Self-made millionaire: Millennials, don’t travel-yet

CNBC Make it.

There are many benefits of traveling: getting recharged, inspired, bonding and connecting with others, and having a new respect for life back at home.

I want my daughters to experience new places and new people. Traveling is an education that can’t be bought at home.

When it comes to millennials and travel, however, I have a few words of caution.

When I was younger, I was not clear on why or what I was learning while I was at college, so I left my university with a piece of paper, debt, no clue about my future and very few skills. Many millennials today find themselves in a similar position. That is why so many young people are wandering without direction.

When you don’t know what you should be doing, it’s easy to put life on hold and backpack abroad staying in hostels and eating ramen.

What I want to do is inspire millennials to work hard now so they can travel the world in style later.

If you’re going to waste time at a job you hate trading hours for dollars, not trying to learn and grow, then you might as well go and waste a few months traveling around southeast Asia. Either way, you’re not building your future.

Young travelers party on a beach in the Indian resort of Goa.

Ami Vitale | Getty Images

The reason many millennials want to travel is because they have no purpose at home. They believe time off is going to allow themselves to somehow “find” that thing they know is missing in their life. But travel, while there are some benefits to it, does not guarantee you will find your purpose.

I took too much time off early in my entrepreneurial career and it almost derailed me.

I had traded in the obsession I thought I was chasing for hanging out with my friends, going to the movies, playing softball and weekend barbecues. But how much introspection does one really need before it’s time to get to work?


It’s not all about the hustle. You must have skills. When you educate for skills it will result in money, and you can use skills every day to bring more value to the marketplace.

If you are a millennial and need to take time off, then take enough time off to fulfill your desire for time off. Just realize, your life will probably be no better at the end of it, and your financial situation will probably be even worse off than it already is.

If you focus on finding your purpose, if you end up getting fulfilled by what you do, you may find your desire for time off goes away.

We live in a society where it seems people have an entitled form of laziness to assume that we work five days and take the weekend off. Why is that? Forget about travel: Should a millennial who is working 40 hours a week making $32,000 a year even be sitting around all weekend taking it easy?

The acceptance of the idea that eight hours invested in your job is enough regardless of your financial position is a misunderstanding of epic proportions.

Twenty-seven-year-old Garston Tremblay, a developer, enjoys a bowl of cereal at his desk while at work at Rally Software Development.

Cyrus McCrimmon | Getty Images

I suggest that millennials pay the price today so they can pay any price tomorrow.

I can travel the world in my own plane today because I put in the hard work and became serious about my career when I was 25. Get obsessed with your purpose, and you’ll find that your travel plans can wait.

Comfort is the enemy of abundance. Don’t let travel get in the way of your freedom.

Grant Cardone is an entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and sales training expert.

KAYAK reveals top trending destinations of the year for Canadian travellers

KAYAK reveals top trending destinations of the year for Canadian travellers

Havana, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, in. Osaka, Istanbul and Kahului, out.  KAYAK, the world’s leading travel search engine, reveals the Top Ten Trending Destinations of the Year according to Canadian traveller search data.1

“Canadians are seeking experiences both rich in culture and history in some of the world’s most interesting cities,” said David Solomito, VP North America Marketing. “Havana has seen an amazing amount of renewed interest as has Reykjavik, but there are some exciting additions to the list – like Casablanca, Auckland and Manila – proving long distance isn’t necessarily a variable when booking a trip.”

