Brazil: Rio 4-Star Getaway with Flights- From $649


Rio de Janeiro

Travelzoo sent me what seems to be a good deal to Rio de Janeiro.

Here’s what they say:

Explore the lush jungle, long stretches of sand and vibrant culture of Rio de Janeiro — a trending destination that Conde Nast Traveler has nicknamed the “Marvelous City.” This deal includes a hotel stay and international flights for just $649 per person.

What you need to know about this deal:

  • We did the homework for you — roundtrip international flights and hotel are included; stay just a short five-minute walk from Copacabana beach
  • 4 nights is the ideal amount of time to check off all your sightseeing — visit the UNESCO World Heritage Christ the Redeemer statue, explore the Museo de Arte and take a stroll through the Jardim Botânico
  • Spring highs hover in the upper 70s, ideal weather for lounging on Rio’s famous beaches, strolling the city’s charming streets and avoiding the summer crowds
  • Try some local food — we love the pastel, pão de queijo (baked cheese balls) and feijoada dishes
  • You’ll probably have time for a day trip, too. Our favorites include taking a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, visiting the village of Petrópolis and sailing around the coastal areas of Angra dos Reis

Includes: Roundtrip flights; 4 nights at a 4-star hotel, daily breakfast.

Depart: April 23; May 7, 14, 28 from Miami. All March-July departures from any major U.S. gateway are discounted.

Upgrade your trip: Starting at $150 more per person, tack on 3 nights in Buenos Aires, including the flight from Buenos Aires to Rio.

Prices are per person, based on two travelers sharing a room. Solo traveler pricing available on request. Air and hotel taxes are included. Restrictions may apply

Book by Oct. 25. Discounted prices will appear at the end of booking. Enter promo code TZBRDJ100 when prompted. The $649 dates will initially appear as $749. If booking the upgraded 8 Day package, the $799 dates will initially appear as $899.

Booking Tip: Make sure you don’t miss out on the savings — this video will walk you through how to apply the promo code on Gate 1’s site.

 

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BLOG: One man’s rankings — Week 7 | Football


It’s past 1 a.m. here at The Post-Star, but I wanted to throw together my weekly look at the Section II football rankings. They could change on a whim, so I’d better do it now. Food commercials on the sports channels are making me hungry…

Among the highlights: Queensbury moves up a spot to 14th in Class A, Glens Falls is still No. 1 in Class B, Cambridge-Salem is still seventh in Class C, while Stillwater is third, Fonda is 11th, and Greenwich is 14th. Warrensburg moved up to eighth in Class D, while Chatham slipped to 11th.

1. Shaker (6-0); 2. Shenendehowa (5-1); 3. Guilderland (4-2); 4. Bethlehem (4-2); 5. CBA (4-2). Why: This class is looking pretty cut-and-dried. Each team has beaten the team below it. CBA still has to play Shaker and Guilderland, Friday night and next week, respectively.

1. Queensbury (6-0); 2. Troy (5-1); 3. Averill Park (5-1); 4. Ballston Spa (4-2); 5. Burnt Hills (4-2). Why: No changes from last week. Averill Park took care of Amsterdam 33-20 last Friday. Queensbury gets the narrow edge over Troy, and Ballston Spa may end up nudging past Averill Park, though AP has the unenviable task of playing Shen this week in a non-leaguer. Honorable mention: Amsterdam (4-2), La Salle (4-2), Scotia (3-3).

1. Glens Falls (6-0); 2. Holy Trinity (6-0); 3. Schuylerville (5-1); 4. Schalmont (4-2); 5. Cobleskill (3-3). Why: Only one minor change as Schalmont slips past Cobleskill after the Bulldogs dropped a 27-19 loss to Schuylerville last week. Honorable mention: Broadalbin-Perth (3-3), Hudson (3-3).

1. Cambridge-Salem (5-1); 2. Stillwater (6-0); 3. Fonda (6-0); 4. Greenwich (5-1); 5. Granville (5-1). Why: We will (OK, well, you will, I’m going to be watching Greenwich at LG/H-L) see how Stillwater and Fonda stack up against each other on Friday night. I finally added in the forfeits that Section II Class C is awarding to all of the teams that were scheduled to play Rensselaer this season before the Rams dropped varsity football. I’m bumping Granville to fifth (ahead of Watervliet) in my rankings after they rolled over Hoosick Falls 52-28 last week. I also believe Class C North is the toughest of the three divisions, and there’s a chance for four North teams to make the eight-team Class C playoff field. Honorable mention: Watervliet (4-2), Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (3-3), Voorheesville (4-2), Tamarac (4-2).

The seedings for Class D were determined last week, when Warrensburg defeated Chatham 8-7.

1. Warrensburg (5-1); 2. Chatham (4-2); 3. Whitehall (4-3 — receives a forfeit from Cohoes this week); 4. Helderberg Valley (1-5).

Time to get something to eat… see you on the gridiron this weekend.

