Travel Tips That Will Help Make a Travel Trip Smoother

You finally have some vacation days, which means you can go somewhere for a few days and relax without having to worry about work. Are you excited? While people are excited about traveling, they also feel a bit apprehensive because it can also be a hassle. However, it is essential to remember that this only…

You finally have some vacation days, which means you can go somewhere for a few days and relax without having to worry about work. Are you excited? While people are excited about traveling, they also feel a bit apprehensive because it can also be a hassle. However, it is essential to remember that this only happens when you do not plan properly and take advantage of the benefits that technology can offer you these days. If you want to make your trip as smooth as possible, here are some excellent travel tips that can come in handy:

Get organized early on

Staying organized is one of the best ways to prevent any last-minute problems and fiascos. When you have made up your mind to go somewhere, you should inform your credit card company or bank about it so that you do not face any payment issues. The next step is to take a look at your travel documents before flying because you want to ensure everything is up to date. This includes checking to see if you have a valid visa for every destination that's part of your flight itinerary. If you find a problem at the eleventh hour, you may have to cancel your plans.

Take advantage of the tech

There is no denying that technology has simplified everything, which includes traveling. Gone are the days when you had to go in blind to a new place because you can now check out everything beforehand thanks to technology. You can find a wide array of travel apps that can turn out to be immensely useful, which include maps that can help you in getting around the new city and finding places. Likewise, there are also apps that enable you to get real-time flight updates, weather conditions and even find your restaurants according to your dietary requirements.

Opt for pre-booking where possible

It is recommended that you tick off as many things as possible from your list to avoid any issues. Again, technology plays a role here because you can now check out vacation rental websites for booking your accommodation, car hireing websites to hire a car for picking you up from the airport and similar other tasks. This can enable you to save a lot of your valuable time and keep the pressure off so you can stay stress-free.

Avoid the rush

If you are going on a vacation instead of a business trip, you want to be as relaxed as possible in order to enjoy. This can only happen if you give yourself time to make it to the airport and go through security. You can make use of GPS in this situation for checking your estimated travel time and even mark the route that can get you there quickest.

Be ready for security

If you have traveled before, you know the ins and outs of security. It is best to place your keys, jewelry and small electronic devices in your carry-on luggage as it can save time. You do not have to empty out your pockets and get through easily. It is also necessary to ensure you are complying with all the custom requirements when it comes to large electronic devices and liquids. Other than that, you should also be familiar with the number of pieces of baggage or the weight limit imposed. These requirements can differ for countries and airlines and you should be familiar with them beforehand to avoid any penalties or fines.

As long as you follow the tips mentioned, you will be able to enjoy a smooth and relaxing trip and face no hassles.

Five Texas Festivals That Should Be On Your Bucket List

Bucket lists have become part of the overall conversation simply because they denote what tends to be the things we want to do most in life. Of course, you want your list to “go big”, which naturally means the Lone Star State and Texas festivals. With a state as large as Texas, you are certain…

Bucket lists have become part of the overall conversation simply because they denote what tends to be the things we want to do most in life. Of course, you want your list to “go big”, which naturally means the Lone Star State and Texas festivals. With a state as large as Texas, you are certain to come across some of the most unique festivals anywhere.

Yaxh Nakum Naranjo National Park

Yaxh Nakum Naranjo National Park, one of 22 national parks in the Latin American country of Guatemala, features a Mayan city under restoration. Tourists come to Guatemala and to its western neighbor, Belize, to see the stunning pyramids that were built by the ancient Mayan culture. The challenge to the tourist industry centers on the…

Yaxh Nakum Naranjo National Park, one of 22 national parks in the Latin American country of Guatemala, features a Mayan city under restoration. Tourists come to Guatemala and to its western neighbor, Belize, to see the stunning pyramids that were built by the ancient Mayan culture. The challenge to the tourist industry centers on the logistics involved in getting people to the remote sites. The primary way that tourists arrive in Guatemala, by cruise ship, limits the choices that tourists have to experience the best sites.

