Carnival Itinerary: Toronto to DC Hookie Carnival Weekend 2019

SPECS

Who: Four people/Two Beds, Two people/Two beds, Solo

Where: Toronto to Washington, DC

When: Thursday, June 27th - Monday, July 1st, 2019 (Canada day!)

Budget: Whatever I can find for a good price…..

Notes: Full disclosure, I had no idea what Hookie Weekend was until I spoke to an awesome Carnivalista. On her blog page she has a whole rundown of the weekend, so you can go read that here. Because apparently there is a fete on the Thursday night, that is why I made the trip from Thursday to Monday. Luckily, Monday is a holiday for us anyways! Also, the airfare is carry-on only.


Flight: Toronto to Washington | June 27th - July 1st

$373.00 CDN per person; roundtrip (direct)


Bus: Toronto to Washington | June 26th - July 1st

$215.00 CDN per person; roundtrip (leaves Wednesday night/returns Tuesday morning, 16hrs each way)

 

Stay: AirBnB for four | June 27th - July 1st

Option 1: $828.00 CDN ($207.00/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks great, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $795.00 CDN ($198.75/per person); Good location, Perfect reviews, Bed + 2 Sofa beds

Option 3: $837.00 CDN ($209.25/per person); Bed + 2 Sofa beds, Good location, Great reviews

Option 4: $876.00 CDN ($219.00/per person); Place looks great, Perfect reviews, Good area, Bed + Sofa bed

Option 5: $839.00 CDN ($209.75/per person); Close to transit, Perfect reviews, Bed + Sofa bed, Looks great

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | June 27th - July 1st

Option 1: $626.00 CDN ($313.00/per person); Close to transit, Bed + Sofa bed, Looks cozy, Great reviews

Option 2: $723.00 CDN ($361.50/per person); Place looks great, Close to transit, Perfect reviews, Bed + Sofa bed

Option 3: $610.00 CDN ($305.00/per person); Good location, Looks nice, Bed + Sofa bed, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $632.00 CDN ($316.00/per person); Place looks really nice, Bed + Sofa bed, Perfect reviews, Close to transit


Stay: AirBnB for one | June 27th - July 1st

Option 1: $352.00 CDN; Looks simple, Perfect reviews, Good location

Option 2: $449.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, Looks great, Good area

Option 3: $453.00 CDN; Looks great, Perfect reviews, Good location


Total: For four you're looking at between $413.75 CDN and $582.75 CDN per person for the trip. For two you're looking at between $520.00 CDN and $734.50 CDN per person for the trip. For a solo trip you're looking at between $567.00 CDN and $826.00 CDN



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 the Maldives Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to the Maldives

When: Wednesday, March 13th - Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Budget: $2000.00

Notes: Remember, these are public NOT private islands in the Maldives so you will have no access to liquor. Yes, the beaches are worth sobriety. My notes about Maldives can be found here, and my recap of when I visited Maafushi can also be found here. I made the stay options between Male, Maafushi and Hulhumale because they are the most accessible from the airport and you can take day trips from there to the super duper luxurious private islands!


Flight: Toronto to Male | March 13th - March 23rd

$1429.00 CDN: roundtrip (great airline, great layovers in Hong Kong for exploring)


Stay: Hotel for two | March 14th - March 23rd

Option 1: $471 + 22% tax + $81 fee = $655.62 CDN ($327.81/per person); Deluxe Double Room with Sea View, Hulhumale, Breakfast included, Great location, Great reviews, Offers day trips

Option 2: $637 + 22% tax + $54 fee = $831.14 CDN ($415.57/per person); Superior Double Room, Maafushi, Breakfast included, By the beach, Looks cute, Great reviews

Option 3: $652 + 22% tax $81 fee = $876.44 CDN ($438.22/per person); Deluxe Double Room, Maafushi, On the beach, Great reviews, Looks nice

Option 4: $699 + 23.2% tax + $81 fee = $942.17 CDN ($471.09/per person); Deluxe Double Room with Balcony, Maafushi, At the beach, Looks very nice, Great reviews

Option 5: $851 + $172.93 fees/taxes = $1023.93 CDN ($511.97/per person); Deluxe Double Room, Hulhumale, Close to beach, Looks very nice, Awesome reviews

Option 6: $708 + 22% tax + $81 fee = $944.76 CDN ($472.38/per person); Standard Double Room, Male, Looks great, Great location, Awesome reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1756.81 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1940.97 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 Curacao: Quickie Group Trip

SPECS

Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Curacao

When: Sunday, January 6th - Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Budget: $650ish

Notes: FYI - this is carry-on only, not checked in luggage. You’re going somewhere warm, you don’t need much clothing for four nights OK?


Flight: Toronto to Curacao | January 6th - January 10th

$494.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for four people | January 6th - January 10th

Option 1: $312.00 CDN ($78.00/per person); Central location, Looks cute, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $518.00 CDN ($129.50/per person); Looks cute, Perfect reviews, Good location, Central

Option 3: $642.00 CDN ($160.50/per person); Great location, Looks big, Pool, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $570.00 CDN ($142.50/per person); Close to the beach, Pool, Looks great, Great reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $572.00 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $654.50 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 Havana: Quickie Solo Trip

SPECS

Who: One Person, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Havana, Cuba

When: Monday, April 1st - Friday, April 5th, 2019

Budget: $600.00


Flight: Toronto to Havana | April 1st - April 5th

$468.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

Stay: AirBnB for one | April 1st - April 5th

Option 1: $132.00 CDN; Looks cozy, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $106.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, Looks cute, Good area

Option 3: $89.00 CDN; Looks cute, Good area, Looks cute

Option 4: $108.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, This place looks great, Good location

Option 5: $95.00 CDN; Looks simple, Great location, Perfect reviews


Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $557.00 for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $600.00 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 Miami: Quickie Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Miami, Florida

When: Saturday, January 19th - Wednesday, January 23rd

Budget: $600.00


Flight: Toronto to Miami | January 19th - January 23rd

$333.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

Stay: AirBnB for two | January 19th - January 23rd

Option 1: $523.00 CDN ($261.50/per person); Miami beach, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $544.00 CDN ($272.00/per person); Wynwood, Looks cute, Great reviews

Option 3: $410.00 CDN ($205.00/per person); Little Havana, Perfect reviews, Looks cozy

Option 4: $536.00 CDN ($268.00/per person); Wynwood, Looks nice, Perfect reviews


Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $538.00 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $601.00 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.

