Survey finds Canada is the travel hot spot during our 150th Anniversary

Survey finds Canada is the travel hot spot during our 150th Anniversary

Summary: 60% of Canadians are planning to vacation across Canada this year coinciding with the country’s 150th birthday celebrations. For those leaving their home province, a majority (59%) will use their vehicles to embark on their Canadian road trip. Canadians agree that the allure of travel is experiencing something new with 62% looking forward to discovering Canada and 84% want to do something on their travels that they wouldn’t do at home. Alarmingly, with millions getting ready to pack for their summer vacations, travel insurance remains a low priority with 53% of Canadians travelling within Canada – but outside of their home province – not likely to purchase travel insurance for their trip.

TORONTO, May 16, 2017 /CNW/ – With the Victoria Day holiday upon us, the unofficial kick-off to summer has started and Canadians are putting the finishing touches on their travel plans. As we celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday, Canada has emerged as the hot spot for Canadian travellers this year. According to a new RBC Insurance survey, 79 per cent of Canadians are planning to travel in 2017 and a majority (60%) are planning a staycation here in the true north.

With millions of Canadians preparing to hit the road, respondents said they would never leave home without their cellphones (75%), followed by securing their home (61%) and doing a vehicle tune-up (51%). Surprisingly, 60 per cent would leave home without purchasing travel insurance.

“It’s great to see that Canadians of all ages are going to be visiting friends and family or exploring this great country as we celebrate our 150th birthday,” said Stacey Hughes-Brooks, head of travel, RBC Insurance. “While we weren’t surprised to see cell phones topping the list of items travellers would never leave home without, it’s alarming that protecting their vacation plans with travel insurance was at the bottom of the list.”

Mind the Travel Insurance Gap
While 79 per cent of Canadians said they were planning to travel this year, packing travel insurance was not a priority. More than half (53%) of Canadians travelling within Canada – but outside of their home province – were not likely to purchase travel insurance for their trip. Nearly half (46%) of those said they don’t need it, as they are already covered by their provincial health care plan and 39 per cent said they already have travel insurance through their credit card or group benefits plan.

For those planning to travel internationally this year, 75 per cent indicated they would purchase travel insurance for their trip. A majority (61%) of those not likely to buy travel insurance for international trips say they’re already covered through their credit card or group benefits plan while 15 per cent are willing to take their chances for a smooth trip.

“Whether you’re planning a staycation or traveling internationally, travel insurance is something you should pack. It brings peace of mind to know that if you experience a health issue or your trip is interrupted, you will be taken care of,” added Hughes-Brooks. “Most travellers are aware of the need for insurance while out of country but there’s a misconception that you don’t need it while traveling domestically. Canadians need to be aware that government health plans may not cover all medical expenses outside of their home province. Items like air ambulances, X-rays, prescription drugs or emergency dental work are often not included.”

Staycation Motivation
Canadians took into account a number of factors when making their travel plans this year. For those staying in Canada, budgetary considerations (68%) topped the list, along with the desire to visit friends and family (67%). Unfavourable foreign currency exchange rates (47%) and concerns about travel to other countries (35%) also weighed in on their decisions. Regardless, the allure of exploring home was strong with 62 per cent saying they had a desire to discover Canada and 39 per cent indicated that celebrating Canada’s150th birthday influenced their decision to travel in Canada.

Like Canada, travel choices are diverse

  • Prairie residents (50%) and Albertans (48%) are most likely to set their sights on exploring a different part of Canada this year.
  • Quebecers are the most likely to go travelling within their own province (46%), compared to residents of BC (43%), Ontario (40%), Atlantic Canada (39%), Alberta (38%), and the Prairies (35%).
  • Ontario is the top Canadian travel destination and the USA remains top destination outside Canada.
  • 84 per cent look to do something they normally wouldn’t do at home. This includes visiting a theatre or sporting event (71%), visiting local museums or art galleries (70%), take an adventure like whale watching or ocean kayaking (51%) or participate in the great Canadian tradition of camping (51%).
  • Millennials are embracing the great outdoors with 67 per cent going camping, 65 per cent are looking for adventure like ocean kayaking, and 48 per cent want to participate in an ‘extreme’ activity such as white water rafting.
  • What’s more Canadian than a road trip, eh? Looks like Canadians agree with a majority (59%) traveling by car for trips outside of their home province and 90 per cent traveling by car within their home province.

