In preparation for my short visit into Washington State next month I finally booked my Amtrak Cascades ticket from Mount Vernon to Seattle. I should have done it ages ago. TIP: There are different fare types with limited seats so BOOK EARLY! I paid $60 which was $26 to Seattle and $22 plus an upgrade of $12 to get a Business Class seat. If I … Continue reading Amtrak Cascades
I finalised my visit into America now and will be staying in Mount Vernon which is about 1.15 hours from Surrey in British Columbia. I know that the border crossing could hours to my trip. I am going to cross over the Peace Arch at Blaine for 3 nights next month. I chose this area because it in between Seattle and Vancouver. I want some … Continue reading Mount Vernon – Washington
I wrote a little while ago about hidden charges at hotels Click Here to read – Hotels and Hidden Extras I subscribe to different travel blogs and sure enough there are other travellers also having doubts about these hidden charges being managed by massive search engines and what they are actually offering the travelling public. Reportedly Booking.com want to earn commission from these ‘resort fees’. They … Continue reading Online Travel Agencies (OTA) – Trying to take commission for additional resort fees
My Rocky Mountaineer hosting experience is taking shape and I have six nights from seeing the Celebrity Eclipse group embark on their Alaska cruise and arriving back on Sunday 7 July. I will be staying in Vancouver as part of the group in two different hotels either side of the cruise. My plan was to stay in Canada so I started searching for reasonable priced … Continue reading AirBNB vs Hotels
My plans have changed for the Rocky Mountaineer group in July and I will arriving with the group and having the time as holiday whilst they are cruising. I can’t afford the crazy prices in the Vancouver area so I am going into Washington State. There is a choice of 4 crossings but can anyone suggest which is best? My plan is to cross on … Continue reading Which Border Crossing is best?
As much as I want to write about visiting north of the border and Canada I have to resist unless I start a Canada Road Trip blog. I am lucky to be escorting a group that disembarks in Vancouver and accompany them on the Rocky Mountaineer all the way to Calgary and then spend two days at the Calgary Stampede. It will be work …….of … Continue reading Glacier National Park
I work on a daily basis with hotel net rates via a number of different bed banks and I am getting frustrated with two items that are cropping up with annoying regularity. I guess hotels have to make a living but have you noticed the ludicrous charges for car parking and something they refer to as a ‘Resort Fee’ that is not included in the … Continue reading Hotels and Hidden Extras