Linda G. Hill

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JusJoJan 19 – Travel Plans

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Right on the heels of my trip to Japan, I’ve already started planning my next adventure. No, not London, or Paris, or even Beijing. I’m going to beautiful Kingston, Ontario. Less than an hour’s drive away. In July.

Call me crazy, but I wanted to make sure I get a good, cheap room close enough to downtown that I’ll be able to walk to where all the action is – to the Busker’s Festival and on my annual pilgrimage to the setting of my novel, The Great Dagmaru. This will be my third year in a row if you count the hospital-ridden disaster last year was. Which brings me to my next point.

Booking.com. I decided to try them out last year, taking them at their word that if I booked a hotel with them I could cancel any time. Well, last year I had to cancel. At the very last second. And it didn’t cost me a cent for the hotel. So I thought great – I’ll take a chance and book with them again for my trip to Tokyo. Again, smooth as silk. All my bookings were exactly as planned, no upfront fees.

And that’s why I already have a B & B booked for July 9th at $140/night and two nights at the Queen’s University campus in a two bedroom suite for $99/night.

Welcome to Queens

What kills me? The most I paid in one of the biggest cities in the world – Tokyo – was less than $90/night. The cheapest, and it was a nice hotel, came to $66 for the night.

Canada is damned expensive. Even if you book half a year in advance.

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31 thoughts on “JusJoJan 19 – Travel Plans

  1. That booking.com + calling the hotel sounds like a great idea! One summer, a few years ago, we drove from BC to MB. We’d planned to drive straight through, but stopped overnight in Brandon. The hotel was under renovations and charged $150/night in a plain room… no pool or anything! :-/
    Hope your trip goes well! πŸ™‚ β™₯ ❀

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  2. Good on you Linda. Lol, Canada expensive? That’s an oxymoron! πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m glad that the site lived up to their promises.

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  4. If it’s any consolation, the US would probably be even more expensive.

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  5. Omg those Canadians obviously need the money and the Japanese don’t. πŸ˜‰ ❀

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  6. Ahhh, my old alma mater – Queen’s quality comes at a price. ha! Kingston is a wonderful town – love it. So much energy and life. So many memories. I hope your trip goes well. i am sure you’ll have a good time Linda.

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  7. We’re going from New York to Oregon next month, to visit my husband’s family. We’re fortunate – we’ve got family connections for a rental car, hotel, and even the zoo we plan to visit! The airline tickets were a gift, so we’re not hyperventilating at the expense – much!

    May we all enjoy our travels!

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  8. All the best Linda.
    For me , it is costly irrespective of any place (conversion rates and all). I guess that is why you find it cheaper in Japan than Canada ?

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    • Nah, that’s with the conversions already done. It was easy to figure out what I was spending in Japan, since 100yen is very close to $1.00 Canadian. Things are just cheaper there – especially the food!
      Thanks very much, KG. πŸ™‚

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  9. I just saw one of your comments in Opinionated Man’s blog and popped by here, for a second I thought you were going to say booking.com was terrible, I was relieved you said it had been smooth as I have used it a few times and found the same as you. So now I can still breathe easy when I book my holiday for later this year, thanks πŸ™‚

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    • There’s nothing worse than worrying about reservations, especially when you’re traveling far from home. I’ve had a fantastic experience with booking.com. Thanks for letting me know you have too. πŸ™‚ And thanks for dropping by! πŸ˜€

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  10. Your trip sounds lovely, Linda. We’re getting our travel plans together here, too. There’s a lot of baseball in our future πŸ˜€

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  11. I always look up rates on TripAdvisor, and then I call, and get lowered rates. I don’t know why it’s like that, but for hotels it is. I have a friend who swears by Priceline. No matter, getting a good trip for lower rates, makes vacations even more exciting!

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    • Wait, you call TripAdvisor or you call the hotel? Lower rates certainly do make a trip more relaxing. I hate going away and then wondering how I’m going to feed my kids the next week. πŸ˜‰
      IT’S A JOKE! CALM DOWN! hehehe

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