Trinidad

Toronto to Dubai and Abu Dhabi: Group Trip

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Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Dubai + Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

When: Saturday, November 2nd - Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Budget Per Person: $1500.00


Flight: Toronto to Dubai | November 2nd - November 10th

$1070.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

Stay: Hotel for Four in Dubai | November 3rd - November 6th

Option 1: $792.43 CDN ($198.11/per person); 2 x King Room, Pool, Looks great, Great reviews

Option 2: $760.58 CDN ($190.15/per person); 2 x Superior Double Room, Looks nice, Close to transit, Breakfast included

Option 3: $721.30 CDN ($180.33/per person); 2 x Twin Room, Good location, Looks good, Great reviews

Bus: Dubai to Abu Dhabi | November 6th - November 10th

$20.00 CDN: roundtrip (takes about 1.5hrs each way, your flight ins’t until super late on 10th so you have lots of time)

Stay: Hotel for Four in Abu Dhabi | November 6th - November 10th

Option 1: $733.52 CDN ($183.38/per person); 2 x Large Double Room, Pool, Good location, Great reviews

Option 2: $745.66 CDN ($186.42/per person); 2 x Standard Double Room, Looks great, Great reviews, Pool

Option 3: $763.68 CDN ($190.92/per person); 2 x Standard Twin Room, Great looking place, Good area, Good reviews, Pool

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1453.71 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1479.03 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 Tobago: Group Trip

SPECS

Who: Four People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Tobago, Trinidad

When: Thursday, November 7th - Thursday. November 14th, 2019

Budget Per Person: $1000.00


Flight: Toronto to Tobago | November 7th - November 14th

$690.00 CDN: roundtrip (quick layovers)

Stay: AirBnB for Four | November 7th - November 14th

Option 1: $1034.00 CDN ($258.50/per person); Perfect review, Looks nice, Close to beach

Option 2: $864.00 CDN ($216.00/per person); Great location, Looks super cute, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $919.00 CDN ($229.75/per person); Looks like a chill place, Perfect reviews, In nature

Option 4: $562.00 CDN ($140.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Quiet area, Looks cozy

Option 5: $1059.00 CDN ($264.75/per person); Place looks amazing, By water, Perfect reviews

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $830.50 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $954.00 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, Miami and New York to Trinidad Carnival 2020

SPECS

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

Where: Toronto, Miami and NY to Trinidad Carnival

When: Wednesday, February 19th - Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Budget: Whatever I can find for cheap....

Note: I did flights from all three cities in their respective currencies, but the stays are only in Canadian Currency. For what it’s worth - that means you know it’ll cost you less because US Currency is higher. Also, in about three-four weeks I know Copa Airlines will release their flights for the NY and Miami crowd, might end up being a favorable price as well! I tried to find as many places as I could, not all are central POS but I promise none of them are all the way in Tobago. Hopefully after carnival is finished this week, more properties will put their prices/availability up for 2020.


TORONTO TO PORT OF SPAIN

Flight: Pearson International to Port of Spain | February 19th - February 26th

$672.26 CDN per person; roundtrip (direct, red-eye, choose the Caribbean Airlines option)

$824.87 CDN per person; roundtrip (direct, afternoon)


MIAMI TO PORT OF SPAIN

Flight: Miami International to Port of Spain | February 19th - February 26th

$591.60 USD per person; roundtrip (direct, choose the Caribbean Airlines option)


NEW YORK TO PORT OF SPAIN

Flight: JFK to Port of Spain | February 19th - February 26th

$973.11 USD per person; roundtrip (layover, red-eye)

$795.60 USD per person; roundtrip (direct, afternoon/evening, choose the Caribbean Airlines option)


 

Stay: AirBnB for four | February 19th - February 26th

Option 1: $2049.00 CDN ($512.25/per person); Place looks huge, Pool, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $1421.00 CDN ($355.25/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks cozy, Quiet area

Option 3: $1153.00 CDN ($288.25/per person); By UWI, Looks big, Nice, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $1426.00 CDN ($356.50/per person); Close to transit, Looks nice, Perfect reviews, Quiet area

Option 5: $1254.00 CDN ($313.50/per person); Looks cozy, Perfect reviews, Quiet area, There’s fruit trees

Option 6: $1487.00 CDN ($371.75/per person); Looks nice, Looks big, Perfect reviews, San Juan location

 

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

Option 1: $359.00 CDN ($179.50/per person); Private room (not whole place), Very good location, Good reviews, Looks simple

Option 2: $755.00 CDN ($377.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Good area, Looks cute

Option 3: $838.00 CDN ($419.00/per person); Looks great, Big, Perfect reviews, Good area

Option 4: $623.00 CDN ($311.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Closer to airport, Looks nice

Option 5: $877.00 CDN ($438.50/per person); By Chaguanas, Looks very nice, Perfect reviews


Total: For four you're looking at between $960.51 CDN and $1337.12 CDN per person for the trip. For two you're looking at between $851.76 CDN and $1263.37 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.