RIP to the Entertainment District, I Miss You

I was walking through Liberty Village yesterday on my way to the Eaton Center and all I could think about was ‘holy shit this is a lot of condos!’ I feel like all of us downtown dwellers think about this regularly. It probably also extends to those who live outside of Toronto, those who once upon a time enjoyed the fruitful spoils of the Entertainment District in downtown Toronto.

When I was younger my friends and I would drive from Hamilton to Toronto on any given Friday or Saturday (even Sundays) to find a good party in the Entertainment District. You wouldn’t even need to have a specific club in mind because one stroll up Richmond St. would lead to encounters with dozens of promoters trying to get you into THEIR club.

This definitely is no longer the case. I can’t even tell you the last time someone spoke to me on Richmond St. A while ago I read this piece that was in Toronto Life discussing the ten signs of the death of the Entertainment District. Not only is that area dead, it’s basically in the Good Place with Kristin Bell trying to decided how the hell it got there. Yes, the answer is gentrification. Sure is.

I miss dancing. I miss dance clubs. I especially miss Fluid and Kool Haus. I understand that Kool Haus isn’t even in the Entertainment District, but I had to shout it out real quick. The amount of amazing fetes I went to there and in the entire Guvernment Complex are epic EPIC memories in my mind.


Maybe I am showing my age? Perhaps the younger people enjoy the stuck-up King West bars where people spend more time on Snapchat than dancing. Where a bottle costs 1/3 of your monthly rent (if you live outside Toronto, of course). This really didn’t use to be my reality. During my clubbing times I was in the musical epicenter of Gully v Gaza clashes and you wouldn’t step into ONE downtown nightclub without hearing some remnants of that. Remember when dancehall use to play downtown? HA. I mean gunman chunes, not One Dance. This is not a drag of Drake, I like him and his music, but which song are we truly throwing a gun finger to for him? OK.

If you walk by now all you hear is fuckboy music lite playing everywhere. Again, not a slight against the actual artists, but everyone from Toronto knows exactly what I’m talking about. It’s that Weeknd-PND-Whoeverthehellispopularrightnow type mix. The Bay Street millennials who can afford the bottle but can’t keep beat. The guys commuting in from Woodbridge who absolutely cannot wait to jump on a couch at a club in their spikey kicks, because you damn well know their mom not allowing that shit at home. The girls who not there to dance, they’re just there to screwface but smile and turn up the second a camera is on them to prove to their IG fans how FUN and not cunty they are.

I miss Circa. I miss Fluid. I miss Seven. Shit I’ll even go as far to say I miss Frequency and Wetbar, minus the violence at the former. At least people in those clubs danced, felt free, the music was amazing and if you had bottle service no one even gave a shit because you still were dancing.

Everywhere I use to party is basically a pinch condo now. How do you bring in MORE young people to downtown but make partying less available? To go to a decent party now would require a minimum of a $30 Uber ride one way. As people came in from the suburbs, the clubs went out there. What a damn shame.

SOOOO far gone are the amazing Sunday nights you would listen to Spexx and/or Dr. Jay while you’re driving into Toronto that would get you hype as shit for the night you were about to have. Those were some of the most fun times in my life.

I’m happy we still have boat rides downtown, but obviously that is very limited to only summertime in Toronto which literally lasts a second here.

It’s crazy I was a bouncer for five years in this city and just watched it burn to shit right in front of me. Less and less dancing, more and more posing, and yes, condos. There’s a genuine sadness about it because I feel like although I am lucky enough to have experienced it, the missing of it sucks pretty bad. It’s one of those, ‘is it better to have clubbed and lost, or to have never clubbed at all?’

I am sad. RIP to the Entertainment District.

  • Mirna

Carnival Itinerary: Toronto to St. Vincent and St. Lucia 2019

SPECS

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

Where: Toronto to St. Vincent and St. Lucia

When: Thursday, July 4th to Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Budget: $2000ish

Notes: For full disclosure, I'm failing at finding a cheap 'just St. Vincent' and 'just St. Lucia' itinerary right now because of their flight prices, so I figured I'd combine the two and find some blessaz prices for you guys. The individual ones will come out eventually. Also, sorry no solo option for this one, go find a fete partner.


Flight: Pearson International to St. Vincent | July 4th

$543.00 CDN per person; one-way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for four | July 4th - July 11th

Option 1: $1384.00 CDN ($346.00/per person); Great location, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $1245.00 CDN ($311.25/per person); Place looks big, Nice looking, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $1243.00 CDN ($310.75/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks beautiful, Big, Good area, Nice views

Option 4: $886.00 CDN ($221.50/per person); Close to town, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $1036.00 CDN ($259.00/per person); Nice views, Good location, Perfect reviews, Looks nice

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | July 4th - July 11th

Option 1: $727.00 CDN ($363.50/per person); Beautiful place, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $707.00 CDN ($353.50/per person); Quieter area, Looks big, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $457.00 CDN ($228.50/per person); Close to beach, Looks like a hippie place, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $590.00 CDN ($295.00/per person); Looks nice, Quiet area, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $689.00 CDN ($344.50/per person); Good location, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

 

Flight: St. Vincent to St. Lucia | July 11th

$131.00 CDN per person; one way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for four | July 11th - July 20th

Option 1: $802.00 CDN ($200.50/per person); Looks great, Pool, Perfect reviews, Good location

