Toronto to Cancun: Solo Trip

SPECS

Who: One Person, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Cancun, Mexico

When: Monday, January 21st - Monday, January 28th, 2019

Budget: $500

Notes: Most of these places to stay are the 'private room' option because you really just need a clean, safe and cozy place to rest your head between all the swimming, partying and activities. 


Flight: Toronto to Cancun | January 21st - January 28th

$358.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for one | January 21st - January 28th

Option 1: $139.00 CDN; Pool, Looks cozy, Great reviews, Good area

Option 2: $131.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, Looks nice, Good location

Option 3: $116.00 CDN; Get the whole place, Looks rustic, Great reviews

Option 4: $143.00 CDN; Get the whole place, Looks cozy, Good reviews, Quiet area

Option 5: $128.00 CDN; Pool, Looks nice, Quiet area, Great reviews, Close to transit

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $474.00 for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $501.00 for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Lake House Restaurant

I realize my posts are supposed to be about Toronto spots to go get food but you know, sometimes you have to venture out a little bit too right? Maybe you want to impress your parents? Take your best friend out for her birthday? Maybe you want to take your side chick somewhere no one will see you? Right. 

Lake House Restaurant is amazing for any of the aforementioned reasons. Oh, and the views and food are pretty amazing too. 

This has been one of my favourite restaurants for a very long time. When I lived in Hamilton, this was the place we all went to celebrate graduating college. Now, it will take about a little over an hour to get there from Toronto, well worth the drive though. 

I'm sure many of you have seen this place on the side of the highway when you drive to and from Niagara Falls. It is hard to miss the thousands of lights set up on the restaurant and the tree outside of it. The decor is beautiful, there is a huge wine selection and if you can score a seat on the patio - you're really set. It has amazing views of the water and it is so peaceful and jaw-dropping at sunset. 

On this trip to Lake House Restaurant my friend Jummy and I decided to try out the charcuterie board and for our mains we both chose the lobster mac and cheese. First of all, I have to mention they bring out bread before your meal starts and it is WARM bread. This may be insignificant to some, but to me it is a huge bonus when I don't have to try and put hard butter on some hard bread. All types of fail. This was nice and fluffy bread with fluffy butter to match. 

Once the charcuterie board came out, we were pretty impressed. The best part of the whole board was actually the mustard. If you love mustard, this is the place to try some very unique-looking mustard that tastes delicious. When the lobster mac and cheese came we both laughed at how small it was and that we would need to overload on dessert after to be full. We were wrong. This may have been the thickest mac and cheese I have ever had. We both were huffing and puffing to finish the whole bowl of this little meal. Wild.

On a nice summer or fall night if you can make it out to Vineland, you really should try and visit there. If you can, also request a patio seat with your reservation and try to go near sunset. You will not be disappointed. Beautiful place.

Fave dish: Lobster Mac and Cheese

Location: 3100 N Service Rd, Vineland

Website: www.lakehouserestaurant.com

 

- Mirna

Toronto to Nairobi & Mombasa: Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya

When: Wednesday, March 6th - Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Budget: $1700ish


Flight: Toronto to Nairobi | March 6th - March 17th

$1107.00 CDN: roundtrip (lands 7th, long layover to explore Frankfurt on way home)

 

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | March 7th - March 11th

Option 1: $442.00 CDN ($221.00/per person); Queen Room, Breakfast included, Looks nice, Pool, Good location

Option 2: $223.00 CDN ($111.50/per person); Good location, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $380.00 CDN ($190.00/per person); Pool, Looks big, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $227.00 CDN ($113.50/per person); Simple, Perfect reviews, Good area

 

Flight: Nairobi to Mombasa | March 11th - March 17th

$140.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct, lands 8hrs before your flight home to Toronto)

Or Train: $60.00 CDN: roundtrip in first class (7hrs or 4.5hrs each way, depends which one you take)

 

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | March 11th - March 17th

Option 1: $522.00 CDN ($261.00/per person); By beach, Pool, Great reviews

Option 2: $393.00 CDN ($196.50/per person); Good location, Breakfast included, Great reviews

Option 3: $328.00 CDN ($164.00/per person); Looks nice, On beach, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $396.00 CDN ($198.00/per person); Pool, Beach, Great reviews, Looks nice

