Acting swiftly to address a downturn in Canadian tourists, Myrtle Beach South Carolina has announced a plethora of deals for Canadians.
I can tell you that I was quickly and suitably impressed with their presentation and offers at VisitMyrtleBeach.com. Specifically, their Can Am Days event, and their ease of research. What a great site!
Following the links through to some of the Can Am Hotel deals, I easily searched dates and found prices around $50 a night. (There were no special promo codes or such needed.) Prices are shown in US funds, but reflect the substantial discount to Canadians.
While it appears that hotels and restaurants aren’t able to receive payment in Canadian funds, their discounts do reflect a savings of 25% or greater, with presentation of Canadian identification, thus levelling the value to ‘par.’
The available promotion dates are now through the end of April, though some hotels are offering booking dates to May 18th, 2016.
Restaurants are in on it too. Here’s a sample coupon from House of Blues.
The international airport in Myrtle Beach is coded as MYR. Delta Airlines will fly you there for about $420 from Winnipeg (YWG), however both Westjet and Air Canada also fly into Myrtle Beach. Be advised, there are typically 2 connecting flights. Westjet advertises non-stop flights from Toronto, but frankly I can’t see them on my searches.
I love this initiative by the Myrtle Beach tourist board and I expect that numerous other cities will follow suit in the upcoming months. Props to them for taking this bold move and reaching out to Canadians.
If I was looking to pursue a spring trip, and especially a golf vacation, I would certainly consider Myrtle Beach.
If you’d like to learn more about a Disney Cruise, their home ports and destinations, there’s a Twitter Party taking place February 3rd, 8pm Eastern/7pm Central.
What’s a Twitter Party? It’s an on-line event hosted by a moderator(s) and focuses on one company or activity. It is an audience participation event. You can follow along on Twitter using the designated hashtag and following the moderators’ accounts. Typically there are prizes to win for participation. The event lasts just one hour, so mark the date and time on your calendar.
The hashtag for this party, which is open to Canadians only, is #Disneyfamilytravel.
The host is @listentolena
The Disney Cruise Line official account is @disneycruise
There are $1200 in prizes available to be won!
Did you know that the Disney Wonder sails a Vancouver to Alaska route each summer? They have been since 2011. If you’d like to know more about that specific route, do ask me. I quite enjoyed that cruise and so did my kids.
See you at the #disneyfamilytravel Twitter party this Wednesday!
So, let’s say you are a die hard Broncos fan, and are desperate to see Peyton Manning play in what could be his last game. What’s it going to cost?
The quick answer is, about $20,000 Canadian.
Here’s how it breaks down.
Delta Airlines flights, from Winnipeg (YWG) to San Francisco (SFO) are as low as $500. That’s economy. First Class is as low as $1250. (You might want to go First Class considering…. this whole event isn’t cheap.) Fares, depend on dates and times. I have you leaving on Friday the 5th of February, returning on Tuesday the 9th. (I expect this holds true departing from just about any Canadian major airport.)
Hotel, for 4 nights at approximately $250 per night off of Hotwire.com is $1000 Canadian funds. You’re not within walking distance of the stadium, but they are hotels with 90% approval rating. We’ll build taxi/uber money into the budget.
Then you’ll need game tickets. Good news is, there are lots available on Stubhub.com and they’ve even dropped in price since last Sunday when the teams were decided. Tickets are currently priced as low as $3000 each, but those are upper deck. Since you’re spending a bunch anyway, you likely want to sit a little closer. According to fans familiar with Levi Stadium you’ll do well to sit in the end zone, 200 level tickets. Here are a pair in row 3. So, for about $3800 US that’s what we’ll pick for this (fantasy) example. (That’s about $5400 Canadian.)
Now, you’re going to need some tickets to the pre-game events. Back to Stubhub.com for their selection of events. We’ll pretend the Maxim and Playboy events are of little interest, since you’re just going for the game. Therefore, we’ll add the Sports Illustrated party to the list with tickets at just $500 US a piece.