Given that most cruise ships remain in port for about eight hours, tourists must consider the element of time when they choose what they want to enjoy in port. Typically, a drive to a remote site should take no more than 90 minutes. Double that time (and allow for two hours to visit at the site) and the math will show you that you incur a risk of missing your ship's sailing time, plus you saw no other attractions because of the significant investment of your valuable time. If your cruise ship stops in a Pacific port, you probably have to take a commuter flight to see Mayan ruins, or you can take a 90-minute road trip to see active volcanoes. But, you will not have time to do both. If your cruise ship docks at an Atlantic Ocean port, the time-constraint will be more acute.

Non-cruising tourists have more options. The Guatemalan government and many reputable tourist agencies provide information and supporting pictures on all of the national parks. Some parks have lodges and inns that will permit you to remain in the park of an extended period of time. You will enjoy intense exploration and study of the artifacts that the Mayans left after their civilization waned. So, determine what you want to see, find your options to see that, and plan your trip – a memorable experience that you will cherish.

Top 3 Day Tours From Marrakech

The city of Marrakech used to be an imperial city in Morocco, brimming with character. Much of it has been preserved today for the world to see. Being the economic centre of Morocco, there is much to explore in Marrakech. From mosques to palaces and from markets to gardens, Marrakech will not disappoint you.

The city of Marrakech used to be an imperial city in Morocco, brimming with character. Much of it has been preserved today for the world to see. Being the economic centre of Morocco, there is much to explore in Marrakech. From mosques to palaces and from markets to gardens, Marrakech will not disappoint you.

Why You Should Use Bus Charter Services

There is no greater nightmare than trying to make travel arrangements, especially when you not only need to make the plans for yourself but for an entire group! In such a case, you will need a vehicle that will be able to accommodate everyone and meet all his or her needs during the tour. You…

There is no greater nightmare than trying to make travel arrangements, especially when you not only need to make the plans for yourself but for an entire group! In such a case, you will need a vehicle that will be able to accommodate everyone and meet all his or her needs during the tour. You may also end up using separate cars with different drivers. Instead of all that hassle, you should definitely choose a bus charter service as it would deal with all the things that may be stressing you out.

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

I've always wanted to go to Baguio since grade school, but my mom will not let me due to the historic earthquake happened there when I was in my mother's womb. The earthquake occurred when my mom was traveling back to Manila from Baguio. And now I'm 26 years old yet, I still have not…

I've always wanted to go to Baguio since grade school, but my mom will not let me due to the historic earthquake happened there when I was in my mother's womb. The earthquake occurred when my mom was traveling back to Manila from Baguio. And now I'm 26 years old yet, I still have not been there.

Craving for a cold place on top of the mountains, a friend of mine invited me to have an adventure. Not in Baguio rather, in Sagada. One of the coldest places in the country. A place of peace and relaxation. It's like an escape place from the city and reality. And from the famous movie “That Thing Called Tadhana,” it's a place where broken hearts go.

Traveling to Sagada is good for family, friends, couple, or even a soloist. Although only selected places are advisable for seniors and kiddos and of course, make sure to have a comfy ride back and forth since it will be a long one. So, to all those who are challenge to go there, here are my experiences in the places we've been and the food we have ateen.

TRANSPO

My friends and I took the Coda Bus Line in Cubao for P700 one way – routing from Cubao to Sagada Town Proper. Make sure to buy tickets in advance as the bus is always full. Coda Bus Line is located in HM Transport Terminal, Maryland corner EDSA. The travel time is 10-12 hours so, I really recommend this bus which has reclining seats and good music & movies. You'll thank me after experiencing it. The bus departed in Cubao at 9:00 pm, Friday last February 10, 2017. After 5 hours, we already arrived Baguio City at 2:00 am. We had two stopovers from then until we arrived Sagada Town Proper at 7:00 in the morning.

