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To help you get out of the office, we came up with six destinations that should be on your “to visit” shortlist. Best part is, because our data shows the most popular time to plan travel is during the workday (and more specifically, on your lunch break), you can plan these trips in the time it takes to finish your tuna salad sandwich.

Plan a long weekend to a domestic getaway or exercise your vacation days and book an international escape. Worried about your boss catching you on KAYAK? We developed a new version of our desktop site to help you plan travel at work without getting caught (or just look super productive).

International Escapes

  1. Reykjavik, Iceland: With its Northern Lights, friendly locals and volcanic spas, Iceland’s capital is trending all year. Take a stroll through the old city and visit Iceland’s national museum. Relax in a geothermal pool or get dirty with a dip in the Blue Lagoon. While the city is a popular destination during the summer, plan your getaway in September when median airfare starts to dip.
  2. Lisbon, Portugal: With equal parts glamour and grit, take in Lisbon’s fantastic displays of street art, indulge in traditional pastries at Pasteis de Belem and walk the palace ruins of Sao Jorge Castle. If per diem costs are your main concern, July has the lowest median hotel rate for summer at $116/night.
  3. Cartagena, Colombia: Cartagena’s walled city is home to posh restaurants like Mila Vargas and Carmen, sunset views at Cafe del Mar, and art at NH Galeria. Do yourself a favor and book a chiva (party bus) to get a taste of the city, its nightlife and Colombia’s “official” liquor: aguardiente. Plus, Cartagena is one of the most affordable international destinations to get to. Go in May when airfare is lowest, around $399, and just before summer’s heat is at its peak.

Domestic Getaways

  1. Fort Lauderdale: The beach is always better, right? Fort Lauderdale continues to draw attention from travelers with affordable flights, new museums and plenty of sunshine. Grab your scuba gear and explore the newly sunk Lady Luck, a decommissioned tanker and public art exhibition. Traveling in May will afford you some of the lowest airfare and hotel rates.
  2. Las Vegas: Everything you’ll need for a Vegas weekend is on the Strip. Take in a show, roll the dice and dine in state-of-the-art restaurants. For those looking for a break from the neon lights, take a day trip to the Valley of Fire State Park. Keep per diem costs in mind and try to stay in May when hotel rates are low, at around $155/night.
  3. Chicago: The Windy City has more to offer travelers than deep dish pizza and craft beer. With state of the art theaters, plenty of public art and baseball’s reigning champs, there’s a lot to take in. Booking a flight in May or June is a better bet than July and August, when airfare and hotel rates rise.

So, put on your auto reply and take a break from your day-to-day. Need tips on how to plan your travel while at work? We’ve got you covered.

Sitting at your desk with reheated leftovers, frantically scrolling through flights before your boss gets back from her lunch meeting? Maybe it’s because your work-life balance is out of whack or maybe it’s because you’ve hit an afternoon slump that only dreaming of a vacation can fix. Well, you’re not alone. KAYAK sees a surge in searches during work hours. In fact, the most popular time to search is between 11am and 12pm.*

To help remove roadblocks in the way of your vacation success, we’ve come up with solutions to aid you in your at-work travel planning (and keep you from getting caught):

