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Rideshare: The New Generation’s Taxi

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Blog, Travel

In most large cities and suburban areas, calling a cab is the most common way to get from one place to another in a pinch or if you don’t want to take public transportation. For decades, a taxi cab has been a symbol of movement in and around the big city. Today, ridesharing options are becoming quite popular, and offer a new twist on the once commonplace cab. What is Ridesharing? The concept of ridesharing is simple: “hail” a driver via a smartphone app, wait for them to arrive, and get to your destination, all from the comfort of your current location. This new technology allows users to tell the ridesharing application where you are and where you need to be, which in turns locates available drivers. You simply take a look at the potential driver and their proposed rates, say yes, and pay remotely with your phone. The driver comes to pick you up in their personal vehicle, and take you to your destination. Of course, tipping is recommended and can be done in cash or added to your total when you pay. What are the Benefits of Using A Rideshare Service? There are plenty of reasons to choose the rideshare experience rather than use a taxi. First,...

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How To Find A Cheap (Yet Comfortable) Hotel In Canada

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Blog, Travel

Whether you’re planning a winter getaway to Quebec or a summer family vacation to Toronto, Vancouver, or Calgary, no one wants to pay any more than necessary for a place to stay. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help insure that you don’t pay any more than you have to. Ways to save on hotel rates 1. Consider the package deals. If you’re flying to your destination, it’s a good idea to compare the airline vacation package rate to the individual price of the flight and hotel. Most airlines, including Air Canada, offer such packages that include the flights, the hotel, hotel tax and usually one other component like a sightseeing tour or a rental car. If you just call to inquire about flights, you generally won’t be offered the package rate; you’ll have to ask. One other thing to keep in mind is that such packages usually require that you pay for your accommodations in advance, typically 45 to 60 days prior to your departure. 2. Book early. Contrary to popular opinion, often the best hotel deals go to those who plan well in advance of their departure date. Like airlines, hotel companies like to know early that they are going to have a full...

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4 Great Reasons To Try Cab Sharing

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Blog, Travel

With fuel prices on the rise and all the damage that is being done to the environment, it may seem that there is not a lot you can do to save money and the environment. However, if you take a taxi to work every day then you can cut down on costs and save the environment at the same time by sharing a cab.  You may choose to do this with friends or family, and with the advent of online cab sharing services, you can even find people in your area who are going in the same direction as you are and share a ride with them. Here are the major benefits of cab sharing. Save Money on Taxi Fare If you are able to find a relative, friend or someone you meet through an online cab sharing service to pool resources with you to get to your destination, then you will pay less for your journey, especially if it is a long commute. The savings over the course of the week could allow you to splurge on something you otherwise could not afford had you travelled alone for the week. Ease Congestion on the Road When you cab share, you are doing your part to ease congestion on...

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What You Can Do To Lower Your Food Allergy Risk At Canadian Hotels

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Blog, Travel

Not having access to epinephrine is a leading cause of anaphylaxis deaths. Canadian hotels have teamed up with Epipen distributor, Pfizer Canada Inc., to stock emergency epinephrine kits. These hotels will be identified by a posted decal stating that epinephrine will be available on the premises. If you choose not to stay at one of the participating hotels, or if there isn’t a participating hotel in your area, there are a few precautions you can take to make your stay safer. 1. Check out your room. Carefully inspect your hotel room for stray food under couches and chairs. Especially search under the couch cushions. If it doubles as a sofa bed, pull it out and look under the mattress for items like candy wrappers and peanut shells that may have been mindlessly tucked away. 2. Ask for a suite. If you can upgrade to a suite that has a kitchenette, you can cook your own food. Be sure to wash all dishes and kitchen utensils, counter tops, and tables before cooking. Wash the door handles of the microwave and refrigerator. These are often neglected on the lower side of the handles where food residue can hide. 3. Ask about breakfast. Don’t be timid about asking to see labels and...

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