Trip planning

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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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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Budget Travel tips with Because Money

Last week Jackson Middleton and Robb Engen invited me to be a guest on the Because Money webcast where we covered everything budget travel. Now I know not all of us have time to watch the entire video so here’s a breakdown of some of the tips / sites I covered. ACCOMMODATIONS Airbnb – This…

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Free Toronto Attractions

Whenever I travel I always look for free attractions first because nothing is better than free.  Any money I can save on attractions means I can spend it somewhere else during my trip like a nice meal. Here’s my picks of the top free Toronto Attractions. Nathan Philips Square Toronto’s City Hall is the main…

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