Travel

Are you road trip ready?

(NC) -- If you have little ones, preparing ahead of time for your road trip will save you time and give you a smoother trip. Here is a checklist from Evenflo, a leading brand in car seats for children of any age: • The proper car seat for the child. Either rear-facing, forward-facing or a booster • Well-stocked diaper bag including diapers, wipes, a change pad, bibs and toiletries ....

Maximize the vacation romance barometer

(NC) -- Couples often say that travelling together is good for romance – and no wonder. It is widely recognized that the bond created when caring for one another in places unknown, can improve the relationship permanently not just for the moment. So if vacationing together is in your plans this summer, there's no time like the present to get groomed. Here's a little romance-enhancin ....

Rio, Scottsdale, and Split are top travel destinations

(NC) – Summer nights are getting shorter and the fall colours will soon appear, leaving many Canadians with a sense of wanderlust and a desire to extend the warm weather. The fall travel season offers endless possibilities, often at a great price. From relaxing to adventurous vacations, Julian Brass, creator of the popular website Notable.ca, shares his top three destinations to visit this ....

Bringing Sip and Sizzle Home This Summer

(NC) -- For 12 days this May, wine lovers had flocked to Niagara-on-the-Lake to tour the beautiful wineries, to sip delicious VQA vintages, and to nibble on thoughtfully created dishes perfectly paired with wine. The inaugural event, Sip & Sizzle, was hosted by an organization called Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake – and if you missed the fun, including 26 unique wine and food pairings, ....

Top 10 airport security tips for seniors

(NC) -- If you are travelling this summer and are not familiar with airport security rules, the following 10 tips will help you breeze through the security checkpoint: Before the trip 1. Contact your airline in advance if you need someone to help you through the screening checkpoint. 2. Pack liquids, gels and aerosols over 100 ml in size in your checked baggage. Items less than 100 ml can be ....

Toronto furnished rentals provide great accommodation option

Are you planning on traveling to Toronto soon? Well, then you would obviously need to consider your accommodation. Generally speaking, hotels are perhaps the most expensive accommodation option available these days. The fact of the matter is that not all of us have the sort of money that is needed to stay in hotels. So, what should you do in such a situation? Well, the best thing for you to do is ....

Taking in Canada's beauty on the rails

As our relentless dreary winter mercifully comes to an end, Canadians are finally setting their sights on the vitality and new life that summer brings. Nothing conveys this new spirit and vigor better than planning ahead for an exciting family summer vacation. One of the latest trends when it comes to family vacations, according to travel experts, is the growing movement away from the tradit ....

Save on travel this Winter

(NC) — Looking for ways to get the best travel value this winter? Days Inns Canada offers some hints to help save you money: Budget: Create a realistic budget for you and your family and be sure to stick to it. Include food and beverage costs, all travel costs and entertainment. Be on the lookout for travel deals such as best rate guarantees, vacation packages and family ....

How to find the right travel insurance

(NC) -- You took time off, booked the flight or packed the car, and you're ready to go…or so you think. Whether you're going on a quick shopping trip across the border, a beach vacation, or an excursion to the other side of the world, you're not fully prepared unless you have the right travel insurance. “Many people assume that their credit card or group plan's built-in coverage will suf ....

Be careful what you share on vacation

(NC) -- It's tempting to post lots of details about a winter getaway online, and in real-time, but be aware that you aren't the only one to have discovered how amazing it can be to share photos and information online and on social networks. Cyber criminals like to "get social" too, but their definition of that term is to help themselves to your personal information, among other things. ....

Holidays: How to avoid high travel costs

(NC) -- Whether it is friends and family, time away from work or school, over indulging in delicious food, or time to escape, the magic and appeal of the holiday season is subjective to everyone. For many Canadians the holiday season is a time for travel. Whether travelling domestically to spend time with family, or voyaging to a tropical paradise with that special someone, the holiday seas ....

Canadians get tips for business travel

(NC) — It's no surprise that company cost-cutting puts added pressure on business travellers, but that shouldn't mean compromising on comfort. Take a look at these helpful tips from Days Inns Canada, to make your next business trip stress-free: What to pack: The most important rule for any business traveller is not to over-pack. Be practical and only take items essential t ....

Travel: Don’t let turistas ruin your vacation

(NC) – You're on a picturesque beach soaking up the sun and enjoying a few cocktails on your sunshine vacation when suddenly you feel a series of all too familiar grumbles in your stomach. The next thing you know you're on a mad dash to the nearest restroom with none in sight. Welcome to the wonderful world of traveler's diarrhea, otherwise known as “turista”. Defined as three or more ....

Getaways displacing gifts this Christmas, forecast find

Walking into a Canadian retailer this time of year feels exactly like being swallowed by a Christmas parade float – all garland tongues, gingerbread breath and tinsel tonsils. But are shoppers buying what stores are selling? Unless they’re inside a travel agency, the answer appears to be a firm “meh.” According to BMO’s 2013 Holiday Spending Outlook, to be released Wednesday, gift ....

Travel: Expert tips for safe and stress-free Holiday

(NC) — As the cool weather sets in and the busy holiday season approaches, Canadians have travel on their minds. Before booking, a leading travel and service expert advises would-be adventurers to plan ahead in order to stay safe and stress free while vacationing at any time. Gerald Parent, the Director of Membership Travel at American Express Canada has seen first-hand the pain points ....

Canadian airports offer greater perks this Holiday season

(NC) — In the lead up to the hectic holiday travel period, Canada's busiest airport has super-sized its service offering to give commuters better travel benefits than ever before. To help enhance the travel experience for example, American Express Canada has partnered with the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) to offer more service-related perks at Toronto Pearson International Airp ....

Vacations: Don't leave your phone behind

(NC) -- While many travellers like to disconnect while on vacation, smartphones have become an essential tool for travelling. In fact, many features and apps offered by smartphones can be indispensable when you're on the road. Maps: Tourists sometimes find foreign maps to be confusing, especially when the labels are written in another language. Mobile apps with mapping ....

Winter: Three essential things snowbirds should know

Every winter, flocks of retired Canadians head south. Too often, however, they overlook some important considerations to protect themselves before taking flight. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by American Express Canada found that only 29 per cent of Canadians 55+ purchased travel insurance for their last trip -- and one in three said they do not plan to purchase it next time. To make ....

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