It’s almost the end of the summer in the city, and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been wonderful so far. As a testament to its success, Canada has officially eliminated the requirement to quarantine for 14 days upon re-entry into the country. Canadians are set to begin flying once again.
For over a year, people flew only for essential reasons, so it’s understandable if you’re a bit rusty. Plus, some things about travel have changed. Read these travel tips that will help make your next flight cheaper and smoother.
Drive Yourself to the Airport
Anybody who has ever had to park at Toronto Pearson Airport knows how expensive it is, but now it’s possible to get all the convenience of driving yourself to the airport without paying exorbitant airport parking fees. A new model has disrupted airport parking and makes getting to your terminal cheaper than taking an Uber.
Companies let you park at the hotel parking lots right beside the airport after you book an online reservation, and they offer a free shuttle service to take you to your terminal. All you need to do is show the attendant your reservation and board the bus, even if you aren’t staying at the hotel itself.
Some companies give reward points that make the commute to the airport even cheaper.
Don’t Pay Luggage Fees
If you’re going away for a weekend or it’s just a short trip, one of my favourite travel tips is to pack all you need in your carry-on luggage. This way, you can skip any fees related to checking-in bags, and you won’t have to wait at the luggage carousel when you touch down on the other side.
Just grab your bags from the overhead bin (they can’t get accidentally lost or damaged!) and be on your way. You’ll start your vacation sooner and with more money in your pocket.
Take time to bring what you need and want for the trip and make sure it’s packed properly. For example, if you need to bring something that isn’t allowed on the plane, like a Swiss Army Knife, it needs to be packed in your carry-on luggage. Either pack it properly or leave it at home, but don’t forget that it’s in your carry-on bag or security may confuscate it!
Bring all the entertainment you’ll want aboard the plane, including music, movies, reading material, or whatever else. Ensure it’s within easy reach on the plane and that you have all off your charging cables.
Diversions keep you from getting bored during the flight, but you can also bring food from home. The Toronto airport has some local restaurants people love, like smoked deli meat from Caplansky’s, but bringing your own food lets you control portion size, nutrition level, and it saves you money.
Everybody is excited to get back travelling again now that enough people are vaccinated, and regulations are gradually being withdrawn. Keep these savvy travel tips in mind, and your next trip will be less expensive and more convenient.
Now more than ever, it is critical to obtain travel insurance which will supplement your provincial health plan coverage when you are travelling abroad. This additional coverage will protect you financially in the event of a medical or dental emergency as a result of an accident or illness that occurs during your trip.
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