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Gnomeversation: Small Talk with a Cozumel Expert

Gnome’s Note: Hello chaps, it’s the Travelocity Roaming Gnome! Even though I have a rather impressive list of travels under my belt, globetrotters like me still fancy a few new travel tidbits now and again. That’s why I’m interviewing Travelocity’s very own destination experts. Meet me here every Wednesday to learn about a smashing new place.

Oh my! Chatting with Lucy Gazdik, Travelocity’s expert on Cozumel, has sent me into a daydream of pina coladas and sandy beaches. I must say, I’m rather envious that Lucy gets to live in Mexico. What a life! Lucy tells me that the first time her feet ever touched the sands of Cozumel was when she was just a wee little thing, and she has had a love affair with Mexico ever since.

Shoulder Season Brings Europe Savings

As far as the calendar is concerned, summer is over. Finito. But the upshot is that the shoulder season is now in full swing in places like Europe, and there are great deals out there for travelers.

What’s shoulder season? To put it simply, it’s the period of time between a destination’s peak season and off season—a little “shoulder” of time when the weather can still be pleasant, but the chaotic crowds have thinned. Since fewer travelers means more hotel vacancies, Europe vacation deals start to show up in droves, making overseas travel exceptionally affordable.

Visit a Dude Ranch this Fall

Heyyyyy Duuuuuude!

If the theme song of the old Nickelodeon TV series just popped in your head, then you’ve probably been exposed to the American West as much as I have. While my impressions of the wild wild west are relegated mostly to heartthrob Ted’s antics at Bar None Dude Ranch, travelers can experience the western culture without turning on the tele or retiring their city slicker badges. Just check out a dude ranch this fall.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios is Pure Magic

When the Harry Potter series first came out, the hype was so relentless that I shied away and soon I felt hopelessly behind. But this summer I was in the mood for a good read and gave them a shot. A few months later, I had read all seven books and watched every available movie.

And last week, my Muggle wish was granted when I visited Universal Studios’ new “park within a park,” The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I was there for a private event so the park was closed to other guests. This meant that in addition to strolling the streets of Hogsmeade sans-crowds, I could ride the rides again and again and again without waiting in line.

The experience was nothing short of incredible.

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