On our way home, we also took Coda Bus Line for P700 one way. I suggest to buy a roundtrip bus tickets beforehand. From Sagada Town Proper, look for the jeepney going to Bontoc provided by Coda Bus Line because the bus terminal going back to Manila is in Bontoc. No additional payment needed in the jeepney as this is included in the bus payment. Riding their jeepneys is one of the fun parts in Sagada. If you're one of the adventurous people, challenge yourself to seat on top of the jeepney. Yes, you read that right! Seat on top of the jeepney along the bags of the passengers. Most of the people who did it was men but some ladies are brave enough to try. I always thought of it as a scary thing since you'll be seeing the cliff from above. But if you focus on the scenery, you'll be thanking God for the amazing view. It's like a postcard brought to life. Another good thing about this bus is, you have a stopover somewhere with zero visibility to buy veggies and other delicacies and another stopover in Banawe Rice Terraces for picture taking.

HOTEL

We stayed at Misty Lodge Hotel and Café – 2km away from Town. It may seem far but we did not regret staying there. The hotel is very much cozy and they serve the best food in town. Upon entering the house, you will see a pretty decorated Café with a Chimney on the side. They have one room at the ground floor, 4 rooms at the second floor, and 5 rooms at the attic. The rooms are good for a soloist to a bunch of four people per room. Since we're a group of eight, composed of four boys and four girls, we requested for two rooms abreast. Fortunately, the available rooms are located on the attic, facing each other. The room for four people has 2 beds with a side table and cabinet. Their second floor has a living area with deck of books that you can use for your spare time while the attic has a hangout area at the center of the rooms for peeps who wants to play board games. The house is filled with books and games that guests can use for entertainment. The hotel is highly recommendable although they only have a shared bathroom. They only have two huge bathrooms for the whole house so, you might want to wake up early as expected to avoid the lines. Another good thing in this hotel is that, they do not turn off the lights at night. You also have to note that they turned off all the lights, even the street lights, at 10:00 pm.

I also know some people who stayed at Rock Inn Hotel. It's also a nice hotel but farther from Town than in Misty Lodge. And another one is at Residential Lodge. Residential Lodge is already located in Town so you do not need to worry walking long distances in a very cold street after the activity or after eating. But since it's in Town, they follow the lights curfew shence, turning off the lights at 10pm including the room lights. So you can not do anything beyond 10pm away from sleeping.

ACTIVITIES

There are tons of activities in Sagada, though most of them require hiking. So, if you're traveling with seniors or kids, select only those that are safe for them and make sure to hire a tourist guide. Here are some of the activities my friends and I went to.

Mt. Kiltepan
We arrived at 7:00 am in Sagada Town and had our breakfast in Misty Lodge Café since we also need to check-in. Unfortunately, we can not have an early check-in, so we decided to leave our bags at the receptionist and went to Mt. Kiltepan. From Misty Lodge, it's a 2km walk to the entrance of Mt. Kiltepan and a 20-30mins walk to the top and you can go there even without a guide. It's a safe place; just be careful when you stand on the cliff. You can also take your car or rent a jeepney to go on top. This mountain was featured in the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana” where the lead actress released her feelings by shouting. Though in the movie, they went there to wait for the sunrise while we went there at 10am and the view is still amazing! A clear view of the proudly Filipino made Rice Terraces. I guess no other groups ever thought of going there without it's sunrise well, we have the place all to ourselves. We took a lot of great pictures without rushing. But if you want to see the sea of ​​clouds, you have to go up there at 4:30 am and wait for the sunrise. I'll tell you, it's totally worth it.