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A40 blocked after crash – live updates on Gloucestershire traffic and travel


Welcome to the traffic blog for Thursday, October 17, 2019

We’ll bring you the latest information from Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Tewkesbury, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds areas.

The A40 is currently reported as blocked after a two vehicle crash at Andoversford.  Gloucestershire police have been approached for further details.

And we will keep a close eye on the M5, the M4 and M50 throughout our region.

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Top Gloucestershire news stories today

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LIVE: M5 latest, another A419 crash, and Gloucestershire traffic and travel


M40 crash: Witness appeal

The M40 is closed southbound after crash in which a lorry overturned
The M40 is closed southbound after crash in which a lorry overturned (Image: TVP Roads Policing @tvprp)

This from Thames Valley Police after yesterday’s serious M40 crash:

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision which resulted in three injuries.

At 9.15am yesterday (15/10), there was a four-vehicle collision on the southbound carriageway between junctions 11 and 10 in Oxfordshire.

The vehicles involved were a silver Vauxhall Astra, a white and green DAF tanker, a blue Volkswagen Passat and a green Mercedes Sprinter.

Three men were taken to hospital, and one, the driver of the tanker, remains at the John Radcliffe with a head injury.

He is currently in a stable condition.

Investigating officer PC Dean O’Dell of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing based at Bicester, said: “This was a serious collision which resulted in the carriageway being blocked for some time as the tanker overturned.

“The driver of the tanker remains in a stable condition, while two others were treated in hospital but have now been discharged.

“Two other people did not suffer any injuries.

“I am appealing to anybody that was on the M40 and witnessed this collision to contact police on the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 43190320460 or make a report online.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anybody who may have dash-cam footage of the incident to get in touch.”



Five miles of M3 traffic and M25, M23 and A3 travel updates on Tuesday, October 15


There are several issues affecting the M25 and M3 on Tuesday (October 15) including a crash and vehicle breakdowns.

Traffic is queuing for five miles on the M3 near Bagshot due to a two-vehicle crash at around 6.45am.

Travel news service Inrix says: “Queuing traffic for five miles due to earlier accident, two vehicles involved on M3 northbound after J3 A322 (Bagshot/Lightwater). All lanes have been reopened.”

Traffic was later held for a brief period to assist with removing vehicles from the carriageway.

All traffic was also held on the M25 due to a broken down vehicle. All lanes have now been reopened, but residual delays remain.

SurreyLive will be providing updates of the incident and the latest traffic information in the blog below.

For the latest news, views and features from around the county you can visit the SurreyLive homepage here.         



Edinburgh City Bypass crash: Massive 70-minute queues stretching to M8 after seven vehicle accident


An accident involving seven vehicles on Edinburgh’s City Bypass is causing motorists some major rush hour disruption on Monday morning.

The crash happened on the eastbound route at the Baberton junction, with one lane blocked off as a result. There are no injuries reported but the route had to be closed as oil had spilled out of one vehicle.

Traffic Scotland reported that queues were stretched back on to the M8 with things looking “very slow”. They said that delays of around 70 minutes were to be expected from junction two of the M8 as a result. Edinburgh Travel News reported at around 8.30am that journey times from Newbridge to Dreghorn are around 90-plus minutes.

Police say the accident had now been cleared but traffic remained very slow with huge tailbacks on the route.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash after it was reported around 7.30am this morning.

For further updates keep an eye on our daily traffic and travel live blog.

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M5 lane closures live updates as rain affects driving conditions in Gloucestershire and further afield


Welcome to the traffic and travel blog for Sunday October 13, 2019.

Heavy rain and wet roads have made driving conditions hard across the county.

We’ll bring you the latest information from Gloucester , Cheltenham , Stroud , Tewkesbury , the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds areas.

And we will keep a close eye on the M5 , the M4 and M50 throughout our region.

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Mums are raving about the Disney shop where souvenirs are up to 90% off- and it’s right down the road from the Orlando parks – The Sun


BEING on a budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on souvenirs when you go to Disney World.

There’s a “secret” discount shop just outside the gates and mums say they’ve found gifts at 90 per cent off compared to prices in the parks.

 Disney Character Warehouse has some great bargains

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Disney Character Warehouse has some great bargainsCredit: Alamy

The shop is called Disney Character Warehouse and it’s located across the road from the Disney Springs entrance in Florida, at Orlando Premium Outlets.

With items regularly refreshed, you can even find souvenirs that are still being sold in the park – but at a huge discount.

Blogger Travelling Mom said she found lots of cheap deals compared to the park.

For example, she found lots of accessories for the Magic bands costing just $1.99 (£1.50) each, compared to $13 (£10) in the park.

She also found toy pillows for her daughter for $12.99 (£10) – normally $33 (£26) in the park, as well as Vinylmation collectable toys for her son for $4 (£3) instead of $14 (£11).

Disney pin starter sets can cost up to $30 (£23) in the park, yet they’re a bargain $12 (£10) in the discount shop.

Character pillows featuring princesses from Frozen and Rapunzel were just $12.99 (£10) instead of $29.99 (£23).

