Rain, rain go away, come again some other day.
No? Then would it be okay if I left?
Although Whistlers river guides are ecstatic, for many Whistlerites, two beautiful and uninterrupted weeks of summer sunshine do not a summer make.
Its time to plan an escape. Somewhere hot, with white beaches and blue water and nothing much to do but soak up the Vitamin D and join the occasional conga line.
Since money is always tight when you live and work in Whistler, you want to make sure you get the best possible deal going. While our local travel agents are generally excellent, it does pay to shop around using the largest base of travel information available to you the Internet.
Internet Travel is one of the most successful and fastest growing Internet business sectors, generating more than $15 billion in online sales last year, or 62 per cent of all sales. By 2003, its expected to grow into a $40 billion industry.
The main reason for this growth is the convenience of buying services online. Its fast, easy, and often cheaper than the alternatives because you can shop around and look for deals and discounts.
Although there are travel sites literally coming out of the woodwork in an attempt to capitalize on this trend, there are half a dozen tried and true dealers on the Web who are impossible to beat for price or selection.
Right now there are four trips Id like to make: home to visit family and friends; Hawaii because Im worried about getting rickets if I stay another month in Whistler; Cancun, for the same reason; and Hong Kong because I have a friend there Id like to visit. I checked out all of the top sites for the same time periods but wasnt fussy about flight times.
All of these sites are a little bit different, and while one site may be cheaper than another for one specific flight, it may not be cheaper for another. To make sure youre always getting the best deal, its best to shop around.
Travelocity is one of the Big Kahunas in the online travel industry, with easy to navigate information on air fare, hotels, car rentals, cruises, package deals and deals. Theres also a business travel site for all-too frequent fliers.
For Toronto, from Sept. 13 to the 24 (its more expensive to fly on the weekend), the best fare they could get me was $509. For Maui, a round trip is $927, for Cancun it was $1,242, and for Hong Kong from Sept. 15 to 30 it was $1,335.