Thursday, September 19, 2019

Barbados Trip Report - September 6 - 18, 2019

I had a hard time picking this vacation.  This was my annual trip with my son (he's 29 - gawd I'm getting old - 54) which we've done together since he was 6.  We deliberated over Disney World, Maui, Jamaica and Barbados.  We had pretty much decided on Maui because it was a direct flight for us, but when I went to book, I hesitated and wasn't sure I wanted to do it (We've been to Oahu a few times before and while we adore Hawaii, I just wasn't sure...).  My friend told me to look at Barbados.  It felt right to me immediately once I started exploring but when it finally came down to booking, I struggled between All-Inclusive (AI) or Self-Catering (SC) option.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Las Vegas Trip Report - February 24 - 27, 2019

I'll admit this "low roller" was surprised when I got an offer for 3 nights comped in a FOUNTAIN VIEW king room at Bellagio.  Hell yes!  Normally all I get is the regular, non-view room offers there.  I had three choices this time: that one, strip view or this one.  I was in!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Las Vegas Trip Report - November 18 - 21, 2018

I was at the Bellagio in May, so I was fortunate to get to go back for an additional quick solo getaway this year.  Got 3 nights comped, but still had to pay $39 resort fee.  I got my air for $200 CAD return as I had some points on my credit card that I used against the $350 fare.  Flew Westjet out of YVR.  My offer also included a $50 resort credit.  I have always wanted to try Aria, and phoned to see if they could offer the same as Bellagio.  They did, and also threw in $40 free play with the resort credit, so I switched. I have always wanted to try their rooms and I've always loved the hotel.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pacific Coastal Cruise Trip Report - September 2 - 9, 2018

This was my annual getaway with my son.  I always look forward to traveling with him and we've pretty much vacationed every year together since he was six.  I only had 8 days so this was good as the departure left from our hometown Vancouver and the flight home from San Diego is a short one.  I've been on the Celebrity Infinity as I took it for my Panama Canal cruise last year.  I had 15 days on it and know the ship well.  We liked all the ports too!  Lots to do and visit this time.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Las Vegas Trip Report - May 13 - 18, 2018

I was planning not to take any trips this year.  Decided to replace some furniture and work on the home instead.  However, I kept getting tempting emails and then I got one I couldn't refuse.  Bellagio sent me an offer that included 3 complimentary nights, a $50 resort credit and $50 free play.  That's pretty good for a low roller like myself!  5 nights is my sweet spot so the other 2 nights were $175 each and then of course the exorbitant daily resort fee of $40.  My air was complimentary with my credit card miles plan so it was relatively inexpensive.  "Almost Free", you might say...ha ha 😏

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Huatulco Trip Report - November 7 - 14, 2017

We were very excited to visit a part of Mexico that seemed less commercialized.  The word "quaint" kept coming to my mind while researching it.  We had a few options but ended up choosing the All-Inclusive (I'll get back to that choice later) option at Castillo Huatulco Hotel and Beach Club.  This was located in the "old town" of Santa Cruz.  Reviews looked good and the beach club looked awesome.  I also wanted to go somewhere I have never been in Mexico before.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Las Vegas Trip Report - September 4 - 11, 2017

I've missed Sin City so much and I'm always happy when I get a chance to vacation with my son.  He's 27 and I'm 52.  I did try to get him to go to San Francisco this time, but he wanted Vegas instead.  So, we chose the Bellagio.  Luxury when I go with him, and downtown when I go by myself.  That's the great thing about Vegas - each trip is a new/different experience.  We chose between Bellagio, Aria, Wynn or Cosmopolitan and I got the best rates for Bellagio.  It was $1600 USD all in, after taxes and inclusive of the $39 per day resort fee for 7 days.  That was for two beds in a "Resort Queen Room".  Staying here also let us use some "MyVegas" rewards too, so we each got $50 & $25 free plays at the Bellagio, and a dinner buffet.  Any little bit helps.  My favorite part of Vegas is always planning where to dine.  This was no exception and I thought I could do it all with 7 days this time, but alas, there were many restaurants on my list that didn't get any love - always a reason to come back.  There are also many I would have liked to repeat from past trips but didn't do because there's too much new to seek out...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Westbound Panama Canal Cruise - April 30 - May 17, 2017

I wanted to go somewhere I have never been for this trip.  I got really lost in planning and couldn't choose anything - I was going in circles.  I don't even remember how I ended up stumbling across this cruise, but it really fell into place for me.  After a couple of months of looking, I finally decided that this was it.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Orlando Trip Report - November 5 - 12, 2016

The last time we were in Orlando was when my son was 8.  He's 26 now.  We decided it was time to return.  This sojourn wasn't for Disney though (gasp!).  We had missed International Drive and Universal Studios last visit so this is what we chose to do this trip.  My son was a huge fan of the "Harry Potter" books when he was young(er).  I read him the first one and when we got to the second, he asked me to read more each night, meaning more than one chapter...  I told him that he knew he how to read himself and it was now that time for him to start reading on his own.  He read all the books from that point on and saw all the movies too...I'll admit that he nudged me at one movie while we were on vacation because he said I was snoring.  :)  I admit I am not a "die hard" Harry Potter fan.  My youth was spent reading C.S. Lewis books like "The Magician's Nephew" (I read this to him),  "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe" & the series of Narnia...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cancun, Mexico Trip Report - August 26 - September 2, 2016

It's been three years since I've seen my friends from Nashville.   This would be our 3rd time together.  We met in 2012 on an Alaskan cruise.  They are married and 48 years old, I'm single and 51.  The stars finally aligned and they were able to vacation with me again!  I was so excited and so happy.  I truly have some of the best traveling memories with them.