The Selfie Effect: Are Your Vacation Pictures Putting You at Risk?

The Selfie Effect: Are Your Vacation Pictures Putting You at Risk?

Press Release:

MONTRÉAL, While Quebecers look forward to the summer months and vacations, many are unwittingly putting their homes at risk by posting their absences or whereabouts on the internet. A new Allstate Insurance survey found that almost one quarter (23 per cent) of polled Quebecers have in the past posted on their social media accounts that they were away from home. Poll findings also showed that over half (52 per cent) of the 18 to 24 age group have shared that they were travelling on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and 43 per cent in the 25 to 34 age group have done the same.

“Although it can be so much fun to share our travel experiences with others, oversharing is a trend that can potentially put the safety of your home at risk,” says Patrizia D’Ignazio, Allstate Agency Manager. “Allstate Insurance would like to remind Quebecers to think twice before announcing their travel plans online in advance, or during their trip.”

Travelers may know basic home safety procedures when away, like having the mail and newspaper deliveries temporarily stopped or picked up by someone they trust, or installing an automated lighting system. What they might not take into account is that all these efforts could potentially be wasted if they publish that they are away from their home on vacation on social media sites! This summer, 33 per cent of polled Quebecers said they plan to take at least a couple days’ vacation during the construction holiday period which runs from July 24 to August 6.

“When making travel plans, remembering to lock the front door and turn on the alarm system – if you have one – is one thing, but oversharing on your social media pages without the necessary precautions is to be avoided,” says Francisco Randez, TV and radio host, social media and travel expert.

You don’t have to stop sharing, just be mindful of when and how you share
With the increasing popularity of social networks, today’s cybercriminals are using information easily available to them online to plot break-ins on their potential victims’ homes. In the era of social networking, geolocation – the identification of the real-world geographic location of an object such as a mobile phone or computer terminal – can be blamed for break-ins and Google Street View is fast-becoming a sneaky tool used in planning burglaries. Most people provide a wealth of personal details such as their workplace location, people with whom they have relationships, their vacation timing and their address, and that can be putting them at risk.

According to the survey, sixty per cent of men and just over half of women (51 per cent) do not always deactivate their geolocation on their mobile device (smart phones or tablets) while travelling. ”Travelers may be excited to post a countdown leading up to a trip or getaway or that they are en route or have arrived at their destination, but they need to be mindful of what, when and how they share online,” adds Randez.

Make it a family affair
The younger generation with access to mobile devices should also be kept apprised of potential risks. They may be putting the family home in jeopardy by sharing private information on their whereabouts and travel plans. Almost half the survey respondents (43 per cent) have children with active social media accounts and one third of parents (33 per cent) are not in the habit of monitoring what their children post on their social media accounts. The poll also shows that 11 per cent of parents aged 35 to 44 do not regularly check their children’s social media activity. In teaching children further about the proper use of social channels, parents can help keep their homes safer from thieves who may be monitoring them online.

Top safety tips for homeowners on vacation
To help protect travelers from social media-savvy burglars, Allstate Insurance has partnered with Francisco Randez, TV and radio host, social media and travel expert, to offer some topline safety tips.

On social media

  • Be aware of your use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks. Do not publish your vacation departure dates on your social media accounts and remind your children not to do so either. Even if you are careful and only a few friends can see what you post, it is possible that some of your contacts have much less rigid security settings.
  • Check the privacy and security settings of your social media accounts, and use them to determine who has access to your personal information. You can set the parameters according to the highest possible level of security to protect your personal information and know which “friends” can access detailed personal information rather than “everybody” or “friends of friends.”
  • Before posting pictures, ask yourself if they reveal too much information.
  • Avoid posting photos with geotagging. Most smart phones and many digital cameras automatically record the exact location where a photo was taken. If you view this photo online, geotagging can reveal the street address or that you are far away on vacation, making your home a target. Disable geotagging functions and remove geotags on your older pictures using photo editing software.
  • Set an example and teach your children and other family members to be careful online.
  • Consider saving your photos for posting once you return home instead of throughout the trip, making it clear you are back home.

The full list of Francisco Randez’s safety tips for homeowners on vacation can be viewed here.

