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While visiting Canada, you could be wondering what you should see and the activities that you should not miss out on. With 17 World Heritage Sites, you are assured that Canada has so much to offer to its visitors. This explains why the country accommodates millions of tourists every year. 

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Now onto the attraction!

Notre-Dame Basilica Montreal

No, this is not the Notre-Dame in Paris. This basilica in Montreal is an amazing structure that is one of the most popular attractions in the country. It’s a privilege to hold a wedding at the Sacred Heart Chapel here. One of its highlights is the altar that has 32 bronze panels in it. The panels represent birth, life, and death.

Banff National Park, Alberta

This is not only home to wildlife such as grizzly bears and wolves, but it is also home to Lake Louise. The view of the turquoise water with snow-capped mountains in the background is mesmerizing. Besides the beautiful scenery, there are numerous outdoor activities to engage in such as walking, hiking, skiing, and biking.


Niagara Falls, Ontario

How will a trip to Canada and specifically Ontario be complete without visiting Niagara Falls? This turns out to be one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. Although it is famous for falls, it offers more than stunning views. Whether you prefer playing golf, taking a jungle adventure, visiting the butterfly conservatory, capturing the moments or boarding a whirlpool jet boat, there is always something that you can do.

Rideau Canal

This is a scenic waterway in Ottawa that is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are numerous ways that you can explore it. This is home to the Bytown Museum for history lovers. To explore the canal, board an electric cruise boat, go biking, enjoy paddling, and skate at the largest skating rink in the world (Rideau Canal Skateway).

The CN Tower

This is one of the most iconic structures you can visit while in Toronto and Canada at large. It plays a significant role in defining Toronto’s skyline as it stands at 553.33m. The highest hands-free external walk in the world is here. From the walls, the floor to the elevators, almost everything is made of glass. Besides, enjoy spectacular aerial views of Toronto and beyond, you can dine at the 360 restaurants and enjoy many other types of entertainment. 

Taking a holiday once in a while is refreshing and a great way to reward yourself. If you are planning on visiting Europe but you are not sure about where you want to go, you should consider Vienna. With a rich historical and cultural heritage, you will be amazed by how beautiful things can be. There are also plenty of other things to see and do. 

A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site

The Schonbrunn Palace is a rich cultural heritage in Vienna and this is the reason UNESCO declared it as a World Cultural Heritage Site. This importance also contributes to the fact that it receives millions of visitors every year. 

A Total of 1,441 Rooms

This is a gigantic palace and this is one of the things that make it unique. You can only visit about 40 of its rooms which is about 3 percent of the entire palace. Some of the highlights and features of the palace that will amaze you including but not limited to gilded ornaments; big mirrors, crystal chandeliers, and frescoes ceilings. 

Other rooms that are a must-see include the Bergl Rooms, the Walnut Room, Franz Joseph’s Bedroom, Elisabeth’s Salon, Garden Apartments, Marie Antoinette’s Room, a room where Mozart performed for the Empress and the Tirolian Garden. The rooms are intricately designed and richly furnished. You get to learn how the rulers lived their lives.

Rich Historical Heritage

The palace boasts a rich historical heritage. It was inspired by the French Versailles and is the birthplace of Emperor Franz Joseph back in the year 1830. It was once the summer home for Habsburg rulers. Besides the historical heritage of the palace, you also learn about how Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth Salon spent their lives.

The Beautiful Gardens

Once you have explored the palace, it’s time to enjoy its beautiful gardens that sits on 500 acres piece of land. There are numerous flowers and 44 marble sculptures that date back to the 18th century. As you walk on the numerous paths of the garden, you will be surprised by how spectacular it is.

As you visit Austria and enjoy what the beautiful country has to offer, you should visit the Schonbrunn Palace which dates back to the early 18th century. The palace is just a few kilometers from the city of Vienna and it’s advisable that you arrive early if you are to take the Grand Tour at your own pace.

Most people believe that skiing should only take place in winter. Hitting the slopes can also take place in spring when there are mild temperatures. It’s a beautiful time to engage in this sport. If you are planning a vacation this spring, you should consider going for a ski lodge vacation.

  • Plan Ahead

Things become easier when you plan your ski lodge vacation in advance. This is a low season and there are fewer crowds making it perfect to make the most out of the trip. Despite this, it's important that you plan the trip in advance to avoid last minute frustrations.

  • Prepare Your Gear

You have two options when going on a spring skiing vacation. You can carry your own gear or you can rent it at the destination. Each has its own advantages thus you need to consider them carefully. If you are to carry your own, you have to be prepared to carry it around but if you do not want the stress of excess baggage or hiring taxis, you can rent the gear at the destination.

