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Old 08-20-2016, 07:32 AM   #101
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Preliminary/incomplete data for our (scheduled) Fall trip, (CatScan follow up for aneurysm scheduled for September 09.....the results of which could, if extremely negative, but hopefully not, put the kibosh on everything).

Figures are in Canadian dollars ($1 Canadian = ~ 77¢ US)

Flights: Toronto - Malaga (Air Transat) $788.32

Accomodation Malaga 18 nights through WIMDU: $835.71

TA Cruise* (Oceanview cabin) 13 nights, Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: $2,143.48

Flights: Miami - Toronto (AA) $367.68

Subtotal: $4135.19 Canadian = ~ $3214.00 US


(Not included: Bus to/from Toronto Airport - Belleville Approx $104 Cdn return for two, Medical Insurance, food in Malaga (we'll eat in the apartment), Cruise 'mandatory gratuities' (we have an onboard credit of $US225 to partially offset these), incidental bus/train side trips from Malaga.)


*We booked early at a cost of $1,378 US for two people, (not including government taxes, but including a $225 US onboard credit).....currently, at VTG, the cruise is shown as sold out, with a final price of $1,964 US for two people, (not including government taxes, and no mention of an onboard credit)
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Nemo2, that sounds FANTASTIC... it's a long month at such a cheap price.. I really want to try the TA cruise.
I have never booked an overseas trip before.
Did you book the TA first, then the flights, and then the accommodation ?
What is WIMDU ?
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Yeah $835 for almost 3 weeks is great. In Canadian it's amazing.

What kind of amenities does this place in Malaga have?

What will you be doing in Malaga besides hanging out? I've only passed through there for getting to Granada and other parts of Andalusia or returning back to the US from the airport there, didn't seem terribly interesting.
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Nemo2, that sounds FANTASTIC... it's a long month at such a cheap price.. I really want to try the TA cruise.
We like the repositioning cruises; there are good deals to be found, and, unlike Caribbean cruises, (I've only done one, circa 1972, and that was because I wanted to sail on a particular ship), they are not (usually) 'party cruises'.

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Did you book the TA first, then the flights, and then the accommodation ?
In that order yes. Once you know the ship's departure date you can shop around for flight deals.....on one trip, departing from Barcelona, we found a flight from Toronto, (earlier than we had anticipated going), that was half the price of the days before and after.......we arrived in Barcelona a week earlier than we might otherwise have done, and the money saved on the flight paid for our extra stay.

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What is WIMDU ?
An accommodation agency, along the lines of House Trip, airbnb, etc...we've been happy with properties rented via all three:

Wimdu experiences: What others are saying about us
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Yeah $835 for almost 3 weeks is great. In Canadian it's amazing.

What kind of amenities does this place in Malaga have?
Here's the little apartment..it's not as nice as the 4th floor walkup we booked with the same lady, but developing sciatica interfered with those plans somewhat.

Studio in the Historical Centre - Apartment - Malaga

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What will you be doing in Malaga besides hanging out? I've only passed through there for getting to Granada and other parts of Andalusia or returning back to the US from the airport there, didn't seem terribly interesting.
Bus day trips, Ronda, maybe Cordoba, etc...
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$36 a night is a deal.

Granada is one of my favorite places. Thought it was interesting that when the Moors lost Granada for good, the guy who had ruled it looked back at it one last time, hence The Last Sigh of the Moor.

Meanwhile, in Venice, there's the Bridge of Sighs that prisoners crossed as they lost their freedom.
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Granada is one of my favorite places.
I haven't been there for 28 years, so it's another option......lots to see......first time in Andalucia was 53 years ago...time flies.

Here's another day trip prospect:

http://www.andalucia.com/province/malaga/velez/home.htm
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Nemo2, that sounds FANTASTIC... it's a long month at such a cheap price.. I really want to try the TA cruise.
I have never booked an overseas trip before.
Did you book the TA first, then the flights, and then the accommodation ?
What is WIMDU ?

