Joanne’s Collette Tour of Britain – Final Blog

On Nov 23 at 8 am we departed for the longest bus journey of the trip. We travelled south to Wales stopping at Greta Green, where generations of runaway couples came to be married. We travelled through the picturesque Lake District finally arriving at the beautiful Ruthin Castle at about 5 pm. This Castle dates back to 1283. They say that Lady De Grey’s ghost is still here.  I did not encounter her but some did. Her suite was next to my room. I slept with the light on in the closet that night. It just felt a bit eerie.  We toured the grounds in the morning for about an hour. We did find the grave of Lady De Grey!!

We departed early the next day for Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. We toured this birthplace, his wife Anne Hathaway’s cottage and then his daughter’s house, Hall’s Croft. Stratford is a beautiful quaint town with lots of boutiques and restaurants. We ended our adventure with a private farewell dinner at Hall’s Croft. We were entertained by costumed actors who performed some of Shakespeare most renowned scenes.

We travelled 1500 km on this British Landscapes tour!

My amazing trip comes to an end with a two hour transfer back to London and then a nine hour flight back to Calgary then Saskatoon.  Collette Tours is a great tour company and I can’t wait to travel with them again.

Here are some of my favourite moments from my trip!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbark0cmBd0&feature=youtu.be

If traveling with Collette or to Britain interests you please feel free to contact me at joanne@uniglobevacation.com or 306-934-3400.

 

 

 

Joanne’s Collette Tour of Britain Part 2

The last 2 days have been very busy and chilly. Once we arrived in York we had a walking tour around the city. What a cute little city with lots of boutiques and restaurants. The Christmas market was on so we wandered through it. We had the choice tonight to attend a traditional Yorkshire dinner at a local pub. It was delicious!!

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Edinburgh Castle

On Nov 22 we departed by bus for Edinburgh, Scotland. The bus ride is about 4 hours. We stopped a few times so the ride didn’t seem too long. Once we crossed the Scottish border we hit snow. We drove through a snow storm for about 1 hour.  The drive is very curvy and it is like a roller coaster.  Yuck! I turned a few shades of green on that ride. We arrived in Edinburgh around 4 pm.  Edinburgh is a beautiful city and the hotel we are staying at is right in the centre of the city. There are lots of shops and restaurants in the area. We toured the Holyrood Palace and the Edinburgh Castle. Both were amazing!!  The rest of the afternoon and evening was free so we wandered around the city and did a bit of shopping. We toured the old city and the new city across the bridge by foot. We also wandered through the Christmas market here and sampled some traditional mulled cider to keep warm.  Tomorrow we are off two Ruthin, Wales to spend the night in a castle!!

Follow @UniglobeCarefreeTravel on Instagram for some great photos of all of our consultants’ travel experiences!

Joanne’s Collette tour of Britain Part 1

My adventure started on Nov 17. I flew from Calgary to London direct with Air Canada. The plane was half full so I had 3 seats to myself. I laid across all 3 seats and I think I slept for 4 hours.  When we arrived in London we were met by a representative from Collette Tours who drove us to the hotel. It took us 2.5 hours to get to hotel because the traffic is so bad here.  We are staying at a beautiful hotel in The City area. You can walk to the Tower of London and across the Tower Bridge which I did yesterday after we checked into the hotel.

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Westminster Abbey

On Saturday Nov 19 we had a panoramic city tour. We were lucky to see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. After lunch we had a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral. I walked up 257 steps to the whisper gallery at the church. What an amazing view.  Tonight we had free time so I decided to take in a show.  We went to Leicester Square and found a half price ticket booth. We decided to go to the musical Kinky Boots!! Even though we had to take single seats the show was amazing!!

Tomorrow we are off to York on the train.

 

Hawaii-not? Saskatchewan Pension Plan Helps Members Travel During Retirement

grey-hair-travelerTravel is at the top of many people’s wish lists for their retirement. And why not?

Imagine spending your days relaxing under an umbrella on a sandy beach. Perhaps swinging the clubs on a lush golf course. Marvelling at natural wonders while on a hike. Or feeling the breeze on the deck of a cruise ship sailing the world. Spending your retirement doing whatever you wish whenever you wish — wherever you wish — is the dream of many.

“Travel is extremely popular among seniors. Those can be the years to see and do things you might otherwise not have had the time or money to experience earlier in life,” says Jamie Milton, partner of Uniglobe Carefree Travel of Saskatoon, which offers experienced travel agents to plan every aspect of a trip as well as travel insurance and medical insurance to protect travellers.

But wishing will not make your travel dreams a reality. By contributing each month to a pension plan, you can take advantage of time and compounding returns to fund those retirement dreams.

The Saskatchewan Pension Plan (SPP) is there for those in need of a reliable, easy-to-use and easy-to-understand voluntary pension plan. More than 33,000 people have become members of the SPP since it began 30 years ago in 1986.

Thirty years of growth can add up to a sizable amount. Contributing $100 a month with annual investment earnings of eight per cent can grow to $150,030 in 30 years.

