In Honor of USA Sun Vacation Sale!

Flight Centre currently has an amazing offer for packages to USA Sun destinations, like California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, AND Puerto Rico! We are offering $200 OFF PER ADULT for custom packages which include flights from Canada, accommodation (3 nights minimum), and an activity. You can email me any time for more information: cate.ciu@flightcentre.ca  . In honor of this sale, I wanted to include a couple of my own highlights from some of the places on the list!

  1. Dole Pineapple Plantation in Hawaii
    Oahu is breath taking. The Hawaiian culture just inspires the ultimate sense of CHILL. The pineapple…ahem CHERRY … on top of the trip, was the my visit to the Dole Planation, where I tried delicious pineapple ice cream and looked my very best in a bikini (haha get it? because I am a pineapple in the pic below)
  2. Grand Canyon just outside Las Vegas
    I did Grand Canyon independently the first time, and with a tour the second. I highly recommend the latter. There is so much to see, and it is pretty difficult not to get lost in the “awe” of it all during your visit. Also, the tour company packed an amazing snack box and provided comfy, festive blankies for when it gets nice and chilly at the Canyon.

  3. Disneyland in LA
    My first visit to Disney was as an adult, and I cried from accidental joy. Also, try the churros.
  4. Do everything in Phoenix!
    I love Phoenix, AZ. Like truly love it. The long highways and the tall palm trees are music to my soul. It’s home to the BEST BBQ joint in the universe (no exaggerations here) and huevos rancheros that will make your mouth taste like heaven. If you want to go to Phoenix, we need to CHAT.

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Living out of your suitcase just got easier

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I am always trying to perfect the art of packing. I try not to bring too much stuff (emphasis on try), and usually just unpack my bag in a hotel room. But if you are visiting for a short while or are frequently moving from one place to another, that’s not feasible. Shelfpack may have found a solution (emphasis on may). It’s a portable closet, built into your suitcase. It helps make your belongings more visible, so you don’t have to blindly feel around your suitcase to find that shirt. Frequent flyers, would you try this?

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InvestiCATEon: What movies are playing on my flight?

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Flights may only make up a small portion of a trip, but they can certainly feel like a life time. My favorite plane pass time is catching up on movies. I still remember the movie that played on my very first plane ride…it was Rush Hour. Let’s face it, it’s a classic, and it totally distracted me enough to not be scared. See, in-flight entertainment matters!

I have a loooong flight coming up, and in anticipation of it, I have been debating whether I should re-download the Serial podcast (where is season 2?????), you know, in case there aren’t any good movies playing in the air. BUT as I am flying with Air Canada, in-flight entertainment is no longer a mystery. You can go on their website, and check out what movies are playing on your exact flight!

I am so excited some of my favorites are playing! Trainwreck, Slumdog Millionaire, and Darjeeling Limited.

Fun Fact: Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, JetBlue, and Virgin America were all named top in-flight entertainment airlines!

 

The Best Restaurant in Phoenix, AZ

My boyfriend’s dad is one of those fantastic people who are able to scope out the BEST places anywhere in the world. It is thanks to him, I know about Bobby-Q. Since then, life has NOT been the same.

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First off, Bobby Q is just plain cute, and kind of home-y. When you sit down, they start you off with some warm corn bread and butter – heaven. The menu is miles long, but I have my favorites. The brisket is to die for, and goes exceptionally well with the signature beer they serve. And then….there’s the sides. Roasted corn, potatoes, mac’n’cheese…SO GOOD. And when you are done your amazing, heavenly sent, finger licking meal…..they send you home with some cinnamon/brown sugar mini doughnuts. BRB, booking my flights to Phoenix.

Vacation Auction (Nov 30)

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If you have been looking for an excuse to go on a vacation, I think you might have just found one. Transat is putting in motion a really unique idea tomorrow! A vacation auction.

To participate, you have to follow Air Transat on Twitter, and tomorrow, on November 30th, you will get a chance to bid on packages of your choice. The best part? Transat Auction raises funds in support of a wonderful organization: SOS Children’s Villages.

For more information, click here and for auction rules, click here.

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February Paradise: Azores

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Azores is a cluster of islands west of continental Portugal, but there are really no words to describe the beauty of this destination. It combines nature landscapes that will leave you breathless, finger-licking Portuguese cuisine, and a unique cultural experience away from familiar chains and brands seen everywhere in bigger Europe cities (why is there an H&M on every corner?)

When one of my clients said she wanted to go to Azores, I’m not going to lie..I did not know where Azores were (travel agents are people too!). For us, North Americans, Azores is a bit of a hidden treasure. And Europe, in general, can seem inaccessible. But, if you go at the right time (off season) and stay at the right places, a Europe package can cost you less than an all-inclusive. For example, this is the package I put together for my client.

  • Toronto, ON – Azores flights (direct; 6 hr)
  • Airport-hotel transfer roundtrip
  • 9 nights at a centrally located 4* Talisman boutique hotel
  • $1,181.96 CAD per person (based on 2 people in 1 room)

Are you interested in a custom package? Email me at cate.ciu@flightcentre.ca

Happy Humpday: Holy Ship

If you have ever held the misconception that cruises are for “old” people, THINK AGAIN. Holy Ship is basically a rave or Coachella…or Burning Man…on a ship. Departing from Port of Miami, this party cruise sails to the Caribbean and Bahamas. The waiting list can be up to TWO YEARS, and the next two cruises, scheduled for January and February 2016, are already sold out. The cruise is only 3 days, but let’s face it, that’s probably enough to detox for the next month.

If you want to learn more about this cruise, email me at cate.ciu@flightcentre.ca