If it doesn’t sound like you, don’t force it. It’s not the trip for you.
Read current reviews and visit Oyster.com to see what the real travellers are saying. (Go back to rule 1.)
Don’t put too much stock into what the tour company says. Whether Westjet’s marketing team is describing the room, or Sunwing’s, or Air Canada’s…. it’s the same room. Whether it’s “modern” “chic” “spacious” or “deluxe” that’s just an adjective. It’s the same room.
Check your flight times. If the price is outstanding, but the flight connections are miserable, is it a bargain? No.
Know your prices. Have a general idea what the trip typically sells at so that you can recognize a bargain.
Seek out less-busy times of the year to travel. (Right after school goes back in session. Right after national holidays.)
When you spy THE bargain, the right deal for you, go for it! Be decisive. Act quickly. That price, or the last two seats on the plane might be gone tomorrow or they might be sold out in an hour. You’re not the only one who’s tuned into travel deals, reading blogs and scouring Twitter trying to save money and travel more.
If you don’t have all the money and the trip is more than 60 days out, call your Travel Agent, put down a deposit and lock in that price! It’s easy to do. Payment plans are available for future travel. (Does not apply to last minute travel, booked 60 days or less in advance.)
If you find a bargain that you love, but can’t go… share it! Maybe it’s exactly what one of your friends has been looking for.
Don’t get hung up on rewards points. Like an ugly sweater, you may have paid lots to get it, but that doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile or a good fit for this party.
Here’s a handy, off the cuff guide to escaping Manitoba and going on a tropical, all inclusive, beach vacation.
In order of typical total cost. Least expensive destinations to most expensive: Cost on each island will vary by resort and room category.
Cayo Coco, Cuba
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Maya Riviera, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Los Cabos, Mexico
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Turks n Caicos
A rough number, for a 4 star vacation, at a non-peak holiday time starts at $2000 per adult. $1700 for your Air/Hotel package, $200 insurance, $100 gratuities & incidentals like resort fees/tourist card etc.
Peak travel is: American Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Spring Break, University Break (2nd week of Feb) Plan for at least $2600 or more per adult for a 4 star vacation with insurance and incidentals.
Think of package vacation travel like buying a vehicle. There is everything from the Chevy Cruise to the Cadillac available. You just have to find the model, the style and the features that suit you. Yes, they are all just “cars” but what comforts/conveniences do you need to be happy and satisfied? Travel is the very same.
My bottom line is this: if the decision comes down to $300 and it’s the difference between being “satisfied” and “happy” choose HAPPY. (Cut out souvenirs or new clothes for the trip to cover the cost if you need to.)
When you feel like you are settling for a car/vacation because you like the price….you will start off on the wrong foot. When you find something you are EXCITED about, you also give yourself the gift of anticipation. Every day you know you have something to look forward to, even if it is 4 months away. Dare I say the hard winter days get easier, when I have something to look forward to and dream about.
With the school holidays starting late and going into January this year, a lot of people are looking for a post-Christmas getaway. There isn’t a lot of deep discounts out there. You can expect to pay between $1500 and $2500 for most hot beach vacations. The good news is that most are all-inclusive and most with Sunwing and Air Transat do offer direct flights.
So, if your significant other is just too hard to buy for or a trip browsing the mall gives you panic attacks, this might be the perfect solution.
Give a luggage tag with the destination written on it, as your gift under the tree, then pack and enjoy the trip together just a few days later.
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!
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.)
Prices subject to change, or sell out without notice. Other dates available at higher prices. This bargain was spied at www.itravel2000.com