Option 2: $768.00 CDN ($192.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Good area, Looks nice

Option 3: $1310.00 CDN ($327.50/per person); Good location, Close to transit, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $1176.00 CDN ($294.00/per person); Looks very nice, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $1477.00 CDN ($369.25/per person); Great location, House looks amazing, Perfect reviews

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | July 11th - July 20th

Option 1: $828.00 CDN ($414.00/per person); Place looks amazing, Perfect reviews, Good location

Option 2: $726.00 CDN ($363.00/per person); Good location, Perfect reviews, Looks great

Option 3: $727.00 CDN ($363.50/per person); Close to beach, Close to transit, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $778.00 CDN ($389.00/per person); Looks big, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $768.00 CDN ($384.00/per person); Good location, Perfect reviews, Looks nice

 

Flight: St. Lucia to Toronto | July 20th

$511.00 CDN per person; one way (direct)

 

Total: For four you're looking at between $1598.50 CDN and $1900.00 CDN per person for the trip. For two you're looking at between $1776.50 CDN and $1962.50 CDN 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: Quickie Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Hamilton to Las Vegas, Nevada

When: Thursday, February 7th - Monday, February 11th, 2019

Budget: $400.00

Notes: You are flying from Hamilton (not Toronto) and you don’t NEED to pick your seat and pay extra money but to purchase luggage each way it’s actually cheaper for checked-in luggage than it is for carry-ons. I pack light, but even I can’t pack enough in a purse for a whole weekend getaway you know?

ALSO, I realize by the time some of you see this many people probably jumped on the flight price as soon as I posted it, so just e-mail me individually and I can find you an alternative date!


Flight: Toronto to Las Vegas | February 7th - February 11th

$145.99 CDN: roundtrip (direct, but let’s say it is $209.99 with checked-in luggage each way)

 I’m dead serious, this is a real price.

I’m dead serious, this is a real price.



Stay: AirBnB for two | February 7th - February 11th

Option 1: $362.00 CDN ($181.00/per person); Looks great, Close to Strip, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $276.00 CDN ($138.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks cozy, Good location

Option 3: $274.00 CDN ($137.00/per person); Looks nice, Perfect reviews, Quiet area, Still close to action

Option 4: $336.00 CDN ($168.00/per person); Close to transit, Looks great, Perfect reviews, Good area


Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $346.99 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $390.99 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 Montego Bay, Jamaica Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica

When: Wednesday, March 20th - Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Budget: $750.00


Flight: Toronto to Montego Bay | March 20th - March 27th

$477.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct, I also may have a coupon code for this to make it even cheaper)


Stay: AirBnB for two | March 20th - March 27th

Option 1: $462.00 CDN ($231.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Nice views, Looks cozy, Quiet area

Option 2: $505.00 CDN ($252.50/per person); Looks great, By a beach, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $457.00 CDN ($228.50/per person); Close to transit, Close to beach, Looks big, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $542.00 CDN ($271.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks very nice, Close to nightlife

Option 5: $520.00 CDN ($260.00/per person); Looks nice, Nice views, Quiet location, Perfect reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $708.00 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $748.00 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 Trinidad, Barbados and St. Vincent: Group Trip

SPECS

Who: Three people, Two beds

Where: Toronto to Trinidad, Barbados and St. Vincent

When: Tuesday, January 15th - Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Budget: $1400.00

Notes: I believe all the intra-Caribbean flights would be carry-on only for this price. It’s hot there, you don’t need much clothing right?


Flight: Toronto to Trinidad | January 15th - January 27th

$489.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for three people | January 15th - January 18th

Option 1: $240.00 CDN ($80.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks big, Great location

Option 2: $304.00 CDN ($101.33/per person); Looks cozy, Big, Great location, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $265.00 CDN ($88.33/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks great, Good area

Option 4: $320.00 CDN ($106.67/per person); Looks big, Good location, Great reviews

Option 5: $179.00 CDN ($59.67/per person); Close to transit, Close to town, Looks simple, Perfect reviews


Flight: Trinidad to Barbados | January 18th

$154.00 CDN: one-way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for three people | January 18th - January 22nd

Option 1: $361.00 CDN ($120.33/per person); Southern part of BIM, Looks great, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $414.00 CDN ($138.00/per person); Close to beach, Close to transit, Looks simple, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $490.00 CDN ($163.33/per person); Place looks great, Great reviews, Good area

Option 4: $375.00 CDN ($125.00/per person); Looks big, Close to transit, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $339.00 CDN ($113.00/per person); Close to downtown, Close to transit, Looks very nice, Perfect reviews


Flight: Barbados to St. Vincent | January 22nd

$191.00 CDN: one-way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for three people | January 22nd - January 26th

Option 1: $278.00 CDN ($92.67/per person); On a hill-top, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $356.00 CDN ($118.67/per person); Great location, Looks big, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $281.00 CDN ($93.67/per person); Looks like a hippy nature place, Perfect reviews, Quiet area

Option 4: $385.00 CDN ($128.33/per person); Good location, Perfect reviews, Looks nice, Big


Flight: St. Vincent to Trinidad | January 26th

$124.00 CDN: one-way (direct, lands with 4hrs to spare before flight to Toronto)

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1223.34 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1356.33 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 South Africa and Zimbabwe Itinerary

SPECS

Who: Two People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Johannesburg, South Africa and Harare, Zimbabwe

When: Thursday, March 14th - Monday, March 25th, 2019

Budget: $1500.00


Flight: Toronto to Johannesburg | March 14th - March 25th

$905.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers, good airline)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two people | March 15th - March 21st

Option 1: $194.00 CDN ($97.00/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Great location, Looks cute, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $427.00 CDN ($213.50/per person); Looks amazing, Pool, Nice view, Great reviews

Option 3: $335.00 CDN ($167.50/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Very nice looking, Good area, Great reviews

