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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
It’s not enough that you book in advance to save on travel fare nowadays, in order to control your spending and stay within your budget you need to set some time to plan everything in order. Don’t overkill the whole saving part though since you should remember your purpose of traveling is to relax and relieve. If your game plan is to go with the flow that would certainly be a recipe for disaster leading to overspending. Don’t overkill the whole saving part though since you should remember your purpose of traveling is to relax and relieve stress while enjoying the sights and sounds. Here are some valuable tips every traveler should keep in mind:
Traveling during peak or off-peak season?
Traveling during peak season always means witnessing popular festivities, lively crowd, summer/winter getaway and of course more fun! It will certainly cost you more since this is the time business’s bounce back and recover costs from cutting down during off-peak season but the experience is certainly worthwhile. For a traveler on a budget the off-peak season will do just fine especially if they’re after the sights and sounds, in addition travel fare and hotel bookings will be kind to accommodate to your budget.
Get the Best Rates for your Accommodations
Though travel agencies make your travel experience hassle free, it does not guarantee the best accommodations since they try to squeeze everything within your budget while making sure they get their cut as well, so try booking directly instead either through their online website, facebook page or by calling the hotel and restaurants. The most popular tourist spots usually should be booked well in advance in order to get a flight and a hotel reservation. If you plan to visit during off-peak season booking close to your travel date is fine since this is the time hotels and restaurants will try to attract as many guests as they can to fill out spaces.
Ensure you Pack Ahead of Time
Packing during the last minute is certainly a habit of many but this leads to unnecessary spending, avoid buying anything from the airport since the cost is more than double. Pack your documents and papers in a plastic envelope and put a lock on your bag at all times, securing your passport is the most important thing, in cases you lose your passport the recovery fees and delay will lead you to miss your travel date back to your country of origin. Make sure you pack the right clothes suitable for the climate.Read More
Las Vegas is one of the top vacation destinations in the US, and if you have ever traveled to Vegas you have seen or heard of the famous Wynn Las Vegas hotel and casino. For those of you interested, here is everything you need to know about the Wynn Las Vegas:
Wynn Las Vegas is a definite tourist paradise; it is a one of a kind luxury resort that caters to every imaginable entertainment a person can dream of when in Las Vegas.
This Las Vegas paradise is a 2.7 billion dollar resort that was named after the casino developer Steve Wynn and is a flagship property of Wynn Resorts Limited.
Visitors can find this amazing casino on Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue; it is directly across The Strip.
What can guests expect when inside Wynn Las Vegas?
Clients are sure to be impressed with this 614-foot wonder; it has 45 floors, and has 2,716 rooms that range from 640 sq. Ft. Until 7,000 sq. Ft.
The Wynn includes an 111,000 sq. Ft. Casino as well as a 223, 000 sq. Ft. Convention center and 76,000 sq. Ft. Reserved for retail space.
What are the awards Wynn Las Vegas has gotten?
Wynn Las Vegas has received an AAA five diamond award, the Forbes five-star, Michelin five stars for the hotel, including that of the Mobil five-star and a recognition for their in-house restaurant the Wing Lei.
This resort boasts of the highest number of five star awards than any other hotel and resort casino all over the world.
Services that tourists can enjoy at Wynn Las Vegas:
This resort hotel has the world’s largest distribution of HDTV; they offer high speed Cat-6 Ethernet cables in every room.
It has also started offering a luxury car dealership, the first of its kind for brand new factory-authorized cars like Maserati brands as well as Ferrari. Non-paying guests are allowed to check out the luxury cars presented in the casino resort.
Visitors are sure to be delighted with the sidewalk attractions that the hotel has included for viewing of guests.
It was designed to attract more customers; they have included a curtain waterfall behind a mountain that is facing the strip.
They have also included a first production show called Le Rêve, it has a 1 million gallon water-oriented theater. Wynn Las Vegas also boasts an award winning puppet musical, which is enjoyed for its Broadway Success.