Toronto to Trinidad and Grenada: Group Trip

SPECS

Who: Three People, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to Trinidad + Grenada

When: Friday, June 7th - Friday, June 14th, 2019

Budget Per Person: $1000.00


Flight: Toronto to Trinidad | June 7th - June 14th

$391.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

Stay: AirBnB for three in Trinidad | June 7th - June 10th

Option 1: $336.00 CDN ($112.00/per person); Looks big, Good area, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $471.00 CDN ($157.00/per person); Good area, Perfect reviews, Looks great

Option 3: $208.00 CDN ($69.33/per person); Looks simple, Perfect reviews, Good location

Option 4: $261.00 CDN ($87.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks cozy, Big, Good area

Option 5: $329.00 CDN ($109.67/per person); Looks cozy, Perfect reviews, Central location

Flight:  Trinidad to Grenada | June 10th - June 13th

$284.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

Stay: AirBnB for three in Grenada | June 10th - June 13th

Option 1: $172.00 CDN ($57.33/per person); Good reviews, Great location, Very basic

Option 2: $202.00 CDN ($67.33/per person); Quiet area, Looks great, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $214.00 CDN ($71.33/per person); Close to transit, Looks great, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $228.00 CDN ($76.00/per person); Looks great, Close to beaches, Close to transit, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $339.00 CDN ($113.00/per person); Short walk to beach, Perfect reviews, Looks cozy

Stay: AirBnB for three overnight near POS Airport | June 13th - June 14th

Option 1: $102.00 CDN ($34.00/per person); Simple, Close to airport, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $120.00 CDN ($40.00/per person); Good location, Looks cozy, Close to airport, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $165.00 CDN ($55.00/per person); Place looks great, Perfect reviews, Close to airport

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $835.66 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1000.00 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 Tobago Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Tobago, Trinidad

When: Friday, January 18th - Friday, January 25th, 2019

Budget Per Person: $900ish


Flight: Toronto to Port of Spain | January 18th - January 25th

$510.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)


Flight: Port of Spain to Tobago | January 18th - January 25th

$79.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct, two hours time between flights from/to POS)

Stay: AirBnB for two in Tobago | January 18th - January 25th

Option 1: $631.00 CDN ($315.50/per person); Good location, Close to beach, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $526.00 CDN ($263.00/per person); Looks super cute, Big, Perfect reviews, Close to the beach

Option 3: $614.00 CDN ($307.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Well located, Looks cozy

Option 4: $470.00 CDN ($235.00/per person); Simple, Looks cute, Great location, Perfect reviews

Option 5: $623.00 CDN ($311.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks great, Good location

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $824.00 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $904.50 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 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 Trinidad and Grenada: Baecation

SPECS

Who: Two People, One Bed

Where: Toronto to Trinidad and Grenada

When: Saturday, March 9th, 2019 - Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Budget: $1200


Flight: Toronto to Port of Spain | March 9th - March 20th

$490.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | March 10th - March 15th

Option 1: $390.00 CDN ($195.00/per person); Nice view, Looks great, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $519.00 CDN ($259.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Close to transit, Looks big

Option 3: $358.00 CDN ($179.00/per person); Looks big, Looks simple, Close to transit, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $496.00 CDN ($248.00/per person); Good location, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

 

Flight: Port of Spain to Grenada | March 15th - March 19th

$278.00 CDN: roundtrip (direct, lands three hrs before your flight back to Toronto)

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | March 15th - March 19th

Option 1: $283.00 CDN ($141.50/per person); Great location, Looks nice, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $253.00 CDN ($126.50/per person); Looks big, Good location, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $214.00 CDN ($107.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Looks simple, Close to transit

Option 4: $264.00 CDN ($132.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Close to falls and beach, Looks nice

 

Total: Overall, if you go for the LEAST expensive options I posted it's about $1054.00 per person for the trip and for the MOST expensive options it's about $1169.00 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.

Carnival Itinerary: Toronto, Miami and NY to Trinidad Carnival 2019

SPECS

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

Where: Toronto, Miami and NY to Trinidad Carnival

When: Monday, February 25th to Wednesday, March 6th

Budget: Whatever I can find for cheap....

