I know. The holiday season has just begun and I should be focused on that. But somehow my mind keeps skipping ahead to January and February, months when a wealth of unasked-for travel opportunities have presented themselves over the past few weeks. We’ve made no decisions yet, but on the table right now are trips to Southern California, New York City, and Vermont for some skiing at Mad River Glen. I think being laid up for six weeks this fall has fueled my wanderlust in a big way because instead of doing any dreaming of Christmas I’m already thinking about how great it is to travel once the holiday rush is over!
If we do end up in Los Angeles, I just might try finding a place to stay using Enrout, a new lodging search engine that emphasizes both value and living like a local. The site offers hotels, bed and breakfasts, and short-term apartments or houses all around the world, with a good inventory in many cities. I’ve got my eye on an adorable two-bedroom bungalow in Long Beach that goes for $125 a night during the week in the winter time.
What’s that you say? I have to put up the Christmas tree? But this house is walking distance from the beach!
Even if you’re more focused on the home front than I am, I definitely advise you check out Enrout before December 16, because they are running a $500 holiday giveaway. There are lots of different ways to enter, so even if you aren’t going anywhere imminently, I suggest you give yourself the holiday gift of checking out this contest. And maybe while you’re there you’ll discover that April in Paris sounds pretty good right about now – and that $500 might just get you a few nights at cute little Left Bank hotel….
And before I leave you for the weekend, I want to make sure you’ve checked out my Passports With Purpose prize – this year we’re raising money for libraries in Zambia. Because what’s better than books?