6 Tips to Help You Plan Travel at Work

  1. KAYAK At Work: Hide your travel search from prying eyes (or just look really productive) by using our KAYAK At Work site. When using your desktop computer or laptop at work, it’ll cover the KAYAK website with what looks like a very in-depth, professional spreadsheet (hint: it’s not). You’ll still be able to search for and book travel (without having to quickly close tabs whenever your boss walks by) using the spreadsheet’s fields.
  2. The KAYAK Bots: No, it’s not the name of our in-house band (that would be The Flexible Dates). We’re arming the chat apps you use every day with AI-innovation to help you travel plan. You can search for flights, hotels and rentals cars as well as track flights with our bots for Slack, Microsoft Teams and Facebook Messenger. Bonus: they’re also helpful planning travel with your team for a conference (maybe tack on a few personal days?).
  3. Price Alerts: We’ll monitor flight and hotel prices so you don’t have to. Set up a Price Alert, and get notified when prices change. You can set an alert for travel to a specific destination using exact or flexible dates, or you can get alerts for our Top 25 Cities and see what happens.
  4. Practical Tricks: You can master the art of “looking busy” so that no one will dare break your concentration mid-search. Or, you can turn down the brightness on your monitor so that it’s much more difficult for someone to see what’s on your screen.
  5. The Right Tools: Try attaching a small mirror to your monitor so you can see if anyone’s behind you. Or, if you don’t mind becoming the guy people avoid at the watercooler, may we suggest a Computer Privacy Scarf?
  6. Navigate Your Options: There’s something about reviewing a map that just looks, well, important. If you’ve got vacation time but just don’t know where to spend it, our Explore tool can show you where in the world you can travel to on your budget. Plug in your exact dates or keep it flexible if you have some wiggle room.

Any productivity guru worth their salt knows that work-life balance is critical for a happy, healthy workplace. So, in our continued effort to make travel planning easier, we’re making sure you have the tools you need to strike that balance by getting your travel planning done at your desk. Travel Problem Solved.

Do you have a great at-work hack that lets you get away with planning travel while on-the-job? Tweet us @KAYAK with your tip for a chance to be featured on this post.

*Methodology: On 3/27/2017 we analyzed searches conducted on KAYAK US from January 1, 2017 – March 21, 2017

Day in, day out you’re at your desk crunching numbers, formatting spreadsheets, doing… whatever it is that you do. Maybe that’s why so many of you are using breaks in your day to take a (mental) step away and plan your travel while on the job.

According to our data, our site sees a surge in searches between the hours of 11am and 12pm during the workweek. It seems like lunchtime has become a popular time to plan your next getaway. And we fully support that (even if your boss doesn’t). So we decided to dig deeper. Here’s what we found:

In support of workplace travel planning, we’ve come up with a new version of our desktop site to aid you in your search, whether you need to hide from your boss or just want to look productive.

Methodology:
On 3/27/17 we analyzed searches conducted on KAYAK US from January 1, 2017 – March 21, 2017. To draw conclusions regarding Top 10 lists, we looked on 3/26 at the % of searchers using KAYAK US between 11 and 3 (local time for each market), from ‘2017-01-01’ to ‘2017-03-21’, for the top major-metro areas in the US.

You don’t have to be the Griswalds to plan an epic European vacation. And now, thanks to lower airfare across the board, you also don’t have to win a game show to pay for it either.

According to our data, we’re seeing significant drops in airfare across the continent. Airfares from the US to the top 50 most-searched European cities are close to 20% cheaper than last spring and summer. Some cities are edging closer to 30% less.

So, what could be causing this? For one, low-cost carriers have entered the market in droves. This drives down prices across the board and makes things more competitive (good for your wallet, maybe not so much for your legroom). Additionally, the US dollar is gaining strength against European currencies. Any way you slice it, now is a great time to plan your travel before summer crowds fill popular sites and visa restrictions (potentially) tighten.

We combed through our data to find out which destinations are seeing the biggest decrease in airfare compared to last year. Here are five of the top destinations seeing a drop:

Want to know where else we’re seeing drops in airfare? Here’s the list of the top 20 cities:

Airport Code City Country % Decrease in  Airfare vs. Last Year
ZRH Zurich CH 42.6%
AMS Amsterdam NL 36.3%
CDG Paris FR 34.9%
ZAG Zagreb HR 34.4%
PAR Paris FR 32.1%
DBV Dubrovnik HR 31.6%
SPU Split HR 31.0%
BCN Barcelona ES 30.6%
MAD Madrid ES 29.7%
KEF Reykjavik IS 26.8%
NCE Nice FR 25.1%
FCO Rome IT 24.3%
OTP Bucharest RO 24.1%
ROM Rome IT 23.7%
HAM Hamburg DE 23.4%
BRU Brussels BE 23.3%
CPH Copenhagen DK 22.6%
GVA Geneva CH 22.6%
MUC Munich DE 22.0%
PRG Prague CZ 21.0%

