Post Christmas Cuba $1387 tax in

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.

I’ve spied these options at Redtag.ca

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Screenshots from retag.ca on December 8th. Prices and availability subject to change

 

Here’s the ‘big picture’ post-Christmas holiday price grid. It will give you some of the options still available to book. The prices DO include taxes.

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The handy price comparison grid from RedTag.ca

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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Recent reviews

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!

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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.)

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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 www.itravel2000.com

Book on-line or with your favourite travel agent.

Turks and Caicos Getaway

Work has gotten a little chaotic this summer. And while I DID escape for a few days, I haven’t had a moment to write about it.

I want to do a great job on this series, (since it’s one of my favourite places on earth), but until I can sit down and do a proper job, I offer you these photos.

Each is unedited, taken by me, August 2016. On my Canon camera.

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Grace Bay Beach
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Pier on Grace Bay Beach, near the future site of the Four Seasons Resort
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Sunset on Grace Bay Beach
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Loungers and view at the Royal West Indies Resort
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Parasailing over calm waters

 

Bombarded with inspiration

Ever feel overwhelmed by travel planning? I’m feeling it right now. Travel planning anxiety…is that a thing? TPA?

Here’s the thing, I want a vacation. I need a vacation. But there seems to be a veil of social media pressure to have an AMAZING vacation. And right now, it clouds the view on everything. There is an air of pressure to have THE BEST vacation, a hey LOOK at my photos vacation. And every single time I open my email there’s a “LIMITED TIME OFFER that is EXCLUSIVE” for me.

I’m tired of being shouted at. I just want to go somewhere quiet and lovely and relax. Am I right, or am I wrong? Can’t anyone just casually tell you about their happy place?

I opened an email this morning from KLM Airlines. I’m a fan. They definitely know a thing or a million about travel. Today’s sales lead was about the new Dreamliner planes flying from Toronto and Calgary four times a week (as low as $685 direct and tax in). I found myself clicking links and looking for flights that suited my budget and wondering when I could go to Amsterdam and with whom. And then I started to feel stressed.

And then I started to think about the Tropicana Hotel in Vegas, because it’s been over a year since I’ve been to Vegas, and Vegas is my default (quick, cheap and always a good time) getaway. And I truly love Vegas, because when I’m there, I’m bombarded with lights and activity that I forget about work (which is admittedly very hard for me to do). And I like that feeling of “forgetting about work.” The Tropicana is alluring for me because it smells like coconuts, and is so small that you can get to the pool from your room in 2 minutes, and there’s a Starbucks on the way and right now I’m so tired (from work) that a two minute commute to a lounge chair is all I have energy for. And their rooms are pretty and white and tropical, which I love. BUT my inbox also has invites and “exclusive offers” from The Wynn (which I have never been to, but is definitely on my list) and The Bellagio (which is my favourite but is expensive and I don’t know if any visit can ever compare with the time I was upgraded to the Bellagio Suite, so why bother) and Caesar’s Palace (which is celebrating their 50th anniversary and I love their Laurel pool) and Monte Carlo (which is so central and has a great pool and I could stay practically free) and lastly (probably not lastly, I ignore a lot of emails) The Cosmopolitan Hotel (where I would love to stay to try to be hip, but I probably wouldn’t fit in, but still, “see Bruno Mars at the Chelsea” at the Cosmopolitan Hotel is on my Bucket List).

And I desperately want to go back to the Turks and Caicos because it probably IS my happy place. And I even see great flight prices right now, but I can’t get the time off work. And I probably don’t have the budget for it right now. It’s expensive, but less so in the summer. And honestly, there is no wrong time of the year for the Caribbean.

So there it is, dear travel diary, my cluttered, overwhelmed travel thoughts and why I’m stuck in the mud right now and desperate to go, but overwhelmed with offers and flat broke in time.

I have TPA. Travel planning anxiety. And I’m going nowhere.

Do you feel it too?