School Vacation Travel Tips

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School vacations present a wonderful opportunity for kids to let loose, adults to cash in on some much needed relaxation, and for the whole family to get the bonding time that’s so hard to squeeze in this time of year. Plus, after a long winter, we can all use a getaway, whether its to the sandy beaches of Oahu or to the Big Apple to visit the New York attractions you know and love. This year, plan a family vacation that’s fun, affordable, and hassle-free for everyone. While this may seem like a challenge, you’d be surprised how fun the process can be when you stick to some pretty easy guidelines and use convenient attraction passes. Try implementing these travel tips on your next vacation for smooth sailing all the way through. Know your budget. It’s important to remember not to fantasize you have more in your vacation savings than you do or to underestimate your … [Read more...]

Last Minute Travel Gifts

Last Minute Travel Gifts

So we’re midway through December and you still haven’t found that perfect travel gift for your adventurous friend or loved one? Not to worry! Smart Destinations has plenty of options for your last-minute travel gift ideas. From all-inclusive attraction passes to themed packages, you’ll find a travel gift for every taste this holiday season. Send your loved ones to Chicago for a long weekend with the gift of a 3-day Go Chicago Card. They’ll be able to visit top attractions like the Willis Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Field Museum, skip the line at some of the busiest attractions (like Shedd Aquarium!), and get extra discounts at many shopping and dining locations. Or, pick up a bunch of 7-Day Go Los Angeles Cards and take your whole family on the Hollywood vacation of their dreams! Kids will love fun attractions and thrills like Universal Studios Hollywood, a … [Read more...]

Smart Destinations’ GO Holiday Deals Countdown

Last Minute Travel Gifts

Smart Destinations is launching an exciting new holiday sales campaign for the 2013 holiday season – GO Holiday Deals! Beginning today through December 25, 2013, Smart Destinations will be offering a series of exclusive 48-hour flash sales on their top travel gifts and products to help holiday shoppers save. You can find deals on everything from free express shipping to extra savings on Go City Cards, with fun surprise deals in between. These special sales make your holiday shopping easier and more fun! Our GO Holiday Deals will be available in the form of an exclusive promo code that’s good for 48 hours only. You can find the codes on the Smart Destinations Facebook page or through the GO Holiday Deals site. Each promo code contains a different sale opportunity for our customers, including savings like discounts on Go Select Packages and Passes, various free shipping options, and … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Cyber Monday Sale

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It’s back! It’s that time of year that us savvy online shoppers anticipate most – Cyber Monday! With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to get in the spirit of giving while getting great deals! Whether your loved one is a globe-trotting aficionado or of the staycation variety, Smart Destinations offers attraction passes that provide dazzling new discoveries in some of America's most beloved cities - Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oahu, Orlando, and Miami! So which product is right for your loved one? The Package Deal: Is the person you’re gifting an art enthusiast? A history buff? An adrenaline junkie? With the SmartDestinations Go Select Packages, you can find a set of attractions that can appeal to the travel style of your loved one. Assembled to provide the optimum savings on choice attractions, the Go Select Packages can offer … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Black Friday Sale

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As a passionate traveler, I know that some of the most inspiring and memorable moments in my life were born from exploring a new place. Whether it comes from visiting a nearby museum, getting your adrenaline pumping on thrill rides, learning about the fascinating foundations on historical tours, or just taking in the culture and beauty of a far-away city – these new discoveries illuminate our minds and stand out in our memories.  This holiday season, give the gift that never stops giving. Film & TV Fanatics: While New York and Boston have plenty of TV and Movie Site Tours to offer, the true heart of the entertainment industry lies in the south of California – Los Angeles! With a booming film and television industry, any film and TV fanatic will be dazzled by the iconic sites that await! And with the Go Los Angeles Card, you can provide your loved one with access to all the top … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Ideas and Tips

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Travel gifts are a great choice for your adventurous friends and family members, but there are only so many guidebooks or backpacking accessories a person needs. If you’re looking for a travel gift that can’t be duplicated, why not give a your loved one a travel experience? Smart Destinations’ Go Select packages and passes are gifts that go beyond the typical travel-themed present – they’re tickets to the perfect attractions, activities, and tours to suit each person. If you’re trying to buy for an art lover, consider one of our themed Go Select packages, like the San Diego Culture Attractions Package, which provides admission to the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Museum of Man, and the San Diego Museum of Art. Or, give the gift of the San Francisco Museum Pass and give your friends access to the prestigious California Academy of Science, the de Young Museum, and the … [Read more...]

Top U.S. Cities for Holiday Attractions

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What type of getaway suits you and your family? With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us are excitedly planning our winter adventures. Smart Destinations offers all-inclusive attraction passes in 9 of America’s most beloved cities, with exclusive packages offering you discounts of up to 55% off! But where should you spend this special time of year? ‘White Christmas’: If you’re envisioning sweaters, scarves, hot chocolate, the steam of breath escaping you as you marvel at Christmas lights reflecting on patches of snow – it’s time to suit up in your peacoat and take to the North! New York City is a wonderland during the holiday season – proudly adorned with classic holiday light displays, bustling with activity as locals and visitors buzz past illuminated shopping window displays, and if you’re lucky - dusted over in fresh snowfall. With the New York … [Read more...]

Holiday Travel Tips for Smart Savings

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If you’re lucky enough to be combining your holidays with some vacation time, make sure you travel smart. There are many ways to save money on holiday travel packages that are often overlooked in the holiday hustled and bustle. Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s house in New England or escaping the cold in Oahu, these holiday travel tips will help you to have an enjoyable, affordable holiday vacation. Accommodation Depending on your destination, the amount of money you can save on accommodations varies greatly. For instance, if Grandma’s house has an extra bedroom or two, you might be able to get away with free lodgings. However, when staying with family or friends is out of the question, there are other options that are much more affordable than the luxury resorts and hotels you’ll see advertised. Think about what you’re really willing to pay for—is it that important … [Read more...]

Hosting for the Holidays

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Having a full home over the holidays is wonderful – time together with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while and a great chance to catch up on what you’ve missed. Sometimes, though, we need a little break from spending all the time at home – after all, there is a limit to how much you can eat or how much football you can watch. Why not pick up a few attraction passes to entertain your loved ones? Get one for yourself and join them in their explorations, or use them as gifts to get them out of your hair for a little “me time.” Holiday season often means rare time off work – so take advantage of the break by making the most of your time together. Treat your guests to a tour of your favorite attractions, or check out something new and exciting. Our special collection of Holiday Travel Packages is a great place to start. Each package combines a few highlighted … [Read more...]

Holiday Shopping List Tips

Holiday Shopping List Tips

Shopping for that perfect holiday gift can be a challenge. After all, how many scarves, candles, or ties can a person own? If you’re looking for a special gift that’s about more than material things, think about giving a travel gift. Travel gifts like attraction passes are about making memories, exploring new places, and finding hidden gems in old favorites. Scarves unravel, but travel memories last a lifetime. Smart Destinations offers a variety of travel gifts that appeal to everyone’s interests and style of travel. A good place to start is with our special collection of Holiday Travel Packages. These packages combine some of each destination’s most popular attractions for extra savings. For example, the San Francisco Holiday Attractions Pass includes admission to the world-famous California Academy of Science, iconic San Francisco Trolley Tours, and a beautiful Sunset … [Read more...]