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1442.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1729.00 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Toronto to Bahamas: Quickie Group Trip

SPECS

Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Nassau, Bahamas

When: Wednesday, October 10th - Monday, October 15th

Budget: $700


Flight: Toronto to Nassau | October 10th - October 15th

$447.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for 4 people | October 10th - October 15th

Option 1: $827.00 CDN ($206.75/per person); Good location, Great reviews, Looks rustic

Option 2: $872.00 CDN ($218.00/per person); Looks cute, Perfect reviews, Great location

Option 3: $842.00 CDN ($210.50/per person); Great location, Perfect reviews, Looks cozy

Option 4: $698.00 CDN ($174.50/per person); Quiet area, Looks cozy, Great reviews

Option 5: $733.00 CDN ($183.25/per person); Place looks amazing, Good location, Great reviews

Option 6: $1011.00 CDN ($252.75/per person); Looks cute, Pool, Quieter area, Great reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $621.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $699.75 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Toronto to Paris: Solo Trip

SPECS

Who: One Person, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Paris, France

When: Monday, December 3rd - Monday, December 10th

Budget: $700ish

Notes: This only allows for you to bring 10kg carry on bag with you, which should be fine for just a week there anyways. Also, all the places to stay will be 'private room' since, let's be serious, you are only going there to sleep in between all the baguette-eating and museum visits.


Flight: Toronto to Paris | December 3rd - December 10th

$393.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for one | December 4th - December 10th

Option 1: $321.00 CDN; Close to transit, Looks simple, Perfect reviews 

Option 2: $311.00 CDN; Cat place, Perfect reviews, Close to transit

Option 3: $345.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, Looks nice, Close to transit

Option 4: $343.00 CDN; Good location, Close to transit, Perfect reviews, Looks simple 

Option 5: $269.00 CDN; Looks simple, Perfect reviews, Close to transit 

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $662.00 for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $738.00 for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Toronto to Costa Rica: Quickie Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to San Jose, Costa Rica

When: Thursday, October 11th - Monday, October 15th

Budget: $500


Flight: Toronto to San Jose | October 11th - October 15th

$348.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | October 11th - October 15th

Option 1: $238.00 CDN ($119.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Good location, Looks cozy

Option 2: $261.00 CDN ($130.50/per person); Looks beautiful, Perfect reviews, Good area

Option 3: $189.00 CDN ($94.50/per person); Central location, Perfect reviews, Looks hipsterish

Option 4: $206.00 CDN ($103.00/per person); Simple, Perfect reviews, Good area

Option 5: $214.00 CDN ($107.00/per person); Downtown location, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $442.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $478.50 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Hamilton to Las Vegas: Weekend Group Trip

SPECS

Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Hamilton to Las Vegas, Nevada

When: Friday, November 30th - Monday, December 3rd

Budget: $400


Flight: Hamilton to Las Vegas | November 30th - December 3rd

$234.60 CDN: roundtrip (direct, add $73.50 for carry-ons so $308.00)

 

Stay: AirBnB for four | November 30th - December 3rd

Option 1: $345.00 CDN ($86.25/per person); Looks cozy, Perfect reviews, Close to Strip

Option 2: $357.00 CDN ($89.25/per person); Perfect reviews, Good location, Looks cozy

Option 3: $338.00 CDN ($84.50/per person); Looks cozy, Perfect reviews, Great location

Option 4: $347.00 CDN ($86.75/per person); Next to the Strip, Perfect reviews, Looks nice

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $392.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $397.25 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Carnival Itinerary: Toronto to Cayman Carnival Batabano 2019

SPECS

Who: Four people/Two Beds and Two people/Two beds

Where: Toronto to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

When: Tuesday, April 30th - Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Budget: Whatever I can find....

