Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island
Lest you think I don’t practice what I preach, earlier this week Sergio and I booked a trip so we can escape from Old Man Winter. Earlier this year I wrote, How to survive a Boston winter. The first post in that series suggested that you book a trip prior to the holiday season so you aren’t stretched by the Christmas credit card crunch and so you can score cheaper airfare.
We were able to get great airfare to Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean so we booked a trip. If you feel like demands at work would prevent you from getting away, keep in mind my previous post Please go away – often and book a trip to get away – even if only for a couple nights. Great airfares out of Boston remain available to warm destinations like Florida, Puerto Rico and Caribbean.
Oxford Economics released a report in September that found Americans are taking fewer vacation days than ever before. In 2013, Americans took an average of 16 days of vacation, compared to 20.3 days in 2000. Taking fewer earned vacation days translated into nearly 170 million lost paid days off. Interestingly the report found those who forfeited vacation time did not receive better raises or bonuses. The message I take from this is:
Plan Your Vacation Today
Anyone who reads this blog, knows that I love traveling and I love spending time with friends and family. If you haven’t the opportunity to get away, plan a stay-cation and enjoy time away from work. You might be surprised to learn that 1) Your colleagues miss you and appreciate you more; 2) You feel refreshed.
You can read the Boston Globe article and the study by linking here.
While I am not a fan of staying in Midtown and prefer neighborhoods like SoHo and Tribeca, I often stay in Midtown because that is where my office is located.
Last month when I visited NYC my usual hotel was booked so I had to look elsewhere and ended up staying at the Westin Times Square, which is on 8th Ave by 43rd Street.
Despite the hassle of Times Square which I could do without, the hotel is conveniently located on the cusp of Hell’s Kitchen; a great neighborhood.
This 45-story tower is an impressive property with all the amenities you would want and come to expect from a Westin Hotel. I had no issues with the internet connection and enjoyed my expansive view of Manhattan during my stay. If you are planning a trip to NYC and want to be near Hell’s Kitchen, this is certainly a property you may want to consider. The rooms are spacious and conveniently set up for one to work, relax and enjoy their stay.
WOW air, an Icelandic discount carrier announced its first flights to the US earlier this week. WOW air’s decision to fly to Boston starting March 27th means that Iceland Air which has owned this route for years now has competition.
WOW air will start with five weekly trips in the spring, and I’m itching to go. Iceland Air introduced Bostonians to this cool European destination years ago and I’ve never heard a bad word about the this tiny little (gay friendly) country.
Boston – Iceland fares start at less than $250
WOW air also has connections through Iceland to more than a dozen European cities including Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Warsaw – so look for more competitive fares to these and other cities once they start flying in the spring of 2015. More details about WOW air here.
Have you ever been inconvenienced by a delay or cancellation on an international flight? International travelers in the US and Canada can now seek recourse and potentially be compensated for those travel headaches by filing a claim with flightright.com. This online site specializes in European flight delay compensation laws and they will do all the heavy lifting for you; assuming 100% of the risk while pursuing your claim. Once the claim is settled flightright will send you a check less the 25% commission they charge.
With more than 5,000 attendees, Aspen Gay Ski Week is the nation’s largest and longest running gay ski event. This year’s event runs from January 11 – 18, 2015. Some of the events include:
Each afternoon during Aspen Gay Ski Week, Limelight Hotel is the site for après-ski parties from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
On Friday afternoon, the city of Aspen gathers to view the popular Downhill Costume Competition, hosted by Miss Richfield 1981.
Th Aspen Recreation Center host the infamous pool party, featuring DJs, dancing, hot tubs, water slides, a lazy river and open bars.
More information about Aspen gay ski week can be found on the event website at www.gayskiweek.com.
For the past few years, I’ve been writing posts in the fall to help people prepare for the oncoming winter. Feel free to share these tips; pass them off as your own if you like. Please feel free to share your own personal suggestions and tips in the comment section for this and the forthcoming, related posts.
BosGuy Tip #1: Book a vacation now. Our winter is at its worst in January, February and March so make plans now to get away someplace warm. If you wait until the end of the year or early January not only are flights likely to cost more but you’ll also be saddled with paying off your credit cards during or after the busy holiday season.
You will be amazed at how therapeutic it is to get away – even if only for a long weekend. Flights to Fort Lauderdale and other destinations in Florida tend to be quite affordable. Sergio and I prefer Puerto Rico and have lucked out in the past finding affordable non-stop fares on Jet Blue.
Travel Tip: When you book your flight check out departures / arrivals during the middle of the week; the flights are often more affordable. I like flying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so I have a short work week leading up to and following a vacation, but if you can’t take that much time off, treat yourself to a long weekend. Trust me – you’ll be glad you did.