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8 Ways to Make Your Road Trip More Fun

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If you’re planning a road trip, it can be intimidating to pick an endpoint destination and realize, Wow, that’s actually 18 hours of driving. We get it, especially if you have kids in tow who need to be entertained for miles of endless driving. However, with the right set of supplies, the right attitude, and a sense of humor, your road trip will be smooth sailing. So, load up that podcast, get your GPS navigation ready, and adjust your mirrors – it’s time to hit the road!

Below are 8 tips to make your road trip fun and successful:

1.  Make sure your set of wheels is reliable

First and foremost: you can’t get to where you need to go if you have an unreliable vehicle. There’s nothing shameful or embarrassing about having a beater. With that said, when you’re 60 miles into a desert road and your transmission fails – you’ll likely be wishing you had anything but your beloved 1985 VW Rabbit. You don’t necessarily have to make the jump to a luxury vehicle, but it might make sense for you to look for new cars for sale. Especially if your car is an older model or has had a lot of issues in the past, you should think about investing in a new vehicle. At the very least, consider a rental car service if you’re unsure of how your car will fair during a demanding road trip.

2.  Brings snacks… lots of snacks

If you want to minimize the stops you will make while out on the road, make sure to bring plenty of snacks. Not only will this keep everyone’s morale up, but it’ll also ensure that you won’t have to pay that gas station mark-up on essential snacks. Plus, have your kids ever had a hunger-related meltdown? Don’t risk that stress, have snacks at the ready along with their favorite toys.

Our favorite car and kid-friendly snacks include:

3.  Create a basic plan but have some wiggle room

8:00 AM wake-up, 8:30 AM breakfast, 9:00 AM hit the road, 11:30 AM….

Sure, having a plan is crucial to getting to where you need to be within a given timeframe. But if you plan out your schedule too strictly, you may not get to participate in activities that you want to do spontaneously. You’ll want to leave some breathing room in your schedule so you can check out a roadside attraction or stop at an overlook you find while driving.

You can do this by plotting a driving radius for your destination so you can gauge the distance of the trip and plan those scenic stops.

4.  Invest in a gas card

On a road trip, you’ll inevitably be using a ton of gas. If you have enough time beforehand, sign up for a gas rewards card. Many gas cards give you as much as 2-3% back on fuel. With the average American family spending between $2,000-$3,000 on gas each year, it makes sense to save money on this large expense.

5.  Carry cash for tolls

Toll roads show up in places you would never expect. And honestly, one of the worst possible situations to come home from a road trip is a mailbox utterly stuffed with fines from missed tolls.

6. Text your friends and family your location

Better to be safe than sorry. In the unlikely event that anything should go wrong while you’re on a road trip, it’s a good idea to give your loved ones information about your current location and where you’re heading to the next day.

7. Talk to the locals

At home, you might avoid small talk and keep to yourself. But when you’re on a road trip, be open and friendly. Talk to locals to glean insight about local hotspots, secret bars, and the best restaurants in the area you’re exploring.

8. Bring a spare car key

This might seem obvious but an extra spare car key is essential. You might be the most responsible person on planet earth but hey, accidents happen. And as the saying goes, “even the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. You can’t plan out freak accidents. So, with that in mind, make sure to have extra key unless you’re ready to fork over some major money to have AAA come out and save you from locking yourself out of your car.

In Conclusion

Road trips are a classic, popular way to explore a new place. With the right planning and supplies, your road trip will provide with memories you’ll remember and look back on fondly.

Surrey604 is an online magazine and media outlet based in Surrey, BC. Through writing, video, photography, and social media, we secure an intimate reach to the public. We promote local events and causes.

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Best Thing About Canadian Tourism

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Tourism generates around $36 billion in revenue in Canada each year. For most people, visiting Canada is something they have on their bucket list. Not only is tourism good for the Canadian economy, it is also beneficial for the residents of popular cities like Toronto and Montreal.

With a constant influx of tourists, these local economies are able to generate a lot of money in a relatively short amount of time. With good infrastructure that Canada offers, tourists can use car rental, such as the one that Globe Car & Truck Rental of Montreal offers, and visit different tourist attractions easily.

If you are looking to get out of the rat race of life for a while, then planning a trip to Canada is a great idea. While this trip will be costly, it is worth the investment considering the memories it will allow you to make. The following are some of the reasons why planning a trip to Canada is a good idea.

View the Beauty of the Northern Lights

One of the main reasons why people choose to vacation in Canada is due to the breathtaking scenery this area is known for. While there are a number of natural attractions in Canada, many of them pale in comparison to the Northern Lights. This spectacular all-natural light show has been hypnotizing and delighting audiences for years.

