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I know what you are thinking. Christmas already!?! We haven’t even finished our Halloween candy!
Sure it may be a bit early to begin seriously thinking about Christmas. But if you are planning to travel for the holidays, the earlier you begin planning, the better deals you may find. The good news is that you can do most, if not all of your vacation planning and booking online. Here are some tools to help you out:
Kayak.com is a relative new comer to the web. But it is has quickly become one of the best sites for finding cheap airfares. It is especially great if you are flexible on either dates and location. You can search for dates up to three days before and after your ideal travel dates, or even search for flights that leave within a calendar month, on upcoming weekends, as well as anytime. If you’re flexible on destination you can scan a world map for all the destinations you can reach within a specified price range.
TripAdvisor is our go-to site for finding great hotels and deals. Sure, like with all crowd sourced review sites, you need to be wary of fake reviews from cronies or competitors. But by reading between the lines, you can find a wealth of insights from real customers that go beyond the brochure blurbs and tell you what it’s really like to stay at a given hotel. While TripAdvisor doesn’t actually sell rooms, it directly links you to partner sites, such as Expedia, Travelocity and Hotels.com helping you find the best deals for the nights you will be travelling.
While they may be better know for hotel and airfare deals, Hotwire.com often offers the best deals on cars. They do this by comparing rates from their rental car company partners, which include Budget, Enterprise and Europcar. However, the best deals are usually found through the site’s “hot deals” service. While you won’t know the company that you’ve booked from until you have paid, unlike with hotels the risk is minimal for most people. All their partners are reputable companies and a Ford Focus is the same no matter who provides it.
If package deals are more your style, check out DealBase.com. Their “Deal Analyzer” will let you know if promotional offers from, for example, hotels that provide continental breakfasts or other add-ons, are a good values by telling you how much you’d really save. Like TripAdvisor, once you find a deal you like, DealBase will send you to the site where you can purchase it directly from the provider.
For more great online travel resources, check out Kiplinger.com.
Traveling with children can be a big undertaking for parents. Often, one of the biggest decisions is finding a suitable hotel. Not every hotel meets the needs of a traveling family. But in Moncton, several family-friendly hotels have anticipated many of these needs, and begun catering to them. As a result, they provide a vacation that the whole family can enjoy.
The hotels listed below all cater to families with children. They each provide a variety of amenities catered towards children.
A great hotel for families who are going to Magic Mountain. Magnetic Hill is also close by. Kids will love the pool and water slide. For breakfast, the make-your-own-waffle station is a big hit!
The hotel is centrally located and walking distance from just about everything you’ll want to see in Moncton. Their indoor pool now features water slides that older kids will love. The in-room movie and popcorn, as well as iPod dock with speakers make your stay that much more comfortable.
The hotel boast suites with full kitchen and separate bedrooms and bathrooms, which is a big plus when traveling with kids. Complimenting the full service suites is the guest laundry room. Food wise if you are not up to cooking in-suite, the hotel provides a hot complimentary breakfast (complete with waffle bar) and there is a Keg restaurant onsite. The hotel pool completes the family friendly ambiance.
This hotel comes highly recommended if you are traveling with kids. It is located on Main Street and is very close to Champlain Place and Crystal Palace. They offer a nice free breakfast. Hotel staff are very accommodating, friendly and helpful.
What could be better for children than a hotel connected to an indoor amusement park? But this hotel does;t stop there. It provides a great pool that is open late, so parent can enjoy it as well.The hotels beds and pillows come highly rated, perfect to refreshing after a busy day. Topping of the family friendly atmosphere are staff that treat you like you are home away from home.
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The Fairmont Algonquin Resort (Source)
New Brunswickers know we live in a special place. However, many of us are too busy in our daily lives to truly appreciate it. When we have time to relax and take a vacation, we often head straight for the airport and travel to other places, leaving the province behind.
This summer why not change this?
Instead of dealing with the frustrations of air travel—escalating airfares, increased security measures and frustrating delays—plan a staycation and be a tourist in your own province. After all, New Brunswick is home to some of the most spectacular natural wonders, lively cities and eclectic cultures in the world.
Here are three New Brunswick stay-cations to consider:
Get re-acquainted with New Brunswick’s urban vitality. The province’s vibrant cities offer everything from fabulous farmer’s markets to unique architecture, vibrant nightlife and fascinating people. Take a long weekend and spend a night or two in Fredericton and Saint John. Along the way you can take in some of our heritage at sites like Kings Landing and Londonderry Church.
You don’t have to travel to Florida or the Rivera to visit some amazing beaches. The Acadian coast is home to some great beaches nestled in some of the worlds most breathtaking scenery. Take a trip up the coast, enjoy the warmest saltwater beaches north of Virginia, and explore the hidden treasure along the way. Suggested stops include Parlee Beach Provincial Park, Kouchibouguac National Park and Escuminac Beach near Miramachi. Before turning back, be sure to stop at Chaleur Bay. It’s been recognized internationally as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Sometime you just want to relax and be pampered. The Fairmont Algonquin is the perfect place for this. Located in Canada’s first seaside resort town, the Algonquin has been providing impeccable hospitality to visitors from near and far since the 1880s. Spend a weekend and take in the beautiful grounds, play a round of golf by the sea-side, luxuriate in the hotel spa or simply bask in the Maritime sun. Your body and spirits will thank-you.
Vacations don’t need to be stressful, expensive or time-consuming. Taking a stay-cation in New Brunswick is a great way to escape the daily grind, cut loose and get reconnected with the wonderful province we live in.
These three suggestions are just the beginning. There are many more amazing sights to see and places to visit in New Brunswick. We’d love to hear what your favorite local vacation spot is. Please let us know in the comments.