‘Shoulder Season’ travel ideas

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Legendary foods, stunning beaches and fun things to do make Jamaica a must get to destination any time of year, but a recent sale introduced by Apple Vacations means you can visit to the beautiful Caribbean island for as much as 40% less. For example, the adults only 5-star Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay is available for a 4-night unlimited luxury stay for $1414 per person (based on double occupancy) and included with that is round trip air on American Airlines, an ocean view junior suite for four nights, all meals and top shelf beverages, nonstop transfers from the airport and $200 in resort coupons. Set on a peninsula with over a mile of private beach leading into the crystal blue Caribbean Sea, this is a AAA Four Diamond resort that mixes romance and fun. This package is good for departure dates 9/18, 10/2 – 10/9. This sale is valid on bookings made between Aug. 7 and Sept. 3, 2015 for travel between Aug. 7, 2015 - Dec. 18, 2016.

Sunny Isle, Florida
Reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is Florida’s only hotel of its kind built completely open to the sea. The resort features three oceanfront swimming pools, a marine biology inspired kids program, three restaurants including Il Mulino New York and a two-story award winning spa. The new rooms and suites are beautifully decorated. Book a 3-night stay between now and Dec. 18, 2015 and you’ll get the fourth night free. Offer available on Deluxe Intracoastal room categories and above. Rates may vary depending on specific travel but start at $374/night (price reflects the fourth night free discount.) Book with Royal Travel and you will get a complimentary full American breakfast for two daily and $100 spa credit. This resort is 20-minutes from Ft. Lauderdale and 30-minutes from Miami airport with round trip air from Chicago as low as $228 on Spirit.

This fall while most of the country is drastically cooling off and preparing for the transition to winter, Houston’s temperatures are sitting comfortably in the mid-70s to low-80s. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a variety of outdoor festivals celebrating everything from Houston’s burgeoning food and beverage scene to its rich cultural diversity, so grab your Instagram-happy friends and check out the first-ever Houston Urban Experience Mural Festival Oct 17-24. Renowned artists will transform the city in only 7 days, leaving behind a stunning 17-mile art tour. What’s even better is this and many other events and attractions are totally free, leaving you only to pick up the tab for round trip airfare as low as $107 and a weekend hotel package at hip and convenient Hotel ICON for only $189.

A tropical beachfront oasis just outside Panama City, The Westin Playa Bonita is the perfect place for families to play this Labor Day weekend. Book the resort’s Family Package and receive 50% off an adjoining guest room (for travelers under 21) and free meals for kids under 12. With historic landmarks such as the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo and Gatun Lake all within arm’s reach, grab your passports and make it an educational escape the family will never forget. Rates start at just $184/night for labor day weekend (9/4 – 9/8) and air fare direct from Chicago is $422 on Copa Airlines.

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