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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Mystery Solved: What the heck is turndown service?

From enchantingireland.com

I am a weird neat freak that literally prefers to clean her own hotel room. This comes from my mom being a germ-obsessed nurse, who is hyper aware of the lingering disease wherever we are. Boogie man? Nah, in my family we are scared of touching bus railing after strangers. As such, I have been very suspicious of turndown service….and have always TURNED-it-DOWN (see what I did there). Today, I confronted my suspicious by reading about it on the internet (classic!).

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Mystery Solved: Why can you hear the ocean in the sea shell?

From mermaid-caves tumblr page
From mermaid-caves tumblr page

The other day, I asked someone (whose identity will stay anonymous on this blog in order to protect their dignity) why you can hear the ocean in a shell and that person gave me the greatest answer. He or she said that a shell is basically a canyon, and when a sound gets trapped in the canyon, it echoes for a certain period of time….which is why you can literally hear the ocean when you hold a sea shell up to your ear. This pretty much brought a tear to my eye. It’s so romantic that a little piece of the ocean was circulating the inside of the shell for us to hear wherever we are. I was so touched, I wanted to share it with everyone…but just wanted to confirm it first. Well…

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Photo Set: My recent vacation to Mexico (part 1: beach, pool, room)

A couple of weeks ago, I spent 5 magical days in Riviera Maya at the Royal Suites Yucatan resort. Here are some pictures from my time there.

View from the room

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StayCATEon

I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, and fellow Vancouvereites (sp?) can confirm that today, we all woke up like….

Honey-you've-got-a-big-storm-coming

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