Well, the Global Financial Crisis is trying its damndest but I ain"t giving in. As they say....when the going gets tough....the tough get creative!
After working 18 hour days for the last 8 months to produce http://www.amplify.amp.com.au, I am not going to have a nervous breakdown, I am going to take a holiday instead. It's just that I haven't had a salary adjustment in a loooong time, and with 2 growing teenagers who seem to think that a pioano and Chanel handbags are a acceptable birthday presents thank you very much, you can see that sole parenting and a single income stream has its limitations!
So, I have cashed in my Qantas frequent flyer points for flights to New York City where every penny saved will undoubtedly be sucked back to pay for the quintessential New York Christmas and hotel accommodation in what must be the world's most expensive hotels! But thanks to my Twitter skills and the generosity of the tweeps there, I have found amazing tips and help- from @tabletcs, @quikbook and @NewYorkology- the latter offering the most comprehensive and relevant guide to that amazing city that anyone could ever wish for. Hard to imagine anything to top that. And...looks like I will be seizing an incredible rate at The chic and quirky Gramercy Park Hotel through the helpful service of Brian Hendricks, Director of Online Marketing at Quikbook (Unbelievable to get such terrific human contact from an online travel site!)
Which brings me to the point of this post. This whole holiday was inspired by an approach by a family in Banff to swop their ski condo in Canmore, Banff National Park Canada, for my place here in Sydney. After I succeeded in securing our flights and trading said points for airfare....they changed their minds and decided to go to Dubai instead!
So the post NYC component of the holiday- the part that was meant to be FREE- is now up the creek unless I can find someone else who wants to swop. And until I do- I can't finalise my New York accommodation!
HERE's THE OFFER
Location: Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 22 December to 18 January (slightly neg)
4th floor penthouse apartment with 3 bedrooms that sleeps 4 people in 1 Queen (Latex bed!) and 2 singles (all good quality double ensemble beds with posturepedic mattresses). There is one bathroom, an ultra modern kitchen with state of the art appliances, modern furnishings, and a huge entertainment deck with BBQ facility and 270 degree ocean views.
A leisurely stroll out the front door has you on the beach and esplanade with some of Sydney's best al fresco dining spots, coffee shops and picnic spots. Water sports (sailing, kayaking), hiking trails, the Zoo, beaches, designer shopping, delicatessens and cafes are all within a 1 kilometre radius and an easy walk. The city centre and nightlife is just a short hop across the harbour to the world famous Opera House and is serviced by a bus and ferry and taxi.
Photos can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63021466@N00/sets/72157608806659592/
What I am looking for: A ski condo
Location: Whistler/Blackcomb Main Village
Duration: Approx 6 January till around 16 January
I would like to find a village location slope-side ski condo/ facility with proper beds- 2 doubles will do (no roll-aways or sofabeds please) and facilities of comparable standard to what I am offering.
I could make my car in Sydney also available if a car is offered at the other end of the swop?
Please contact me via leaving a comment here or on Twitter @maverickwoman or by e-mail at annalie underscore killian at amp dot com dot au and I will be in touch?