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Travel Tips

INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Things to Do When You’re Stuck at an Airport

50 Things To Do At The Airport

 

—50 Things To Do At The Airport [Infographic] by the team at CheapFlights

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Take the Train Across Canada

By BRITTANY HENDRY

The Canadian passing through Alberta (Photo: Jamie McCaffrey)

Via Rail’s long-standing passenger route across our homeland, aptly named The Canadian, is one of the most exquisite ways to experience the vast space between Toronto and Vancouver. Covering 4,466km, the train offers incredible views of the Rockies, the Coast Mountains, the Prairies and the pre-Cambrian shield. Here, we offer the five top reasons to experience this unforgettable journey.

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Best Travel Apps for Smartphone-Savvy Tourists

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Best travel apps for smartphone users (Photo: YutakaTsutano)

The list of apps catering to everything and anything you could imagine grows each day. With more options comes the time-consuming process of wading through the good, the bad and the ugly. To help you save some time, we have compiled a list of some of the best travel apps for smart phone users on the go.

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5 Tips on How to Find Local Hotspots When Travelling

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Tonight in Vancouver: West Georgia Traffic

Tonight in Vancouver: West Georgia Traffic (Photo: Julius Reque)

In a strange city, it’s easy to find the tourist traps, the skyscrapers with the magnificent views and the chain restaurants. To immerse yourself in the local culture, however, you need to step outside your comfort zone and find local gems. To help the travel-weary, we have created a list of great tips when searching for local recommendations.
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Fun Frivolous Facts for Cottagers

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Tips for Cottagers

Port Cunnington in full autumnal glory (Photo: PjMixer)

With the summer winding down, cottagers are heading to their vacation homes to take advantage of the remaining warm days. In the spirit of great relaxation, there are some fun facts and key tips that cottagers should keep in mind. We stumbled across this great list from Readersdigest.ca that offers some great advice about poison ivy, predicting the weather and many other elements of cottage life. You can check out the list here: 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Cottaging.

Have your own advice for cottagers? Be sure to leave a comment below to share your tips with Where Canada readers!

 

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How to Pick the Best Seat When Flying in Economy Class

By BRITTANY HENDRY


Travel troubles can put a damper on any vacation, especially when they pop up while you’re getting to or from your destination. We recently came across a clever list of tips to help avert annoyances when flying in economy class on commercial planes. The video above offers five tips to help you choose the optimal seating when booking your tickets, and recommends tools that explain how to make sure the middle seat remains empty on your flight. Find this clip compelling? Check out the rest of Peter Greenberg’s YouTube channel. His unique and informative videos about travel are worth a gander.

How to choose the best seat in economy [YouTube]
Peter Greenberg’s Channel [YouTube]

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Best Places to go Surfing in Canada

Surf's Up in Montreal on the standing wave in the Saint-Lawrence River!

Best surfing in Canada: the standing wave in the Saint-Lawrence River (Photo: Pedro fait de la photo)

When brainstorming different things to do in Canada, surfing probably only comes to mind if you’re on the east or west coast. Apparently, that should’t be the case—at least not according the Red Bull Canada, who recently published its list of the top surf spots in the country. We were surprised that some of the entries on the list are located in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. So, whether you’re a local or a visitor, a newbie or an experienced tide rider, check out the waves at these amazing Canadian locales.

Canada’s Top Surf Spots [RED BULL]
Leave a comment and share your favourite surf spots in Canada!

Travel Tip of the Week

BYOF: bring your own food. These days, you’re lucky to get a miniscule bag of roasted peanuts on a flight, and prices for soggy sandwiches in airport terminals are sky high. Do yourself a favour and pack snacks and/or a meal. (This applies to train and bus travel as well.) At the very least, you’ll make your seat mates jealous.

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Travel Tip of the Week

When passing through airport security, put anything valuable and visible, like a laptop or iPad, on the conveyer belt last so it doesn’t get to the other side of the X-ray long before you do, leaving it sitting out for anyone to grab.

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Travel Tip of the Week

Don’t rely solely on your hotel staff for restaurant recommendations. Do a cross-check with a barista at a nearby coffee shop, a boutique owner or bartender and online foodie forums like Chowhound.

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Travel Tip of the Week

Always pack the most comfortable pair of shoes you own. You may think they don’t go with your planned wardrobe, but after you’ve been schlepping around for a few days in more stylish but less comfortable footwear, you will probably be glad you have your tried-and-true kicks.

Give us your tips! Add a comment below or let us know on Twitter @wherecanada: #wherecanadatips.

Travel Tip of the Week

Get a map of the airport ahead of time to be sure that you know how far it is to your gates and connections, and so you’re not disappointed if you’d planned on better food options or you miss the single, pre-security Starbucks.

Give us your tips! Add a comment below or let us know on Twitter @wherecanada: #wherecanadatips.