About the Survey
The survey was conducted by Léger Marketing between June 13 and 16, 2016 via a provincial omnibus online survey among a representative sample of 1,007 Quebecers. The margin of error is +/- 3.1% or 19 times out of 20.

About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada:
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is one of the country’s leading producers and distributors of home and auto insurance products, including usage-based insurance, serving Canadians since 1953. The company strives to keep its customers in “Good Hands®” as well as its employees, and has been listed as a Best Employer in Canada for four years in a row. Allstate Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it operates and has partnered with organizations such as the Old Brewery Mission, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada), United Way, and Junior Achievement. To learn more about Allstate Canada, visit For more safety tips and advice, visit


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What’s your foreign exchange personality?

What’s your foreign exchange personality?

Canadians are confidently making travel plans to the U.S. this year, according to a 2016 RBC U.S. Travel Poll, and some are doing so by limiting their upfront costs of foreign exchange.

Half of Canadians (50 per cent) won’t let the low value of the Canadian dollar prevent them from travelling to the United States, while 13 per cent have decided to cancel plans entirely. Two-thirds of Canadian travellers (66 per cent) say they prefer to use cash while in the United States, the survey found.

“Canadians travellers use a wide variety of tactics when it comes to U.S. dollars, how they acquire them and how they spend them, during trips to the United States,” says Alain Forget, director, U.S. Business Development, RBC Bank (U.S.).

When planning their cross-border travel, over half of respondents surveyed (54 per cent) say they do not exchange their money in a lump sum at their bank in Canada prior to their trip; one-in-three (33 per cent) use their Canadian credit cards while in the U.S. and another one-third (27 per cent) admit to looking around the house for U.S. money left over from their last trip.

When Canadians return home, the majority (63 per cent) keep the unspent U.S. dollars at home, rather than re-exchanging the money or depositing the leftover funds.

“Consider adding a cross-border bank account to your travel checklist to help you stretch your money with every U.S. trip. A bonus: you can earn interest on your leftover U.S. dollars, rather than keep them at home until your next trip,” said Forget.

Forget offers three other tips to help Canadians travel smarter and take advantage of the U.S. dollar:

  • Consider U.S. plastic: Using cash is one of the best ways to stick to your budget. But a U.S.-based credit card is a smart option to avoid foreign transaction fees on bigger purchases.
  • Avoid small change: Don’t be among the 13 per cent of Canadians surveyed who watch the exchange rate closely and only exchange money on better days – it’ll likely cost you more in the long run if you exchange small amounts. The more money you exchange at once, generally the better the rate you will pay.
  • Set a realistic budget. Two-in-10 Canadians (23 per cent) say they plan to cut back on shopping, dining or entertainment when in the U.S. By listing all the items you plan to purchase during your trip, such as food, entertainment, accommodations, or gas if you are planning a road trip, you’ll be able to have a better sense of how much money you’ll need. As a rule of thumb, tack a 30 per cent premium to your budget for the span of your trip. But keep in mind that costs in the U.S. are generally less than in Canadawhich gives a boost to your budget planning.


About RBC U.S. Travel Study 2016
These are some of the findings of an IPSOS Reid poll conducted between February 22 to February 26, 2016, on behalf of RBC. For this survey, a sample of 1,004 Canadians who have traveled to the U.S. in the last two years 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 ±3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian travellers 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.

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10 iconic and ironic places for true Canadians to visit this summer

10 iconic and ironic places for true Canadians to visit this summer

In honour of Canada Day and the unofficial start of the summer travel season, wants Canadians who are sticking close to home this year to visit these 10 off-beat places for a full dose of Canadiana. Take advantage of the Canada Day Sale on to save up to 50 per cent  on room rates on select hotels in Canada’s most popular destinations** or kick off yoursummer coupon and get 11 per cent off your booking price.

