Notes on Newfoundland (NFLD Pt.4/4)

When we departed Toronto for Deer Lake, NL I was momentarily concerned that our summer holiday choice may not be a relaxing choice. My concern was based on the fact that we would be flying, and traveling around the island every two days or so, over the span of ten days. In the end, despite the flights, long drives, and multiple stops, the trip proved to be just as relaxing as our typical week at a cottage in Ontario.

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Bingo night in Burgeo was fantastic, though the locals may tell you otherwise. We may have stepped on a few toes when our team of CFA’s won a few games. Continue reading

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Travel like a pro: make travel easy

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The thought of packing for a trip, and navigating the airport can induce anxiety in most people, even seasoned travelers. Here is a list of some of my favorite travel resources that can help alleviate stressful aspects, and generally make travel easy.

Take advantage of free travel apps.

Let free apps like TripIt, PackPoint, and airline apps do some of the heavy lifting. Continue reading

Mainlander’s Guide to Newfoundland: Local Speak (NFLD Pt. 2)

Considering a trip to Newfoundland? Prepare yourself for the often thick regional accents and unique vocabulary. You may find the following helpful when deciphering the local speak:

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Firstly, it’s important to know that as a visitor to the island, you will consistently be referred to as either a CFA, or Mainlander. CFA is short for “comes from away”, and Mainlander means quite simply that you’re from the mainland (i.e. not the island) or rest of Canada.

Handy vocabulary and expressions to know Continue reading

Travel like a pro: essential flight pre-departure tips

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Here’s a list of my essential pre-departure tips:

Points, points, points! I’m a firm believer in signing-up for every free points scheme under the sun. Regardless of whether you’re a frequent flier, or the occasional holiday maker, I strongly advise taking the fifteen minutes to secure your enrollment in the necessary airline, hotel, and travel services schemes that match your travel plans. In the event of a crowded or oversold flight, or when it comes to candidates for upgrades, airlines often prioritize loyalty members. Hotel loyalty schemes can often get you free Wi-Fi, upgrades, and lead to future free night stays!

Call the airline. It’s not uncommon for airlines to contact you with itinerary changes made to your departure and return flight routes in the months following your initial reservation. Most often the amends are slightly varied from the original booking you may have made. Sometimes the airlines get sneaky, and make significant changes to your itinerary which can result in less than favorable departure or arrival times, and may impact your scheduled plans. Don’t feel powerless, call the airlines and ask what your options are. Continue reading