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Executing a Perfect Road Trip Adventure!

It’s summer – that means time for a road trip!!

Freedom is being able to just pack up your things on a whim and hit the road! Adventuring into the uncharted territories, fearlessly going wherever your wallet and car can take you. And it doesn’t have to be expensive, too far or very stressful.

All it takes is that inner most desire to explore, and it helps to have a solid plan.  The rest is just noise.

“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures”- Lovell Drachman

But how does one go about executing a perfect road trip? Well, there are some basic tips you should take. Let’s list them..

  1. Pick your destination. Do it right, because this will set the undertone of your journey and your expectations Often, you hear people say: It’s not the destination but the journey. Therefore it’s important to pick the right route as well. Something nice and scenic, with lots of opportunities to stop, refresh and resume. It’s more fun this way, and you get to see many things as you go along.
  2. Gather up what you’ll need. Figure out how long you’re going away, where you’re going (approximately). Will you need lots of food? or you can eat out? Will you need to bring a tent, bug repellent? some music for the car? special medicine? Last thing you want is to be on the road and you forgot to bring something you need. It’s not always a show stopper always, but it can dampen your mood. So in your head, mentally, walk yourself through all the things you plan to do and see what kind of resource you need. Keep in mind too the space in your car.
  3. Inspect your car. Make sure it can take on a road trip. Do your oil change, check your tire-pressure, make sure your gas tank is filled, make sure you have first aid kit, blankets, matches, rope, flashlight, radio, compass, maps, etc. Last thing you want is to go in the middle of nowhere and then get stuck on the side or the road. It can be scary.
  4. Pick the right people. Don’t go alone, unless that’s your thing, in which case you should let someone know that you’re away, for safety reasons. But if you’re going to go with others, make sure you pick those who are not going to get on your nerves or ruin your time. There is nothing worse that inviting some negative person to come along and bring the mood and morale down. All it takes is one person too. So carefully select and know your travel mates. It can make all the difference in the world.
  5. Prepare for Murphy’s law: If it can happen, it will happen. Sounds scary, right?! Yes, but if you’re prepared, you can manage. Although one can never be completely prepared for all the things life can throw at you, listing all the possible risks and ways to mitigate helps immensely. Basically, have a plan B, so you’re not caught off-guard.
  6. Give yourself a day or two when back. How many times did you hear people say.. oh I just go back from vacation and I’m hating being here (work), wish I can go back.. Well, that’s normal. Human beings are pleasure seekers, and we hate when it stops. It’s hard to adjust back. That’s why it’s a good idea to give yourself a day or two after you come back from your trip to unwind, process what you saw, and mentally prepare yourself to being back in every day mundane. You’ll always yearn to go back to vacation but at least you’ll be mentally ready to resume work/responsibilities.
  7. Learn from your experiences, trials and tribulations. Take some time to reflect back on your journey. How was it? Did it go as you expected? Would you have done anything differently, if you could go again? Learn from your own experiences, that’s what makes you perfect. Next time, you’ll have a much better idea of what to do. Nothing feels better.

So there you have it, not the most extensive list in the world, but then again who has the time to sit and read when summer is here and all you want to do is get out and live a little!

Tobermory, Ontario
Tobermory, Ontario

When out there exploring, take it easy, drive careful, remain calm, pay attention to the little things.

If road trips aren’t your thing, but you do like weekend getaways, night on the town, wine tours or casino trips – Toronto Airport Limousine is here to serve you.  With our exceptional fleet of super clean & modern vehicles – we can move any size group. Just inquire about our rates.

Have a fun and safe summer adventure!

9 Tips for Travelling With Children

Traveling with kids can be a lot of fun, but it is challenging! Here are some tips on how to make travel with children as easy as possible.

Travel with kids

  • Make sure that you consult with you health care provider to determine if a child should receive any additional vaccines, if travelling abroad
  • If a child develops motion sickness, make sure they take their eyes off whatever they’re doing and shut them or look at the horizon to lessen the feeling
  • To ease the jet lag, encourase short daytime naps
  • Invest in a child locator, that way you will never loose your child
  • Make sure you pack and bring any essential medicine they need
  • Create a list of fun activities or family games that you can play in case of a delay or long journey
  • Avoid sweets, and instead pack healthy snacks: cheese sticks, breadsticks, fruit and bagles, etc.
  • Bring baby wipes, bugs spray and any other hygiene products the kids might need
  • Take time and be patient!

