Smart Destinations’ Black Friday/Cyber Monday Travel Sale 2014

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This year, Smart Destinations’ Black Friday / Cyber Monday Travel Sale is bigger than ever! To celebrate Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the 2014 Holiday Shopping season, we’re offering great discounts on our top products and special deals. For a limited time, you can even save an additional 15% off select cards when you purchase before 12/1/14. Visit www.smartdestinations.com for more information. Looking to pick up some attraction passes for yourself? Check out an all-inclusive multi-attraction pass like the Go San Diego Card, which provides admission to all 45 included attractions for 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 consecutive days. Visit top name attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, and many more! Make a nice midwinter vacation out of a trip to temperate San Diego, or save your Go Cards until the warm weather returns. Consider a flexible New York … [Read more...]

Thanks a Million Sweepstakes!

Travel Giveaway

Exciting news for Smart Destinations fans out there! We’ve just begun a massive travel giveaway contest – the “Thanks a Million!” sweepstakes. As of this summer, Smart Destinations has helped two million travelers save on attraction costs across the country. To celebrate this milestone, we’re devoting an entire month to Go City Card and Explorer Pass giveaways! Prizes include one Grand Prize vacation for two and Card-a-Day giveaways all month. Visit our Facebook page today to enter – contest open until August 31, 2014. The Grand Prize of the “Thanks a Million” sweepstakes is a totally free trip for two to the winner’s choice of New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Oahu, Miami, or Orlando. You’ll get round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights, and two 3-Day Go City Cards to the destination of your choice. Winners will … [Read more...]

Best US Cities for Summer Vacations

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With June quickly approaching and the temperatures warming across the States, there’s no denying that soon summer will be upon us. If you have school-aged children, the exact start-date of summer as you know it probably coincides with the last day of school (a beautiful and terrifying day). You may suddenly be wondering just what to do with your family this summer. It’s the season for family vacations, but where to? Our favorite destinations for the summer of 2014 offer the perfect combination of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, high-quality entertainment, and even a bit of education. Sound expensive? Don’t worry; we also have US attraction discounts to keep your wallet as satisfied as you are. If you’re on the West Coast or have always wanted to go, San Diego and Los Angeles are the forerunners. Southern California’s relaxing beach town vibe is just the kind of … [Read more...]

Cheap Vacation Ideas and Tips

Cheap Vacation Tips

It’s that time of year where we all feel like we need a vacation. But sometimes, it can be hard to take the vacation you want on the budget you have. Luckily, the smart and savvy traveler has Smart Destinations to make that trip happen, no matter how much or how little you have to work with. Check out a few of our favorite tips for budget-friendly vacations! Let’s start with travel and transit costs. If you need to fly to your destination, use a site like Kayak to keep an eye on the best airline deals. Airlines usually update their pricing throughout the week, although Wednesday is the best day for sales. If you have a favorite airline, be sure to get on their e-mail list to hear about great deals first! Once you’re at your destination, explore your transit options carefully. Some places, like Los Angeles or Oahu, are often easier to navigate with a rental car. (Tip - the Go … [Read more...]

US Summer Attraction Discounts

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If you’re a budget sightseer like I am, you’re probably looking for the best deals when it comes to travel—whether it’s local or long distance. Often times, travelers only pay attention to finding the best deals on accommodations and transportation, forgetting about the costs accrued through actually doing things and enjoying the adventure. This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s easy to get the best attraction discounts when you know where to look. No matter where you are in the country, city attractions passes will conveniently save you money on admission prices. Keep reading to discover my favorite attractions in the Northeast, Midwest, West Coast, and Florida. The Northeast As a New Englander, I know there’s no better time to enjoy the Northeast United States than in the summer. It’s for this reason that summer has always been my favorite season. The weather is … [Read more...]

Summer Vacations in the United States

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May is coming to a close and June is fast approaching, which for American kids means only one thing – summer vacation! The kids have been in school all year, and it’s been an especially tough winter, so everyone is itching to get their summer fun on. Where will you take your family this summer? Summer vacations come in all shapes and sizes. From a weekend trip to NYC, to a weeklong getaway in sunny Oahu, there’s any number of approaches to that perfect summer trip. Of course, savvy travelers know that planning the perfect vacation is about more than just deciding where to go and how long to stay. To make your dream summer vacation affordable (and be able to afford to take more than one!), be sure to pick up a money-saving Go City Card. If you’re looking to shake off those winter blues once and for all, opt for a trip that’s full of fun in the sun. Rent a bike, take a … [Read more...]

Summer Vacation Savings Tips

San Francisco Summer

If you spend as much time daydreaming about vacation plans as I do, chances are you’ve already hashed out a few ideas for the upcoming summer. If your work desktop features an image of aquamarine waters in Belize or the San Francisco Bay at sunset, you know what I mean. However, a lot more goes into planning a summer vacation than simply daydreaming – at some point you have to put the plan into action. This is easier said than done, of course. High prices during a crowded peak season and an overwhelming number of choices to make (where to stay, how to get there, what to see, where to eat) don’t make the planning any easier. Don’t let this deter you. Planning your summer vacation can actually be just as fun (if not more) than daydreaming about it. Just try not to stress and pay attention to these 10 easy tips. Do Your Research I know you’ve already conjured up a few … [Read more...]

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...]