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How to Stay Healthy When You Travel to Mexico and the Caribbean

No one likes to get sick, especially while on a vacation away from home, even more so in a country where you don't speak the language. Perhaps you've planned the holiday six months out, anticipating time on a beach, not beside a hotel room toilet. If you don't get many vacation days, getting sick is even harder to stomach. Is Canada a No Vacation Nation? As a Canadian I think of myself as lucky when…

The 10 Hiking Essentials Everyone Should Carry

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. If you purchase an item through these links, I receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. This helps me continue to write free content like the article you are reading. I only recommend products or experiences I personally use or see a use for. The Mountaineers, a Seattle based organization for climbers and outdoor adventures - and the people behind the bible of…

What is ETIAS? Traveling to Europe after 2021

What is ETIAS? Traveling to Europe after 2021 Canadians love traveling to Europe and enjoy the luxury of visa-free entry. There is no need to apply for a visa or any form of travel authorization for trips of under 90 days. However, in 2021 this will change with the introduction of ETIAS. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) will be very similar to the ESTA visa waiver which many nationalities need to apply for…

Bear Safety Tips: What you Need to Know

To be comfortable and safe in bear country you need to have a good grasp of bear safety tips. There are a number of things you should know including how to distinguish between black and grizzly bears; what you should do if you encounter a bear and what preventative measures you should and can take. The following bear safety tips could save your life.  The two biggest roadblocks to hiking that I hear about most…

20 Road Cycling Safety Tips

I don't know if any of you have been in a road cycling accident. I have. It was back in the days before bike helmets were even a thing. I was biking to St. Michael's Hospital in downtown Toronto where I worked as a dietitian. Because of the traffic, I cycled very close to the curb, so close in fact that my front tire got caught in a sewer grate and threw me head first…

How to use Nomador to House-Sit Around the World

For anyone who is passionate about travel and is keen to experience new places like a local, house-sitting is an awesome option. While there are loads of companies out there that match homeowners with house-sitters I particularly like Nomador, a European house-sitting market leader that started in 2007. Nomador describes themselves as "a trust-based community platform putting house-sitters and homeowners into contact. As a homeowner, a house-sitter will look after your home when you’re away. As a house-sitter, discover new…

7 Travel Hacks to Help You Plan the Perfect Vacation

Jump start your travel plans by tapping @KAYAK, one of the world's leading travel search engines and its vast reservoir of data. Not only can they help you find the best deals on flights, trains, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages but they've also made it easy to sign up for price alerts. Other useful features on their site include personalized recommendations for trips starting from your home airport to anywhere you want to go…

A Naughty-or-Nice List for Aviation Security

If you think Santa’s list is long, you should check out the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s (CATSA) What Can I Bring list. It’s basically a naughty-or-nice list for aviation security – a searchable database saying what can and cannot pass through airport security in your carry-on or checked luggage. It has hundreds of items, so here’s a seasonal selection of what’s ho-ho-ho and what’s no-no-no. The Naughty List Replica weapons: This shouldn’t be too…

Travel Tips for the Minimalist Traveler

When you’re looking for travel tips online, what do you usually search for? Most likely it’s how to get the cheapest accommodation, which landmarks you should visit, what are the traditional foods you should try - that sort of stuff, right? But consider the following. You’ve done all your research, you have the best itinerary, you’ve even planned out what to eat and how much everything will cost. Then you get to the hard part:…

An Expert Weighs in on Travel Vaccinations

Are you forgoing a trip to the US because of the state of the Canadian dollar? There’s a good chance you’re passing on the warm weather states and planning a trip instead to Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean this year. But before you go, it’s worth taking note of what travel vaccinations you should have and what timelines you should work within. In speaking with Amani Chehade, a Shopper’s Drug Mart pharmacist, Associate Store owner…

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