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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

 

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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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.

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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.

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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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