Why you should go on a Spring Vacation

There are many reasons you should go for a ski lodge vacation. One is that you will be skiing at an affordable price; you will do it when it is less crowded and the weather is temperate among other reasons.

  • You will Save Money

Skiing in winter is more expensive than during spring. This is because not many people are aware of the sport during this season. This makes accommodation options to be more affordable and there are cheaper lessons. If you have not been able to go on a skiing vacation in winter due to prices, spring is the best time to do so.

  • It is Less Crowded

This is a sport that is quite common in winter and ski lodges get crowded. You cannot even get on the lanes comfortably with the crowds. Spring is a great time for skiing as there are smaller crowds. This will give you ample time and space to engage in the sport.

If you are looking forward to doing something different during your spring vacation, consider going on a spring ski trip. Besides the weather being cool, you will enjoy skiing when it’s less crowded. It also helps you to save money without compromising your experience.

Know the Level of Adventure

You have the level of adventure that you want to experience on your travel. Different activities and different destinations will give varying levels of adventure. Knowing the experience that you are looking for will help you in finding the most suitable destination. 

Pack What You Need

Some of these adventures will require you to have special gear. For example if you are going scuba diving, you will require special gear unlike when you are taking a walk. Pack what you need in advance and only what you need. Besides the clothes that you need, you should not forget packing a first aid kit and toiletries. You can have a checklist of all the things that you need.  

Choose from Several Destinations 

The destination that you choose is determined not only by the experience that you are looking for, but also on whether you are traveling alone or with other people. You can research on several of them and choose the one that you feel suits you the best. 

Enjoy Your Travel

Weekend is a short time to go on an adventure but you can make the best out of it. You can have fun even when alone. Your main reason for going on the adventure is to have fun thus you should not disappoint yourself. 

You Don’t Have to Go Alone

There will probably be other people going to the same destination as you and want to have the same experience. Join them. You can find out about this from your tour agent.

When going on an adventure, you need to know your strengths. In spite of the fact that you want a thrilling experience, you should not push yourself too hard. Know your limitations for your own safety. Do not deny yourself the chance of enjoying. If anything, this was the only reason you were going for that weekend adventure.

Creativity has saved many travelers lots of money. When you are on a budget but you want to make the best out of your holiday, you should consider holiday swapping. There are plenty of apps and websites where you can make such bookings.


So what is Holiday swapping? Holiday swapping involves renting the whole house or part of the house. It could be you are swapping a room or even a couch. Various reasons have led to the popularity of this kind of holiday. Swapping an entire home has more advantages than when you rent an expensive room in a hotel. 


  • You Have Ample Space


When you swap an entire home, you have it all to yourself. There is ample space for just anything and this means you will be home away from home. You relax in comfort, your kids will have enough space to play in, you spend your time as you wish, you can have your meals whenever you want and you will not be bothered by other people being around. 


  • It Saves You a Lot of Home


Home swapping turns out to be cost-effective than booking a hotel room. In a hotel, the more comfort and flexibility you want the more money you pay. The rates limit your days in a hotel but when you opt for home swapping, you can enjoy more days at an affordable rate.


The comfort you get in a home cannot be compared to paying thousands of dollars in a hotel. You save on other hotel bills when you have to buy snacks and drinks that have been overpriced. You buy them in bulk to stock up your bridge which will save you lots of money. 


  • It’s Easy to Find Information 


You are on holiday and you want to experience what the destination has to offer. If you have not hired a professional to be your guide, there is no better way than to get more information from your holiday exchange partner. They will guide you to attractions and places you never knew existed. 


  • It’s Easy to interact with the Locals


When you opt for holiday swapping, you can live anywhere in the world a place you could not live if you relied on hotels. This gives you a perfect chance to interact with the locals to learn more about their culture and even their day to day life. 


Holiday swapping gives you a delightful experience of a destination and the local community. It’s affordable especially when you have a family and it’s convenient. 

When traveling, what matters the most is the adventure you engage in and the experience that you get. Backpacking is one of the most popular ways to see the world’s beauty without spending lots of money.  


You do not have to wait for a lifetime to go on a luxurious holiday. The best thing about backpacking is that you do not have to be experienced, you can do it as a beginner, alone and still enjoy all there is to enjoy.  


  • Have A Checklist 


If you do not have a checklist of the things that you will need when traveling, you will end up being disappointed and not enjoying your trip to the maximum. Research on what you need for your backpacking to that destination, write everything down and you can even speak to experienced backpackers.  


When packing your essentials which should be days prior the trip, tick on the checklist what you have packed. This way, you will not leave anything behind.  


