My wife Bette and I just came back from a three-week vacation last month (our wedding anniversary month!) in Mexico and Belize on the northeastern coast of Central America, and it was great, as we expected. We went to the wonderful beaches and the intriguing archeological ruins in Tulum in Mexico; and in Belize, we went snorkeling in Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island that’s on the Caribbean Sea, which is the best scuba diving site in the world!
We’ve been sneaking out of Canada for a getaway in July for the past eight years. My wife sold me on the idea of vacationing yearly as I’m a workaholic. Getting away is the only way we can recharge for another year of intense work — in my case, to help people find their dream homes in Calgary as a real estate agent. What’s more, I figured now is the best time for my wife and me to travel, before we get really old and would need to book business class to have a comfortable flight!
So what’s the lure of Central America? We love to go there primarily because it’s much cheaper to go to than anywhere else here in Canada! Then of course it has centuries of history, which you won’t get in Canada, aside from the great weather, beaches and food. Language is not a problem, as English is widely spoken almost everywhere there and our Spanish is functional, because my daughter was once an exchange student in Mexico.
If you like going on vacations and can’t imagine where you’d find the money to go on one each year, you’d be surprised how much you can save just by planning early. I’ve found that the magic number is 90: you’ve got to know where you’re going not later than 90 days before your trip! That way, you get all the juicy discounts and promos. Here’s what my wife does:
1. Check out the best places to go to, the best-value-for-our-money accommodations and tours, and travel bargain tips at lonelyplanet.com.
2. Book the cheapest flights at cheapoair.com.
3. Set a strict travel budget, pack light and sit back until the trip!
If anyone else has any ecumenical vacation tips they would like to share, please leave a comment. Bette and I are always looking for new ideas on how we can extend our vacation for next year!
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About Brad Willson
For nearly a decade, Brad has been a hardworking Calgary real estate agent with RE/MAX and specializes in residential real estate and working with investors. He prides himself on making transactions smooth for both buyers and sellers and continually expands his knowledge of the industry. Brad is one of the few Certified Condominium Specialists in the Calgary area.
Brad’s level of professionalism has also brought him recognition as an awardee in the Calgary Real Estate Board Million Dollar Club, as a member of the RE/MAX 100% Club, and a recipient of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award.
Brad originally hails from Penticton, British Columbia and moved to Calgary from Edmonton in 1990 with his wife Bette and their two children. Prior to his becoming a realtor, he was the General Manager of one of Western Canada’s larger digital print companies with multiple locations. When Brad isn’t busy selling Calgary real estate, he is usually making plans for his annual vacation trek to Central America.