Tips and Tracks for travel in Vancouver, Canada.

Tips and Tracks for travel in Vancouver, Canada.

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VANCOUVER TRAVEL TIPS

VANCOUVER TRAVEL TIPS

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Preparing for Your Trip to Vancouver, Canada

Book Vancouver Hotel and Air Separately

It's like buying a TV with a built-in DVD player. If one component ends-up not working, then the unit as a whole doesn't work. Finding the ideal combination of, or making changes to a package deal, can be restrictive, difficult, frustrating and time-consuming. And just because most ads for package deals to Vancouver tout that you will save money, you may find otherwise. Also, you may get a better flight to Vancouver, without spending more, when you purchase your airline ticket to Vancouver separately. Yes, a Vancouver vacation package could be ideal, but we like to urge savvy travelers to check into the alternative. You can easily check Vancouver hotel room prices on i4vancouver.com when doing your research.

Packing for Your Vancouver Trip

Be sure to pack for the climate in Vancouver and also for the season. Bring breathable natural fabrics for hot weather, and layers that can be added or removed for cooler weather. Remember that summers and winters are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, with summer in December and winter in July.

Bring a Map of Vancouver

Don't leave home without it! If you don't know Vancouver well, it will be a huge advantage to buy a Vancouver map and look it over prior to your trip. You'll be surprised how much you remember about the major streets and areas of Vancouver once you've studied the map and gotten the big picture. It will help you get your bearings once you've arrived. Whichever attractions in Vancouver you want to see, you'll have a better idea of where they are from your hotel and how to get there. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for what to do in Vancouver. There might even be a map of Vancouver tourist attractions.

Check the Weather in Vancouver

Before you embark on your trip to Vancouver, search Vancouver weather on a search engine and find the 10-day forecast for Vancouver. It could help you decide which Vancouver tourist attraction to see and do on which day.

Taking a Computer to Vancouver

There are benefits of taking your computer with you on vacation, such as staying in touch with family and friends and making or canceling reservations on the go. Take advantage of the internet in your Vancouver hotel, or if unavailable, locate the closest internet cafe.

Vancouver Travel Journal

You may like to keep a small travel journal or notebook for your trip to Vancouver to jot down place names, dates and phone numbers of newly acquired friends. These reminders will also be useful if you'd like to blog about your trip to Vancouver after you return home.

When You Arrive in Vancouver

Check Your Room When You Arrive in Vancouver

Now, immediately, is the time to be sure you are happy with your room. If ANYTHING is bugging you, now is the time to ask for a different room or to have any issues cleared immediately. After you've spent the night, or even hours in your room, is NOT the time. Speaking of bugging you, it is a good idea to check the bed thoroughly. Yes, it can happen to any hotel, anywhere. Even the very best and very cleanest of hotels in Vancouver could fall victim because the critters can travel the world in people's luggage. So now you can unpack, order extra towels, look at prices on the room service menu and start enjoying Vancouver.

Restaurants in Vancouver

Isn't going out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner a favorite thing to do for just about everyone and especially when on vacation? You might want to actually think about your Vancouver restaurant route ahead of time to avoid - Where do you want to go? I don't know, where do you want to go?- To find a restaurant in Vancouver that suits your fancy each day, peruse the Vancouver Yellow Pages and ask friendly locals or other visitors for recommendations.

Things to do in Vancouver

You probably based your vacation trip to Vancouver because of what there is to see and to do in Vancouver. But it never hurts to check a little further in case there is an attraction you don't know about. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for What To Do in Vancouver. There might also be a map of Vancouver attractions. You know... the maps with the cute pictures on them. Just one more Vancouver souvenir to take home!

Dining Out In Vancouver

Don't be afraid to try regional cuisine in Vancouver. When dining out, ask about local Vancouver specialties. You'll find that locally sourced ingredients make for the freshest and tastiest meals, and you'll be paying a compliment to your host city in honoring their traditions.

Festivals in Vancouver

Local holidays in Vancouver may have an effect on the availability of some amenities or attractions, but local Vancouver festivals or parades will add to the enjoyment of your trip making Vancouver even more memorable.

Celebrations in Vancouver

No matter what time of year you're visiting Vancouver, there are amazing events to make your trip unforgettable. Contact the Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Authority in Vancouver and ask for calendar of local events. This information may also be available on the website for Vancouver. This will help you plan your activities to include local festivities you would like to participate in.

Souvenirs from Vancouver

Don't forget the folks at home. Purchasing small souvenirs or gifts in Vancouver will save you money over airport gift shop prices, and will be appreciated by friends and loved ones who were unable to be with you in Vancouver.

Side-trips in Vancouver

Spontaneous side trips in Vancouver can be made with the help of your hotel concierge, or a local Vancouver travel agent. So don't worry about having to plan out every detail of your trip to Vancouver before you leave.

Must See Sights in Vancouver

If you are visiting Vancouver for the first time make sure you decide on the Must See Sights and plan your itinerary accordingly. Guide books on Vancouver can be an invaluable resource, listing directions, hours of operation and entrance fees.

Vancouver Transportation

Driving in Vancouver

If you plan to drive in Vancouver it's best to reserve your rental car in advance. Not only will you get the best rates, but you will be assured of a vehicle being available for you, rather than taking your chances upon arrival. Make note that speed limits and other rules of the road may vary in Vancouver and may differ from those you are accustomed to.

Public Transportation in Vancouver

Subways, commuter trains, trams, monorails, cable cars, taxis, buses and ferries are all modes of public transportation. Not only is it convenient when traveling, but usually it's an adventure! When traveling around Vancouver, you'll want to make the most of what is available and what might be, well...an adventure! Be sure to research Vancouver transportation online, in advance, or speak with the concierge at your hotel.

Taxis in Vancouver, Additional Vancouver Tips

When using taxis in Vancouver make sure they are legitimate and licensed. Public transportation in Vancouver is a viable alternative to taxis and will give you the opportunity to talk to locals who can give you pointers for great restaurants and side trips.

Medical Insurance in Vancouver

If your health insurance provider does not provide coverage for Vancouver, look into purchasing medical insurance for travelers so that you are covered in case of emergency.

Security in Vancouver Hotels

If your hotel room provides an in-room safe, be sure to use it for personal valuables and papers. Otherwise ask the hotel staff about safety deposit boxes. Always remember to thoroughly check all drawers, safes and closets before you leave your Vancouver hotel room so as not to leave anything behind.

Health Precautions in Vancouver

Waterless hand sanitizers are a boon to travelers, include travel size containers when you pack for your trip to Vancouver. These will come in very handy when eating on the go during your sightseeing adventures.

Safety in Vancouver

Use common sense when in Vancouver as you would anywhere. Don't draw unwanted attention by carrying excessive amounts of cash or wearing expensive jewelry. Avoid undesirable areas and stick with your group.

Prescription Medications in Vancouver

Be sure to bring with you to Vancouver any and all prescription medications. Pay close attention to airport security regulations for medications, your prescriptions must be contained in their original, clearly labeled containers. It's also a good idea to carry a list of your medications and wear a MedicAlert for any medical conditions.

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