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Now that’s a first!

Those of you that know me, know I love to travel.  I could spend hours searching for the perfect destination, rental, airfare…and often do when we’re planning a trip.  I want to ensure I get the best location for the absolute best price.

What can I say?  My momma taught me well.  Maybe it’s because being a single parent of four kids, she could never afford to take us on vacation so now that I have the opportunity to go every now and then, I want to make her proud by finding a bargain so she doesn’t think I’m spending my money frivolously.  Whatever the reason, searching for bargain travel has to be one of my favorite hobbies (Can that even be considered a hobby?).

Anyway, I was perusing one of my favorite travel sites, SniqueAway and came across this hotel in Punta Cana…

Normally – $371 / night

On special for the barain price of – $129 / night

Ok…what’s the catch?

I proceed to the hotel website to read the fine print and stumble across their FAQs…

Well then…that’s a first!  Most either say… Yes! They are welcome…. or No!  Adults only!

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an answer quite like this, but it doesn’t make you feel so welcome.  I like a definite “No” better than a “well…we’ll allow them, but we’d rather not have your bratty kids at our resort” type of response.

Hmm…maybe they need some help in their Marketing department or maybe they don’t know what they want to be when they grow up.  Either way, my advice…

Make a damn decision and stick with it!

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Travel

 

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Horse and carriage liability – Does your hotel have it?

I was glancing at the fire escape route on the back of my hotel door when something else caught my eye….

The Limitation of Innkeeper’s Liability

No Innkeeper is liable to make good to any guest any loss of or injury to any goods brought to the inn, not being a horse or other live animal or any gear appertaining thereto, or a carriage, to a greater amount than the sum of $40 except where default or neglect.

Wha?  I could’ve brought my horse and carriage to the hotel in downtown Toronto?  I wish somebody would’ve told me!  I bet that would’ve been much cheaper than the mandatory $45 valet parking for the car!

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Travel

 

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Slacking in action

Sorry for the lack of posts so far this week! I’m in Toronto on business again and was too exhausted to post anything last night. Why does traveling on a plane take all the spunk out of your Wheaties? Maybe it’s the fact that it feels like a cattle car or maybe (like me) you’re tense the whole time because you don’t want to invade the other person’s space. Whatever the reason, I promise to do better the rest of the week.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Travel

 

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Family Vacation 2011 Intro

One of my passions in life is traveling.  I secretly always wanted to be one of those hosts on the Travel Channel that reviewed places to stay and things to do in all the exotic locations around the world.  So, when it came time to plan our 2011 family vacation, I spent countless hours scouring the internet for content.  Where did we want to go?  What would we do when we got there?

Traveling with children brought out my fear of the unknown – all these thoughts running through your head… will they make it through the airport and flight without a meltdown… how will the time change affect them… did I pack the medicine… did I pack diapers and lovey in the carry-on… will I get to enjoy this vacation too or will I be too worried about my children…

So, more research ensued – traveling with toddlers, airplane games, to purchase an airline seat for <2 or not to, etc.  One of the ideas I stumbled across was to fill a backpack full of new items and let them open one every 30 minutes to keep them entertained on the plane.  I purchased the following for our bag of goodies, which turned out to be a lifesaver:

  • iPod loaded with games
  • Crayola Color Wonder Markers & Coloring Books
  • Modeling Clay (the kind that doesn’t dry out)
  • Wikki Stix (VERY cool toy!  Nate still plays with them around the house and comes up with some pretty imaginative games)
  • Nesting Fairies (which might sound like something perverted, but I swear it’s not!) – I would not reccomend these for a flight – When Riley opened one of the nesters, the others went flying everywhere.
  • Flash Cards (on a ring)
  • Books

For the airplane seat, we decided to go the el cheapo route and have Riley be a lap child.  Word of advice – if you’re travelling with more than one child, PAY THE MONEY FOR A SEAT!  Did you hear that? I said PAY THE MONEY FOR A SEAT.

Riley's 1st plane ride

Now that the “how” was figured out, I had to make a final decision on the “where”.

I REALLY wanted to go back to Jamaica, but I kept questioning taking the kids at such a young age.  I almost booked it several times, but then I envisioned going through customs with two kids under 5 and I talked myself out of it (yes, I talk to myself alot).

In the end, San Francisco won out.  Hubby is a native, plus Grandma Nicole and several of hubby’s childhood friends still live there, so we decided to keep it low key and spend our vacation visiting.  We took Nate there when he was two and now that Riley was turning two, we thought it was time to take her to see the city by the bay.

To be continued…

P.S. My favorite travel resources are Trip Advisor followed closely by HomeAway

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Travel

 

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Sister’s Trip – Daufuskie Island, SC

If you know me, you know I love to travel when time and money allows, so this will be the first of many travel adventures I share….

In 2008, my two sisters and I went on a trip to Daufuskie Island, SC, where the local mode of transportation is golf carts. It was February, and still pretty cold out (a balmy 48 degrees), so you can only imagine us driving around in an open air golf cart, shivering and wishing for a heater!

The first morning, we decided to take a stroll along the beach. We parked the golf cart near the pool and walked down to take in the wonderful scenery.

Upon returning to the golf cart, I noticed that my seat (the passenger side) was in the sunlight getting nice and toasty and that the driver’s seat was in the shade. I sat down and said “Ooo, my butt warmer is on! This is great!” My sister, Alica, started frantically looking around at the dashboard controls and said, “Really? Mine’s not! How did you turn yours on?.”  I died laughing and knew at that point she must’ve left her common sense at home!

Here’s a photo of me and my sister, Alica in the golf cart.

There were so many times on that trip that we giggled like little girls.  Other trip highlights included:

  • Living on the edge by going outside of the property with our golf cart (which was a big no, no and now I know why). We made it to the spa, but we broke down in the middle of the forest on our way back to the cottage and a handyman had to come rescue us.
  • Here’s a photo of my sister Angie try to push our broken golf cart with me in it.  We laughed so hard I thought I was going to pee my pants.

  • Notice the white object on her hand in the photo above?  That brings me to highlight #3.  It was SO cold driving that damn golf cart around and we didn’t pack winter attire, so we improvised by wearing socks on our hands. Not the greatest looking accessory, but cleaver, right?
  • Visiting the spa at least once a day.  Joe, if you’re out there, I still haven’t found a masseur that compares!

  • Strolling down the beach every day and taking silly pictures

  • Wine glasses as big as our heads
  • Horseback riding on the beach

  • and last, but not least, Lester – our friend that invited us out to visit him on this wonderful island and helped ensure we were taken good care of

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2011 in Travel

 

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