Nightlife at Wynn:
This casino resort is also known for the spectacular nightlife, clubs inside, it is known for providing world class entertainment.
Bars and clubs will include the Tryst an upscale, famous for the 90 foot waterfall and lake in the middle of the club as well as the XS the most extravagant bar service in the U.S. Each of the bottle service will cost around $10,000 per cocktail.
Tourists who are looking for a larger than life kind of luxury tour experience, Wynn Las Vegas is the place to be.Read More
One of the most effective way to take a break from the monotony of a routine life is to go for a vacation.Regardless of which destination you travel to, a vacation is one of the best ways to rejuvenate the mind and the body. But currently with the rise in the expenses of flights, hotels and host of other factors, going for a vacation has indeed become an expensive affair. The good news is that regardless of the price rise it is possible to plan a vacation without having to spend exorbitantly with the help of smart and careful planning. The following are five important Budget travel tips which can enable you to save money on a vacation.
1. Plan the vacation in advance.
One of the best ways to prevent unnecessary added expenditure on a vacation is to plan it in advance (click here for more planning tips). Not only will this enable you to secure better rates but, you will also not have to compromise on quality due to unavailability of flights and hotels if booked on the last minute. Moreover a well planned holiday will enable you to enjoy your vacation in a more organised way and prevent chances of missing out on any significant detail.
2. Be Flexible with your dates and destination
Being flexible with the travelling dates and sometimes even the destination is an extremely effective way to make maximum advantage of the best available travel deals. For example if you are wanting to embark on a beach vacation and have your sights set on expensive Hawaii, take notice that there are often better deals on the same vacation in the Caribbean. Now unless you have any specific reason as to why you want to go to Hawaii, you might consider going on a vacation to the Caribbean as not only will you be able to enjoy a beach holiday here but also save on money and time.
3. Avoid travelling during the peak season.
“Peak season” refers to the season for example the summer when a lot of people travel to spend a vacation. Needless to say during those times the prices of the airfares and hotel tariffs are sky high. But it is a smart idea to travel in the off peak season as you will be able to enjoy the same destinations and pay less both on flight and hotel rates. Moreover travelling during the off peak seasons will also let you enjoy your vacation without having to face crowded places.
4. Purchase Package Deals
One of the best ways to secure a good deal is to purchase the tickets and make the hotel bookings through the same agent.This can either be an online travel portal or your regular agent but investing in this “combo deal” will surely help you save significant amount of money. Also it is a great idea to book hotels which offer ” all inclusive “tariffs . This is a great way to prevent overspending on food or other entertainment options.
5.Stock Up on Food
Food is one of the biggest sources of spending on a vacation. But you can save a considerable amount of money if you can stock up food like light breakfast options and snacks. For example instead of spending a large amount for breakfast you can have cold cereal and fruit in your hotel room. Similarly having crackers, and other dry wafers can serve your snacking options. Specially if you are going on a road-trip on a rented car you can stock up a lot of snacks and enjoy the journey without having to stop for food.
Hence these are some of the important Budget travel tips that can enable you to enjoy a vacation without having to spend a lot of money. Always remember if you spend less on a vacation it does not essentially mean that you will have to compromise on quality. But if you do the bookings and decide on a vacation without prior and smart planning you will inevitably end up spending more money than you actually need to.Read More
Located in the middle of the famous Strip, Encore’s Las Vegas resort features 2,034 suites and is the latest creation of Steve Wynn bringing opulence and elegance to the Strip. Encore Las Vegas was built with a purpose of conserving as its main goal featuring a management system that controls outside lighting to respond to nighttime hours and allows temperature controls in unoccupied spaces.
