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How to “Vet” Your Travel Insurance Policy

Critics of travel insurance often argue that claim denials are too frequent, unfair to the customer, and might be avoided if issuers vetted policy applications at the time of distribution instead of when a claim is made. The rationale for that argument is that applicants could then be certain that their policy would pay off in case of medical emergency abroad. Sounds reasonable, as a principle—except that it’s impractical given the millions of policies issued to Canadian travelers each year. At present, most policies are issued on the understanding that customers provide complete and accurate information about their medical histories when applying for insurance. Some are asked a few questions about recent treatment interventions, medication use, or hospitalizations; others, usually elderly travelers, are required to complete detailed medical questionnaires designed to give underwriters a more precise assessment of their health status. And there are other policies—usually attached to credit cards—that…

Product Spotlight! Sporting Coverage with TuGo

Are you travelling abroad for a sporting adventure? You will need to make sure you have travel insurance to match—as your average plan often does not include coverage for injuries sustained while taking part in sports. Luckily, we have TuGo’s Traveller Emergency Medical plan on hand, which automatically includes coverage for most amateur and professional sports. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the plan’s highlights: In addition to coverage for amateur sports, for those who like push the envelope, you have the choice of add-ons for contact sports, adventure sports, and extreme sports. In other words, you can tailor the plan to fit just the types of adventures you like to have. The plan includes emergency transport: either air ambulance or economy airfare back to your home province or territory. Some common sports injuries (like a broken leg) can make travelling difficult, and an air ambulance back to your home…

What Did We Learn From Hurricane Matthew?

The passage of Hurricane Matthew up the East Coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas last week provides a perfect example of what to do, and what not to do, prior to the onset of a potentially lethal storm. I say ’prior to’ because once it arrives there’s not a lot your can do but keep your head down and stay sheltered.  And once it passes all you can do is fix what has been broken and try to remember what to do next time. In South Florida, from Palm Beach County to the Keys, Matthew passed by closely—the eye only about 60 miles out from shore—but left residents relatively unscathed, as it did the West Coast and inland areas south of Orlando. But Central Florida’s East Coast, from St. Lucie up through St. Augustine and north through Georgia and the Carolinas was a different and devastating story that the…

What Is “Home” to a Lifestyle Traveller?

Lily and I had a great chat during our podcast recording. Despite our lifestyle differences, I think we found a lot of common ground with regards to the way we think, feel, and approach our lives. One of the lessons I’ve learned through my 10 years of travelling and living around the world is that, for the most part, we’re all programmed similarly. It may not appear so at first glance, but I’ll use the idea of “home” as an example. I am “The Professional Hobo”; by definition, I’m homeless. But ask any lifestyle traveller, and even though they may staunchly defend their homeless moniker, talk to them long enough and you may hear the word “home” creep into the conversation. “Home” could be the place you grew up, or where your parents live. Many lifestyle travellers also love to say “home is where I lay my head for the…

Alternatives to Travellers Cheques

At one time, travellers cheques were the preferred way to carry foreign currency. They were secure, low on fees, and in some cases were the only way to pay for things abroad. But they’ve been going steadily out of favour since the 1990s. They pose security risks and cause extra work for retailers, the commissions and fees aren’t competitive, and even banks abroad are hesitant to cash them. A reader told me about a European vacation during which she visited 12 banks, none of which were willing or able to cash her travellers cheques. These days, there are other, more secure and cost-effective ways to access your money while travelling, such as the following: Credit Cards In most Western countries, you can pay for almost everything with credit cards. Many of my North American friends don’t even carry cash any more. Credit cards are convenient, they provide a record…

How to Buy Travel Insurance Safely – Part II

Canada’s travel insurance market is rich in choice, even if you’re not quite as healthy as an Olympic athlete. But before you get to the nitty-gritty of comparing products and prices, you should sort out your basic needs according to your general health, age, duration, frequency and purpose of travel. Let’s narrow down the choices to make them more specific to your individual needs. No frills, No Pre-existing Coverage Required If you’re perfectly healthy, take no medications, have no medical history, see your doctor only once a year for an annual checkup, and are not under orders to have tests taken or to see a specialist, consider a basic plan that does not cover pre-existing conditions nor asks you to complete a medical questionnaire. It is the cheapest, and the least complicated to buy: so long as your medical history is as impeccable as you think.  But don’t delude…

