Summer travel destinations

Summer travel destinations

Demand for travel to Europe remains strong, and AAA summer travel bookings show that Rome and London are at the top of many international travelers’ itineraries this summer.

Americans are also flocking to warm-weather destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Caribbean, and increasingly traveling to Canada to take advantage of favorable exchange rates.

The top international summer destinations, based on AAA bookings for travel June 1 through August 15, are: Rome, Italy; London, England; Cancun, Mexico; Vancouver, Canada; Paris, France; Dublin, Ireland; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Calgary, Canada; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

AAA’s top domestic summer travel destinations include: Orlando, Fla.; Seattle; Los Angeles/Anaheim, Calif.; Honolulu; Las Vegas; Anchorage, Alaska; New York.; Maui, Hawaii; San Francisco; and Denver.

Free, fast Wi-Fi at Red Roof Inn

Many mid-level and economy-priced hotels across the country already offer free wireless internet. But how many have free Wi-Fi that is fast enough to stream video?

Red Roof Inn, the economy lodging company with about 450 properties across the country, has launched a program to designate those hotels that have speeds fast enough to watch movies and video.

Most Red Roof hotels are privately owned and operated, with franchise agreements with Red Roof.

Instead of just promising fast Wi-Fi, Red Roof said it is employing a third-party company, Morse Technologies, a tech firm based in New Hampshire, to verify when its hotels have bandwidth fast enough to stream TV and movies.

Red Roof representatives said the exact speed needed to have a “verified” designation varies based on the size of the hotel but 3 megabits per second to 5 megabits per second is typically considered fast enough to stream video and movies.

Those hotels that offer the fast “verified” Wi-Fi will earn a special designation on the website and on billboards adjacent to the hotels.

The program began in the last month with properties on the East Coast, with a nationwide launch expected soon, Red Roof representatives said.

Geography quiz

Q. Which is the Pine Tree State?

A. Maine. Much of the state is covered in forest, with heavy growth of white pines. The pine is featured on the state seal and flag.

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