Travel Info You Can Use: Deals for Short Stays and Forays!

I hate my inbox to fill with junk mail!

BUT, I do subscribe to two worthy websites that send me email alerts and really offer good ideas and deals for my days away. I suggest you check them out! Just today one of these sites, Travelzoo, announced:

Put the wrapping paper away…Most of you give traditional gifts. But a recent Travelzoo survey showed that 80% of people would rather receive an experience. Our gift guide includes hundreds of deals across the country, with savings of up to 65% on world-class dining, spas, theater, activities and resorts.”

I so agree!

Travelzoo is a website that offers specials for trips, hotels, spas, restaurants, entertainment, last minute deals locally, in the United States and all over the world. You will receive info on destinations in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and Australia…I mostly stick with the U.S. because of course I am looking for “short stays that make great getaways”. Today Travelzoo was offering $54 tickets (regularly $110) to the 5th Avenue production of Sound of Music running through the holidays…Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah!

Why I like it: Each week I get a list of the Top 20 deals – “our weekly list that features our best of the best…” that for the most part it really is! You must be careful about some of the hotel deals as the properties may be under repair, are being renovated or rebounding from disarray. To avoid disaster on that front I always, always look up the property on Tripadvisor and read the reviews and room tips. If the reviews are not good I do not proceed.

I have added to my Travelzoo subscription 2 other features:

NewsFlash showing the best weekly deals – “Breaking news: Just-launched travel deals and last-minute entertainment offers…”

Local Deals for Seattle and its greater area – “Hot deals for activities, restaurants, spas, getaways and other fun, useful things in your area sent several mornings per week.”

I pass on Promotions and Sweepstakes.

These trip offers are from top of the line resorts in Europe to boutique hotels in Palm Springs to things as fun as feeding the giraffes at the local Woodland Park Zoo (which we gave our daughter for Christmas one year and she loved it!). I like seeing what is out there and exploring possibilities from the comfort of my home. I get all kinds of ideas without spending a dime! And, when I do get an offer I like – I can save quite a few dimes!

When you get to the Travelzoo home page look at the top to the right and click on the “Join For Free” link and begin getting Travelzoo. The menu on the left has things to explore from cruises to car rentals. Sign up for free here.

Goldstar is the other website I like. It was recommended to me by my friend Nancy Worssam, who I have mentioned before in my blog as she does some reviewing for The Seattle Times and has her own blog Arts Rage-Seattle Stage reviewing art and theater in Seattle.

Why I like it: Goldstar sends email alerts on half-price (sometimes complimentary!) tickets to theater, concerts, sports, and personalized event recommendations for your area. There are a lot and with good savings. If you ever have a question about a stage production Nancy’s blog can provide some insight before you buy tickets.

We got tickets to the well-done and the very fun vaudevillian dinner theater experience Teatro Zinzanni on a great Goldstar savings! As well as tickets to last year’s wonderful Seattle Men’s Chorus’ Christmas show. There are lots of tempting offerings and it gives you a good idea of what is happening around town that is a short foray away!

All the holiday shows and concerts are being listed now with good seats at great prices and we usually choose one a season…this year we are again looking at the Seattle Men’s Chorus’ Home for the Holidays (long time artistic director Dennis Coleman will be retiring so it promises to be special) or The Seattle Symphony’s Holiday Pops. There are so many more holiday deals on Goldstar including the new Pacific Northwest Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and The Christmas Carol at the ACT Theater. Now is a very good time to create an account and explore Goldstar.

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