Echo Valley Tour -> Hanging Coffins -> Underground River -> Bokong Falls
On our 2nd day, we decided to rent a guide for an Echo Valley Tour for P500 for a group of 10 people. This tour is composed of many routes, depending on your last destination and here's ours. We first went to the church and the hill of cemetery where we listened to the history of the places and their traditions. Then we walked to the Echo Valley, a place where if you shout, you will hear it echoes. It's amazing! Then we went down to the hanging coffins. It's not scary, it's somewhat puzzling especially those on the middle of the rocky mountains. How did they even managed to bring it all up and push it inside the mini caves? Still disturb, we hiked until we reach the underground river where we needed to lights our torch inside to see where we're going. You have to be careful inside due to some of the stones are so low, you may hit your head. When you reach the end of the river, it means you've reached Bokong Falls. It's just a small falls but it's lovely. There, we enjoyed our lunch and swimming. Afterwards, we took a different route heading back to Town. It took us almost 4 hours on this tour but we enjoyed it.

Sunset in Lake Danum
Feeling pump, after our Echo Valley tour, we have a little snacks of barbeque and hotdog then we rented a shuttle for P600 to drive us to Lake Danum. A lot of tourist went there to time lapse the sunset. Sadly, the sun was covered with clouds so we have not really see it clearly. But still, it's a nice place to have picnics. I also recommend buying their instant coffee (Organo Gold coffee) or yogurt while waiting for the sunset. It's really delicious!

Marlboro Hills
Since we already went to Mt. Kiltepan, we decided to hiked up in Marlboro Hills to see the sea of ​​clouds. We started hiking at 4:00 am on a Sunday while the sky drizzles. We hiked up for 1hr and 30mins and it's getting colder and colder. It's higher than Mt. Kiltepan and it is not that advisable if it's raining due to the ground gets muddier. It's zero visibility up there and make sure you have you're fleece jacket on.

That's all our activities during our stay in Sagada. We also have another trip to Bomod-OK Falls but it was cancelled due to their ongoing ritual on that day. Other than that, you may try going to Sumaguing Cave, Blue Soil, Lumiang Cave, Ganduyan Museum, Pongas Falls, and to the famous Sagada Rice Terraces.

FOOD

If you're looking for something to replaced your burned calories after the activities, Sagada has heaps of restaurants that you will not forget. Of all the places I've been, Sagada is the only place where all the foods they served have veggies. You do not have to request for it, it is given. Not just that, their veggies are fresh and delicious. Their dishes are tasteful and the cheesy pizzas & mouthful burgers are those that you should not let go of. Of course, do not forget to try their famous creamy yogurt. It is their specialty because of its creaminess and freshness of fruits flavored in it. I recommend you try eating in Misty Lodge Café, Sagada Brew, Salt & Pepper, and Gaia Café. Those are some we've been to and it's a must! Especialially Gaia Café, this place has a view of Banawe Rice Terraces and it's best for their coffee and muffin. Also, it is better if you try their local foods that you can buy in the streets such as wheatbread with chocolate / cheese, dirty ice cream w / Hershey's syrup, and yogurt.

PASALUBONG (SOUVENIRS)

Wondering where to buy souvenirs for your loved ones? Well, you do not need to ride far away since the town is a small place and have lots of souvenir shops. I suggest that you hoard their red wine. HAHA Just kidding! They sell one of the best wines and my favorite is Charlina Bugnay Red Wine that I only bought for P150-P160 per bottle, depends on what store you bought it. Aside from that, I've also bought a pack of mountain leaves for P10 and turmeric tea for P150, which is very good in cleansing the body.

For 4 days, we really did enjoy going there and I'm pretty sure I'll be back there. If you're a soloist looking for an escape place or somewhere to relax, this is a great place for you. Or maybe you're a couple or friends or family that is up for an adventure, do not forget to bring you're A-game! Also, do not forget to bring moisturizers and sunblock. Even though it's cold, sun's heat is strong enough to burn your skin. Truly, Sagada is one of a kind! So when you're there, seize the moment!

