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The best travel apps to have a stress-free holiday

Traveling throughout the holidays seasons is never fun. The crowds and everyone rushing at the airport is just a recipe to be a little squished and stressed out. Thankfully, technology is there for you there are a few apps that can make your next trip a little less stressful if you download them before you go. From ways to make sure you have a parking spot before your next fight, to getting the best travel deals and getting access to the best airport lounges; we’ve got you covered for a stress free trip this holiday season. To help you get away for the holidays in style, TravelCar is offering our readers 5% off their next booking using the booking code TravelDesign5. With parking offers in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Edmonton, and Vancouver, your holiday travel just got a little easier. TravelCar – Travel to the airport can be hectic, but it…

Earn up to 10x the Aeroplan Miles during their 12 Days of Gifting Event

This holiday season, earn more miles as you shop during the 12 Days of Gifting with the Aeroplan eStore.  From December 3rd to 14th, Aeroplan Members can discover a bonus while shopping popular retailers like Hudson’s Bay, Etsy, Amazon, The Gap, Indigo, Lululemon, Sephora, and more. For 12 days, members should keep an eye out for a new bonus offer revealed from different eStore retailers daily, helping to meet your travel goals even quicker this holiday season. Find items for everyone on your list by shopping your favourite retailers via the Aeroplan eStore.  Members can earn at least 1 Aeroplan Mile for every $1 spent depending on the daily retail offer but during the 12 Days of Gifting event , members can earn up to 10x the Miles. Visit their site online to check the Aeroplan eStore every day during the event to find new deals from different retailers.  If you’re…

12 binge-worthy Christmas movies that were filmed in Canada

‘Tis the season to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa, some freshly baked cookies, and binge-watch your favourite holiday shows. Luckily for you, the W Network is hosting a Countdown to Christmas playing your favourite holiday movies one after another from now until Christmas and Netlfix has added some great films to their Christmas round-up. But, did you know that some of your favourite holiday movies were actually filmed all over Canada? Here are 12 holiday filmed right in the great white north. The Holiday Calendar – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario “A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) on Nov 27, 2018 at 5:51pm PST Christmas Cookies -…

19 festive events to get you into the holiday spirit

‘Tis the season to put on your biggest scarf and soak in the holiday season with a warm glass of mulled wine. To help you get into the holiday spirit, we’ve rounded up our favourite events from across North America that will fill you with joy. From Christmas markets to festive dinners to the best spots to snap a photo with Santa – here are 18 holiday events for you to explore. Willard InterContinental Washington D.C. Now in its 17th year, The Willard’s nightly caroling program now include a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the D.C. metropolitan area. Between December 1 and December 23, city dwellers and visitors alike can enjoy the sounds of the season with complimentary, nightly chorale performances from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m in the hotel lobby. The annual holiday gingerbread display at the Willard InterContinental will also be unveiled…

Save 15% off Hyatt’s Canadian properties this winter

This winter, Hyatt has decided to help you travel more this winter offering a special code that’s available for weekend stays.  Whether you want to go skating down the Rideau Canal Skateway and stay at the Andaz Byward Market or try your hand at winter sports like bobsleigh or luge at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park staying at the Hyatt Regency Calgary; there’s something for everyone to explore across this big country. Book your hotel now through January 31st, 2019 to save 15% on two-night weekend stays this winter season. Guests must request offer code HYCA15 at time of booking to qualify for the discount and must book at least two nights falling on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Offer available at any of the 7 locations in Canada. Hyatt also recently announced plans to open 11 more hotels all across Canada to help better serve those travelling across Canada in…

3 things to do in Orlando over the holidays

It’s the most magical time of the year, and where better to celebrate it than in Orlando. With the theme parks transforming, and the weather at the perfect temperature, why not  spend your winter getaway to one of the most-love destinations where you can create memories to cherish for years to come.  This destination is perfect for every age and while Orlando is attractive to visitors at almost all times of the year, but you’ll will often find the best deals and lightest crowds during the winter. To help you get into the holiday spirit, here are three things to do in Orlando to celebrate the holidays  this winter at your favourite theme parks. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Orlando (@visitorlando) on Nov 28, 2018 at 5:30am PST Universal Orlando Resort Holidays Universal Orlando Resort invites guests, wizards and elves to the Macy’s…

Take a selfie with Fashion Santa at The Ritz-Carlton for a good cause

Canadian model Paul Mason has become a viral sensation after creating “Fashion Santa” — an elegant, modern twist on Old Saint Nick’s jolly image. But did you know Fashion Santa is also a philathropist who is focused on giving back this year? Teaming up with The Ritz-Carlton properties in Toronto, Washington D.C. and Bal Harbour in Miami, Fashion Santa will be stopping by for photo ops for a great cause. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Paul Mason (@paulmasonmodel) on Dec 19, 2017 at 1:40pm PST The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Fashion Santa will make his first stop in Toronto, his home town, at The Ritz-Carlton on Thursday December 6th 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  All proceeds from your selfies with Santa will be donated to SickKids Hospital in Toronto.   The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington DC Gather in The Living Room Lobby for the return “Fashion Santa.” Mix…

34 of the best Christmas cakes from around the world

After devouring the details of the many delicious Christmas cakes around the world we decided to create a guide to the most-loved Christmas cakes across different countries. Not only is our decadent infographic of Christmas cakes a feast for the eyes, but we have also sourced recipes for making all of the global goodies included in our Christmas cakes guide, so you can add an international twist to your Christmas celebrations this year. Here are 34 cakes that you should try this holiday season rounded up by Taxi2Airport. Recipes for Christmas Cakes Around the World Stollen, Germany & Austria Whip up this fruit bread using this tasty recipe from The Spruce. Pan de Pascua, Chile Treat your guests this Christmas to some Chilean sweet bread using this delicious recipe from En Mi Cocina Hoy. La Bûche de Nöel, France Enjoy a French delicacy this Christmas with another inspiring recipe from…

How to spend the perfect Christmas holiday in Paris

There is something about the romanticism of the French culture mixed in with the grandeur of the architecture that makes me fall in love with it more and more each time I visit it. And the beauty of this city lies in the fact that it is picture perfect no matter what time of the year you decide to go. Some like it better when the weather is warm and the fresh flowers are blooming all over the city, while others prefect Paris when it rains and leaves ominous dew lining the street. But if you have the chance, try visiting Paris over Christmas time for a perfect escape filled with the best shopping, food and sights to see. They don’t call it the city of lights for nothing as every street and corner is decorated with twinkling decorations. The Christmas Markets Paris has joined the ranks of having some…

How to dine and shop in London over Christmas

There is nothing more magical than seeing London lit up by Christmas lights and decorated for the holidays. Every inch of London is covered in tinsel and twinkling with lights. When visiting London, you will never be short on things to do or places to visit. Start off your morning with a delicious brunch, shop the day away in one of the unique neighbourhoods and end your evening with a night cap at one of the many cocktail bars. Brunch Brunch is likely the best meal ever invented. It has the warm comforts of breakfast food but at a time that is manageable after a busy weekend. Next time you’re visiting jolly  ol’England, be sure to include these bunch spots to start your morning off right. The Albion Café Located on the main floor of The Boundary Hotel, The Albion Café, Bakery and Food Store is a one stop shop…