Note: Yes, I usually include London, UK in my carnival itinerary posts but like, these airlines not posting for them yet and I just couldn't wait. Sorry :( 


TORONTO TO PORT OF SPAIN

Flight: Pearson International to Port of Spain | February 25th to March 6th

$481.26 CDN per person; roundtrip (direct) -- yes I'm serious. 

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Stay: AirBnB for four | February 25th to March 6th

Option 1: $2112.00 CDN ($528.00/per person); Looks OK, Good location, Good review, 2 Bedrooms

Option 2: $599.00 CDN ($149.75/per person); Looks big, Well located, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $924.00 CDN ($231.00/per person); St. Joseph area, 2 bedroom, Good review, Looks cute

Option 4: $5617.00 CDN ($1404.25/per person); Place looks big, Nice looking, Perfect reviews

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | February 25th to March 6th

Option 1: $2155.00 CDN ($1077.50/per person); Great location, Good review, Simple looking

Option 2: $2119.00 CDN ($1059.50/per person); Pool, Close to Queen's Park Savannah, Good review

Option 3: $599.00 CDN ($299.50/per person); Looks big, Well located, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $801.00 CDN ($400.50/per person); OK looking, Good review, Good area

 

Stay: AirBnB for one | February 25th to March 6th

Option 1: $463.00 CDN; Little outside POS, Close to transit, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $1000.00 CDN; Good location, Basic looking, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $515.00 CDN; Diego Martin location, Looks nice, Good review

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $1885.51 CDN per person for the 4 person trip, $1558.76 CDN per person for the 2 people trip and $1487.26 CDN for solo.


MIAMI TO PORT OF SPAIN

Flight: Miami International to Port of Spain | February 25th to March 6th

$310.89 USD per person; roundtrip (direct) -- yes I'm serious. 

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Stay: AirBnB for four | February 25th to March 6th

Option 1: $1640.00 USD ($420.23/per person); Looks OK, Good location, Good review, 2 Bedrooms

Option 2: $468.00 USD ($117.00/per person); Looks big, Well located, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $722.00 USD ($180.50/per person); St. Joseph area, 2 bedroom, Good review, Looks cute

Option 4: $4385.00 USD ($1096.25/per person); Place looks big, Nice looking, Perfect reviews

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | February 25th to March 6th

Option 1: $1683.00 USD ($841.50/per person); Great location, Good review, Simple looking

Option 2: $1655.00 USD ($827.50/per person); Pool, Close to Queen's Park Savannah, Good review

Option 3: $468.00 USD ($234.00/per person); Looks big, Well located, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $626.00 USD ($313.00/per person); OK looking, Good review, Good area

 

Stay: AirBnB for one | February 25th to March 6th

Option 1: $362.00 USD; Little outside POS, Close to transit, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $781.00 USD; Good location, Basic looking, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $402.00 USD; Diego Martin location, Looks nice, Good review

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $1407.14 USD per person for the 4 person trip, $1152.39 USD per person for the 2 people trip and $1091.89 USD for solo.


NEW YORK TO PORT OF SPAIN

Flight: JFK to Port of Spain | February 25th to March 6th

$414.89 USD per person; roundtrip (direct) -- yes I'm serious. 

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Stay: AirBnB for four | February 25th to March 6th

Option 1: $1640.00 USD ($420.23/per person); Looks OK, Good location, Good review, 2 Bedrooms

Option 2: $468.00 USD ($117.00/per person); Looks big, Well located, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $722.00 USD ($180.50/per person); St. Joseph area, 2 bedroom, Good review, Looks cute

Option 4: $4385.00 USD ($1096.25/per person); Place looks big, Nice looking, Perfect reviews

 

Stay: AirBnB for two | February 25th to March 6th

Option 1: $1683.00 USD ($841.50/per person); Great location, Good review, Simple looking

Option 2: $1655.00 USD ($827.50/per person); Pool, Close to Queen's Park Savannah, Good review

Option 3: $468.00 USD ($234.00/per person); Looks big, Well located, Perfect reviews

Option 4: $626.00 USD ($313.00/per person); OK looking, Good review, Good area

 

Stay: AirBnB for one | February 25th to March 6th

Option 1: $362.00 USD; Little outside POS, Close to transit, Looks cozy, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $781.00 USD; Good location, Basic looking, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $402.00 USD; Diego Martin location, Looks nice, Good review

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $1511.14 USD per person for the 4 person trip, $1256.39 USD per person for the 2 people trip and $1195.89 USD for solo.

 

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 Long Weekend Fun: Thanksgiving

SPECS

Who: Two People, Two Beds + One Person Options

Where: Toronto to Whatever is Cheap

When: Friday, Oct 6th (after 5 p.m.) to Monday, Oct 9th (Thanksgiving)

Budget: Under $800

Notes: There are definitely wacky layovers/times with some of these, but take a look anyways.