“Pay yourself first. Take a little off each paycheque for yourself. You won’t miss it,” says Katherine Strutt, General Manager of the SPP.elderly

Strutt encourages those looking ahead to picture the lifestyle they desire during retirement to determine how much income they will need during those years.  Then, contribute regularly as a member of a pension plan like the SPP, which is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 71 with available room to make RSP contributions. The SPP is aimed at the two-thirds of people who do not have a workplace pension plan such as those self-employed or working for small businesses.

It can be hard to think about saving for retirement when the mortgage payment is due, the kids need new sports equipment and the veterinary bill just came in for the dog. But as retirement nears, you can appreciate that your contributions to a pension plan like the SPP means income to fund those travel dreams.

For more information, contact:

Katherine Strutt
General Manager
Saskatchewan Pension Plan
(306) 463-5412

Jamie Milton
Partner
Uniglobe Carefree Travel
(306) 934-3400cruise

 

 

 

Colleen’s Cabo Getaway – Final Blog

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Pool Time

We really enjoyed our stay at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.  Yesterday we found the adult pool tucked away behind building 3.  It was really nice with a multi level pool and in the water loungers.  The best part was that it has its own bar and restaurant that is never busy. Plus they have their own servers who are there to get you whatever you want.  Last night was  Mexican night, they brought vendors in from town so you could shop and never leave the resort.  We were living the good life!

We are sitting at the airport and are very happy with our vacation. We really liked being so close to Cabo San Lucas at the RIU Santa Fe.  It was a great town to be close to with all the restaurants and bars but the Hyatt Ziva was just the nicer of the 2 resorts. A nice hotel is hard to beat. Our only disappointment was that you could not swim in the ocean from either resort. But if the Hyatt were to invite us back we would not hesitate.

I would be happy to talk to you about a vacation in Cabo. Just call us at 306-242-TRIP.

To see more photos from Colleen’s trip to Los Cabos or any of our other travel experiences check out our Instagram @uniglobecarefreetravel.
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Colleen’s Cabo Getaway – Part 3

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The view from our Room at the Hyatt Ziva

Today we left the RIU Santa Fe and headed to the Hyatt Ziva in San Jose Del Cabo.  We really enjoyed our stay at the RIU.  The hotel was very clean with beautiful grounds and very friendly staff.  It has a very young clientele who like to party but if you stay at the pool in the middle of the resort it is very quite.  Just a reminder that there is construction at the RIU Palace until December so it can be noisy during the day.

We jumped in a cab and it took us 25 minutes to get to the Hyatt and 35.00USD.  We were happy at the RIU but right away we could tell the difference between the two hotels. We have a beautiful room with a bed that is like a football field with a huge bathroom and a balcony with an ocean view. We headed down to the pool and were greeted by the pool boys who helped us find a seat and get us cushions for our chairs right away the waiter was there getting our drink order.  There are no towel cards so you can have as many towels as you like. It is a totally different holiday but you get what you pay for.  Cheap is not always the way to go!  There are food carts at different areas of the pool so lunch was 2 shrimp tacos and nachos. After lunch we headed down to the beach to find you can’t swim in the ocean here either! This is a beautiful resort with all the amenities.  We are just going to settle in and enjoy the next couple of days.

To see more photos from Colleen’s trip to Los Cabos check out our Instagram @uniglobecarefreetravel.
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Colleen’s Cabo Getaway – Part 2

Today we decided to go into Cabo San Lucas to look around. It costs 14.00USD to get into town form the RIU by cab so we decide to take the water taxi so that we can see some of the highlights of the rocks just off shore. That costs 17.00USD slovers-beach-2o we booked for 2:00pm.  We were picked up at the hotel and taken down the beach to where our boat was waiting. We were picked up from the beach so it was a little tricky with the waves.  When the waves go out, he pulled into the shore where we wade out into the water and a young man helps us on.  As you can imagine it’s none too pretty but we get on and head out on the water.  We were a party of 6.  Our captain took us along the shore and talked about the rock formations. It’s pretty interesting.  We stopped at pelican beach so that 2 of our group could get off to snorkel.  As we waited to drop them off our captain threw bread in the water so the fish would come up to the boat and they are beautiful.  From here we went to see Lovers Beach and the Arch. It is a beautiful boat ride that takes 30 mins.  On the way back we let off the other 4 to swim on Lovers Beach then the captain dropped us off in the Marina so we could explore Cabo San Lucas.

Cabo San Lucas is a great town with a ton of shopping, restaurants and bars.  We wandered around for about an hour doing shopping and then decided to look for Sammy Hagar’s bar Cabo Wabo.  In true style we got lost and found ourselves walking down a random street where we ran into the Cactus Blown Glass factory.  We walked in and I couldn’t believe the amount of glass in this shop.  If you’re a Mexican glass nut like me you will be excited. I don’t think that I have seen this much glass in one store.  We are met by the owner Israel Lizarraga who showed us around his shop.  We decided on 4 water glasses and a glass heart.  If you are coming to Cabo San Lucas I recommend that you check out this store.  Tell Israel that Colleen sent you.  He showed us how to get to Cabo Wabo and we got there in time for happy hour so drinks were 2 for 1! Our bucket came and we were happy to sit with our Coronas under the water misters and listen to the band they have on stage.  It was a great way to cap off an afternoon!