‘I’m a Forest Ranger and These Are the 9 Items I Never Camp Without’
Know before you hit the trails.But before you venture off into the great outdoors, take a minute to make sure you have all the essentials. Whether you're heading out for a weekend hike, or are planning an off-the-grid adventure for a week or more, camping safely requires planning and research to ensure you stay safe in the backcountry. That's why we tapped Lieutenant Kevin Burns, a forest ranger with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for his recommendations on hitting the trails.
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It’s the busiest shopping time of the year, and while many people are looking for deals on TVs and video games, those of us frequent flyers and travel enthusiasts are looking for ways to save on trips around the world.
Here, we’ve rounded up the best Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday hotel deals we’re seeing online to help you maximize your travel. Whether you’re looking for a family vacation, a solo trip or a romantic escape with your loved one, now is one of the best times of the year to finally book the trip you’ve been dreaming of.
A Beginner’s Guide to Car Camping in the Great Outdoors
What to know before you hit the open road.Car camping basically means driving up to a campsite with all your gear packed inside your trunk. “Compared to backpacking, you can bring a lot more stuff, since you have enough room to pack everything you need to spend time outdoors comfortably,” says Mike Miller, the editor-in-chief of Wilderness Times. “The last time I went car camping with my family, we brought our portable table tennis set and organized a mini tournament in the will—it was a blast.
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A deal lasting well beyond the typical Thanksgiving sales, Hyatt’s “Lock In Savings” promotion gets travelers up to 15% off stays now through April 30, 2022, if booked by Dec. 21, 2021. With over 850 hotels to choose from, including popular brands like Thompson, Andaz and Alila, there’s certainly a trip worth booking.
For World of Hyatt members, the savings are even better. When searching the Hyatt website for a hotel room, be sure that you’re logged into your account and select the “Members Save More” rate to max out your savings and earn points on your trip. If you need a little help deciding where to go, explore some of the best hotels you probably didn’t know belong to World of Hyatt.
To book: Visit the “Lock In Savings” sale website.
Meet Fastpacking, Your Next Big Trail Adventure
If you love running and camping, this might just be your unicorn sport. Let this guide help you plan your next nature-filled active getaway. Whether you’re looking for a way to take your trail running adventures up a notch, you want more time exploring the outdoors, or you just want to clock miles beyond your usual route, fastpacking could be the answer to all of your adrenaline needs. Before you hit the trails, though, you’ll want to learn a few key points about planning your route, packing your bag, and making sure your body can handle the terrain.
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Marriott Bonvoy members will be happy to hear that Marriott is launching its largest cyber week sale ever. From Tuesday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Nov. 29, Marriott Bonvoy members will save 25% on stays at over 5,000 participating hotels around the world, including destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa that have never previously been part of Marriott’s sale. This sale is valid for stays through Jan. 17, 2022.
Related: The award traveler’s guide to Marriott Bonvoy.
Non-members of Marriott Bonvoy can save 20% on stays, but it only takes a second to sign up for the rewards program to save an extra 5% and the opportunity to start earning and redeeming points that will count towards elite status.
To book: Visit the Marriott Bonvoy Escapes website.
With Marriott’s Resort Redemption offering, Marriott Bonvoy members can use points to book stays at a number of resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America to get a handful of perks. Book a rewards stay by Dec. 6, 2021, for travel between Jan. 1, 2022, and April 30, 2022, and you’ll get your fifth night free, plus $200 in resort credit.
Ina Garten said she fell in love with cooking while camping with her husband Jeffrey on $5 a day
Ina Garten and Jeffrey spent four months camping on $5 a day in Paris in 1971. When she returned to the US, Garten taught herself how to cook.But Garten didn't grow up in the kitchen. In fact, she didn't even know how to cook in her early 20s. But a romantic four-month camping trip in Paris with her husband Jeffrey changed everything.
To book: Check out the Marriott Bonvoy offering and see a full list of hotels on the Resort Redemption webpage.
Gaylord Hotels, part of Marriott, is also having a great sale, with up to 30% off on rooms and 50% off on tickets to Gaylord holiday events, including an Elf-themed experience perfect for the entire family. This offer must be booked before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28 for stays between Nov. 22, 2021, and Jan. 2, 2022. You’d better act fast, though, as only 250 rooms are available for this deal at each participating Gaylord property.
To book: Visit the Gaylord Cyber Sales website.
Right now, the best way to save with Hilton is by booking a hotel stay in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, where Hilton Honors members can save 25% on weekend stays through May 9, 2022, if booked by Jan. 31, 2022 — long after the usual holiday weekend sales. If you’re not a member of Hilton Honors, you should sign up ASAP, but don’t fret, you can still join in on the savings.
To book: Visit the Hilton Honors Winter offer website.
Within the Hilton portfolio, there are also a handful of individual sales worth taking a look at. In Mexico, the brand new Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive resort (and one of our favorite new hotels this year) is offering a fifth-night free deal, including an upgrade to the next available room category, if booked between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29 for travel between Dec. 1 and Dec. 22 directly through the website.
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A seasonal lawn care schedule helps you plan what to do and when to do it. Let's take a quick trip around the calendar and see what needs to be done.Note: This schedule follows recommended lawn care practices for Northern lawns (north of Interstate 70) consisting of cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue and perennial ryegrass. The actual timing of these tasks will vary by a few days or even weeks with an early or late arrival of spring weather.
