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Stories and memories from all over Canada and beyond.
As the second largest country in the world, and one of the most sparsely populated, Canada has lots of room for new immigrants. Canada has many diverse places to live: metropolises like Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, medium-sized cities like Halifax, Quebec City or Edmonton, fishing villages, rural agricultural prairie towns, Gold-Rush-turned-tourist-rush skiing destinations and arctic wilderness. It is a stable, largely safe place to live and has one of the highest per capita rates of immigration in the world.
When you and your family have decided to move live permanently in Canada but you aren’t sure where to start, you need to follow some tips so you won’t get denied immigration status.Read More
When planning a vacation, you have to consider a lot of things; where to go, what to pack, and what to do once you get there. Even if you plan everything well there are some things that are out of your control. Travel insurance comes very handy by helping you during unforeseen emergencies while traveling.
There are several types of travel insurance to choose from, depending on the type of trip and length of stay. Trip Cancellation/Interruption coverage is the most common travel insurance.Read More
One of the common mistakes we do when we travel is packing too much or packing unnecessary things for a trip. When you have an upcoming trip abroad or you are going for a backpacking trip, the worst thing that you could do is bring a heavy bag that will only add to your burden. The number of days you travel is not the determinant of how much luggage you bring as you can bring only the necessary items and have it fit in one carry-on bag. Extra baggage can be expensive especially when you have purchased cheap fares as they come with only limited pounds of luggage.
Traveling light is challenging and many people find it hard to pack only the necessary stuff when they go on a trip. But why should you learn to travel light? Everything is simpler when you travel light. Having a few bags would allow you to navigate better especially when you are in crowded areas, narrow streets or places which transactions are fast. Imagine yourself with 5 heavy bags that you have to carry while catching your train and there you see other travelers with only just a backpack that could easily run around and walk fast with their hands free. Simple travel is simple living. When you have brought less, you will carry less and you have lesser things to be stolen and lesser things to worry about. This is something I learned on a recent trip to Whistler.
Light travel is recommended but other travelers would see it as disadvantageous especially when they are on a vacation and would want to bring back many souvenirs. Well, this problem can be easily solved because you can buy another bag to carry your souvenirs. You shouldn’t also worry much about your fashion sense as this is not a big issue in the first place. One or two bags are all you need even if you will be out of the country for more than a month.
The tip here is to bring clothes that are made of light fabric like silk and nylon that weigh less but at the same time give you comfort and style. It does not mean that you have to sacrifice your sense of style when traveling light because there are many fashionable clothes that are perfect for traveling. You can bring basic clothing like a couple of cotton shirts, silk blouses, nylon dress and even lightweight slacks that can get you through the whole trip even when you’re strolling on the streets or on a dinner at a fine restaurant. These travel clothes are practically all that you need as they will lessen your luggage; they take less space but are yet functional for different occasions.
To travel light is not only limited to the type and number of clothes you pack because you will need to be more practical in other items as well. This goes with your toiletries as it is lighter to bring smaller packs of you shampoo, lotion, even soap or facial wash instead of carrying your whole bathroom’s content. If you know how to minimize and be practical in packing, you will never feel deprived of your things even if you are traveling for weeks.Read More
With the famous giant statue of the famous MGM silver screen lion known as “Leo” to give you a warm welcome, the famous MGM Grand has long been an icon of the Las Vegas Strip. With over 5,000 rooms and suites for guests to occupy, it simply is amazing just thinking how big it is. During your stay you are guaranteed to enjoy the best of what Las Vegas is about by showcasing world class entertainment, design and a convenient location to make the travel easier for guests to get around. Whether you’re visiting to get a dose of the popular nightlife sin city is known for, play at the casino or simply witness a main event live, it’s hard to run out of things to do during your stay.
Featured Rooms and Suites:
Grand King/Queen Rooms – Featuring 446 square feet spacious room to relax in, this place gives you sleek, modern furnishings, inspired artwork, and a color palette awash in jewel tones, bronzes and charcoals, your accommodations are a great place to chill out and fuel up for the next phase of the party. Plug in with a media hub that connects all your devices then turn on your 40″ HD TV. Room rates start at $60 per night which is certainly an awesome deal for guests searching for the thrill of Las Vegas.