Spotlight City: Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is known as one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities and is known as Thailand’s cultural, political, commercial, spiritual, educational and diplomatic capital. Bangkok continues to rank as one of the most visited cities in the world with approximately 16 million tourists annually. The Thai city continues to be a fascinating location for travellers, but before jetting off to the Southeast Asian country, be sure to keep a few things in mind. Threats and risks to travellers in Bangkok: First and foremost, there is a high threat of terrorism in Bangkok. Most recently in August 2015, a bomb exploded at the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok killing 20 and injuring 125. Prior bombings occurred in February 2015 at the Siam BTS Station and the other in April 2015 in Ko Samui. Even in the unlikely event of a terrorist attack happening during your visit, it is important to exercise a…

3 Global-Sized Revelations from My First Year Abroad

As a new grad released from the tethers of institutional education, I leapt into a year of solo travel in Australia. That trip turned into three years abroad and an entirely new outlook on life and my association with the world around me. Here are a few of the big lessons that I was confronted with on that first trip abroad when my world suddenly got a lot bigger. 1. Understanding where things come from is important. In Western nations, we live completely detached from the manufacturing and production processes of most items we possess and consume. We moan about the cost of things, without considering the journey they have made to get to us. And though I studied global development, it wasn’t until I witnessed, first-hand, the arduous process that something as small as a cashew nut has taken to land on our shelves1 that I developed a…

Travelling to Race or Racing to Travel

I am a traveller. I love everything about travelling. The airport. The airplane. I am constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and I am always excited to take in the people, cultures, foods, languages, customs, and natural beauty of the places I visit. I am also an ultra-runner. Ultra-trail running is a footrace on trails that stretch even longer than a marathon. About six years ago, I started running local 50-kilometre and 50-mile races. After my first attempt, I vowed I would never do another—but just three days later I was hooked. After a couple of years, I needed bigger challenges, so I started to search for tougher and longer races all over the world. After doing my first 100+-km European mountain ultra-trail race, it was clear to me that a very deep bond had formed between my love of travel and my love of running in…

New Zika Travel Warnings for Miami Beach

As Florida public health officials announced Miami’s Wynwood neighbourhood to be Zika-free this weekend, they affirmed that mosquito-borne transmission had spread through greater Miami Beach to an area encompassing its major tourist hotels and resorts. The newly expanded Zika risk zone now runs south from 61st street, along the Northern edge of La Gorce Country Club, to 8th St. at the southern end of South Beach; and from the Atlantic shore to the inland waterway, an area of 4.5 square miles embracing iconic hotels such as the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc. The expansion of the Miami Beach Zika zone was announced after five new cases of locally-acquired Zika infection were identified among 3 women and 2 men in the newly-designated area. That brings the number of locally-acquired cases traced to Miami Beach to 35. So far, a total of 93 non-travel related Zika virus infection cases have been identified in…

Podcast – Lily Likes It Here

The Lily Likes It Here podcast came to fruition over the winter of 2016 shortly after sisu production hit the frosty streets of Toronto to conduct interviews about the NBA all-star weekend. Later, in a warmer think tank, sisu and other creatives held a podcast brainstorm. At first, a common thread that tied all of our colleagues together was their love of travel. Or so we thought, until Lily expressed an attitude of indifference towards it. The road to Lily’s logic is far more complex than opposition, and we are determined to learn more about it. Welcome to Lily Likes It Here. Join Lily and her panel of distinguished guests as they duel over distant lands, culinary firsts, and missed connections. Lily doesn’t not like to travel, per se—she just hasn’t been inspired to. Can she be convinced to leave the comforts of home and travel the world? Tune in…

No Walls Expected on U.S. Northern Border

If you’ve been paying any attention to U.S. politics  and the forthcoming national election, you know that immigration, border control, vetting of who comes and goes into and out the U.S., and entry/exit visas have been a big part of the rhetoric. Will that have any effect on Canadians wanting to spend a week or a few months in the sun this winter? We’ll give you a typically political answer: Yes and No. Let’s expand on that. If you are a Canadian citizen with a valid passport and you have not  overstayed you welcome in the U.S. on previous visits (no more than 6months–preferably calculated as a total of 180 days—in the past 12 months) you should have no problems crossing the border, or returning to Canada when your visit is over. That’s because the U.S. and Canada have a special relationship and though nationals of other countries are allowed…

