You have the best of intentions, and the simplest – to get away from it all. Now that the weather has turned cold, your thoughts may be leaning towards a warm beach, or even a family reunion for the holidays. But how do you make that happen when the vacation fund always seems to disappear on practical and decidedly un-fun expenses like a new mattress, tax re-assessment or engine repairs? Continue reading 7 Creative Ways to Save for your Next Vacation
Of course, the whole point of insurance is that you hope never to need it. Unfortunately, that hope leads many Canadians to make a terrible mistake when planning their trips: they simply bypass the travel insurance step, feeling that it’s at best an unnecessary precaution, at worst, a cash grab on the part of the travel agent or online booker to squeeze out a few more dollars on an already-expensive vacation! Continue reading All About Travel Insurance: Why You Need It, How to Get It
You’ve always wanted to travel and see more of the world. But perhaps no one else in the family shares that wandering urge; maybe you’re still looking for a relationship partner serious enough to share a trip with, and your friends have young children and aren’t free to just pick up and go to the nearest hot spot with you. So do you hop in that plane/train/automobile and just go? Or have you seen too many movies like Brooklyn, where the protagonist takes a hideous solo sea voyage only to face a strange and sometimes frightening new land? It all works out in the end, but understandably, there are some fears around solo travelling that can prevent people from striking out on their own. Continue reading 5 hurdles solo travelers commonly face – and how to overcome them
Ah, good old Niagara Falls – that Wonder of the Natural World in our own backyard, great for summer days spent riding the Maid of the Mist, smelling the roses at the big botanical garden, and ziplining across the Horseshoe Falls (or simply staring at it from the Skylon Tower’s observation deck). If you’ve visited this attraction and fought heavy crowds for a chance to get spattered by a bit of the 4 million cubic feet of water that tumbles over the edge every minute, you didn’t come in the Fall – and we highly recommend that you do! Continue reading Fall for the Falls this Fall
Are you in a business that experiences a summer lull? Did you use the slower time to pack your bags, book a plane ticket and get out into the wide, wide world?
Of course you didn’t. Because you run your own business, and the 18 hats you normally wear only goes down to 11 in the summer!
Now that Fall is almost upon us, it can seem out of the question to go anywhere – after all, there are supplies to order, invoices to prepare, orders to fill, websites to update and social media blitz. But what all that actually means is, you need a rest even more than the 9 to 5ers. Continue reading Travel Advice for Entrepreneurs: How to Unplug
When you’re a little kid, it’s all about having the latest superhero, princess or Disney character backpack – and, of course, the matching lunch bag, water bottle and accessories. Unfortunately, such products may be poorly made and unable to withstand the rigours of being dropped on the ground, washed, played with, and overstuffed day in and day out. As we get older, the weight of the textbooks only gets greater and the demands placed on our hardworking backpacks only get, well, more demanding.