Notes: Usually I have the 'one person' option as well but the prices were just looking too wild for that. Sorry :(


Flight: Pearson International to Grand Cayman | April 30th - May 7th

$578.00 CDN per person; roundtrip (good layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for four | April 30th - May 7th

Option 1: $2133.00 CDN ($533.25/per person); Looks great, On beach, Great reviews

Option 2: $2135.00 CDN ($533.75/per person); Pool, Great location, Perfect reviews, Looks cozy

Option 3: $1752.00 CDN ($438.00/per person); Close to beach, Close to airport, Looks good, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $1933.00 CDN ($483.25/per person); Looks very nice, Close to beach, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $1562.00 CDN ($390.50/per person); Bed + Pull out bed, Looks super cute, Good area, Perfect reviews

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | April 30th - May 7th

Option 1: $1033.00 CDN ($516.50/per person); Good location, Looks nice, Bed + Sofa bed, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $1019.00 CDN ($509.50/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Good location, Good reviews

Option 3: $1558.00 CDN ($779.00/per person); Looks big, Quieter area, Perfect reviews

 

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $1111.75 CDN per person for the 4 person trip and $1357.00 CDN per person for the 2 people trip.

 

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Four Trips for Under $500ish: Belize, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica & Mexico

SPECS FOR TRIP 1

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Caye Caulker, Belize

When: Monday, October 29th - Tuesday, November 6th (8 nights)

Budget: $500ish


Flight: Toronto to Belize City | October 29th - November 6th

$309.00 CDN: roundtrip (layovers both ways)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two in Caye Caulker | October 29th - November 6th

Option 1: $489.00 CDN ($244.50/per person); Great reviews, Great location, Looks simple

Option 2: $422.00 CDN ($211.00/per person); Looks super cute, Good location, Great reviews

Option 3: $333 + 9% tax = $362.97 CDN ($181.49/per person); Simple, Shared bathroom, Great location, Looks cozy

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $490.49 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $553.50 per person for the trip.


SPECS FOR TRIP 2

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to San Juan, Puerto Rico

When: Wednesday, September 26th - Wednesday, October 3rd (7 nights)

Budget: $500ish


Flight: Toronto to Puerto Rico | September 26th - October 3rd

$315.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers both ways)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two in San Juan | September 26th - October 3rd

Option 1: $447.00 CDN ($223.50/per person); Looks cozy, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $440.00 CDN ($220.00/per person); Close to beach, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $465.00 CDN ($232.50/per person); Great location, Perfect reviews, Looks cozy

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $535.00 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $547.50 per person for the trip.


SPECS FOR TRIP 3

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to San Jose, Costa Rica

When: Tuesday, November 13th - Tuesday, November 20th (7 nights)

Budget: $500ish


Flight: Toronto to San Jose | November 13th - November 20th

$349.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers both ways)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two in San Jose | November 13th - November 20th

Option 1: $337.00 CDN ($168.50/per person); Simple, Great location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $297.00 CDN ($148.50/per person); Central location, Looks cute, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $309.00 CDN ($154.50/per person); Definitely a hippie spot, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $497.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $517.50 per person for the trip.


SPECS FOR TRIP 4

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Cancun, Mexico

When: Tuesday, November 27th - Tuesday, December 4th (7 nights)

Budget: $500ish


Flight: Toronto to Cancun | November 27th - December 4th

$378.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers both ways)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two in Cancun | November 27th - December 4th

Option 1: $278.00 CDN ($139.00/per person); Looks cozy, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $270.00 CDN ($135.00/per person); Pool, Looks simple, Great reviews, Big

Option 3: $223.00 CDN ($111.50/per person); Place looks great, Good location, Perfect reviews

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $489.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $517.00 per person for the trip.

 

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Michigan Trip Recap: Liverpool vs. Manchester United

I'm going to preface this with - I AM A BAYERN MUNICH FAN.

Okay now that we got that out of the way, this past weekend I traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to go watch Liverpool take on Manchester United at 'The Big House'. Boy, is that house BIG. People have been telling me how huge it is for years, and I have watched countless NCAA football games on TV take place there but NOTHING prepared me for this behemoth. Truly.

I bought the tickets for this game many months ago, as soon as the schedule for the International Champions Cup was released. My boyfriend Mark is a big Manchester United fan so it seemed like a great reason to do a short getaway for a weekend. Luckily, I also have family in Michigan - so my cousin and her husband were going to come along too!

The drive to Detroit went as usual for myself, my mom and dad. Now with Mark accompanying me suddenly the back seat of my mom's car could be put down so we could nap stretched out? I was not afforded this comfort before that day, thanks mom. We had our usual stop at the EnRoute by London to get some food and stretch our legs. A big trend we did notice was the influx of Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) jerseys that were also getting food around us at the stop. Mark made sure to high-five all the Manchester United fans instead. 

