matisse-outdoor-alfresco-dining Outdoor dining can be a fun way to get together with friends or enjoy a family event. However, while many people consider beach dining to be about grabbing a sandwich between sunbathing sessions, the beach can actually be a great venue for your dining experience, providing you follow these top tips. [click to continue…]

frozen canals Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa is a fascinating city simply because over time, the locals managed to keep the city green amidst industrialization and incredible economic growth. This makes your Ottawa tour, simply refreshing, a real green city indeed. If you have romantic plans, you won’t be disappointed because the scenery is simply marvelous, think riverbanks and fascinating shops offering scenic backdrops.

For a little bit of history, the famous and wealthy Ottawa city started from a lumber town. Then, there was the construction of the Rideau Canal, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site preserving the herculean task of constructing it by hand from 1826 through 1832. Ottawa became the capital of Canada in 1857 by the decree of Queen Victoria. [click to continue…]

US Entry Waivers for Convicted CanadiansIf you are planning a visit to the United States from Canada, it is in your best interest to learn more about the laws regarding entering the US. Over the last years, the United States has tightened security on their borders due to the terrorist attack on 911. This means for Canadians that have been convicted of a crime, cannot attempt to cross the border or they are breaking the law. For those that are trying to cross the border into the United States, a background check is done at the crossing point. Canada shares all criminal records with the United States Department of Homeland Security. If you do not have a valid US entry waiver in your possession, you will not be allowed to enter the US and will then be banned from entering. In some cases, you may be arrested and charged with illegal entry and have your vehicle impounded.

Before Homeland Security and all the technologies used today, many criminals made their way to the US and visited without any issues. Today, with the internet and countries sharing information, even individuals that deserted into Canada during the Vietnam War can easily be found if they try to enter the United States, such as the case of Allen Abney that deserted but was found in 2006 and went to military prison.

Even Canadians that have been pardoned cannot enter the US without the waiver as Homeland Security does not recognize Canadian pardons. Once a person receives a Canadian pardon, the information will no longer be shared; however, if the information of the crime was shared prior to the pardon, the information will still be in the American database and therefore entry into the United States will not be allowed.

If you plan a visit to the United States, if you have a criminal conviction, you will need to obtain a United States entry waiver from the Department of Homeland Security. You will need to apply for the waiver early as it may take up to ten months for the application to be processed. All waivers are only granted for 1 to 5 years and will need renewed if you still wish to visit the United States. If you need an American Waiver it is best to talk with a professional that can help you apply for the waiver.

6 Objections To Packing Carry-On Only And How To Overcome Them

It’s a guest post by Amanda Nicholls from AlmostLanding.com

If you told me 5 years ago that I could travel to Europe for 9 weeks with carry-on only, I would not have believed you.

I would have come up with a bunch of objections as to why it’s just not possible. It’s funny, because as I write this article, I really had to think about possible objections people could have, because now that I have done it, I know that packing carry-on only is very possible. Not just possible, but it can be easy too! [click to continue…]

save money on looking after your car

Loading up a car, and taking off across country, can be a great, affordable way to travel.  It’s also the perfect way to really see the country properly as you have the independence to stop and stay wherever you choose.  But before you do get out your backpack and take off you need to think about the expense of something happening to the car you’re travelling in. [click to continue…]