In Hawaii, two Hiltons, the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Hilton Waikoloa Village, are offering up to 50% off stay through October 2022. To book, visit the sale website before it ends on Monday, Nov. 29. © The Points Guy Hotel Van Zandt in Austin (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
IHG hasn’t officially announced its holiday sale but, according to the website, this members-only offering is “going to be really big. That said, if you’re haven’t already made an IHG Rewards Club account, it’s time to get on it to help you save.
Related: The award traveler’s guide to IHG Rewards Club.
Within the IHG portfolio, though, some brands have already started dropping their sales. Kimpton’s Cyber Sale is offering 25% off its Best Flexible Rate for IHG Rewards members who book between now and Dec. 6 for stays between Nov. 26, 2021, and April 30, 2022. With plenty of Kimpton hotels participating in the sale, it might be overwhelming to decide where to go. Our recommendation? Check out the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas.
And better yet, book this deal and Kimpton will donate $5 per night to No Kid Hungry, an organization working to help end childhood hunger.
To book: Visit the Kimpton Cyber Monday sale website.
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Accor’s Black Friday sale is happening now through Nov. 29, and gets everyone 30% of stays, plus an extra 10% off for Accor Live Limitless members. To simplify, if you’re a member of ALL, book now to save 40% off for travel dates through March 31, 2022. With this sale, travelers can head to The Plaza, one of NYC’s most iconic hotels, or somewhere a little warmer, like the Banyan Tree Mayakoba.
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The world is full of delightful and discombobulating sights – from copycat landmarks in the wrong place to German towns in America and British villages in China. Here are some baffling places that are bound to have you questioning where in the world you are…
To book: Visit Accor’s Black Friday sale website.
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With Virgin Hotels’ Holiday Offer, guests who book before Jan. 3, 2022, can save 25% on stays and get the chance to be upgraded to Richard’s Penthouse Flat, the best room in each of the participating hotels, including Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
To book: Visit Virgin Hotels’ Special Offers page.
Preferred hotels & Resorts
For just 24 hours on Cyber Monday, I Prefer Hotel Rewards members who book at least a two-night stay at select hotels can earn 30,000 points to use for a future free night.
To book: Visit the Preferred Hotels & Resorts website on Cyber Monday.
Citizen M — one of my favorite affordable hotel brands that’s also chic and almost always in a prime location — is offering 30% off stays booked by Nov. 30 for travel through April 30, 2022. People who sign up for a Citizen M membership or book using the app can save 30%. Citizen M is growing insanely fast, opening locations up around the world. For now, save on trips to New York City, London, Amsterdam and beyond.
To book: Head to the Citizen M Black Friday website for more details. © The Points Guy (Photo courtesy of Rosewood)
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
16 countries, 27 hotels and resorts and 50% off stays is what you need to know about Rosewood Hotels & Resorts cyber week sales. Guests looking to book this luxury brand can snag up to 50% off at properties like the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and up to 30% off at others, including the Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands. Guests who book between Nov. 26 and Nov. 30 can use the code CYBER21 for discounts (based on the length of stay) for trips through June 30, 2022.
To book: Visit the Rosewood website and use code CYBER21.
With Choice Hotels’ cyber sales, members of Choice Privileges can save starting at 15% off the Best Available Rate when booking trips 17, 14, 21 or 30 days in advance by selecting the Advance Purchase Rate online.
To book: Visit the Choice Hotels website.
Save up to 25% on hotel rooms across the Caesars portfolio by using the code CYBER21. Stays must be booked by Dec. 1, 2021, and are good for travel through October of next year.
To book: Visit the Caesars website.
MGM Resorts international
Save up to 25% on rooms with MGM Resorts Black Friday sale, and up to 40% off if you’re an M Life member if you book by Dec. 2, 2021, for travel through May 26, 2022.
To book: Visit the MGM Resorts International website.
Register quick for an Expedia account and then log in between Black Friday through Nov. 29 for savings on thousands of hotels of up to 30% off or more during this members-only sale.
To book: Create an account on Expedia and log in starting on Black Friday. © The Points Guy The Norman Tel Aviv (Photo courtesy of SLH)
This year, Booking.com is starting it’s cyber week sales with deals starting at 30% and, for the first time ever, includes up to 20% off on rental cars. Travelers looking to book can visit the site’s Black Friday landing page to see participating properties (which all have a “Black Friday badge). This two-week sale runs now through Dec. 1 and is valid for travel through June 30, 2022.
To book: Visit the Booking.com Black Friday landing page.
During Hotels.com’s “biggest members-only Black Friday sale,” people with registered accounts can save up to 30% off hotel bookings. To find a deal, log into your Hotels.com Rewards account, search for where you’d like to travel and look for the “Your Secret Price” option to find the best savings. This sale runs until the end of Nov. 29 and is valid for stays through April 30, 2022. Even better, some bookings will earn you double stamps with the Hotels.com Rewards program.
To book: Visit the Hotels.com Black Friday sale website.
Disney Gift Card
Sam’s Club is currently offering $50 off a $500 Disney gift card that can be used on resort stays. According to the Sam’s Club ad, this promotion is valid between Nov. 25 and Nov. 28 and allows Sam’s Club members to purchase two gift cards, meaning you can score $1,000 worth of Disney credit for just $900.
To purchase: Visit the Sam’s Club website.
Featured image of the Sheraton Kauai courtesy of the hotel.
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Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.
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