As we got to the border we made our stop at the most important part of crossing into America - the duty free shop. I would like to mention at this time that Mark purchased some bars of chocolate and that it came to $53.00 CAD while I bought two bottles of Appleton Rum (so, 2L) and that came to only $29.98 CAD. Let that sit in your mind for a minute.

We expected a crazy lineup at the border but we actually got through the tunnel and to the border patrol guard pretty fast. The gentleman at the border told us they were expecting 40,000 people to cross into Michigan JUST from Canada that day to watch the Liverpool vs. Man U match. 

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Now about getting to this damn game once we were in the country....

First of all, get there EARLY. This town doesn't seem particularly big and it is lined with so many houses that come along with an insane amount of parking rules that could get you towed with ease. We left Detroit around 3:30pm and we were fortunate enough that my cousin drives like she trying to get those 5 stars in Grand Theft Auto. We got to the Michigan Stadium area really quickly, avoiding most of the traffic heading there. Once arriving there I got to see my first frat party out on a lawn, I was able to purchase a muffin from a four-year-old on the street and we miraculously found parking. This wonderful woman had ONE spot left for $20 USD and she was only a 10 min walk from the stadium. Success.

The walk to the stadium was fine, we just followed the crowd but wow, once we got closer the sheer size of attendance for this game became surreal. It was also really funny seeing all the trash cans with purses in them. Apparently, some people did NOT read any of the five e-mails Michigan Athletics sent to remind people attending about the no purses above the size of a clutch policy. 

Like I mentioned at the beginning, nothing quite prepares you for seeing 100,000 people in a stadium. It was such a beautiful sight to see. As an avid sports fan, this is a memory I will hold forever, just like the moment I went to the NFL Draft. You are just taken aback at what is currently happening around you/in front of you and how many other people are getting to enjoy this one specific thing with you. Great feeling. Since both teams wear red and white, the entire stadium was covered in those colours. We had chosen tickets in the Manchster United section but to be frank, you really couldn't even tell the difference.

Well, until Liverpool was scoring and won 4-1.... then yes, you could tell who was cheering for who.

I truly loved the experience but, if I may make a suggestion - DO NOT get up to do a goddamn thing during the game. Mark made the mistake of leaving 10 minutes before half to go grab us some waters and he didn't return until 40 minutes later. He basically missed half of the second half just being in line to get those for us. Pretty big waste of time and game to me, they need to do better with that process.

After the game we spent the rest of the evening + next day with my family enjoying life and food. Please see picture of me floating and being cute below.

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Hope the rest of you had just as great of a weekend!

- Mirna 

Toronto to France + Monaco: Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Nice, France + Monte Carlo, Monaco

When: Monday, June 10th, 2019 - Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Budget: $1100ish


Flight: Toronto to Nice, France | June 10th - June 18th

$558.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers both ways)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two in Nice | June 11th - June 14th

Option 1: $261.00 CDN ($130.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks super cute, Great location

Option 2: $322.00 CDN ($161.00/per person); Looks very chic, Good area, Great reviews

Option 3: $296.00 CDN ($148.00/per person); Balcony, Cute, Central location, Perfect reviews

 

Train: Nice to Monte Carlo | June 14th - June 16th

$22.00 CDN: roundtrip (can book it up to three months ahead)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two in Monte Carlo | June 14th - June 16th

Option 1: $406.00 CDN ($203.00/per person); Great reviews, Awesome location, Simple looking

Option 2: $525.00 CDN ($262.50/per person); Looks great, Perfect reviews, Awesome location

Option 3: $440.00 CDN ($220.00/per person); Central location, Looks cute, Small, Great reviews

 

Stay: AirBnB for two in Nice | June 16th - June 18th

Option 1: $162.00 CDN ($81.00/per person); Really nice looking studio, Great location, Great reviews

Option 2: $191.00 CDN ($95.50/per person); Looks great, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $196.00 CDN ($98.00/per person); Close to train station, Looks nice, Close to sea, Perfect reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1000.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1101.50 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Toronto to Asia Group Trip: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia

SPECS

Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and Bali

When: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 - Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Budget: $2000

Notes: If you choose to go with more than just a backpack, the one-way smaller flights may cost a little more. Consider just doing a carry-on and paying for laundry along the way! Also, if you need info on vaccinations for certain places and the costs associated for that click here.