Executive King/Queen Suites – Featuring 675 square feet of style and comfort. The colors are vibrant. The furnishings are artfully modern. And the rich plums and minks are complemented with taupes and creams. Amenities include an extra large bathroom with separate tub and shower, 40” HD TV, a mini bar, dock for your mobile gadgets and a workdesk.
Tower Spa Suite – Featuring 695 square feet of space to roam around in, your guestroom can be turned into your perfect soiree in the entertainment area. With uniquely inspired designs of rich and royal plum, mink and cream to raise the energy level and improve the experience. Amenities include a complete Carrera marble bathroom with a luxurious whirlpool spa, a 40” HD flat screen TV, mini bar and an entertainment center to keep the party going whether you’re outside or in the room. Rates start at $82 per night.
Penthouse City View Suite – If you’re crazed about room space and design go for this, featuring 1,250 square foot of breathing space, enjoy a scenic view of the strip from your own suite. This inspiring suite boasts a wet bar, separate dining area for four, oversized marble bar with bar-style seating, and spacious living room with full sofa and sleek furnishings. The suite is adorned with a variety of warm textures and fabrics, blending a combination of browns, ambers, blues and metallic neutral colors. With a king-sized bed, plush robes and slippers, a large bathroom with whirlpool tub, separate shower and classic marble accents, we’d rather ask what more could you ask for? Rate start at $195 per night.
Skyline Terrace Suite – featuring a two-story suite with a 786-square-foot terrace, spectacular city skyline vistas, striking artwork, and premium amenities combined to make an exceptional experience. The overall room space gives guests 1,300 square feet of room to get around while giving you picturesque view of the Las Vegas Strip. Amenities include separate living and dining areas, large bathroom with oversized whirlpool tub and separate shower, large flat screen HD TV’s and many more features. If you are in search of the best value and experience during your stay, browse no further, room rates start at $618 per night.
At the MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel enjoy multiple entertainment and amenities featuring active nightclubs, spa’s, shopping, golf, world class restaurants, wedding chapels and of course your casino games.
In today’s generation, women are more empowered in doing things on their own. Women are able to what only men used to do like working and getting jobs that they want, or even traveling alone themselves. The opportunities for women have opened up almost in every type of industry but caution and care should always be ensured. If you’re a woman who is about to travel alone, you should be on guard at all times as attackers are usually after travelers of the vulnerable kind and these include young children, women and older people. Being a woman makes you an easy target for criminals as they will think that you are helpless.
The first thing to be aware of is the presence of thieves. Criminals are everywhere and they are just waiting for the perfect time to rob you of your belongings or even your life. From the moment you leave your home, you should always make sure that your belongings are secured. If you have a number of bags along with you, make sure that you know where they are. Do not leave your things out of sight as your things could be gone within a blink of an eye especially in crowded and busy areas. Important belongings like passport, ticket, visa, money, credit cards and identification cards should be in your carry-on bag which is with you at all times and not within your check-in bag. It is recommended to bring just a couple of bags or one big bag that contains everything as it is easier to carry along the airport or in stations.
If you are traveling to an unfamiliar location and there are dark streets and alleys, make sure you have a flashlight with you or have a phone that can double as a flashlight. If possible do not pass these dark areas alone, but if you cannot avoid it better be prepared and take extra precautions as well. Always be observant of your surroundings especially the behavior of the people around you. You might not notice that a person might be looking after you’re every move and just there waiting for the right time for you to be off guard with your security. When you’re preoccupied about things, you might not be aware a person behind you has already been following you for some time. These things are very important for your safety and security especially when you are a woman on travel alone.
Another thing to remember when going on a travel trip alone is to fit in with the crowd as much as possible. Do not wear fancy accessories, wear very fashionable clothing or bring expensive gadgets that could easily attract any thief within the vicinity. It is better to bring only a handbag with just the necessary items to lessen your chances of getting assaulted or being a victim of theft or robbery. You can easily be identified as a woman traveling alone when you are standing out from the rest of the crowd.