OPTION 1: CANCUN

Flight: Toronto to Cancun | Oct 6th

$442.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $174.00 CDN ($87.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Loft space, Close to transit

Option 2: $175.00 CDN ($87.50/per person); Close to Ferry, Has a hammock, Great reviews

Option 3: $199.00 + 16% tax = $230.84 CDN ($115.42/per person); Villa with sea view, Good reviews, Nice looking

Option 4: $126.00 + 19% tax = $149.94 CDN ($74.97/per person); Big room, Pool, Good reviews

Stay: AirBnB for one | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $68.00 CDN; Close to beach, Big space, Great reviews

Option 2: $91.00 CDN; Very nice looking, Pool, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $67.00 CDN; Close to airport, Close to beaches, Great reviews

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $557.42 per person for the trip OR $533.00 solo.


OPTION 2: LONDON, ENGLAND

Flight: Toronto to London Gatwick | Oct 6th

$606.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $271.00 CDN ($135.50/per person); Nice looking room, Shared bathroom, Good reviews, Suburbs

Option 2: $314.00 CDN ($157.00/per person); Close to transit, Great reviews, Close to shopping 

Option 3: $271.00 CDN ($135.50/per person); OK looking, Great reviews, Close to transit, Stratford

Option 4: $226.00 CDN ($113.00/per person); Close to transit, Good location, Shared bathroom

Stay: AirBnB for one | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $109.00 CDN; Close to transit, OK looking, Great reviews

Option 2: $124.00 CDN; Close to Wimbledon, Close to transit, Nice looking, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $98.00 CDN; Basic, Small, Perfect reviews, Close to transit

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $763.00 per person for the trip OR $730.00 solo.


OPTION 3: LOS ANGELES

Flight: Toronto to Los Angeles | Oct 6th

$500.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $313.00 CDN ($156.50/per person); Close to transit, Great reviews, Second bed is a floor mattress 

Option 2: $289.00 CDN ($144.50/per person); Great area, Perfect reviews, Extra beds

Option 3: $332.00 CDN ($166.00/per person); Perfect reviews, OK looking, Great location, Second bed is a sofa

Option 4: $308.00 + 15.5% tax + $15 fee = $370.74 CDN ($185.37/per person); Close to LAX, Great reviews, Nice looking, Shared bathroom

Stay: AirBnB for one | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $194.00 CDN; Nice looking room, Great reviews, Well located

Option 2: $216.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, Close to transit, OK looking

Option 3: $264.00 CDN; Very nice looking place, Close to downtown, Close to transit, Perfect reviews

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $685.37 per person for the trip OR $764.00 solo.


OPTION 4: MEXICO CITY

Flight: Toronto to Mexico City | Oct 6th

$497.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $221.00 CDN ($110.50/per person); Nice looking place, 2 bedrooms, Great location, Perfect reviews

Option 2: $182.00 CDN ($91.00/per person); Perfect reviews, Good location, Close to nightlife, Close to transit, Second bed is a sofa

Option 3: $298.00 + 19% tax = $354.62 ($177.31/per person); 5 star hotel, Great reviews, Very nice looking

Option 4: $112.00 + 19% tax = $133.28 CDN ($66.64/per person); Great reviews, Good location, Breakfast and Dinner included in price 

Stay: AirBnB for one | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $71.00 CDN; Downtown Mexico City, Great location, Perfect reviews, Close to transit

Option 2: $62.00 CDN; Small, Nice looking, Perfect reviews, Good location 

Option 3: $71.00 CDN; Good area, Nice looking, Perfect reviews

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $674.31 per person for the trip OR $568.00 solo.


OPTION 5: TRINIDAD

Flight: Toronto to Port of Spain | Oct 6th

$585.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $287.00 CDN ($143.50/per person); Good reviews, Great location, OK looking 

Option 2: $169.00 CDN ($84.50/per person); 2 bedroom, Close to transit, Perfect reviews 

Option 3: $191.00 + 12% tax = $213.92 ($106.96/per person); Close to city center, Bunk beds, Good reviews

Option 4: $191.00 + 10% tax= $210.10 CDN ($105.05/per person); Great location, Great reviews, OK looking, Second bed is a sofa

Stay: AirBnB for one | Oct 6th to Oct 9th

Option 1: $132.00 CDN; Great location, Perfect reviews, Big room

Option 2: $90.00 CDN; Close to transit, Quaint place, Nice room, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $178.00 CDN; Good location, Nice looking, Great reviews

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $728.50 per person for the trip OR $763.00 solo.