There are a number of places in Canada you can view the Northern Lights. Traveling to areas like Whitehorse, Yukon or Fort McMurray, Alberta will provide you with a front row seat for the Northern Lights. Instead of relying on public transportation to get to these areas, you need to think about renting a vehicle for one part of the journey at least.

Try Canada’s National Dish on Your Visit

Going to Canada on vacation also allows you to sample some delicious cuisine. Ask any Canadian what their favorite dish is and they are sure to tell you it is poutine. If you love fries, cheese and gravy, then poutine is something you definitely have to try.

The place you choose to get your poutine from matters, so be sure to do your homework. As you start to plan your trip to Canada, you will need to do some research to ensure you make the right hotel bookings and dinner reservations. While this may feel like a lot of work, it is worth the effort considering the great trip this information allows you to plan.

Canada Has Very Friendly Locals

When traveling to larger cities, most people are afraid of what type of people they will run into. New Yorkers are notorious for being a bit rude and abrasive. If you are looking for a vacation destination that has tons of friendly and accommodating locals, then Canada is a must.

What are You Waiting For?

Now that you know about the benefits that come with visiting Canada, it is time to start planning your trip. In most cases, you can find all of the information you need to plan and book your vacation online. Doing things like renting a car and selecting a hotel near local attractions can help to make your trip much better.

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5 Cozy Fall Staycations Just Outside Metro Vancouver

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The colours of leaves are changing, the air is crisp and the days are getting shorter. Summer may be over, but it’s not too late to take off on a weekend getaway. One of the best remedies to cure the autumn blues is to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a relaxing staycation.

Soak up all the serene sights the season has to offer at one of these accommodations, all less than three hours away from Metro Vancouver.

Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel - Abbotsford

A quick jaunt away in the Fraser Valley, this hidden gem is nestled in Abbotsford. The quaint B&B offers a cozy place to stay, in your own backyard. What makes this place so unique is that each of its six rooms is based on a classic film.

Movie buffs will especially love staying in one of the themed suites, which also come equipped with the DVD it’s decorated after. Choose from: Under The Tuscan Sun, Midnight In Paris, The Secret Garden, A Good Year, Thomas Crown Affair and Roman Holiday.

From the moment you step inside, it’s brimming with charm and it’s probably unlike any other place you’ve stayed at before.

Take in stunning views of the Pepin Brook Vineyard and Mount Baker, right from your window.On those rainy fall days, this is the perfect place to unwind and watch a flick. In the morning, head to the elegant Breakfast at Tiffany’s room for a hearty farm-to-table style breakfast.

Rowena's Inn - Harrison Mills

Visit Harrison Mills, where riverside cabins and luxury suites await. Rowena’s Inn features a handful of rustic cottages and an English-style boutique hotel, all situated on a sprawling 160-acres. The cabins have a wood-burning fireplace, a deep-soak tub for two and a patio offering unsurpassed views of the area. If you prefer to stay in the hotel, there are lots of elegant pieces to discover, that are filled with history.

For instance, the dining room table was once used by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The property is home to the picturesque Sandpiper Golf Course and an outdoor pool overlooking the Harrison River. There’s also a restaurant located just steps away from the accommodations, with some of the best eats in the region. You may never want to leave here. But if you do, it’s just a short 20-minute drive to the bustling village of Harrison Hot Springs.

Sunset Pines Cottage - Harrison Hot Springs

Stumble upon a little piece of paradise that overlooks Harrison Lake, at this one-of-a-kind spot just a few minutes away from the village. The a-frame cottage features a wrap-around deck, a BBQ for entertaining and your very own cedar barrel sauna. The pet-friendly accommodation is tucked away amongst the trees but offers amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

With lots of windows, it gets a lot of natural light and is an inviting space to enjoy a romantic getaway or to hang out with a group of close friends. The cottage has you covered as far as your entertainment needs go, with a variety of board games and some vintage video games for the NES Classic Edition. It’s within walking distance to beach access, but you’ll probably be just as content sipping your morning coffee on the patio while taking in all your surroundings.

Micro Cabin - Robert's Creek

Become a minimalist on your staycation (even if it’s just for a day or two) with an unforgettable tiny house experience on the Sunshine Coast. This adorable micro cabin is located on a private property in the tiny town of Robert’s Creek. What it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in personality. The 125-square-foot space is for those who want to explore the great outdoors on the island and then come ‘home’ to a cozy hideaway to play cards or other games the cabin has to offer.

