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Singles Resorts: The Benefits of Traveling Solo

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Relaxing in a hammock reading a book on a beach at a singles resortVacations can be exhausting, especially when you have to share your time with multiple people. Occasionally, you just need to take some time to yourself and indulge in a little bit of selfish fun. That’s why we here at Beforeifly recommend that you consider making your next vacation a trip to a fun and vibrant singles resort! Travelling alone can be intimidating, but with the right guidance–and the proper planning–you’re sure to have a great trip spending a little bit of quality time with someone who really matters…yourself!

Reasons you should try travelling solo

Won’t I be lonely? Won’t I be bored? Won’t I miss having others around? These are all questions you’ll undoubtedly ask yourself in an attempt to talk yourself out of taking what could be the vacation of a lifetime. So why should you travel alone? Let’s take a look at a few enticing reasons:

  • You can be completely selfish. You can do whatever activities you want without having to feel guilty that you might be ruining someone else’s vacation or dragging anyone along. Take the nap on the beach or learn how to kayak in the waves. Or better yet, if your heart so desires, you can even do nothing. Absolutely NOTHING, without feeling so much as an ounce of guilt. 
  • You’ll meet new people. Large groups are often a deterrent for people who might want to come and introduce themselves. So if you’re in the mood to put yourself out there, make new connections or meet a special someone, travelling alone is definitely the way to go. 
  • You’ll be forced to step out of your comfort zone. Travelling by yourself is a great way to grow as an individual. It forces you into situations that you usually wouldn’t let yourself be a part of. Every decision is one you will make by yourself without anyone else’s expectations holding you back. 
  • You’ll feel totally relaxed. Doing what you want means that you don’t have to give yourself an anxiety attack worrying if everyone else is having a good time. Treat yourself!

What to expect at a singles resort

Poolside fun during your adult vacationSingles resorts usually come in two types: the Zen Vibe, or the Vibrant Vibe. If you want a more zen atmosphere, pick a resort geared entirely toward pure relaxation. You can lie on the beach, visit the spa or just plain curl up with a good book and relax in a beautiful setting, unplugged from the outside world. The vibrant resorts are more commonly known for their party-like atmospheres. You’ll take part in events and festivities that encourage you to get out, meet new people and have an awesome time.

For singles all inclusive vacation packages, choose the travel experts at Beforeifly. Whether booking your flight online or dropping into our travel centre, we promise to make booking your trip an absolute breeze.

Meet the Real Cuba: Venturing Off-Resort

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At some point this winter, maybe as you’re digging your car out of a snowbank, you’ll probably wonder how much it costs to fly to Cuba. Everyone needs an occasional escape from the daily grind, and flying to a warm beach and an all-inclusive resort, Cuban or otherwise, is a great way to recharge. The only dilemma with all-inclusive resorts is that they can start seeming pretty similar after you’ve been to enough of them.

If you really want a taste of a different life to get you out of your routine, we encourage you to leave the confines of the guarded and organized resort to explore the local surrounding communities. Often, the best way to truly get to know a destination is to converse with the locals, try some street food and explore the local shops and lifestyles off the beaten touristy path.

For anyone planning a trip that includes exploration beyond the resort, be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure you have fun while staying safe:

  • Before you board your flight to South or anywhere else out of the country, be sure you have access to multiple forms of payment. Not all credit cards are accepted everywhere so having a little cash in the locally accepted currency is always a good idea (though not enough on you at any one time to become a target for criminals).
  • Speak with your hotel staff before arranging any off-site transportation to ensure they are reputable companies. Sometimes criminals pose as taxi drivers.
  • The concierge can be your new best friend. He or she will most likely be from the area and will know the can’t-miss spots around town. Get ideas or directions to visit local street food vendors, restaurants, markets or museums.
  • Find out how tipping works in the country you visit. You don’t want to accidentally appear rude to the businesses you’re visiting. For instance, in Cuba, it is very common to tip nearly everyone you meet off-resort that offers you assistance. Stay informed so you don’t get swindled.
  • Don’t discuss personal information (like your room number, or too much about your identity) with strangers while off the resort.
  • Know the local emergency numbers. You never know when it might be useful.
  • Whenever alcohol is involved, be sure you’re in a safe location before letting your guard down and don’t accept opened drinks from strangers.
  • Book a walking tour in advance. Local tours are often less expensive and much more immersive than the ones offered through your resort. Once you make it to your off-resort destination, take part in a tour that is led by locals to learn some of the unique history. Ask questions and for tips about what to check out next.
  • If you have the time, taking a crash course in Spanish a few weeks before you fly out can be a great resource. There are also many great language apps to help with translations. Although you’ll be fine with English in any resort, outside of that environment English will probably be far less common and it shows you have put in the effort to learn about their culture.
  • Make some friends on the resort. If you’re travelling solo, find a group to explore with or let someone on the resort know you will be off adventuring is a best practise.
  • Avoid using ATMs unless in daylight, and in well-policed areas.
  • Be aware that not all countries have the same infrastructure as Canada. Bad roads, or sometimes no roads, are a real possibility so you should always be prepared and have comfortable shoes.
  • Keep an open mind. You never know where your travels may take you!

Of course, you’ll never be able to experience everything another country has to offer in a single trip (or even dozens of them). At Beforeifly, your online travel booking concierge, we encourage everyone to explore beyond their comfort zone! When you do go out to find an adventure, however, be sure to do it safely so you can focus on the fun. For more information or to learn more about the services we can offer to make your travel experience as easy as possible, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

A Q&A with Avid Traveler and Influential Travel Vlogger Lost Leblanc

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Influential Vlogger Lost LeBlanc shares his travel adviceWe sat down with the one and only Canadian travel vlogger Christian LeBlanc from Lost LeBlanc for a one on one Q&A to answer some of your most burning travel questions. Check out what he had to say and get ready for your next destination!

  1. What should every traveller invest in?
    A good backpack or suitcase is easily the best investment a traveller can make. Imagine being in the middle of morocco and your backpack rips while traversing through a desert. Or rushing to your flight at the airport and all of a sudden your suitcase zipper gives out! It’s always a good idea to make sure your luggage is good quality because if it fails you, it could be a huge headache!

     

  2. What are your packing tips/hacks?
    The way I pack totally depends on where I’m traveling to. If I’m going to a hot and affordable country, I underpack because you don’t need layers and you will end up buying clothing there for a fraction of the cost. When I travel to colder and more expensive countries, I pack with the intention of not needing to buy anything there. I also like to pack a cloth drawstring bag because they are great for carrying essential on a day trip because they easily fit inside your luggage and take up almost no room!

     

  3. How do you go about doing the research the destination that you will be visiting?
    Most of the time I just type the name of the location into Google and very quickly I start seeing what will be some of the main tourist destinations. I like to visit the popular attractions because often they are truly some of the best parts of that destination, however, my favourite part is discovering the lesser known spots. To do this, I often just show up in a destination and begin talking with other travelers and locals. Sometimes I even just rent a vehicle and start driving with no direction in mind. A lot of my best adventures have just come from a 50cc scooter and a good coat of UV 30 sunblock. Traveling with a flexible schedule often allows me to visit both the popular and the hidden gems.

     

  4. Best beach that you have visited?
    There are two things I look for in a beach. The first is the natural beauty. My favourite beaches have clear blue water, soft sand and sometimes even nearby mountains. The second thing I hope for is privacy! I love beaches where you feel like you are one of the few lucky people to witness it.The best beach I have visited to date is Nacpan beach in the Philippines. I truly have never seen such a beautiful undiscovered beach. When I visited Nacpan nearly 1 year ago, there was nobody else there aside from a few locals. I ended up renting the only bungalow on the entire beach that night and that night I watched what was easily the best sunset of my entire life.

     

  5. Favourite city that you have visited?
    I don’t have a favourite city because each city offers something different. I would say Paris is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. Vancouver (my home) is one of the most liveable cities I have ever been to. But if I had to choose one to live in today while I’m young and looking to explore, I would choose Canggu, Bali. Canggu is a fun, young and laid back city. It is located right next to a couple decent beaches and it’s filled with travelers from around the world. There are many great coffee shops, fitness facilities and so much more. I’m planning to move there in January!