Option 4: $297.00 CDN ($148.50/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $488.00 CDN ($244.00/per person); Place looks beautiful, Perfect reviews, Great location

Flight: Johannesburg to Harare | March 21st - March 25th

$216.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct, returns with a heap of time before your flight home to Toronto)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two people | March 21st - March 25th

Option 1: $159.00 CDN ($79.50/per person); Looks cozy, Perfect reviews, City center location

Option 2: $265.00 CDN ($132.50/per person); Good location, Looks simple, Great reviews

Option 3: $237.00 CDN ($118.50/per person); Place looks very nice, Good area, Great reviews

Option 4: $204.00 CDN ($102.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks nice, Good location

Option 5: $245.00 CDN ($122.50/per person); Looks great, Good location, Big, Great reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1297.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1497.50 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 St. Lucia: Quickie Group Trip

SPECS

Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to St. Lucia

When: Monday, February 4th - Friday, February 8th, 2019

Budget: $700.00

Notes: FYI - this is carry-on only, not checked in luggage. You’re going somewhere warm, you don’t need much clothing for four days OK?


Flight: Toronto to St. Lucia | February 4th - February 8th

$565.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for four people | February 4th - February 8th

Option 1: $472.00 CDN ($118.00/per person); Looks really nice, Quiet area, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $484.00 CDN ($121.00/per person); Close to center, Looks great, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $248.00 CDN ($62.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Good location, Looks simple

Option 4: $421.00 CDN ($105.25/per person); Close to transit, Close walk to a beach, Perfect reviews, Looks big

Option 5: $221.00 CDN ($55.25/per person); View of ocean, Place looks nice, Close to transit, Perfect reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $620.25 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $686.00 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 Rome and Santorini Group Trip 2019

SPECS

Who: Four people, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Rome, Italy and Santorini, Greece

When: Saturday, June 15th - Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Budget: $1300.00

Notes: I believe if you want to also add ‘checked luggage’ to your flight the difference might be about $75-$100 per person. I travel with carry-ons so I go for the cheapest option possible but I figured I’d give all of you a heads up that require lots of luggage. Also, I made the ‘stay’ for Santorini from the 20th since you land there at 4am and who the hell wants to be roaming around an island with luggage until 3pm for check in?


Flight: Toronto to Rome | June 15th - June 26th

$708.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers)

Stay: AirBnB for four in Rome | June 16th - June 21st

Option 1: $655.00 CDN ($163.75/per person); Central location, Perfect reviews, Looks simple

Option 2: $680.00 CDN ($170.00/per person); Close to transit, Looks very nice, Bed + Sofa bed, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $596.00 CDN ($149.00/per person); Looks beautiful, Very nice terrace, By the Vatican, Great reviews

Option 4: $630.00 CDN ($157.50/per person); By transit, Close to the Vatican, Looks great, Perfect reviews

Flight: Rome to Santorini | June 21st - June 26th

$179.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct, arrives back with PLENTY time to catch flight back to Toronto)

 

Stay: AirBnB for four in Santorini | June 20th -June 26th

Option 1: $806.00 CDN ($201.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Close to a beach, Looks super cute

Option 2: $755.00 CDN ($188.75/per person); By the beach, Looks simple, Good reviews

Option 3: $857.00 CDN ($214.25/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews, Close to beach

Option 4: $705.00 CDN ($176.25/per person); Looks super cute, Close to beach, Close to transit, Great reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1213.25 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1271.25 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 Notting Hill Carnival 2019

SPECS

Who: Four people/Two Beds, Two people/Two beds, Solo

Where: Toronto to London, England

When: Wednesday, August 21st - Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Budget: $1200.00

Notes: Full disclosure, this is ‘carry-on only’ option. Iceland Air gives you 10kg/22lbs to take with you in that carry on. If you add checked in luggage, it goes up by about $75.00. Choose your own adventure to go chip-chip-cheerio down the road.


Flight: Toronto to London | August 21st - August 28th

$689.00 CDN per person; roundtrip (super quick layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for four | August 22nd - August 28th

Option 1: $1180.00 CDN ($295.00/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks nice, Perfect reviews, Close to transit

Option 2: $1197.00 CDN ($299.25/per person); Central location, Looks cozy, Great reviews

Option 3: $1096.00 CDN ($274.00/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks cozy, Good location, Close to transit, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $1224.00 CDN ($306.00/per person); Bed + Bunk bed, Good location, Perfect reviews, Close to transit

Option 5: $898.00 CDN ($224.50/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks nice, Good location, Close to transit, Perfect reviews

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | August 22nd - August 28th

Option 1: $904.00 CDN ($452.00/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Good area, Perfect reviews, Looks cute

Option 2: $995.00 CDN ($497.50/per person); Close to transit, Looks cozy, Great reviews

Option 3: $1030.00 CDN ($515.00/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks cute, Perfect reviews, Close to transit

Option 4: $881.00 CDN ($440.50/per person); Bed + Air mattress, Close to transit, Perfect reviews, Looks nice

Stay: AirBnB for one | August 22nd - August 28th

Option 1: $374.00 CDN; Looks great, Perfect reviews, Close to transit

Option 2: $320.00 CDN; Good location, Looks simple, Great reviews

Option 3: $348.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, Close to transit, Looks cute

Total: For four you're looking at between $913.50 CDN and $995.00 CDN per person for the trip. For two you're looking at between $1129.50 CDN and $1204.00 CDN per person for the trip. For a solo trip you're looking at between $1009.00 CDN and $1063.00 CDN

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 Manila & Palawan

SPECS

Who: Two People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Manila and Palawan, Philippines

When: Wednesday, February 27th to Monday, March 11th, 2019

Budget: $1400.00

Notes: So I’m going to situate you all by Puerto Princesa because that’s where the ferries to EVERYWHERE else around the island are and so are the buses and vans. It would be a nice central point to get to El Nido or Coron as well.