This year’s worth of data uncovers where Canadians are heading to next:

  • Havana is this year’s hot spot. While Canadians have always had a love for the historic tourist destination known for its cigars and famous vintage cars, interest in the city skyrocketed with a whopping 230% increase in searches compared to last year. Get there fast before Americans are allowed to start vacationing there, which will likely drive up costs and crowds.
  • Strike while the Reykjavik iron is hot and while you can still score a cool deal. The European hotspot took the #2 spot on KAYAK’S Top Trending Destinations list for Canadians with a 116% increase in searches compared to 2015.
  • Canadian travel to some of last year’s top destinations is expected to drop. Osaka was the top trending destination last year, but saw a 41% decrease in searches this year. Florida may also see fewer Canadians; Fort Lauderdale and Panama City’s temperatures couldn’t keep the cities from cooling down for Canadians.
  • Nashville is “singing your song”, Canada. No surprise with attractions and events continuing to expand in this great American city, Nashville sees a 43% increase in searches among Canadian travellers.
  • Canadians will go the distance for a rich cultural experience. KAYAK data shows that long flights aren’t always a factor when planning a trip. Long-haul destinations Casablanca, Manila, Auckland and New Delhi all saw 30% + increases in searches.




Havana – 230%

Osaka – 41%

Reykjavik – 116%

Istanbul – 31%

Rio de Janeiro – 77%

Kahului – 24%

Casablanca – 76%

Brussels – 23%

Auckland – 58%

Hong Kong – 21%

Manila – 44%

Santiago – 20%

Nashville – 43%

Shanghai – 19%

New Delhi – 39%

Panama City – 18%

Guatemala – 36%

Fort Lauderdale – 14%

Bogota – 34%

Buenos Aires – 12%


1 Methodology: Search dates Sept. 1, 2015 – Dec. 1, 2016 on; travel dates Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2016. Trending destinations are those with the largest increase/decrease in year-over-year searches.

KAYAK, as part of its annual Travel Hacker Guide, also reveals that Calgary is one of the hotspots of the year for North Americans,2gaining 27% more searches and proving Cowtown is a must-visit destination. Known as a gateway to some of the dreamiest ski getaways and the home of the Calgary Stampede, KAYAK data shows it’s best to book 2-3 months in advance. Want the best rate on a hotel? Book it for February.3

Solomito also shared tips to help Canadians travel like a pro “We have some great, intuitive features and tools that will arm you with all the information you need to make the right decisions”:

  • Check out KAYAK’s 2017 Travel Hacker Guide which features insights on what’s trending, popular and wallet-friendly among North American travelers. Based on data from over a billion travel searches, the guide is packed with data-driven insights on where to go, when to go and when to book.
  • For North American travelers, KAYAK’s data found it’s best to book 2-3 months out for Central America, Europe and Asia, but 1-2 months out works for the South Pacific.
  • The explore tool – Enter the budget you have in mind to spend on flights, and KAYAK will tell you all the places you can go within that budget.
  • Flight Hacks – These pro tips will help find the right flight for you.


To start planning your next vacation, visit

KAYAK is the world’s leading travel search engine. The company’s websites and mobile apps allow people to easily search hundreds of travel sites at once for flights, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages. KAYAK processes 1.5 billion annual searches for travel information and operates more than 40 international sites in 20 languages. KAYAK is an independently managed subsidiary of The Priceline Group.

20 Things You Want to Pack – But Shouldn’t!

20 Things You Want to Pack – But Shouldn’t!

Source: Wendy Perrin | Trip Advisor

What should you keep out of your bag?  Here are things that travel experts and savvy frequent travelers advise never to pack:

  1. More than one pair of shoes

“I have a strict two-pair limit per trip. I wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes onto the airplane, and I pack a nicer pair for dinners/nights out. Depending on the type of trip, I might substitute hiking boots or sandals in place of the dressy shoes. It’s a lot easier not to check luggage when your bag contains only one pair of shoes.”

—Sarah Schlichter, senior editor, Independent Traveler

  1. New shoes
  2. White sneakers

“Shoes need to be broken in before you commit to walking around in them day in and day out.  While sneakers may be comfy from the get-go, in foreign cities bright white sneakers are a dead giveaway that you’re a tourist.”

—Wendy Perrin, TripAdvisor’s Travel Advocate

  1. New underwear

“Take your oldest underwear with holes in them, and when they’re dirty, just throw them away!  Also, use compression bags or packing cubes to organize your clothes; use the compression bags to store your dirty clothes.”

