Plan Amazing Fall Adventures with TRAVEL JUNKIE JULIA

Host of National Geographic’s “Word Travel” Series Shares Her Expert Advice on Traveling the World  

World renowned “Travel Junkie,” Julia Dimon calls herself an “adventuress” who may have the best job in the world.  She is the host of Word Travels, a 40-episode TV series about travel writers that has taken her to more than 80 countries and seven continents.  With fall and holiday travel season just around corner, Julia has travel deals to help plan holiday travel. Find out about some backyard adventures and exotic places that are offering some of the best bargains, ever!


There are so many great travel deals out there.  Chattanooga, is a great example of a destination gem. Chattanooga was named the “Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine. They have a festival called RiverRocks that has more than 90 outdoor events that take place during the first two weekends in October that include live music, local food, and every outdoor adventure sport under the sun. It’s especially beautiful when the leaves begin to turn so I think it is a great option this fall. Also check out the Tennessee Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga is the largest fresh-water aquarium in the world, with more than 10,000 animals. You’ll love the IMAX 3-D movie, and my favorite is taking the romantic riverboat cruise on the Tennessee River.

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With the kids back in school, adults can take advantage of some great deals for all-inclusive resorts in places like Cancun Mexico. An example of a luxurious place to stay is Secrets The Vine Cancun. It is an all-inclusive, adults-only, brand new resort, that won’t cost you a fortune. They call it Unlimited Luxury and that is exactly what it is. We are talking all ocean view suites, 24- hour room and concierge service, six gourmet restaurants and six bars. It is an amazing resort at a great value.  Plus, they are offering a Triple Play promotion right now, guests booking and traveling from Oct. 5th thru Dec. 22nd can enjoy up to 40% saving and up to $200 in resort coupons for use towards fine wine, romantic dining and spa treatments! Another plus? SECRETS THE VINE CANCUN is a true dream for wine lovers, offering sommelier-led tastings, a Vine Bazaar, and more. It is all included.

Guests can relax and rejuvenate in the new resort’s spa or indulge in The Vine Bar, a designated wine tasting area for guests, featuring a wine wall with more than 3,000 varieties. Guests can also enjoy sommelier-led tastings of some of the world’s finest wine collections as well as wine pairings and wine education at the wine-centric Vine Bazaar. The luxurious Secrets The Vine Cancun is definitely where you want to stay for your next vacation. A really great deal!

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You can cut that cost by using online resources.  Check out social media sites like Twitter and Facebook by following your favorite airlines or hotel brands you can get last-minute deals.  Also, take advantage of online contests, because in my opinion, the best price is always free. Your chances really aren’t that bad. Here is an example, you can win a trip for four to Orlando and help children with cancer at the same time. Did you know that each year 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer? If you make a $12 donation before Noon on September 30, 2012 at to the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta, you will receive a new first-of-its-kind rubber Aflac duck and be automatically entered in a sweepstakes for that trip to Orlando. All the proceeds go to support research and treatment for pediatric cancer. The winner will be announced during Virtual Duck Race on October 9th at noon, which you can watch on the Aflac Duck’s Facebook page. If you miss it, they’ll be replaying the race all day. It’s worth it and its fun.

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As a professional traveler who stays on the road much of the year, I can’t stress the importance of staying connected, and really it’s easier than ever with the new technology. When I am traveling domestically, the best example of easy-to-use hotspots is the Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go Overdrive. It gives you 3G/4G WiFi access for up to 5 devices simultaneously and you only pay for it when you use it, so there’s no contract and no monthly fees if you don’t need it.   Other must-haves are travel insurance; Skype for staying in touch and snacks- empty water, bottle, layers for flying on the plane.

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