Cool Time In Paris

The lady and I took a trip to Paris and had the best time doing everything a tourist doesn’t do. I’m talking not staying at a name brand hotel or eating any meal at any restaurant you would find in a tourist guide, or seeing the same attractions you see on postcards. We made a conscious effort to avoid all things tourist.

First off we secured cheap first class airfare to Paris through a company called Imperial Travel Consultants. They did exactly what they said they would and found us tickets that saved us about 50% if we had bought them through a regular agency. During our research for the trip we came across a hotel (Novotel Paris Porte d’Orleans) that had gotten some very nice reviews and was not on the beaten path so we felt comfortable we would be tourist free during our stay there.

Once we had settled into the hotel we began searching for restaurants and found several that fit the bill. Autour d’un verre, Cafe des Musees and Breizh are just a couple of the places where we found a great meal and reasonable prices considering you are in Paris.

Finally, the not so typical tourist stops included The Marmottan Museum, Sainte Chapelle and The Statue of Liberty. Yes, most people forget there is a replica Statue of Liberty in Paris.

What a great time we had and would do it all again. I challenge you to go off the beaten path on your next vacation, you might just enjoy it.

First Class Travel

I love to travel but unfortunately I can’t afford to do much of it.  So the thought of being able to travel first class is one that would never enter my mind.  That is until now.  I was recently turned on to a website that offers cheap first class travel to anyone!  They can save a realistic 50% off the retail rate of first class airfare.  Well I’ve got to be honest, when I first heard about it, I was more than a bit skeptical.  If you can get these kind of savings how come everyone doesn’t travel first class?  Simply put, this is one of those insider secrets.  What this company does is look at a number of factors in your travel history.  A few deal with the time of day, week of day and month you travel.  Of course destination is another one and from what I can tell there are many more elements to determining how to save money on a first class ticket.  The nice thing is I don’t have to figure it out, that is what this company does for a living.

So the next time I get a chance to fly away, believe me I will contact the first class travel guys and let them find me some cheap first class airline tickets.  If you fly on the same flight with me, I’ll be the one with a drink in my hand, my sunglasses on and my feet up … in first class.

South Padre Island

Of all the places in Texas I can visit, South Padre Island is one of my favorites.  Why?  For many reasons but probably the biggest is I love the ocean and SPI is the closest thing to the ocean without having to go to the west or east coast.  To me there is nothing more relaxing than sitting on a beach with a good book or with nothing at all and listening to the surf hit the sand, smelling the salt in the air and feeling the breeze from the ocean.  Now while I realize South Padre Island does not share borders with an ocean (Gulf of Mexico) it does have the same feel.

There are many other reasons why a trip to SPI always does my body good including the fishing, the zoo, the wildlife refuge, the restaurants, Schlitterbahn and just the laid back feel of the town.  Keep in mind South Padre Island is only about a half mile wide at it’s widest so we’re not talking a major metropolis here.

Another great thing is the availability of condo’s and homes for rent in South Padre Island.  I haven’t taken a trip yet where I had to stay at a hotel.  With a South Padre Island rental I can have a nice condo overlooking the water or a luxury home with a beachfront view, try getting that at a hotel for a reasonable price.

Yes, South Padre Island is my cup of tea and I hope you’ll take a big taste of it.

First Class Travel

I got a call from the boss who needed to book a trip and his normal source (secretary) was out for the day so I was tapped to do so.  Not a big deal I thought, just jump online and book at Orbitz or something like that, until he added the words I only take trips first class so make sure you book my tickets with first class travel arrangements.  Things just got a bit more difficult BUT not impossible and as I began my  online search I found out it was actually going to be fairly easy.

Evidently there are travel agencies that focus on first class and business class travel and because they focus on this part of the travel industry they can actually offer discount first class airfare.  Now I’m beginning to feel like I can actually be a hero!  I can book the trip first class and save money at the same time!  That ought to get me an attaboy but hopefully not the permanent job of travel agent to the boss.