—Nancy Quon

  1. Clothing with patterns

“Instead of clothes with patterns or colors I can wear only once, I pack multi-purpose clothes that won’t look dirty after one use or clash with other items.”

—Josh Roberts, managing editor, Smarter Travel

  1. Clothing with logos
  2. Expensive watches

“I’m always tempted to pack T-shirts or hats with my alma mater or favorite sports team labeled on them, but these clearly shout ‘tourist.’ I usually pack only clothing with no writing on it; it helps me blend in. I also never pack my expensive watch, since it’s another safety hazard.”

—Johnny Jet,

  1. Every medication you could ever need

“Pack your prescription meds, but don’t pack an arsenal of over-the-counter medications and things like throat lozenges. Buy yourself a purse-sized pill container and take what you need in that. Unless you are visiting remote places, most pharmacies abroad are fabulous to spend time in and it can be part of your overall travel experience. Some of my favorite over-the-counter lozenges and topical creams come from France!”

—Robyn Webb,

  1. Clothing that requires ironing or drycleaning

“Hotel laundry services are super-expensive, and there are plenty of great fabrics that can be washed and air-dried so you can bring fewer items and wear them more often.”

—Jeanne McGeehan Egan

  1. Hairdryer
  2. Curling iron
  3. Hairspray

“You just don’t need them. They will have a hairdryer and spray at your hotel—and, at a nice hotel, a curling iron too—all to borrow (says the woman who still packs all three. I blame my mother.)”

—Paula Froelich, editor at large, Yahoo! Travel  and A Broad Abroad

  1. Beach towels

“Hotels give out pool towels, and if you need beach towels, you can buy cheap ones locally and either leave them behind or, if you love them, send them home.”

—Julia Hauldren

  1. High heels
  2. Anything you can buy at your destination

“Unless you are traveling for a wedding or a special event, there are a multitude of modern shoe options that will keep you looking stylish during your travels and are practical enough to use more than once. I never find myself reaching for the heels I used to throw in my bag ‘just in case,’ most of the time because I’ve spent the day exploring the city and my feet are tired.  And anything you don’t pack gives you the perfect excuse to buy while there!”

—Tyler Govaars, The Weekend Edit

  1. Guidebooks
  2. Maps

“Once upon a time we needed to pack guidebooks, but today you can download maps and guidebooks as apps. They are more up-to-date than books and don’t weigh a thing or take up valuable space. And an app such as TripAdvisor for Mobile doesn’t require Internet service to use.”

—Lissa Poirot, editor in chief, Family Vacation Critic

  1. Books

“I know that holding a Kindle is not the same as holding a book, but traveling with one is much easier. Plus, most libraries offer e-books, so you don’t have to pay for great things to read on your trip. You can even download more books from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection.”

—Jonathan Sacks, Everybody Hates a Tourist

  1. Laptop

“Unless you have heavy-duty work to do, leave your laptop at home and rely solely on your smartphone. I’ve even started leaving my tablet at home. My Android Note 5 can do just about anything I need to do while on leisure trips.”

—Linda Terrill, The Luxury Travel Group

  1. Luggage

“I do two-night trips with just my laptop bag. If you can avoid checking a bag, you avoid losing a bag, and you save precious moments of your life at baggage claim. If you can avoid even needing overhead bin space, you don’t have to board the plane as early, and you move around unfettered through the airport and through life.”

—Gary Leff, View From The Wing

WestJet offers Christmas travel tips

The upcoming Christmas travel season is among the busiest times of the year at airports worldwide. Here are a few quick reminders to make travel easier this festive season.

Check your I.D.

Ensure you have proper identification and documentation for all travellers, including children and infants. Transport Canada has changed identification requirements for domestic travel, meaning expired identification can no longer be used for any flight.

For international travel, travel documents must be presented at check-in. Each country on your itinerary may have different entry requirements, including the physical condition of a passport or extended validity of a passport beyond your intended departure date. Check national entry requirements with WestJet well before departure date.

