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A Late-Summer Reading List for Travelers

As Travelocity’s self-professed resident bookworm, I’ve been releasing a summer reading list here on The Window Seat for the past few years (you can find last year’s list here), with books themed toward readers who want to travel somewhere through the page. But once again, nearly an entire summer has gone by and I’m behind in releasing my list (I guess I’ve just been too busy READING). So, without further delay, and before the 2011 summer travel season comes to a close, here are five atmospheric tales from around the world that each convey a real sense of place, from Barcelona to Brazil.

Why I Went to Mexico for my Fake Honeymoon

As you may or may not know, I’m pretty involved with the social media efforts Travelocity has going on. That is to say, The Roaming Gnome and I are pretty good friends. So far, we’ve traveled together to Los Angeles, South Carolina, Las Vegas, and most recently to Cancun, Mexico.

Excellence Resorts Playa Mujeres invited The Roaming Gnome to check out their resort. Considering The Roaming Gnome cannot travel alone, I got to tag along. His whole account of the trip can be seen on his Facebook page.

However, from my side, I can personally say it was amazing. While there, I met many couples, which further reinforced that this is a great place to honeymoon. The resort’s service, amenities, and prime location have me wanting to come back again for my real honeymoon.

TRAVELOCITY’S REST-OF-SUMMER GUIDE TO HOTEL DEALS

Labor Day is just five weeks away and with hotel rates higher this summer as compared to last, travelers may be wondering when is the cheapest time to travel to the summer’s top vacation destinations. Travelocity conducted a day-by-day analysis of average daily rates (ADR) from now through Labor Day to identify clusters of dates when hotel rates are lowest.

In order to find the dates most likely to offer hotel deals, Travelocity first identified the daily rates for every day until Labor Day for the top summer travel destinations. Then, the web site identified clusters of three or more days in a row of lower-than-average ADR.  In some cases, the difference in rates was as much as 63 percent.