Top 10 Signs you Need a Vacation

Hello my fellow travelhuggers, Cheapoair contacted me and asked me to do a blog post for them.  Woohoo!! It’s the Top 10 Signs you need a vacation.  Check it out here!

Thanks Cheapoair for asking me to do a guest post!

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The Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards in Canada

I’ve been thinking about applying for a travel reward credit card for some time now. I ALWAYS pay my credit card bills on time and getting a free trip with my points sounds good to me.  You would think this travelhugger would already have one but I’m loving my free groceries with my PC mastercard. But I figured since I’m planning a big trip next year, might as well apply for a travel rewards credit card right?!  So I did some investigating and I didn’t realize how many different travel rewards credit cards are out there.  According to Rewards Canada, there are about 60 travel rewards credit cards. Now I don’t have time  to research all 60 so thankfully Rewards Canada compiled a list of the Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards in Canada for 2010. Now I need to decide on which one to apply for…decisions..decisions…

p.s. if you’re planning on getting married next year, I would sign up for a travel rewards card ASAP and put all the wedding costs on the credit card. You could probably get a free honeymoon or a free flight for your honeymoon with all the points you will get. I would only recommend this to people who ALWAYS pay the full amount of their credit card bill on time. You wouldn’t want to call Gail from “Til Dept do us Part” to help you get out of credit card debt!


Do you have a travel reward card? What are the pros and cons of your card?


My top 10 things I always take on a vacation

Whenever I go on a trip, these are the top 10 things I always take with me. I didn’t put down the passport, money and medications because those are a given. Here’s my top 10:

1. iPod – I need my tunes!  If a good song is on, you might catch me chair dancing. (I’m contemplating buying an iPod touch because they have cool travel apps).

2. Travel size containers – It’s just so much easier to put moisturizer, cleanser, gel or whatever in these small travel containers. They take up less space and also weight. You can get these at any drug store. I have the Quo travel containers from Shoppers Drug Mart.

3.  Camera – I think everyone takes a camera on vacation.

4. Travel size Purrell – I always have Purrell on me.  I never leave home without it. The one time I didn’t have Purrell I got attacked by a pigeon. Ok, I’m exaggerating but its wing touch my finger and not to offend the pigeon lovers but those things are nast!

I think I would pass out if I was there with all those pigeons.

5. Hotel Slippers – I’m a bit of a germaphobe and I don’t like walking around the hotel bare feet so I carry flip flops for the hotel.

6. Thank you cards – I started to keep a few thank-you cards when I went to Cuba.  I left a thank you card in the hotel room for our cleaning lady along with some candy and she wrote me a note.  It’s a small gesture but it can make a persons day.

7. Sony ebook Reader – such a great piece of technology.  You no longer have to carry lots of books for your vacation. You can store an insane amount of books on an ebook.  Now I know the iPad just came out but I still like the Sony eBook reader.

8. Umbrella –    If it rains, my hair gets frizzy and curly and not in the pretty way.  Think of Don King meets Side Show Bob. Yeah, that’s my hair if it gets wet in the rain. Not very pretty.


9.  Band-Aids – I’m always falling down or banging into something.

10. My Roots Village Bag (Flat purse) – This purse is the perfect size for traveling. It can hold my wallet and my camera and I can hook my umbrella on the side. I love this purse. (I also carry one clutch purse that I use for going out at night).

So what’s on your  top 10 list?

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