each extra person. Call (928) 422-4565 for reservations.

Next on the list is the Desert Cave Hotel in South Australia. Subterranean isn’t anything new for Australia. The Outback gets so hot, that many people retreat underground to the shopping, dining, church and accommodation locations. This hotel was chiseled out of the sandstone. Rates start around $200 per night. Email reserve@desertcave.com.au for a reservation.

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in Matera, Italy is next on our list because the beautiful stone structures and charm cannot be missed. If you are in search of one-of-a-kind accommodations that allow you to spend time under ground and above ground, you are in luck. The hotel serves breakfast and other meals are served on their flower-filled patios (pictured left). Rates start at $265 per night. Email matera@sextantio.it for reservations.

Tell us, would you stay at in underground accommodations? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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4 Best Girlfriend Getaway Spots

In the past couple of years, girlfriend getaways are growing in popularity. If you’re ready to join in on the trend, we’re sharing the best spots for girlfriend getaways.

  • For Music Fans: Austin, TX | Austin is the perfect destination for a girlfriend getaway if you and your friends enjoy live music. Simply walk outside, and you’ll hear music coming from every restaurant and bar. To find the right hotel for you, click here.
  • For Foodies: Charleston, SC | From seafood to barbeque, Charleston is full of places to get great food. In addition to great restaurants, Charleston is full of great culinary tours and cooking classes. To find the right hotel for you, click here.
  • For R&R Lovers: Scottsdale, AZ | With world-class spas and award-winning hotels, Scottsdale is the perfect place to relax with your girlfriends. To find the right hotel for you, click here.
  • For Beach Bums: Miami, FL | If you want to soak up the sun with your girlfriends, Miami is a great place to visit. With average temperatures of 70-80 degrees in the summer, you can hang out on the beach and enjoy a margarita (or two) with your friends. To find the right hotel for you, click here.

 

Now it’s your turn to tell us – where would you go for a girlfriend getaway? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us.

Top 5 July 4th Fireworks Display Across the Country

July 4th is right around the corner and if you haven’t decided what you’re doing for the summer holiday, we’ve got you covered. We’re sharing the top 5 fireworks display across the country.

Whether you’re celebrating with your family or friends, want a rousing celebration or are in search of a more laid back celebration, there’s something for you with fireworks displays from New York to Hawaii. Read on to learn more about each display and pick the one that’s right for you.

  1. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks | New York City: This patriotic display has become a tradition for many Americans whether they watch it on television or live from spots along the Hudson River. This year’s show includes 40,000 fireworks and is synchronized to a 25-minute score handpicked by Usher.
  2. Kaboom Town | Addison, Texas: This Dallas suburb lights up their skies with  fireworks on July 3 from 5 pm to midnight. It may be a small town, but their celebration is huge. With over $220,000 worth of fireworks choreographed to music, great food, live music and Addison Airport Air Show featuring the Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover. If you’re in the area, this not a show to be missed!
  3. Go 4th on the River | New Orleans: What could be better than extravagant fireworks on the Mississippi River? Even better, this display is set to music provided by the Navy Band and can be seen from several places in New Orleans.
  4. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular | Boston, Massachusetts: This Spectacular brings 500,000 visitors to the Charles River for the annual July 4th celebration. But here’s an insider tip for you – many locals argue that the best viewing spot for Boston’s fireworks is across the river in Cambridge.
  5. Ala Moana 4th of July Fireworks Display | Waikiki, Hawaii: The island city will celebrate July 4th with a fireworks display that will be launched from three platforms. The platforms will be located in Ala Moana Beach Park, and the free show is set for 8:30 p.m. on July 4.

Now it’s your turn to tell us. Where will you be celebrating July 4th this year? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook wall or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tips to Make the Most Out of Travel Insurance

A growing number of people are investing in travel insurance for their vacations. In fact, the travel industry reported the number of people who purchase travel insurance plans has increased by 20% in the last decade. People are becoming increasingly aware of the value and importance of the coverage that travel insurance provides.

If an unexpected event occurs on vacation, travel insurance provides peace of mind and important coverage.  Unforeseen things can – and do – happen on vacation, and travel insurance can help protect you and your loved ones while they are away from home.

Appreciating the need for travel insurance is a great thing, but it is also important to purchase your policy with knowledge about which plan fits your need. While the most inexpensive plan might be the most appealing, it may not provide the coverage you need. On the other hand, you may not need the most expensive plan either.

Our goal is to help you understand you have many options when purchasing travel insurance, and to pick the plan that provides you the coverage you need while still fitting into your travel budget. Here are the important items to pay attention to so you can make sure you’re getting the most from your travel insurance:

  1. Read the certificate of coverage. We know, we know – it’s not the most exciting read, but it is important to know the details of your policy. Read it as soon as you purchase the plan and be sure to read it carefully. It’s also a good idea to highlight portions that you feel are the most important to you. That way, if you do have to file a claim you can reference your certificate of coverage quickly.
  2. See if your travel insurance policy has a pre-existing condition waiver. This is something that is usually over-looked, however it can be extremely important if you need to file a claim. Some travel insurance policies are more inexpensive because they don’t include a pre-existing condition. On most of our policies, including the TravelSafe Classic and TravelSafe Classic Plus, if you purchase the plan within 21 days of your initial trip deposit, the plan exclusion for Pre-Existing Conditions will be waived. If you have an illness or issue that you feel may cause you to file a claim, make sure your travel insurance policy includes a pre-existing condition waiver.
  3. If your trip plans change, update your policy. Trip dates can change and that can bring charges for extra nights at hotels or increased flight costs. These adjustments mean your overall trip cost has changed, and that information needs to be passed along to your travel insurance company. If you don’t update for the non-refundable parts of your trip, the insurance company can actually deny any claim you might make. This is the case because in order to be covered, you must insure 100% of the non-refundable trip penalties. On the other hand, if the cost of your non-refundable expenses decrease, you should also contact us so that we can adjust your policy and refund you for any differences in your coverage.

 

Still have questions? Want to learn more about which travel insurance policy is correct for your next vacation? You can reach us by phone at 1-888-885-7233, by email at  info@travelsafe.com. You can also post your question on our Facebook page or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you and making sure your travel insurance helps you with your travel needs.

Passengers Without Carry-On Bags Will Board First

American Airlines is making changes for passengers traveling light. The airline announced the “new system-wide boarding process that saves overall boarding time by allowing customers who are traveling light to board earlier. Customers traveling with one personal carry-on item that fits under the seat in front of them will be invited to board before Group 2.”

Another change in the airline’s policy will allow passengers to leave their carry-ons at the gate for check-in if they want to (that’s currently a free service).

Rising fees and the subject of overhead baggage have been filling headlines. So we want to hear your opinion on the recent changes. Do you think these changes are fair to passengers? Will you change your packing habits now? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Why Use a Travel Agent?

We love travel agents and we’re telling you why you should too! Here are our top reasons why travel agents can make a big difference in your next vacation.

1. They provide a one-stop shopping experience. Travel agents handle every aspect of your trip from airline tickets to hotel reservations, transportation, activities and more!

2. They’re an advocate for you! If you encounter an unexpected problem on your trip, travel agents can work quickly to resolve your issue.

3. You’ll have an expert guide. Travel agents are experts at getting you where you need to go and making the seemingly impossible, possible.

4. They’ll save you time. You don’t have to worry about calling around or booking arrangements with a travel agent. They’ll plan your complex itinerary for you!

5. You’ll get top-notch customer service. Travel agents offer that “personal touch” to your travel planning experience. They offer help and advice that a website cannot provide.

We want to hear about your experience with travel agents – how have they made a difference in your vacations?