January and February can be a great time to hit the high seas. Leisure travel plummets when the holidays are over, and cruise companies drop prices during the slowdown. Holiday, spring break and summer cruises can cost you three times more than cruising during the slow season. January and February are good months to cruise, but so are September, October and early November. After early March, rates climb.
DALLAS MORNING NEWSKohler Center offers art - and shopping
Find some art with your holiday shopping -- or some holiday shopping with your art -- this month at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis. "One and Only: Gifts Made by Hand" is a special event at the center's two ARTspace shops (608 New York Av., Sheboygan, and at the Shops at Woodlake in Kohler Village, 725 Woodlake Road in Kohler). The Kohler Arts Center features several exhibits, including "Wisconsin Confidential," a collection of state-related postcards submitted by people around the country. Information: www.jmkac.org
WISCONSIN STATE JOURNALPackable ballet flats are ready for the road
CitySlips are packable ballet flats that fold in half and slide into coordinating compact pouches. They're easy to slip on quickly in a cab, train or vestibule. As a more versatile, slightly hardier upgrade from flip-flops, these earn their place in the bags of busy women on the road. $29.95 at www.cityslips.com; $40-$58 for the Luxe collection at neimanmarcus.com.
CHICAGO TRIBUNESite recommends travel based on kids' ages
The www.minitime.com website specializes in kid-friendly destinations -- along with kid-friendly hotels -- in the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico. The site stands out because travel suggestions are based on the age of your kids.
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