There’s a ladder leading up to two lofts, one with a bed and the other intended to practice yoga. The Wi-Fi connection here is pretty weak but with good company, or even a good book, you’re all set to disconnect from the outside world. Robert’s Creek is just past Gibsons and it’s close to Sechelt and Halfmoon Bay, with lots of trails and parks nearby to go exploring. For the art lovers, the Sunshine Coast has lots of unique shops and galleries to find inspiration at.

Cob House - Mayne Island

One of the province’s most magical getaways is just a short ferry ride away, on the quaint Mayne Island. This cob house is on a farm, where sheep and other critters roam around freely. You can even pick apples from the nearby orchard to feed to the sheep, right outside your front door. Cob is a natural building material made from subsoil, water and sometimes lime. This material makes the building fireproof and earthquake-proof, while also giving it a whole lot of character and a more whimsical look.

Often referred to as hobbit houses, these unique accommodations are highly-sought after worldwide. But not a lot of people know there’s one right here in BC. The interior is just as charming as the outside, and it just might be the definition of cozy—with a reading nook by the window, a wood-burning fireplace and string lights hanging throughout.

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Famous Casinos in England

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Casinos are often thought of as places for big spenders to throw their cash around or for pro’s to get their hands on some more cash around a poker table, but most of the time they include regular people looking to make some quick money. Although the word ‘casino’ is quickly related to Las Vegas, there are some other great casinos across the globe that are possibly overlooked. Not just online casino UK, we’re talking about heading into the hearts of the cities to find these treasures. Across England, you will find some pretty lavish casinos that will entertain you and your friends for hours.

The Hippodrome Casino – London

Of course, England’s capital was going to be on the list, and in the heart of the West End, the Hippodrome is one of the most popular in the country. The establishment is one of the largest in the UK and boasts more than just its three gaming floors. It contains an underground casino, steak house, seven bars with 24-hour food and drink service, and for the ladies, it hosts Magic Mike live shows.

There are themed events such as Arabian nights, Boozy Tea Rooms and a luxury sports lounge to host all the big fixtures of the year. It’s positioned adjacent to one of the city’s largest attractions, Leicester Square which typically sees 250,000 tourists a day – it’s no wonder that the Hippodrome is not only the largest but the busiest casino in the UK with its ‘free to enter’ policy.

Genting Casino International – Birmingham

A popular destination in England, Birmingham, where people flock from many surrounding areas to play in the Midlands casino. The casino itself lies within the Resorts World Birmingham, enabling them to bring in money from all sorts of people – not just gamblers. Immediately surrounding the casino, there is the Genting Hotel, Santai Spa, retail shops and an IMAX Cinema.

The casino hosts even more attractions to explore including restaurants, bars, a state-of-the-art gaming floor filled with table games and slot machines. A separate card room regularly hosts tournaments and if you’re lucky enough, you might be invited to the ‘higher limits high stakes’ area away from the main casino floor.

Grosvenor Casino Leo – Liverpool

Further north you will discover Liverpool, known for its iconic docks and The Beatles, Liverpool receives a lot of attention from tourists from all over the world. The Grosvenor Casino Leo is one of the places that enjoy the heavy influx of tourism and is a top choice when deciding on places to visit. Its atmosphere is just as you’d expect when up north – lively and loud.

Situated on the River Mersey, just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Albert Dock, not only does this casino have great entertainment, but it also has some stunning views. Watch the city lights bounce across the water whilst you relax in their late-night bar and restaurant. The casino floor is filled with state of the art slot machines and multiple tables to enjoy. There’s a sports area for you to watch all your Sportsbook betting events or to catch up on The Reds’ Premier League campaign.

There are, of course, more casinos across England to enjoy, and the UK as a whole hosts hundreds of lavish casinos. The ones on this list are open to the public, but some require you to be a member in order to enter so be sure to check before you arrive at the front door, otherwise you might have to head to the bingo hall for the night instead!

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Ebrahim Jadwet’s brand ENROUTE ANDAMANS enters the travel industry to promote Andaman Islands in the international stage..

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From a very young boy who left for Canada a decade ago for a better life for himself, to returning to Andamans in 2019 for a better life for doing justice to the ancestors and the future generations of this part of India and the betterment of the people of the islands, Ebrahim Jadwet’s life is an inspiration to the young and old.

In late 20s when the majority of the young men think of stability and a great life for himself and settling down and that too when born with a silver spoon, Ebrahim, the young Jadwet lad, made a choice to not just continue his family legacy but also to grind to add his own unique touch to that legacy by starting Enroute Andamans which came naturally to him because of his love and passion for his home, the Andaman islands.