RBC Insurance offers the following tips for Canadian travellers this year:

  • Provide family and friends with a copy of your itinerary. It will help reduce their worries and provide assistance if you get lost or delayed. You should also leave a contact number so they can get a hold of you in case of emergency
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance even if traveling within Canada
  • Tune up your vehicle, secure your property and be sure to label your luggage
  • Ensure you understand what your policy does and does not cover and what other coverages you may have through work or credit cards
  • Look for discounts and promotions as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday

About the RBC Insurance Survey
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between April 27 and May 1, 2017 on behalf of RBC Insurance. For this survey, a sample of 1,503 Canadians, who intend to travel for at least two nights and at least 100 km from home, from Ipsos’ Canadian online panel were interviewed online. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian travellers who fit this sample universe been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

About RBC Insurance
RBC Insurance® offers a wide range of life, health, home, auto, travel, wealth and reinsurance advice and solutions, as well as creditor and business insurance services to individual, business and group clients. RBC Insurance is the brand name for the insurance operating entities of Royal Bank of Canada, one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC Insurance is among the largest Canadian bank-owned insurance organizations, with approximately 2,500 employees who serve more than four million clients globally. For more information, please visit rbcinsurance.com.

SOURCE RBC Insurance

The 15 Worst Mistakes You Can Make When Flying

The 15 Worst Mistakes You Can Make When Flying

Excerpted article was written by

I said I would never do it again, but I did—I booked a late flight so I could put in a full day’s work before flying for a business meeting. Weather delays turned an hour-long flight from New York to Toronto into an eight-hour odyssey. My relaxing night became a few hours of pre-meeting sleep, and I was even delayed on the return.

After my business trip disaster, I checked in with the smartest travelers I know to get their flying tips. Here’s what they said.

Not booking your seat when you book your plane ticket. “Now, I always book my seats when I book my ticket. I forgot once and was seated in the back row—no incline, from the west to east coast for six very long hours. (During that trip, I also discovered people waiting in line for the bathroom don’t realize that their hovering invades personal space for those sitting on the aisle.” —Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, editor-in-chief, Hospitality Design Magazine

Dressing down for the flight. “Once, I traveled in torn jeans, flip-flops and a T-shirt to Aruba, where I had an important meeting with a client (who was not happy). My mission was to save the client. My luggage didn’t make it and my flight was delayed, so I had just enough time to go from the airport to the meeting in clothes that I would only wear for running errands. Needless to say, I didn’t save the account.” —Florence Quinn, founder, Quinn PR

Trusting your flight will have Wi-Fi. “I took a flight between two business hubs. I assumed the airline would offer Wi-Fi since the flight was not crossing an ocean. I didn’t bother to confirm and it turned out the flight did not have Internet. I was stuck on a five-hour flight with no Wi-Fi and my documents on the Cloud. Now I always check. If the flight won’t offer Internet connection, I download the files.” —Alex Zatarain, cofounder, Eight Sleep

Wearing uncomfortable shoes. “I’ve been doing more European travel and have discovered there can be a very long walk from the international terminal to the domestic terminal. I dealt with this recently at both the Frankfurt and Madrid airports. Racing for a flight in heels has been challenging, so I carry a pair of flip-flops to ensure I make my flights and protect my feet.” —Celia Rao Visconti, VP global marketing and e-commerce, Briggs & Riley

Forgetting to check your plans before you land. “I landed in Vegas after a long flight and was planning to go to my hotel to freshen up before meetings. I didn’t realize they were sending a car and the COO to pick me up. I desperately needed to clean up after a work dinner the night before and a 5 a.m. flight. Lesson learned: Know your plans before you land so you can be ready.” —Allie Hope, head of development and acquisitions, Virgin Hotels

Not bringing back-up cosmetics in your carry on. “I always pack a small freshen-up kit (baby wipes, toothbrush, deodorant, lipstick, mascara, powder) in my carry-on. A great tip if you are caught without anything when you land and need a pick-me-up? With a small purchase, most high-end beauty counters will freshen your face and make you feel presentation-ready in under 30 minutes.” —Alyssa Bushey, vice president, marketing, RockOrange

Not planning ahead to accommodate travel time from the airport. “When I’m traveling, I find it’s best to plan as much as possible ahead of time so once I land, I have stress-free travel to my appointment. I check the distance between the airport and my destination, taking into account my arrival time and the city’s traffic. I schedule a car to meet me at the airport and ensure I have a cushion of time.” —Troy Guard, chef/owner, TAG Restaurant Group

