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Visitors love Canada for its mountains, laid-back cities, and outdoor lifestyle. Each season gives a different vibe, and no two places are the same in the second largest country in the world. Thousands of islands surround the coastline, some are habitable and others not, as the landmass stretches from the mild south to the tundra in the north. Canada has something to suit every traveler’s needs and price range from the pretty Whistler vacation rentals to the budget hotels in Ottawa. If you’re not convinced, read these reasons that to see why Canada should be your next destination.

1# Canada is One of the Most Livable Countries in the World:

Everything you could ever dream is in Canada. Mountains, natural beauty, and endless stretches of wilderness should be enough to entice any visitor. And then combine this with the friendly, charismatic, and modern cities, the country becomes perfect. Canada has it all.

2# The Cities are Smaller:

Anyone who travels to the United States or major cities in Europe will know how vast, sprawling, and uninspiring they can sometimes be. There aren’t many things worse than rush hour traffic in LA or worrying about the safety levels in the suburbs of Chicago. Canada is different. The cities tend to be smaller, more walkable and are very safe. Visiting places like Montreal or Quebec gives visitors a better travel experience while maintaining the amenities of a larger city.

3# The Natural Beauty:

Niagara Falls, the Canadian Rockies, and several national parks call Canada Home. Few places in the world offer such diverse landscapes and wonders within the borders of one country. Hiking trails are in abundance, you have various opportunities for camping, and the scenic drives are among the most beautiful in the world.

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4# The Great Outdoors:

With all the natural beauty mentioned above, it should come as no surprise that Canadians love the great outdoors. In the summer, locals will hike through the mountains or follow the trails in search of wildlife. Lakes and rivers are ideal places for fishing or kayaking, with some of the rapids making perfect spots for white water rafting. And as the season’s change, the color of the endless trees change from green to yellow, orange, and auburn. Winter snow then covers the ground with a thick blanket of white which in turn attracts skiers and snowboarders to the mountains.

5# Whistler is in Canada:

Every skiing fan in North America is probably familiar with Whistler, in British Columbia. After hosting the Winter Olympics in 2010, skiers from around the globe come to enjoy the slopes and pistes. The village is nestled between both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and is a perfect spot for a winter vacation. Snow falls and covers the roofs of the houses, and you could be sitting in this winter wonderland next to a log fire with a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate. Families from the around North America rate this as one of their favorite places to take a vacation.

6# You Can See Dinosaur Fossils:

Did you know that Canada has one of the most abundant dinosaur sites in the world? The Dinosaur Provincial Park to the east of Calgary in Alberta has no less than 500 fossils and specimens. Archeologists discovered a total of 58 different species of dinosaur at the site, some of the skeletons are on display.

7# Canadian Food is Epic:

Multiculturalism in Canada drives a range of cuisines and specialities that you can find around the country. Expect Chinese and Greek food to be readily available in the cities. And if you’re looking for a more sophisticated culinary experience, high-end French cuisine and Michelin Star restaurants are here too. You can find almost any kind of meal or dish you could dream of in Canada.

8# Canada has a Surprisingly Rich History:

Compared to Europe, Canada isn’t ancient and doesn’t have a rich history. Or so it would seem if you just look at the surface. Canada only gained its independence in 1867, but this doesn’t mean it’s not appealing for history buffs.

The First Nation People, native Canadians, lived on the land for centuries and their culture and traditions still live on today. The government is actively trying to preserve their heritage giving tourists a chance to learn and experience the pre-Western civilization in North America. Both the British and French-ruled part of the country bringing their culture along with them too. Winding cobblestone roads and cathedrals that wouldn’t look out of place in Paris are around some of the cities in Canada.

9# Canadians are Friendly:

One of the national stereotypes of Canada is that the people are some of the most helpful and friendliest in the world. Most are always happy to help, and some would even make an effort to show you around their town or city. Locals in the bars or cafes are usually up for a chat, and you can expect world-class service in the restaurants. You’re never far away from making a new friend in Canada.