Flight: Toronto to Bangkok, Thailand | April 2nd - April 25th

$973.00 CDN: roundtrip (short layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for 4 people | April 3rd - April 8th

Option 1: $396.00 CDN ($99.00/per person); 2 bedrooms, Pool, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $441.00 CDN ($110.25/per person); Looks big, Pool, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $358.00 CDN ($89.50/per person); Close to transit, Looks nice, Good reviews

Option 4: $336.00 CDN ($84.00/per person); Looks nice, Close to transit, Perfect reviews

 

Flight: Bangkok to Phnom Penh, Cambodia | April 8th

$50.00 CDN: one way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for 4 people | April 8th - April 12th

Option 1: $344.00 CDN ($86.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Good location, Looks big

Option 2: $269.00 CDN ($67.25/per person); By the river, Looks basic, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $444.00 CDN ($111.00/per person); Family Room with Bathtub, Pool, Looks great, Breakfast included

Option 4: $298.00 CDN ($74.50/per person); Deluxe Family Room, Good location, Breakfast included, Great reviews, Pool

 

Flight: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | April 12th

$151.00 CDN: one way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for 4 people | April 12th - April 17th

Option 1: $319.00 CDN ($79.75/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks great, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

Option 2: $266.00 CDN ($66.50/per person); Deluxe Family Suite with Window, Breakfast included, Looks nice, Good location

Option 3: $362.00 CDN ($90.50/per person); Family Suite, Centrally located, Good reviews, Breakfast included

Option 4: $280.00 CDN ($70.00/per person); Looks great, Good location, Perfect reviews

 

Flight: Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | April 17th

$56.00 CDN: one way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for 4 people | April 17th - April 20th

Option 1: $324.00 CDN ($81.00/per person); Infinity pool, Looks beautiful, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $254.00 CDN ($63.50/per person); Pool, Looks great, Perfect reviews, Great location

Option 3: $348.00 CDN ($87.00/per person); Looks incredible, Awesome views, Infinity pool, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $283.00 CDN ($70.75/per person); Pool, Looks great, Perfect reviews, Great location

 

Flight: Kuala Lumpur to Bali, Indonesia | April 20th

$65.00 CDN: one way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for 4 people | April 20th - April 25th

Option 1: $504.00 CDN ($126.00/per person); Place looks amazing, Perfect reviews, Pool

Option 2: $467.00 CDN ($116.75/per person); Interconnecting Superior Double Rooms, Looks awesome, Pool, Great reviews, Good location

Option 3: $362.00 CDN ($90.50/per person); 2 x Double Standard Room, Breakfast included, Pool, Looks great

Option 4: $425.00 CDN ($106.25/per person); Villa with private pool, Looks nice, Awesome location, Great reviews

 

Flight: Bali to Bangkok | April 25th

$101.00 CDN: one way (direct, lands 7hrs before your flight home to Toronto. Only 30 min between the DMK and BKK airports)

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1767.75 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1920.75 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Don't Let Negativity Get To You

Be smart if I took my own advice I bet.

I try to be someone who works hard at NOT letting negative situations or people put me in a negative place. The whole, 'you have to always look at the positive side of things' saying is definitely for me. Bad things happen and I always try to talk myself out of feeling self pity or being in a bad mood. 

Doesn't always work.

I have a hard time dealing with people who are inherently miserable or negative all the damn time. Anything you put out that is positive, someone literally can't wait to shit on. You could have some awesome personal goals accomplished and someone will say things like, 'oh that's cool' with a completely unenthusiastic tone. You could tell people about a job promotion and they will hit you with a comment about you not making enough money or disapproving of said job. 

You could selflessly post cheap travel itineraries for the masses and get hit with things like; "Oh people have to share beds? Isn't is cold there? Why would I go somewhere cold while it's cold here? Oh, I didn't like that place"

THEN DON'T FUCKING GO FAM. It's really that simple.

That's where I have an issue and always get quickly annoyed. I will post cheap itineraries for those who may be interested and then I get the miserable Mindy's of the world with their snide little comments about how THEY don't want to go said place or have been there and didn't like it. Do you want a cookie? Congratulations? You can just NOT go then. Obviously that itinerary isn't for you then, correct? 