 

Ready to put stamps on that passport? We’ll search across the web for flights, hotels and rentals cars so you can choose the options that work best for you. We’ll even do it when you’re not looking: just set a Price Alert for your top destinations and we’ll let you know when prices change. Travel Problem Solved

 

Methodology:
All data is based on median airfares conducted from KAYAK US and is intended to be used as a guide. Travel dates are April 1, 2017 – September 4, 2017, and search dates are February 15, 2015 – March 15, 2017.   Top 20 cities seeing the greatest YoY decrease in prices were pulled from among the top 50 most searched European cities from the US. Average difference in median prices among the top 50 most searched European cities – a 17.9% decrease in fares this year compared to last year.

Who said vacations were all Mai Tais and spa treatments? It’s a big wide world out there, with plenty of rugged fun to be had.

Forget about typing “camping sites near me” into Google and give our list a spin instead. One of these three adventure vacation ideas is sure to hit your sweet spot:

  1. New Zealand on two feet … and two wheels

Australia may soak up a lot of the spotlight, but New Zealand is worth a trip to Oceania all on its own.

The tiny country, composed of the North Island, South Island and hundreds of other smaller islands, is home to some of the most breathtaking views this side of Middle-Earth (as if we or the locals could let you forget the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed there).

What better way to take in the sweeping vistas upon landing than on your own two feet?

Auckland may be the nation’s most populous city, but there are still plenty of hiking spots amidst the urban hustle and bustle, which may help explain why it took home the #3 spot on our 2017 Travel Hacker list of trending destinations.

Mount Eden is a perennial favorite to get you started. Not only is it the namesake of one of the city’s coolest suburbs, it’s Auckland’s highest natural point. Climb atop this volcanic cone – one of 48 dotting the city – for a panoramic view.

In search of a flatter surface? The Karamatura Loop Walk in Huia Regional Park is worth a walk. This 2.4-kilometer trek will take you to the foot of the Karamatura Falls.

If exploring on two wheels is more your speed, it’s time to get out of Auckland and see what else the land of the long white cloud has to offer.

Located on the South Island, the Otago Central Rail Trail was recently voted Kiwis’ favorite place to cycle. As its name implies, this 150-kilometer trail will take you across disused railways, as well as historic gold-mining villages, plenty of pubs and, oh yeah, spectacular landscapes.

If you’re intent on sticking to the North Island, you could do much worse than a ride on the 48-kilometer Te Ara Ahi Trail. In addition to the astonishing scenery, keep your eyes peeled for Māori cultural sites and various geothermal fields. Help yourself to a dip in Kerosene Creek to experience New Zealand’s natural hot springs for yourself.

Just remember, travelers from the U.S. and Canada who book at least two months in advance often find the best fares to Auckland. Use your savings for some meat pies once you arrive. You’ll thank us later.

  1. A crater in the cradle of civilization

Tel Aviv may have the modern metropolis down pat, but visitors to Israel in search of a more adventurous vacation would be wise to check out the Negev desert.

Here thrill-seekers will find Makhtesh Ramon, the world’s largest makhtesh, a unique geological phenomenon that is often confused for a meteor or volcanic crater. They’ll also find the town of Mitzpe Ramon, or the “Moab of Israel,” as it’s known to some.

Like its sister city in Utah, Mitzpe Ramon offers opportunities for everything from mountain biking and off-roading to hiking and camping. Also like Moab, Mitzpe Ramon is associated with a national park, in this case the Ramon Nature Reserve, the largest national park in Israel.

If you find yourself growing tired of rappelling down mountainous terrain, you can always take a break to check out the burgeoning Negev Desert Wine Route. That’s right – vineyards in the desert. Never underestimate humankind’s ingenuity when it comes to catching a buzz.

  1. Wilderness in your own backyard

Globe-hopping is not a prerequisite for adventure vacations. In fact, you’re likely to find plenty of open air excitement in and around some of America’s most popular cities.

