Albuquerque, New Mexico $1K

What a fun word to write! Thank goodness for spellcheck. I can’t think of another word that has three “U” and two “Q.”

And until my time-killing search on a -30C night in January, I didn’t realize that you could fly to New Mexico, from Brandon, in one day. Thanks to Expedia.ca I took this info and rolled into a vacation.

Flights, 7 night’s hotel, and breakfast included $1022 per person. That’s pretty cool and suddenly, you’re 55 degrees warmer than at home, eating authentic Mexican cuisine and exploring the Rio Grande.

If you’re ready to start your research, click here for the Albuquerque Tourist Bureau and a link to order a travel guide.

And here’s their blog to keep you up to date on current events. Lots of great photos featured here as well.

From hot air balloon rides to golfing and sightseeing in Old Town, you could definitely stay busy and stay warm for a week.

Screenshot January 3rd. Prices and availability subject to change without notice.
Breakfast and free parking included.

Under $1500, All Inclusive

Looking for a Christmas/school break getaway. Here’s about the best value package I can find from Winnipeg. It’s with Air Transat, includes direct flight, 4+ star hotel and is all inclusive.

Here’s the direct link to the hotel itself. Do check out the resort and make certain it’s the vacation you’re after. Price alone should never be the ultimate decision factor.

You can book on-line, or with any travel agent you choose. Screen shot and bargain were found at www.TripCentral.ca this time.

If you need a hotel at the Winnipeg Airport before your beach getaway, consider the Courtyard Marriott. It’s my favourite and right at the terminal. Very convenient.

 

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Screenshot from Tripcentral.ca

 

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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 Expedia.ca 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.

Damn.

Sorry. I really am.

 

Tips for seeing Kelowna and the Okanagan

1) Rent a car.

There are lakes, resorts and towns; wineries, national parks and historic sites abound. There’s literally something worthwhile to visit every 20 minutes, so you’ll want to stay mobile and cover some ground. The highway 97 north from Kelowna is double lane to Vernon and then single lane (with passing lanes) to the Trans-Canada and Revelstoke. I found it beautiful driving in the sunshine. Though I’m sure it would be more challenging in the winter and poor weather.

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One lane bridge over the Columbia River
Waterfall outside just outside the town of Revelstoke, BC
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Rock monument at Centennial Park in Revelstoke

2) Stay flexible.

Don’t over-plan or over schedule yourself. There is something around every corner that you’ll want to stop and see. For example. We had no idea that we wanted to go to a Kangaroo Farm. But when one of the tourism kiosk volunteers told us about it, and it was only 10 minutes away we decided heck ya! And now we’re going to recommend it to everyone we meet. Kids and youth admission is just $5, adults $10, or if you arrive before 10AM, everyone is just $5. (Cash only and at the gate. No advance tickets)

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Kangaroo Farm. 10 minutes north of the airport. See my friend the albino wallaby.

3) BC… Bring Cash

Roadside stands, u-pick fruit, and places like the kangaroo farm were cash only. And things in BC tend to be a little bit more expensive than on the prairies. For example, gas. In Winnipeg it was 96.9 cents per litre. In Kelowna 1.14 and in Revelstoke 121.9 on the same day.

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4) Save room for fruit and wine in your baggage allowance.

You don’t have to worry about packaging, or even making a stop on your way to the airport, YLW has it all conveniently inside the departure lounge. Once you’re past security, you can pick up a couple bottles of regional wine. They’ll even pack it in a carry-on approved box. (Bottle packs for 2 or 4)

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New Farm to Flight program. Packed fresh fruit for sale in the boarding lounge. A “suitcase” of peaches was $12.95
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Wine store at Kelowna Airport, past security and in the boarding lounge.

Packing help is just a tweet away

Are your scissors too big? Nail clippers allowed? What about knitting needles? What CAN you take in your carry on bag on the airplane?

Well, your answer is only a tweet away. The agency responsible for air transport safety in Canada (CATSA) will reply to your tweet with a yes or no. It’s that easy.

Tweet them your photo or your question at @catsa_gc

Also available in French @actsa_gc

For additional, and more detailed regulations and a full list of carry on restrictions, to to their website.

There’s also an APP for your phone! Link to it from their main website.

With all this technology at your fingertips, there’s no excuse to pack the 4 inch scissors and the oranges!

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