Canadian highways are superb, with excellent, well-maintained, surfaces offering uncongested travel to most parts of the country; roads here certainly rival those of the USA. It's not unusual to travel for hours and not pass another vehicle in some of the more remote areas.Road rulesCanada honours all valid foreign driving licences; therefore an international driving permit is not necessary. The minimum driving age is 16 but you need to be 25 to hire a car with most companies. Seatbelts for the driver and front-seat passengers must be worn, with infants strapped into a safety seat. Some provinces require that drivers switch on their headlights during the day.The maximum limit for level of alcohol in the blood while driving is 0.8mg/ml and there are strict penalties for violators.Speed limits vary from province to province, as a general guideline:Urban areas:50kph/31mphOutside schools: 30kph/18mphRural roads/highways:90 110kph/56 68mph.Motorways and the road networkHighways mainly consist of two- to three-lane roads, narrowing to a wide, single lane in the countryside. The Trans-Canada Highway covers 8,000kms/5,000mls making it the longest highway in the world; while the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16), which runs through Canada's vast prairies, over the Rockies, and to the Pacific coast, is almost as long.As in all major cities around the world, parking can be difficult in Canadian cities. Look for signs marked with a green 'P', indicating municipal parking, and avoid street parking as the car may be wheel-clamped or towed away if left in a restricted zone.Costs, distances and timesMost of Canada's service stations are open 24 hours for fuel, with automobile maintenance and service available during business hours. Canadian cars use unleaded petrol, sold by the litre, with considerably cheaper prices than those encountered in Europe, but slightly more expensive than prices in the USA.Typical driving distances:Vancouver to Toronto:4492kms/2790mlsVancouver to Yellowknife:2411kms/1498mlsToronto to Montreal:539kms/335mls.SafetyDon't drive beyond your limits, as distances in Canada are deceptive. Stop every couple of hours to relax, and don't try to drive beyond 500 or 600kms in a day. The CAA provides reciprocal assistance to members of international auto clubs.
A little bit of planning can result in a big increase in security and satisfaction when it comes to student travel.Here are some tips from experts on how to prepare for a student trip:• Before you go, learn about the laws and customs of the countries you're visiting, especially those concerning drinking age, drugs and curfews. You are not immune to a country's laws just because you're a visitor. • Tell your trip leaders about any medications you're taking. (Medication should be in the original containers and you should take the actual prescriptions with you when traveling overseas.)• Play by the numbers. Give your parents the phone and fax numbers of your hotel, the cell phone numbers of the chaperones and a full itinerary of your trip. If anything changes, e-mail your parents immediately with the new info.• Pack all valuables, medications, travel documents and passport in your carry-on bag. Occasionally, checked luggage gets lost at airports, so you want to have your important items on you.• Do not carry all your cash at once. Keep your wallet in a zippered pocket, preferably inside your jacket. If you need to exchange money in a foreign country, only use authorized vendors such as banks. • Don't be flashy. Wear an old, inexpensive watch and leave the bling at home. Don't make yourself a walking target for thieves. Avoid flaunting your digital camera or MP3 player.• When you check in at your hotel, grab a card from the counter with the hotel's name, address and phone number on it. Keep this card on you at all times. • Travel with a buddy at all times and never wander off alone from the group.• If a charter flight is involved, check the operator's registration with the U.S. DOT's Special Authorities Division at (202) 366-1037. You will need your dates of travel, the name of the carrier and the charter operator's name, address and public charter number. • Make sure your trip is designed and sponsored by a reputable travel firm.
Your heading out for that vacation you've been waiting sooo long for. You've got your tickets, passports current. Don't sacrifice comfort for fashion as you jet off to paradise - you can truly have both!What to take? It's really quite easy. Don't just squeeze whatever you can into that suitcase, then hope you've got everything to travel in style. We're going to help you pack the perfect "fashion statement" suitcase for your trip to paradise! Trip to the Airport - For your trip to the airport dress comfortably but don't overdo it. Don't be a "show off" at the airport, you'll draw as much negative attention as the "scruffy person". Remember you've got security to clear so keep the jewelry simple to avoid setting off alarms and creating long lineups of backlog as they take you apart one piece at a time. Carry a travel wallet with slots for your id, passport and boarding pass - it will keep things moving smoothly. Have a pocket in your carry on where you can place your jewelry and coins in prior to clearing security. Remember your jacket, poncho, or overgarmet may be removed so make sure what your wearing underneath is appropriate for others to view. Basics to Pack - Pack a lightweight coat, white or light colored shirt that goes with many of your other wardrobe pieces, neutral pants, and a tote bag. Be sure to include a cardigan for the cooler evenings. Pack a versatile dress than you can dress up or down depending on what your plans are. Pack both flat sandles and sandles with a slight heel - wedges are perfect.Wardrobe For Sightseeing - As glamourous as you may want to look while out exploring the sites and shopping at your destination, stilettos are out of the question! Comfortable shoes are a must for the mileage your going to put on your feet. As well you must bring jeans or similar type casual pant, day or night jacket, a versatile skirt and a dress is great.Your Trip To The Beach - Don't overpack for a week in the tropics. Just bring the minimum, you'll not be wearing much more than that in your "hot" tropical location. Make certain you have a pair of strappy flat or near flat sandles that you find comfortable for walking in and don't mind if they get covered in sand or water. Don't forget your bathing suit or bikini - most important. Sunglasses and a tote are also needed. Add a light sundress, cotton blend shirt, hat, denim or similar type causal short skirt, shorts, and a light sweater.Make yourself a checklist. Remember - pack for your destination, pack simple but pack fashionable. Add accessories and jewelry and you'll have fashionable fun in paradise!
