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Travel Tips

Travel Tip of the Week

Take it from us: travelling can test a relationship!

5 things to ask a potential travel companion:

  • what is your daily budget?
  • how much do you want to plan in advance versus just winging it?
  • do you prefer that we spend all our time together, or some time solo?
  • what type of accommodation are you envisioning?
  • what activities or places are absolute musts for you and what are you flexible about?

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Travel Tip of the Week

Compressible bags may scream “As Seen on TV” but they’re no gimmick—they work! Use the bags made for travel (i.e. that don’t require a vaccuum cleaner to suck out the air) and pack more compactly than you’ve ever dreamed possible.

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Travel Tip of the Week

When shooting a landmark or scenery, add an element in the foreground of your photo to add some interest. (Thanks to photographer Ralph Velasco for this tip. See how it dramatically improves a photo here.)

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Travel Tip of the Week

If you are hemming and hawing over a purchase, consider whether you can find anything like it back home. If not, buy it!

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Travel Tip of the Day

Let your kids be your guide: Ask them to look for a landmark or road sign while road tripping—it keeps them occupied for a while and can help you out, too. [via Gadling]

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Travel Tip of the Day

Your grandmother was right: pack extra underpants. Always more than you think you’ll need. After a day of sightseeing, changing into a new pair of skivvies for late afternoon or for going out in the evening is pure luxury!

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Travel Tip of the Day

When planning your road trip budget, use a fuel-cost calculator like the one at GasBuddy.com. It estimates how much you’ll spend on gas, based on your start and end points and your car make and model. It will also tell you how many fuel stops you’ll have to make.

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Travel Tip of the Day

Rolling versus folding clothes in your suitcase: is there still a debate about this? In terms of saving space and preventing wrinkles, rolling is best, hands down.

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Travel Tip of the Day

In the market for a new suitcase? Consider a roller with four wheels rather than two. These suitcases roll in every direction, making them easier to navigate in tight spaces.

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Travel Tip of the Day

Sign up for travel alerts. We know you hate clogging up your inbox, but airlines really do give those on their mailing lists an early heads up about sales. Try Air Canada’s Fare Alerts, Porter’s Special Offers and WestJet’s weekly deals (via Facebook or Twitter). You can also try deal sites like Airfarewatchdog.

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Travel Tip of the Day

Keep only one credit card in your wallet. Tuck a second somewhere else (like your pocket) in case your purse or wallet is stolen. Leave other cards at home. And always have your all of your card cancellation numbers handy—for instance, in an e-mail you can access from anywhere.

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Travel Tip of the Day

It may seem like you’ve found a great deal, but never book anything without checking the price directly with the airline, hotel, rental company or other travel provider. The cost could be comparable and the cancellation and/or trip-change policy could be a thousand times more amenable—which may be worth few extra bucks anyway. Some hotels might even match the price you’ve found with a consolidator. It never hurts to ask.

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