Why Not To Choose The Traditional Airport Parking

Nowadays, people are becoming increasingly involved in air travel. No matter if you're considering a family holiday or a business trip, this airport parking affords way better options than traditional airport parking. Air travel is more popular than ever as more and more people are using airports to move from one place to another. Airports…

Nowadays, people are becoming increasingly involved in air travel. No matter if you're considering a family holiday or a business trip, this airport parking affords way better options than traditional airport parking.

Air travel is more popular than ever as more and more people are using airports to move from one place to another. Airports are busy places and they need to make some improvements. Due to the increased number of passengers who are driving themselves to the airport, the need for parking spaces is increasing too. Still, the issue with traditional parking can not be resolved with just a few more parking spots. Similar, the enlarged number of vehicles reduces the airport ability to care for those vehicles. ¢ ¢ he least you want when you get back from the trip is to find your car damaged or stolen, right? If you find that your reserved spot has been taken, there is a high chance you will miss your flight as you drive around trying to find another parking spot.

Which reasons to consider while choosing this airport car parking, over the traditional parking space?

1. Affordability

2. Ability to reserve your spot

3. Security

4. Valet service

5. Additional services

We all know that airports cost us so much money. You pay extra if you want to check a bag. Even if you want something to eat, you will pay more than somewhere else. Want to park in a convenient place? You'll be paying out of your nose. Parking at airport carpark is more economical and affordable because you will get more for less. Especially if you are traveling for a longer period of time or you have a thick budget.

If you decide to use traditional parking, finding a decent parking space can be very difficult to perform. You might get a great spot or you just might get stuck. When you make an online booking , you will definitely have your spot. You do not have to worry about it because these professionals are making their best for your peaceful trip.

One of the reasons you may choose to drive to the airport is so you do not have to leave your car unattended for long period of time. An unattended car can be damaged or stolen. This is why it's important to have secured parking. You will loosen up if you know that your car will be safe and sound from breaking and stealing. Look for a 24/7 security system and CCTV monitoring.

Traveling to the airport with your own car is no longer a hassle. You do not have to take a cab or walk through it. These professionals will immediately get you to the terminal you are flying from. With parking space less than 5 minutes away from the terminal, you will never miss any of your scheduled flights. This service can also pick up from the airport and take you to your car. Valet service allows transportation your baggage too.

Offering a variety of other services, such as washing, vacuuming and polishing the inside and out of your car may seem like a small thing. However, it will make your life easier when you see your car sparkling and ready to take you back home.

What Are the Best Winter Day Trips in Iceland?

Did you come across an irresistible airfare deal for traveling to the Land Of Fire And Ice in winter? Maybe a vacation to Iceland had been in your plans for a long time. However never in your wildest imagination did you ever think of visiting this spectacular landscape in winter. Do not fret. You would…

Did you come across an irresistible airfare deal for traveling to the Land Of Fire And Ice in winter? Maybe a vacation to Iceland had been in your plans for a long time. However never in your wildest imagination did you ever think of visiting this spectacular landscape in winter. Do not fret. You would be pleasantly surprised that visiting Iceland in winter has its advantages. If you compare the winter of this nation to some of the leading places around the globe you will see that relatively Iceland has milder winter despite its proximity to the Arctic Circle. The Gulf Stream current helps in moderating the climate.

Watch out for discounts
If you are searching for low budget traveling, then winter season will work out efficiently for you. This is because the rates drop steadily compared to the summer season. You may get discounted rates on Grand Golden Circle day trip during this season. The Icelandic winters are well known for the Northern Lights. Layer up in the warmest clothes and get ready for sightseeing.

• Geological wonders
You can opt for Grand Golden Circle day trip which is accessible even during winter. This compact tour will cover Pingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area where the hot spring Strokkur erupts after eight minutes.

