Top Holiday Destinations

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With the winter holiday season approaching, it's time to start preparing for the colder months—and hopefully for your winter vacation! Some travelers like to spend the winter months enjoying the snowflakes and winter fun, while others prefer to soak up as much sun as possible, even if that means leaving home to do so. We've selected a few of our favorite winter destinations with both types of travelers in mind.

Denver, Colorado

There's no doubt about it: Colorado is ski country. As soon as snow hits the ground, skiers and snowboarders rejoice and hit the slopes. But if you're not a skier or snowboarder, don't fret—there are plenty of other activities in Denver, which makes it the perfect winter destination for all. The city is scattered with skating rinks, some of which are free to use! Throughout November and December, the city hosts several beautiful lighting displays that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. If you'd rather warm up indoors, a couple of museums (including the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Art Museum) offer admission-free days. Check out Denver hotels on Tingo here.


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Check Out Jetsetter's 2014 Best of the Best Hotels

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Which hotel is number one for communing with nature? Where can you find the best-looking hotel guests? Our sister company Jetsetter just awarded The 2014 Best of the Best Hotels in categories that matter to you. Trust us; Jetsetter knows what they're talking about when it comes to chic sleeps.


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Best Beaches for a Winter Escape


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Sure, snowball fights and ice-skating are plenty of fun, but after a while, enduring the winter cold becomes miserable. There's no better way to beat the winter blues than packing a beach bag and heading somewhere sunny and warm. Start planning your sandy escape to one of our top beach destinations! We'll let you in on a little secret—fabulous hotels in Hawaii, Mexico, and Florida are on sale on Tingo right now!

Hawaii

Kaanapali Beach, Maui: This beach is perfect for a vacation full of pampering and relaxation. The beach is lined with cabanas, all kinds of beach activities, and butlers who will deliver the drink of your choice—piña colada, please! Many of Hawaii's biggest and nicest resorts are nearby, so there are plenty of locations in which you can splurge. Soak up some rays and work on your tan, knowing that you're lounging on one of Hawaii's prettiest beaches.

North Shore, Oahu: The North Shore is a surfer's heaven. The waves attract top surfers from around the world but are also calm enough for a beginner to test out the sport. If surfing isn't your thing, you can still appreciate it by watching one of the many competitions in the area. Or, shop in the nearby town and enjoy the local treat of rainbow-flavored shave ice.

Hanalei Bay, Kauai: Hanalei Bay beach, more than two miles long, is one of the most picturesque in the world. The waves are great for surfing and boogie boarding. In the summer, the water becomes much calmer, making it more like a lake. At that time, it's a better environment for stand-up paddle boarding and swimming. The best part about Hanalei Bay is that it's not usually crowded, so you'll have plenty of space to take in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy yourself. 


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Travel Trend Watch: Unique Hotel Freebies

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In the past, we've complained about annoying fees that hotels sometimes charge. This time around, we're celebrating a few special hotels that offer really cool freebies to their guests.

  • Goldfish—The Soho Grand Hotel in New York City will provide a goldfish pal to keep you company for the duration of your stay. This trend is becoming increasingly popular among other hotels, too.
  • Bike Rentals—Vancouver's Opus Hotel has mountain bikes available for free rental. The bikes are first come, first served, though, so if you plan to tour the city on a set of wheels, make sure you request your rental in advance!

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End of Summer Deals on Tingo


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End your summer right with a Labor Day long weekend. Tingo is now offering hotels up to 57% off in top spots like Las Vegas and Orlando, as well as lesser traveled destinations like Portland, Myrtle Beach, and Vancouver, Washington.


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Best Hotel Pools

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It's already August, and it seems like this summer has flown by! Before the fall season rolls around, we set out to visit some of the country's best hotel swimming pools. These gems aren't your average places to splash around—they are top-notch, and we can't wait to dive right in!

  • Viceroy Miami, Miami: Take in the stunning skyline views while you float in Florida's longest infinity pool. Just past the hotel buildings, you can see the nearby bay. If the colder water isn't your thing, step over to one of the two oversized heated whirlpools—they are heavenly.
  • Grand Wailea, Maui: Waterfalls, rapids, and caves—oh my! Grand Wailia's Wailea Canyon Activity Pool is one of the most exciting pools we've ever seen. It consists of nine pools on six different levels, all connected by a river to carry swimmers from one to the other. It has slides, rapids, a rope swing, a sand beach, waterfalls, caves, and the world's first water elevator! Adults can chill out in the mosaic-lined Hibiscus Pool, where no children are allowed and relaxation is encouraged.

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We Found Sand-Free Beach Towels!

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We found a great beach product, just in time for summer! CGear's Sand-Free Beach Mat will help you leave the sand at the beachwhere it belongs. Its patented fabric filters out sand and other particles, ensuring that you will not take a sandy beach accessory home with you. And you won't have to shake out your towel, risking sand in your eyes. It features UV protection and also comes with a drawstring carry bag. A matching Sand-Free Tote Bag is also available, so you can hit the beach in style and with the latest technology.


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6 Non-Beach Things to Do in Cape Cod

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Cape Cod is one of New England's finest treasures and it's the perfect place to visit in the summer! Basking in the sun is always relaxing, but the Cape offers plenty of other fun things to do:

  • Wellfeet Drive-In Theatre: The Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre, built in 1957, plays double features every night in the summertime. The theater is a well-known spot in the Cape and has become a family favorite. Watching a movie while sitting in the car will make you feel like one of the Pink Ladies in Grease! After you get your dose of nostalgia, stop by the snack bar or play a round of mini golf.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore: Henry David Thoreau once said, "A man may stand there and put all America behind him." He was talking about the Cape Cod National Seashore. The seashore encompasses forty miles of beaches, marshes, and ponds. Admire the view of the dunes, go for a stroll, or take a dip in the ocean, but watch out—the waves can be powerful!


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More Beach, Fewer Clams on the California Coast

Over at Condé Nast Traveler, the results of the 2012 Best in the World poll are in. This is one of the more reliable reader polls you’ll find in the industry. For example, their top resort in Southern California? The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach—pretty much spot on. It’s ridiculously beautiful. Sure, it might not be on the beach, but it’s got incredible ocean views, one of the most stunning pools on the West Coast, and rooms that feel like they belong in the home you wish you lived in. Of course, not everyone has $495 and up (a typical starting rate in November) to spend on living the good life. Here are two lower-priced options that don’t require you to spend a fortune to stay comfortably on the beach.


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