Goodness, look where we are right now… we are in the middle of the middle of the year! Where’d the first half of the year go?
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
One of the things I love about mid-year is travel planning. I usually allot this time of the year to plan my travels for the next 6 months. And judging from the Facebook feeds I’m seeing, I don’t think I’m the only one who’s been planning their travels. Well come to think of it, travel planning anytime of the year is always a good idea!
Sometimes the most challenging part of travel planning is simply knowing and deciding where to go.
And this is when a site like TripADeal comes in very handy.
Because sometimes, not only do you need suggestions, but you also need a getaway without the headaches of building an itinerary piece by piece.
What sets TripADeal apart from other package travel deal sites is they have a live built-in calendar booking system so you can actually see what travel dates are available. I’ve had one experience in the past with another travel company where I chose dates, booked, and the website told me that they will get back to me in 24-48 hours for confirmation (yet almost giving the reassurance that all should be well). Lo and behold 48 hours later, I got a response that my travel dates were unavailable. To those who travel plan a lot, you’d know that the 48 hours wasted is eternity. Had I known, I could have used that time to look for other flights/deals.
But I’m glad that TripADeal has this live calendar feature so you can book with confidence.
The other thing I like about TripADeal is the people behind it.
This company is based in Byron Bay, NSW and the team is composed of travel-loving people who know what indulgence is all about. After all, they themselves start their day by a dip or snorkel in the beach before heading to the office!
And seriously, have you been to Bryon Bay? I spent a weekend late last year and am hooked. Byron Bay folks are masters of relaxing , so they know exactly what one needs for that kind of getaway 🙂
So needless to say, what I like most about TripADeal is the KIND of trips that they assemble and offer.
Because they’re my kind of travel!
For instance, I’m lusting over their West Coast, USA deal at the moment.
12 days in the US West Coast, visiting Los Angeles, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Las Vegas and going to National Parks such as Arches National Park and Yellowstone National Park (just to name a couple)
If you all remember that West Coast road trip I did 2 years ago…
It’s THAT kind of trip! 🙂
The package they’re offering is AUD 3099 including international flights, accommodation, luxe coach transportation, sightseeing and National Park entrance fees.
I can tell you for sure that though our West Coast trip was done a couple of years ago, we spent much more than AU 3099.00 per person and am obviously wishing this deal existed back then.
The other package from TripADeal that caught my eye is the 19-Day European Experience with a 14-Day Mediterranean Cruise.
On board the MSC Magnifica, the cruise will be heading to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro.
For AUD 3599.00, you get: International return flights, 14 nights on board the MSC Magnifica, all on-board meals and entertainment, 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Venice including American breakfast, transfer from Venice hotel to terminal. (departs 30 October 2015)
A month ago, I just finished a 2-week Mediterranean cruise myself, so I’m really stoked that TripADeals offers the kinds of travels that I indulge in.
I’m quite thrilled to announce that I will be giving away:
AUD 500.00 Travel Voucher for use towards any TripADeal trip!
Terms & Conditions :
This competition is open worldwide to readers who are at least 18 years of age.
Giveaway runs from 16 -30 June 2015 23:59 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC +10:00)
Drawing the winner: One (1) winner will be drawn via Rafflecopter.
You can only enter once.
Winner will be announced on Holy Smithereens Facebook page on 01 July 2015 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time ), and the winner will also be contacted via email.
Do note that though this giveaway is open worldwide, if the trip that you chose involves flights, they depart from Australia. If you don’t need the flights, you can choose just the land tours. The winning voucher cannot be redeemed for cash or exchanged .
The voucher will be valid up to 12 months upon receipt.
I’ve made the giveaway extremely simple! To enter:
1.) Enter your email in the Rafflecopter box below. (In doing so, your email address will also be entered on TripADeal’s newsletter.) You will also be subscribed to Holy Smithereens’ newsletter. Well really, you wouldn’t want to miss out on any exciting travel deals and juicy travel reviews and stories do you??
Write a comment below and tell me which TripADeal getaway you’d like to take!
This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Trillina Palemi for winning the voucher! Happy travels! 🙂
Good luck! 🙂
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