1. Roll up the rim at Canada’s first Tim Horton’s donut shop (Hamilton, Ontario)
You could buy a coffee and a donut for 10 cents each when the first Tim Horton’s opened in 1964 on the corner of Ottawa and Dunsmure in Hamilton. It might cost you a bit more today, but make a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the double-double to show your Canadian pride. Average HPI hotel price in Hamilton in 2015: $137

2. Marvel at the world’s largest beaver (Beaverlodge, Alberta)
Canada’s highways and byways host a menagerie of giant roadside attractions meant to lure travellers for a visit. The tiny town ofBeaverlodge, Alberta, about 30 minutes west of Grande Prairie, boasts the world’s largest beaver statue, a loving tribute toCanada’s national rodent. Average HPI hotel price in Grande Prairie in 2015: $148

3. Drop the puck at the birthplace of hockey (Montreal, Quebec)
Hockey is such a potent symbol of Canada that several cities claim to be its parent, but the first indoor game played with written rules was at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal in 1875. The original rink was long ago replaced by a parking garage, but today’s hockey fans can take tours year round of the Bell Centre, home to the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. Average HPI hotel price inMontreal in 2015: $160

4. Ride your horse to the RCMP Academy (Regina, Saskatchewan)
Since 1885, every Mountie that wears the Red Serge gets his or her basic training at the RCMP Academy, Depot Division, in Regina. Visitors can watch daily parades or the rousing Sunset-Retreat ceremony that is performed weekly in the summer. A tour of the RCMP Heritage Centre on site is also a must. Average HPI hotel price in Regina in 2015: $139

5.  Visit the home of two of the Greatest Canadians (Kingston, Ontario)
What do Canada’s first prime minister, John A. MacDonald, and hockey commentator Don Cherry have in common? Both men, who were voted by fans of the CBC as among the 10 Greatest Canadians of all time, once lived in Kingston, Ontario. The city that is halfway between Toronto and Montreal also happens to have been Canada’s first national capital. Average HPI hotel price inKingston in 2015: $142

6. Tip your hat to the Fathers of Confederation (Charlottetown, PEI)
Canada wasn’t forged in war or revolution, but in a series of conferences attended by guys with big, bushy beards. If you fell asleep during that part of history class, then head out to Charlottetown to spend some time at Province House National Historic Site to get a refresher course on how this country came to be. Average HPI hotel price in Charlottetown in 2015: $158

7. Feel tiny at the polar bear capital of the world (Churchill, Manitoba)
Canada’s most ferocious predator is the polar bear. Normally, these giant carnivores roam the Arctic ice looking for seals to eat, but during the summer they congregate on the shore. Large numbers of them are notably concentrated near the northern Manitobatown of Churchill where visitors can get up close with these marvelous creatures. Average HPI hotel price in Winnipeg in 2015: $136

8. Rock the boat at the Canadian Canoe Museum (Peterborough, Ontario)
They say Canadians know how to make love in a canoe, but don’t test that theory at the Canadian Canoe Museum. Instead, learn about how this First Nations watercraft helped early explorers chart this vast nation and open it up for the fur trade to today become a fixture on cottage lakes across the country. Average HPI hotel price in Toronto in 2015: $155

9. Be sweet with maple syrup (King’s Landing Historical Settlement, New Brunswick)
Nothing is more Canadian than the maple leaf. Species of the tree grow in every province. Sugar maples are best for producing maple syrup with Quebec and Ontario being Canada’s biggest suppliers of this sweet treat, but don’t forget New Brunswick where a spring visit to the sugarbush is an annual tradition. Get a taste during your visit to King’s Landing Historical Settlement, a recreation of a 19th-century village. Average HPI hotel price in Fredericton in 2015: $135

10.  Immerse yourself in First Nations culture (Whistler, BC)
First Nations people are the original Canadians. You can interact with their living cultures in different ways all across this land, but for something especially engaging, spend some time at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Part museum and part art gallery, this spectacular centre highlights the heritage of the Squamish and Lil’wat aboriginal people.  Average HPI hotel price in Whistler in 2015: $215

With a selection of more than hundreds of thousands Canadian properties available to book on, there are accommodations for every taste and budget in any of the places mentioned above, no matter how big or small. is encouraging travellers to share their most memorable hotel accommodations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #ObviouslyCanada hashtag.

* The HPI is a regular report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the websites worldwide.

**Book by July 1, 2016 for travel until July 15, 2016. Rooms and prices subject to availability at the time of booking. Discount is only available at participating hotels and may require a minimum night stay. The discount is based upon the total hotel priced excluding taxes and other fees. Discounts are subject to availability and may be discontinued without notice. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.