Flight: Toronto to Manila | February 27th - March 11th

$923.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers)

Stay: AirBnB for two by Manila’s Airport | February 28th - March 1st

Option 1: $47.00 CDN ($23.50/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Close to airport, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $49.00 CDN ($24.50/per person); Place looks great, Very close to airport, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $55.00 CDN ($27.50/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks great, Very close to airport, Perfect reviews

Flight: Manila to Palawan | March 1st - March 9th

$75.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

Stay: AirBnB for two in Palawan | March 1st - March 9th

Option 1: $448.00 CDN ($224.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Good area, Looks cozy

Option 2: $395.00 CDN ($197.50/per person); Looks super cute, Perfect reviews, Great location

Option 3: $558.00 CDN ($279.00/per person); Bed + Sofa bed + Bunk beds, Looks big, Great reviews, Good location

Option 4: $214.00 CDN ($107.00/per person); Central location, Looks cute, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $324.00 CDN ($162.00/per person); Looks nice, Great location, Close to beach, Perfect reviews

Stay: AirBnB for two in Manila | March 9th - March 11th

Option 1: $110.00 CDN ($55.00/per person); Place looks nice, Big, Good area, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $115.00 CDN ($57.50/per person); Great location, Looks simple, Perfect reviews, Close to transit

Option 3: $134.00 CDN ($67.00/per person); Nice views, Great location, Perfect reviews, Looks cozy

Option 4: $148.00 CDN ($74.00/per person); Central location, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $123.00 CDN ($61.50/per person); Place looks big, Good area, Perfect reviews, Bed + Bunk bed

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1183.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1378.50 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 Euro Trip: London, Madrid, Milan, Prague and Budapest

SPECS

Who: Three People, Two Beds

Where: London, England - Madrid, Spain - Milan, Italy - Prague, Czech Republic - Budapest, Hungary

When: Sunday, June 2nd to Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Budget: $1800.00

Notes: I believe all of the flights are under the ‘carry-on only’ situation so pack lightly unless you want to pay more for the airfare. The allotment should be 10kgs/22lbs. Also, you could potentially make this a six country trip, not just five. You have a seven hour layover in Iceland and that gives you plenty time to go to the Blue Lagoon or do shenanigans in Reykjavik.


Flight: Toronto to London | June 2 - June 22

$653.00 CDN: roundtrip (layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for three people in London | June 3 - June 6

Option 1: $568.00 CDN ($189.33/per person); Bed + 2 Sofa beds, Looks nice, Good location, Close to transit, Great reviews

Option 2: $534.00 CDN ($178.00/per person); Good area, Bed + Sofa bed, Close to transit, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $664.00 CDN ($221.33/per person); Great location, Bed + Sofa bed + Floor mattress, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $664.00 CDN ($221.33/per person); Place looks great, Perfect reviews, Good area

Flight: London to Madrid | June 6th

$60.00 CDN: one-way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for three people in Madrid | June 6 - June 10

Option 1: $393.00 CDN ($131.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Bed + Sofa bed, Looks nice, Great location

Option 2: $360.00 CDN ($120.00/per person); Smaller place, Looks nice, Bed + Bunk bed, Good location, Great reviews

Option 3: $400.00 CDN ($133.33/per person); Place looks nice, Bed + Sofa bed, Great location, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $410.00 CDN ($136.67/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews, Good location

Flight: Madrid to Milan | June 10

$59.00 CDN: one-way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for three people in Milan | June 10 - June 14

Option 1: $515.00 CDN ($171.67/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks cozy, Great location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $499.00 CDN ($166.33/per person); Perfect reviews, Good area, Looks cozy

Option 3: $450.00 CDN ($150.00/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Close to central station, Looks big, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $448.00 CDN ($149.33/per person); Looks nice, Perfect reviews, Good area

Flight: Milan to Prague | June 14

$59.00 CDN: one-way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for three people in Prague | June 14 - June 18

Option 1: $303.00 CDN ($101.00/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks simple, Great location, Great reviews

Option 2: $339.00 CDN ($113.00/per person); Place looks beautiful, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $334.00 CDN ($111.33/per person); Bed + Sofa bed, Looks great, Good area, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $327.00 CDN ($109.00/per person); Close to transit, Central location, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Flight: Prague to Budapest | June 18

$71.00 CDN: one-way (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for three people in Budapest | June 18 - June 22

Option 1: $298.00 CDN ($99.33/per person); Place looks great, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $279.00 CDN ($93.00/per person); Good location, Place looks massive, Great reviews

Option 3: $303.00 CDN ($101.00/per person); Very nice looking place, Central location, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $262.00 CDN ($87.33/per person); Central location, Laundry, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

Flight: Budapest to London | June 22

$112.00 CDN: one-way (direct, lands three hours before your flight back to Toronto)

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1649.66 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1757.67 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 San Jose, Costa Rica: Quickie Trip

SPECS

Who: Two People, Two Beds

Where: San Jose, Costa Rica

When: Thursday, February 7th to Monday, February 11th, 2019

Budget: $500.00


Flight: Toronto to San Jose | February 7th - February 11th

$308.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two people | February 7th - February 11th

Option 1: $356.00 CDN ($178.00/per person); Great location, Perfect reviews, Looks cozy

Option 2: $329.00 CDN ($164.50/per person); Nice views, Looks big, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $313.00 CDN ($156.50/per person); Close to downtown, Looks like a hippie place, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $305.00 CDN ($152.50/per person); Looks chic, Great location, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $343.00 CDN ($171.50/per person); Downtown location, Looks great, Perfect reviews

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $460.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $486.00 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 Casablanca & Marrakesh, Morocco

SPECS

Who: Two People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Casablanca and Marrakesh, Morocco

When: Sunday, May 5th - Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Budget: $1500

Notes: I made it so you land and go take a train to Marrakesh the same day because in my years of traveling, I have learned (the hard way) you want to go to the furthest place from your return flight FIRST and finish the trip to the place that is closest. Luckily, you land at 7am so there is lots of time to go catch the train and still have a full day to explore once you arrive in Marrakesh.