10# The Northern Lights:

Seeing the Northern Lights is on the bucket list of many travelers around the world. There’s nothing more magical than watching the colorful aurora borealis dance around the clear sky. The northern parts of the country are some of the best places to observe this natural phenomenon.

Canada is Awesome Because:

There are so many different reasons that make Canada a great place to visit. Friendly locals, a variety of cuisines, and Whistler make it a great place to visit.

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Traveling on your own might be one of the best options for reconnecting with yourself, or just for spending some quality ‘me’ time. Either way, solo traveling is full of advantages. It will definitely boost your self-esteem by pushing you out of your comfort zone. So, if you’re planning to spend a weekend on your own, what better option than taking a trip to London?

This cosmopolitan city will provide you with everything you need. From museums to secret gardens, there’s plenty to do in London. That’s why we’ve created an itinerary of the best places for you to visit. Plus, all the London attractions are compatible with London Pass, saving you a lot of money on your trip to London.

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Day one:

  1. Westminster Abbey

Step back in history at this UNESCO’s World Heritage Building, a gothic construction full of paintings, religious artefacts and stained glass windows. Westminster Abbey has been the nation’s Coronation church since 1066. As well as visiting the Coronation Chair, you can also pay a visit to the memorial of Isaac Newton on the Scientists Corner. There are also over 400 tombs and monuments at Westminster. Charles Dickens and Geoffrey Chaucer are just a few historical figures that are buried here. So don’t rush, take your time to discover every secret the Abbey has.      

  1. The Queen’s Gallery

Fill your eyes with an extraordinary collection of art pieces at the Queen’s Gallery. It holds an exquisite compilation of paintings, sculptures, and priceless treasures from the Royal collection. It’s a permanent space where different exhibitions take place. An extremely popular place to visit, and a must for art lovers.  

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  1. Royal Albert Hall

This register charity’s mission is to promote the Arts and Sciences through its innovative projects. They help to improve the quality of life of the residents at care homes, as well as encouraging children to learn how to play an instrument. The Albert Hall staff will escort you into a 1 hour tour where you’ll be able to visit the auditorium, the Gallery and the Queen’s private suites.

  1. Kensington Palace

One of London’s most exquisite palaces and the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace has been a home and refuge to the Royal family since its construction in 1605. Its 30 acres of Palace Gardens has turned this place into a peaceful urban oasis.

Now the night has fallen down, is time for you to recharge your batteries at a nice place. Whether you prefer to sleep at a hostel where you can meet a bunch of interesting people, or you rather have a quiet night, London has an option for everyone.

Our hostels suggestions are YHA London Earls Court and Saint James Backpackers Hostel.

For a hotel, you can try either The Nadler Kensington Hotel or The Kensington.

All of our suggestions are near the city centre, so you won’t have to worry about getting there.

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  1. Chelsea Physic Garden

Start your day with a relaxing visit to Chelsea Physic Garden, where you’ll be able to appreciate over 5000 species. As one of the oldest botanical gardens in London, founded in 1673 with the purpose of training apprentices with the use of medicinal plants, it’s one of the few London’s secret gardens. The perfect place to have your morning coffee.  

  1. Royal Mews

As the place where state vehicles are housed and maintained, the Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables in the world. They offer guided tours where visitors can see the royal collection of historic coaches. The Diamond Jubilee State Coach is the latest coach to join the collection, built to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

  1. Churchill War Rooms

Have a look at Winston’s ninety years of life at this interactive gallery. The Churchill War Rooms offer visitors to uncover the secret headquarters of Sir Winston Churchill. It’s divided into five chapters, from his childhood to his early years as Prime Minister. Make sure you visit the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill’s Bunker and the Museum. You don’t want to miss anything.   

  1. Household Cavalry Museum

Offering a unique ‘behind-the-scenes’ at the work that is done during ceremonial duties, this military museum is like no other. Here you’ll be able to see the original 18th century stables. It offers interactive displays and rare objects for visitors to see, bringing life to the museum.

