Picking Your Level of Luxury

We all deserve the chance to get away and truly feel like we’re being pampered. Daily life can be a real grind, and it’s hard to find a moment to relax, much less a full few days. Sure, staycations are cheap, but they aren’t really that rewarding unless you just really want to do nothing more than not work with your paid time off.  If you have the time and money to really take a look at your luxury travel options, you’ll find that there’s no one-size-fits all model for taking an elegant, relaxing vacation that you’ll remember forever. There are levels of luxury, and you should feel comfortable picking the one that works best for you.Picking-Your-Level-of-Luxury

What matters most

We all have deal breakers when we’re going on vacation. Some people won’t go camping without indoor plumbing or even a fancy RV. These people are known as “glampers.” Other people won’t take a plane anywhere unless they can get seating that’s better than basic coach. Some travelers want a certain type of pillow at their hotel. The list of deal breakers can be endless, and some demands are harder to meet than others.

Do you want a room that looks out upon the beach? Then be prepared to pay for the view. But if you don’t want that view, maybe you should spend that money on a room with a hot tub instead. Consider how much you’re going to use each available amenity. Sure, hotels with room service are nice, but if you’re on a special diet and can’t eat most of the food on the menu, then it’s not worth paying extra for a place with 24-hour room service.

Hidden fees

One possible dealbreaker you should look out for? Resort fees. Hotels of almost every star rating charge them. They may not show up in your initial bill, but you have to pay the resort fees before you leave the hotel. “Resort fees” are a catch-all term for services like free drinks or use of the hotel’s fitness facility. You’re going to pay the resort fees even if you don’t use all the amenities, which is one reason some people really dislike them and will do anything they can to avoid them. Other people consider them just a part of travel, and that’s a good mindset to adapt when you’re headed to places where resort fees are almost impossible to avoid.

If you’re staying on the strip in Vegas, go ahead and budget an extra $20, $30, or even $40 a day for services you might not even use. They’re a really common way to get extra money from tourists visiting hotspots, so you’ll also see resort fees pop up in places like Mexico or the Caribbean. To avoid surprises, make sure to do plenty of research before you give out your credit card number. Let’s say you’re looking for luxury resorts Cabo, but the language on some of the websites is unclear. By all means, feel free to call and ask if the property charges resort fees. If you want luxury, you’re going to have to pay at least a little extra for it, but that doesn’t mean you should let resort fees sneak up on you.

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What To Do When In Canada

Visiting Canada

Canada is a beautiful country. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or it’s your third of fourth trip, planning an excursion to the wide-open possibilities of Canada is always a wonderful idea. Though relatively small in population considering its size, Canada is filled with beautiful cities, gorgeous nature, and breathtaking opportunities. To see Canada as it was meant to be seen, consider visiting one or all of these iconic spots.

Prince Edward Island

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Picturesque, with its ocean views and red dirt roads, Prince Edward Island is the home of the fictional character Anne of Green Gables, made famous in the early twentieth century by Lucy Maud Montgomery. You can enjoy Prince Edward Island from a bed and breakfast or hotel, wander the woods, and partake in eating renowned seafood. Peaceful and inviting, Prince Edward Island is a quiet sanctuary and retreat. Quebec

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If Europe is too far to travel, consider Quebec for a taste of far-away culture. While you’ll want to brush up on your French, English is also spoken, so you’ll have less travel anxiety visiting this city as an English speaker. The streets of Quebec are more like Europe than most other North American cities, with their brightly painted buildings and old fashioned streets. Enjoy the rich and diverse culture of Quebec, including waterfalls and gorgeous architecture. Montreal, the largest city in Quebec, is home to gardens and museums and well worth the visit. Vancouver
Host to several fantastic vacation opportunities, Vancouver is the third-largest city in Canada. It’s home to fantastic museum opportunities like the Museum of Anthropology, the Maritime Museum, and Science World. Visitors can also reach the stunning Butchart Gardens in Victoria from Vancouver. A seaport, surrounded by mountains, Vancouver boasts some of the best views in Canada, and visitors will find no shortage of enjoyable opportunities.  Maritime-museum-of-the-atlantic-halifax-nova-scotia-canada
Toronto

The largest city in Canada, Toronto boasts fantastic museums, vintage shopping experiences, and a thriving arts and culture scene. You can take a ferry from downtown and have a stroll on the Toronto Islands, or get a bite to eat in the antique Distillery District. To stay up to date on festivals and events happening during your visit, be sure to check out the Toronto news and learn what only locals know. 

Niagara Falls

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Without a doubt Canada’s most widely-recognized attraction, Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls, and together, they have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America. Gorgeous, and easily accessible due to the regular tourist visits, Niagara Falls is a mesmerizing experience sure to stay with you for a lifetime. If you’re in the Niagara Falls area anyway, you might even consider a trip into Upstate New York. You can compare the view of the Falls from both sides and decide for yourself if the Canadian side really is better. You might take a roadtrip through the rural landscape all the way to Cooperstown, where you can visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, book transportation from Cooperstown to Albany International Airport, and fly back home.