Travel Time is Family Time

Travel Time is Family Time

Canadians love to travel and Canadian families love travelling together. The proof is in the numbers from a new Choice Hotels Canada™ survey* conducted by Leger that questioned Canadians on their travel habits. It shows that the vast majority of us are planning trips soon and looking to connect with relatives at home or abroad or simply as a way to enjoy the fun times that come from sharing experiences together.

“In this busy age of online distractions and separate schedules, vacations are a time for families to connect, share memories and spend quality time together,” said Julie Chan-McConnell, Director, Marketing and Loyalty at Choice Hotels Canada. “That’s why Choice Hotels Canada offers a friendly, comfortable, value-packed experience that makes travellers feel good about staying with us – wherever and whenever they travel.”

Canadians are on the move

According to the Choice Hotels Canada survey, 89 per cent of Canadians plan to travel somewhere within the country in the next two years and those households with kids are even more likely to take a trip with 92 per cent saying they are ready to hit the road soon.

Who we are travelling with

When Canadians travel, they don’t like to do it alone. An overwhelming 87 per cent of us like to travel with family or friends, Albertans most of all with 93 per cent and, not surprisingly, 95 per cent of families with kids like to travel together.

The furry members of our families aren’t being left behind. Our pets are also popular travel companions with 22 per cent of Canadians saying they don’t leave home without their animals. Families with children are most likely to bring the pet along with 26 per cent saying so.

Where we’re going

When it comes time to pick a travel destination, most Canadians like to find new places to go every time they take a trip. Nearly three quarters of us (74 per cent) seek novel destinations whenever we travel and that number jumps to 81 per cent for Quebecers. Families also like variety as 79 per cent of households with kids look for something new every year.

The reality, though, is that while we may dream of visiting new places, half of us return to the same vacation spots again and again. Albertans are the biggest creatures of habit with 57 per cent of them sticking to the same destination every time they travel.

The family that travels together stays together

Travel may be a time to see new things and visit new places, but a large number of us use it as a time to connect with friends and family in far-flung places. As many as 59 per cent of Canadians travel to hook up with family and friends while those of us fromManitoba and Saskatchewan are even more likely with 74 per cent doing so.

If you’ve got kids in your house, then they have a large impact on where you travel. An overwhelming 88% of them said that children help determine where families go on a trip.

Travelling together is good for families as 84 per cent of Canadians with children say that it brings them closer together.

What we’re looking for in a hotel

Canadian travellers look for value for money when they choose a hotel, with families with children being the most price conscious of all at 97 per cent. After price, the most important factors when choosing accommodations by Canadians is cleanliness (86 per cent) as well as safety (64 per cent).

To help manage budgets, an overwhelming number of Canadians (81 per cent) look for discounts or reward points when they travel, including loyalty cards like the Choice Privileges rewards program. Choice Privileges recently launched a series of changes that include Your Extras which awards guests for mid-week stays in the form of 500 bonus points or 100 airline miles (with participating carriers).

About the survey

An online survey of 1,576 Canadians was conducted between Tuesday May 24th to Thursday May 26th 2016 using LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

About Choice Hotels:

Choice Hotels Canada® is the nation’s largest hotel franchisor with 340 properties currently open or under development. We are affiliated with Choice Hotels International, Inc®, which franchises more than 6,300 hotels in 35 countries and territories worldwide. Our company’s Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn® brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet our guests’ needs. With more than 25 million members and counting, check out our Choice Privileges® rewards program to see how you can reap the benefits of being a member of the Choice Hotels® family. Visit us at for more information.

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Air Canada 2016 Summer #TravelTips

Air Canada 2016 Summer #TravelTips



  • For a one-stop easy self-service travel experience, the best place for information is
  • Save time by checking-in online within 24 hours of departure at or mobile devices
  • Stay informed of flight status whether travelling on Air Canada, Air Canada Express or Air Canada Rouge
  • Arrive early at the airport and consult recommended check-in and cut off times at
  • Allow extra time when departing from the United States as security wait times may be longer than usual
  • Check size and weight allowance when packing at as carry-on baggage will be screened and tagged
  • Customers should ensure their valuables, electronics, documentation, medication, car keys, money, jewelry, cameras, are in their carry-on bags
  • Provide contact information including your email address
  • Customers should also provide their contact information at time of check-in (mobile‎/kiosk/web) to ensure they can easily be reached in case of travel disruptions
  • Follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook for latest travel updates