Whether you’re a parent or shopping for your own back to school needs, should you surrender to the name brand hype? How can you objectively analyze qualities like durability and price, even if the bag doesn’t have your favourite X-Man on it? Read on… Continue reading The best backpacks for back to school
Best Samsonite Carry-On’s. Samsonite is an international brand of luggage. The company sells bags in every quality and every price point and in every style. In 2017 they made the conscious decision to make their bags with only spinner wheels. This left the two wheels bag options to duffles, and totes. We say goodbye to the 2 wheeled suitcases that once rolled the isles of the planes and welcome our more modern 4 wheeled, spinner suitcases. Over the years, some of our favourite bags like the Samsonite Oyster hard sided has been modernized. That bag now include TSA approved locks, an upright design with a retractable pull handle and of course, spinner wheels. Continue reading Best Samsonite Carry-On’s: Our Top 5
It’s a simple fact of life: Things break. All kinds of things break, from eyeglasses to dinner plates to (expecting mothers, gulp here) waters! But when things get broken on vacation, the damage is intensified by the inconvenience of being far from home and likely not having needed replacement items on hand. One of the worst travel annoyances is damaged or broken luggage, which can cause a whole host of problems, from your precious belongings being strewn all over the luggage conveyor belt to the complete disappearance of your bag altogether (if the tag-bearing handle snaps off). Here is what to do when a bag breaks during your trip. Continue reading What to do when a bag breaks during your trip
I am fortunate enough to have friends from all over the world, and that means I get to hear about their travel adventures when they go back home. Going back home to one’s country of origin – or the Motherland, as some of them call is – is usually the kind of pilgrimage that takes at least a year (and often several years) of saving up and making plans. It’s full of joyous anticipation, but also the worry and anxiety that can come with seeing close family members again for the first time in ages. Continue reading When travel becomes a strain: 3 tips to survive the trip back home
Ah, the lure of the open road – especially when it leads somewhere good! As much as I love to travel abroad, it can be expensive. The great news is that we Canadians are lucky to have one of the largest, most diverse and most exciting countries in the world at our fingertips…no passport required! There are so many attractions and major travel destinations right in our own backyard that most of us (myself included) haven’t even scratched the surface. Continue reading Ontario travel attractions – the Great Canadian Staycation
Canadian summers are too short! I don’t think anyone will disagree with me on that. After a long winter and a gray, wet spring, we have just a couple short months of heat and sunshine. While there’s typically a whole lot to do at home – from Canada 150 celebrations to street festivals, backyard barbecues, and an endless stream of kids’ birthday parties, baby showers and weddings – if you want to venture out on a road trip, you’re not alone. Summer driving season is a big deal, and despite fears of rising gas prices back in May, driving is still a very affordable option compared with flying for most vacationing Canadians.
Sure, you could get in the car this summer and just drive, like the ill-fated characters in this melancholy tune by Fastball, but just where are you going without ever knowing the way? A plan, even a loose one, is a good thing to have, even if you want to just throw a casual canvas backpack in the trunk and let the road take you wherever it will. Follow these tips before you head out on the highway. Continue reading Going on a road trip? Read this first!
Wait…aren’t cruises already amazing? It depends on your point of view. Some people swear by cruise vacations as the only way to see the world: you get the comfort, service and amenities of an all-inclusive, floating luxury hotel and the benefits of docking every couple of days at a new, exotic locale with plenty of shore time for shopping and tourist-ing. Others point to the tiny rooms, potential seasickness and boredom of being stuck out on the open water for days at a time. Continue reading 10 ways to make your next cruise amazing
Do you yearn to see new sights and meet new people – maybe cross some adventures off your bucket list – but your budget just won’t allow you to travel the world? I was really surprised to learn that even in this day and age of expensive packaged vacations and tours, you can travel just about anywhere, even to the most exotic places, at no cost or extremely low cost! You don’t have to build a hot air balloon and attempt a solo globe-spanning voyage, and you don’t have to marry into the cutest free-travelling family alive, either. You just have to be willing to exchange some sweat equity for all that free travel. Here are the best, totally do-able ways to see the world for nothing…I might just have to try one of these! Continue reading How to travel for free (that’s right, FREE)
Luggage weight allowance differs from airline to airline, but in general there are a couple of basic rules. To help make travel easier for you, check out every airline that you will be using on your vacation, and stick with the lowest allowed weight. Continue reading Luggage Weight Allowance for Airlines
How to Outsmart Pickpockets on Vacation
You’ve probably heard about the dangers of being pickpocketed, even (especially) in Europe’s major capitals where trained gangs of pickpockets, often in the form of children or immigrants paying off massive debts to human traffickers, tend to congregate. You may have scrimped and saved to take a vacation, so the last thing you want is to wind up being a theft victim and scrambling around without cash, desperately trying to replace your credit cards and passports in a country where you may not even speak the language. If pickpockets and thieves are of concern when you’re abroad, here’s what you need to know. Continue reading How to Outsmart Pickpockets on Vacation