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Nice things happen whem groups collaborate. Case in point: Groupon Getaways, the nifty groupon site that offers discounted vacations; Groupon Grassroots, Groupon's philanthropic arm; and buildOn, a non-profit that provides after-school service programs for American students and builds schools in impoverished communities overseas, have come together to offer a pretty cool groupon deal. For $2,583, you can travel to Nicaragua or Nepal on a 7-day all-inclusive trip to help build a school for a community in need. With that fee, you also sponsor an American inner-city student who is a part of buildOn's afterschool program to make the trip, too. For altruistic travelers, it's a win-win-win. The price of the trip includes meals, lodging with a host family and local travel. Fifteen slots available: there are 9 days and 7 hours left.
Flights to and from more than 70 cities in the U.S. are discounted on Southwest Airlines, a fact that travel website Smartertravel.com alerted me to this morning. According to the Southwest site, sale prices require 10-day advance purchase and must be purchased by May 3, 11:59 Pacific Time. Sale prices are good on select travel from May 11 through Oct. 31, for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, though sale fares may be available other days of the week on a limited basis. Destination from Minneapolis include Oakland and Los Angeles, Calif., Nashville, Tenn., and many more.
There are contests and then there are contests. This one sounds too good to be true. The San Francisco-based tour company Viator is looking for travelers with wanderlust and video acumen. Winners will get an all-expenses-paid junket to visit 20 cities in 60 days, shooting video in two-person teams. Official details are slated to be announced March 1, but Escape Artists got the scoop a little early and is happy to share the following press release. (We're also guessing Chicago will be among the cities on the list, so we've included a photo from the North Pond restaurant in Lincoln Park)
If you’re feeling the need to get away from the cold, now is a good day to hunt for cheap fares. A Sun Country Airlines “Escape the big chill” fare sale ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. One-way tickets cost as low as $129 to Las Vegas; $139 to Orlando and San Diego; and $124 to Phoenix. Taxes and fees are extra. Sale prices are good for travel from Jan. 4 to March 7. For more details and destinations, go to www.suncountry.com or call the airline at 651-905-2737 in the metro area or 1-800-359-6786 toll-free.
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