Forgetting to bring an extra tote. “I’m always collecting things on my travels, and when I’m packing up, sometimes I can’t shut my suitcase. Just in case, I keep one of those cheap shopping totes—a reusable 99 cent tote from Trader Joesstashed in the front pocket of my suitcase. That way, if I buy too many items and my luggage is overweight, I have a sturdy tote to cram it all into.” —Carey Reilly, lifestyle/travel expert and editor, Not So Skinny Mom

Booking an aisle seat. “While traveling on a company trip, I was given an aisle seat on a five-hour flight. I was next to a woman who I assumed was pregnant, because she got up at least 10 times for the bathroom. After inquiring, I found out she was not pregnant and had a bladder infection. The last two hours were uncomfortable. Now I make sure I book a window seat (and never assume someone is pregnant).” Jae Scott, motivational speaker and image consultant

Booking a window seat. “If I’m taking a long-haul flight, anything more than two hours really, I always book an aisle seat in advance. The window is so tempting for leaning against for an overnight flight, but if the person next to you is asleep, you are basically trapped there. I’m a frequent visitor to the bathroom—I hate not having easy access to it.” —Gretchen Thomas, wine and spirits director, Barteca Restaurant Group

Assuming you’ll get food on the plane. “I like to eat something light before so I’m not hungry during the flight. There’s a decent amount of good restaurants in airports now so it’s never too difficult to find something.” —Laurent Tourondel, owner of multiple restaurants, including the newly renovated and opened restaurant at The Betsy Hotel in South Miami Beach

Not getting a jump on jet lag. “For business travel with big time-zone changes, I try to book a flight that arrives in the late afternoon or early evening the day prior to my first appointment, sleep in spurts on the flight and consume tons of green tea. Then I hit the ground running and get to bed early. This formula works for me every time: short naps in flight + green tea + a run + early to bed = minimal jet lag.” —Tammy Peters, founder, Media Mixology

Suffering through coach (especially if you’re pregnant). “I was traveling for work while pregnant and booked a standard economy seat on the plane. We were delayed on the runway and I became extremely uncomfortable sitting in, what was for me, a cramped space. After that, I’ve always made sure to book at least economy comfort, even if it meant spending more.” Gabrielle Blitz Rosen, chief digital officer, Beautiful Destinations

Not planning ahead if you want to bring wine home. “If you want to bring home bottles of wine, you have to pack them in your suitcase. Bring some padded bottle sleeves that are resealable. They pack flat and can easily slide in your suitcase when you are not using them, but will protect bottles from breaking. If one does get damaged, the resealable bag will absorb liquid.” —Gretchen Thomas, wine and spirits director, Barteca Restaurant Group

Thinking the gate agent will be of help. “Skip the gate agent—especially if you’re an airline club member. The executive club concierge will understand your travel needs and will make sure all is taken care of in the most efficient manner. I’ve waited 45-plus minutes with a gate agent for an issue that took the ECC less than five.” —Howard Wein, founder, Howard Wein Hospitality and the Diplomat Restaurant Group at the new Diplomat Beach Resort

Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

By Barbara Ortutay

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK _ As the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between having to take off your ratty shoes at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk tested for bomb residue.

It’s yet another inconvenience in the name of security for weary travellers, especially those from or passing through the 10 mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries covered by new U.S. and British policies. While it’s not quite as disruptive as an outright ban on smartphones much less a travel ban based on nationality the laptop limitation loomed large for some people as they prepared to travel.

“Why are only Middle Eastern airlines subject to this ban?” asked Kelsey Norman, a doctoral student who plans to fly home Friday to Los Angeles from Beirut and expects to have to check her laptop, a Kindle tablet and her DSLR camera. “Overall this policy is inconvenient, discriminatory, and continues to hurt America’s rapidly deteriorating reputation globally.”

BAN LOGIC

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules forbid laptop computers, tablets, Kindles, some gaming devices, cameras and other electronics larger than a smartphone in carry-on baggage. The U.S. government cited unspecified threats as the reason for the ban. The U.K. government instituted a similar ban; neither government’s restrictions affect U.S.-based airlines.

On the positive side, items people can still carry into the airline cabin include smartphones, overstuffed duffel bags, winter coats, tiny bottles of hand lotion, Tupperware containers full of tuna salad, earplugs, nose hair trimmers, and babies. For now, at least tomorrow could bring a new unspecified threat and with it a new ban.