Spotlight City: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, receiving approximately 8 million international visitors annually. Amsterdam is relatively small compared to other capital cities, with fewer than one million people living in the city proper. The Dutch capital is characterized by its network of canals and some 1,500 bridges, known as a place of cutting-edge innovation in the midst of its 700 years of history as a city. Visitors flock to Amsterdam to experience its uniqueness and variety of districts. But before you head off, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Practice good personal security It’s easy and tempting to let your guard down in Amsterdam given its reputation as one of the safest cities in the world. Muggings and violence do occur, however, but the serious crime rate is extraordinary low—even with the legalization of prostitution and soft drugs. Nevertheless, tourists should…

How to Make a Portable Travel Workout Kit

One of the biggest drawbacks of travel is its effect on your health. As a travel blogger and fitness enthusiast I’m very familiar with the struggle. When you travel, all of the healthy habits and routines you’ve worked so hard to develop are thrown into disarray. The restaurant food you rely on is notoriously high in calories and fat—and even if you were disciplined enough to maintain a regular workout routine at home, that routine is obliterated by the schedule changes and uncertain access to exercise facilities that inevitably come with travel. Despite the challenges, staying in shape on the road is not at as hard as it may first seem. In fact, it’s nearly as easy as staying fit at home if you know what you’re doing. Your body is built to stay fit through unassisted movements like running, swimming, and climbing. A gym is nice to have, but…

Zika Virus Threat Expands to Miami Beach

Five new cases of local transmission of Zika virus have been reported in the heart of Miami Beach, in addition to the outbreak first reported late July in the Wynwood community located just north of downtown Miami. Last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that just as several large sectors of the Wynwood area were cleared of evidence of transmission, 5 new cases of mosquito-borne Zika infection were reported in the densely-populated South Beach area of Miami Beach, south from 28th Street to 8th street, from the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay, an area encompassing less than 1.5 square miles. This area also includes the Miami Beach Convention Center, a popular venue for international meetings and conventions. The five new cases involved two Miami Beach residents and three out-of-area visitors. This brings the total of known locally-acquired Zika virus infections (transmitted by bites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito) in Miami-Dade County to…

Why “Remote Year” Is the Perfect Solution to my Millennial Wanderlust

 It all started around the time I was approaching 30. My life felt predictably laid out ahead of me. I knew I was in search of something to break up the monotony and give me that “alive” feeling—but what? Travel had always been a passion of mine, and although my last trip to Costa Rica had satiated my wanderlust for a while, the feeling had begun to return. Then, after scanning tour sites, I found a Facebook ad for Remote Year. “Travel the world as a digital nomad for a year! Visit 12 countries and meet 75 new friends!” This opportunity seemed too good to be true, but I clicked to read more. What is Remote Year? Remote Year is a start-up organization that coordinates a year-long remote working experience for professionals with a passion for travel. Each group visits 12 countries throughout the year, living in a different…

16 Tips for Carrying Cash

This financial travel tip comes to you courtesy of pickpockets, petty thieves, and absent-minded travellers. Cash comes and goes easily on the road, and to preserve it involves stashing and managing it wisely. Here are 16 tips for carrying cash safely and securely while you travel the world. General Tips for Carrying Cash For some travellers, the question is not where or how to carry cash, but whether to use cash at all. In most western countries, you can pay for almost everything with debit and credit cards. (See also: How Many Debit/Credit Cards to Carry). However even in these countries, it’s prudent to have cash available for tips, transportation (taxis and buses), and emergency needs (if your cards don’t work). In many other countries, cash is king. Debit purchases are almost unheard of, and credit card purchases entail extra fees. In both cases, these tips below will enhance…

Florida Updates Zika Virus Count

The Florida Department of Health reports an additional four new cases of locally-acquired Zika virus being investigated in Miami-Dade.. All of them were believed to have been infected in the one-square mile of Wynwood area, originally designated as the prime site of the recent outbreak. The department emphasizes that it “still believes active transmissions are only taking place within the identified area that is less than one square mile in Miami-Dade County.” Currently, there are no active investigations or any indications of active transmission in Broward County, which is immediately north of Miami-Dade. The FDH also reports the incidence of 14 new travel-related cases of Zika virus infection—four in Miami Dade, three in Orange County (Orlando area), two in Hernando County (St. Petersburg-Clearwater area), one in Broward County, one in Lee County (Fort Myers area), one in Monroe County (Keys area), and two involving pregnant women in un-named counties. These…

