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Southwest Airlines Has Flights Starting At $47 For This Fall

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If you are looking to get away for a long-weekend for some much-needed rest and relaxation, you’ve got to check out the huge sale that Southwest Airlines currently has going on, with some seriously discounted fares for the coming months.

We’re talking about one-way flights for as low as $47. And that even includes a checked bag, because that’s just how Southwest rolls! Of course, you’ve still got to get back home, and that might not be quite as cheap as your outgoing flight, but it’s still one heck of a deal.

As you can see on the official sale page, you’re not limited in where you can travel, though prices vary depending on where you’re headed. For example, you can fly from Las Vegas to Long Beach for $47, New Orleans to Ft. Lauderdale for $87, or New York to Tampa for $103.

There are even some international options, like Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas for $74, Los Angeles to Los Cabos, Mexico for $118, or from Houston to Belize City, Belize for $128.

If you want to take advantage of this deal (which is good for travel between August 21th and December 19th), you had better hurry up, because the sale ends on July 20th.

Happy travels!

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5 Mistakes People Make When Visiting Las Vegas For The First Time

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If you’ve never been to Las Vegas before, you’re in for a real treat. While most people come to Vegas for the gambling, there’s so much more to “the city that never sleeps”, including world-class entertainment, amazing restaurants, glittering nightlife, one-of-a-kind experiences, epic pool parties, and much more..

Needless to say, it is best to come to Sin City with a game plan, as there’s so much to see and do here. And you’ll want to avoid these five common mistakes people make when coming to Las Vegas for the first time:

1) Not Sticking To Your Budget

If you are planning on gambling in Las Vegas, it’s important that you set a budget for yourself ahead of time, so that you don’t blow your entire wad the first day. Coming to town with $500 of “play money”, but you’re going to be here for 5 days? Then give yourself a limit of $100/day. And don’t load up on too many free drinks, as that’s a surefire way to lose your money.

Make sure you learn the rules of the games you’re playing as well. Something like craps can be a bit overwhelming at first. If you’re not sure, go online and bone up on the rules, and then try your hand at one of the top 10 online casinos to see how you fare.

2) Booking The Cheapest Hotel Available

While it’s tempting to book the cheapest hotel room you can find, so you have more money to gamble with, that’s not always the best idea. Ideally, you should book a room on (or close to) The Strip, within walking distance of the casinos and attractions you plan on hitting up. That way, you’re not having to Uber all around town, which can get expensive in a hurry. Plus, the nicer the hotel, the nicer the amenities you have access to – pool, spa, etc.

3) Paying Full Price For Show Tickets

Absinthe in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has some of the best entertainment around, but many come with a hefty price tag. Shows like Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and Absinthe can all set you back $100 or more per ticket, depending on your seats. But there are plenty of day-of-show discounts to be had, along with dinner & show packages, and even time-share presentations where you can score free tickets (and more), so you’ll want to do your homework.

4) Misjudging Just How Far Away Places Are

When you’re on the Las Vegas Strip, all of the casinos looks pretty close to one another.. until you start walking. Only then do you realize how spread out they really are. One time, I walked from the Wynn to Caesars Palace, which didn’t really look that far away. Turns out, it was one mile away, and I was drenched in sweat by the time I got there. Had I known that beforehand, I would have just grabbed an Uber for a few bucks. Needless to say, make sure you bring some comfortable shoes with you, as you’re going to be walking.. a lot.

5) Skipping All Of The Free Entertainment

Bellagio Fountains

Most people don’t realize that there are a bunch of free things you can check out in Las Vegas. The fountain show at The Bellagio is one of the most talked-about shows on The Strip, and it won’t cost you one cent. The Fremont Street Experience puts on nightly light shows that are pretty incredible. Walking through the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian feels like you’re in Venice, complete with canals & gondalas. And of course, there’s plenty of people watching to be had, as Las Vegas tends to brings out all sorts!

So there you have it, five rookie mistakes to avoid when you’re visiting Las Vegas for the first time. Here’s hoping that you have a blast in Sin City. “Vegas baby, Vegas!”

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Who’s Ready To Stay In The World’s First Underwater Hotel?

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is opening the world’s first-ever underwater hotel residence, a $15 million two-story villa called The Muraka that sits 16.4 feet below the Indian Ocean that offers well-heeled guests unparalleled views of aquatic life.

The cost for this once-in-a-lifetime experience? A cool $50,000 per night, although you can’t book The Muraka for just one night. It’s only offered as part of a four-night, $200,000 package, which includes a personal chef for all meals, the use of a private boat, along with a menu of one-of-a-kind experiences that guests can choose from.

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It’s not a cheap expenditure in the least.. But on the bright side, those who book this package get automatic Hilton Diamond status. 💎

So what kind of accommodations does $200K get you? The second floor of the villa features a twin-size bedroom, ocean-facing bathroom, fitness center, butler’s quarters, integrated living room, kitchen and bar. There’s also an infinity pool, private jetty and an outdoor relaxation deck. Meanwhile, the lower (underwater) floor has a living space, bedroom and bathroom within an all-glass atmosphere that frames 180-degree panoramic views of marine life.

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“We had to make sure that the guests can have the underwater views from every vantage point of the room. More than 75 percent of wall, ceiling surfaces are made of clear acrylic. The glare and reflection on clear acrylic had to be minimized and views to the ocean had to be secured. We also wanted to give a sense of comfort,” says interior design firm YYA.

The Muraka can accommodate a total of nine guests, so find eight friends to split it with, and suddenly it’s a somewhat more reasonable $22,222 per person, just over $5,555 per night.

What do you say guys, who’s ready to sleep with the fishes.. literally?

Photos courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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Titanic II To Make Maiden Voyage In 2022, Following The Same Route As The Original

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It’s been more than 100 years since the RMS Titanic’s maiden (and only) voyage, which ended tragically when the ship struck an iceberg, sinking in the icy North Atlantic and killing nearly two thirds of those on board.

Back in 2012, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced to the world that he was building a replica of the Titanic, and people from around the world expressed interest in sailing on the ship. After some delays due to financial constraints, work on the Titanic II has now resumed, with plans for its first voyage in 2022.

As with the original ship, the Titanic II will welcome 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members, almost the exact same number of each on board the boat that sank in 1912. But fear not, as the new ship will have modern navigation and safety technology.. and plenty of lifeboats.

The Titanic II will set sail on a two-week maiden voyage from Dubai to Southampton. From there, the vessel will then follow the historic route of the original Titanic between England and New York, before going on to host worldwide cruises. As you can imagine, there will be plenty of people standing on the edge of the ship shouting “I’m king of the world!”

“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue, and mystery in every port she visits,” the Blue Star Line’s chairman Clive Palmer said.

No word yet on how much tickets will go for, but there will be three classes of cabins, and there’s even a package where guests can sample all three classes of service during a single voyage. Sounds like a fun time.. you know, assuming you’re not superstitious.

What do you say, would you board a modern-day version of the Titanic?

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