As a woman, you need to know the things that can save you from any form of danger especially when you are traveling alone. Learning some fighting moves is also beneficial and can come in handy when you are attacked. Do not allow yourself to be a victim because you are the only one who could help and make yourself secured when on travel.Read More
So you’ve found the love of your life, he asked you to marry him, and now you’re confused of where to get married? Of course you can plan a traditional wedding in your hometown or you could plan a hassle-free Vegas wedding. A destination wedding is one unique way to “tie the knot” especially if you want it to be remembered by all the attendees. The sin city is not only a place for gambling, getting drunk or partying as it can be one of the world’s most exciting and romantic places to get married. Every year, thousands of couples from all over the world get married in Las Vegas whether it is a pre-planned event or simply because it was just an instant decision. But for whatever the reason, you can easily make your special day a true destination wedding at Flamingo Las Vegas.
Over the past decades, couples eloped in Las Vegas on the spur of the moment which made it a very popular wedding destination. You get married within hours, as there are no blood tests involved and all you need is a marriage license that can easily be taken from the Downtown Marriage License Bureau. Exchanging “I dos” is a s simple as it gets in Las Vegas, but you can make your wedding more memorable by planning it carefully. You could consider the Flamingo Las Vegas as venue for your ceremony or reception.
The Flamingo is one of the oldest and most popular casinos in the sin city and despite its age has still proven to be in good operating status. The pink flamingo is the iconic sign of this resort which makes it a hit to all types of travelers in Vegas. The hotel is located in the famous Las Vegas Strip which provides a good backdrop for unique wedding venue. The Strip is the best location to get married and with the perfect hotel, you could have a magical moment with your loved ones.
If you want an indoor wedding, there is The Garden Chapel located on a hill which offers a new venue as compared to usual chapels located within a hotel. However, if you prefer an outdoor location, the Flamingo Las Vegas will offer you many choices like The Gazebo Chapel, The West Lawn, The Garden Trellis, The Crescendo Pool, and The Paradise Falls which are alternative venues for an intimate affair with nature being the backdrop.
To make planning easier, you could also inquire about the different wedding packages offered by Flamingo Las Vegas as these would usually include accommodations, flowers, photos and videos, or your choice of music. A reception can be organized to cater the couple preferences as you could have a big banquet for a hundred or more people or a simple gathering at a more private location. Your wedding ceremony can involve just the two of your or you can have a large number of guests to witness your “I dos”. The choice is up to you and you could even make your special day more memorable by having it in Flamingo Las Vegas.Read More
Home to the largest hotels and casino spots in the world, the sights and sounds that Las Vegas has to offer is almost limitless. Tour the city by night or day and be amazed at how life doesn’t seem to settle down one bit. Whether you’re visiting to gamble at the biggest and most popular casino’s, enjoy the comforts of luxury hotels or take a Grand Canyon tour always make sure your travel plans are in order since there are more visitors coming in rather than leaving. If you’re looking to get the best out of your trip here are some activities to keep in mind:
Grand Canyon West Rim Tour - Get a glimpse of the landscape and terraced scenery of one of the biggest canyon’s in the world, overlooking the Colorado River which flows several thousand feet below, you can catch a day tour that will take you around. Aside from the view you can also make your way to the Hualapai Indian Reservation and witness the tribe in their natural way of life.
Get Carried Away with Las Vegas Casino’s - This is what the city is mostly known for so make sure you have a tight grip on your impulse since casino’s may either make or break your travel experience. The shuffling of cards, clicking of a roulette wheel, tossing of dice and the sound of a slot machine, a sight all too familiar during your visit. Witness or join the activity at one of the top casinos which include The Bellagio, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, The MGM Grand, Caesars Palace and also The Luxor Hotel and Casino. Aside from gambling, there are many other activities to enjoy such as watching live sports and popular shows.
Experience Cirque du Soleil - Witness breathtaking performances that the magic of Cirque du Soleil show brings each night. Admire the skill and talent of acrobats and performers as they present a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment. Their musical shows have been captivating the viewers for almost 3 decades now, though tickets may range above 100$, the experience is certainly worth it.
