4 Reasons you’ll need more pesos this year

Your vacation to Mexico is in high demand. If you haven’t booked yet, you should act quickly before the coveted dates and rooms are sold out.

Here’s 4 reasons that Mexico is trending so hot right now.

1) Demand for snowbird trips to Arizona, California & Florida are down.

2) Cuba is in a fuel crisis. The struggle to move people & goods without gasoline in a genuine threat to this tourist season. So, demand for Cuba is down.

3) Flights have been cut from some markets, and are less frequent in other markets. For example, Air Transat no longer flies out of Regina. Sunwing has the only direct flights to PVR before Christmas. Therefore Sunwing is more likely to sell out flights, than to discount seats.

4) The same number of your friends and neighbours want a winter vacation, but there are fewer flights and fewer ideal destinations. Therefore, it’s just like the child’s game of musical chairs. If you go around & around, when the music stops and you hesitate, you could be left without a chair.

Travelling puts years into your life.

I know what you’re thinking… Cathie has that saying backwards.

“ Travel doesn’t put years into your life!  It’s travel that puts life in your years!”

I’m actually going to argue that here for a moment. Indulge me, if you will.

I was listening to a travel podcast while I was crafting a pottery vase on the wheel . I find it very therapeutic to listen to an audio book or podcast. If I can focus on a topic or listen to someone’s voice then I tend not to overthink the pottery and thus I’m a better artist for it.

The podcast I was listening to was talking about the virtues of having different chapters in your life. If you think about certain years as individual pieces you can definitely see successful chapters and be proud, rather than trying to look back at a whole lifetime and giving it one grade of “pass or fail.”

For example I can look back at the decade I owned a restaurant and feel very successful for two of the personal things I accomplished. One was  absolutely proving myself as an entrepreneur. (I always knew that skill and drive lay within me.) The second thing was being proud of the positive influence I had on dozens of employees.  I genuinely cared to see the teenagers graduate high school and go on to shape their own career goals.  The fact that so many of them are still in touch and in my life, makes me feel really really good.

But now to focus on this blog’s headline. How do you put more years in your life? It goes like this….  if you do the same thing over and over and over it becomes a blur. Just the same as if you drive by the same billboard on the street day after day after day. At some point it becomes part of the landscape and you no longer read the sign.

The theory is if you do the same thing for work or for pleasure over and over it creates only one track in your brain. One essential memory of doing the same repetitive task, however,  if you travel and see and experience different things you are literally creating new memories in your brain.  You are using new data to write a new path in your memory. So if you take five different trips you are creating  five different memories in your brain. So now when you look back and reflect on your life,  you remember one episode of work and five episodes of travel.  Now your brain actually remembers your life as being six chapters in total not just one chapter.  Thus, six diverse chapters appears longer, than just one book of one continuous chapter.

If someone were to ask you to reflect on your life and the one thing you talked about was work, it would be a short conversation. However if you started talking about a camping trip you enjoyed, you would likely  remember other trips and start talking about them as well. Suddenly you’ve talked a lot longer about your life and your life seems more “full.”

Therefore the more variety of things you do in life, I believe the longer and more full your life will appear in recollection.

So, travel! Make memories!

 

Book online and you could be missing out on the best deals.

 

I love this catchy little phrase!

“Internet to look… travel agent to book!”

Credit goes to my colleague, Holly, in the Winnipeg office for sharing her motto.

Here are 5 good reasons to use a travel agent, even if you’ve done all the research & are confident in your vacation selection.

1. Get the best price!  The Internet won’t offer you an in-office discount, but a local agent could.

2. Exclusive offers. Which ones do YOU qualify for. What offers are you missing?

3. Review the terms and conditions of your vacation package. Don’t miss out on Price Drop Protection because the Internet didn’t show you how to register.

4. Insurance. The “worry free” insurance you add for $50 in the booking screen doesn’t offer you cash back, interruption coverage, medical insurance or ‘cancel for any reason’ protection. A travel agent can show you why you need a comprehensive package and give you hassle-free peace of mind. If you’re under 29 years old, you can get a full package of insurance including medical for just $48.15.

5. Payments! No interest, no credit check. Put as little as $50 ($50 is an early bird promotional rate… $250 is the norm) down on a package for next year and make payments at your own pace. Pay with your debit card in office if you like. A credit card is not required. Save the interest & keep your money in your own account longer.