Last minute bargain?

Availability as of 12:05pm December 16th, for travel December 20th. Price shown PER PERSON, double occupancy.

There is a common misconception that waiting until the very last minute can net a travel bargain. That absolutely isn’t always the case.

The above shown screenshot for travel to Puerto Vallarta is less than 4 days away. To go, you would have to pay about $3500 per person.

Similarly, if that was booked in June the cost to plan early was approximately $2600 per person, depending on hotel. And, you would have received Price Drop Protection as part of your early booking bonus.

Yes, there are sometimes genuine bargains on short notice. But it pays to ask someone in the industry. For example, your travel agent might know of recent activities or changes that make a property less desirable and thus cheap at the last minute.  Or she might know of an absolute gem that’s available (Majestic Elegance,  Playa Mujeres OR Barcelo Maya Riviera) because they just recently opened and weren’t widely sold earlier because no one could be positive about the Grand Opening/ construction process.

In my opinion, the last minute bargain for Manitoba departures is about 2 weeks before take off.  And/or before the temperature drops to -30C. Then demand spikes and availability is scarce.

 

 

Gift of travel

At this time of year, you might be tempted to buy someone a trip.

My suggestion is to consider a gift card,  a travel fund, a piggy bank or a gift certificate rather than committing your recipient to dates and a destination that might not be suitable or might be very costly/difficult to change.

If someone has no desire to go to destination “xyz” and you’ve committed them, the intended gift is now instead a burden and harder to return or regift than ugly socks.

You might see 4 nights in Vegas as a generous $700 gift, but the reality is that with resort fees, transportation, entertainment and meals, the recipient will have to spent about another $700 to actually fulfill the trip.

My suggestion is to stop by the travel agency, pick up a brochure and wrap that, with cash or gift certificate and give your loved one the opportunity to dream & select for themselves.

Anniversary post!

Four years ago, in a hotel room in Montreal, I decided to  make the commitment to host my own blog and pursue a career in travel. I was on holidays, and had been thinking a lot about my goals, and just decided to go for it. (I call it my light switch moment.)

There were several names and domains considered, but SheTalksTravel was available, and was vague enough that I felt it would give me opportunity to be flexible and adjust to changing times.

Hosting a website, and owning two domain names isn’t free. I pay about $300 a year to have SheTalksTravel.ca and SheTalksTravel.com. I make the conscious choice to host it without google ads or sales pitches from outside companies.

Every year when December 1st hits I have to make the choice to keep it or let it go.  I start reading old blogs and I see the progression and evolution of this project. I get nostalgic and think, “this is a good thing we’ve got going. Let’s keep it rolling.”

So I make the conscious choice to throw another $300 at it, skip the shoes, the new purse and the spa day and instead invest in myself and my readers.

I’m still having fun. I’m sure the best adventures are yet to come.

SheTalksTravel is here for another year! Where to next?