San Francisco took home the #8 spot on our 2017 Travel Hacker list for most popular destinations, and is also home to Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the perfect spot to camp, learn about the region’s rich history and indulge in some water sports.

Too close to skyscrapers for your taste? No worries. The rest of the U.S. has you covered.

Glacier National Park in Montana offers a much more immersive experience for nature lovers.

With more than a million acres to explore, featuring majestic mountains and alpine lakes, this is one national park you can get lost in (literally and figuratively). Luckily, the National Park Service is nice enough to publish a backcountry camping guide to help you stay on track.

The U.S. is practically bursting with national parks, from Yosemite to Yellowstone. Use this handy tool to find a park by state and plan your next adventure.

Relaxing getaways and pampered visits are all well and good, but sometimes the best vacations require getting a bit of dirt under your fingernails.

Sydney is the crown jewel of a region called “Oceania” for a reason. You can’t head Down Under and visit Australia’s most populous city without falling for its breathtaking coastline. In fact, Sydney took home the #10 spot on our 2017 Travel Hacker list for both trending destinations and trending beaches.

While the average temperature drops to a low of 55 degrees in June, Sydney is a tropical paradise during our winter. It’s for this reason median airfare prices are highest in December and January. Still, visitors from the U.S. and Canada can enjoy flights to Sydney for under $1,000 in August, but make sure to book at least two months in advance for the best fares.

Once you arrive, it’s time to take in the Harbour City in style (just remember to spell harbour with a “u”). Pack your boardshorts and check out our guide to doing just that:

  1.  Find the best beaches

Sydney might just have more beaches than Australians.

Bondi Beach is arguably the city’s most well-known waterfront haven, featuring stunning sand and sea. Millions of people visit Bondi each year to take in the sights, catch some sun and enjoy the many restaurants, markets and festivals springing up along the coastline.

However, if you’re in search of a hidden gem, Sydney can accommodate you. Gordon’s Bay, Congwong Beach, Collins Flat Beach, Morning Bay Beach – the list of “secret” seashores goes on and on.

Keep in mind there’s a reason these beaches are less crowded. Many can only be reached by narrow roads and footpaths, and some might require a mini-road trip on your part. Also, you may not find easily accessible amenities like restaurants and markets nearby.

If you want some seaside solitude without giving up lifeguards and other signs of civilization, give Tamarama, Bronte Beach and Coogee a try instead.

  1. See what’s under the sea

Never been snorkeling? Now’s the perfect time to start!

The Great Barrier Reef may be off the coast of Queensland, but Sydney offers a copious amount of spots to explore what’s under the waves.

Bare Island, Captain Cook’s Landing in Botany Bay National Park, Clovelly Beach, Oak Park Pool and Shelly Beach all rank among the best Sydney snorkeling spots, according to the pros at Snorkel Safari, the self-proclaimed largest and fastest-growing group of snorkeling and dive stores in Australia.

However, just like with the city’s beaches, there are plenty of off-the-beaten-path spots locals swear by, including Gordon’s Bay, Congwong Beach and Wattamolla.

Of course, if it’s your first time, be sure to stick with the professionals.

  1. Explore a heavenly harbour

Who knew a port could be so much fun (besides sailors, that is)?

The Sydney Harbour is world-famous, in part thanks to the gorgeous Sydney Opera House. Don’t fret if you didn’t score tickets to a show – you can still enjoy most everything the harbour has to offer.

First take a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge. Not only does it provide insane views, it’s the world’s widest long-span bridge. You can finally check that off the ol’ bucket list.

Next take a mini-cruise aboard one of the many ferries and sailboats available to take visitors around the harbour. You can even book a romantic meal aboard some of the vessels.

Or maybe a walkabout is more your style? In that case, check out Sydney Harbour National Park, where you can enjoy guided tours, prime picnic opportunities and, of course, swimming.

There’s a lot to love about Sydney that has nothing to do with its coastline (Vegemite doesn’t make our list, but hey, that’s just us). However, if you’re looking to enjoy some aquatic adventures, they don’t come much better than the Harbour City.