• Natural ice caves
Among the unique wonders of this beautiful nation, one of the natural attractions that are really stunning is the natural ice caves which form in Vatnajokull glacier. They start to melt in the summer season. The blue ice caves create an impressive sight, and they differ in size and shape. Sometimes you may come across quite a few of these temporary ice caves while at other times you may see many of them. You can go on a day tour to these caves by flight from Reykjavik.

• Northern Lights
You need the ideal weather conditions along with appropriate solar activity and a bit of luck to view the Northern Lights. Of course, you will require a clear sky to see the spectacular aurora activity. You have to avoid full moon nights. You should run a check on the websites which provides aurora forecasts. If you can travel all the way to the northern part of Iceland where there are extended hours of darkness, then your chances of catching aurora borealis will increase.

• Relaxing day at the spa
The natural hot springs are an integral part of Icelandic culture. You can relax your muscles in the volcanically heated pools which trace their origin back to the Viking days. In recent times, most of the incredible locations have installed geothermally heated pools with hot tubs. The Blue Lagoon spa is a favorite tourist attraction. It is located in a lava field. The presence of mineral salts helps in the relaxation of the body.

Rely on the tour operators
Choose a tour operator who knows the locality like the back of his hand. Since Icelandic weather can be unpredictable at times, so it is the tour operator who decides if a trip needs to be cancelled because of harsh weather conditions. Before deciding on a company, check out their website for the details of packages they offer.

4 Must-Have Characteristics to Make Your Travel App Efficient

If you are thinking of devising an efficient travel app for your travel business, you are unduly making an apt move. Today, mobile technology is progressing in such an exponential way that most of the smartphone users are looking for quick and smart ways to get done with a particular task. And mobile apps are…

If you are thinking of devising an efficient travel app for your travel business, you are unduly making an apt move. Today, mobile technology is progressing in such an exponential way that most of the smartphone users are looking for quick and smart ways to get done with a particular task. And mobile apps are providing those effective ways to its users! In this scenario, if you can come up with a user-centric and feature-rich effective mobile application dedicated to the travel business offering the users some amazing services, there is no doubt that your app is going to make a profitable business. Here is a list of a few must-have features that are going to make your travel app successful.

# 1 Provision of Browsing by Trip Destination

How would you feel when you just enter your trip destination and get every little detail about that place? It would feel awesome! When a traveller would use your app, he or she would expect the same. Here, you should keep this in mind and should keep provision for browsing by trip destination in the mobile application. Everyone wants to know necessary information like weather, the best time to visit, accommodation and transportation facilities, list of must-visit places, special dishes to try, deal packages and so on before visiting a particular place. You should make sure that the application you are going to offer is satisfying the users with handy information.

# 2 Provision of Browsing by Type of the Trip

When you keep the feature of browsing by the type of trip, things become much easier for the travelers. Suppose that one wants to go for a summer vacation or wants to experience epic adventures. Now, if that traveller gets a useful option of such places that are either suitable for spending summer vacation or perfect for having epic adventures, that user would become very satisfied with the search results provided by the application. Thus, user-centric services would make your mobile application more intriguing. It is advisable to include diverse types of trips like romantic trips, trips for girls, cruises, luxury trips, Spa destinations, camping trips, the wonderland for the beach lovers and so on.

# 3 Itinerary Generator

To make your travel application successful, incorporating this feature is very critical. Most of the time, travelers face problems with making a trip plan with the properly scheduled itinerary. If your app can make that itinerary plan, it would not only save their time but the traveller would find your app very helpful as well. Develop and design the app in such a way that the travelers need to mention the destination only and the app would handle the rest and would come up with a customized trip plan.

# 4 Provision of Car Booking Facility within App

Present your app as a one-stop solution to the travelers need! If the app users can book cabs or cars using your app, things would become much smoother for them. Whether they want to go to the accommodation place from the airport or to a must-visit place from the hotel – this car booking facility is definitely going to help the app users a lot.

Apart from all the above-mentioned features, make sure to keep provision for creating wish lists along with saving the trip details. The application would become more favorable if users can share these holiday details with their friends via different social media platforms.

