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Sunday Suggestions….

Here is something we use often.  A lot of you might know about it…hopefully you do.  But I know that a lot of our Canadian friends don’t realize that this option is available.  It is Allegiant air.  http://allegiantair.com

Allegiant air is an airline that is only in the United States.  Luckily for some of us Southern Canadians, we can hop in our cars, go over the border and arrange a flight for a substantially lower dollar amount.  The trick is that certain airports, such as Great Falls, Montana, only have Allegiant flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix.  We just happen to like going those places and on occasion have arranged flights for as low as $59 + taxes each direction.  A very big difference to the $200 plus out of the nearest Canadian airport!  For us this means more trips.  Not just couples trips either, with those prices we are able to take all 5 of us more often.  There is nothing quite like renting a house in Phoenix for a week and knowing you will still be able to afford groceries when you get home :)

My dream vacation…

When my sister and her family were down at Christmas we got talking about our dream vacations. My sister and I would like to go over to Scotland and Wales where are Grandparents were from, but I was surprised to hear that her “ideal” vacation is the same as mine!!

This is the St. Regis Resort in Bora Bora and you might recognize it from the movie “Couples Retreat”.    A one bedroom, over the water, villa can be reserved for about $1040 Canadian for 7 nights.  A 3 bedroom for the same amount of time will run you about $12,900!!  But boy does it look worth it!!  I figure that with a family of 5 this could be a bit out of my budget but if you were looking for a romantic getaway for 2…this would be perfect.  I promise that if I ever go, you guys will be the first to hear about it!  I am anticipating a flawless review!

Venice Beach Review…

For the most part, Venice Beach is a beautiful section of the California coast just south of Santa Monica.  Generally it is a nice sandy beach and a great place to spend the day.  The ocean front is lined with expensive houses and condos with an amazing ocean view.  As you walk north on the boardwalk you can see the Santa Monica Pier and the carnival rides in the distance and it is very much the California beach that I imagined. 

As you approach Muscle Beach, which really isn’t as great as I thought it would be, the atmosphere changes and you would swear you were walking down a row of shops in Jamacia.  The very first street corner had a Medical Marijuana sign out front and a young lady on the corner pulling people in to get their Medical Marijuana License.   From then on the smell of weed filled the air and we were approached every half a block or so either by a “Kush Doctor” salesperson or a “down and out” musician trying to sell us a CD he had burned on his computer. 

I am not sure what this area used to be like, but from some of the stories I have heard it used to be an interesting unique place to visit, but it seems like the area has become dominated by drug shops, drug users and people down on their luck.  In all it was an interesting experience, but it is unlikely we will be back, especially with our children.

Here is a quick video review including a couple video clips of the boardwalk:

Sunday Suggestions…

Every Sunday I am going to post a suggestion…just different websites and links that Richard and I use when we are trying to find the best prices for travel.

I am a researcher…ask anyone. If I want to know something I will research until I am satisfied that I have found all the answers. My sister-in-law calls me the master “googler”! Richard figures I have reached the end of the internet! When we are taking the kids on a holiday, I find that it does require more time and energy to plan. A bigger place to stay or two hotel rooms, activities for the kids and more substantial meal planning! Depending on where we are going, we love to rent houses. We have rented houses in Orlando, Maricopa and Las Vegas. My favorite site to go to is www.vrbo.com.

Last Christmas we rented a 3500 sq foot house in Las Vegas for all of Richard’s family…all 18 of us! It was excellent and we were all in the pool on Christmas day! Doing it this way, it was way cheaper than hotel rooms for everyone! Granted, we are very lucky that our family gets along very well. Even renting in Orlando with just our 5 was great…everyone gets their own room and you have a private pool for the duration of your stay! Go check it out for your next holiday!

Tanya

Backing up a bit.

So I figured that at some point I should back up a bit and introduce myself.  Hi…my name is Tanya.  I live in Canada.  That might explain why we like to travel.  It is cold here for most of the year and I love nothing more than getting away from snow and laying on a beach.

I didn’t always love to travel…mostly because as a child, we didn’t travel.  My parents are not the travelling kind.  The farthest I had ever gone was over the border in the United States to do “back to school” shopping!   When I tell people one of Richard and I’s first dates, they laugh.  I mean, I had been on some weird dates before (one boyfriend took me to a cemetery) but I had never been one place and I asked him to take me.  So we packed up the car for a little day trip and he took me straight to the….airport.  I just wanted to see it and luckily he liked me enough to keep up with my quirks!  I guess you could say that was when I knew he was a keeper!

Why we love to travel…

Alberta in December

This picture was taken about 10 minutes from my house in Alberta, Canada.  Looks cold doesn’t it?  I think so too.  Some people criticize us for travelling so much and I always have a difficult time explaining why we get away as often as we can.  Well this picture about sums it all up.  Canada is a great country, but the climate sucks!

Hello Vegas and Disneyland!

Our family went on a trip to Disneyland about 5 years ago.  Our youngest daughter loved California Adventure.  Ever since then she has wanted to go back.  For the last year we have been promising her to go back.  It worked out that we could only get away the week of August 6, so we started researching.  We found that if we drove to Great Falls Montana and flew Allegiant Air we would save approximately $1500.  The savings on our flights more than paid for our food and hotels for the rest of the trip.

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