We wish you a lovely solo weekend in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. What are the things you like to do the most when traveling solo?  

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Chicago’s Craziest Nightlife

by Kelly on October 27, 2016

 

Photo by Kevin Dooley, Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Kevin Dooley, Flickr Creative Commons

A Reputation Since Prohibition

Quick: what do you think of when the word “bootlegger” is put before you? You probably think of gangster hats, Tommy guns, and crazy, fun, bustling nightlife in a free atmosphere replete with flapper girls and zoot-suit sporting wunderkinds smoking furiously. You think of Chicago’s nightlife.

What a reputation this nightlife has! Since the era of prohibition, Chicago’s reputation as a place to find excitement and adventure in the small hours of the morning has been historically established. While you probably won’t stumble into the kind of Al Capone elegance of yesteryear today, you can still find some pretty swanky clubs to hit up during your stay in the windy city.

Eight Of The City’s Top Dance Parties

The Chicagoist lists eight exceptional opportunities to hit the dance floor and throw caution to the wind. Three of these options are entirely free, and include Soul Summit at Double Door, Living on Video at Neo, and Burly.

Burly is short for “The Burlington”, which is located at 3425 W. Fullerton Avenue. Double Door is at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., and you’ve got to go on Facebook for Neo to get the password. It’s at 2350 N. Clark St., but you can only get in free prior eleven.

Things To Do In The Day

The Navy Pier is a beautiful area with a 150-foot ferris wheel and put-put golf, among other things like boating tours and sightseeing expeditions. Because of this area’s high quotient of tourists, there are quite a few hotels in close proximity, and it makes plenty of sense.

There are a lot of good reasons to search out Chicago hotels near Navy Pier; according to IHG.com: “You’ll find great live music at Green Mill, amazing urban architecture at Millennium Park, and a whole universe to discover at Adler Planetarium.” All these areas are within walking distance of Navy Pier—though be sure you dress to fit the season!

Chicago gets brutally cold starting in November, and stays that way through early March/April. But the summers are generally very temperate. While a few hot days may make their way through the winding thoroughfares, in general you can expect temperatures in the low seventies. You may need a jacket in the evening, but during the day you’ll be perfectly comfortable.

Other Discoveries

Chicago has a shifting political landscape that has come under media scrutiny recently. While it can be a lot of fun to branch out on your own of an evening and see what adventures await, you’re going to want to avoid certain areas in this historic metropolis.

Top on this list is West Englewood, followed by Englewood, Riverdale, Auburn Gresham, Fuller Park, Gage Park, Chicago Lawn, West Garfield Park, Grand Crossing, and Chatham. For reasons behind this list, check roadsnacks.net.

A wise thing to do before you book your hotel in Chicago is to check its proximity to these areas, as well as other hotels’ proximity. Then you’re going to want to book accordingly. That said, if you avoid areas which have accrued reputation like this, you should remain relatively safe.

The most fun aspect of any city is getting free of established tourist morays and discovering what natural experiences you can discover. To this end, Chicago is a cornucopia of infinite delight. In order to fully capitalize on this urban wonderland, you’re going to want to do your homework before you go.

One Last Tip

Avoid driving where you can. Your vehicle probably won’t get broken into; but then again, it might. You will pay tolls, you will have difficulty parking, you will encounter ubiquitous traffic, and you will lose your temper at least one time if you decide to navigate the streets in your own vehicle. Instead, park outside of town and take the train in, or leave your vehicle at the hotel and use public transit.

Kevin Bennett

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Kevin is an SEO marketeer with OutreachMama and Youth Noise who designs value-rich content aimed at increasing clientele for expanding businesses. Networking, building partnerships, and providing quality products with shareable value make this possible. He’s an author (Amphibian and The Thief and the Sacrifice to his credit) whose professional writing follows business trends in technology, marketing, SEO application, and much more.

 

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3 Ways to Make Your Inflight Experience More Entertaining

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