Never go around Las Vegas without setting foot first in your hotel, if you plan to just pick out a hotel once you arrive in the city, you may be in for a big spending splurge, booking in advance always helps you save especially during promos. Here are some top ranked Las Vegas hotels:
Mandarin Oriental - a luxury 47-story hotel located at the center of the vibrant Vegas Strip with 392 rooms to choose from. Mandarin Oriental is renowned for creating unique hotels through distinctive design and a strong sense of place, luxury hotels right for their time and place. During your stay some of the amenities included are a business center, restaurant, fitness center and also a swimming pool.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas - Set on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas offers newly renovated luxurious accommodations and unparalleled service with direct access to the adjacent Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and the city’s signature action and nightlife. Private Pool Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is home to a lushly landscaped private pool and during the warmer months offers signature amenities such as passed frozen fruit and chilled Evian Spritz. Guests also have access to Mandalay Beach, which includes a wave pool, lazy river and is known as one of the coolest Las Vegas Hotels.
Aria Sky Suites - a luxurious AAA Five Diamond retreat high above the Las Vegas Strip. With exquisite amenities, incredible views, personalized assistance and effortless access to some of the city’s most enticing offerings, Sky Suites is the ultimate destination for discerning guests.Read More
Traveling is one activity that is enjoyed by everyone and the trend of how people travel has evolved to these present times where everyone has their sense of travel fashion. People used to travel with only one kind of bag – the suitcase, which is heavy, large and very space occupying in the luggage compartment, but this bag is not a good option for other travelers especially those are always on-the-go. The different needs of the different travelers have led to the development and introduction of other gears that would be appropriate for the type of travel. Bags are essential for travelling and we should carry the most appropriate type to minimize unnecessary weight associated with heavier luggage options.
If you travel to another town, city or country and would go there by plane, the roller suitcase is a popular option as it is easy to handle in the airport. The rollers will allow easy navigation and the sturdy material would be perfect for the luggage cabin especially when the plane is up in the air and the luggage will be turning around. Roller suitcase is usually punctuated with wheels and boast of a retractable or permanent pulling mechanism. This is the top choice for frequent flyers since these are easy to be carried around as compared to other travel bags.
Travelers with an outdoor venue like hikers and campers would prefer backpacks or rucksacks over suitcases since they will be going to locations that require walking most of the time. Backpacks or rucksacks are made from sturdy but light materials that are divided into compartments that can be easily carried especially when going uphill or in inclined areas. These bags are usually water and flex resistant with improved tear strength perfect for the outdoors with varying weather conditions. The versatility of the bag carried over the shoulders allows the individual to have his hands free for other stuffs like carrying, holding ropes, or gripping rocks.
The athletic traveler on the other hand will use duffel bags as this rectangular-shaped bag allows more space and is efficient as a carry-on. Since duffel bags are mostly used by sports enthusiasts, these bags are made with sturdy, waterproof and dust resistant material to accommodate various sporting gears. But even if you are not an athlete or inclined into sports, you could use the duffel bag as travel bag for weekend trips as it can easily fit the overhead bin on the bus, train or airplane.
For an extra travel bag, you could use messenger bags for your toiletries or make-up, or use it to carry your laptop, tablet or gadgets that will need to be hand carried during the trip. The messenger bag also makes a perfect overnight bag to carry a couple of clothes.
Do not limit yourself to suitcases alone as there are many travel bags that can be used for different types of travel. Choose a travel bag that is appropriate for your travel location and will work well with your transportation options especially when you have several connecting flights or will be going to several places for the trip. Select your bag wisely for an efficient travel experience.Read More
If you’re goal is to relax and getaway from the restless city life, make sure Red Deer is listed among your top destinations. Located in Central Alberta, Canada near the midpoint of the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor. Red Deer is surrounded by nature parks and wildlife areas which is perfect for family and group vacations. Before making the trip be sure you have your to-do-list ready since Red Deer is packed with tourist attractions, choosing your place of stay as well should be fairly easy since the Red Deer hotel prices are very similar.
Top Tourist Attractions in Red Deer:
Bower Ponds – Labeled as the heart of the Waskasoo Park system, this is the most popular tourist destination in Red Deer. Perfect for nature lovers who want a perfect view of the Red Deer River, get access to the serenity garden located at the north portion of Bower Ponds. Being a multi-season park, there’s no slowing down even during winter, ice skating and the toboggan hill will add excitement and fun to the cold season.