Tops sell for just $4 (£3) – they might not be the latest season’s designs but they’re much cheaper than in the park where similar items start from $25 (£19).

A Jack Skellington hat headband was just $7.99 (£6) in store, compared to $34.99 (£27) at Disney World.

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One thing to avoid? Food and snacks.

Another blog said most edible treats were exactly the same price in the park.

Bargain shoppers are warned to try and avoid driving to the shop, as the car park is always full.

Expect long queues both at the checkout and outside the shop, as well as “snipers” who buy the cheap goods to then sell on eBay and other discount shops.

To avoid it, fans say to get there just as the store opens or in the last hour of opening.

Fans have shared their hauls on social media, with many claiming they saved hundreds of pounds compared to the prices inside the theme park.

One woman showed a collection of clothing and gifts which came to “less than $100 (£78)”.

Bride spends just £17k creating her dream Disney-themed wedding

You could also get cheaper Disney tickets if you don’t enter the park until midday thanks to Mid-Day Magic tickets.

Disney also offer free holidays for “Disney experts”.

Their Disney Moms advice page gives free family holidays for panellists on the website.





LIVE: Crashes in Cheltenham and Minchinhampton and latest Gloucestershire traffic


Welcome to the traffic and travel blog for Friday, October 11, 2019

We’ll bring you the latest information from Gloucester , Cheltenham , Stroud , Tewkesbury , the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds areas.

And we will keep a close eye on the M5 , the M4 and M50 throughout our region.

This morning, there has been a crash on the A40 Bath Road in Cheltenham near the A46 junction and on Minchinhampton High Street.

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5 best family travel blogs of 2019


The internet is full of advice, but maybe there’s just a bit too much. Sometimes, all you need is a little guidance from someone who has been there and done that – especially when it comes to travelling with kids. And that’s where family travel blogs can make all the difference. They can offer you a large dose of inspiration alongside practical travel tips and reviews.

We have taken a look at some of the most popular, diverse and interesting family travel blogs, and here are our top five picks.

Mini Travellers

With a strong social media following, and voted one of the top 10 blogs at the 2019 Vuelio awards (honouring the top ‘influencers’ in the country), Mini Travellers is a popular family travel blog that shares ideas for holidays and day trips, while also providing reviews of theatre productions and must-have equipment for family holidays. It follows Karen, her husband Matt and their three children on their adventures to places ranging from the African plains to a cottage in Lochinver, Scotland.

The blog provides information about a range of destinations, but also focuses on practical products that are needed for certain types of travelling. Here, you can find posts such as ‘Shoes recommended by Mini Travellers’ and ‘Children’s book recommendations’. All posts are accompanied by beautiful photography, which helps to bring the scene to life. You can even download some free printable travel games to take with you on your next adventure.

Tin Box Traveller

If you are looking for a blog that will not only take you along on trips through the UK and Europe, but also provide you with tips and even packing lists, then Tin Box Traveller is one to check out. Written by Claire, a mum of two and married to a Royal Navy officer, the blog follows the family (and their dog) on all types of holidays from glamping and camping to city breaks and resort holidays.

It’s not just holidays that are covered. This blog includes a wealth of information on family days out, which are neatly categorised into regional areas. Posts cover everything from ‘Bedruthan Steps with kids – how easy is it?’ to ‘48 hours in Barcelona with a baby’. What this blog also excels at is providing tips for the reality of travelling with children, plus packing lists for different types of breaks away that can be referred to again and again.

Our Bucket List Lives

Started by Suzy McCullough in 2016, following her father’s cancer diagnosis, Our Bucket List Lives covers goals and ideas and provides inspiration for travel adventures. Supported by a team of writers, Suzy covers days out, entertainment, lifestyle, travel tips and more. You can view the ‘family bucket list’ of 400+ activities and destinations, or simply browse for information about days out in the UK and holidays to places such as Lapland and Gran Canaria. If you are after some Disney advice, this blog has a section dedicated to all things Disney, including recommendations for the best park attractions and restaurant reviews.

One Tiny Leap

Written by a family who previously lived in Lisbon, but who now travel through Japan, New Zealand and the USA, One Tiny Leap gives you stunning visuals alongside anecdotes, guides and reviews. Maria includes posts covering the planning process, travel from the point of view of her six-year-old son and handy weekend guides for city breaks. Understandably, there is a wealth of information on this blog about travel in Portugal, but this is balanced with coverage of a range of other destinations – some closer to home and some on the other side of the world.

Katie Ellison

Previously known as Mummy, Daddy and Me Makes Three, this newly branded blog from Katie Ellison follows her travels with her three children – Maddie, Lottie and Wren – and her husband Jon. If you are looking for inspiration for big travel ideas, then take a look through the family’s recent North American road trips covering California, Canada, North Western American and the Florida Keys. There are posts focusing on day trips to places like Amsterdam and visiting Dubai during Ramadan. Katie also has a YouTube channel which includes videos of her travels, bringing her family escapades to life and inspiring viewers to start planning their own adventures.  

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