Plan to arrive early.

Because it’s such a busy time of year for travel, prepare for large crowds at the airport. WestJet suggests arriving at the airport no less than two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. Travellers should complete security, immigration and customs and be at their departure gate one hour before departure. Those who do not meet check-in, baggage drop or boarding cut-off times may be denied travel.

It’s also never a bad idea to give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. Bad weather and traffic snarls can make for a longer drive to the airport than normal this time of year.

Make sure you can carry on with your carry-on.

Carry-on baggage must meet WestJet’s size requirements as listed on the website. Each guest is permitted one piece of carry-on baggage and one personal item. Excess and oversized carry-on baggage may be checked in and subject to applicable baggage fees.

In addition, be sure to pack special items like identification, wallets, purses, medication, mobile devices, keys and valuable items such as cash, jewelry and electronics into carry-on baggage.

Inflight entertainment? There’s an app for that.

WestJet’s inflight entertainment system, WestJet Connect, is available on your own laptop or through the WestJet app on your smartphone or tablet. Download the latest version of the airline’s iPhone or Android app for free access to more than 500 hours of movies and TV programs, and five live TV channels. WestJet Connect also offers pay-per-use Internet access. Almost 75 per cent of WestJet’s Boeing fleet is now equipped with WestJet Connect.

Don’t have your own device? If your flight is over three hours, WestJet has tablet rentals with early-release content available for flights not yet equipped with Connect.

It’s best to keep gifts unwrapped.

WestJet suggests that you do not wrap gifts before heading to the airport. Airport security screeners may unwrap items in checked or carry-on baggage, causing delays at security. Pack wrapping paper in your checked luggage, and have a wrapping party on arrival at your destination.

Make sure your pet is ok to fly.

WestJet does not accept kennels as checked baggage between December 15 and January 6 inclusive, although certain small animals may be able to travel in the aircraft cabin; visit WestJet’s website for details.

Check-in 24 hours before you go.

WestJet offers three convenient self-serve check-in options: web, mobile and kiosk. The airline suggests checking in 24 hours before scheduled departure.

  • Web check-in is available at
  • Check-in on your mobile device using WestJet’s app or mobile-optimized website.
  • Self-serve check-in kiosks are available at most of WestJet’s airports, and may also offer self-serve baggage-tagging.

Speed up your airport experience by paying baggage fees with a credit card when you use self-serve check-in.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

From all 12,000 of us at WestJet, thank you for your support. Have a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you on board.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada’s most trusted airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country’s top employers. WestJet, and our regional airline, WestJet Encore, offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet’s extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit


Three In Five Canadians Not Confident They Will Travel This Winter

According to the inaugural Allianz Global Assistance 2016 Canadian Winter Vacation Confidence survey, 58% of Canadians are not confident they will be taking a winter vacation1 this year.


The survey, conducted by Ipsos, also revealed that among the 42% of Canadians who are confident they will be taking a vacation this winter, the average anticipated spend per household will remain fairly flat (58%) or higher than the previous year’s winter vacation (16%).

“It is an unfortunate reality that more than half of Canadians have a low level of confidence that they will be taking vacation this winter,” said Dan Keon, Director, Marketing and Communications, Allianz Global Assistance. “One concern for Canadians considering travel in winter could be the costs of cancellation, especially when you look at the average cost Canadians say they will spend on a winter vacation: $2,593.20 per household.”

“This is a significant budget for families which can be easily threatened by unexpected circumstances such as inclement weather,” continued Keon. “In those cases, unprotected cancellations could place the entire vacation budget at risk. Travel insurance can typically recover up to 100% of eligible prepaid travel-related expenses lost due to covered reasons for cancellations, such as an unforeseen illness or government advisory restricting travel to your planned destination.”

