What’s a visa and when do I need one?

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, depending on the country and type of visa you need. The most common categories are…

New entry requirements to Canada are now in effect

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 the only reliable and universally accepted travel document. It provides proof that you are a…

Exchanging your money

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.…

Nova Scotia Enjoy the epic beauty of the East Coast

Nova Scotia 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…

Summer storm delays

  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.

How to avoid getting sick on vacation

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…

Cruise Tips: What should you bring?

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 electrical outlets are limited, you may want to bring a small power bar. Over-the-door shoe…

Spring break travel do’s and don’ts

Planning a getaway with family or friends this spring break? Here are a few travel tips guaranteed to spring you in the right direction.   Be prepared – Take a lesson from the Boy Scouts. It happens to the best of us, you get excited or overworked, losing sleep before leaving on your trip thus…

Airline travel tips for hunting season

Photo by Iliya Samsonov  Story by Tania Moffat Ten things you need to know if you have been hunting or fishing and are flying home with weapons or bounty: 1.) Arrive early to check in as you will need to declare your firearms and show proper documentation. 2.) Airlines have different regulations for how firearms, ammunitions,…

Vital travel information for hunters crossing the border

Photo by leasmithphotography-com Story by Tania Moffat Last year, four Mexican big game hunters were apprehended in Winnipeg trying to export three polar bear hides, skulls and narwhal tusks without proper permits. The bears were hunted legally but the men failed to procure the proper export permits to take their bounty out of the country.…

How to be a travel savvy parent

A parent’s worst nightmare is being confined on a plane with their sick or upset child. Children screaming and crying on an airplane will happen, but there are some things you can do to make your trip more enjoyable. Carry-on Checklist for Older Children & Infants □ Prescription medications □ Tylenol and Gravol are also…