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Lost Hotels Brings Eco-Adventure to Last Minute Deal Hungry Travellers

Hukumeizi - Colombia

“Be a traveler, not a tourist.”

Embodying this mantra, we just uncovered Lost Hotels, a website that intends to unite a sense of adventure with cultural destinations, nature and authentic experiences. Here, travelers will taste the local beer and food, experience local customs, test out the native tongue, make new friends and garner stories.

Tango Mar Pool - Costa Rica

Each week, time-sensitive deals to unique destinations curated by Lost Hotel’s staff of world travelers are extended to subscribers via e-mail or by visiting Think independent and green properties, small-to-medium size, cool urban boutique hotels, Amazon jungle lodges and expedition cruises. This isn’t Paris in spring at Ritz. This is Tango Mar in Costa Rica, Sacha Lodge in the Amazon rainforest, Ariau Amazon Towers in Brazil, Titilaka in Bolivia, Hukumeizi and Casa Navegante in Colombia and Casa del Suizo in Ecuador.

Brazil's Ariau Amazon Hotel

In addition to its weekly deals, Lost Hotels will offer a travel guru service, where experts help plan getaways to any of its properties. This service includes being matched with a trip authority, mapping out the stay, finding accommodations and booking these suggestions at the best available rates. Lost Hotels was founded in 2000 by Ernesto Ruben under the name Ecorepublic. Ruben, who grew up in Colombia, longed to offer travelers a chance to explore unspoiled nature and cultural enrichment through quality accommodations.

Casa del Suizo - Ecuador

Former Groupon Colombia executive Jonathan Dreszer, Lost Hotels’ chief marketing officer, joined the team and in 2004, Ecorepublic transformed into Lost Hotels, the online resource for travels looking for the road less traveled. Currently, Lost Hotels is debuting its products in the Americas and the Caribbean. Other worldwide destinations are soon to follow.

So grab your camera and your sense of adventure. It’s time to get lost!

Spa Week’s Latest Sweepstakes!

Two words: Spa. Week. Three more: Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Anything with the two words: Spa and Week and we’re on it like white on rice. The best part of Spa Week, however, is the concept behind it. Spa Week’s mission is to deliver affordable health and wellness to the masses, and what better time to remind yourself to slow down and de-stress than the Holiday Season? In order to help alleviate the unwanted stress, fatigue and weight-gain that often accompanies the hustle and bustle of the holidays, Spa Week has partnered with nationally recognized nutrition expert and author, Keri Glassman, in order to give one lucky winner the chance to de-stress and feel their best by entering this exclusive Holiday Giveaway – Celebrate Wellness.

Nutritionist (and Beauty!), Keri Glassman

During the month of December, visitors to can enter for a chance to win a Four-Night De-stress Getaway for Two at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Included in this fab prize package is a 4 night stay for the winner and guest in a premier room, two spa treatments per person, private cooking classes with a resort chef, two dinners at the resort’s gourmet restaurants, yoga, Pilates, aqua aerobics classes and more!

PLUS, the winner will also receive two autographed copies of Keri’s book, The O2 Diet, one 3-day supply of Keri’s Nutritious Life Meals, a fresh, daily, home delivery diet plan, one personalized nutritional counseling program designed by Keri herself, two Nutritious Life Water Bottles and $100 in Spa & Wellness Gift Cards by Spa Week® at his/her choice of over 4,500 spas nationwide.

Who needs a massage now?

Win a Trip to Africa!

We’re KEEN-ly aware you’re in need of a heart healthy vacay. As such, KEEN Inc., a leader in hybrid outdoor performance products, including footwear, socks and bags — is running an exciting contest with the chance to win a week-long volunteer vacation at an animal rescue society near Cape Town, South Africa.

The trip is being organized by i-to-i, a U.K.-based volunteer travel company who has sent more than 20,000 people to volunteer in Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin America since 1996. The winner will volunteer at TEARS, an animal shelter that provides pet food parcels, veterinary treatment and animal care education for community members with animals that could not otherwise afford these goods and services. The society also works with children who have had extremely hard lives and teaches them to care and be responsible for animals. Learning these nurturing skills helps to break the cycle of abuse in these children’s lives.

“KEEN values the work that TEARS is doing – teaching a child how to care for an animal can make a life-altering impact on both the animal and the child,” says Bobbie Parisi, Vice President of Marketing of KEEN. “In a struggling economy, the first charities to feel the pinch are those working with animals, so volunteers’ efforts are much needed.”

After returning from South Africa, KEEN invites the winner to share stories from the trip on its HybridLife Community page at The community connects people who are creating possibilities, engaging with the outdoors, and caring for the world around them.

Valued at about $4000, the trip include: roundtrip coach class air transportation, provided by South African Airways, for one between a major U.S. gateway city and Cape Town South Africa to volunteer with animals in Cape Town, South Africa; and a shared dormitory room in volunteer house for a minimum of one week and up to two weeks. The travel must be completed by September 30, 2010. Beyond the volunteer opportunities, the winner can explore an amazing range of other activities – from surfing to hiking to shopping in and around Cape Town.

In addition to KEEN, additional contest sponsors include National Geographic Society, and i-to-i Volunteer Vacations.

Entries are being accepted until August 21, 2009, at

Jet Blue’s Discounted Airfare Sale

This just in from the folks at TravelZoo! Fares from Long Beach, Burbank and San Diego have been reduced to $29-$99 each way in a 1-day sale announced by JetBlue today. Flights to the East Coast are as low as $79. The sale is for travel April 30 – June 10, but only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and tickets must be booked by 11:59PM MST tonight.

Sample fares from Long Beach (each way):
– Las Vegas … $29
– Oakland … $29
– San Francisco … $29
– Sacramento … $39
– Seattle … $39
– Portland … $49
– Boston … $79
– Fort Lauderdale … $99
– Washington, D.C. … $99

Sample fares from Burbank (each way):
– Las Vegas … $29
– New York City … $99

Sample fares from San Diego (each way):
– Salt Lake City … $49
– Seattle … $59
– New York City … $99

To book directly through JetBlue Airways, click here:

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