MONTREAL, June 21, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – Summer is here and Air Canada is offering tips to ensure a smooth travel experience. For the latest operational updates, customers are invited to visit, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook, and sign up for specific flight notification alerts. Additional information on what to expect and do in case of flight disruptions is available at

Flight status and travel updates online
Operational news is available in the Daily Travel Outlook under the Flights section at the bottom of the home page at Before leaving for the airport customers should check the status of their flights on, or on an internet-enabled mobile device at, or by calling the toll free Air Canada flight status line at 1-888-422-7533; TTY (Hearing Impaired): 1-800-361-8071.

Flight notification
Air Canada encourages customers to provide contact information including their email address and phone number so that they can receive flight delay and cancellation information directly on their mobile devices or via e-mail. To register or for more information, simply visit:

Web and mobile check-in
Air Canada customers can save time by checking-in, selecting/changing their seat, selecting the number of checked baggage and paying any baggage fees within 24 hours of departure time either at or on their mobile devices

Customers should also provide their contact information at time of check-in (mobile‎/kiosk/web) to ensure they can easily be reached in case of travel disruptions.

Self-service rebooking tool
In the event of flight disruptions that may be caused by bad weather, customers are invited to rebook themselves using Air Canada’s self-service rebooking tool available on or their mobile device.

Recommended check-in times
During peak travel days, Air Canada recommends that customers arrive early at the airport to avoid problems associated congestion. Information on check-in times are available at:

Valuables, Medications, Car Keys
Customers are reminded to ensure that all their valuables, including electronics, documentation, medication, car keys, money, jewelry, cameras, etc., are with them or in their in carry-on bags and NOT in their checked bags. To facilitate security inspection, customers carrying gifts on board the aircraft should keep them unwrapped. Information on checked baggage allowance is available at:

Health Tips
Before taking a flight, Air Canada recommends that customers take the time to familiarize themselves with tips for a healthy travel experience provided by the Aerospace Medical Association, or see their doctor if they have a medical condition:

Carry-on baggage
The carry-on baggage allowance is one standard article 23cm x 40cm x 55cm weighing a maximum of 10 kg, and one personal article 16cm x 33cm x 43cm weighing a maximum of 10 kg. More information is available at: Airport agents will be screening and tagging carry-on baggage and passengers who exceed their allowance will be required to check their carry-on baggage, and additional checked baggage fees may apply.

Small lithium battery-powered vehicles not accepted as checked or carry-on baggage
Small lithium-battery powered vehicles (hoverboards, electric skateboards, airwheels, mini-segways and balance wheels) should be shipped via Air Canada Cargo. Information is available at

Personal electronic devices powered by lithium batteries [laptops, ipads, iphones, etc] and spare batteries must be in carry-on baggage.

Air Canada recommends the use of small, umbrella type strollers as facilities are not designed to accommodate larger, heavy strollers. Collapsible strollers may be checked at the gate and will be delivered to you at the aircraft door at destination. Details of the stroller policy are available at:

Sporting equipment
Air Canada recommends that customers pre-register their sporting equipment by contacting Air Canada Reservations, Air Canada Vacations or their travel agent up to 24 hours prior to departure. Some sporting equipment is entitled to a waiver of oversize and/or additional piece charges. Details are available at:

External and internal name tags
As external baggage name tags sometimes become detached, Air Canada recommends that passengers place identification INSIDEtheir bag. A baggage ID template is available at:

Travelling with children
Parents travelling with children should ensure they have appropriate documents including a birth certificate showing the name of both parents, legal documents pertaining to custody, or a parental consent letter authorizing travel where the child is travelling alone or with only one parent.

Children travelling outside of Canada with one parent may require legal documentation proving the other parent or guardian’s consent that the child may leave the country. Consult the Embassy or Consulate of the countries the child will be visiting and the Department of Global Affairs at 1-800-267-8376 to determine if such documentation is necessary.

Information on security measures
Government regulations stipulate customers can only transport in their carry-on baggage a limited amount of liquid, gel and aerosol items: 100ml/100g (3.4 oz) per article or smaller. Larger containers must be placed in checked baggage.

