When you take your first business trips, it can be a pretty exciting experience, especially if you’re someone who hasn’t traveled an awful lot up until that point. Most newbie business travellers get a few things wrong when they start, and may end up with more out-of-pocket expenses than expected. Here are some simple business travel hacks for beginners that’ll get you acting like a pro from day one away from the office.
Create a universal packing list to keep on your phone. There are certain things you’ll likely always need to take with you on the road, and things that it is really easy to forget to take, or leave at the hotel (phone chargers, earbuds, medications). If you have a basic list to reference before and during every trip, you’re less likely to forget anything (or need to buy replacements when you get where you’re going). There are plenty of apps that can help you with this, but Evernote is a popular one for keeping life organized.
Here we are teetering on the very edge of spring, and all the wonderful things it brings once the snow clears. There are plenty of cool, fun, and interesting spring events in Winnipeg, and on today’s blog we thought we’d list them to help with any travel planning you might be doing.
Festival of Fools, March 25 – 31. This extension of the Winnipeg Children’s Festival offers a program of free events at The Forks over March Break. You’ll find circus workshops, clowns, trapeze performers, musicians, a huge dance-off, and many more fun family friendly events to participate in.
Manitoba Comic Con and Sci Fi Expo, April 1 – 2. Come get your geek on at this super fun conference. Highlights include a Q&A with Smallville actress Allison Mack, and animator Tom Cook, and many other fun folks. Cosplay costumes are of course encouraged. Read More
Spring may not have actually sprung yet, but visitors to Calgary have a lot to look forward to in the coming month. There are some awesome Calgary festivals and events coming up, bringing delicious food, dance, theatre, and sports to the city. Here’s a round-up of what’s going on in March to help you plan out your next great trip to Calgary.
Calgary Home and Garden Show (March 2nd through 5th) is a renovation lover (or fantasists’) dream. There you’ll find vendors, workshops, expert speakers, celebrities, and inspiration by the bucket-load.
Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres (March 4th through 5th) has been serving up sweet taffy and festivities for 15 years now. The event is a celebration of French Canadian, Metis and First Nations culture in Calgary as much as it is maple syrup, and takes place in Heritage Park. Expect arts and cultural performances, wagon rides, live performances, and traditional foods. Read More
On bone-chilling winter days, the fastest way to get properly warmed up is from the inside out. Fortunately there are lots of excellent places in Winnipeg to head to for excellent food that will do just that. In today’s blog we’re talking about the best Winnipeg restaurants for comfort food, from rib-sticking traditional North American fare to phở.
Phở Huàng is considered by many to be the best Vietnamese restaurant in the city, and serves up awesome hot steaming bowls of phở – which is a deeply satisfying noodle soup made with stock and piled high with meats, vegetables, tofu, or whatever else you’re into. Add plenty of hot sauce and you’ll get an extra warming boost.
At Lovey’s BBQ the meat is cooked low and slow until it falls off the bone, and the sides are absolutely delicious. Get stuffed with a rib dinner (or one with brisket, pulled pork, or farmer’s sausage), a massive burger topped with pulled pork, thick wedges of cornbread, and other southern inspired favourites.
Calgary is a city with a lot going on, all the time. Whatever you’re into, whether you’re heading there for business or pleasure, you’ll no doubt find plenty to see and do. In this week’s blog post we’re bring you essential Calgary experiences that you should try and add to your itinerary while there.
See Calgary from above. By ascending to the top of the Calgary Tower, you can get a fabulous panoramic view of the city from 181 metres above. Want to prolong that viewing experience? Make a dinner booking at Sky 360, the Tower’s revolving restaurant.
Visit Canada Olympic Park. Did you know that in the summer you can zip-line down the very same ski jump that British underdog Eddie the Eagle Edwards did back in the Calgary Olympics? There’s tons of activities on offer at the Olympic Park in both summer (mountain biking, mini-golf, luge carts, lots of kids activities) and winter (luge, bobsleigh, skating, tubing). Read More
As any visitor soon realizes after arriving in Winnipeg, there’s a reason why the city is often referred to as Winterpeg. However, you also see that the locals don’t let the chance of frostbite stop them from getting out there and enjoying the winter – you see them skating on the rivers and embracing all the activities that winter brings. Not your idea of fun? Don’t sweat it, there are plenty of places you can hide away from the cold, and in today’s blog we’re talking the best Winnipeg spa experiences that’ll keep you feeling warm and toasty.
Riverstone – The Spa at the Forks offers a signature head-to-toe massage that is simply divine. It starts with a full body exfoliation, after which your feet will be wrapped in hot towels and then your body, face, and scalp massaged with customized aromatherapy oils. The grand finale is a therapeutic back paraffin treatment. Not quite decadent enough for you? You can add in paraffin treatments for your hands and feet, or a face cleansing massage ritual to top it off. This treatment is also offered as a couples massage. Read More
For many reasons 2016 has been a tough year for a lot of people (we lost Bowie and Prince, never mind the economic downtown and natural disasters we had to get through). We have to hope that 2017 is going to be kinder to us all, and we can certainly do a few things to help get the year started off right. Here are some New Years resolutions for business travellers that will help next year to be better and more productive than the last.
- Apply for a Nexus Card. If you fly a lot, even if you don’t often fly through or into the US, a Nexus Card will be the best $50 you’ve ever spent. This allows you to cruise through security lines and checkpoints at major Canadian airports, and when entering the US. You need to apply, be interviewed by border agents for both Canada and the US, and then provided you don’t have a criminal background or say anything stupid in the interviews you get a card that lasts five years and saves you a lot of time and frustration when you fly.
- Get better luggage. Does your carry-on do everything you need it to do, or are you lugging around an inefficient case with wonky wheels that makes you mutter obscenities as you sprint from gate to gate? Upgrade to something that makes you happy and does more. There’s plenty of excellent luggage out there designed for professional travellers, with compartments and internal battery packs, GPS, or whatever bells and whistles you want.
When the weather outside is frightful, you’re best off heading somewhere warm and snug to order up the kind of food that’ll help you thaw from the inside out. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best Calgary comfort food locations for you to head to this winter.
Let’s start with pho, the ultimate Vietnamese comfort food. Though traditionally pho is a noodle soup made with beef stock, slices of beef, and lots of nutritious vegetables , you’ll find plenty of flavourful variations at Vietnamese restaurants throughout the city. Head to Balo for some authentic pho that will fill your belly and tantalize your tastebuds.
Fondue is always perfect on cold days, and at the Laurier Lounge you can opt for delicious cheese fondue with baguette and steamed vegetables, or go for beef, seafood, or chocolate fondue. These dishes are designed for sharing, so a perfect date night location. Read More
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Staying in Winnipeg over the holidays? Lucky you! This is a city that has plenty of fun stuff going on throughout December and over the New Year, and plenty of that happens outdoors because Winnipeggers don’t let sub-zero temperatures curb their enthusiasm for anything! Here’s a guide to 15 activities to enjoy in Winnipeg Over the Holidays:
- Canad Inns Winter Wonderland is a massive drive through holiday light show that runs from December 2nd through January 7th (closed Christmas Day), at Red River Exhibition Park. You tune your radio into the special event station, and cruise through the 2.5 kilometre route where more than a million twinkling lights are arranged into themed displays.
- Watch ET with a live orchestral accompaniment at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on December 11th.
- Enjoy Christmas Day brunch at the Fairmont Winnipeg, or one of their other various decadent holiday meals offered throughout festive season. You know it will be way fancier than anything you could make yourself, and you won’t need to do dishes afterwards.