Visiting Vancouver in the Winter – From Rainforest to Winter Wonderland

Vancouver, British Columbia in the winter months offers natural beauty and charm with a very small chance of snow … in the city at least. Many visitors are surprised to learn that Canada's west coast cosmopolitan jewel does not fit into the stereotypical 'great white north' of the rest of the country. In fact, Vancouver…

Vancouver, British Columbia in the winter months offers natural beauty and charm with a very small chance of snow … in the city at least. Many visitors are surprised to learn that Canada's west coast cosmopolitan jewel does not fit into the stereotypical 'great white north' of the rest of the country. In fact, Vancouver does not get the harsh winters that the central and eastern parts of the country experience. This due to the temperate effects of the Pacific Ocean that keeps Vancouver's winters very mild, at sea level at least.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on who you ask, the winter weather in Vancouver is typically cloudy with rain where temperatures rarely dip below freezing. You would need your umbrella and raincoat but for the most part around the city you will not get much snow sticking around too long, unlike Toronto or Montreal where the snow banks build up and stay for months on end.

When snow does fall in Vancouver it is unusual for it to remain around on the ground for more than a day. Usually the city can expect just a hand full of days in the entire year where there will be snow on the ground. Again, this is not like other Canadian cities where you can get knee deep in snow after a storm, we're talking more like a centimeter or two. If you do find yourself in Vancouver in a snow day on your visit consider yourself lucky and enjoy the added beauty to this already spectacular city.

The best part of winter in Vancouver is not that it places above freezing for the most part, but rather that you can drive up into the surrounding mountains from the city being in a winter wonderland within minutes. The neighboring Coastal Mountains on the North Shore will get their share of snow over the winter season and provide a picturesque backdrop to the cityscape especially after a fresh snowfall. The local mountains, as they are called by Vancouverites, have many resorts to ski, snowshoe, ice skate or just enjoy a fireside view looking back on the city. Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Seymour Mountain are the most well known but there are smaller lifts and plenty to explore up that way.

Beyond the Coastal Mountains on through to Squamish and Whistler are larger mountains and resorts that offer event more terrain to explore and activities. Driving up there would be hours as opposed to minutes but the drive on the Sea to Sky Highway is as spectacular as any in the world, especially with the snow capped peaks along the way. Whistler is the world famous destination but Squamish is up and coming and certainly worth checking out.

The Interior of British Columbia and the mountain passes you travel through to get there also give you that real Canadian snowy winter experience. The unique part about the Interior is that he snow is very dry. Temperatures in the winter months are typically much lower than the coast so you will get persistent snow conditions through the winter months. The benefit of traveling up this way in the winter is that you can ski the famous champagne powder that is very light and very deep. Along with the many ski resorts that scatter the area you can find heli-skiing and cat-skiing companies to take you on your memorable BC adventure. Lakes will freeze in the Interior as well so there is plenty of ice skating and if you are lucky you can join a real Canadian pastime playing hockey outside with some of the locals.

If you travel to Vancouver Island during the winter you can expect weather conditions similar to what you would find in Vancouver. They do have some mountains with elevation that will be snow but the ski resorts are fairly limited and do not really stack up to the ones you would find on the mainland. The winter activity that is unique to the island is the storm watching that you can experience on the west side facing the open Pacific Ocean. You can rent a cabin right on the beach and watch huge storm systems roll in off while remaining comfortable, cozy and dry snuggled up fireside. This activity has actually become very popular in recent years as luxury lodges are catering to romantic getaways planned around some of nature's most impressive displays of power and beauty.

Any time of the year you visit Vancouver you will experience the beauty and charm no matter what. Going during the winter months will give you a peak into city living rainforest style where you can quickly escape into a winter wonderland. Vancouver is truly a magical city all year long but something about the winter brings out many of its natural wonders.