For more information on security measures, please consult the following official web sites:

In-Transit Pre-Clearance (ITPC) in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal
Customers arriving in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto from an international flight with a connecting flight to the U.S. do not go through Canadian Customs and Immigration. Their checked baggage is automatically transferred to their connecting flight.

Duty-free purchases
Any duty-free items purchased before or during a flight that exceed current Government regulations will be confiscated at security check points unless they are sealed in Security Tamper Evident bags (STEBs). For more information please refer to the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA) web-site:

Travel documentation
All international travel requires a valid passport and in some cases other documentation, such as visas, in order to enter the country of destination and/or for transiting connection countries. The IATA Travel Centre search tool offers details regarding country-specific passport, visa and health entry requirement.

Domestic travel requires government-issued photo identification that includes date of birth and gender for all passengers 18 years of age and older. Government regulations require that the name provided in the flight reservation be exactly the same as it appears in the travel documentation.  More information is available at:

Air Canada encourages customers to complete any travel information form ahead of time at

Travelling to, from, via or over the U.S.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint lines can be longer than normal in spring and summer. The TSA recommends arriving at the airport 2 hours before departure if your flight is in the early morning or evening, when wait times for screening can be up to one hour. Members of Known Traveler Programs, such as Nexus or Global Entry, may experience normal wait times. Learn more

The United States requires that travellers provide additional Secure Flight information at least 72 hours before their flight or at time of booking. Please note that this requirement applies to many international flights which are deemed to over-fly the US. For more information please consult

Eligible Air Canada customers enjoy the benefits of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre✓™ program which provides accelerated security screening at most U.S. departure airports by allowing customers to keep shoes, belts and light outerwear on, and laptops and liquids in carry-on baggage. Learn more about TSA Pre✓ and how it applies to Air Canada flights.


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Canadian Travellers: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Canadian Travellers: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Press Release:

Whether it is travelling to meet your celebrity crush at a film festival, cheering on your favourite sports team at a tournament or grooving to the hottest live bands at a music festival, there are many events around the world this summer for Canadians to enjoy. Since travelling out of the country can stretch your travel budget beyond comfort and takes more advanced planning, the travel experts at™ have shared a list of exciting global events and how Canadian travellers can get the most bang for their buck by enjoying similar events at home.

“Celebrating milestones or festivals abroad can be such an exciting and memorable experience,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert at “Many of the largest festivals have smaller equivalents so we’ve suggested some alternative events and outlined the hotel costs to help you budget your travel or staycation dollars.”