I have a TA booked for next April with Royal Caribbean and their air to sea program have great fares for one way trips .
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Nemo2,

Very awesome, sir. We'll be doing pretty much the same thing once the kids are out of the house. For now it's squeezing in 5-7 nt Caribbean cruises during the off season in such a way that the kids don't miss too much school. And the one big long summer trip (hopefully Europe summer of 2017).
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first time in Andalucia was 53 years ago...time flies.

Here's another day trip prospect:

The village of Velez-Malaga in the Malaga province, Andalucía, Southern Spain
also check Serrania de Ronda while on that page. Very memorable! Their "new" bridge was built in 1890.
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also check Serrania de Ronda while on that page. Very memorable! Their "new" bridge was built in 1890.
+1

(Also the inspiration for the old Beach Boys hit Help Me R(h)onda.....geez, I've carried that lead balloon around for 50 years now. )
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Trip Advisor takes over House Trip:

Don't know what the full implications, if any, are of this buy out:

TripAdvisor acquires HouseTrip as home-rental market consolidates | VentureBeat | Business | by Paul Sawers
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I imagine there will be a slow loss of credibility until it sinks to TAs level.
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I imagine there will be a slow loss of credibility until it sinks to TAs level.
We'd already noticed that the steadily increasing prices of their rental offerings have been making them less and less competitive vis-a-vis their rivals such as airbnb.
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Also check out airdna.com. They rank the bnb offerings in a town by # of customer reviews.
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We are planning our early retirement at the moment and have included around $25,000 travel budget with the following considerations.

1. We are going to be living a holiday lifestyle having always dreamt of living in Austria we have bought a house there and will be moving in three weeks! That means that our main winter (skiing) and summer (biking and walking) needs will be taken care of. We will need to pay for season lift passes (c. $1,200 for two)

2. We intend to spend 6-8 weeks a year in the UK (where we come from and where our children live) which will likely cost around $3,000 in accommodation (we don't want to stay with them ALL the time) and around $5-600 in travel costs (petrol and / or flights).

3. We have just started enjoying cruising and our intention is to do that probably twice a year for two weeks at a time which will likely cost c. $3,000 per cruise plus a further $1,600 for flights. Which together with various ancillaries probably adds up to around $10,000 in total.

4. We may take a 2-3 week break somewhere warm (e.g. Spain) if the winter weather gets too much for us although that should be pretty cheap - say $2,000 all in.

5. We will probably take another 2-3 weeks visiting some of the areas in Europe where we have not been or want to spend more time (Ireland, Greece, Scandinavia etc.) for which I estimate around $1,500 a week.

That gets you to about $20k (excludes food as we need to eat anyway!) and leaves us with a bit of a cushion.

I should add that I love booking travel as much as I enjoy doing it and am looking forward to retirement when I can spend more time looking for bargains.
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Preliminary/incomplete data for our (scheduled) Fall trip, (CatScan follow up for aneurysm scheduled for September 09.....the results of which could, if extremely negative, but hopefully not, put the kibosh on everything).

Figures are in Canadian dollars ($1 Canadian = ~ 77¢ US)

Flights: Toronto - Malaga (Air Transat) $788.32

Accomodation Malaga 18 nights through WIMDU: $835.71

TA Cruise* (Oceanview cabin) 13 nights, Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: $2,143.48

Flights: Miami - Toronto (AA) $367.68

Subtotal: $4135.19 Canadian = ~ $3214.00 US


(Not included: Bus to/from Toronto Airport - Belleville Approx $104 Cdn return for two, Medical Insurance, food in Malaga (we'll eat in the apartment), Cruise 'mandatory gratuities' (we have an onboard credit of $US225 to partially offset these), incidental bus/train side trips from Malaga.)


*We booked early at a cost of $1,378 US for two people, (not including government taxes, but including a $225 US onboard credit).....currently, at VTG, the cruise is shown as sold out, with a final price of $1,964 US for two people, (not including government taxes, and no mention of an onboard credit)
Update: DW tells me the $104 airport bus is per person. So, with the medical insurance booked, and the bus now booked, we're up to a subtotal of $4,986 Canadian ($3,778 US).
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$104 per person for an airport bus?

Long distance?
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$104 per person for an airport bus?

Long distance?
About 120 miles each way......train is more.
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