If you're looking for a entertainment filled trip, then there's no need to look any further than Orlando. Even if you've been to Orlando before, the amount of new new entertainment that have opened in the area in the last year is unbelievable.Universal Studios have opened what will undoubtedly be one of the main attractions at any of the parks with the introduction of The Simpsons ride. Replacing the old Back to the Future attraction, you get chance to visit Krustyland with the worlds most famous family. Universal Studios also announced the opening of a innovative rollercoaster snappily called Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit to open in 2009.Also due to open in 2009 is a tie up between J K Rowling and Islands of Adventure with an area of the theme park to be dedicated to Hogwarts, that is also set to open in 2009.The other major additions has involved another Orlando favorite, Seaworld Orlando. Intent on becoming one of the top entertainment centers in Orlando, Seaworld Orlando have added a waterpark to the Seaworld and Discovery Cove parks in the area. Known as Seaworld Aquatica, Seaworld have added interaction between the animals in the park and the rides. Seaworld have recently announced they will be adding a new rollercoaster called Manta to the original park, that will open in 2009.So that leaves Disney World. Disney have been really improving Disney's Hollywood Studios recently to make it one of their top draw theme parks. With recent additions to the park including the Block Party Bash parade, Toy Story Mania ride and an area of the park dedicated to Pixar Studios the theme park has some really fresh visitors attractions this year.So if you have haven't been to Orlando for two or three years, you'll be pleasantly suprised at what rides and shows have been added to the Orlando parks and what we can look forward to in the next year.
The buzzling Montmartre district is one of the places to visit in this sense. It was here that during the 19th century, poets and artists gathered. The shortest road leaves from Place Blanche and climbs the lively Rue Lepic market street, continuing on along Rue de Abbesses, Rue Ravignon and other flights of steps. A spectacular view of the city it is offered by taking the rack-railway to the Roman- Byzantine Sacre Coeur church. It is around there and more precisely at Place du Tertre, a picturesque square and high-point of Paris, that portrait artists and souvenir sellers still congregate. In this zone it is possible to stroll through the narrow twisting streets, squares and walk along the small hill-side terraces. Another arty district located on the east bank of the Seine is the Germain-de-Pres home to cafes, jazz-clubs and antique shops. It is an area which was frequented by intellectuals during the 1950's and 60's at the time of Novelle Vague. The well-known Lipp brasserie, decorated with multi-coloured tiles, is a favourite meeting point for politicians, while Les Deux Margots, the preferred choice of Hemingway, is still popular today (6, Place du Saint-Germain-des-Prs ; ph :+33 01.45.48.55.25). Home to French poets Rimbaud, his friend Verlaine, and Mallarm and painter Picasso, as well as a score of other creatives, Les Deux Magots is a ode to history. Taking it's name from the Chinese fabric shop that had the space before it, it has been an institution since the late 1800s and the decor is from 1914. This caf is incredibly expensive, but, you might only be in Paris once in your life or you can afford a plain coffee. Caf de Flore (172, Boulevard Saint Germain ; ph :+33 01.45.48.55.26) in the same district, is one of the rare caf that during WW II was able to serve its customers underneath the bombs. On its chairs some of the most famous writers, philosophers and artists spent entire days dialoguing and building up a new idea of society: Picasso, Sartre, De Beavoir, Giacometti were some of its clients.The city's other artist's district is Montparnasse, frequented by such artists as Picasso and Matisse. The district, situated on the left bank, is the site of Carrefour Vavin with its studios and cafes, very popular during the 1920's and 30's. Today the area houses cinemas and restaurants and is the site of the second largest tower in Europe, the glass and steel Tour de Montparnasse. The Montparnasse Cemetry, situtated in Rue Emile Richard, is the resting place of writers, poets and sculpturers ( De Maupassant, Sartre, De Beauvoir, Tzara, Baudelaire). We cannot miss to remind the oldest restaurant in Paris: The Procope and the first caf, opened in 1686. (13, Rue de lAncienne Comdie; Ph. +33 01 40 46 79 00; Metro:Odon) The owner was Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli. In 1689, the Comdie-Franaise moved to opposite the Procope and, between shows, the caf became THE caf for theatre-goers and actors. Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot were loyal regulars and the Encyclopaedia was born under the crystal centre-lights of the Procope. During the revolution, Danton, Marat could all be found here. Benjamin Franklin even fine-tuned the American constitution here. Menu from 30 euros.After dinner you might try a drink with some cool jazz at the Bob Cool (15, Rue des Grands Augustin; Metro Station: Odon or St-Michel; ph: 01-46-33-33-77). A laid back left bank bar, this attracts the kind of crowds you'd expect from the left bank-old style. Writers, poets and artists are said to gather here to drink the night away. Some hotels in the area are worth mentioning starting with the Bac Saint Germain hotel, Taylor Hotel, Mon Reve and Des Artes hotels. They all keep a very nice French atmosphere, with colourful rooms and stylish lounges where to relax or drink something. Very value for money and location also.