LOST PRODUCTIVITY

Other travellers, especially of the dutiful business variety, worried that laptops in checked bags could be stolen, damaged or compromised and that in the meantime, they wouldn’t be able to get any work done. Some tried rerouting flights to avoid the affected airports, but this is not easy.

Banu Akdenizli, a native of Turkey, said having to fly 17 hours without her laptop will cost her precious time to work and prepare for a conference.

“It might seem trivial to a lot of people, but what you get from these parts of the world are usually business travellers,” said Akdenizli, an associate professor of communications at the Doha, Qatar, campus of Northwestern University. “It’s not just about watching movies, but also being able to get some work done.”

Of course, others may well revel in the prospect of a few hours of laptop-free time, stretched out in their luxurious middle coach seats instead of hunched over Excel spreadsheets. It wasn’t so long ago that such this was the norm for air travellers.

And there still are a few ways to make do without those laptops, tablets and portable DVD players. Sort of.

AWKWARD WORKAROUNDS

If you’re someone who insists on working, it’s possible to take import documents into Google Docs and thumb away on your smartphone’s keyboard, at least so long as you remember to save them to your phone before you take off. But features can be limited with some apps; Microsoft’s Office app, for instance, only lets you open one document at a time.

Such apps are OK for simple proofreading and minor editing, but probably won’t do if you’re working on your novel. Among other things, the text is tiny when fitting a full page on a phone’s screen, though there’s a button to temporarily reformat text for the smaller display.

Catching up on email or cleaning out your inbox could be another way to pass time without your laptop, especially if you shell out for in-flight Wi-Fi.

If you can resist the urge to work, you can download shows from Netflix or Amazon onto your phone for offline viewing _ though again, you have to remember to do this before your flight. And you might want to stick with comedies or TV shows rather than epics designed for big screens.

AT LEAST IT’S NOT PHONES

For most of us, laptops and other gadgets play mere supporting roles compared to our extra limb, our one and only _ the smartphone. We go to sleep with it and look at it the first thing in the morning. Had the ban included smartphones, passengers might now be agitating for the return of zeppelin travel.

Last fall, Samsung asked users of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 to “power down and stop using the device” when getting on a plane. (The phone was later banned, and then recalled.) People followed the directions but found clever workarounds, such as borrowing non-Note 7 phones from friends.

But at least then people could see Note 7s bursting into flames on YouTube, leading to the natural conclusion that this would be bad on a jetliner. Here, the threat is much harder to envision, travellers say.

A few manage anyway. Nick Lieber, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen living in Jerusalem, plans an April trip to Chicago that will take him through Amman, Jordan, and therefore subject him to the ban. He said stowing his laptop in his checked luggage won’t be too inconvenient because he doesn’t anticipate having work on the flight.

But he worries about laptop lithium-ion batteries which have been blamed for past aircraft fires stored in the plane’s cargo hold. “I’m a nervous flyer already,” Lieber said.

Teens tricky to travel with, but tips can help

Teens tricky to travel with, but tips can help

Excerpted article was written By Lisa Iannucci | TravelPulse

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Let’s face it. Teens aren’t the easiest people to please. They want to be treated like adults and do their own thing — especially on vacation — but they aren’t quite adults yet.
Oh, and they also get bored easily, too.

“When you travel as a family and include your teens, you are helping them grow into well-rounded, valuable adults,” said Nina Fogelman, director of Ancient Summit Travel in Wellington, Florida. “I have heard it said, and totally agree, that passports should be the next diplomas. Shaping a teen’s mind by exposure to other cultures is one of the best things you can do for them.”

However, planning a vacation with teens comes with its unique set of challenges, so how do you make your trip a good one for them? Here are some recommendations:

Go all-inclusive

“Stay at an all-inclusive resort with a great teen club and activities,” said Margie Lenau, travel consultant with Wonderland Family Vacations in Walker, Michigan. “Teens love food, games and a place to hang out without adults where they can eat as much as they want, whenever they want to.”

For example, Lenau says, families with teens should check out Beaches Resorts in the Caribbean, which offer the Scratch DJ Academy. “Teens can learn to be a DJ and compete in a DJ face-off, or even perform at a party while they are there,” she said.

Involve them

“Try to involve them in the whole planning process,” said Denise Lorentzen with Dreams Travel in Hughson, California.

“Ask them what they would like to do. They will protest if they feel you chose all the activities, locations, etc. and they feel they don’t have a say,” she said.

Greg Antonelle, managing director of MickeyTravels, based in Long Valley, New Jersey, agrees.