  • Packing Your Essentials 


You will need to pack your essentials and the secret in this is to pack light. Your essentials should not be an obstacle in your adventure. Pack only what you need the most such as food, water, a blanket, tent, first aid kit, knife, sleeping bag, a flashlight and a map among other small things that you must use. Carrying unnecessary stuff will only make your adventure more challenging.  


  • Have Some Basic Survival Skills 


Backpacking means that you will be spending most of your time outdoors. There come challenges with this and you should be ready for any kind of experience. For this reason and to enhance your safety, learn some basic outdoor survival skills while at the same, have a first aid kit.  


  • Always Plan Ahead 


Planning ahead will save you time and the last minute hassles. Besides packing, you should be ready for the weather condition in that destination. Know what kind of environment that you will be in and plan accordingly. It’s important that you are aware of the weather so that you can pack the right clothing.  


Whether you are going backpacking with your friends or alone for the first time, you should be ready for the adventure and to have fun. Nothing should limit you as you travel. It’s about creativity and what you are looking for. It is a good chance for you to create your own experience.  


Two things that you should never forget are to plan everything in advance and having a checklist of the most basic things.  

Traveling is usually fun and exciting because you are going to learn a lot about the tradition as well as the custom’s of the locals in the region you are visiting. While you are there, you are going to buy a thing or two. Of course, buying these things are legal, but take them with you to your home country can be a real problem. So it will be best you don’t purchase certain items during your travels.

In this article, we are going to be looking at some item that you will never be able to get through customs.

Certain plants

It is not every plant that is going to be allowed to into your home country. What you should do therefore is to make a list of all the plant items in your possession so that a customs official can examine it. You are definitely going to need a permit to carry items like nursery stock and seed. Of course, there are other items you cannot carry like a weed that spreads quickly.

Ancient artifacts

You will not be allowed to travel with an ancient artifact that has probably been stolen from a museum or a church. You are going to need a permit in order to for you to be allowed to carry certain artifact.


Bush-meat form wildlife in Africa or soup that is made with them will not be given a green light by customs officials. The reason why is that, most of these items are covered with germs and pathogens. Dried meat that is canned also has to go through a very extensive scrutinizing process before they will be accepted. Another reason why most countries don’t want these items is that they may have disease pathogens in them that can affect the local life stock in the region.

More than ten thousand dollars

In order for you not to get into any trouble with customs officials, you need to report all the cash you have on you. If customs officials later found out that you have more than ten thousand dollars in your possession, you are going to be in very serious trouble.

Goat hide

The hide of some goats is used for making drums. Of course, it might be fun to play these drums, but you need to keep it to heart that you will not be able to travel with it. And this is because it is among the list of items that the CDC has restricted.

At the onset of the trend, limousines were exclusive to the wealthy elite of society, the upper echelon consisting of movie stars, businessmen, and politicians. They were considered a symbol of status and power to them.

To be fair the connotation still remains true today despite the thousands of parents who rent limousines for their teenagers for prom. Riding in a limo is a social status symbol even if it is now accessible to the general public and movie stars alike.

Even with such developments, there are still some facts about this luxurious vehicle that are still shocking to most.

1. The first ever limousine was built in 1902 and had a maximum capacity of 4 passengers. Needless to say they were not as stretched out as the versions we have today and with good reason as they were exclusive to a few people at first.

2. Due to the nature of the people who could afford limos in the beginning, the chauffer’s seat was built outside the main compartment to give passengers their privacy.

3. Despite the name, there is no actual brand called ‘limousine’ rather the term is used to refer to the type of car which possesses certain characteristics including partition between the chauffeur and passengers compartments and its outstretched body.

4. The word ‘limousine’ is derived from the Limousine region in France with the initial design resembling a traditional cloak and hood worn by shepherds for protection against the elements. The name has never changed but the popular abbreviation ‘limo’ has been widely accepted.

5. A limo driver is called a chauffeur which is also French meaning stoker, referencing operators of steam engines.

6. A vehicle cannot be called a limousine unless it has a chauffeur.

7. Limos were the first automobiles to have built-in air-conditioning.

8. 1928 was the year stretched limousines were introduced and were used by big bands as transport to get to concerts for example Glenn Miller would travel with his orchestra and their instruments in the vehicles.

9. According to the Guinness World Book of Records, the longest limo was built in 1997 in California. It was 100 feet long and among other things had a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, king-sized bed, helipad and two fax machines.

10. Two popes drove in limos; Pope Pius XII owned a Ghia and Pope Paul VI owned two Imperials; a 1965 and 1966 model.

11. Many brands are making their own versions of the limousine while the most popular ones are the Lincoln Navigator and SUV Limo, there are also other brands that have made the leap including Ferraris, Mini Coopers and pickup trucks limos.