While in Canada during his study and work, he was always involved in the activities of promoting Andamans, he had pride and wanted to spread awareness about his home islands with the world so that more opportunities open up for the young generations back home. After years of doing it “as much as he could,” it seemed like his efforts and intentions just got aligned and something potentially life changing and transformational happened.

He returned to India, to his home, the Islands and started the new venture of Enroute Andamans with the guidance and support of his well respected grandfather, Mr. Yusoof Jadwet who has dedicated over 50 years of his life to the people of Nicobar Islands and is the former CEO of EHL and of his respected father, Mr. Nasir Jadwet.

Ebrahim loves reflecting in nature, socialising and connecting with people. He has a great interest in history- of the family, of the islands and India. He admires beauty and art- in nature, in human beings and in man-made things as they inspire him to delve deeper into understanding the world, balancing the good and evil perspective to lead a life of legacy for his family and India.

He is striving hard to promote tourism in a responsible way with a purpose, to create opportunities for the present and future generations of the Andaman islands, to bring the best of India and the world to this part of India so that the ancestors dreams are fulfilled and the future generations are able to lead a successful life and contribute to the progress of this part of India.

Note: Enroute Andamans is a full fledged travel agency selling customized tour packages for Andaman Nicobar Islands

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Thrilling Summer Destinations

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Energizing and Thrilling Destinations for Summertime Getaways

The summertime is without a doubt one of the most thrilling seasons. People of every age look forward to it all year long. Children anticipate their breaks from school. Parents anticipate being able to go on vacation with all of their loved ones. The list continues. The summer season is optimal for people who want to be able to go on road trips.

It enables people to view all sorts of destinations with their own eyes. If you want your summer road trip to be both successful and safe, then you have to prepare your vehicle well. It can even help you to learn about vehicles and personal injuries. If you want to speak with personal injury attorneys Utah locals trust, then there are various options on hand for you.

Preparing Vehicles For Road Trips

If you want to prepare your vehicle for a big summer road trip, then you should take it to a reputable mechanic for a tune-up as soon as you can. Vehicle maintenance can protect you from all sorts of dangers. If can encourage smooth sailing behind the wheel, too.

If you don’t want to have to deal with breakdowns, engine troubles or anything else ruining your summertime road trip joy, then you need to head to a trustworthy mechanic right away, no exceptions.

Promising Summertime Getaway Destinations for All

If you want to have a blast in the summertime, then you should think about visiting Utah’s Zion National Park. This park is situated in the southwestern region of the state not far at all from Springdale. People who wish to relish the marvels of nature frequently go to this national park for summer excursions.

It’s a sanctuary for outdoor recreational activities such as camping and hiking. It’s a sanctuary for people who simply want to gaze at enormous sandstone cliffs. It even has an abundance of intriguing creatures and plants.

People who are going on summertime road trips don’t have to limit themselves to enormous national parks that are chock-full of natural sights. That’s because they can also relish the pleasures of amusement parks. If you want to have a ball in Utah, then you can go to Farmington’s exhilarating Lagoon Amusement Park.

It doesn’t matter if you cherish the excitement of classic roller coasters. It doesn’t matter if you simply cherish walking around with tasty snacks and beverages. Lagoon Amusement Park can be a terrific reward for people who have been on the road for hours. It’s roughly 18 miles away from the action of Salt Lake City.

Colorado is a lot like Utah in that it’s an all-American state that’s brimming with natural wonders of all kinds. If you want to savor an incredible summertime road trip destination, then you should go to Colorado Springs, Colorado’s amazing Garden of the Gods.

Garden of the Gods is composed of close to 1,500 breathtaking acres of sandstone elements. If you want to have a hiking adventure that’s fit for the record books, then you should go to Garden of the Gods.

Do you want a break from outdoor adventures during your summer road trip? If you do, you can always go to the Denver Art Museum. This is a destination that has air conditioning. It can also be an indoor sanctuary for people who want to escape the sun’s intense ultraviolet rays.

If you want to view intriguing art pieces, then there aren’t many trip destinations that can hold a candle to this acclaimed museum. It displays 70,000 plus art pieces for visitors to savor. It has a strong reputation all around the globe.

If you’re a fan of live entertainment, shopping, dining out and unbridled excitement in general, you should make Las Vegas, Nevada a stop on your summertime getaway. Las Vegas has activity options for people of all ages.

It’s a terrific spot for people who like to check out entertainers. It’s just as terrific a spot for foodies who want to be able to test out all kinds of world-class dining establishments. If you want your summer road trip to be amazing and pleasant, then you should focus on these destinations. These destinations won’t let you down in the slightest. They’ll probably exceed your wishes.

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