“Survey the teen children to confirm their interest in the destination you are visiting,” he said. “Ask them for things they’d like to do and make them feel their desires are important. Have them provide input on restaurants, too. … If you have buy-in from the teens, it will ensure a great family vacation.”

Set expectations

“Is there free Wi-Fi at the resort?” asks Tracy K. Drechsler of Your Dream Travel Concierge in Oakdale, New York. “How many hours a day is acceptable for them to be on their devices or away from the family?

“Personally, when I travel with my teen and tween, phones go in the safe, and we bring a different color highlighter for each child, so we can select activities they want to do daily when on cruises and all-inclusive resorts. Meals and evening are family time. Knowing this before the trip begins makes for less arguing while away.”

Connected is OK

“If you have a teen (who’s) active on social media or talking/texting with friends, choose a resort with free Wi-Fi or purchase your cruise line’s social media package for them,” said Deborah Corwin of Dream Vacations in Lowell, Arkansas.

“The ability to Instagram selfies of all the cool stuff they are seeing and doing will help them to enjoy the time with family even more.”

Edited by ILSTV.

Spring Break Health and Safety Tips

Spring Break Health and Safety Tips

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC twenty four seven. Saving Lives, Protecting People

Make this year’s spring break memorable by having fun and helping yourself, your friends, and others stay safe and healthy.

Limit alcohol.

If drinking alcohol is part of your break, remember that it can impair your judgment and actions. Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and nonfatally injure someone every two minutes. Don’t drink and drive. There are plenty of non-alcoholic alternatives.

Be active.

You’ve probably been sitting most of the year working at the computer, studying, or in class. During the break, take the opportunity to start a fitness program. Do a variety of fun activities like walking, dancing, playing volleyball, swimming, and more. It doesn’t need to be hard to be beneficial. Avoid injury by starting any new activity slowly. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles.

Plan a successful trip.

If you are going on a trip, be prepared. Are vaccinations required? Are there special food, destination, or other things you need to consider ahead of time? If you are taking medications, do you have enough for the trip? Know what’s happening en route or at your travel destination.

Protect yourself.

Love is all around, and so are sexually transmitted diseases. The only 100% sure way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy is by not having sex. If you choose to have sex, using latex condoms and having a monogamous, uninfected partner may help lower your risk.

Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence than men. Women who experience both sexual and physical abuse are significantly more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases. Take precautions and avoid situations or persons that may place you at risk for harm.

Watch your step.

There may be temptations on your break that involve different or high-risk activity. Think twice before putting yourself at risk for injury. Be sure to use appropriate safety gear before venturing out, such as seat belts, life vests, or knee pads. Remember that unintentional injuries kill more Americans in their first three decades of life than any other cause of death. In fact, injuries (both unintentional and those caused by acts of violence) are among the top ten killers for Americans of all ages.

Protect your eyes.

If you wear contact lenses, practice healthy wear and care tips, even when you’re on vacation. Carry a spare pair of glasses and contact lens supplies with you so you can take out your contacts safely when you need to. Remove contacts before swimming, as exposing contact lenses to water can lead to painful, sometimes blinding eye infections. Always take your contacts out before bed, even if you’re up late or traveling. Sleeping in contact lenses has been linked to serious eye infections.

Know the ropes.

When swimming and boating, know what’s expected and what you can do to prevent injury or death for yourself and others. Know how to swim. Wear your life jacket while boating. Avoid alcoholic beverages while boating. Complete a boating education course. Participate in the vessel safety check program.

Protect yourself from the sun.

After a cold winter, it’s tempting to stay in the hot sun all day. Although getting a little sun can have some benefits, excessive and unprotected sun exposure can result in premature aging, changes in skin texture, and skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15. For eye protection, wear wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection.

Eat healthy.

Having fun takes energy and fuel. Be sure to eat a variety of foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products. Also include low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, and legumes. Drink lots of water and go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol, and saturated fat. Good nutrition should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, not smoking, and stress management.

Be smoke-free.

Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Just 20 minutes after smoking that last cigarette, your body begins a series of positive changes that continue for years. Quitting is one of the best things you can do for yourself and others.