You don’t need a chef’s hat to be a gourmet. All that’s required are functioning taste buds, a healthy appetite and a taste for adventure. Oh, and a boarding pass for Seattle.

The Emerald City offers delicious dishes in spades, making it an ideal spot for the foodie in all of us. Maybe that’s why Seattle came in at #9 on our 2017 Travel Hacker list of most popular destinations.

Seattle weather may have a bit of a reputation (the city receives an average of 5.9 inches of rain in January alone); you’ll fair much better (and drier) in the summer months, when the temperature hovers around 70 degrees and it rains less than in winter months. And while airfare is higher during this time of year, median prices in the U.S. and Canada never crack $300, regardless of the season.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to eat, drink and be merry the Puget Sound way. Check out our tips for unleashing your inner gourmand during your next stop in Seattle:

  1. Catch a caffeine buzz

Besides the term “grunge,” Seattle’s most famous export is arguably Starbucks. That said, the city’s coffee culture offers much more than the green and white siren.

Seattle was recently ranked the #1 U.S. city for coffee fanatics, thanks in part to its more than 1,600 cafés and coffee shops.

While neighborhood spots like Analog Coffee and Cafe Allegro are certainly worth your time, you should also check out La Marzocco Café & Showroom for a little dose of coffeehouse history.

Italian-based La Marzocco is known the world over as a purveyor of fine espresso machines, and now Seattle citizens can imbibe straight from the source at the company’s shop and showroom. Sharing the space with indie rock radio station KEXP, La Marzocco Café & Showroom opens its doors to a new roaster every month for a curated menu that’s constantly changing.

Patrons can also test out machines in the shop’s Espresso Lab. Hey, maybe it’s time to buy your own and go pro.

  1. Paradise at Pike Place

No nosh-focused trip to Seattle is complete without a stop at the city’s iconic Pike Place Market.

The Space Needle is well and good, but you can catch a fish (literally) at Pike Place Fish Co., sip some suds at Pike Place Brewing and chow down on biscuits and gravy at Biscuit Bitch (for when you’re in the mood for “Trailer Park to Table” sustenance).

Your sweet tooth in particular will get a workout, as Pike Place offers everything from doughnuts to ice cream to eclairs (not to mention gigantic cookies at Cinnamon Works).

Throw in a crafts market, plenty of street performers working for tourist dollars, a Bigfoot statue and a 550-pound piggy bank named Rachel (you’ll see), and you’ve got something for everybody.

Be sure to put this on your “things to do in Seattle” checklist.

  1. Savor the sea

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Washington, it’s only fitting Seattle would be home to some stellar aquatic cuisine.

If freshness is what you’re after, you’d have a hard time beating Taylor Shellfish. The Taylor family has been farming shellfish since 1890, and their eateries throughout the city lay claim to impeccably fresh oysters, crab and much more.

In fact, you can star in your own version of “Bizarre Foods” and sample some geoduck, a species of saltwater clam and the largest burrowing clam in the world.

Or perhaps some poke (rhymes with OK) is more your style? This fish salad is a Hawaiian dish, but with Seattle’s devotion to fresh fish, you can find plenty of shops specializing in it throughout the city.

One entry point is Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max. Billed as the “Godfather of Poke,” Choy has the credentials to back it up. Not only does Poke to the Max have a location in Seattle’s Hillman City, you can visit various food trucks slinging Choy’s delicacies around the city each day.

Still hungry? Seattle has plenty more to offer foodies of all stripes, rain or shine. Get out there and see what tastes good.

Snuggling on the couch and dreaming of a romantic getaway? Finally have everyone in one room and need to agree on a destination for the next family trip? Just want to jet away for the weekend? Now, with our new app for Apple TV, you can search, explore and discover amazing vacation options on the biggest screen in your home. Simply open the KAYAK app on Apple TV and start searching. You can browse by featured destinations and getaway themes or search by using dictation on the Siri remote.

KAYAK on Apple TV

And not to #humblebrag, but KAYAK on Apple TV makes it super easy to help people plan their next getaway between reality show marathons. We’ve made it a seamless planning experience from search to buy. Just click Save on searches performed on your Apple TV and then head on over to the KAYAK app on your iPhone or iPad to complete the purchase.

