Last week Azores Airlines announced that starting June 1, 2017 they will provide service from Boston to the Cape Verde Islands with one stop in the Azores before landing in the capital city of Praia (the word means beach in Portuguese) on Santiago Island. A special fare of $704 round trip including taxes and fees is currently on sale until February 28, 2017 for flights booked between June 1 to June 30, 2017 and September 1 to December 8, 2017. Flights are twice a week: Sundays and Thursdays – Boston/Ponta Delgada/Praia.
Cape Verde is volcanic archipelago off the Northwest coast of Africa best known for sandy beaches, Creole Portuguese/African culture and sunny weather. Its largest island, Santiago, is home to the capital, Praia (population estimated at 130,000), a cliff top city overlooking the sea with many beachfront hotels.
If you are looking for an exotic destination for later this year, Cape Verde, which is off the coast of Africa may be perfect for you. The weather is low 80s year round and sunny. For more information about booking a trip visit azoresairlines.pt or call 800-762-9995.
Sergio and I typically go somewhere warm at the end of January to give us something to look forward to after the holidays and to break up the winter months, which can be pretty bleak in Boston. This year we decided to take a break from our routine of going to The Caribbean and visit Miami. I’ve never been to Miami, and I’m curious to see what all the hype is about.
Sergio and I are staying at two different hotels: The Standard and The Gaythering. Aside from plans to connect with friends and enjoy the warm weather, we have little else planned. For those who like Miami, share some suggestions on what you think we should do / places we should go while there.
In years past I’ve written posts for newcomers to Boston who may not be familiar with New England winters. One of my suggestions is to try and learn to embrace what winter offers. Never has that been more fun with gay ski weekends and weeks here locally and out West to tempt you.
Below are a few such events you may want to consider. The price of tickets out West varies widely by destination and carrier but you can use a locally developed app called Hopper to alert you to last minute airfares and price reductions.
Gay Aspen Ski Week (January 15 – 22, 2017) is the longest running and perhaps largest event of the season. It kicks off this Sunday but most of the fun is reserved for the second half of the week. Shown above is last year’s Ultimate Après Ski Party sponsored by Logo. For more information gayskiweek.com.
Winter Rendezvous (January 18 – 22, 2017) is one of the largest gay ski events happening in New England. The party at Stowe Mountain in Vermont is also only a 3 hour drive making it logistically a lot easier and more affordable option. For more information winterrendezvous.com.
Whistler Pride Ski Festival (January 22 – 29, 2017) turns 25 this year and the winter pride festival is filled with fun events including a visit from one of my favorite drag queens, Pam Ann. For more information gaywhistler.com.
White Out Weekend – WOW (February 3 – 5, 2017) is an annual event hosted by The Welcoming Committee (TWC) and is the perfect opportunity for those who do not want include the hassle or expense of airfare or take off time from work. TWC will even take care of transportation for you up to Sunday River in Maine. For more information thewelcomingcommittee.com.
Elevation Utah 2017 (February 23 – 26, 2017) is celebrating its seventh annual party at Park City, Utah. For more information utahgayskiweek.com.
Telluride Gay Ski Week (February 25 – March 4, 2017) is the last big gay ski week of the 2017 winter season in North America, bringing the gay ski season full circle back to beautiful Colorado. For more information telluridegayski.com.
Boston’s OutRyders Gay Ski Club
If getting away for one of these trips is not going to work, but you’d like to ski, consider joining Boston’s Gay ski / snowboarding club, OutRyders. The group has monthly socials and plans numerous day trips and overnights to mountains here in New England and out west. For more information outryders.org.
The JetBlue big winter sale is back and it’s time for you to plan your much-deserved vacation but here is the catch – the deal ends tonight.
For as low as $34, JetBlue will fly you from Boston to several destinations. Travel must occur between January 18 – March 8, 2017 with black out dates from 2/17 – 26/17 and traveling Monday – Thursday & Saturday. Published airfare rates from Boston include $39 to DC, $49 to NYC, $69 to Chicago, $89 to Puerto Rico and $99 to The Bahamas; 30+ destinations are listed as part of the sale.
OUCH! Last month J.D. Power and Associates released their annual North American Airport Satisfaction Survey and Boston’s Logan Airport ranked 28th out of 32 large airports. One reason cited for Boston’s dismal ratings are the disruptions caused by renovations. However, Logan Airport has some unique issues that in the near term seem likely to continue to frustrate travelers.
About the Study Now in its 11th year, the study measures overall traveler satisfaction with large and medium North American airports by examining six factors (in order of importance): terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage check; food, beverage and retail. The 2016 North America Airport Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 38,931 North American travelers who traveled through at least one domestic or international airport with both departure and arrival experiences (excluding connecting airports) during the past three months.
See more results here.
Iceland Air has some killer airfare deals to Europe from Boston, New York City and Washington DC, starting at only $399. Fares include two checked bags, gate-to-gate WiFi access, personal in-flight entertainment and all taxes and fees if booked before January 2, 2017. Booked travel must take place between January 15 – May 15, 2017. Below is a chart to see introductory fares for this sale to Reykjavik, Paris, London, Glasgow, Frankfurt and Munich.
Learn more about this killer sale here: Iceland Air European Sale
The sale ends at Midnight on Monday, January 2, 2017.
According to a recent American Express survey of US households that have an annual income of $100,000 or more the average per person spend is expected to rise by more than 150% to $1,521 from just $605 in 2015.
The top reason to travel cited by consumers this holiday season is to visit family or friends. The second most cited reason for travel is to take a vacation, but the cost for the average American family holiday vacation has jumped and is expected to cost slightly more than $9,000. Among those traveling during the holiday season, the majority will stay within the U.S. with nearly one out of every three Americans naming the Northeast as their destination.
You can read more about these findings from American Express, here.