Tag: travel advisory

Landing at YYZ in a snow storm

Winter Travel Woes – 5 Tips to Mitigate Disasters

Winter is a time when many of us just want to get away from the cold and snow and it’s also the time when it’s the most difficult to travel. During the polar vortex, thousands of flights were cancelled and hundreds more today when a winter storm hit Southern Ontario. Like many travelers, we’ve experienced…
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February 12, 2019 1
Sargassum seaweed on the beach

Sargassum Seaweed in the Caribbean: Will it ruin my beach vacation?

Updated: January 1, 2019 The first time we encountered that mass of seaweed known as “sargassum” was in Barbados in 2015; it seemed to have appeared from nowhere and just kept coming every day, making it unappealing to swim in the ocean and lounge on the beach where we were staying. Since then, we’ve been…
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January 1, 2019 37
Famous Clearwater Beach sunset at the Opal Sands Hotel

Travel Advisory: The Red Tide in Florida

We’ve been traveling to Florida together for over 10 years now and up until recently, we’d never heard of “the red tide”, which is a general term for “harmful algae blooms (HAB) in the ocean”. In this post, we will share information about the red tide affecting Florida beaches right now. The Red Tide –…
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October 21, 2018 0
Ala Kahakai Trail sign

The Big Island of Hawaii – Kilauea Volcano and 5 Other Things You Need to Know

Hawaii is a destination on many people’s bucket list and with 4 major islands to visit, it can be difficult to choose one. Over the years, we’ve visited all 4 major islands and we have learned to appreciate them for different reasons but that being said, the Big Island has historically been our least favorite…
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July 6, 2018 4
CDMX sign in Condesa

Travel Advisory for Mexico – A Vacation Horror Story

…is the type of headline the media continues to use to sensationalize and exaggerate news stories involving popular Mexican tourist destinations. Some of you want to hear about all the bad things that happened to us on our last trip to Mexico; here’s what actually happened when we visited Sayulita, Mexico City, Playa Del Carmen…
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May 31, 2018 2
Puppy on WestJet

Airline Strikes: What You Need to Know

They don’t happen often but then they do, airline strikes can wreak havoc on travel. As of May 10, 2018, 91% of WestJet pilots voted in favor of a strike that could affect flights at the end of May and into June, depending on how negotiations go. In this post, we will discuss the impacts…
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May 11, 2018 0
La-Semilla-Playa-Del-Carmen-Room-Night

Review: Hotel La Semilla, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

We have really started to enjoy visiting Playa Del Carmen due to its beautiful beach and the convenience of being close to the town with all its great restaurants and bars. While we usually stay at the Grand Hyatt, on our latest visit to Playa Del Carmen, we opted to stay at Hotel La Semilla,…
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April 5, 2018 0
Duty Free Store at YVR - Vancouver

Duty-Free 101: Alcohol

If you’re like Kramer on Seinfeld, you like to shop at the duty-free store and it’s an integral part of your trip to the airport either on your way somewhere or coming back home. In this post, I’ll explain duty-free rules for alcohol for customs and airport security to help you maximize your duty-free purchases…
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March 12, 2018 0
View of Mount Agung from Bali Asli Restaurant

Travel Deals to Bali: Should you go right now?

Since the end of September, concerns about Mount Agung erupting have affected travel to Bali. When the volcano erupted on November 27, it forced DPS – Denpasar Airport to shut down for 2 days as flights had to be cancelled due to the volcanic ash in the air that clogs jet engines. As the tourism…
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December 26, 2017 0
Sunset at the beach by the Jetwing Lighthouse in Galle

Beach Guide: Sri Lanka South Coast

Sri Lanka is a beach lover’s paradise and during our stay on the South Coast, we explored 6 of them from our homebase in Fort Galle. Compared to other beach destinations in South East Asia, the beaches here haven’t been over commercialized by development…yet. It is still possible to feel like a castaway on some…
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December 26, 2017 0