5 Easy Ways to Be a Sustainable Traveller

Travel is one of the most unsustainable industries in the world. Don’t believe me? Just recently, Thailand closed Koh Tachai Island to visitors due to overcrowding, which was having a devastating impact on local ecosystems. The damage was so severe that many, myself included, will likely never have the pleasure of visiting the island. Tourism is also one of the best ways to boost a suffering economy. But economic stimulus isn’t exactly top of mind when travellers head out—adventure, memories, selfies, gifts, and nice weather usually take priority over our environmental considerations. There are many little ways to help reduce the negative impacts of tourism, and they are easy to apply when you take the time to properly plan out your adventures. To help bring more “consciousness” to the way you travel, I’ve put together five easy ways to reduce the negative impact your travels have on our beautiful earth…

How to Travel Gluten-Free

Travelling can present its challenges, but toss in a food allergy or dietary restriction and it can be downright daunting.  However, my own gluten intolerance hasn’t prevented me from travelling—in fact, it has been a key component in fuelling my desire to travel. I wanted to defy the misconception that I would be limited as a gluten-intolerant traveller, and since my diagnosis three years ago I have travelled to more exotic and foreign places than I ever had before. I didn’t know that the travel bug would bite me so hard, but it did, and I am always looking ahead to my next adventure (and next international cuisine to take on, gluten-free style). Thankfully I am now well-versed and always equipped with the essentials (and more) to successfully travel gluten-free. Here are my tips for travelling gluten-free (or GF). Try them out, share with a friend, or modify to make…

What You Should Do About the Zika Virus

What is the Zika virus? Zika is an arbovirus that is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti of mosquito. The greatest risk is to fetuses, particularly when expectant mothers are infected during the first trimester. Zika has been linked to microcephaly (abnormally small head) in newborn children. Thousands of such cases have been reported to date, especially in Brazil, which is thought to be the epicentre of the current breakout. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Up to 80 per cent of Zika virus infections are free of symptoms and go undetected. According to the Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC), these symptoms can include fever, headache, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and skin rash, along with joint and muscle pain. The illness is typically mild and lasts only a few days. Zika has also been linked to incidence of Guillain-Barre syndrome—a serious disorder of the body’s immune…

Why Travel is My Drug of Choice

I’m Jane, and I’m a travel addict. Lucky for me, supply is not a problem. In fact, with competitive airfares, alternate types of accommodation, and a proliferation of money-saving tips, it’s never been easier to travel almost anywhere on almost any budget. (I’ve even become a travel blogger myself, so I can legitimately get high on my own supply.) And I’m not alone—I just have to go on the web and search for anything with the word “travel” in it, a country name, or a specific attraction, and I’ll get pages and pages of results that connect me with other wanderers waiting to get their next real-world fix. Call it my support group. So it always surprises me when I encounter people who have little or no desire to travel, a fact that is incomprehensible to someone with my disease. And yet there are more of these UnTravellers than you…

Safety Precautions for Canadian Travellers to Turkey

The recent coup attempt in Turkey, and the government’s massive retaliation, must be taken seriously by any Canadians planning to visit family or friends in that country.(According to the 2011 census, there were then almost 55,500 Canadian residents who claimed full or partial Turkish descent, and certainly a lot more today.) In the wake of the botched uprising, the Government of Canada has warned its citizens to “Avoid Non-Essential Travel” to Turkey as a whole, or to “Avoid All Travel” to its border region with Syria—specifically within 10 km of said border. These warnings are not just formalities. They can have serious consequences for you if you ignore them and then run into any problems or even misunderstandings while in that country. Following is what the advisories mean: Avoid non-essential travel There are specific safety and security concerns that could put you at risk. You should reconsider your need…

Brexit Impacts on Canadian Travellers

Britain’s break-up with the European Union (EU) continues to make headlines around the globe, and will likely do so for the foreseeable future. The initial shock waves destabilized markets and foreign currencies, even causing some travellers to question their future vacation plans. The United Kingdom is the second-most-favoured international destination for Canadians, so many are wondering what the short- and long-term effects will be on trips to Britain and the rest of the EU. Here are a few different ways Brexit might affect your next trip across the Atlantic… Unsteady foreign currencies After the referendum, the British pound took quite a tumble, reaching its lowest level in thirty years. Compared to the Canadian dollar, the pound lost 6.5% of its value, and the euro dropped over 3%. This sharp decline makes the United Kingdom much cheaper for Canadian travellers. As foreign currencies continue to react to the news, it…

