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The Tingo Team is based in Boston, where we were slammed with a super snowy winter! Things are finally starting to warm up, and spring travel is on the agenda. We've had plenty of snow days to spend researching our next vacation, and here are our top three destinations for spring travel:
Washington, D.C. is one of the most beautiful locations in the springtime as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The annual display marks the start of spring in D.C., along with loads of outdoor events and festivals. Local restaurants take part in the Cherry Picks program, which brings the cherry blossom theme to the dinner table with spring-inspired food and beverages. Check out Washington, D.C., hotels on Tingo here.
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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.
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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We've had to dig ourselves out from quite a few snowstorms this winter and we're getting sick of it! Spring—and spring travel—can't come soon enough. The best part? Traveling during these months doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, we found three cities that offer great deals in their off-peak season.
Newport happens to be one of America's most well preserved cities. Stroll through giant mansions and admire the preserved museums and landscapes from years ago. Take a deep breath of salty air as you look out into the ocean from one of Newport's beaches, or plan to spend the day outdoors on a boat, biking around town, or walking through Newport's boutiques and shops, art galleries, or other historical sites. Check out Newport hotels on Tingo here.
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They say "home is where the heart is," but for those of us with an extra sense of wanderlust, home is not always where we end up. For those who hope to spend the holiday season in a far-off place, the Tingo team has put together a list of 10 of the best destinations in which to do so. We've even included two different hotel options available on Tingo for each destination: a steal and a splurge (hurry, though, because a lot of them are selling out quickly!). If you book a hotel that can be canceled and the price of your reservation drops after you book, Tingo will automatically refund you the difference. And if a better room becomes available for less than what you originally paid, we'll let you know right away so you can snag it! Without further ado...
Strasbourg has been holding its Christmas Market since 1570. At the market, you can find holiday items like fir trees, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and handmade crafts. After you've finished strolling from chalet to chalet, collecting holiday trinkets and snacking on pastries and mulled wine, you can also admire the giant Christmas tree or skate on the rink on Place du Château.
Steal: The Hilton Strasbourg doesn't have much of a European feel, but the price can't be beat. It's located just a five-minute walk from a tram station, where you have access to the entire city. Holiday rates on Tingo are currently starting at an average of $109 per night.
Splurge: Regent Petite France is located just a 15-minute walk from the Cathedral and features unbeatable views of the river. Holiday rates on Tingo are currently starting at an average of $288 per night.
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Until recently, winter travel destinations, with their perfectly snow-capped slopes and cozy cottages, have been staked out by ski bums. If you prefer a black-stone massage to a black diamond, though, you're not alone. Resorts in wintery destinations have begun taking note and accommodating winter travelers who enjoy the raw retreat but could do without the ski-boot snow trail. Some of our top picks for a relaxing—but not ski-exclusive—winter getaway include:
- Taos, New Mexico: This southwestern gem comes alive in the winter. Situated between majestic mountains and dry desert, this quaint town boasts an active artistic community with more than 80 galleries and seven museums, A-list New Mexican cuisine, and handcrafted boutiques.
- Mont Tremblant, Canada: Non-skiers love the pedestrian-friendly village marked by beautiful European architecture and charming shops. Traveling with a skier? Mont Tremblant has a great après-ski scene and delicious restaurants.
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With 2012 coming to a close, we're doing a lot of thinking about where we want to travel in 2013. New Zealand (NZ) is at the top of our bucket list, and even though we've been there before, we're seriously considering going back. Here are a few reasons why NZ should be on your bucket list, too:
- Given last week's release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, this first reason shouldn't really surprise you. The country's North and South Islands were the backdrops of Peter Jackson's latest film. SmarterTravel has put together a list of filming locations you can visit—from the rolling green hills of Matamata, the home of Hobbiton, to the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park that became Mordor. Even if you aren't a huge fan of the film, these breathtaking locations are still worth visiting.