Kerry Wood Nature Centre – Experience true nature, the place offers nature centre exhibits which are great for the entire family. Get an up close view of the wildlife featuring deer, moose, squirrels and different species of birds freely roaming the area. Hiking trips can also be arranged during the season and is open all year round.
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – Once you’ve satisfied your whole nature escapade this should be your next pit stop. For a sports fan, this is sure to leave fun memories by doing some rock climbing, bobsleds and even a wheelchair race. The place offers a family friendly tour which feature famous Alberta sports celebrities. Aside from the tours, this can also be the perfect venue for special events such as golf tournaments, corporate rentals and birthday parties.
After all the fun and activities settles down for the day, make sure you choose the best Red Deer Hotels to top your day off. With hotel rates less than $100 per night, you can achieve the full Red Deer experience.
Lets feature some of the best Red Deer Hotels:
Red Deer Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre – featuring cozy and convenient rooms with a breathtaking view of nature through the room window. The Red Deer Lodge guarantees a unique experience featuring a relaxing indoor courtyard, BotaniCa Restaurant lounge,a day spa and is also the perfect venue for business conferences.
Sandman Hotel Red Deer – A unique eco friendly hotel featuring 2 restaurants to add variety, an indoor pool and many more features, amenities and services. The hotel is strategically located near Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Westerner Park and Heritage Ranch to make your day trip more convenient to plan.
Black Knight Inn – Located in the center of Red Deer, the hotel promises a warm welcome with their design and features. Featuring a unique fireplace in the lobby, multiple small meeting rooms, a restaurant, a bar/lounge area and many more. This hotel is also conveniently located near Red Deers main tourist attractions to guarantee you get the full nature experience of the city.Read More
The long holiday is fast approaching and many of us will have some extra weeks to spare for some rest and relaxation. Of course it wouldn’t be all too exciting to just stay at home, so why not go on a unique travel tip to make use of your weeks off. Most of us are after for longer holidays so we can have more time to spend for travel. Well, it’s almost that time of year and you should have already made your travel plans by now; but if you have not yet planned of anything, then you’re in for some crunch time as some of the best travel destinations in the world might have been booked already. Although you still have some time left and some destinations are still available, you cannot guarantee that they are still the best rates.
Planning your travel destination will need careful decision making like if you prefer warm or cold climate. This will make things easier as it will narrow down the possible choices of whether to go north, south or which continent to go to. If you want the colder places, then Canada or somewhere up north will surely give you some snow adventures. There will be many travel brochures available but you can’t spend the whole time browsing over them so it helps to trim down the options. Deciding on the destination will also make it easier to plan out the mode of transportation. Some travelers prefer flying as it the quickest and cheapest method of transportations. Many cheap airline tickets are available all year round and you could book them ahead of time, however don’t expect to get them at the lowest when the travel dates are near especially during the peak months.
When flying becomes not preference for some, they would rather go on land trips or take the train. Choosing destinations that can be reached through a couple of days is perfect for a vacation that would allow you many stopovers. Driving or canal travel allows you to make frequent stops to enjoy the scenery. This even becomes more enjoying and less stressful when you are traveling with your family or friends.
Cruising is one the best ways to visit a couple of places in one trip and you would enjoy it if you have no “sea sickness” of course. Staying on a big vessel for a couple of days or even weeks might sound boring for some but you might be in for a surprise once you’re on board. Cruise ships are known to provide the best experience for the guests and most of them come complete with the amenities like salon, gym, boutique, pools, indoor sports venues and the finest restaurants.
There are many travel destinations all over the world and you can decide on what activities you like to experience during the holidays. Keep an ear open for recommendations from friends and family or you can simply ask for professional help and get a travel agent to plan out your holiday trip. Don’t stress out with your trip by planning in advance and reserve all your energy for your much awaited trip.Read More
All of us like to get away every now and then. The world is such a big place and options for travel are endless. How can you select the best travel destination? What should you take into consideration before heading out?
Your travel destination will depend on several factors. Some of the most important factors to consider are expense, time available, and interest. Whether you are thinking about a weekend trip to the beach or a month-long tour of Europe, you will undoubtedly want to get the best deal available. By keeping a sharp eye on prices, perhaps using an online service, you can often find good deals on hotels, plane tickets, etc.