I try to not let it get to me but after a while you just begin to wonder what kind of miserable existence people wallow in to always have something negative to say. I've seen numerous occasions where someone will tweet that they are going on a trip to Miami or Niagara Falls and people will berate them with how those places don't qualify as trips. Even if they don't qualify (to you) why do you have to say it to others and diminish their excitement for it?

Some folks really won't be content until the rest of the world is miserable with them and I'm trying to tell you guys just don't let them win. I hope all of you that work hard at saving for a trip, getting a promotion or hitting the gym attain your goals. You deserve to know that while there are all these negative Nate's and miserable Mindy's there are also just as many, if not more, people cheering you on. (Cheering Charlie's? Encouraging Emma's?)

Not saying it is realistic that you will be happy in every single moment of your life, not at all. We will all have days where stuff truly sucks and you'll need to fester on it for a bit and eat some ice cream. Don't go through life being negative every damn day though. Don't let bad things decay in you for long periods of time and then project that bad onto people who are having a good day.

Don't let negativity get to you because you deserve better. 

- Mirna 

Toronto to Puerto Rico: Group Trip

SPECS

Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to San Juan, Puerto Rico

When: Wednesday, October 10th - Wednesday, October 17th

Budget: $500


Flight: Toronto to San Juan | October 10th - October 17th

$315.00 CDN: roundtrip (short layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for 4 people | October 10th - October 17th

Option 1: $723.00 CDN ($180.75/per person); Place looks great, Great location, Bed + Bunk Bed + 2 Couches, Looks big, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $742.00 CDN ($180.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Good location, Looks cozy

Option 3: $652.00 CDN ($163.00/per person); Looks cozy, Good area, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $558.00 CDN ($139.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks cute, Good location

Option 5: $469.00 CDN ($117.25/per person); 2 Beds + Bunk Bed, Looks simple, Great reviews, Good location

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $495.75 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $432.25 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Toronto to Panama City: Fancy Pants Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Panama City, Panama

When: Wednesday, October 17th - Wednesday, October 24th

Budget: $900ish

Notes: Why fancy pants? These hotels are all 4 stars and above. I realize not everyone digs the AirBnB travel, or they may have a birthday or anniversary coming up requiring something more intimate or classy. So here is a post for the alternative :)


Flight: Toronto to Panama City | October 17th - October 24th

$540.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

 

Stay: Hotel for two | October 17th - October 24th

Option 1: $726 + 10% tax = $798.60 CDN ($399.30/per person); King Bed Room, 4 star, Looks great, Breakfast included, Pool, Great reviews

Option 2: $399 + 10% tax = $438.90 CDN ($219.45/per person); Standard Double Room, 4 star, Good location, Looks cozy, Great reviews, Great location, Breakfast included

Option 3: $512 + 10% tax = $563.20 CDN ($281.60/per person); Standard Double Room, Looks nice, 4 star, Good location, Breakfast included

Option 4: $653 + 10% tax = $718.30 CDN ($359.15/per person); Queen Room, 5 star, At the Panama Canal, Looks nice, Great reviews

Option 5: $658 + 10% tax = $723.80 CDN ($361.90/per person); Deluxe Double Room, Looks great, 5 star, Breakfast included, Rooftop pool, Great location

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $759.45 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $901.90 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

How To Go on a Trip To Eight Countries for Under $2000

The title of this blog post probably sounds super wild. 

Earlier this year I promised my mom I would be home for Christmas finally, instead of taking off somewhere hot like I usually do. For normal people that might mean, 'you know what? maybe this year I will take it easy and spend my winter holidays at home.' Me? I am not one of these aforementioned normal people. At my place of work, I am fortunate enough to have two weeks off during the Christmas break every year. While most people have this as a BLACKOUT period and can't usually take work off, I will automatically have it off every year. This is great for me because I plan everything super far ahead.

So, yes, I will be home this year for Christmas - but I will be flying at 6pm on Christmas day! I figure by that time I would have already opened presents and be somewhat sober, right? 