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Go Green: Eco-friendly Travel Destinations for 2018

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The next time you sit down to book a travel adventure online, take a moment to think about how green you’d like your trip to be. More and more people in North America and across the globe are taking their carbon-footprint into account when booking that all inclusive vacation.

From Canada to the islands of Micronesia, the whole world needs to be protected so future generations can have the experiences we’re privileged to have. Eco-friendly travelling is more than a fad; it’s a great way both to see the world and to protect it at the same time. Eco-tourism means visiting different parts of the world to learn about them, thinking about how we can travel using low carbon emission methods, supporting nations and companies that champion ecological issues, and understanding ourselves to be guests in someone else’s home when we travel.

two travelers sitting on a cliff overlooking lush forest

What are some eco-friendly destinations?

Luckily, there are a lot of destinations that are committed to ecological sustainability and making great strides to reduce our negative effects on the globe. Here are just a few of the top destinations in 2018 that are working for the environment:

  • Costa Rica has become one of the foremost champions of eco-friendly tourism in the past few years. Rather than rejecting tourists, Costa Rica has embraced them. From surfing destinations that won’t disturb local wildlife to tour guides who have been properly trained in ecologically sound methods of travelling through wildlife habitats, Costa Rica is committed to welcoming visitors in a way that’s beneficial for everyone.
  • Kenya has long been associated with safaris to many people in North America. While, in the past, many things about these safaris were ultimately harmful to the local wildlife and communities, safaris have been making an eco-tourist comeback lately. Kenya now has fifty-four national parks and reserves that help protect its wildlife and create ways to safely view them.
  • Palau is a beautiful island east of Indonesia, in the Philippine Sea. It’s known for some of the best diving in the world and, since it’s so small and comparatively unknown, isn’t as crowded as some other destinations. At the same time, the government and local community of Palau are committed to protecting the ocean from the effects of their tourism industries. 
  • For a more conventional destination, Copenhagen is a great eco-friendly choice within fully industrialized Europe. Although its economy isn’t devoted to tourism, the city is known for its green initiatives, so supporting their efforts with your tourism is a great choice. Fun Fact: Copenhagen is dedicated to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025!

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HOT Destinations

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Looking for a bit of winter sun? The Caribbean’s a popular spot for sun seekers, but there are many other options for those who want to experience more than just a lazy day on the beach!

Over The Water

Top 10 holiday destinations in January

Country City Average temperature in January
Brazil Rio de Janeiro 30°C / 86°F
Mexico Cancun 30°C / 86°F
Barbados Central Barbados 29°C / 84°F
Thailand Phuket 27°C / 78°F
Australia Sydney 27°C / 78°F
South Africa Cape Town 27°C / 78°F
Cape Verde Santa Maria 25°C / 77°F
Canary Islands Tenerife 21°C / 70°F
Canary Islands Lanzarote 20°C / 68°F
United Arab Emirates Dubai 19°C / 66°F

Top 10 holiday destinations in February

Country City Average temperature in February
Thailand Koh Samui 28°C / 83°F
Maldives Island 28°C / 83°F
Gambia Banjul 26°C / 81°F
Jamaica Kingston 26°C / 82°F
Cape Verde Santa Maria 25°C / 77°F
United Arab Emirates Dubai 25°C / 77°F
America Florida 23°C / 74°F
Mexico Cancun 23°C / 74°F
Canary Islands Lanzarote 18°C / 64°F
Canary Islands Tenerife 17°C / 62°F

Top 10 holiday destinations-March

Country City Average temperature March
Mexico Cancun 34°C / 94°F
Thailand Phuket 33°C / 92°F
Barbados Bridgetown 29°C / 85°F
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo 29°C / 85°F
Cuba Havana 27°C / 81°F
Cape Verde Praia 26°C / 79°F
Canary Islands Fuerteventura 25°C / 77°F
Canary Islands Tenerife 25°C / 77°F
Morocco Marrakech 17°C / 63°F
Malta Gozo 15°C / 59°F

