Deal Dispatch: St. Maarten from $463, Manila from $659, Kenya from $736

Winter is coming! And while that fortunately doesn’t involve white walkers these days, it’s a good time to get away to somewhere warm and the look for the best airfare deals to somewhere warm: This week’s Deal Dispatch includes flights to the Caribbean, Africa and Asia! I also have a great deal on a travel laptop, for under $100!

Flights: St. Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean is a beautiful little island and a great place to escape from cold weather. I’d recommend to leave Philipsburg and its busy cruise port and crowds behind for a quieter beach, so you can soak up the sun in peace and quiet! You can fly from San Francisco on Delta, starting at $463 for travel until early December. Find all the details at TheFlightDeal!
I might be just a little biased, living in Manila, but it is more fun in the Philippines and the beaches are a great way to get away from the cold! There are regularly great deals on Chinese carriers to Manila, but if you prefer to earn miles on United, you can fly starting from $659 from Los Angeles. It’s not the most convenient flight, connecting through Honolulu and Guam, but you can stop over in Hawaii, which is a nice way to break up the long flight! You can find cheap flights to the Philippine islands on Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, often for under $100 round trip! Find the details here!
KLM is offering an escape to Africa from Philadelphia and Dallas via Amsterdam, with flights to Nairobi, Kenya, starting from $736 round trip! Nairobi is your springboard for a safari in the Masai Mara! It’s an amazing experience and a great opportunity at this price point! Find the booking tips here!

Gear: I’ve been using a Chromebook laptop when traveling for over a year now and it’s a great tool when traveling, especially if you have to create stuff, like emails, write blogs or do a little work away from home! They are low maintenance (no worries about viruses or upgrades) and low risk, because they are so cheap and all your data is stored in the cloud! With an 11.6in screen and a weight of only 2.43lbs, it’s easy to travel with! You can currently pick up a Samsung Chromebook for only $99 at Newegg!
Best Buy currently has the Sony HX 300 camera on sale for only $279 (regular $449). It’s a bridge camera with a massive 50x zoom, great for wildlife photography. While it is a 2013 model, the HX 400 that replaced it has the same lens and sensor, only adding features like GPS and WiFi. Check out my post “How to find the right travel camera” to see if that kind of camera would be right for you. You can find the details of the camera at Best Buy and a review on the PhotoBlog¬†


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