 

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- Mirna 

Carnival Anxiety

Going to start this post by saying I recognize that there are people who suffer from daily and constant anxiety. This post is in no way attempting to make light of what they go through regularly nor to compare to that struggle. With this post I wanted to talk about how something that is usually as simple as planning a trip (usually, a joyous occasion) turns into something giving you anxious feelings. 

I love planning trips.

There is nothing that gives me a calmer and happier feeling than figuring out logistics and full travel itineraries for myself. I love it so much that I do it for other people as a hobby because PLANNING IS MY HAPPY PLACE. While others may be annoyed by such processes, I look to take part in as many as I can. 

I know some people that are afraid of flying and that gives them regular anxiety. I also know those who would rather not travel alone because that would give them unnerving feelings of loneliness or not feeling so safe. I understand this must be hell to constantly worry about especially for those who may have aging family abroad or have to travel for work.

While MY happiness may rest in planning and executing travel, for others it can be an overload in anxiety when it comes to; putting together the money to pay for it, planning for it, the actual process of flying to the destination etc. 

Usually it is pretty straightforward with me:

  1. Imagine somewhere I want to go
  2. Randomly search how much it would cost me
  3. Within 15 minutes have an idea of flight and stays for which time of year (even if this hypothetical trip may not even happen within the next year)
  4. Look at Instagram pictures of said place
  5. Read. Read. Read some more on Tripadvisor
  6. Book it
  7. Go on said trip

This year was the first time I can remember ever feeling anxious about a trip. Me. The person who does this stuff as a hobby. Me. Who has even been to the same event before in the same country. Me. The person who never gets anxious for any damn thing. 

I felt it. I am feeling it. Carnival anxiety.

My friends who have been going for years to Trinidad would always exhibit these emotions. I never understood it because it was so simple in Barbados when I went the past two times for Cropover. I would book my villa, my flight, maybe 2-3 fetes and put my deposit in for a costume. Was never worrisome and was never rushed. Everything came so easily with it and the vacation was always incredible. 

I did not/am not (I leave in three days) feeling any type of EASY, nor RELAXED about Cropover this year. The whole thing has felt like a whirlwind of; 'fuck, I hope I get these tickets in time' to 'fuck, why is our dollar so shit?' and finally now 'fuck, I got all these fete tickets, when the hell will I have time to pick up my costume(s)?' I even wrote a blog post for the sole purpose of explaining the costs of it this year

The process of finding decent flight prices, to making sure to register in your band/section before it sells out, to dealing with these committee-member-approval-needing-fetes and to accurately manage your schedule to get to fetes and pick ups after touching down in Barbados = stressful.

I will say one benefit to Barbados is accommodations vs. what my friends tell me for Trinidad, is that they are more readily available and also cost less. Also, I lucked out because some of my wonderful Twitter followers had great links on fete tickets and for a cabbie to use for the week.

I'm not sure if I can put myself through this again. Yesterday a picture was posted for the Trinidadian Carnival Band Tribe with starting prices for a backline costume being $936.00 CAD. That is more than my rent. Plus to get into the actual band is a maneuver around which links I have and who I'd have to beg to let me into any section in the band. There is other bands in Trinidad that I'm sure are a bit cheaper and less difficult to get into, but, from what all of my friends that have gone tell me - THIS is the band. Furthermore, finding accommodation that doesn't cost two months rent for one week seems to be a chore in itself that you need to begin two years ahead to have a chance at. 

Adding trying to get tickets to fetes for Trinidad carnival and how much more elaborate and complicated it is than Barbados - I don't think I can do it. Talking about going through this process again while writing this post is making my heart race as it is. Maybe I'm just not made to withstand these bigger carnivals.

There are just too many moving pieces to carnival that regular trips do not have and I find it hard coping with that you may miss out on something. Most vacations you just need to find a good flight and accommodations, while with carnival that is just the beginning of a long and drawn out process. I suppose I could have just gone to Barbados and laid on a beach for 6 days and played mas on day 7 - but that sounds remarkably boring to me. Self-inflicted wounds in the name of getting on and being worried I'd miss out on something awesome. 

I am planning to go to Jamaica in April of 2018 for their carnival as I hear that because it is somewhat still new (compared to Barbados and Trinidad) the costumes and fetes are still accessible and not complicated. Maybe Jamaica will be simpler and I will be relieved of my Carnival anxiety. Here's hoping.

- Mirna 

 

10 Days of Carnival: Toronto, London, NY and Miami to Trinidad

SPECS

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

Where: Toronto, London, New York and Miami to Trinidad Carnival

When: Wednesday, February 7th to Wednesday, February 14th

Budget: Whatever I can find for cheap....