Top 10 holiday destinations-April

Country City Average temperature April
Mexico Cancun 37°C / 99°F
USA Orlando 28°C / 83°F
Egypt Cairo 38°C / 83°F
Morocco Marrakech 26°C / 82°F
America Las Vegas 26°C / 82°F
Canary Islands Lanzarote 24°C / 76°F
Turkey Bodrum 22°C / 72°F
Greece Kos 22°C / 72°F
Spain Barcelona 22°C / 72°F
Portugal Albufeira 20°C / 68°F

Top 10 holiday destinations -May

Country City Average temperature May
Mexico Cancun 38°C / 100°F
Thailand Bangkok 35°C / 95°F
Singapore Central Singapore 32°C / 90°F
Thailand Phuket 32°C / 90°F
Egypt Cairo 26°C / 82°F
USA Las Vegas 32°C / 90°F
Caribbean Dominican Republic 31°C / 88°F
Caribbean Barbados 30°C / 86°F
Cuba Havana 30°C / 86°F

Top 10 holiday destinations-June

Country City Average temperature June
Maldives Male 28°C / 82°F
Mexico Riviera Maya 28°C / 82°F
Turkey Antalya 25°C / 77°F
USA Orlando/td> 27°C / 80°F
Greece Kos 24°C / 75°F
Greece Paphos 24°C / 75°F
Balearic Island Majorca 22°C / 71°F
Spain Costa Del Sol 22°C / 71°F
Canary Islands Tenerife 21°C / 69°F

Escape The Winter Blues by jetting off near or far!

Travel Tips On A Budget

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Don’t Schedule During Peak Times

If you’re looking for someplace warm to go during the winter, chances are you’re not the only one. This high demand can drive up airfare and hotel prices, but can also mean that companies offer better rates for bulk! With that in mind, you can save a bundle by scheduling your trip for the off season–spring and fall are usually best. Depending on the region that is considered off-seasons. For example, Mexico, if you schedule your trip for the summer rates may be lower. For Europe, schedule your flight some time between Thanksgiving and Easter when most tourists opt to stay home.

Consider Packing Carry-On Baggage Only

It’s no secret baggage fees generate plenty of revenue for budget airlines. It takes some discipline but travelling with carry on baggage only is a definite way to save lots of money travelling. Check out our tips on packing light and what necessities are needed in our other blog.

Find a Cheap Flight

If air travel is a must–perhaps you’re going somewhere across the pond–there are a few cost-effective options you should consider. There are a variety of search engines available online that allow you to compare airfare in an attempt to find the cheapest flight possible. If you’re willing to be patient and flexible with your travel plans, flying standby or giving up your seat on an overbooked flight is also a great way to save money. Most airlines offer you cash or a voucher for future travel if you opt to offer up your seat on an overbooked flight.

Book Flights With Layovers For Cheaper Flights

Search engines are getting better at providing lots of custom options for flights. Direct flights might be the most convenient, but are also the most expensive more often than not. Look for flights with layovers on and you may find yourself saving hundreds of dollars when they mix and match airlines for each route of travel!

Bring Your Own Snacks For The Airport/Airplane

Airports might have duty free, but restaurants, whether sit down or quick order are often expensive at airports. With water not being allowed through customs prior to security check point, bring a refillable bottle and fill up once you get through security. Food can be brought through (vegetables and fruits exempt in some countries) so be sure to pack a few snacks.

Pack Snacks For Your Days Adventure

During long days of sightseeing, snacks help fuel your energy as well as hold your appetite until dinner.

Scotland

5 Unforgetable Family Vacations

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Brittany, France 

Brittany is ideal if you want to take the kids abroad but not somewhere too hot – peak summer months are July-August and temperatures are usually about 18C. There are many child-friendly resorts around France’s western coast.

Brittany, lying in the northwest corner of France, is one of the great historic provinces of France. The most Atlantic of France’s regions, Brittany is proud of its Celtic heritage, that sets it apart from the rest of France. It enjoys a mild climate somewhat warmer though not necessarily drier than the climate of the southwest of England. The name “Brittany” derives from the Britons who, back in the Dark Ages, came south across the English Channel to seek refuge from the Anglo Saxon invaders who were pushing them out of a large part of the island of Great Britain.

