Cheap Vegas – Last Minute

Here’s a sweet deal from Winnipeg, to Vegas. The estimated totals as shown are for two people, taxes, hotel and flights included. May 9th to 12th.

The first three hotels are centrally located on the strip. The last three shown are more exclusive and have fabulous pools, but only the Cromwell is on the centre strip.

It’d make a nice mother’s day gift. Just saying.  (Westjet Vacations. www.westjet.com)

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Road trip ready

If your best friend dropped in today and said… “we leave tomorrow” could you do it? Would you do it?

What holds you back?

Work waits, I can assure you that. Haven’t you ever been knocked off your feet sick? The world stops for those two or three recovery days and believe me, when you get back, work will still be there. So, instead of being sick, couldn’t you just take a quick vacation?

Could you be the instigator? Could you grab the golf clubs or the bikes and your best friend and just hit the open road? All you need is music and a sense of adventure. Buy a clean t-shirt at the first souvenir stand and send a postcard home!

I tell you, better stories start with travel. Write yours, it’s a great adventure, I know it!

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Wouldn’t you like to cruise, old school?

Tip for finding great package deals

Doesn’t it seem like all the great package vacations are out of Toronto? Tired of “them” getting all the deals, but not us, fine, prairie folk?

So, here’s my tip: Do it….search those Toronto deals and find the one you like. Salivate, drool, dream and then write down the dates.

Next, take those dates and go to the search page of the package provider. (Example, Air Canada Vacations). NOW, search for that destination, and specific dates, but use your preferred airport. (Like Winnipeg, or Regina, etc) Chances are, your Toronto deal will be there with a minimal fee added for the connecting flight.

Bingo! It’s that easy to find a deal when there are none (shown) for Winnipeg.

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First step: Find a bargain from Toronto that you love
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Then, search from your local departure city. This search is from Winnipeg. Great deal and is just about $90 more than the Toronto search. I consider that a success. You can certainly not buy a separate (return) flight to Toronto for under $90.

But wait… there’s more!

The Winnipeg search actually reveals two additional hotel offerings (see below) at an even better rate! (But before you jump at ANY deal, make sure to read the recent reviews from Trip Advisor and see exactly what people are saying. Is it really the right hotel for you? The cheapest is not always the most suitable, but what if it IS?)

This looks like a bargain to me!
This looks like a bargain to me!

3 Tips to more travel

Want to travel more, but it never seems to be in the budget? Here are 3 quick tips that can help you get on track to becoming a frequent flyer.

  1. Make a list of all the places you’d like to go. Dream big and list them all! Rather than getting your heart set on one destination, open your heart to a full range of destinations and then take them in whatever bargain order they present themselves.
  2. Enrol in a rewards program and start using it! Collect points whether they be Air Miles, Avion, Aeroplan, or Marriott Rewards. Use points to start subsidizing travel.
  3. Use technology.  APPs like Kayak and Sky Scanner to automate your searches. Each will alert you to price changes and can let you know which are the best dates to travel. Also, participate in travel forums and keep watching local travel blogs.
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    A view of the City of Florence skyline.

    I really wasn’t thinking about a trip to Italy, but when a bargain flight of $583 popped up, I decided to go for it! I spent 8 days in Florence earlier this year and it was an absolutely fantastic time! Being open to new destinations really helps stretch the budget. I want to see the world (affordably) and it really doesn’t matter in what order I do it. 

But my town has nothing to offer

Have you ever said this? “My town has nothing to offer.”

Travel can help.

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Nothing but blue sky, open road and red rocks.

Here’s the thing. When YOU travel, you see and experience new things. Perhaps you come home with a business idea or a fabulous way to plan events or promote your own industries.  Or perhaps, in your travels you meet a friend and invite them to visit your community at some time.  That helps your town. You help your own town by travelling and returning with new ideas and renewed energy.

The other side of the coin is when you INVITE tourists to your community, you stimulate the economy. You see, when tourists come to visit, they stay in your hotels and eat at your restaurants and buy souvenirs in your shops.

Staff that work in the tourism and hospitality industries are often students, and when you put money in the hands of students (through employment), they SPEND it. That’s a good thing…. no, it’s a great thing! When your part time worker is not burdened by a mortgage or a heavy debt load, they spend money on dining and clothes and car repairs and social events etc.  Their disposable income is much more than the burdened family, so these part time employees are injecting new money into the economy rapidly.

It’s the circle of LOCAL. When a student shops locally, with their paycheque, they help shop owners provide additional jobs, which in turn pays for groceries, and car sales, which pays for taxes and health care, which pays for music lessons and birthday parties and so on and so on.

But what if  you’re back to the stumbling block of “our town has nothing to offer?” That’s impossible! I offer you Pisa, Italy as an example. Simply a small community with a bell tower built on swampland, that started to lean and a builder who never took credit for the error. Hundreds of years later, tourists are still gawking at the sight and also paying $35 a person to climb the legendary example of construction gone wrong.

So, I believe every town absolutely has something to offer! You just have to look at things a little differently. See things from a new angle! And invite the tourists to come.

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