It’s how we’re paving the way for the online travel industry to bring AI-technology into the fold. It’s all part of our mission to make planning travel better and easier for you.

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Denver was known as The Mile-High City long before it became a mecca for marijuana enthusiasts. That said, Colorado’s embrace of reefer rights may help explain why its capital city recently rose to #6 on the 2017 Travel Hacker list of most popular destinations.

According to our data, travelers who book a flight to this trending hotspot two months in advance look to save the most, with a median airfare of $296.

The city offers experiences you can’t find anywhere else, from scenic sights in the great outdoors to more than 100 brewpubs, breweries and taprooms to explore.

Check out these four things you can only do in Denver:
 
1. Go to church in the wilderness

The U.S. has no shortage of stunning vistas to take in, but how many of them come complete with a chapel built upon a rock formation like something straight out of a storybook?

St. Catherine of Siena Chapel, also known as Chapel on the Rock, is located at Camp Saint Malo, near the Rocky Mountain National Park. With Mount Meeker sitting postcard perfect behind it, the church appears as if it’s growing out of the ground. Surviving fire, flood and rock slides over its more than 80 years, the site has become a tourist destination for believers and nonbelievers alike, earning its place on the list of things to do in Denver.

A note of caution – the church is undergoing renovations and may not be open to visitors until the end of summer 2017, so consider calling ahead to check before planning a trip out to visit.
 
2. Walk the Beer Trail

Colorado loves its suds, and it’s got the numbers to prove it. Not only is more beer brewed in Denver than any other city in the U.S., it lays claim to over 100 breweries and bars in its greater metropolitan area.

Visitors hoping to scratch their liquid itch should leave their keys at home and download a free copy of the Denver Beer Trail map. Otherwise you can pick up a copy at the downtown Denver Tourist Information Center. Either way, you’ll have a handy guide to 20 Denver breweries in the city’s downtown area.

Of course, depending on the size of your stomach and your thirst for adventure, there are options to create your own trail, adding new breweries as you see fit. Tivoli Brewing Company, the oldest brewery in Colorado, makes for a nice starting point.
 
3. Enjoy marijuana in bars and restaurants

Numerous states across the U.S. have legalized marijuana to some degree, but Denver is the only state that allows for its use in bars and restaurants. The recently passed law empowers bar and restaurant owners to apply for patrons to partake indoors. While indoor use does not mean smoking, the law creates potential for outdoor smoking areas.

“Denver can now lay claim to being America’s highest major city in more ways than one”

Bars and restaurants are not allowed to supply marijuana themselves, making it a BYOM situation. Still, sitting one mile above sea level, Denver can now lay claim to being America’s highest major city in more ways than one. Of course, the newness of the law means it pays to reach out beforehand to make sure an eatery or watering hole is participating. Be sure to obey the law during your visit.
 
4. Peek at some predators

There may be plenty of tourists at the Denver Zoo, but locals know the real attraction is at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in the nearby town of Keenesburg. The facility rescues animals from captivity, and has become the largest carnivore sanctuary in the world.

Using an elevated walkway, the longest footbridge on planet Earth, visitors get to explore hundreds of acres of natural habitats containing everything from lions and tigers to leopards and wolves.

It’s the closest humans can get to these meat eaters in real life without breaking a sweat. Plus, the animals themselves are provided a space and freedom unheard of in modern zoos, allowing them to be rehabilitated from abuse and neglect. It’s a wildlife win-win.

While far from an exhaustive list, these four activities will get you started once you make Denver your destination. Find out what other adventures the Queen City of the West has to offer.

It makes sense that one of the world’s friendliest cities would go easy on your wallet.

Dublin, Ireland was named Planet Earth’s third-friendliest city last year by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, edging out spots like Savannah, Georgia, Bruges, Belgium and even another Irish city, Galway.