One of the main attractions such as the Spa at Encore carries Encore’s Asian theme additional with glowing gold lanterns, life-size Buddhas and blossoming orchids. The expansive reception area appears to be like just like the lobby of a luxurious hotel whereas the locker rooms are unusually brilliant and airy. The separate men’s and ladies areas are sprawling in size, with giant saunas and steams rooms and complete amenities where guests can refresh anytime. However it’s not just concerning the unique decor; the state of the art technology also features waterfall showers which use digital screens to allow you to control water temperature, water pressure from the six bathe heads, and mood lighting, and the personal lockers do not require keys.
When it’s time to satisfy your appetite Encore certainly does not disappoint, whether you’re craving for Italian, French cuisine or Asian dishes the variety of choices makes it easier to choose the right one. Dazzling guests with 17 world class restaurants to dine at with an all-star staff of chefs. 5 signature eating places with famous cooks and their personally prepared gourmet meals to create culinary experiences that would please any guest looking to get a taste of the best the world of cuisine has to offer. This Sinatra is an Italian restaurant by well-identified because of meals prepared by world famous Los Angeles chef Theo Schoenegger which pays homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Pan-Asian café, Wazuzu delights guests with a variety of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Singaporean and Thai dishes. Mark LoRusso gives guests the perfect dining ambience in Botero which offers culinary masterpieces blended with artistic works of Columbian artist Fernando Botero.
After a relaxing visit to the Spa or satisfying your appetite at the world famous restaurants you can now enjoy your favorite games at their state of the art casino featuring advanced gaming equipment paired with uniquely decor to compliment the hotels ambience. Test your luck and become the night’s biggest winner at a hand of poker, slot machines and other card games.Read More
Marvel and get a taste of celebrity stardom, the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Hotel is a four-star site located in the heart of The Strip and widely recognized as one of the most famous grand Casino spots featuring your favorite games such as popular table games like Vegas blackjack, roulette or craps or poker. Being true to its name the hotel has a Hollywood-themed design with a gaming casino that each of their guests can have access to, featuring also a poolside bar and an outdoor swimming pool to keep guests widely relaxed and entertained. It’s convenient location makes it a perfect spot for guests who love shopping in Las Vegas as well as easy access to world class restaurants and bars throughout the Strip. The hotel plays host to world famous A-list celebrities featuring biggest names in Hollywood and showcase their talents and keep guests thrilled with entertainment.
Featured Rooms and Suites: Hollywood Hip – Make your visit a relaxing experience, rooms feature Planet Hollywood Hip luxury bedding and Planet Hollywood Hip signature furnishings throughout to complete the celebrity experience. A choice from 1 king bed or 2 queen beds.Desk. Wireless Internet access included with resort fee. Cable/satellite TV with pay movies and video games. Clock radio. Premium Fountain View – Nothing is more scenic in Vegas than the mountains and The Strip view all while experiencing luxury of your Premium Fountain View Room. These rooms feature Planet Hollywood Hip luxury bedding and Planet Hollywood Hip signature furnishings throughout. 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. View of Bellagio Fountain light show. 450 square feet (41 square meters).High-speed Internet access and many more. PetStay Resort – These pet friendly rooms allow guests to experience style and comfort of a Deluxe room plus an additional 110 sq. feet with Carpeted Bathrooms and also give your pet a welcome treat and a dog food/water bowl. The rooms are 560 sqft, a hip and modern design, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, executive Workstation Furniture, sofa, coffee table with complete bathroom amenities. Boulevard Suite – Featuring 1,400 square feet and room to roam around, it easily make the perfect hangout for you and your friends with a conversation pit with wrap around seating, chairs and a table. Relax in oversized seating in the living area with a Strip view. The bedroom features a king Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed for the ultimate in comfort. Nearby Attractions to visit near the hotel: Crystals at City Center – 0.1 mi The Auto Collections – 0.5 mi Sands Expo Convention Center – 1 mi The Shoppes at the Palazzo – 1 mi Fashion Show Mall – 1.2 mi National Atomic Testing Museum – 1.4 miRead More
If you are planning a wedding anniversary getaway, you might want to consider spending it Montreal which is one of the best cities in the world for couples. Romance does not fade whether you are married for a year, for ten years or even for fifty years as you could keep the flame burning by celebrating your wedding anniversary in a city of romance. Montreal is a perfect choice for couples who want to experience “something new” for a change without the costly accommodation and without the expensive activities.
