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New Way for Canadians to Save on Wireless Bills in the U.S.

Photo by -bengerman

Canadians pay some of the highest roaming and long-distance fees in the world, and a quick trip abroad (or even to another province), can result in wireless-bill sticker shock. With some 18 million Canadians tripping into the U.S. each year, a service that lessens these fees is bound to be popular. (more…)

New Web Site Finds the Best Surf-Front Hotels

Surfer in Tofino. Photo by Steve Tannock.

For surfers, the ultimate surf vacation—or surfari, if you will—includes digs within walking distance to the ocean, so you can take advantage of great surf the moment it happens.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 7 iPad Travel Apps Reviewed

Stuck on Earth iPad app

By Pamela MacNaugtan

Face it: when you’re on the road, either you have an iPad or you have iPad envy. Travel and iPads just click. (more…)

5 Travel Apps You Need for 2012

Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences iPad app

By Carissa Bluestone

If your list of New Year’s resolutions is looking a little grim, add “travel more” as a goal for 2012 and beyond. These apps are will help you dream big and create a bucket list for a lifetime of journeys.

Note: Since most of these apps are heavy on the eye candy, the bigger the screen, the better; opt for tablet versions where offered.

Start the slideshow to see the apps.

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Our 5 Favourite Skiing Apps

By Carissa Bluestone

Skiing is a technical sport, and between snowfall sleuthing, route mapping and run tracking, even weekend warriors could use an app or two to plan their trips. (more…)

Gogobot: the Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Travel App

By Carissa Bluestone

When Gogobot released its iPhone app last month it already had significant buzz, having been written up in tech mags and the New York Times and hailed one of the 50 Best Websites of All Time by Time Magazine. Gogobot’s creators have promised to revolutionize travel, which in the world of travel apps means leaving no virtual stone unturned. Hence, Gogobot is part Instagram, part TripAdvisor, part journalling app, part virtual concierge.

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7 Ways to Keep Your Phone Bill Low While Travelling

Photo by Attila Acs

Ever return home from a trip to an astronomical phone bill? You’re not alone. Today helpful folks at Canada’s three largest wireless companies—Bell, Rogers, and Telus—share tips on saving yourself from a case of post-trip sticker shock.

1. Know your plan…and your phone. An obvious tip, it would seem, but many a traveller ignores this advice and thus begins a world of hurt. If the information on the provider’s Web site is confusing, contact them directly before leaving. They’ll likely have suggestions specific to your device and plan. Some phones, for example, allow you to block certain e-mail accounts while you travel or set up low-res image downloads. Take advantage of features available to you. Even if you’re already on vacation, it’s not too late. Call or live-chat your provider from the road (from an open Wi-Fi network, please) to have roaming or other features added immediately.

2. Add a roaming package to your plan before you go. Data charges especially (e-mail, Web surfing, sending photos) can pile up quickly. Bell has separate U.S. and international packages.

3. Use local Wi-Fi networks whenever possible. Yes, it’s totally awesome to post that pic of a polar bear to your Facebook page a few seconds after you’ve snapped it with your iPhone, but it’s also expensive. Even if there is a charge to use an open Wi-Fi network, you’ll still pay less than the cost of roaming fees for the same usage. Be sure data roaming is off, because if the Wi-Fi signal drops, your device may revert back to using data and start charging you roaming fees.

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