France Struck Yet Again

The month-long UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament held throughout France was labelled as a major event with a high threat level. Increased security presence was felt at the venues, and the public was kept safe for the most part, with the exception of some incidents with so-called hooligans. Tragically, though, just days after the tournament ended, an attack was carried out during the heart of French National Day celebrations. Bastille Day, or La Fête nationale, is a holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Bastille Day marks the beginning of republican democracy in France, and carries with it great significance and symbolism to the French culture that has now been tragically tainted. The Bastille Day attack is the worst attack since the November 2015 attacks in Paris. Around 30,000 people were gathered in Nice, France’s second-most-popular tourist destination, to celebrate and watch the fireworks over the Mediterranean…

Rio Olympics and Zika: Stay or Go?

The Rio Olympics are almost upon us, and with mounting numbers of high-profile athletes announcing their withdrawal from the games for health prevention reasons, it’s time to decide—should you stay or should you go? The answer to that remains a personal one, based on individual circumstances. As of July 7, 2016, 143 cases of travel-related Zika virus, and one locally acquired case through sexual transmission, had been recorded in Canada. This figure includes at least seven pregnant women, but to date no cases of microcephaly (abnormally small head size in newborns) have occurred. However, public health officials are confident the actual numbers of pregnant women (the highest risk group) are higher, since reporting mechanisms don’t always capture information about pregnancy status. In the continental U.S., over 1,100 cases of Zika virus infection have been recorded up to the beginning of July, with the first case of newborn microcephaly being reported…

Canadians Need Not Fear Travel in Post-Brexit Europe

If you plan to visit Britain or continental Europe in the near future, there’s no reason to make any significant changes to your itinerary due to Brexit concerns. Aside from the political noise coming out of Europe after Britain announced it had decided to leave the European Union, there should be no immediate impact on you—except that you’ll be getting more for bang of your buck thanks to a sharp drop in the value of the British pound. Some airlines have already reduced fares, hotels may follow, and other tourism-related entities can’t ignore the demand for competitively priced locations and activities. These are all good things for you. However, although Britain has been a member of the EU since 1973, she was never fully invested in that community just 20 miles from her shore. She held on to her own sterling currency, and though her citizens travelled with a health…

Solo Journey Express

Family Growing up, I was fortunate enough to go on multiple family vacations. My mother was in charge of logistics: food and entertainment for flights, booking hotels, and planning excursions and my father was in charge of financials and documents: money, currency, and passports, whereas my siblings and I were in charge of taking pictures and having fun worry-free! I didn’t need to fret about forgetting something important, or figure out where I had to be, or what time I had to be there because everything was always planned out for me. And the best part was the quality time I got to spend with my parents and siblings. Beginning As I got older, I was given the opportunity to start travelling on my own.  I spent summers on student teen tours, took 40 person bus trips through the west coast of Canada and the United States and eventually…

Product Spotlight! RSA Visitors to Canada

Age limits don’t exist? RSA Visitors to Canada travel insurance plan is a great plan devised to accommodate all visitors, regardless of their age. It is especially beneficial for Super Visa applicants due to the $100,000 sum insured coverage option for any age. It also has an economical rate for visitors with stable pre-existing medical conditions (up to age 79). With its deductible options, side trip coverage, and coverage for hospital accommodations and ambulance fees, this is a plan you do not want to miss out on. Key benefits of the RSA Visitors to Canada Travel Insurance plan include the following: • Overall Maximum Limit options between: $10,000 – $150,000 • Hospital visits and private duty nursing • Doctor fees • Prescription drugs up to $500 • Specialists and Therapists up to $500 • Emergency Transportation • Flight Accident up to overall maximum limit For more information and…

Staying Safe at Rio 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics are being held from August 5 to 21, and the Paralympic Games from September 7 to 18. The games are based out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, although some soccer events are taking place around the country, including in Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, and the Amazon city of Manaus. There are 37 venues in total and 306 events, with the country expecting over 600,000 fans to travel from all over the globe to attend. If you are travelling to Brazil this summer for the Olympics, there are a variety of health, safety, and security tips to consider to ensure a successful trip. Trip preparation Seek travel health advice at least four to six weeks in advance. Brazil has a variety of tropical diseases in different areas in country, including malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, and, most recently, Zika. The Zika outbreak has been…

