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It’s that time of year. The aroma of gingerbread wafting through the kitchen. Ice on the windshield. And a total zoo at the airport. Flying and travelling in general can be sigh-inducing at the best of times. Add in holidays and the desire to buy the perfect gift and family conflicts and crowded flights and the number on the stress-o-meter can rise to the top very quickly. With that in mind, here are a few tips for making the most of that dreaded Christmas-time trip to our nation’s major airports. Of course, as we all should know by now, arriving ... continue reading →

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Stop the fees, already

This has simply got to stop. U.S. airlines last year are said to have raked in $3.5 billion (that’s BILLION, folks) in bag fees. They’re bleeding us dry to the tune of $25 a bag, and they’re getting rich doing it. Things aren’t much better here in Canada, where Air Canada and WestJet and Porter bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in bag fees and other ancillary revenues. As if flying wasn’t painful enough, now comes a report at hotelnewsnow that says HOTEL fees in the U.S. could reach almost $2.5 billion this year. Here’s what their report said ... continue reading →

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE Niagara and the wine region is one of the best city getaways in North America; an easy drive from the Greater Toronto Area. But staying the night can get expensive, and you don’t want to taste wine all day and then get behind the wheel. Solution? The special GO Transit train and bus to Niagara. I had the opportunity to try it out the other day, taking the train from Union Station in Toronto. We glided past quiet suburbs and pretty ravines on our way to St. Catharines, a trip of about 90 minutes. From there we were able ... continue reading →

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