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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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.

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

DreamCATEon: Japan

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The Great Buddha of Kamakura

To be clear, I would love to go anywhere on Alex Spatari’s Instagram (which is my source for today’s dreamcateon), but this week, let’s focus on the beautiful Japan. Japan has it all: GREAT food, busy cities, rich history, and BABY DEER!!!!!

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One of the most photographed places on Earth! Fushimi Inari-taisha
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The busy Shinjuku Kabuki-cho

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Spanish Tomato Salad

Okay, I am by no means a food blogger or a chef, but I do LOOOVE food, so I thought I would share some of the highlights from my tummy.

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StayCATEon

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

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