Bon Voyage!

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What you can learn about packing from those who rock ’n’ roll

Luggage with clothes
Packing smart saves you money, time and frustration.

When travelling you want to have everything you need for the trip. But a lot of people pack too much or don’t know how to pack properly. Inteligent packing saves you time, money and the frustration of carrying all that “stuff” around. Shaun Huberts – North Vancouver writer and bass player gave a lot of great tips in his book ‘How to Pack Like a Rock Star‘. Here is the summary of interesting cool tips featured in the National Post:

  1. Pack with a purpose, fold your clothes and arranged them so you can see it all soon as you open the luggage.
  2. Put the heavy stuff down in the luggage where the wheels are and light on top, so it doesn’t get wrinkled.
  3. Ensure your luggage has a wet pockets for wet stuff OR bring few large ziplock bags.
  4. Bring flip-flops in case you gotta shower in some dark, dirty places.
  5. Pack light, follow the essentials list.. mark down items you didn’t use but brought on your last trip.

Read more at: http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/09/21/what-you-can-learn-about-packing-from-those-who-rock-n-roll/

7 Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

Photo of a busy airport
Tip 7: For a safe and stress free travel to the airport book a limo!

Travelling is fun! You’re visiting new places, seeing new things – who doesn’t like to go somewhere nice. However, we all know that trips can sometimes go wrong and in so many different ways. That’s why we’re going to list the main things every traveller should keep in mind. Let’s face it, the only other thing better than travel is.. stress free travel.

So here are some main points to consider that will in turn save you money, time and frustration.

1. Protect your information
Scammers are everywhere and they’re getting more sophisticated. It’s very important to protect your personal information at all times and be aware. Identity theft protection company will protect you against credit fraud and cyber-crime so speak with them. When using computers at the Internet cafes don’t save your info on them, log out, watch for auto-save and auto-complete forms, and using credit card over unsecured wireless connections.

2. Pack light
Don’t bring what you really don’t need. That means leave your other credit cards, checks, extra IDs, big purses and wallets, electronics, jewelry. If you don’t need it, bringing it only risks you loosing it. Plus you lighten your load and have less to carry around the airport.

3. Choose direct flights
Flight with stopover tend to make you spend more money because while you’re waiting for your connecting flights you have to eat, drink, entertain yourself, etc. It’s always a better idea to try and book a direct flight with less layover, so you can enjoy more time at the actual destination.

4. Watch your money
Use travel credit cards and some local currency, which you can order from your bank before you leave. It’s also advisable to contact your credit card company and let them know of you travel arrangements. Using ATMs at the airport is risky as some of them may have card readers and people who hover around to try and steal your PIN or mug you. So it’s best to inform yourself of ATM locations beforehand and use only those (mostly at the actual bank branches). Use your hands to block the view when entering your PIN in ATMs and make sure it’s located within a bank branch.

5. Confirm your reservations
Check your reservations twice so your vacation isn’t ruined by an overbooked hotel or rental car agency. Plans can change drastically and double checking that arrangements are intact and as planned is essentially. Its always best to book directly with the hotel or agency and eliminate the middleman.

6. Get travel insurance
Getting travel insurance is advisable because last thing you want is for something bad to happen and you’re stuck in a foreign country with no coverage, no money and no way of easily getting back. Getting travel medical insurance is really easy, you just answer few questions, when you flying and returning and that’s it. This was if something does happen to you while on the trip (like accidents, death, lost baggage, cancelled flight, terrorism) you’ll be taken care of.

7. Book a limo to/from the airport
Travelling to and from the airport can be a hassle and very stressful, especially if you’re exhausted form the trip. So what you could do is hire a limo to drive you to/from the airport. Often time airport limo service is fast, reliable, and affordable. Many people are surprised to find out that the actual cost was less than they expected.

So with some planning and preparation, you can avoid travel stress and get on with your vacation of fun and adventure without any unnecessary drama. If you have any additional tips or anything we missed, please be sure to leave a comment below.