There are perhaps more famous quotes about the beneficial and often transformative powers of travel than on any other topic. For longer than anyone can remember people have been visiting distant lands, having new experiences, and returning home a changed person. We want to provide you with travel tips that feed the mind, body and soul.
It’s true that it’s a little different these days (as we now have airplanes, GPS, and comfortable hotel suites instead of horses, a compass, a tent). But what was true then is still true now. Travel is good for the mind, body, and soul.
Here are just a few of the travel tips we think will help anybody on the road..
Meet New People
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
While the destination is usually the first thing people think about when they are planning their next adventure abroad – often times it’s the people you meet while travelling that stay in your memories the longest. Not only will you get to experience the culture and national identity of the place you’re visiting, but you’ll also be introduced to several other cultures by meeting fellow travellers.
For Example:Try counting how many times you talk about the famous Canadian politeness when you’re telling people stories about your next stay with us.
Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
Canada is perhaps one of the safest destinations you can visit in the world, however, even when you’ve got a comfortable place to stay (like any of our hotels) and friendly people to help you on the ground (like our customer care teams) you’re still going to be going out of your comfort zone a little.
You’re going to be in a new place, with new people, doing new things - in fact, almost everything about travel is a new experience the first time you visit a destination. It’s a character-building experience that can often change your opinions on a wide range of things (from trivially small musings, through to life-changing epiphanies)
This leads us quite nicely on to the next reason…
Try to Put Things Into Perspective
“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen
One of the most interesting quirks about travelling is that you automatically learn more about your own country by being in another one. Noticing the small differences in day to day life at your destination can often times lead you to think about how things are done back home. This travel tip is sure to make you appreciate home more than ever!
Regardless of what it is, whenever you see the same thing done in several different ways, you start to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.
For example, you might think the traffic is bad in your local city, but when you’ve tried driving through the streets of Delhi or Bangkok, you’ll almost certainly be a lot more relaxed the next time you’re stuck in traffic at home.
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” Oscar Wilde
Perhaps the biggest travel tip for your mind, body, soul, and general wellbeing that travel provides is the memories that you inevitably create along the way. Regardless of where you are, what you’re doing, or how you’re feeling, you’ll always have the beautiful memories of the experiences and places you have visited, and the people that you shared them with or met along the way.
You’ll have stories to share with others, and you’ll have moments you can think back to and savour over and over again for the rest of your life.
To paraphrase Benjamin Disraeli…
"You’ll see more than you remember, and you’ll remember more than you see."
Winter is here, and while some people prefer to hibernate indoors away from the wind and the cold there's a wide range of fun activities that are best enjoyed outdoors in Toronto this time of year. Here's what we think are 6 of the best.
There are arguably few things on the planet that are more quintessentially Canadian than hockey. You're probably not going to be surprised to learn that the best time to visit Canada if you want to watch our ice based national sport is winter. Toronto's local side is the Toronto Maple Leafs who play at the Scotiabank Arena (located right next to Union station). Games are as exciting and as electric as you'd expect, and booking tickets in advance is strongly recommended.
DJ Skate Nights
If you feel like getting your dancing shoes on (or should that be dancing skates?) then heading down to the hugely popular DJ Skate Nights that take place at the Harbourfront Centre should be high up on your shortlist. You'll be able to skate the night away while listening to live performances from some truly talented DJs until you're exhausted enough to find a spot next to the wood fire heaters dotted around the perimeter to give your feet a little rest.
Winter Light Festival
The winter light festival is one of the most popular seasonal activities the city has to offer. We can think of nothing better than enjoying a world of stunning and mesmerizing illuminated art installations during these cold, dark, and gloomy months. It's an experience that you're never going to forget if you've never visited this land of illuminated wonders before. The Winter Light Festival is located in the Distillery District and it runs all the way through to March 3rd.
If you've worked up an appetite after all the activities above (or if you just feel like escaping the cold) then Winterlicious is another event that is more than worthy of your consideration. A large number of Toronto's finest and most popular restaurants take part in this wintery celebration of our local culinary scene, and if you're a foodie – it's not to be missed. You'll be treated to a special range of new dishes and tasting menus throughout the festival (alongside a selection of magnificent drinks to wash it all down with). Reservations are strongly recommended at participating restaurants.
Arrowhead Provincial Park
If you feel like getting out of town, then Arrowhead Provincial Park should definitely be on your radar. During the winter months, they provide an ice skating trail that is almost too magical to be true. You'll gently skate down a 1km long trail that twists and winds its way through the stunning woods that the park has been blessed with. There are a number of cabins along the way (all of which are warm and toasty) which will allow you to take a little break and warm up as and when you please. The night skating that's on offer is also worth enquiring about, the entire trail is illuminated with torches – and as you can imagine, this creates quite a surreal and unique atmosphere.
What's more wintery than a festival that celebrates everything and anything icy? As you'd expect from the name, Icefest is an annual event that revolves around the world's greatest ice sculptors coming into town and showing us their stuff. Massive and mind-bogglingly intricate masterpieces will be created right in front of your eyes throughout the weekend (with over 70,000lbs of ice being utilized during the event). If you're lucky enough to be in town on February 9th and 10th then you should make every effort to head over to Bloor-Yorkville village and check it out.