It’s Hurricane Season

The 2016 hurricane season (June 1 through November 1) is here, and professional weather forecasters foresee (a) an above-average season, (b) a below-average season, or (c) a near-normal season for states bordering the Atlantic and/or the Gulf of Mexico. Sound wishy-washy? Indeed it does, but the major sources of weather information all agree on one thing: there are simply too many variables in the environment right now (including the expiration of El Niño, and the emergence of La Niña) to allow for a more reliable outlook. El Niño vs. La Niña El Niño is a pattern of unusually warm ocean currents in the tropical eastern Pacific that shifts upper level winds and reduces the likelihood of storm formation in the Atlantic. La Niña is the opposite, and is thought to produce below-average sea surface temperatures in the eastern Central Pacific. Weather specialists are pretty uniform in their belief that…

Europe Travel Alert: World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland

The United States has issued a Europe Travel Alert lasting until August 31, 2016, warning travellers of the large number of tourists visiting Europe this summer and associated risks. Specifically, the surge in visitors presents a greater concern for potential terrorist attacks due to the number of large events. And although the alert covers Americans, Canadians are urged to heed the same advice and follow travel advisories if they are heading to Europe this summer. One major event the travel alert mentions is the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day, which is taking place in Krakow, Poland, from July 26 to July 31. The event is expected to draw upwards of 2.5 million visitors between the ages of 16 and 35 to the Polish city. The Polish Prime Minister’s Office has said there are no signs of increased terrorist activity in the country and reassured travellers that security will be stringent.…

Using ATMs Abroad: 12 Things You Need to Know

Using ATMs (cash machines) while you’re abroad is not as simple as it is at home. I know travellers with horror stories about being strapped and unable to get cash due to various ATM blunders. That’s why it’s best to be informed about overseas banking before you depart! Here are 12 tips for using ATMs abroad and effectively managing your travel cash. 1. Get Online First and foremost, register for online banking before travelling. This allows you to manage your accounts and bills easily, and if there’s a problem with your ATM card or one of your accounts, you can fix it from wherever you are. 2. Foreign ATMs Offer Limited Services At home, you can use ATMs to change your PIN, see account information, transfer money between accounts, and more. Abroad, you generally can only view your balance and withdraw cash. For the rest, you’ll need to…

6 Adventures That May Just Change Your Life

“Here!” yelled the muscular man from his outrigger canoe. We couldn’t see it, but this was what we came for. We all jumped blindly into the water and began swimming toward him. Suddenly, I found myself within reaching distance of a 12-foot-long whale shark. It was scary and humbling and exhilarating. It feels cheesy to say that it was life-changing, but experiences like that really do change people. First-hand encounters with the grand creations of nature are a reminder that there is an enormous world of splendour beyond the human-built environments where we spend so much of our lives. From scrambling up a pre-installed via ferrata route in one of America’s most historic outlaw canyons to paddling alongside whales in the Canadian Arctic, here are six summer adventures suitable for people of all abilities that will help you remember that we live in a wild world of beautiful creatures and magical landscapes. Paddle…

Less is More: Travel in the World of Social Media

A Daily Routine My daily routine consists of waking up and going straight for my phone to check if I have any missed texts, emails, or phone calls. I then proceed to update myself on both Instagram and Snapchat to see what I missed during in the 8 hours I was asleep. Once I feel like I have caught up in the world of my 100 closest friends, I read my horoscope (I am very superstitious), and then get on with my morning. Social media plays a major part in my life… And it has changed drastically from what it used to be. From a travelling perspective, the biggest concerns faced are: what is a clever caption for my Instagram picture? What is the prime time to post my picture in order to maximize my number of likes? Who has seen my snapchat story? What geo filters are popular right…

UEFA Euro 2016: Europe Travel Alert

The United States has issued a Europe Travel Alert over the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe targeting tourist sites, major events, transportation, restaurants, and commercial centres. The alert focuses on the Euro 2016 soccer championship being held in France from June 10 to July 10 as a major event with a high threat level. France has issued a state of emergency until July 26, as the matches are expected to draw several million fans from across the continent and the globe. In the wake of the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks that shook Europe, French security has taken major steps to mitigate any risk of further terrorist attacks during the third-largest sporting event in the world. Stade de France The Stade de France was one of the targets in the Paris terrorist attacks last November, where three suicide bombers attempted to reach the interior of the stadium…