Friday St. Patrick’s Day Means More Time To Get Away

Friday St. Patrick’s Day Means More Time To Get Away

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St Patrick’s Day, and you don’t need to book a flight to Ireland either. There are plenty of North American cities within easy reach that celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, and, with March 17 falling on a Friday (and during March Break week for many Canadians), there’s no better time to go for the green. Whether you like a non-stop pub crawl, parades with floats, marching bands and step dancing, or wacky local customs – like the greening of fountains and rivers –this year’s Friday St. Patrick’s Day gives you a great opportunity to get in the fun of a destination celebration. To help you get your plans off the ground, the travel experts at Cheapflights.ca, the champions of simple travel search, have compared the fares and found 17 Affordable Last-Minute St. Patrick’s Day Getaways for Canadians with a line-up of green-clad fun from Montreal to Miami and Victoria to Halifax.

Below are details on just a few of the budget-friendly spots found with plenty of St. Patrick’s Day fun on tap, along with the average round-trip airfare for flights departing March 15-17:

  • Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. – $338 (CAD) – Whether you make Boston your sole stop for St. Paddy’s Day weekend or combine it with a side trip to nearby Providence, R.I., the main event is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston on Sunday, March 19. Weekend celebrations also include American Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys’ concert at the House of Blues on March 16 and walking Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail.
  • Kelowna, British Columbia$453 (CAD)St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect holiday to hop on Kelowna’s craft beer scene. Swig adventurous flavour profiles at Kettle River Brewing, raise a glass of IPA at BNA Brewing Co., sample German-style lagers with the city’s new kid on the block Boundary Brewing, knock back Lebowski Lager from Freddy’s Brew Pub and salute the godfather of Kelowna’s craft scene, Tree Brewing Co. at their Tree Brewing Beer Institute. Don green garb and head downtown to partake in festive parties at Carlos O’Bryan’s, O’Flannigans, Fernando’s Pub and Doc Willoughby’s Public House.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. – $488 (CAD)Indianapolis, Ind., is so festive even the Central Canal is dyed green. But choosing just one event will be a challenge. Celebrate all things Irish in Indy starting with the fifth annual Blarney Bash at 11:00 a.m. on March 17. The massive block party features live music, tasty treats and drink vendors lining the boardwalk. Or head over to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11:30 a.m. There’s a block party there, as well, with entertainment, food and a beer garden from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More live music, Irish food and fun waits at the 20th annual Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest beginning at noon on March 17. Cap off the celebration at the sixth annual St. Pats Bar Crawl on March 18.
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia – $498 (CAD) – To get your St. Patrick’s Day foodie fix in Halifax, join the best craic in town and indulge in Irish breakfast all day at Durty Nelly’s. On the 17th, enjoy dinner and performances by the Nova Scotia Irish Dancers and traditional music at the Festival of St. Patrick Dinner and dance the night away at the Saint Paddy’s Dance in Dartmouth. Drink for a cause at the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Party at Jenny’s Place, which supports the Northern Lights Lantern Festival.
  • Fort Myers, Florida, U.S. – $538 (CAD) – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a laid-back beach vibe in Fort Myers, Fla. The annual downtown block party on Friday, March 17, offers music, food and drink from 4-10 p.m. Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub hosts one of the area’s most popular parties on Friday, March 17, with bagpipers, Irish dancers, corned beef and cabbage and plenty o’ beer. Prep for all this eating and drinking with Gold Coast Runners St. Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run on Thursday, March 16. See if you can win the Who’s the Greenest contest by wearing the most green gear and dance to live Irish music post-race.

From 5K beer runs to film festivals and fancy balls, there’s no shortage of St. Patrick’s Day events that are worth the journey. To see our full list of picks for fun-filled St. Paddy’s destinations that won’t bust your travel budget, check out Cheapflights.ca’s 17 Affordable Last-Minute St. Patricks Day Getaways for Canadians at www.cheapflights.ca/news/affordable-last-minute-st-patricks-day-getaways.

About Cheapflights.ca, part of the Momondo Group
Founded in 1996, Cheapflights is a leading global flight comparison and deals publishing platform dedicated to taking the complexity out of finding the best value flights through the application of innovative, intuitive technologies: Smart search. Made simple. It is now a market leader in the UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand generating more than C$4 billion in global downstream revenue for its partners as it expands into numerous other territories. More than 120 million users visit its websites and apps each year, receiving more than two billion search results a month from across 900,000 routes. The 10 million strong opt-in subscribers to the Cheapflights newsletter receive the best deals from more than 120 travel businesses – for whom it has driven more than C$80 million in revenue this year. Together, the Cheapflights platforms generate enough bookings for its partners to fill a Boeing 747 every five minutes.

In 2011, Cheapflights became part of the privately owned online travel search and inspiration network, Momondo Group.

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