For a trip to be a success, a certain degree of planning is usually necessary. Generally speaking, the longer the trip, the more planning you need to do in order for your trip to go as you would like. For example, you must consider where you are going to stay, how you are going to get there, what you are going to do, and what you need to take. Remember, you may need to notify your financial institution beforehand if you want to use your credit or debit card in a foreign country.
Figure out what you want to do on your trip. Do you want to see new places? Or do you want to sit back and relax in a resort? Some like to experience shopping in their destination city. Others are more interested in the local food. Millions of people each year include sightseeing in their trips. Define what you want to do and make plans so that you can spend your vacation the way you want to.
Surely, an important part of travel is packing your bags. Don’t leave this until the last minute. Put some thought into what you will need. You don’t want to spend your valuable vacation time shopping for something you should have brought with you. What type of clothes will you need? Will there cause for formal attire? Are you going to a beach? Do you need sunscreen or insect repellant?
Even though you want to make sure you have everything you will need, don’t take everything you own. There are many advantages to traveling light. You don’t want to be hauling around things you don’t need. That’s another reason why it’s so important to put some thought into what you are taking with you. In some ways, it requires more planning to travel light than it does to take along many things. If you are traveling by plane, you should also take into consideration your airline’s weight limits for luggage.
Traveling opens up your mind to new experiences. Seeing how people live and do things somewhere else can be enlightening and can contribute to your being more understanding of others. If you carefully select your destination and plan so that you can enjoy doing things that are interesting to you, you trip will surely be a success.Read More
Independent travel is all about the freedom that comes from packing light, roughing it in hostels and on campsites and having the ability to pick your destination and change your itinerary at the drop of a hat.
It’s perhaps the packing bit that can seem most difficult. In this short article I’m going to outline my non-negotiable essentials for any solo trip. Whether it’s a weekend hike, a three week holiday or that coveted round-the-world trip, you’ll be sure to have some practical tips by the time you’ve finished reading. By the way, if you’re more of a luxury jetsetter, then this probably isn’t for you…
Laptop: Finding a laptop that’s suitable for travel isn’t difficult. You can pick up a cheap, light piece of kit almost anywhere these days. It’s also very easy to find an internet connection almost anywhere in the world, even in developing countries. I’ve often found that the best way of staying in touch with your family and friends is a regularly-updated travel blog.
Making sure you keep up to date with a handful of good blogs like this one are essential to your success as a regular traveller. Not only will they provide you with a consistent stream of destination ideas but they’ll also make you aware of hidden gems not included in the guidebook and, perhaps most importantly, places that you might need to avoid for whatever political or environmental reason.
Clothing: Whatever you think you need, halve it. Over a period of much trial and error I’ve come to the conclusion that half of what we think we need will, more often than not, end up taking up unnecessary space in the bottom of our bags. If you’re going to be travelling through mostly civilised areas, washing your clothes regularly shouldn’t be a problem. I very rarely take more than two pairs of anything.
Tend towards simple colours and durable, waterproof gear. If you’re out hiking – well, nobody’s going to smell you anyway.
Sleeping Bag, Tent & Cooking Stove: If you’re really roughing it, or think there’s periods where you might have to, then these are non-negotiable. They’re also the most frustrating parts of any set of kit because they’re the heaviest and they take up the most space. If you’re feeling a bit extreme, you could always forgo the tent and use a bivouac bag instead. Find a lightweight trangia, store your methylated spirits in a sealed, strong bottle and make sure your sleeping bag is as light as possible whilst being able to keep you warm at the lowest temperature you’ll experience.
First Aid & Other Medication: On top of any medication that you have to take regularly (such as malaria tablets) I always recommend taking a first aid kit and some iodine tablets (for water purification).
Spare Food: Again, this will be very much dependent on where you’re travelling. If you’re spending most of your time in built-up areas, you can pretty much survive on a day to day basis. If you’re less sure, you would probably do well to stock up on some good dried food sachets (there’s some really great quality ones out there) and some vitamin tablets. Don’t forget your water bladder too!Read More