Being the largest city in Quebec province, Montreal is full of great developments but with historic areas preserved to highlight the old Montreal period. There is a historic city with cobblestoned streets alight with the warm glow of streetlamps presenting an enchanting atmosphere. Modern Montreal is just a few steps away where you can enjoy fine dining and various entertainment options. Outdoor activities are inexpensive and accessible allowing couples to enjoy the beauty of nature, awe at buildings and landmarks, and spend quality time with each other in a relaxed and carefree city.
Montreal can be explored by land or by sea but never plan a romantic getaway that is too much constrained with time. Spending time with your partner is not always possible especially when you are living busy lives and have responsibilities at home and at work. An anniversary getaway in Montreal is just what you need to allow yourselves to get lost in Old Montreal with a feel of the past but in touch with the present time. A romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage or “calèche” will show you around the major sights including the Notre-Dame Basilica, as well as museums that recount the past.
The Old Port is one of the most scenic spots to stroll with your partner. Your feet can be a good asset to take you to different places in Montreal inexpensively as you can walk around town together or rent a bike to be in and around Montreal. There are many galleries, restaurants and coffee houses where you can take pleasure in walking and enjoy chatting over a good cup of coffee.
Quality time together can be spent on a romantic sunset cruise on the St. Lawrence River where both of you amaze at the city’s skyline as it grows golden under a sunset. Lovers dance under the stars and admire a magical view of Montreal at night. Weekly cruises also include dinner and feature live entertainment.
A unique activity that you could try with your partner is tango in the park. Who would have thought that Montreal is tango fanatic? The city is actually an aficionado of this sexy dance and partners can join in the fun along with other couples at parks throughout Montreal. Just after the sun sets and the stars start coming out, couples all over the city gather at different parks dancing to the sexy tune, swirling their skirts, stomping their feet and dipping along the night away. There are no fees and anyone can join even if you actually do not know how to dance tango.
Eat outing at a romantic restaurant is a typical but recommended activity to celebrate your anniversary in Montreal. There is no better way to end a romantic day but with a sumptuous dinner at La Colombe. This French establishment offers its own wine collection in a romantic setting and everything is just exceptional in every way possible. It would be defintiely worth to spend your money for a world class meal to top off your intimate evening.
So why Montreal? This city might not be as renowned as other romantic destinations like Paris, New York and Vancouver but will not disappoint any couple in terms of options on how to celebrate their anniversary. Montreal is the perfect city to spend a weekend getaway with your loved one to reminisce your special day as a couple.Read More
The passport is one important document that we cannot afford to forget, lose or damage before, during or after a trip. This document is necessary when we have trips abroad as this would allow us to enter, stay or leave a country. One should always secure a valid passport when an upcoming travel abroad is in mind in whichever country it may be. There are many passport related problems that you can experience like a rejected or delayed passport application, or your passport can be lost, stolen, or damaged but you can prepared for these circumstances when you follow these simple tips.
If you are planning of going abroad, check beforehand if you need a passport. Different countries have different foreign entry requirements and these can change anytime. Securing a passport is necessary before you even think of buying a ticket or booking accommodations because you will not be allowed to leave the country without the required documents.
Make sure to verify the entry requirements for every country you plan to visit especially when you are planning a multi-country trip. If ever you do need a passport for travel, you should apply at least three to six months before your departure date if you are a first timer. For renewals, you should have it renewed at least six to twelve months in advance as some countries are strict with passport validity for visa application.
Filling out application forms is crucial because you want to be sure that all information is correctly encoded at the correct form. Different passport services have specific forms to be filled-up and you should double check every entry that you write. Wrong information like even one misspelled letter can lead to problems like delay or rejection of your passport application.