Euro Cup, France (June 10 – July 7, 2016)
The next best thing to the World Cup, France will play host to the European Cup this summer. The usual 16-team format of the quadrennial football championship has been expanded to 24 teams. Europe’s best national teams will compete in Paris, Marseille, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse as well as in newly constructed stadiums in Lille, Lyon, Nice and Bordeaux. In Paris, a fan zone will be set up on the Champ de Mars lawns under the Eiffel Tower and in Saint-Denis, giant screens will be placed near the Saint-Denis Basilica. Average hotel prices in Paris: $213*.Alternative: Amway Canadian Championship (June 2016) Canada’s five professional soccer teams, three in the MLS and two in the NASL, compete for the national club championship, the Voyageurs Cup. The two-leg finals are held in the last two weeks of June in the cities of the finalists. Last year’s champion was Vancouver where average hotel prices were $169*.
Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom (June 22 – 24, 2016)
Just about any major popular music act you can name played the famed Glastonbury Festival in England’s south-west. This year’s edition features everyone from Adele to ZZ Top. With a perimeter of nearly 14 kilometres and as many as 1750,000 spectators enjoying music on multiple stages, Glastonbury is one of the world’s biggest outdoor music festivals. Chances of scoring a ticket are remote as they typically sell out in less than 24 hours, but you can always try the secondary market. Average hotel price in London: $276*.
Alternative: Osheaga Arts and Music Festival, Montreal (July 29 – 31, 2016)Now in its 10th year, this popular music festival on île Sainte-Hélène, site of Expo 67, continues to attract big-name acts year after year. This year’s headliners Radiohead and Lana Del Rey are joined by dozens of other of the world’s hottest musicians for a weekend of sun and fun. Average hotel price in Montreal: $160*.
Calgary Stampede (July 8 – 17, 2016)
The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth has been Calgary’s defining event for more than a century. While rodeo competitions of such events as calf-roping and chuck-wagon racing are its biggest draw, the festival has grown to include a series of popular outdoor concerts and other community happenings, like the ever-popular pancake breakfasts. Be sure to wear a cowboy hat while you’re there so you will fit in! Average hotel price in Calgary: $150*.
Alternative: Festival Western de Sainte-Tite (Sept. 9 – 18, 2016).Would it surprise you to learn that the second largest rodeo in Canada is held in Quebec? Every September, the tiny town of Saint-Tite shuts down for two weeks to host one of the most popular rodeos on the eastern circuit. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to watch top rodeo stars compete for big money prizes. How do you say yee-haw in French? Average hotel prices in Trois-Rivières: $124*.
San Diego Comic-Con (July 21 – 24, 2016)
Every year, this California city becomes the center of the “nerd” universe as fans of comic books, superhero movies and cult TV shows converge to meet their idols and celebrate their love for genre media. Scoring tickets to this annual event require a lot of planning and accommodations need to be reserved far in advance. Average hotel price in San Diego: $182*.
Alternative: Central Canada Comic-Con (Oct. 28 – 30, 2016). Canada has its share of comic-book conventions with notable ones being held in Toronto and Vancouver, but Winnipeg’s C4 punches above its weight and draws fans from all over the country. One of this year’s notable guests is Canada’s own William Shatner, the living legend best known for his role as Star Trek’s Capt. Kirk. Average hotel price in Winnipeg: $136*.
EuroPride, Amsterdam, Netherlands (July 23 – Aug. 7, 2016)
World Pride happens next year in Madrid, but until then the world’s biggest gay pride event takes place in Amsterdam. The festival kicks off with Pink Saturday, a series of parties and activities that will be held throughout the city. The highlight of the two-week event will be the Canal Parade, a floating procession of boats that will travel a 6-kilometre route along the city’s famous canals. Average hotel prices in Amsterdam: $214*.
Alternative: Pride Toronto (June 24 – July 3, 2016).This annual Canadian Pride celebration is one of the biggest in the world, attracting more than 1.2 million attendees from Toronto and beyond and includes multiple parades and marches in support of various LGBTQ groups. Average hotel price in Toronto: $155*.
Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Aug. 5 – 21, 2016)
Every four years, the entire world is captivated by the globe’s finest athletes competing in sports that normally get little attention, but for two glorious weeks every four summers, we cheer on our favourites. Watching on television is great, but nothing compares to being there in person. The only problem is obtaining tickets for the most coveted events is a sport in itself. Average hotel price in Rio de Janeiro: $195*.

Alternative: Vancouver 2010 winter games venues: Revisit the city that most recently hosted an Olympic Games in Canada with a tour of the venues of the 2010 event. Start in downtown Vancouver to pose with the famous torch then end your tour in Whistler and its mountain venues which are as spectacular in the summer as they are in the winter. Average hotel price inVancouver: $169*.

Alternative: Vancouver 2010 winter games venues: Revisit the city that most recently hosted an Olympic Games in Canada with a tour of the venues of the 2010 event. Start in downtown Vancouver to pose with the famous torch then end your tour in Whistler and its mountain venues which are as spectacular in the summer as they are in the winter. Average hotel price inVancouver: $169*.
Everyone knows that big events boost demand for hotel rooms, which means prices go up. One way to score the best deals is to join the Rewards™ program. Not only will the free program net you a free** night for every ten you stay, but members have access to Secret Prices***, lower rates on selected hotels in popular destinations. These are rates that aren’t available to everyone and won’t be found on hotel comparison sites.

*Average price paid per night including taxes and fees by Canadian travellers in 2015.
**Free night does not include taxes and charges and is subject to terms and conditions of Rewards.
*** Secret Prices are available to app users, Rewards members and individuals who unlock Secret Prices on the website by subscribing to by email. Secret Prices will be shown where the “Your Secret Price” banner is displayed in your search results. Available on selected hotels and selected dates only. Subject to full terms and conditions.

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