A popular travel choice for many Canadians is to travel south to the United States. However the survey, conducted in early November, revealed that the current value of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar could prevent Canadians (56%) from travelling to the United States. With that in mind, the survey even showed that in the most extreme cases, a portion of Canadians have actually already changed their travel plans to bypass the United States in the short term. “While the U.S. remains the top outbound destination for Canadians, the current value of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar is clearly coming into play for potential vacationers,” added Keon.

“As Canadians, we highly value and look forward to our vacation plans as an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and unwind from our day-to-day stresses,” continued Keon. “The survey allowed us to quantify the existing ‘Vacation Confidence Deficit,’ but also showed that 36% of Canadians haven’t had a vacation for more than two years. Clearly many Canadians all across the country are in need of a well-deserved break.”

Looking ahead, the picture brightens as a larger majority of Canadians (68%) do expect to take a vacation within the next 12 months. However, the survey does note a persistent lack of confidence: of the 70% of Canadians who identified that an annual vacation is important to them, only 83% are confident they will be travelling in the next 12 months – creating a Vacation Confidence Deficit of 17%.

Additional Survey Results

  • Men (47%) are more confident than women (37%) that they will take a winter vacation.
  • While men (69%) and women (70%) find annual vacations almost equally important, men (40%) are more likely than women (31%) to take an annual winter vacation.
  • Canadian households with kids (49%) are more confident than those without kids (40%) that they will take a winter vacation.
  • Nearly half of Canadians took their most recent vacation within the past 12 months, while one in three Canadians have not been on vacation in more than two years.
  • Canadian households with an income above $100,000 are the most likely (59%) to take an annual winter vacation, with percentages steadily increasing as disposable income increases: Less than $40,000 (24%), $40,000-59,999 (34%) and $60,000-99,999 (46%).
  • Households with children expect to spend just over the national average on their vacation’s travel, accommodation and entertainment costs: $2,759.00.
  • At $3,394.50, Canadians aged 55+ anticipate spending much more than the national average per household on their vacation.
  • When compared to the United States, Europe, Great Britain and Mexico, China is the destination that across the board all demographics are the least likely to visit regardless of how the Canadian dollar compares to the local currency.
  • When looking at vacation plans in the past 12 months, Canadians aged 55+ (68%) allow the value of the Canadian dollar to influence their travel plans the least.

Regional Highlights

British Columbia

  • Least likely (37%) to take a winter vacation this year.
  • Expect to spend more than the national average per household on vacation: $3,342.70.
  • For 53% of BC residents, this is about the same amount as they spent on last year’s vacation.
  • The value of the Canadian dollar is more likely to deter travel to Europe (22%) than the United States (18%).


  • Most likely (41%) to take an annual winter vacation just ahead of Quebec (40%).
  • Expect to spend more than the national average per household: $3,214.90.
  • Least likely to have gone more than two years (28%) without a vacation.
  • Consider taking an annual vacation important the most (75%) compared to other provinces.
  • Along with Quebec, the most confident they will take a vacation in the next 12 months (71%).


  • Along with British Columbia, the most likely to spend more than last year (21%) on this year’s winter vacation.
  • Expect to spend more than the national average per household: $3,359.30.
  • Most likely to not consider annual vacations important (37%) compared to other provinces.
  • Least confident they will take a vacation in the next 12 months (63%).
  • Most likely (26%) to say that comparing the Canadian dollar’s value with the Euro would prevent travel.


  • Expect to spend more than the national average per household: $2,617.90.
  • The second least likely (37%) just behind British Columbia (38%) to not have the current value of the Canadian dollar affect possible travel to the United States.
  • Also the second least likely (66%) behind British Columbia (69%) to not allow the current value of the Canadian dollar to affect travel plans over the past 12 months.
  • The most likely (11%) along with Alberta to change planned travel dates due to the value of the Canadian dollar.