Flight: Toronto to Casablanca | May 5th - May 16th

$834.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers)

Train: Casablanca to Marrakesh | May 6th - May 11th

$25.00 CDN: roundtrip (takes about two hours, this is for second class, if you want first class it is $41.00 CDN)

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two in Marrakesh | May 6th - May 11th

Option 1: $520.00 CDN ($260.00/per person); Looks great, Great location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $509.00 CDN ($254.50/per person); Great area, Looks big, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $358.00 CDN ($179.00/per person); Place looks amazing, Nice area, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $405.00 CDN ($202.50/per person); Close to transit, Good location, Great reviews, Looks nice

Option 5: $529.67 CDN ($264.84/per person); Standard Triple Room, Looks really nice, Great reviews, Breakfast included

Option 6: $302.57 CDN ($151.29/per person); Twin Room, Pool, Nice rooftop, Looks nice, Good area

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two in Casablanca | May 11th - May 16th

Option 1: $$752.27 CDN ($376.14/per person); Classic Twin Room, 5 Star hotel, Looks amazing, Great reviews

Option 2: $380.63 CDN ($190.32/per person); Superior Twin Room, Looks nice, Great location, Great reviews

Option 3: $536.00 CDN ($268.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Good location, Looks big

Option 4: $474.00 CDN ($237.00/per person); Close to transit, Perfect reviews, Looks nice

Option 5: $445.00 CDN ($222.50/per person); Looks big, Perfect reviews, Good area

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1200.61 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1499.98 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.

Panama/Colombia Trip Recap

Usually, within a week of coming back from a vacation I would have the full recap up and finished. USUALLY I don’t get horribly sick after vacationing though.

The past two weeks have been absolute hell on my body (and my travel partner, Lorren). I’m one of those people who eats everything and anything in sight when I travel without any issues EVER with my tummy. I’d like to think of myself as someone with a rock hard stomach, on the inside, because mans are fluffy outside. When I went to do my Asia trip in 2016 I drank Dukoral weeks ahead to prepare and I even got my shot for cholera, which you can read all about here. Nothing gets to my stomach. Until something fucking got to my stomach.

I am literally 8lbs lighter now than I was when I left for my trip on October 5th. That was two weeks ago and I have been thin for no reason since last week. I will spare all of you the details but let me tell you, I’m not sure WHERE or WHY we picked up whatever stomach problem this was but I legitimately do not wish it on anyone. Three days laid up in bed not being able to eat is not exactly my idea of happiness after a vacation. Like you’re already sad you’re back to cold and work but your body completely malfunctioning as well? SUCKS.

But, let me move on to the awesomeness that was this trip. To look at the positive side of things, neither of us felt sick until the day we had to fly home. The vacation itself was super fun and exciting and I’m happy to share the goods with you lovely people.



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH - FLYING/PANAMA

This seemed like such a late time to fly. 9:30am. I had to take the subway and UP Express with the regular working hours people. Who flies this late? I’m more accustomed to being at the airport from 5-6am and ready to be up in the air to somewhere by 7am. Lorren and I met up at the check-in for Copa Airlines to begin our journey to Cartagena, Colombia via Panama City, Panama. The great thing was we had checked in online already and only had our carry-ons to travel with so we avoided a super long line with everyone else. Score!

I’m not 100% sure on why we decided to go to Cartagena but I do recall being in the middle of a fete at Jamaica Carnival and looking at my Google Flights notification telling me that a flight to Cartagena from Oct 5 - Oct 8 had dropped 50% in price.

You read that right …. FIFTY PERCENT DROP. I messaged Lorren and asked if she’s good with that price, she said yes and boom we had roundtrip flight tickets to Colombia for $320.00 per person. That’s a damn good price.

Pearson airport was the same thing as always, boring. We both got some version of breakfast and then we were on our way to our layover in Panama City, Panama. The total layover time was seven hours, but with having to be at the airport two hours before a flight that total dropped to five hours of exploring Panama City. We had intended on seeing the Panama Canal, going to this Chorillo area where there was some delicious seafood and then just walking along the water and taking pictures at sunset. HA. We thought.

We checked our carryons at this luggage storage place in the arrivals area of the airport. (Cost $5.00 USD per bag) and then we found ourselves a taxi driver. His name was Ariel and I think he offered us ‘the weeds’ about six times during the drive. He was definitely our type of driver because he knew how to maneuver around all the traffic, which sometimes included driving on the shoulder and even through a park to get to the other side of a road. Sadly, even with his driving skills we were in for a big let down.

The traffic in Panama City is HELLA disrespectful. We did enjoy seeing how beautiful the city was and how far superior their condos looked to Toronto, but, ommmggg it was so slow getting through the city. We made it to the Panama Canal and paid the stupid $20.00 USD to enter.

So you enter, you go upstairs, there’s hoards of people looking at a canal, a big ship gets announced as incoming, people get amped and take selfies, the ship passes, it’s done. The end.

I do not care for the Panama Canal at all but it was kind of one of those ‘must see’ things if you’re going to go to Panama so we did it. It’s done. Check it off the list.

We wanted to go to the aforementioned Chorillo area after the canal but as we got deeper and deeper into traffic our Google Maps was giving us an unfavorable breakdown in time to the airport. This is where the day began to get a little weird.

There was definitely a language barrier between us and Ariel but we were able to tell him where we wanted to go for the day and how much we’d pay etc. It really wasn’t an issue - until it actually became an issue. As we were driving towards Chorillo myself and Lorren decided that it was best we just head directly back to the airport because we didn’t want to risk being late for our flight to Cartagena. Missing seafood was fine with us, missing a flight was definitely not.

