There’s something singularly exciting about receiving a new passport. That precious little blue book represents the freedom to travel to far off places in relative safety.
Its new pages are the blank canvas on which we’ll paint our travel dreams: a destination wedding in Bali, an African safari, a spiritual retreat on the banks of the Ganges–the possibilities are as wide and vast as the world itself!
Canadians on the Move!
Clearly, most Canadians feel the same way about their passports, as, according to Macleans.ca, 65% of us have a valid passport. Indeed, we are a people on the move, and having a passport is becoming increasingly important, as it’s required for travel to most countries in the world, but can also be used as a form of identification for various purposes in Canada as well.
Whether you already have a passport or are thinking of getting one, the following passport information may be helpful!
Millennials Wouldn’t Understand No one can argue that technology has made life easier. With the advent of the internet and smartphones, we no longer need encyclopedias, the Yellow Pages, or cumbersome road maps–all things that anyone under the age of 20 has never heard of. Here Today; Gone Later Today Indeed, when it comes to […]
Ready, Set…Hold On! Congratulations! You’ve booked your flight, chosen an aisle seat, found the perfect hotel, rented the car, and even created a “what to pack” list (at least in your head). Seems like you’re all ready to escape on your dream vacation! You’ve planned everything meticulously and thought of every detail and eventuality. But […]
Keeping Freud and Canines at Bay: The Importance of Prepping for School Freud’s Underwear We’ve all had those college nightmares. You know the one where you realize you’re extremely late for that big test. Or the one where you can’t find the exam room, and then you realize you’re in your underwear to boot! It […]
Summer’s in full swing and that means days at the beach, picnics in the park, and weekend camping trips. But with summertime fun comes uninvited visitors – mosquitoes, ants, ticks, bees and wasps. A bite from any of these insects can quickly spoil your fun. Whether in Canada or travelling abroad here’s what you can […]
One step in front of the other. After 7 days of hiking through jungle, hot sun, arid desert, rain, fog, hail, wind and snow we are almost at the summit. And finally, after hiking all night, we make it to the summit just as the sun is rising. And here we stand at 5,895m on […]
The Family Truckster and Other Dangers on the Road If you were alive in the 80’s, you’ll most likely remember lol’ing while watching Chevy Chase careen off dirt roads, or drift into oncoming freeway traffic in the iconic, yet extremely ugly, “Wagon Queen Family Truckster.” Indeed, the National Lampoon, Vacation movies mythologized and hyperbolized the […]
Motion Sickness is an unpleasant feeling that most of us have experienced at some point while travelling. An exciting journey can quickly change from fun to miserable if you experience this physiological response to motion. Motion sickness occurs when our body, inner ear and eyes send differing information to our brain. An example of this […]
“I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat.” That iconic line from the 1970’s film, Jaws, struck fear into the hearts of beach goers and swimming enthusiasts the world over! The movie’s tagline, “you’ll never go in the water again,” genuinely scared moviegoers into avoiding the water in fear of being eaten by over sized […]
Travelling to Africa or South America? You may be at risk for Yellow Fever. If you are travelling to Africa or South America, you may be at risk for yellow fever. Yellow fever is a potentially serious and life threatening disease caused by a virus spread by an infected mosquito. The best way to prevent yellow fever […]
There are few things more glorious than a sun-soaked vacation. We Vancouverites spend a good 9 months of the year in less than tropical weather conditions, so we understand the desire to get out in the sun as much as humanly possible when on vacation. Pasty Nation Let’s be honest, Vancouverites can get a little […]
Before going to Cuba I kept on reading, “go without expectations”. A setting of rich dichotomy there are too many contrasting and curious elements to the Island that you shouldn’t assume anything about this fascinating destination. So, I managed to arrive with zero expectations and I completely agree that this is the best way to […]
The “Not-So-Good” Old Days Remember planning a trip waaaaay back in the early 90’s? We certainly do! Back in the “good old days” when Milli Vanilli, acid-washed jeans and Seinfeld were king, planning a trip meant having to book hotels, transportation, and restaurants by snail mail (what is that!?) and making sure you had all your […]
Adults need boosters too The need for vaccination does not end after childhood, as many people may think. Some diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough are still a risk in BC. Protection from many vaccines received as a child can wear off over time so getting another dose (called a booster) can increase […]
Stay for Free? Yes Please! Long before the advent of companies such as Airbnb, travelers with a penchant for frugality and value have found ways to sidestep the hefty price tag of staying in hotels. House-swapping, or home exchanges as they are sometimes called, has been a viable, cost-saving and fun way to travel […]