If required, bring a copy of your documents to be used to certify your identity and information like your birth certificate, marriage certificate or documents proving your citizenship especially when processing your passport not within your own country. Passport renewal is easier because you will only need your old passport that is in good condition without any damage present. Passport photos should be recent within the last six months and must meet the requirements for attire, size and face view.
Before submitting your application, check every entry at every item and make sure you have signed every form needed. You could also ask for additional passport pages if you are a frequent flyer to save you the hassle of requesting another passport when nearing the end page. Some countries give extra pages free of charge while others countries require an additional cost.
Once you receive your passport, do not keep it without reading the contents especially if all the information are correct. You must return the passport when there is even a single error to have it corrected. If there is no mistake, you need to sign it and fill out the emergency information. Make copies of your passport and give it to your relative or a trusted friend that can keep it safe for you whenever it is needed for emergencies. You can also scan your passport and save a copy on your computer or have it stored in your online drive for easy retrieval wherever you may be and whenever needed.
Many passport related problems occur before one can even set a foot out of the country and this is usually because of one’s carelessness. These problems can easily be prevented if you have done your best to prepare for these circumstances and stay focus during the application process.
If you’re interested in medieval times then you’ll surely know which hotel to book at during your visit to Las Vegas, the Excalibur Las Vegas Hotel features a unique camelot-inspired hotel with 4 towers & storybook-style “castle” gates, multicolored spires all completed in a medieval theme concept. Strategically located in 3850 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas to make the location convenient for guests to reach, the hotel has been up and running since 1990 and continues to entertain guests with restaurants that complement the hotels theme, dinner and show at the “Tournament of Kings” and many more entertainment options. Relax and settle down nicely with the hotel’s accommodations with their rooms and suites to choose from which offer convenient amenities.
Rooms and Suites:
Tower Rooms – The hotel’s theme is applied to everything, even the rooms and design, relax in your own tower room featuring a choice of either one king or two queen beds, hardwood furnishings, additional amenities such as free WiFi, cable TV, bathroom equipment and many more. What’s amazing about the accommodation is the inexpensive but complete travel experience with rooms rates starting at only $29 per night, be sure to book in advance since room available is usually full especially during holidays.
Contemporary Tower Rooms – A bigger tower room which also features a choice of either one king or two queen beds with pillow-top mattresses, free WiFi, a 42” flatscreen TV with cable, a luxurious bathroom furnished with granite countertops and offering a clear view of the Strip which sparkles by day or night. Choose between the Contemporary Tower Queen or King Rooms which are non smoking, rates start at $45 per night to the Contemporary Superior King Rooms which enhances romance and relaxation in this beautiful room with are more spacious which can cost up to $100 per night.
Guests Suites – Stay and enjoy luxury and style at one of the parlor suites which feature a separate bedroom and living room with a dining table offer the space to entertain like royalty, while a marble soaking tub built for two which promises your own storybook ending. Additional features include a refrigerator, television and guest bathroom.
Entertainment and Dining Options:
Casinos – Excalibur offers everything you’d expect from a Las Vegas casino with complete games and friendly staff. At the castle, you’ll enjoy your favorite slot and table games, an action-packed poker room, a full-service race & sports book and many more gaming options to choose from such as special events, mega keno and others.
Shows – Get a great deal by watching 2 shows at a discounted rate starting at $75, the famous “Tournament of Kings” which is a popular Las Vegas dinner show travel back to the times of challenge and chivalry, be entertained with live jousting, fireworks, maidens and adventure while enjoying your dinner. The “Thunder from Down Under” features Australia’s hottest hunks and for music lovers the “Australian Bee Gees will help you celebrate five decades of music.
Restaurants – Choose from the award winning dining options such as the “The Steakhouse at Camelot”, enjoy fresh authentic Italian food at “Buca di Beppo”, a Mexican Grill at “Baja Fresh” or get an overdose of the “Excalibur Buffet” and indulge as much as you want.