Meanwhile, Dublin took home the #8 spot on the 2017 Travel Hacker list for wallet-friendly flights. The Fair City boasts fair prices, with flights that are 7 percent lower than median airfare for international flights. Those that book four months in advance tend to snag the best deals on airfare, with February, May, September, October and November representing the months with the lowest median airfare prices from the U.S. and Canada.

Once you’ve landed in Ireland’s capital city, it’s time to put the money you saved to good use. Check out our list of where to eat, drink and dance in Dublin (and yes, the drinking will help with the dancing):

Eat

How about a modern twist on classic Irish dishes? If that tickles your fancy, look no further than Delahunt, located at 39 Camden Street Lower. This restaurant and bar takes an old-fashioned approach to food, focusing on tried-and-true Irish cuisine that incorporates fresh seasonal ingredients from small local providers. Think “Portlandia” by way of Victorian Europe. What’s more, the original Delahunt, located in the same space, was name checked by James Joyce in “Ulysses.” Now that’s an eatery with history.
Of course, if you brought a furry friend with you, or just miss your pooch dearly, Pupp may be the place for you. In addition to a delicious brunch menu, this café also features a menu for your four-legged pal. You can stock up on everything from collars to costumes for your own pup while you sip your coffee and Fido relaxes with some herbal dog tea.

Pupp gives new meaning to “hair of the dog.”

Drink

Next it’s time to focus on a diet of the liquid variety. First, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better pint of Guinness Draught anywhere in the world, what with it being brewed down the street and all. Help yourself to some stout at the Guinness Storehouse, which is connected to St. James’s Gate Brewery, founded by the beverage’s namesake Arthur Guinness in 1759.

Next you might want to stop by The Temple Bar, a haven for out-of-towners seeking a warm welcome, a cold glass of beer and some advice about what to see and do in the city. As an added bonus, this watering hole won Irish Music Pub of the Year 10 years in a row thanks to its daily traditional Irish music sessions.

Then it’s time to wander over to The Bleeding Horse for a shot of history (and possibly something stronger). This pub dates back to the 17th century, and has been mentioned in literary classics from multiple Irish authors (including, you guessed it, our friend James Joyce – he really got around, apparently).

“Don’t be afraid to venture off the beaten path and start your own pub crawl.”

Once you’ve got your bearings, it’s time to wipe the “Dublin tourist” stamp off your forehead and live like a local. Don’t be afraid to venture off the beaten path and start your own pub crawl. There’s no shortage of public houses across the city.

Dance

It’s time to kick the craic up from good to mighty to savage. Fortunately, Dublin offers a wide variety of tunes to get your blood pumping, from traditional Irish music to dance club beats to live rock ‘n’ roll.

If you’re in search of a trad seisiún, or Irish traditional music session, check out The Stag’s Head, a Victorian-era pub dripping in history and awards (it won both Best Pub in Ireland and Best Traditional Pub in 2016).

If you’re in the mood to dance a more contemporary jig, you’ll find no better venue than Whelan’s, a Dublin institution for emerging artists and established rock stars alike (everyone from Nick Cave to Ed Sheeran have shared its stage).

Feel like you’ve barely scratched Dublin’s surface? You have. But don’t worry, you can wake up and try again tomorrow. Just be sure to tell your waiter in the morning you need The Cure. They’ll know how to put you right in time for more fun in Dublin.

As teams globalize, being able to collaborate no matter where you are in the world is increasingly important. We work hard to make sure you and your co-workers can plan your business travel as easily as you, say, share cat GIFs. That’s why we’re excited to be one of the first bots launching within Microsoft Teams.

With KAYAK on Microsoft Teams, you’ll be able to search for flights, hotels and rental cars, as well as track flights. Whether you’re planning to attend a convention, looking for transAtlantic flights to meet a new client or trying to convince your boss that a trip to Vegas is totally considered “team-building,” we’re here to help.

To start using Microsoft Teams, enable our integration by clicking “Add to Teams.” Then, simply open a message in Microsoft Teams and type “flight from boston to new york for tuesday morning.”  Need a place to stay? Type “hotels in new york for June 3rd to June 5th.” Or maybe you’re trying to put a knock-your-socks-off presentation together before your new client comes in from London, “track BA flight 123.” Review your options and choose the itinerary that works best for your team.