This driver got SUPER weird at this point. We explained to him that we wanted to head for the airport because of the time restraints and dude wouldn’t take NO as an answer. He repeated and repeated and repeated ‘no no you must go to Chorillo’. Listen bro, we must not do SHIT. If we paying for the car for the day and we don’t want any extra detours and want to go back to the airport, that’s where the hell you’re going to take us.

Oh man, for the entirety of the drive back to the airport he literally repeated and bitched about us not going to Chorillo every 20 seconds. At one point he PULLED OVER to the side of some parking lot and said, ‘go take pictures!’ even though we explicitly told him 50 times to head directly back to the airport so we wouldn’t be late. Don’t get me wrong, taking pictures of Panama City during sunset was really beautiful. The city itself is gorgeous and I hope I come back another time to take it in some more. However, we had no idea what the hell dudes problem was. We were still on a time constraint. As we finally got into the airport area he was STILL repeating about the goddamn Chorillo place and I finally had enough and you could hear me saying over, ‘no we said airport. no we said airport. no we said airport.

We did finally make it to the airport and with plenty of time before our flight. Got some food and boarded the next Copa flight to Cartagena.

Upon arriving in Cartagena we got to deal with the pleasantries of the reciprocity fee only Canadians have to pay to enter Colombia which I wrote a blog post about here. Fortunately, a very nice man drove us from the airport to our hotel in the Bocagrande area of Cartagena.

At about 11:30pm - we finally got to bed. This weird day was done.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH - LUXURY IN CARTAGENA


Listen, after the day/night we had in Panama? Waking up in a five star hotel with the most incredible view was refreshing. Oh, it felt so good. I would go more into detail about the Hyatt Regency Cartagena, but you can click here and go peruse the blog post I made specifically about staying there.

For the Saturday we didn’t make many concrete plans. Lorren had booked herself in for some surfing at 10am and I had booked myself in for a spa session at 2pm. Because for some weird reason I can’t stay sleeping particularly late while on vacation, I was up early and both Lorren and I decided to go for breakfast.

We had searched Google for what was good around us and came across this breakfast spot named La Brioche. If you ever go to Cartagena, definitely make sure to eat here. The pancakes were so fluffy and the pineapple juice was delicious. Also, I appreciate any restaurant where the manager/owner comes by and talks to see if you’re bless.

After breakfast Lorren went onto her surfing shenanigans and I went right back to the hotel. You know what I did? I took a nap. Then I went to the spa to try and get Lorren a booking at the same time as mine, they weren’t open for another 30 minutes. OK. Took another nap. Went back down to the spa and was able to get Lorren a spa session appointment. Great success.

It was probably about noon and I had a tough decision to make - do I want to nap some more or will I go actually do stuff since I am on vacation? Disregarding my good judgement, I decided to go gallivant into Cartagena’s historical center …. in 34 degree heat. I walked so damn much, from Bocagrande and then to the historical center and then I drank some rum and then I walked all the way back to the hotel. The heat was INSANE. I will say the walk was well worth it. The center of Cartagena is incredible and very picturesque, and I sure do love taking a lot of pictures!

Once I returned to the hotel I had to take a shower because absolutely no one should have to rub down a profusely sweaty Eastern European woman during a spa session.

If you would like to know how the spa time went you can read about it here, I made a separate blog post for all you spa enthusiasts.

After Lorren and I both had our awesome spa dates completed, we hit the infinity pool at the hotel. Incredible view over Bocagrande, took some pictures and ordered some food. Nice and relaxing evening. That is the great thing about traveling with the women I choose to travel with, there’s an amazing bonding in quiet sometimes. You don’t even have to speak non-stop, you’re just happy to be somewhere together and taking it all in together. I love every minute of it.

Alright so it is a Saturday night, we are young, we are good looking and we are on vacation. Obviously, it is time to party!

Ha.

We got back to our room at 8pm, said we’d take a nap and woke up at 4am. That was the end of our Saturday. FAIL.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7TH - BEACH LIFE

One of the things that makes me happiest in this world is being on a beach. I love swimming, I love the sand, I love being in the water and I just love the way it makes me (and my skin) feel. Today was our beach day and we were going on an adventure to Playa Blanca.

We were picked up around 9am and drove for approximately one hour to get to the destination. I’m not a fan of long car rides but this beach was worth the time in a pinch up van.

When we arrived we were taken (with our group) to a quieter area of Playa Blanca. Apparently Sunday is the day most locals went to the beach as well so it was crammed everywhere. The beach was super busy. I was happy the guide took us to a quiet area where we have a little piece of heaven, and shade, to ourselves. It is unfortunate that all the things you read about Playa Blanca are true though, every 10-15 seconds someone will be asking you to buy a service from them or food or liquor. As someone who prefers my beaches completely silent, it made the beach experience a little less pleasant.

The beach itself was clean, the water was clear and the temperature of the water was perfect as well. If you do have time, I would definitely encourage everyone to take a day trip to Playa Blanca. Another great part of our trip for the day was getting a delicious fish lunch, which we both enjoyed while overlooking the clear waters.

Sigh, mans really tried to scam us though.

Listen, I have no issue with people hustling because sometimes you don’t really have any other option. Although I may be annoyed that someone talks to me every 10-15 seconds trying to sell me things, I get that they need to make money. That’s fine. However, I don’t like people trying to take me for an idiot.

There was a group of women by us offering massages. I asked the woman how much it would cost and she said it would be $20 for 30 minutes. Awesome, that, I can definitely get down with. Lorren had requested a 15-minute foot massage from another lady after discussing her rate as well. Perfect! Massages on a beach were feeling sooooo good. Suddenly, I hear the woman who had given Lorren her foot massage say something along the lines of, ‘that was one hour’. THE FUCK? How is it that Lorren asked for 15 minutes and I asked for 30 minutes, but hers was supposedly one hour? NAH NAH NAH.