12. KAZ, an Italian-Japanese partnership, has invented the electric limousine which uses large-sized lithium-ion batteries. It has six electric engines and cost 4 million dollars and 5 years to make.

13. The Midnight Rider has set the record as the heaviest limo in the world, weighing in at 25 tons.

14. Limos are divided into two categories; traditional and exotic.

Traveling to a new place can be exciting for some and nerve-wrecking for others. However, you cannot be too sure what to expect even if you have done a bit of research. Sometimes people, especially taxi drivers, are not nice. If they figure out you are a first-time traveler, they tend to take advantage of the situation for the benefit of themselves.

But you don't have to always use a taxi. Uber has taken the world by storm and is usually cheaper and provides better service than taxi's. Another option is to buy a cheap car and use it to drive yourself around. You can always look for a cash for junk car service to help you recoup some costs when you are leaving the country too.

But if these options are not for your liking and you are intent on using taxi's on your next trip please read on. Listed below are taxi safety tips to make your first time experience as pleasant and seamless as possible.

Order a Taxi

If it’s your first time visiting a place, it’s always advisable to order a cab from a well-known taxi company. This not only ensures your safety but also give you peace of mind. Call up the taxi company and ask to book a taxi for your scheduled arrival date and time.

Also, if you happen to forget anything in the taxi, tracking the cab used is relatively easy. These companies have all orders stored in their databases. So this means they have all details of the ride such as who ordered the ride, what time, cab used and the driver, designated destination and so forth.

Ask for the Price or a Range Before Hopping in

To avoid innuendos and baseless arguments as well as being ripped off, ask the price to your destination first. If you order for a pickup, request for a quote.

Familiarize Yourself with the Local Currency

If you are clueless about the local currency, you can easily lose money to unscrupulous taxi drivers. Further, never be tempted to pay in your home currency. If you don’t want any surprises on your credit card statement, always pay in local currency.

Additionally, don’t carry too much cash with you.

Don’t be Too Friendly with Cab Drivers

Being overly friendly with the taxi drivers can easily be misunderstood, which can put you in an awkward and sometimes dangerous situation. It’s okay to talk with your driver in a laid-back, casual manner, but don’t overstep or give out personal information. And always ride in the back seat.

Get Out of the Taxi if You Feel Unsafe

If for some reasons you start feeling uncomfortable or unsafe in the taxi, request the driver to stop, leave the money and get out of the cab. Never try to look confident when you feel something is not right.

Traveling is a remedy for the soul and travelers know that those who travel are the happiest people. However, travel can be hard for beginners who’ve just tasted the beauty of traveling.

Are you a beginner who wants to travel the world and see as much as you can while you can? We’re here to ease your travel and reveal some traveling tips and tricks every travel addict should know. Keep reading and pay attention. You may need these tips and tricks in future.

Packing only what’s necessary will save you time and back pain

Don’t make the same mistake as others and pack unnecessary thing you will never use while traveling. Pack only what you think you may need and save yourself from back pain.

Bringing ear plugs or earphones will save you from noisy places

If you travel in a bus or sleep someplace noisy, ear plugs or earphone will save you from all the noise. You will also be able to listen to your favorite music while traveling.

Packing an internet ready device will get you an easy access to your bank accounts

An internet ready laptop, smartphone or tablet is a necessary thing to pack, especially if you tend to work as a freelancer and gain easier access to your money and bank accounts.

Always wear an extra top or a jacket and carry an umbrella

Although it’s shiny when you hit the road, you never know when rain may strike. Wearing an extra top or a jacket will keep you warm and save you from winds and getting sick.

When you don’t speak the language, use the universal language – body language

Everyone around the world understands the body language, so don’t be ashamed to use it and get what you need.

Always keep your money in your money belt and don’t carry too much cash while traveling

Never keep your money in your backpack because backpacks are easy to steal if you leave it somewhere. However, a money belt is something you should never take off. Also, it’s safer to keep your money on credit cards and don’t carry too much cash while traveling.

Quit planning and just go with the flow

Plans never work out as they supposed to and can ruin your mood. Quit planning and just go with the flow.

Break your toothbrush in half

It will save you some space in your backpack.

Hide your guidebook when asking for directions

Asking people for directions while holding on your guidebook seems stupid and rude. And people may refuse to help you if they see you already have a guidebook.

Prepare your first meal before you start traveling

Sandwiches or conserved food is a smart way to avoid starving while you find a place to eat a proper meal.

Meet with people

Always be kind and friendly. You never know when you might need help or a favor.

Always chose a place you haven’t visited before

Although familiar traveling places seem simpler and safer, visiting a new, unknown mysterious place always sounds better. Be brave! Chose adventure!