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The 2012 Turkey Travel Matrix: Cheapest Days to Fly

We’ve noticed that many of you haven’t booked your Thanksgiving travel yet. Here’s a little insider tip: fares are up 9% this year and demand for holiday travel is always high, so don’t wait to book your flight home. You’re unlikely to find deep last-minute discounts. There are other ways, though, to score great deals this Thanksgiving and one of the best is to be flexible with your dates. In the chart above you’ll see that flying on the holiday itself and returning on Black Friday or the following Tuesday, 11/27 will save you over $200 versus returning on Sunday, 11/25. As long as you’re at the table in time for dinner, flying on the holiday is a great option for the price and the lack of crowds!  Follow @Travelocity’s Turkey Task Force on Twitter for live tweeting at the country’s 10 busiest airports!  Use #TTF!

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Sometimes all it takes is passion and a two-minute YouTube video to make your travel dreams come true. In the case of Allie, Talia and Aaron, that is indeed the case. They each submitted a video to Travelocity’s recent Travel for Good contest, explaning why they would love to win a $5,000 grant to one of Travelocity’s Travel for Good signature voluntourism programs. They each shared a different and equally inspiring story about their commitment to giving back and their specific passion for communities in need around the world. Hear more from the winners themselves below, and check back frequently to find out the dates of the next voluntourism grant contest.

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10 BEST LABOR DAY EATS ON THE CHEAP

One of the most enticing aspects of travel is the chance to dine on some of the finest dishes in town. But a rich dining experience doesn’t mean you have to be rich. While the cost of travel is up four percent this Labor Day, and the cost of food is also on the rise, there’s one thing that hasn’t increased — the amount of money the average laborer makes. That figure has held strong at $7.25 per hour since 2009.

 

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TRAVELOCITY & ZOOBORNS: 15 MUST-VISIT ZOO BABIES OF 2012

*MAJOR CUTENESS ALERT* Travelocity and Zooborns have just announced the 15 must-see zoo and aquarium newborns of 2012. Here’s a first-look at these soon-to-be famous kittens, calves and chicks in their very first moments on earth. Deciding your favorite is the hardest part! See more of each new addition after the jump:

Travelocity & Zooborns: 15 Must-Visit Zoo Babies of 2012

  1. The Canada lynx kitten born at the Montréal Biodome. Montréal, QC.
  2. Macaroni penguin chicks born at the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN.
  3. Harbour seal pups rescued by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, Vancouver BC.
  4. Reticulated giraffe calf born at Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, MI.
  5. Amur leopard cub born at the Denver Zoo, Denver, CO.
  6. Grévys zebra foal born at the Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, OH.
  7. Fur seal pup rescued by the New England Aquarium, Boston, MA.
  8. Warthog hoglets born at ZOO Miami, Miami, FL.
  9. Triplet snow leopard cubs born at the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA.
  10. Fennec fox kits born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY.
  11. Cheetah cub hand-raised by the Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington D.C.
  12. Red wolf pups born at the Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls, SD.
  13. Two new lemurs at the Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY.
  14. Pacific white-sided dolphin calf born at the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL.
  15. African lion cub born at Jacksonville Zoo, Jacksonville, FL.