Deal of the Week: DC – Puerto Rico, $240 R/T through April 2013

This week’s deal: $240 R/T airfare to Puerto Rico from DC, or $211 R/T from Raleigh, NC, available for travel dates through April 2013. The weather will be nice enough to enjoy El Morro (below) without getting heatstroke, and you’ll have a chance to familiarize yourself with our future 51st state.

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I’d highly recommend staying at the El Convento, which has the added benefit of hosting all-you-can-consume wine & cheese soirees every night from 5-7 pm. Another food discovery was the El Meson sandwich chain (corner of calle San Jose & calle San Francisco), which serves a phenomenal breakfast. Great drinks & excellent conch are served at Aureola (106 calle San Sebastian) in Old San Juan. NOTE: If you’re going strictly for beach time, you’ll want to stay on the beach, as getting there from Old San Juan can get annoying and expensive.

CREDITS: image – Wikipedia, deal – Fly.com

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Deal of the Week: DC to Istanbul, Jan/Feb 2013

As part of an effort to do more for other people this year, I’m going to start sharing great travel deals I find around the interwebs, in the hopes that someone can take advantage of them, have a great trip, and spread general joy and cheer. Consider this my version of “baking a cake filled with rainbows and smiles that everyone would eat and be happy…” (c).

This week’s deal: DC to Istanbul for ~ $525 RT in January 2013 on Turkish or ~ $440 RT in February (dates vary) on United, Delta, KLM – take your pick.

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If we weren’t going to the Grand Canyon, I would SO be there – this is an amazing bargain. Do it! Not that you should need any more convincing, but here’s the Lonely Planet guide to Istanbul that should seal the deal.

P.S. Here’s a list of 20 great things to do in Istanbul. The only thing keeping me from going over Inauguration Day weekend, when DC turns into a zoo, is that I just won’t have time to see it all :(

CREDIT: image – Wikimedia Commons, quote – Mean Girls, deal – Kayak.