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Tick, Tock!   Leave a comment

Yes, the clock is ticking!  We will begin our journey tomorrow to the Norwegian Jade and a crazy, port-intensive cruise around the British Isles.

It is weird that we are flying out Saturday night (I am used to racing home after work and heading to the airport)!  I have so much time to pack that less than 24 hours out, I am not done yet!  But hey, I have over 20 hours before we are taken to the airport… 🙂

This cruise should be awesome!  Not only do we get several stops in the British Isles (two in England, three in Ireland, and three in Scotland), the ship is freshly out of a three week dry dock and major refurbishment.  Lots to discover and explore on all fronts!

I should be able to blog from the ship as we got “free Wi-Fi” with our booking (250 minutes) plus we get 60 minutes each for being “Platinum Plus”.

I expect this to be a fun trip, and hope you will join us!



Tip! Always Join Airlines Clubs!   Leave a comment

Little investment  (time) for rewards. So far I have earned free flights on Southwest, got $300 off a booking on Icelandair, and today a free upgrade from British Airways to business class on an international flight. What a pleasant surprise that last one was! I might actually sleep on a red-eye for once! 🙂

Posted February 10, 2016 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

Happy New Year!   Leave a comment

Here’s hoping we all have fantastic and safe travels in 2013!

Posted January 1, 2013 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

Merry Christmas!   Leave a comment

Hope everyone out there has a great holiday!

Posted December 25, 2012 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

Packing for the Mouse   Leave a comment

Do you know what the biggest pain about business travel is? Too many clothes!    I try to pack light as a rule, but this trip will prove the exception.   Need clothes to visit the Mouse.  Need clothes for dinner. Need clothes for meetings. Too many clothes!  I’m actually going to have to check bags for a lousy three day trip.

Thank God I’m flying Southwest!

Posted March 16, 2012 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

A Date with The Mouse   Leave a comment

So.  I’ve never had any desire to go to Disney.  I’m not into amusement park rides, don’t have kids, am not a “big kid”, so why am I going to Disney?  Work is sending me!

The powers that be decided to hold a big, company-wide meeting in Orlando.  Land of Mickey.

So I had to do the unthinkable…start researching Disney!  First stop was checking out the hotel that would be our home for three days and the site of the meeting.  The Swan is minutes from everything really and appears to be a destination unto itself, complete with a fake (excuse me, “man made”) beach.  There are complimentary shuttles that take you to all of the Disney parks, so we decided to skip Sea World  (that’s a place I’d really like to see) and the cab or car rental, and stay “local”.

Then it was the airfare.  Work was picking up my ticket, but we wanted to be reasonable as DH’s ticket would be out of our pocket.  I watched the flights on Southwest for a few days, and pounced one Sunday when they dipped to $350 pp round trip.  Thank goodness I did!  The very next day their “Wanna Get Away” fare was sold out and the same flight would have been $800!  Crazy.  Lesson learned there.  If you see a price you like, do not hesitate!  (Especially with Southwest since they don’t charge change fees!)

Then it was time to decide what to do at the resorts.  We had a lot of discussion back an forth before we decided on a two-day park pass.  A small “perk” of booking a corporate function at the Swan was a 10% discount on the park passes (if you bought a multi-day pass).  A “mere” $300 later and we were hooked up.  A nice thing about the multiple day passes is that you don’t have to go on consecutive days.  Convenient as my visit will be interrupted by meetings (DH will suffer through somehow at the beach, working on his tan, reading a book…poor baby).   So the plan is to go to the Animal Kingdom the day we arrive and then do Epcot on our other free day before flying home.

Figuring out transportation from the airport was giving me fits.  The company was going to provide passes for the shuttle from the Orlando Airport to the hotel, but that just fell through.  I did a lot of research between cabbing it (which is what we were told to do) and renting a car.  The price would be about the same, and the rental car would give you freedom to go elsewhere if you wanted, but I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of picking it up and dropping it off.  So cab it will be (for around $60 for the two of us).

Just have to pack this weekend and we’ll be ready to go.  Should be interesting.  I’ll report back.  Maybe even while I’m there since I have to bring my laptop!


Posted March 15, 2012 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

Check Airfare Daily   Leave a comment

So, my company decided to celebrate our banner year with a company meeting/celebration in Orlando. We would be able to bring families and have some free time in between meetings.  All you had to pay for was the airline ticket for your family members.  All meals would be paid for by the company.  Can’t beat that!  A nearly free weekend in Florida!

As soon as the rumors began to swirl I started scoping out flights from the Boston area.  Two weeks ago I found out the exact date and the flights were around $330 pp round trip (regardless of whether I chose to fly from Boston or Manchester, NH).  I didn’t want to book though until the official announcement was made.  I know how my company operates, LOL.  Last Thursday the date was announced and the price had jumped to $440!  Ugh!  (Not a big deal for me, hey, the company’s paying!  But wanting to bring a family along, not so much.)  Friday and Saturday the prices remained the same (although I did find that you could fly for nearly $200 pp cheaper if you were willing or able to fly out of Rhode Island).

Sunday I checked and found the flight had dropped to $380 pp.  Not great, but I pounced not wanting to take a chance on it jumping again.

Sure enough, Monday and the price was back to $440.  Crazy stuff.

Bottom line…check, check and check again!

Posted January 10, 2012 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

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