This year I am not going to a hot place during my winter break, I have decided to go to Europe instead. I realize I am going from cold to more cold, but I looked at the benefits of Europe in winter; less tourists + cheaper airfare! My goal was to hit up as many countries as possible between December 25th and January 6th. (I start work on the 7th)

The magic number is EIGHT. I wanted to hit eight countries in a matter of 12 days and I also wanted to do it under $2000. I am traveling solo, so I knew the 'private room' option for the AirBnB's would be necessary because in places like Zurich, even that would break my pocket. Also, I refuse to stay in hostels regardless of how cheap they are. I had to find a nice middle area that would keep me under my budget.

Guess what? I FRIGGING DID IT! 

I managed to stay under the budget I gave myself, without having to sleep in places where I may wake up to strangers breathing heavily over me in the middle of the night. Like the posts I did for Cropover, Carnival in Jamaica and the Maldives - I wanted to post this because I want people to see/know how cheaply they can accomplish their travel goals. I get asked a lot during or after my trip about how much such a trip costs so sending people a link to a blog post makes it must more straightforward. 

The countries I will be going to are: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, England and Iceland. 

All of these countries are first-time trips for me and by the time I reach Iceland, I will be at country #40 in my country count. I'm very proud of this trip and the budget for it so I hope the price breakdown is informative and gets some of your imaginations going too! 


Flight to Iceland with Iceland Air: December 25 - January 6 = $494.10 CAD (roundtrip, direct)

*this flight is the reason I will be only traveling with 10kg in my bag this whole trip, to keep everything nice and cheap*

Flight to Zurich, Switzerland with Iceland Air: December 26 = $194.50 CAD (one-way, direct)

*I fly to Zurich about two hours after I land in Iceland*

AirBnB in Zurich: December 26 - December 30 = $299.00

*yes, this frigging costs too much, yes it does. I wanted to be central though*

Day Trip to Vaduz, Liechtenstein: December 29 =  $40.00 CAD (roundtrip, bus)

*because, why the hell not?*

Flight to Paris, France with Air France: December 30 = $91.00 (one-way, direct)

AirBnB in Paris: December 30 - January 1 = $161.49 CAD 

*I got lucky and found a great place walking distance from the Eiffel Tower so for NYE I can avoid any taxis and transit because I am paranoid*

Flight to Copenhagen, Denmark with Air France: January 1 = $78.33 CAD (one-way, direct)

Hotel in Copenhagen: January 1 - January 3 = $187.00

*honestly, I had FOUR AirBnB's cancel on me and I gave up and got a hotel*

Day Trip to Malmo, Sweden: January 2 = $17.00 (roundtrip, bus)

*I'm only going here to try and find Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the MLS off-season to be honest*

Flight to Prague, Czech Republic with Norwegian: January 3 = $89.06 CAD (one-way, direct

AirBnB in Prague: January 3 - January 5 = $125.49 CAD

Flight to London, England with British Airways: January 5 = $69.00 CAD (one-way, direct)

AirBnB in London: January 5 - January 6 = $60.14 CAD 

*I realize one day in London for everyone else seems crazy, but I genuinely have no interest in going to England, I was just capitalizing on flight prices. Maybe I will see Big Ben?*

Flight to Iceland with EasyJet: January 6 = $88.24 CAD (one-way, direct)

*I have a 6-hour layover in Iceland before I head back to so I will maximize this by wandering around aimlessly and making my way over to the Blue Lagoon*


Cost for flights = $1104.23 CAD

Cost for stays = $833.12 CAD

Cost for transit/taxi/bus = $57.00 CAD

Total Cost of flight + stays + buses = $1994.35


I am very very excited to embark on this trip in December. It may not be the fanciest accommodations and I will be roaming around with only a backpack of winter clothes - but I am super delighted. I didn't include cost of food and tours in this breakdown because I'm really not sure what that will come to yet, especially with me switching between like seven currencies? Insane. It is possible people don't go at this pace when they travel and would rather take time and take in cities for longer but I prefer moving quickly because I get bored really fast. Spending two days somewhere is perfectly fine with me because I seen it, I did it, I ate what I wanted - I'M OUT! 

Happy travels :) 

- Mirna 

 

 

Toronto to Iceland: Quick Getaway

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Reykjavik, Iceland

When: Tuesday, October 23rd - Sunday, October 28th

Budget: $650.00

Notes: No, this flight is NOT with WOWAir so you can actually bring a decent-sized carry on with you. For accommodations it was whatever I could find for cheap, so these are 'private room only in the AirBnBs. This is for those who have been wanting to go to Iceland and want to go for as cheap as possible, without paying abhorrent luggage and seat fees. Also, I made the stay from 23rd to 28th because you land at 6:30am and shouldn't be wandering Iceland with your backpack until check-in time.