We’ll be generous with spending money on food, assuming you’ll want those jumbo soft pretzels (that my son CJ really likes) with your hotdogs and beer. $1000 CDN for 2 people.
Summary for 2 people to see Superbowl 50 next weekend.
Party Tickets: $2800
Transportation in San Francisco: $400
Grand Total: $18,500 Canadian funds. Based on my overall estimate of $20K I’d say you have a little money left over for souvenirs. (It’d be great if you’d grab a t-shirt for me too!)
The thing about travel photos is that they don’t tell the whole story. The true story gets muddled even further when those photos are prepped for Instagram. This isn’t a slam on Instagram, far from it. I think that global photos bring us a brighter more accurate picture of what the world has to offer. And it’s absolutely your choice to pick what you share with the world, and in what form
My point is this, are you tainting your own memories when you enhance or only share the perfect photos? I want to make my case by showing you a series of photos that I took at La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California.
I’m in love with this first photo. I think it’s spectacular. My money shot. But it doesn’t accurately reflect my experience.
Taking a step back, you see the whole pod of seals as they lay on the beach.
Let’s take one step further back. But still make sure the shot is tight and deliberately angled.
Same pod of seals, same beach, less than two minutes later than the above photos. Completely different picture of the experience, isn’t it?
This last photo is shown from the viewing platform at street level, about 5 minutes after the first photo (of the baby) was taken.
My memory of this moment during the vacation, is of the big picture, the crowds and the whole perspective. However, I do still get lost in the moment of the baby seal and his soft eye when I look at it. An entirely different feeling about that day. And while I have already shared a couple of the seal photos on my Instagram feed, I have withheld the photos of the baby feeling that it was intimate and a real treasure, personal to my experience and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to share it with the world.
So, which picture is the “right” one to share? What view of the scene do you relate to? Which of these pictures is the true reflection?
San Diego has such a great scene. I think it would be a fabulous place for a couple’s trip.
If you’re the comic-loving type then maybe you’d enjoy a fan-fest weekend at Comic-Con. It’s hosted in San Diego every year in July. Of course, this will take some serious planning as the event always sells out.
What about a movie themed getaway for you and your sweetie? Visit Coronado Island and the famed Hotel del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis filmed ‘Some Like it Hot‘ in the late 1950s.
For a more recent, but no less iconic movie connection, drop by the Kansas City Barbeque restaurant downtown San Diego where the unforgettable bar scenes of ‘Top Gun‘ were filmed. The piano where character, Goose, pounded out a roaring rendition of ‘Great Balls of Fire‘ still sits in the corner.
If after enjoying a pint, and you you utter the words of Goose’s wife (played by Meg Ryan) “take me to bed or lose me forever’ you’ll want to be staying across the street at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Not only is it a fabulous hotel, it overlooks the harbour and Seaport Village.
You would have to rent a car and drive north up the coast to see “Charlie’s house” where Maverick races to on his motorcycle after that beach volleyball scene. Yes, you remember that volleyball scene! Anyways, the house or beach cottage as it was, is located at 102 Pacific Street, Oceanside California which is right by Camp Pendleton the military base. Should you rather skip the rental car, you can walk over from the Hyatt to the USS Midway Museum. Here you can explore an aircraft carrier. (Incidentally, it was named the #1 thing to do in San Diego, by Trip Advisor.) At a cost of about $20 ($10 with ID for Veterans) it’s the closest you’ll get to a working aircraft carrier, like in Top Gun.
If movies like ‘Anchorman‘ are more your style, you might be disappointed to know that even though the movie story was set in San Diego, it was nearly completely filmed in Long Beach and Los Angeles, California. Even the San Diego Zoo (celebrating its centennial this year), was staged at the Los Angeles Zoo. Regardless, there are no reasons why you can’t drive around in a turtleneck and velvet blazer saying “keep it classy San Diego.” After all, it’s YOUR vacation.