Then the lady who was doing my back I asked her if my 30 minutes was up and suddenly she couldn’t speak English very well. We were lucky that there was a couple with us on the same tour that spoke Spanish fluently. The lady told them she had been working on me for 40 minutes at that point, so I asked her like why you going past 30 minutes when we had agreed on THIRTY MINUTES? To hell with that. I paid her for the 30 minutes we had agreed to and told her to go on her way. I don’t like that shit. Make your money, but tricking or trying to scam people isn’t the wave. That just pissed me off.

So note to any of you that plan on getting massages at Playa Blanca, set a damn timer or just don’t do it. If I had the option to go through this again, I would have just not gotten the damn massage. SMH.

I’m not sure how the day at the beach finished so quickly. I easily could have spent another 2-3 hours there just relaxing but the tour guide said it was time to head back to Cartagena. Imagine? The driver tried to fit FOURTEEN of us in that pinch up van and Lorren literally couldn’t sit down. So we complained and had two small children move to the front so the adults could sit down properly for the one hour ride. Last thing we needed after the scamming attempt was an uncomfortable ride back to town. Hell no.

So we got back to our hotel and got to shower and relax a little bit. We were NOT taking a nap tonight, we had to go out on our final night in Colombia. We got dressed up cute and caught a taxi into the historical center. We asked the taxi driver his favourite restaurant and he said it was ‘Alma’ - okay, so take us to Alma.

I’d like to say at this point, dear Mr. taxi man, if I ever see you again I’m gonna give you a massive tip for suggesting this place. YOU DESERVE THE WORLD SIR.

This dude has taste. This restaurant was beautiful, some real high end shit. The ambiance was lovely, the staff was attentive and there was even this beautiful pool in the middle of the establishment. The food too? OMG. To die for. From the lobster empanadas to the insane seafood chowder that Lorren ordered. Everything was delicious. Yes, this place was a little pricier than most of the food spots in Cartagena but, why not splurge a little? Was super worth it.

Then we just walked around the center and stopped at various bars to have a drink and people watch. By the time we got to the fourth bar it was some place called Tu Candela which we had read was a pretty decent nightclub. The spot wasn’t particularly big, but the vibes were GREAT. The DJ took requests and played some Vybz Kartel for me. We made friends with some guys from Florida that were there for a bachelor party too. Overall, a fun spot to party.

Naturally, I drank too damn much. Let me tell you something about Colombian pesos, that currency is confusing as shit. Now mix that with it being like 1am, you’re a bunch of rum and cokes in and you can’t count. Oh man. I’d never been so embarrassed in my life trying to count out 148,000 pesos to pay for our bar tab because they didn’t take cards. The bartender had to walk with me to the closest ATM so I could take more cash out. Horrible. Don’t drink and count foreign currency guys.

Lorren and I walked home to our hotel after the club. For as much as people worry about traveling to Colombia, neither of us felt unsafe at any time there. Super late at night, walking back to Bocagrande in our cute outfits and singing random soca songs - people just said good evening and kept it moving. No one harassed us and we just staggered our way on home. Fun night. Happy early birthday Lorren.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH - HOME TIME

Waking up on Monday hungover wasn’t awesome. We went back to La Brioche to eat that amazing breakfast one more time and then we packed to head back home. The stay in Cartagena was over and we were leaving back to cold-ass-Toronto.

This was the moment where we suddenly didn’t feel well but we though it was because we drank so much the night before. Obviously, we were wrong about that.

Going through customs at Cartagena’s airport was super fast. I had read someone else’s blog post alluding to it taking forever to get through because you had to speak to a ‘minimum’ of twelve people by the time you got to your gate. False. Super false. I’m not sure if we were super lucky or what but it literally took all together MAYBE 10 minutes from entering the airport to getting through border security and to our gate. It really wasn’t nearly as bad as others had described it.

We flew back to Panama City with Copa and had some time to kill at their airport before our flight to Toronto. We ate Cinnabon and our stomachs just began feeling worse and worse.

Finally we got on the flight back to Toronto and by the time we landed we both realized our bodies hated us and we fucked up. Just how I wanted to end a vacation. Not.

Overall I would still say this was an awesome trip. I would like to go back to Panama City and enjoy it a bit more since the traffic and our strange taxi driver kind of ruined it for us. If I go back to Cartagena I’d really like to stay at the Hyatt again as well and would return to the EXACT same places to eat breakfast and dinner.

My apologies for this post being so lengthy, who knew so much could happen over one long weekend?

Thankful to have made it to country #31 and country #32 finally.

  • Mirna

Toronto to Cabo, Mexico: Quickie Group Trip

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Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

When: Sunday, February 3rd - Friday, February 8th, 2019

Budget: $550.00

Notes: Yes, there is a San Jose del Cabo AND a Cabo San Lucas. Because Cabo San Lucas looks prettier, the places to stay I picked are located there, but the flight lands in San Jose del Cabo. It is just a 30min drive between the two of them, apparently there is also a bus that leaves directly from the airport to Cabo San Lucas as well!


Flight: Toronto to San Jose del Cabo | February 3rd - February 8th

$373.00 CDN: roundtrip (good layovers)

 

Stay: AirBnB for 4 people in Cabo San Lucas | February 3rd - February 8th

Option 1: $487.00 CDN ($121.75/per person); Quiet area, By beach, Looks nice, Great reviews

Option 2: $661.00 CDN ($165.25/per person); Looks great, Great location, Close to beach, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $579.00 CDN ($144.75/per person); Close to center, Close to beach, Pool, Looks big, Great reviews

Option 4: $587.00 CDN ($146.75/per person); Pools, Looks nice, Perfect reviews, Good location

Option 5: $578.00 CDN ($144.50/per person); Close to downtown, Looks big, Perfect reviews

Option 6: $401.00 CDN ($100.25/per person); Looks small, Cute, Perfect reviews, Great location

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $473.00 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $538.25 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 

 

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