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travel tips

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

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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5 Expert Bring-Your-Own-Wine (BYOW) Tips at Restaurants

Photo: Sonja Pieper

By KAREN CLEVELAND

Restaurant bring-your-own-wine (BYOW) policies for patrons continues to spread across Canada (welcome to the club, British Columbia), with some savvy venues enticing diners with reduced corkage fees, or sometimes waiving them entirely.

Considering wine markups at most restaurants, this could save customers a bundle, though it puts a twist conventional wine service.

Here are some etiquette tips for bringing along your own bottle: (more…)

Travel Tip of the Day

You know you shouldn’t check prescription meds (right?) but here are some other things you should keep in your carry-on just in case: prescription glasses if you have them, deodorant, moist towelettes or wipes for clean-ups, toothbrush and toothpaste, a pair of PJs and a pair of underwear.

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Travel Tip of the Day

Take a paper map. You may not have Wi-Fi when you think you will, roaming charges could be astronomical, online maps sometimes suck (sorry, Google!) and your device could fail. The paper map rarely disappoints.

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Travel Tip of the Day

For the solo traveller: When dining alone at a restaurant, if you have the option, go for a counter seat rather than a table on your own. Second best: choose a great spot for people-watching. Bring a book, magazine or a notebook. Or, if it’s a special meal, just concentrate on the food. So often we eat while distracted by TV, a book or another person and barely remember the food—concentrate your meal and really savour it.

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