Swallow1
After reading about bad cruises, bad cruiselines, bad hotels, etc the high cost of insurance, etc, can anyone give me some suggestions for travel options available these days?

We've already been to Italy via Trafalgar & then some stops on our own, as well as a small part of Spain - again, on our own.
We've also been to FLA, CA & NV

Anything memorable.  Something you'd like to go back and do again?



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kellex98
@Swallow, me and my family LOVE Hilton Head, South Carolina!  Mired in history (Civil War)...and 40 min from Savannah, Georgia, we are heading back for a third trip in two years this winter.  There are so many condos available for vacation rental, that everyone can find something in their budget.  I also really like  Williamsburg, Virginia.  Lots of colonial history there, and only a 2.5 hour drive to go and see Washington, DC.  Both of these locations are fairly inexpensive to fly to, and you will have lots to see and do.
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oneLalan
For a winter vacation try Portugal.  Go to the Algarve on the southern coast. Air Transat does a 28day vacation. The flight on its own, without the package, is more expensive (because you fly via Toronto) than we can fly on regular airlines from here.  Food and wine  is inexpensive and there are several reasonably priced sites to find accommodation.
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wizeman
I too would investigate the Algarve. Weather is great, food is fabulous, wine is inexpensive and the history is interesting. you can find great accommodations at reasonable prices. Would suggest you fly to London then catch one of the discount airlines to Faro (less than $100). We loved the area and the people. This area has a lot of Brits so English is spoken everywhere.Car rentals in Europe can be expensive. Ensure you get a rider on your existing car insurance ($25) that will cover you in case of an accident. Insurance in Europe is very expensive

Safe Travels
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Cordia Powers
I'm traveling to Thailand with my family in a few days.  Any suggestions from anyone who've been there? [smile]
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cheesekate
I haven't been to Thailand, but my daughter has. Just one suggestion...do NOT do the pet-the-tiger or ride-the-elephant tourist attractions. The animals in those industries suffer greatly. Instead please go to one of the elephant sanctuaries that is trying to raise awareness of the exploitation of these animals. You pay to interact with them by feeding them or walking with them (not on them). I can suggest a couple of places if you're interested. My daughter still raves about eating from fruit stands and visiting the beaches, as well as touring temples.
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Swallow1
Help or Hurt?

Sort of reminds me of how some groups come to my door asking for donations to help people in needy countries - meanwhile, other people I know head off for flashy vacations in those very same countries.

I guess it's all in how you look at things.
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oneLalan
Swallow, now that Air Canada is not flying to London the quickest and cheapest way to go to Portugal is via United through Newark.
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wizeman
Another option to fly to London is Icelandair.
Edmonton to Iceland to London. Less than a $1,000.
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Swallow1
Well,  we've finally decided where we're going this year.  We're taking the whole family away for 10 days to - Florida!

I can't wait!
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Princess Carver
Hi! Have you tried going to the Philippines? It:s really a great country. I would really want to visit there again this year. 
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trish0112
I would suggest Philippines too for there are so many beautiful destinations that you can visit. Other option can be Asian countries like Singapore and Hong kong. 
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Swallow1
Thanks to all for your suggestions.
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plumwine
Try Maldives and Cancun, Mexico. 
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trish0112
Yes, Philippines is a good option too. Boracay, Bohol and Palawan have great reviews from tourists.
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who_me
Can anyone recommend a decent car rental company in Cancun, Mexico?
I see all sorts of horror stories on the 'net.
Mostly about add on fees and the dreaded 'mandatory' Mexican insurance.

Many Thanks.
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trish0112
who_me wrote:
Can anyone recommend a decent car rental company in Cancun, Mexico?
I see all sorts of horror stories on the 'net.
Mostly about add on fees and the dreaded 'mandatory' Mexican insurance.

Many Thanks.



Budget Rent A Car is a good company but you will save more when you book online. Try this one: http://www.economycarrentals.com/


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