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YES! You read that right. Both Newark & JFK airports are gearing up to offer Non Stop flights to Athens, Greece starting in just a few months. Now – I’m not one to really care about a connecting flight, especially if my final destination leads me to floating in the Aegean Sea. For my Honeymoon back in 2015 I connected in Berlin before arriving into Athens and with a total travel time of about 12 hours… I thought that was pretty great.

Let’s be honest though, nothing beats a Non-Stop flight so I’m super excited for this new route direct from my local airport which will land you in Athens in less than 10 hours. If you live in the Tri-State area, this is definitely the time to start planning for an island hopping adventure in beautiful Greece.

Here are some of the lowest non-stop fares per month I was able to find via Google Flights:

April – $665 RT from JFK

May – $729 RT from JFK

June – $868 RT from EWR / $880 RT from JFK

July – $1168 RT from EWR / $1030 from JFK

August – $919 RT from EWR / $979 from JFK

September – $669 RT from EWR / $732 RT from JFK

Still think the prices above are a little bit too high? No worries – Emirates has you guys covered. They announced yesterday that they will now be offering Non-Stop service from Newark to Athens for as low as $595 starting March 12th! Go check out their site to price out dates.

Thanks to my friends over at Travelzoo I was notified about an AMAZING deal from Emirates.

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In a sale ending Sunday, Emirates — named the world’s No. 1 airline by Skytrax — is discounting companion fares to global destinations.

Depart from New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., or Dallas for the following prices for two people flying together (roundtrip, including tax).

Milan, Italy (from New York City only) … $899 for two
Dubai, UAE … $1249 for two
Beijing or Shanghai, China … $1599 for two
Cape Town, South Africa … $1749 for two
Sydney, Australia … $2399 for two
Flights from Chicago, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas are also on sale.

What to know:

Fares require two people flying together
A minimum three-night or Sunday-night stay is required
Available for select dates Jan. 9 – May 15 and Aug. 1 – Oct. 14 (Milan departures are select Sundays-Wednesdays and returns are Tuesdays-Fridays)
Excludes travel April 11-19 and Aug. 1-31 for Milan only, and inbound U.S. flights Aug. 1 – Sept. 6 for all routes
Business-class fares are also discounted for two people flying together
All destinations included in the sale are listed under the terms and conditions on Emirates’ website.

Emirates is known for its spacious seats, wine selection and the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment (per Skytrax) with over 2,500 stations. Other standout amenities include power outlets at every seat, Wi-Fi and air mobile services that allow for SMS and data while in flight.

The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 27.

Book by Nov. 27.

Black Friday is approaching and while that means scooping up the newest Lego set, TV or gaming system for some – I, as well as many other Wanderlusters, are anxiously waiting to find out if their will be any good travel deals.

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While traveling is amazing and I highly encourage it for EVERYONE – it can be pricey, so I am always on the look out for great flight specials. Last year I scored a stay via Expedia‘s Cyber Monday sale at the amazing Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan for 1/2 price and was able to use a $75 off Thanksgiving coupon on top of that by booking through their app.

This year it looks as Black Friday/Cyber Monday came early. Thanks to Secret Flying I was informed about a MAJOR flight sale between the US & Europe. I’m talking Round Trip flights for $400-$500 to multiple European destinations!

Check about Secret Flying’s article HERE and then go search the airlines website directly! (Delta, AA etc.)

Just an FYI: it seems as United as jumped on the bandwagon because I just scored a non stop RT flight from Newark to my beloved Paris for $418! This same flight was over $700 just a few days ago and normally that flight would be about $1,000.

If you take advantage of this sale, let me know where you booked and if you need any recommendations on where you should head to – shoot me an e-mail.

HAPPY TRAVELING!

Barcelona is where my love affair with Europe began.

I remember my excitement from the time I planned and booked everything to stepping foot off the plane. There’s something so liberating about your first international trip. You tend to want to learn more about everything you’re seeing and know the history of it all. Till this day, I carry that desire to learn and see it all during my travels.

I actually took a cruise while in Barcelona (more about that in a later post) so I stood at 2 separate hotels, one prior to my cruise and then one when I returned and we also mixed up price points by doing a budget and then a luxury hotel. Even though they were opposite, we had incredible experiences at both and I highly recommend them.

Check them out — Hotel Curious // Hotel 1898

There is no shortage of great restaurants in this vibrant city but if I had to chose one to recommend, I would say book (far in advance) a reservation at Tickets Bar. I can’t really put into words the experience you get from this place. The food is literally a work of art. I promise you that your dining experience here will be the best visual and delicious 2 hours ever! Click HERE to see my review on TripAdvisor.

While in Barcelona you will want to see it all. I highly recommend focusing on Guadi. The Sagrada Familia is an absolute MUST! Do not leave Barcelona without going inside of this masterpiece. Park Guell is another major Guadi work that is not to be missed. Explore Las Ramblas, La Boqueria, the Magic Fountain, eat tapas until you can’t walk, drink a ton of wine and just get lost (while keeping alert because those pickpocketers are no joke in Barcelona) – sometimes you discover the most amazing things by just walking around town and exploring.

Here’s a look at my trip through my photos:

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If you have any specific questions – feel free to send me an email // pearlsandparis@yahoo.com

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I had the amazing opportunity to visit a few different countries in Europe a few months back – Barcelona being one of them. Even though my visit was short, I fell in love with this vibrant city and all that it has to offer. Spain is known to have some of the best food in the world so I did some research to find out where I should eat while there. I came across numerous 5 star reviews on a place called: Tickets. With a reservation waitlist that is as long as 2 months, I knew I had to get in to this Tapas Bar. Long story short – we got a reservation and this place is all that it was hyped up to be and more. It was hands down one of the most memorable stops on the whole vacation and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Barcelona. The owner of Tickets, Albert Adria, was interviewed by Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations: Spain

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the famous El Bulli “olives”

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I hope to someday return to Barcelona and when I do – I will definitely be heading back to this place. Have you ever been to Barcelona? If so, what other restaurants do you recommend?

 

My Review on Trip Advisor

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