TORONTO TO TRINIDAD

Flight:  Pearson International to Port of Spain | February 6th to February 14th

$478.00 CDN per person; roundtrip (flight arrival is morning of February 7th)

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for four | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $1202.00 CDN ($300.50/per person); At Maracas beach, Bit further from Port of Spain, Great reviews 

Option 2: $1293.00 CDN ($323.25/per person);  OK location, Good reviews, FYI - one bed + bunk beds

Option 3: $941.00 CDN ($235.25/per person); Far from Port of Spain, No reviews, Good price

Option 4: $1536.00 CDN ($384.00/per person); Big space, Close to transit, Great reviews, 2 bedroom

Stay: AirBnB for two | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $987.00 CDN ($493.50/per person); Perfect reviews, Sea view, Far from Port of Spain

Option 2: $649.00 CDN ($324.50/per person); OK location, Good reviews, FYI - one bed + bunk beds

Option 3: $729.00 CDN ($364.50/per person); Far location, No reviews, Nice looking

Stay: AirBnB for one | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $441.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, OK location, Nice looking place

Option 2: $290.00 CDN; No reviews, Close to transportation, Great price

Option 3: $303.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, Good location, Nice looking place

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $862.00 CDN per person for the 4 person trip,  $971.50 CDN per person for the 2 people trip and $919.00 CDN for solo.


LONDON, ENGLAND TO TRINIDAD

Flight:  London Gatwick to Port of Spain | February 7th to February 14th

$646.00 GBP per person; roundtrip (layover in Barbados both ways, return flight lands on 15th)

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for four | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $696.92 GBP ($172.23/per person); At Maracas beach, Bit further from Port of Spain, Great reviews 

Option 2: $749.68 GBP ($187.42/per person); OK location, Good reviews, FYI - one bed + bunk beds

Option 3: $545.59 GBP ($136.40/per person); Far from Port of Spain, No reviews, Good price

Option 4: $890.57 GBP ($222.64/per person); Big space, Close to transit, Great reviews, 2 bedroom

Stay: AirBnB for two | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $572.26 GBP ($286.13/per person); Perfect reviews, Sea view, Far from Port of Spain

Option 2: $376.29 GBP ($188.15/per person); OK location, Good reviews, FYI - one bed + bunk beds

Option 3: $422.67 GBP ($211.34/per person); Far location, No reviews, Nice looking

Stay: AirBnB for one | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $255.69 GBP; Perfect reviews, OK location, Nice looking place

Option 2: $168.14 GBP; No reviews, Close to transportation, Great price

Option 3: $175.68 GBP; Perfect reviews, Good location, Nice looking place

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $868.64 GBP per person for the 4 person trip,  $932.13 GBP per person for the 2 people trip and $901.69 GBP for solo.


NEW YORK TO TRINIDAD

Flight:  JFK to Port of Spain | February 7th to February 14th

$510.00 USD per person; roundtrip ($747 direct)

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for four | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $891.88 USD ($222.97/per person); At Maracas beach, Bit further from Port of Spain, Great reviews

Option 2: $959.41 USD ($239.85/per person); OK location, Good reviews, FYI - one bed + bunk beds

Option 3: $698.22 USD ($174.56/per person); Far from Port of Spain, No reviews, Good price

Option 4: $1139.71 USD ($284.93/per person); Big space, Close to transit, Great reviews, 2 bedroom

Stay: AirBnB for two | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $732.35 USD ($366.18/per person); Perfect reviews, Sea view, Far from Port of Spain

Option 2: $481.56 USD ($240.78/per person); OK location, Good reviews, FYI - one bed + bunk beds

Option 3: $540.92 USD ($270.46/per person); Far location, No reviews, Nice looking

Stay: AirBnB for one | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $327.22 USD; Perfect reviews, OK location, Nice looking place

Option 2: $215.18 USD; No reviews, Close to transportation, Great price

Option 3: $224.83 USD; Perfect reviews, Good location, Nice looking place

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $794.93 USD per person for the 4 person trip,  $876.18 USD per person for the 2 people trip and $837.22 USD for solo.