Flight: Toronto to Reykjavik | October 23rd - October 28th

$349.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct, lands early morning 24th)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | October 23rd - October 28th

Option 1: $500.00 CDN ($250.00/per person); Central location, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $465.00 CDN ($232.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Close to town, Looks simple

Option 3: $560.00 CDN ($280.00/per person); Looks nice, Perfect reviews, Good location

Option 4: $603.00 CDN ($301.50/per person); Looks nice, Two beds, Good location, Great reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $581.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $650.50 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

#SummerRehab

If you like dancing and you like food, I'm pretty sure you're going to want to attend this party.

One of the best things to do during summer is to be day-drunk. It is a great feeling knowing you'll be home by a decent hour and get enough sleep to tackle work the following day. You know what also helps with battling daytime intoxication? Putting some food in your system while drinking! With the purchase of a ticket to Summer Rehab you will also be getting a pound of wings combo from an exceptional wingmaster, my friend Rob of RobNWings

I am not the biggest wing connoisseur, but let me tell you his IG-Honey wings are to die for. I know a lot of my friends really like his famous Southside Sauce, but for me it is definitely the IG- Honey that makes you reconsider your whole diet. 

The wonderful humans who will be throwing the party are my good friends Flexx + Terri, members of the #HOM duo (House of Masqueraders). They will also have some guest DJ's this year with DJ DOC, Junya Menace, DJ B. ROB alongside another swell guy, MC Ovaaseas. 

Where: Burgundy Bar and Lounge, 5 Bethridge Rd. 

When: Sunday, August 26th from 2pm to 8pm

Cost: $20 tickets are available now on Eventbrite (that comes with the pound of wings) or you can contact Flexx directly and get some single admission tickets for $10.

Hope to see all of you lovely people there eating some wings and shaking a tail feather. (Yep, I definitely just said that.)

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time because you're trying to get into some slackness after, click here for a free credit towards your booking! Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time because you might get turnt, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

Toronto to St. Maarten: Group Trip

SPECS

Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to St. Maarten/Sint Maarten

When: Tuesday, October 2nd - Tuesday, October 9th

Budget: $750


Flight: Toronto to St. Maarten | October 2nd - October 9th

$462.00 CDN: roundtrip (short layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for 4 people | October 2nd - October 9th

Option 1: $958.00 CDN ($239.50/per person); Close to downtown, Looks simple, Great reviews, Close to beach

Option 2: $1075.00 CDN ($268.75/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks great, Pool, Beach, Great reviews

Option 3: $665.00 CDN ($166.25/per person); Quiet area, Close to beach, Pool, Good reviews

Option 4: $1052.00 CDN ($263.00/per person); Place looks awesome, Big, Great location, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $913 + 17% tax = $1068.21 CDN ($267.05/per person); Beachfront, Looks great, Big, Great reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $628.25 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $730.75 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.

Toronto to Rome: Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Rome, Italy

When: Thursday, October 18th - Friday, October 26th

Budget: $1000ish


Flight: Toronto to Rome | October 18th - October 26th

$750.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct, lands on 19th)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | October 19th - October 26th

Option 1: $510.00 CDN ($255.00/per person); Close to transit, Looks cozy, Great reviews

Option 2: $569.00 CDN ($284.50/per person); Looks great, Close to transit, Close to Vatican, Great reviews

Option 3: $565.00 CDN ($282.50/per person); Great location, Close to transit, Looks super cute, Great reviews

Option 4: $521.00 CDN ($260.50/per person); Quieter location, Close to transit, Looks nice, Great reviews

Option 5: $597.00 CDN ($298.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks cozy, Close to transit

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1005.00 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1048.50 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your stay OR if you choose Booking.com for the first time click here for a free credit. Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna 

 

I am not a licensed travel agent of Ontario and make itineraries as a hobby. Any itineraries used by readers are of their own free will and choosing. Site owner is not responsible for any misadventures, mishaps, airline issues or accommodation issues that occur on trip itineraries that are posted or individually e-mailed to readers.