  • Anticipate spending the least on their winter vacation per household: $1,861.40.
  • The most confident (46%) that they will take a winter vacation this year just ahead of Alberta and the Atlantic (45%).
  • Second most likely (40%) behind Alberta (41%) to take an annual winter vacation.
  • The value of the Canadian dollar is more likely to deter travel to Europe (20%) than the United States (18%).
  • The highest percentage (41%) that have not taken a vacation in more than two years.

Atlantic Canada

  • Least likely (26%) to take an annual winter vacation.
  • The least likely (9%) to spend more than last year on this year’s winter vacation.
  • Expect to spend near the national average per household: $2,291.90.
  • The second highest vacation cancellation rate in the past 12 months (19%) due to the value of the Canadian dollar.

About the Allianz Global Assistance 2016 Canadian Winter Vacation Confidence Survey

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 1st and November 3rd, 2016, on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance. For this survey, a sample of 2,000 Canadians from Ipsos’ online panel was interviewed online. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

Allianz Global Assistance (Canada)

For more than 50 years, Allianz Global Assistance has supported travelling Canadians when they need it most with value-added travel insurance and assistance services. More than 700 employees support long-term partnerships with some of the best known brands in the travel and financial services markets. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call centre services and claims administration for health insurers, property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. Allianz Global Assistance is a specialist brand of Allianz Worldwide Partners for assistance and travel insurance, and is the registered business name for AZGA Service Canada Inc. and AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd. For more information, visit

Allianz Worldwide Partners

Dedicated to bringing worldwide protection and care, Allianz Worldwide Partners is the B2B2C leader in assistance and insurance solutions in the following areas of expertise: global assistance, international health & life, global automotive and travel insurance. These solutions, which are a unique combination of insurance, service and technology, are available to business partners or via direct and digital channels under three internationally renowned brands: Allianz Global Assistance, Allianz Worldwide Care and Allianz Global Automotive. This global family of over 16,000 employees is present in 75 countries, speaks 70 languages and handles 40 million cases per year*, protecting customers and employees on all continents. For more information, please visit

*for 2015, excluding Global Automotive

1 A vacation is defined as a leisure trip of at least one week outside of your home province between and including December and March

SOURCE Allianz Global Assistance

Flying with your kids, this winter? Checklist for Air Travel

Flying with your kids, this winter? Checklist for Air Travel

  • Double-check your itinerary before your trip
  • Bring the proper photo Identification. Get passports or check ID expiry dates before your trip
  • Inform your airline of any special needs, including diet restrictions
  • Be aware of any rules or regulations that apply to travelling with children
  • Be aware of any rules or regulations that apply to travelling with pets
  • Be aware of customs regulations if you plan to fly outside of Canada
  • Pack valuables or necessities in your carry-on baggage, not your checked bags.
  • Check with airline for any rules, regulations (including size limitations) or fees that apply to carry-on or checked bags.
  • Put tags on all of your bags to help you quickly find your bags at the baggage claim or if they get lost but be sure to safeguard personal information from wandering eyes.
  • Check in 24 hours before your flight, print boarding passes at home or at self-service kiosk.
  • Arrive at the airport on time: 60 minutes ahead of time for a domestic flight and 90 minutes ahead of time for an international flight.
  • Check flight status – be aware of any delays or changes to your flight schedule

Travelling with Children Checklist

The general rule is to pack light for a flight, that is, unless you are travelling with children! It is not easy for a child to sit quietly for hours at a time. As their parent or guardian, it is up to you to provide them with enough entertainment to make it to the end of flight.

Here are some items you may need or want to bring with you on the plane:

  • A car seat
  • A stroller (check with your airline for related policies)
  • Diapers (enough for the flight and a few extra)
  • Wipes
  • Changing pad
  • Change of clothes
  • Bottles (enough for flight plus 2-3 extra)
  • Powdered formula (in premeasured container)
  • Snacks
  • Sippy cup
  • Bib
  • Fork/spoon
  • Any medications
  • Favourite soft toy
  • New small toys
  • 1-2 favourite books
  • 1-2 new books
  • Movie player and movies
  • Child friendly headphones

Source: Transport Canada

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