What luggage to bring for travel? This is one common question we ask when preparing for an upcoming trip especially when it is abroad or we will be away for weeks. If you have no luggage yet, you will be excited in buying a new one to take with you on the trip. There are many types of luggage available and you need to choose the right one that is easy and convenient to bring along.
Buying luggage will depend on your travel preferences and you need to consider how you intend to travel. One of the basic considerations is between a luggage with wheels and a luggage without one. Travelers who want to exert less effort when carrying luggage will probably choose the one with wheels as this can make moving around airports and terminal easy. However, the wheels add to the weight of the luggage and the contents need to be weighed accordingly to prevent you from having extra charges from the excess weight. A bag without wheels is lighter but might not be appropriate for you when you do not want to light your bags during travel.
The next thing to consider is whether to buy a luggage with a soft case or a hard case. The hard case is more expensive but is made with a tough material that can withstand rough handling. Porters and baggage handlers do not handle your luggage with care most of the time so a hard care will be better if you are bringing along fragile items. You will also not be pressured of carefully packing your things because the durable material can protect your belongings especially when you are going a couple of places. On the other hand, the soft case is flexible and lighter to carry but you need to make sure that you packed your belongings carefully especially when you have breakables.
If you have decided on what luggage to bring, you can follow simple packing tips to help you get your possessions to their destination in the way. Many unexpected circumstances happen during transit and you could only hope that your luggage will be the same as how you have packed them. If you are worried about your clothes being ruined by liquids, make sure to pack your toiletries carefully and use plastic bottles that will not break when on transport. You can use zip-lock bag that will protect your clothes if ever the contents will spill inside. If you are concerned about wrinkling your shirts, you can roll them up to save space and prevent your clothes from creasing.
Having the right luggage for you is essential to give you a convenient travel especially when you are destined abroad or will be gone for weeks. When you’re all packed and ready to go, it is easier for you to enjoy your journey and have a happy trip.
For guests who’ve had a dose of Vegas and are looking to experience something new, the Hotel Aria may just be the attraction you’re looking for. Conveniently located in 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 which is the center of the Las Vegas strip, this luxurious piece of art was only opened late December which makes it one of the newest and booming attractions in the city. ARIA Resort & Casino is a AAA Five Diamond Award winning resort which offers you the best in accommodations, gaming, dining and entertainment. With two steel high rise buildings and curved glass towers, the unique design easily stands out and makes it noticeable from a distance. Labeled as the tallest structure in
the Strip, the technology involved to create the work of art took a fusion of brilliant minds to construct and turn the idea into what it is today with the help of the Infinity World Development and MGM Resorts as a joint venture.
Uniquely designed inside and out, the advancement of technology was utilized in construction of the Hotel Aria Las Vegas to reduce energy consumption along with convenient and hi-tech rooms which automatically regulate room temperature and additional smart components such as electronics and lights. Featuring 61 stories with 4,000 rooms, 67 acres of breathing space, Hotel Aria has eighteen restaurants, numerous nightclubs and lounges, a showroom theater that can seat up to 1850 guests, as well as satisfying your shopping pleasures to the fullest with their world famous shopping centres. If you’re looking to unwind, get in shape or simply relax, the hotel features advanced fitness centres,
excellent beauty salons, swimming pools and a tram that connects to Bellagio and the Monte Carlo to make things convenient for you when getting around.
For the wildest and most exciting gaming experiences, the Hotel Aria features slot machines, table games, poker, racing with additional exclusive events for anyone to take part in. The chime of the casino floor? It’s the sound of the newest video reels and old favorites on a relaxed casino floor that combines modern sophistication with exceptional guest service. With new updates to the slot floor, Hotel Aria is an ever-changing sea of engaging, high-payout machines. Keep up to date on new machines so you can be the first to hit it big. When the stakes aren’t quite high enough, make your way to the Spin High Limit Room, where what you put on the line is nothing compared what you could walk away with.Read More