Cruise the Aegean Sea
Celestyal Cruises has savings on its seven-night Idyllic Aegean cruise, which sails round-trip from Piraeus, Greece. Five departures in April and May start at $1,319 per person double (plus $113 port charges), a savings of $310; three departures in June start at $1,379, plus port charges, a savings of $320. The cruise sails to Kusadasi, Turkey, and four Greek islands, and docks overnight in Santorini and Mykonos. Cruise fare covers unlimited drinks and three shore excursions. Book by Dec. 31 (1-877-259-9189, americas.celestyalcruises.com/en).
State gets Real ID extension
Minnesotans will have at least another year before they need a new driver’s license to get through airport security, thanks to an extension granted last week by the Department of Homeland Security. The state now has until Oct. 10, 2018, to comply with the federal Real ID law. Minnesota will need yet another extension to ensure residents have enough time to make the switch to Real ID licenses by October 1, 2020, the date by which the federal government says all air travelers will need a Real ID-compliant license — or a passport — to fly. Minnesotans can currently get an enhanced driver’s license, which meets Real ID standards for airports, for an additional $15 fee.
Ski resorts see early snow
On Sept. 29, the first snowfall of the season dusted Colorado ski resorts, dropping just enough white flakes for impatient snowboarders to score a downhill run. A couple of days later another white-out blew over the Rocky Mountains, leaving a foot of feathery-soft snow on most resorts, from 12 inches at Snowmass, in the Roaring Fork Valley, to 14 inches at Loveland and 18 inches at Steamboat, in the Yampa Valley. And within the week, 3 more inches. Though the official ski season doesn’t launch until Thanksgiving, an early winter could mean a long season.
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Jungle plus beach in Belize
Chaa Creek and Naia Resort and Spa have teamed up to offer a seven-night Belize jungle and beach experience. Guests stay in one of Chaa Creek’s rain forest cottages and explore Maya sites such as the temples of Tikal, ceremonial caves and pyramids. At Naia Resort, travelers get beachfront accommodations, a day trip to Monkey River, a snorkeling tour and free use of paddleboards, kayaks and bicycles. The package includes lodging, meals, excursions, a flight between properties and land transfers for $3,359 per person based on a minimum of two guests (tinyurl.com/y93mu9w6).
New York Times
Unplugging in Dubois
According to new research by Project Time Off, just 27 percent of employees actually unplug on vacation. But in Dubois, Wyo., hitting the off button won’t be a problem. Wade into the vast Wyoming wilderness with high mountain lakes, miles of hiking, cross-country ski and horseback trails and magnificent views. Stay at Brooks Lake Lodge where rustic but restored cabins are nestled among the spruce and pine trees of the Pinnacle Mountains. Enjoy the sweet smell of the forest from under your goose down comforters. Or consider an overnight pack trip into the backcountry to deepen your experience and to sleep under a star-studded sky. (Contact: brookslake.com.)
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