Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Canada Celebrates

Friday, July 1, 2011 is Canada’s 144th Birthday.

Our family always spends Canada Day with friends, fireworks and festivities. For us, it’s tradition.

Some of the biggest celebrations will be held in Ottawa. This year, the newly married Prince William and Princess Kate will be joining the celebration.

So whether you celebrate at your home, cottage, community or Ottawa, stand proud Canadians and sing ‘Oh Canada!’.

Happy Canada Day!.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Condo Bargain Club

Recently a deal came up on where you pay $149 for $500 off the retail price of a condo worldwide vacation from Condo Bargain Club. Condo sizes range from studio to three bedrooms. You can search the Condo Bargain Club web site weekly for available condo weeks at low prices.

This sounded intriguing but I couldn’t find much information on the web except for information given out by Condo Bargain Club. According to their site, they’ve been in business for 16 years and are publicly traded.

If you have had experience with or know anything about this company, please write us a comment.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Plantations, Civil War and Mint Juleps

We finally decided on our family’s perfect summer 2011 vacation destination.

The pre-requisites for this trip were as follows:

1. Low Cost
2. Reasonable driving distance
3. Interesting for all family members
4. Two weeks in length (ok, we stretched it to 2 ½ weeks)
5. Did I mention, Low Cost?

Gone with the Wind and Scarlett O’Hara gave us the answer; we’re heading south to Charleston and Hilton Head, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, with stops at Richmond, Virginia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This mix keeps everyone happy with loads of beaching/relaxing, a wealth of historical/cultural sites, ghost tours and great food, all at a reasonable price.

Through VRBO and Vacation Rentals, we booked a two bedroom cottage on a resort with pool in Charleston for $500.00 a week and a gorgeous, newly decorated, ocean view condo on a Hilton Head resort for $700.00 weekly. Both properties were booked directly through the owner. If you want tips on how to do this, check out my article, Book Privately and Save a Bundle.

We've also been using group internet coupons to pre-book tours and attractions for less than half price…but I’ll leave that for an upcoming article.

I’d love to hear any suggestions or advice that you may have for our venture to the South. In the meantime, I’ll practice my drawl and perfect my recipe for Mint Juleps.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Parks Canada National Pass: A Real Bargain

I have found a great deal for both residents and visitors to Canada. It’s the Parks Canada National Pass. This pass is good for a year and gets you into any of the National Parks and many national historic sights including Fort Louisbourg in Nova Scotia and Banff National Park, Alberta. Normally it costs $19.60 for a group of up to seven people in one vehicle to enter Banff National Park or $44.10 for a family to visit Fort Louisbourg. For the cost of $136.40 per family, this pass buys you unlimited admittance to not only Banff and Fort Louisbourg, but also a long list of sights across Canada.
When you purchase a pass, you are given one pass to display in your car. It’s not advertised, but if you have two cars and can prove that they are registered to the same family, living at the same address, you can get a second pass to place in your other vehicle.
For this low cost, it is well worth the money, even if you only use it for a few sights. You can purchase the passes on line, by phone at 1-888-773-8888 or at a participating location. There are also passes available for individuals, students and seniors. Check the Parks Canada site.