MIAMI TO TRINIDAD

Flight:  Fort Lauderdale International to Port of Spain | February 6th to February 14th

$487.00 USD per person; roundtrip (arrives Feb 7th evening, VERY long trip, $492 quicker or $530 direct option)

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for four | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $891.88 USD ($222.97/per person); At Maracas beach, Bit further from Port of Spain, Great reviews 

Option 2: $959.41 USD ($239.85/per person); OK location, Good reviews, FYI - one bed + bunk beds

Option 3: $698.22 USD ($174.56/per person); Far from Port of Spain, No reviews, Good price 

Option 4: $1139.71 USD ($284.93/per person); Big space, Close to transit, Great reviews, 2 bedroom 

Stay: AirBnB for two | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $732.35 USD ($366.18/per person); Perfect reviews, Sea view, Far from Port of Spain

Option 2: $481.56 USD ($240.78/per person); OK location, Good reviews, FYI - one bed + bunk beds

Option 3: $540.92 USD ($270.46/per person); Far location, No reviews, Nice looking

Stay: AirBnB for one | February 7th to February 14th

Option 1: $327.22 USD; Perfect reviews, OK location, Nice looking place

Option 2: $215.18 USD; No reviews, Close to transportation, Great price

Option 3: $224.83 USD; Perfect reviews, Good location, Nice looking place

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $771.93 USD per person for the 4 person trip,  $853.18 USD per person for the 2 people trip and $814.22 USD for solo.

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

Toronto to Long Weekend Fun: Victoria Day (a.k.a May 2-4)

SPECS

Who: Two People, Two Beds + One Person Options

Where: Toronto to Whatever is Cheap (some Buffalo and Niagara Falls options included)

When: Friday, May 19th (after 5 p.m.) to Monday, May 22nd (Victoria Day)

Budget: Under $600

Notes: There are definitely wacky layovers/times with some of these, but take a look anyways.


OPTION 1: NEW YORK

Flight: Toronto to New York  | May 19th

$334.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | May 19th to May 22nd

Option 1: $419.00 CDN ($209.50/per person); Good reviews, Close to Subway

Option 2: $475.00 CDN ($237.50/per person); Great reviews, FYI - one bed is a blow 

Option 3: $302.00 CDN ($151.00/per person); Ok reviews, Cheap, Close to Subway

Option 4: $442.00 + 18% tax = $521.56 CDN ($260.78/per person); Lower East Side, Bunk Beds

Stay: AirBnB for one | May 19th to May 22nd

Option 1: $191.00 CDN; Great reviews, Close to subway

Option 2: $160.00 CDN; Good reviews, Good location, Close to subway

Option 3: $163.00 CDN; Good reviews

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $594.78 per person for the trip OR $525.00 solo.


OPTION 2: TRINIDAD

Flight: Toronto to Port of Spain, Trinidad | May 19th

$442.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | May 20th to May 22nd

Option 1: $181.00 CDN ($90.50/per person); Amazing reviews, Very big space

Option 2: $309.00 CDN ($154.50/per person); Good reviews, Good location

Option 3: $161.00 + 10% tax = $177.10 CDN ($88.55/per person); Good reviews, FYI - 1 sofa bed

Stay: AirBnB for one | May 20th to May 22nd

Option 1: $109.00 CDN; Awesome reviews, Great location

Option 2: $124.00 CDN; Good reviews, Nice location

Option 3: $87.00 CDN; Good reviews, Close to transit

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $596.50 per person for the trip OR $566.00 solo.


OPTION 3: MYRTLE BEACH

Flight: Toronto to  Myrtle Beach | May 19th

$349.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | May 20th to May 22nd

Option 1: $333.00 CDN ($166.50/per person); Amazing reviews, Great Location, Large space

Option 2: $302.00 + 12% tax + $40 fee = $378.24 CDN ($189.12/per person); Beachfront

Option 3: $268.00 + 12% tax + $15 fee = 315.16 CDN ($157.58/per person); Breakfast incl, Beachfront

Option 4: $238.00 + 14.5% tax = $272.51 CDN ($136.26/per person); Beachfront, Free Wi-Fi

Option 5: $187.00 + 12% tax + $15 fee = $224.44 CDN ($112.22/per person); Breakfast incl, Beachfront

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for one | May 20th to May 22nd

Option 1: $253.00 CDN; Great reviews, Oceanfront

Option 2: $194.00 CDN; Gorgeous place, Perfect reviews

Option 3: $187.00 + 12% tax + $15 fee = $224.44 CDN; Breakfast incl, Beachfront

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $538.12 per person for the trip OR $602.00 solo.


OPTION 4: ATLANTA

Flight: Buffalo to Atlanta  | May 19th

$291.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | May 19th to May 22nd

Option 1: $288.00 + 16% tax + $20 fee = $354.08 CDN ($177.04/per person); Good location, Free Wi-Fi

Option 2: $46.00 CDN ($230.00/per person); Amazing reviews, Good location

Option 3: $494.00 CDN ($247.00/per person); Big Place, Amazing reviews

Stay: AirBnB for one | May 19th to May 22nd

Option 1: $139.00 CDN; Great reviews, Close to transit

Option 2: $116.00 CDN; Small space, Good reviews

Option 3: $85.00 CDN; Good reviews,

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $538.00 per person for the trip OR $430.00 solo.


