Travel

Belgium Travel Blog: Lots to see

I finally made it back to Belgium; a country I haven’t visited in 8 years and back then it was only for a few hours on a bus tour. This time around I had much more time and it was a blast!  A few years ago in Jordan we met a Belgian couple from Antwerp and my…

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More travel and a press roundup for July

So I’m off to Washington D.C. tomorrow, yes I just got back from Europe and I didn’t even finish posting my pictures yet and now I’m off to go see the White House.  I actually didn’t want to do this second trip but my there was a Porter sale and since we claimed points on…

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Amsterdam Travel Blog: Such Diversity

When one thinks about Amsterdam travel the misconception tends to be that the only things worth seeing are the coffee shops and the red light district, but nothing could be further from the truth;  this was my 5th visit to Amsterdam and the diversity still impresses me. A 5th visit may sound like a bit…

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The door to Istanbul

Istanbul Travel Blog: Believe The Hype

Istanbul is amazing! I knew it would be a great city, but I didn’t expect to be blown away. As I started to write this Istanbul travel blog, I realized that Istanbul has surpassed Barcelona as my favourite European city. Really, what is there not to like? The people were so friendly and helpful. I…

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8 Summer Staycation Ideas

Canada Day just passed and summer’s here but budgets are tight and gas prices up, so it’s no surprise that 22% of Canadians are planning a staycation. What is a staycation you ask? It’s a vacation spent at home or close to home. This may not sound very sexy but it’s a great way to relax without…

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How I Saved $1,450 on Airfare

Travel is a luxury, especially when one has a penchant for pricey European locales.  What makes it even sweeter?  Getting a deal of course! My post for today appears over at the TuGo Travel blog. With a little legwork, you can plan your dream vacation for a fraction of the price.  Just be prepared to be…

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Save Big With Airbnb, What You Need To Know

When travelling, accommodations tends to be our biggest expense after airfare, but there are always ways to save money. Airbnb has picked up a huge following over the years and it’s not become my preferred choice when I’m looking for a place to stay. If you’re unfamiliar with Airbnb, it’s a service with over 600,000…

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Europe Food Costs, How I Ate Everything

Europe food costs vary per city but it’s easy to find a good value for your money as long as you don’t eat out every meal. Here’s a picture blog of all the food I ate in Europe along with the cost listed in Canadian dollars.  I tend to grab a quick takeout lunch and…

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How costs in Europe compare to home

On my recent Euro trip I had the opportunity to observe and talk about personal finance with a couple of locals in The Netherlands and Belgium and it’s quite interesting to hear how people view their money around the world. We obviously mainly compared the differences between Canada and Europe and it’s quite shocking how…

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Is Free Travel Insurance Enough?

My full post today appears at the TuGo Travel blog. Did you know that when traveling our Canadian health plans don’t exactly cover us? A quick trip to the hospital in Canada is free, but overseas it could cost us thousands of dollars. For this reason I tell everyone that travel medical insurance is a…

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