Prices Range From $3,400-$5,500 For A Family Of 4 May-August

Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Summer is festival time in Edinburgh: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has hundreds of shows especially for kids, including stand-up comedy for younger audiences, so no swearing, and only jokes about Ben 10.

Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.

Prices Range From $4,300-$6,500 For A Family Of 4, May-August

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland, Paris

Ah Paris, city of culture, romance, fine food…and Disneyland! If Disney World in Orlando is too far to travel with offspring, Paris is only a short flight away, which makes it easier, and of course the kids will love it.

Disneyland Paris, originally Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town located 32 km (20 mi) east of the centre of Paris, and is the most visited theme park in all of Europe.

Prices Range From $2,800-$5,200 For A Family Of 4, May-August

Greek Isles

Corfu, Greece

Kalami is a great place to unwind with the family, with its secluded bay and scenic walks. However, if the kids are hankering for something to do, try Avlaki beach in the north, where they can learn to windsurf or even ride horses.

Corfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is defined by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Its cultural heritage reflects years spent under Venetian, French and British rule before it was united with Greece in 1864. Corfu Town, flanked by 2 imposing Venetian fortresses, features winding medieval lanes, a French-style arcade and the grand Palace of St. Michael and St. George.

Prices Range From $4,200-$6,700 For A Family Of 4, May-August

Disney

Disneyland, California

While enjoying your stay at the Disneyland Resort, take some time to explore some of the Golden State’s most celebrated sightseeing destinations.

Since its opening, Disneyland has undergone a number of expansions and major renovations, including the addition of New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country (now Critter Country) in 1972, Mickey’s Toontown in 1993, and the forthcoming Star Wars Land in 2019. Opened in 2001, Disney California Adventure Park was built on the site of Disneyland’s original parking lot.

Prices Range From $2,300-$3,400 For A Family Of 4, May-August

Get Through The Airport Quickly

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Airport Tips

Get as prepared as you can and check-in online before you fly.

Some airlines allow you to check in online 24 hours before so you just drop your bag at the airport, saving you having to wait in the queue to check in. With your Beforeifly App, you can check-in online with over 150 airlines!

If you do have to check-in a bag at the airport, take what you need with you on your carry-on and pack everything else in your hold luggage. Sometimes with delays, or cancellations, luggage is misplaced or delayed. By packing essentials in your carry-on, you won’t be running to your closest department store for the first night!

When dealing with an immigration officer, be polite and well spoken, make good eye contact  and have a clear idea of where you are going next (name of hotel, car rental). Never ever make jokes and do not use your mobile phone. Be respectful.

Pack Light! If you are heading to a warm and tropical destination, remember that you will be spending most of your time on a beach. A few swimsuits, and some appropriate dinner attire is all you need! You may be able to pack it all in a carry-on and avoid any additional baggage fees.

In the end, always remember that there are thousands of flights in a & out of the airports. 

Travel Should Be Fun & Exciting. Do not let any small airport glitches set the tone for your vacation!

Make A List & Check off, Before Take-off!

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Holiday Packing

Passports/visas

Travel insurance documents

Tickets/boarding passes

Itineraries (including accommodation details)

Currency & credit/debit cards

Emergency contact details for credit card, bank & mobile phone provider

Copies of passports

Ear plugs

Eye mask

Mobile phone

Tablet (i.e Ipad)

Electronic chargers

Medication/medical alert cards & emergency contact details

Medical Kit (pain relief, plasters, antiseptic cream, bandages etc)

Reading materials

 Soap or shower gel

Deodorant

Shampoo

Conditioner

Hair styling products

Brush/comb

Shaving supplies

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Mouthwash

Floss

Contact lenses and Saline solution

Nail file/clippers

Moisturizer

Swim wear/UV suits

Flip flops/sandals

Sunglasses

Lip balm with sunscreen

Disposable wipes

Sunscreen

After sun

Sun hats

Insect repellent

Beach bag

Waterproof cover for electronics (phone/tablet)