By travel.gc.ca Crossing international borders can be complicated and sometimes requires many different kinds of documents. Being prepared is the key to easing your way through this process, so make sure you know what documents you need, where to get … Continue reading Cross borders with ease – Ensure you have the right travel documents
A visa is an official document, usually stamped or glued inside a passport, giving permission from a foreign authority for you to enter a country. Visas are issued by foreign government offices in Canada. Requirements, fees and processing times vary, … Continue reading What’s a visa and when do I need one?
What you need to know about eTAs or Electronic Travel Authorization By Sera Madrigrano As of this past November, all returning Canadian citizens will need a valid Canadian passport to board their flight to Canada. A valid Canadian passport is … Continue reading New entry requirements to Canada are now in effect
Exchanging your money
By Renee Conte
The currency exchange rate tells you how much your Canadian money is worth in the local currency you require for your trip. You can find the official exchange rate of the currency in the country you will be visiting by using the Bank of Canada’s online currency converter.
It pays to know your options when dealing with foreign exchange rates. There are a number of ways to manage your finances when you are abroad that will save you a lot of money in exchange fees.
Foreign currency exchange at banks
If you want cash on hand before you leave Canada, you can buy foreign currency from your bank over the phone or online. It can be delivered to your local branch for pickup. Exchange rates at banks are slightly better than exchange rates elsewhere. You can also order currency before you leave on your trip from a number of websites that will ship it to your home or the airport for pickup within a couple of days. Continue reading “Exchanging your money”
Britain’s gardens in April reveal more than they know
Story and photos by Dorothy Dobbie
The psyche of the people of Britain, who look nature square in the eye and meet her head-on, both playfully and domineeringly, speaks through her gardens.
It is late April, a little rainy, the clouds are interspersed with sunshine that falls like a benediction. The gardens are just awakening. Dazzling autumn planted bulbs impose themselves on the muted landscape. They are laid out in great sweeps of bright blue hyacinth, sunny yellow daffodils and lipstick red tulips. Itis clear that they are not native here, but their cheeriness is welcome just the same. Their lives will be short but showy.
We are at the Royal Horticultural Society’s headquarters, a 60-acre garden at Wisley in Surrey, 90 minutes from London. After three days in the city, we are ready for some fresh garden air and some not-so-man-made marvels. The gardens do not disappoint. Unexpected swathes of pink, coral, white and red rhododendrons glow through the mist among the still naked trees and shrubs. A late camellia imitates tall roses. Magnolias push their tulip-shaped buds from leafless branches. Along the water ways, skunk weed grows like low-lying sunshine, beautiful in spite of its unpleasant name (and, up close, odour). The air is chill and damp, but invigorating, and when the sun touches down, it leaves a wash of sweetness in its path. Continue reading “Britain’s gardens in April reveal more than they know”
Enjoy the epic beauty of the East Coast
By Tania Moffat
No matter what you call it — Mi’kma’ki (First Nations), Acadia (French), or New Scotland (British) — you are destined to love Nova Scotia. From its deep historical roots, its 27provincial museums and 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites to its rugged seaside beauty and picturesque fishing villages filled with welcoming people, this is a province that everyone should explore at least once in their lifetime. Continue reading “Nova Scotia Enjoy the epic beauty of the East Coast”
By Sera Madrigrano
Frequent fliers know that bad weather is responsible for the overwhelming majority of flight delays and cancellations. While winter blizzards may make headlines for shutting down airports, it’s actually summer storms that cause the majority of weather-related delays. Continue reading “Summer storm delays”
By Tania Moffat
Let’s face it: getting sick on vacation is kind of like an unlucky lottery where the odds are always against you. You can do everything you can to try to avoid it – fold the corner of your ticket, pick your lucky numbers or play a smarter hand, but either way it’s a crap shoot.
Getting sick is an inevitability in life, but it is often easier to get sick while on holidays. Your body is being exposed to new bugs, bacteria, parasites, food and environments. Often times you are passing through high traffic areas such as airports and hotels. You are changing your routines, perhaps staying up later, eating more or differently, having a few drinks and exploring new environments – beaches, water, forests, etc. All of this combined with the stress of travelling, especially if you are crossing several time zones, can take its toll on your body. Continue reading “How to avoid getting sick on vacation”
Day packs or backpacks for cameras, books, sunscreen, water, etc. for around the ship and while visiting ports. If you bring electronics – cell phone, laptops – inquire ahead of time about roaming charges and Internet usage rates. Also, since … Continue reading Cruise Tips: What should you bring?