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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Carnival Accomodation

Here are some links to Guest Houses and Vacation Rentals for those of you already planning for Carnival 2009.

Please note that none of these are coming with any recommendation as I cannot verify the standard of accommodation, however the information is being provided for those who are interested. Do you homework and research on the properties that may interest you :

Great Rentals

Gingerbread House

Vacation Rentals by Owner

Best of Trinidad and Tobago

Nemoy Guesthouse

Monique's Guesthouse

Barbara Guesthouse

Alicia's Guesthouse


Jireh Inn

Tony's Guesthouse

Executive Suites

All In One Guest House 

Countdown to Carnival 2009!!

The countdown clock says days until 11 months and 27 days until Carnival 2009; we know that Mc Farlane will be journeying to Africa next year while Island People will be giving us a taste of Heaven and TRIBE will be flying high! Rumors abound about bands splitting up, breaking up or falling off the radar, while amid all that is the fact that once again we will have no stage for 2009. It’s time to start getting ready for Carnival 2009!!!

Now, I am, not going to say anything different that what I said when we started counting down to Carnival 2008, so here it goes:

Firstly, organize your finances. Every one has an idea of what prices for flights, costumes, fetes and accommodation were this year so give or take a 10% increase for 2009 and start working on that budget. List everything you need at an estimated cost and work out a financial plan so you will not be broke this time next year! If you have plans on joining a sou sou, putting aside a fixed amount monthly or using a bonus to pay for your costume do the necessary.

For those coming from overseas note the ridiculous prices for airfare that was quoted a month or two before Carnival; prices rose to over $1000.00 US and that includes those inter Caribbean flights as well!! When it comes to travel I always look for deals, bargains and sales. Keep on the look out for cheap airfare by registering for the “fare watcher” service at or the “buzz alert” at which will send you an email when airfare prices to a specific destination drops. I know of persons who purchase their air fare from as early as April for the following year! Of course this will only work if you know the specific time you will be in Trinidad, no use buying a ticket and you do not have approved vacation time off.

This brings me to my next topic; apply for your vacation leave in advance! My company has a roster that they send out each year for employees to indicate when they want time off and I know other companies do the same. Even if your company does not have this policy in place it does not hurt to inform the Human Resource department or your supervisor that you will be applying for vacation late January/ early February 2009. Mark it big and bold on a calendar and stick it on your desk so that when the time comes he or she cannot pretend that they were unaware of your plans, looking for excuses to deny you leave.

You can safely book accommodation in advance as most hotels allow you a window for cancellation, so it does not hurt to make a tentative reservation when you have your dates confirmed. Some of the more popular places are booked way in advance and especially those guest houses and apartments which see repeat customers every year. A good idea as well, if you are planning on visiting Tobago after Carnival is to book early, remember many Trinidadians escape Carnival and head to Tobago!

You know how we all like to wait LAST MINUTE to try and get into shape, myself included, how about starting the eating right and exercise program from now. That will give us all enough time to not only meet our target weight loss goals but also the extra time to try and maintain it. Then when we succumb to the occasional temptations like at Thanksgiving or Christmas our waistlines will be much more forgiving seeing as we would have already lost weight.

All of you suffering through winter time at the moment can barely think about spring far less summer, but keep in mind how difficult it was for some of you to get boy shorts in January. Therefore, when summer rolls around this year start shopping for Carnival. You don’t have to get all the trendy stuff but at least get items that are seasonal like sandals, flip flops, shorts, tanks and swim wear.

Though it may seem like 2009 is so far away, soon enough we will all be obsessing over costumes, waiting to register and going through the drama we love so much!
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