Just one more way that KAYAK is leading the online travel industry in AI-driven innovation and trying to make travel planning easier. Find out more about how we’re paving the way here, here, here and here.

Travel Problem Solved.

Do you take your lunch break with a side of travel planning? Our data suggests that today is one of the busiest days of the year to plan travel. And between 12pm and 3pm is the most popular time of day to kick off your travel search. That’s a lot of Canadian workers searching for a getaway on their lunch break.

To fuel your travel search fingers, and to keep your mind focused on the prize (ie a vacation), we’ve teamed up with UberEATS to buy lunch for 500 lucky Torontonians and deliver it to their offices. Because you know what you’re really craving are beachside pina coladas (oh, and sushi).

For one day only, open the UberEATS app from downtown Toronto between 12pm and 3pm on Friday, March 10th to get the code for up to $20 towards your lunch. Then, use the time (and money) you save to search KAYAK for your next trip. Delicious.

For a chance to be one of the lucky 500, head over to the UberEATS app for details.
The Fine Print:

This promotion is for users in Toronto, Ontario only. Quantities of free lunch are limited to the first 500 lucky folks who use the promo code. To redeem the promo code, open the UberEATS app in downtown Toronto from 12pm-3pm this afternoon and choose from a selection of highlighted restaurants. The promo code is for $20, so if you add some extra cheese or spicy sauce that puts you over the limit, you’ll have to cover it. See additional details below.

 

 

KAYAK & UberEATS – Travel Lunch Promotion Conditions

By redeeming the $20 promo code offered in this promotion, you agree to the following:

  1. This promotion is sponsored by KAYAK Software Corporation (“KAYAK”), located at 7 Market Street, Stamford, CT 06902, USA in conjunction with Uber B.V. (“Uber”), located at Vijzelstraat 68, 1017 HL Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  2. You are a resident of the Greater Toronto Area, at least 18 years old, and not affiliated with KAYAK, Uber, or their local PR agencies.
  3. Only 500 promo codes are available, and on a first-come-first-serve basis. To redeem the promo code, open the UberEATS app in Toronto from 12pm-3pm EST on Friday afternoon, March 10, 2017, and enter “GETAWAYWITHKAYAK” into the “Promotions” section of the UberEATS App. The promo code is for $20 CAD, so if your order exceeds that amount, you will be charged for it. You will not receive a refund if your order is less than $20.
  4. Only one promo code per person.
  5. Promo codes must be redeemed by March 10, 2017 at 3pm EST. Promo code is not transferable or exchangeable. No cash alternative is available for the promo code.
  6. You give KAYAK and Uber, their respective parent and affiliated companies and their representatives, the right and irrevocable license to use, reproduce, disseminate, publish, distribute, represent publicly, edit and modify any content submitted in this promotion around the world and in perpetuity, with no remuneration whatsoever and, where appropriate, for all purposes related to KAYAK and Uber’s activities, including but not limited to dissemination through various media.
  7. You permit KAYAK and Uber and their appointed agents to use your personal details for the purposes of administering the promotion. KAYAK’s privacy policy will apply (https://www.kayak.com/privacy), and Uber’s privacy will apply (https://www.uber.com/legal/privacy/users/en/).
  8. KAYAK and Uber reserve the right to void finally, without explanation, the promo code of any person that either believes, in their sole discretion, to be in breach of these conditions or to tamper with the promotion.  
  9. To the fullest extent permissible by law, KAYAK and Uber disclaim all responsibility for and shall not be liable for any failure to notify, damage suffered, loss, costs, unexpected events, accidents and/or injuries which may occur to you in the course of the running of this promotion, however caused. Participation in this promotion is at your own risk and cost.
  10. KAYAK and Uber reserve the right to make changes to the promotion arrangements and details at any time, including the right to declare this promotion null and void or cancel it.
  11. This is the entire agreement between you, and KAYAK and Uber, as regards this promotion. There shall be no legal recourse.