OPTION 5: ORLANDO

Flight: Niagara Falls to Orlando  | May 19th

$387.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel for two | May 19th to May 22nd

Option 1: $396.00 CDN ($198.00/per person); Amazing reviews, Big place, Lakefront, Good location

Option 2: $377.00 CDN ($188.50/per person); Great reviews, Great location

Option 3: $183.00 + 13% tax + $28 fee = $234.79 CDN ($117.40/per person); Good location, Pool

Stay: AirBnB for one | May 19th to May 22nd

Option 1: $180.00 CDN; Great reviews, Fresh fruit everywhere 

Option 2: $158.00 CDN; Perfect reviews, Nice looking place, Close to transit

Option 3: $200.00 CDN; Good reviews, Good location

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive options I posted it's about $585.00 per person for the trip OR $587.00 solo.

 

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- Mirna 

Toronto to 3 Islands in the Caribbean

SPECS

Who: Two Girls, Two Beds

Where: Toronto to 'Somewhere hot that I won't get bored'

When: May 12-May 21

Budget: $1300 per person


OPTION 1: BARBADOS-ST. LUCIA-TRINIDAD

Flight: Toronto to Bridgetown, Barbados | May 12th

$254.00 CDN; one way

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel | May 12th-May 15th

Option 1: $231.00 CDN ($115.50/per person); Great reviews, Close to beach

Option 2: $231.00 CDN ($115.50/per person); Good reviews, Close to beach 

Option 3: $201.00 CDN ($100.50/per person); Great Price, St. Michael's location

Flight: Bridgetown to Castries, St. Lucia | May 15th

$196.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel | May 15th-May 18th

Option 1: $196.00 CDN ($98.00/per person); Great reviews, By the sea

Option 2: $224.00 CDN ($112.00/per person); Beautiful, By water

Option 3: $241.00 CDN ($120.50/per person); Good reviews, Close to town, Beach

Option 4: $193.00 CDN ($96.50/per person); Great reviews, Nice location, FYI - 1 bed

Flight: St. Lucia to Port of Spain, Trinidad | May 18th

$157.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel | May 18th-May 21st

Option 1: $236.00 CDN ($118.00/per person); Great location, Good reviews

Option 2:  $201 + 12% tax = $225.12 CDN ($112.56/per person); Good location, Bunk beds

Option 3: $181.00 + 15% tax + 10$ fee = $218.15 CDN ($109.08/per person); Great location, FYI - 1 bed

Flight: Trinidad to Toronto | May 21st

$218.00 CDN/per person

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive place I posted it's about $1,179 per person for the trip.


OPTION 2: BARBADOS-GRENADA-TRINIDAD

Flight: Toronto to Bridgetown, Barbados | May 12th

$254.00 CDN; one way

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel | May 12th-May 15th

Option 1: $231.00 CDN ($115.50/per person); Great reviews, Close to beach

Option 2: $231.00 CDN ($115.50/per person); Good reviews, Close to beach 

Option 3: $201.00 CDN ($100.50/per person); Great Price, in St. Michael's 

Flight: Barbados to St. George's, Grenada | May 15th

$209.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel | May 15th-May 18th

Option 1: $209.00 CDN ($104.50/per person); Great reviews, Oceanfront 

Option 2: $209.00 CDN ($104.50/per person); Amazing reviews, Great place

Option 3: $177.00 + $10 fee = $187.00 CDN ($93.50/per person); Good reviews, FYI - 1 bed

Flight: Grenada to Port of Spain, Trinidad | May 18th

$142.00 CDN/per person

Stay: AirBnB or Hotel | May 18th-May 21st

Option 1: $236.00 CDN ($118.00/per person); Great location, Good reviews

Option 2:  $201 + 12% tax = $225.12 CDN ($112.56/per person); Good location, Bunk beds

Option 3: $181.00 + 15% tax + 10$ fee = $218.15 CDN ($109.08/per person); Great location, FYI - 1 bed

Flight: Trinidad to Toronto | May 21st

$218.00 CDN/per person

Total: Overall, even if you go for the MOST expensive place I posted it's about $1,161 per person for the trip.

Extras: If you plan on using AirBnB for the first time, click here for a free credit towards your booking! Also, if you plan on using Uber for the first time, click here for a free credit towards the ride.

- Mirna