Paris, oh heavens, Paris!

If you’ve ever thought about a trip to Paris, it’s your time. If you’ve dreamt about Paris in the spring, it’s your time. If you have visions of proposing under the Eiffel Tower, it’s your time.

Paris. Return. Taxes in $410US

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Fly from Grand Forks or Minot, North Dakota

Paired with a hotel for 6 nights, through for about $900 CANADIAN funds. 4 star hotel, of course!

There are literally 1000’s of date combinations in this. From December, thru May 2017.

————————————> And it’s gone.

In less than an hour, the unbelievable prices are gone. I had just finished researching and had started writing. In fact, I was almost ready to publish this deal. Then, it disappeared. Flights from GFK & MOT back up to $1300US funds.

Sigh. I really had my hopes up of a d0-over trip of my failed November 15, 2015 trip. (You know, the one I cancelled, the day after the Paris attacks.)

Anyways, the lesson in this, is simply, sometimes amazing deals are fleeting. I can only surmise, not meant to be, in this case. Again.


Sorry. I really am.


5 Star Mazatlan $675 plus tax

Hey Winnipeggers, here’s a bargain you can share with your friends. I know you like a deal!

Here’s a Black Friday deal from You leave Friday December 16th, and return on the 23rd, in plenty of time to hang the stockings for Santa.

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A 5 star vacation, for a family of four, under $1000 per person.

Stay tuned all week, for more Black Friday travel deals.  If you like the deals, please share them with friends.

Last minute Cuba $655

Ten days from now, you could be lying on a white sand beach in Cuba, sipping a mojito, for one heck of a bargain!

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-4-15-26-amThis all-inclusive Sunwing Vacation is currently listed at $655, all taxes and fees included.

Direct flights, from Winnipeg to Varadero, you will leave 9am  December 1st and return 7:30pm December 8th. So, this bargain gets top marks from me for convenient flights!

Price shown here, is a complete package, for 2 adults.

Lastly, before you book ANY vacation, ever, I suggest you read the most recent reviews from Trip Advisor. Having accurate, up to date, first hand information enables you to make the best decision. Price should never be your only deciding factor. A vacation should meet your needs, and provide personal value. That being said, bargains are almost always about the DATES. Go when everyone else is going…. (like school holidays) and you could pay 2-3 times the amount for EXACTLY the same vacation. Go when others are busy and there is far less demand, and you could pay far less for the identical vacation. (Actually, yours could be BETTER. Avoid the crowds and the lineups and have the beach and staff to yourself.)

Here are the latest reviews of this exact hotel. Make sure you also browse photos to know what things truly look like. Not all brochure photos are realistic.

Prices subject to change, or sell out without notice. Other dates available at higher prices. This bargain was spied at

Book on-line or with your favourite travel agent.

Non-stop Orlando Bargain

Christmas Holidays can be overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be a great treat to book yourself a little getaway just as soon as the New Year’s shoes are packed away and the Christmas Tree has hit the compost pile?

How about Florida? Sunwing as an outstanding deal for non-stop flights, Winnipeg to Orlando. $299 taxes included, January 7th to 14th, 2017.

Available as of Nov 20th. Prices and availability subject to change


Pair this flight with a gem of a deal, in any one of the Marriott hotels in the Kissimmee/Seaworld/Disney area. Take your pick between luxury golf resorts, to family friendly residence hotels. They are offering 20% off best rates available, PLUS $25 daily resort credit. Valid thru end of March 2017.

And if your Orlando trip includes Disney World, make sure to pick up your park passes at the Disney site, or at your local CAA office. Each are offering passes at 25% off for Canadians.



In loving memory

My mother died two weeks ago. So, a lot of things have changed. First off, I’m grounded. No trips, no vacations, nothing for the foreseeable future. So, that’s different for me. I’m needed at home. There’s things only I can take care of.

Secondly, I didn’t know that she had aspirations of being a travel counsellor. We found a resume in her things. It’s from 20 years ago, but she was hoping to make a move within the organization she worked for and take on a role of travel sales.

In this resume she declares a love for travel and a thirst to see more of the world. I didn’t know this. Actually, it comes as quite a shock. I say this because she openly challenged me when I talked about planning trips. She didn’t want me “jetting off.” “Going to strange places.” “Stay closer to home” she’d say.

But maybe that “don’t go” attitude only applied to ME. Maybe her love for me simply outweighed the see-the-world zest for life and ambition she once had. Or the travel ambition she had for herself, or others.

The woman who taught me to get up & go. I like this photo of her. It really shows that spunk. That fun-loving side of a younger woman who toted kids around coast to coast, spun tires, played loud music and showed us how to “road trip.”


In recent years, she hated the thought of me going anywhere. It actually caused her great anxiety. So, it got to the point where I didn’t even tell her of my plans. I simply went where I wanted to go and told her about how wonderful it was, once I got back.

Despite attempts to sneak away, she would sometimes hear about my plans from my brother. I’d be off on a weekend adventure, like I was in Cleveland, and I’d get a text from her. “Hope you’re having fun in Cleveland.” I never knew how to take these messages. Was she busting me? Was she sincere…. as in “have fun dear.” Or was it sarcasm? Whatever the sentiment, it was moments like those, I’ll miss and cherish now.

Keeping tabs on me was her hobby. I’m sure of it! And further, she would report my every move to my Amma. (Icelandic for grandmother) I resisted, at times, feeling like the “Amma Squad” was a division of the FBI or something. I’m kidding, of course, I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I was just indulging my independence and free spirit. I am an adult, in every country on earth, with age and wisdom to spare, after all. Our game of travel cat and mouse, was a pretty typical mother-daughter thing, I’d say.

Her health challenges were what limited her travels ultimately. I don’t think she left Canada in the last decade. “No need for a passport” she’d say. I, on the other hand, applied for a passport as soon as cross-border travel required it and have been busy trying to get those pages stamped ever since. I really felt like my passport was an actual ticket to adventure.

I’ll get my wings back. I’m looking forward to 2017. I have to. I need to keep my chin up and eyes to the sky, take things one day at a time. It’s how I’ll cope with this incredible loss. And I do take comfort in the fact that she had her own travel aspirations and a spark inside her, like I do, to see the world and experience what it has to offer.