Travel Tips

Travelling in a Time of COVID-19

“When can we travel again?” Avid travellers want to know! Let me gaze into my crystal ball……and…..well, she doesn’t even know! COVID-19 locked us down to self-isolate and quarantine in our homes for the sake of public health. Stay at home orders were enacted all over the world, and international
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How to Learn a Language During a Lockdown

Like many people, the shutdown of international travel and closed borders thwarted my travel plans. I have never been to Italy but I have dreamed of going for many years and over those years I have dabbled in learning some Italian words and phrases in preparation for my eventual Italian adventure.
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Eco-lodges are closer to nature - Photo Carol Patterson
Picking an Eco-Lodge That Gets You Closer to Nature, Not the Hospital

When I asked where the gooey stains on my bed came from, my eco-lodge host explained they were animal droppings from the roof above, and the sheets would be changed immediately. As my gaze swept the room, I realized clean bedding wouldn’t solve my problems. There were holes in window
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Visit Virtual Orlando This Spring

“Do you want to go on a roller coaster ride with me?” Even though my six-year old knows that I mean a virtual ride, his excitement is still high, as he leaps beside me on the sofa, and fixes his gaze on the laptop. A few minutes later, the ride
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Bird watching can be done in any destination - Photo Carol Patterson
Bird Watching 101 – In Any City, Town or Country

Is it time to switch from the news channel to the bird channel? Watching birds can be done anywhere – even in urban environments and has big health benefits. Researchers in England revealed people living in neighbourhoods with more birds and trees experienced less depression, stress, and anxiety. You can
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Over 2500 Free Virtual Museum Tours Around the World

Nothing beats the musty smell of centuries-old tapestries hanging from gilded walls, stepping along ornately tiled floors, a work of art in themselves, and gazing upon paintings created by the art masters. But when borders close to outsiders and public gatherings are discouraged, a virtual museum visit complete with state-of-the-art
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Travel Insurance: What Happens During a Pandemic?

Those who follow me on Family Fun Canada and Family Fun Edmonton  know that I’m a big believer in travel insurance. It’s sensible peace of mind for just pennies on the dollar and can prevent financial ruin should you get sick or have a misadventure while abroad. But what happens
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The Ultimate List of FREE Online Tours, Experiences and Homeschool Resources
The Ultimate List of FREE Online Tours, Experiences and Homeschool Resources

Many of you know that we have several sites across the Family Fun Canada network: Halifax, Toronto, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Our city editors have been working hard to source fun things to do from home, from virtual travel experiences to cooking classes, to homeschooling ideas. Here are some
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Stuck at Home? Make a Staycation FUN!

  Unless you live deep in the woods or on a 36-foot yacht on its way across the Pacific, the rush of COVID-19 cancellations this past week has affected you. Millions of people have had their trip plans negatively affected. Just knowing that we need to stop travelling to help
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Exterior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Photo Voula Martin
No Travel? No Problem! Visit World Famous Sites, Online!

What to do with kids while quarantined? Those words might strike fear into parents hearts, but its a reality the world faces in the spring of 2020. After being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, COVID-19 (a.k.a. the ‘coronavirus’) is leading to schools around the world closing for
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