For family trips, private getaways, or a roadtrip with friends, Canada offers spectacular opportunities. Whether you’re a Canadian looking to see more of your country, or an American ready to cross the border, Canada offers exciting new adventures, brand-new views, and fresh culture. Whether you stroll through Toronto, visit museums in Montreal, Quebec, or read on the beaches of Prince Edward Island, you’ll enjoy your stay. Consider Canada for your next vacation, and have experiences that will last forever.

10 Tips You Must Do Before Traveling

10 Must Do’s Before Traveling:

What is more exciting than booking that last minute vacation or on the other hand having had that vacation booked for several months and being able to look forward to it. Regardless of when you booked it, it is an exciting time in your life and before you go it’s time to get fully prepared. What are those must do’s before you head out on your vacation? Let’s take a look at our ‘10 Must Do’s Before Traveling! 10 Tips You Must Do Before Traveling

For many people out there, they worry about their appearance before traveling. They rush in to get their nails and toenails done and maybe even their eyelashes. What they would love to be doing, but don’t know much about it is coolsculpting. Click on the link to learn more about coolsculpting and why you should look into doing it before you head on vacation. It’s a great way to freeze your fat!  

Depending on where you are traveling to, it’s important to always have the local currency. If you are traveling to Mexico for example, you should take out Mexican Pesos to get the most for your money. The same applies to traveling to Europe. Instead of paying with euros in places that accept their own currency- take time to research what they use and go to your bank or get it at their bank upon arrival. 

  1.  For many people out there, they worry about their appearance before traveling. They rush in to get their nails and toenails done and maybe even their eyelashes. What they would love to be doing, but don’t know much about it is coolsculpting. Click on the link to learn more about cool sculpting and why you should look into doing it before you head on vacation. It’s a great way to freeze your fat!
  2.   Depending on where you are traveling to, it’s important to always have the local currency. If you are traveling to Mexico for example, you should take out Mexican Pesos to get the most for your money. The same applies to traveling to Europe. Instead of paying with euros in places that accept their own currency- take time to research what they use and go to your bank or get it at their bank upon arrival.
  3.   Set in place a good health plan. Some people don’t believe in health insurance when you travel but trust me- you do not want to be on the other side of the fence when you get sick and must pay out of pocket.
  4.   Make sure before you make any travel plans that you are aware of the entry fees and if you need a visa to get into the country in the first place.
  5.   This one is very important. Make sure to print a couple copies of your passport via photocopying. This is important in case you lose or someone steals your passport. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  6.   If you know you want to go certain excursions, why not pay for them before you go. It’s important to make sure you are buying from a reputable source but prepaying for any excursions gives you the certainty that you have a spot on the day of choice.
  7.   Make sure you have a phone plan. It’s always good to be able to access your phone for emergency reasons when you are away. It might not be on your end, but your family members who are trying to get a hold of you while you are on vacation.
  8.   Remember that some places use different adapters when traveling. It’s important to know which adapter and purchase it before you travel. This will allow you to charge your devices once you arrive in that country.
  9.   It’s crucial that you call your bank if you are intending to use your debit or credit cards. If you do not call them and tell them you are traveling, you run the risk of them putting a hold on your card.
  10.   Always, always, always, pack and extra set of clothes in your carry on and any snacks that you would like to bring. This is good in case your airline loses your luggage.

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Packing Ideas To Match Your Trip

How To Plan and Pack For Any Size Trip Packing Ideas To Match Your Trip

Being a woman can make packing an absolute nightmare and sometimes, well often we live up to our reputations of hoarding and packing far more than we need. But its also a part of the fun the stress and anguish of having to leave one of your favourite pair of pants behind on a trip can be heart braking but also a small cleansing experience. We realise we don’t need everything to fit into our bag and that we can survive with a minimal number of belongings. Obviously though this is for the long-term traveller and not the weekend warrior. For those shorter trips I recommend packing anything you look good in as we won’t have any idea what adventures we can get up to. Let’s have a look at some types of trips we can go on and some items that we should, bring with us.

Backpacking:

This is more for the long-term traveller going for a couple of months. We want to be rough and ready without a massive suitcase to lug about with us. I always try to bring comfortable clothing for the long journeys and gear to match up to the activities I plan on doing. Base your packing on the countries you intend on visiting and the weather you expect. Trainers, a fanny pack and a light rain jacket are three things I ensure to bring with me on any long-term trip. A sturdy backpack is essential. Although hopefully you won’t have to carry it for too long, a decent backpack always helps with comfort and accessibility.

Weekend trip:

The less, the better but you can also afford to bring a decent sized suitcase for shorter trips allowing you a much larger variety of choices in the outfit you want to wear about. Again, this all depends on the type of trip you are going on, partying, sight seeing or adventure. Plus, everything else in between. City breaks always require a decent amount of research on the trends and places you are most likely to visit. To be a style icon one must do their research. I always choose at least one cute evening dress, someday leisure clothing, a good pair of shoes and always my camera. I seem to take more pictures on my shorter trips than I do on any others.

The two-week holiday:

Oddly probably the most common on this list. This one usually comprises of beach, the pool the beach again and possibly your bed. Relaxation is key so comfy outfits, and something that allows me to get a tan is the most important for me. A large case is important to, shopping will definitely be done so the extra space will come in very useful on the last day.

Hopefully some of my trip packing guides lines will give you a better idea of what to pack and what’s necessary for each type of trip. Remember you will probably lose some items so try not to pack anything you will miss a lot.