Confused about which countries you can travel to during the COVID-19 pandemic? Everyone is because the rules are constantly changing with the shifting rates of infection and vaccination around the world.
Kayak has created a useful, colour-coded map that quickly illustrates which countries are open, which have some restrictions and which are totally off limits.
The tool is useful for anyone as you can set your country of origin and it updates the map depending on where you are travelling from.
As I write this, only a handful of countries are fully open to Canadian travellers, but there are plenty of places that will let you in with enough testing and quarantining if you are truly determined to go there.
Hotel rooms aren’t just a place to sleep, they can also be booked for day use, but it’s not always easy to reserve a room for use during daylight hours.
Maybe you’re in a foreign town for a single day and need a temporary office or place to hold a meeting. Renting a hotel room for a few hours might be the easiest answer. Day Rooms is a site that helps you find a hotel that will rent you a room for daytime use.
Other ideas for a daytime hotel room is as an alternative to a stay in an airport lounge. While they may be comfy for a few hours, having your own hotel room for a long layover can be even better as you will get some peace and quiet and access to the gym, pool and other amenties.
There is no shortage of booking sites where you can purchase air tickets online, but Rome2Rio was one of the first to integrate multiple modes of travel to include train, bus and even taxi fares into your itineraries.
Pick your point of origin, your destination and your dates of travel and Rome2Rio will plot the various combinations of air, rail and bus that will get you there.
With each leg of your journey, Rome2Rio also lists the prices for the different carriers so you can build an itinerary that suits your schedule and budget.
Pick the most impossible destination you can think of and Rome2Rio will figure out what it takes to get you there.
There are numerous flight trackers online which let #avgeeks track flights on every speck of the globe.
I’m a fan of Flight Aware, although am too cheap and not that plane obsessed that I subscribe to their premium service, but if you’re a hardcore airplane fan, you might want to consider it.
Click on one of the thousands of plane icons on Flight Aware map and you get information about the flight’s point of origin and destination along with vital flight data and other details about the plane and its flight history.
While I was grounded from travel during the pandemic, I would like to call up Flight Aware to look at the flights around me and in exotic locales to imagine what it was like to be flying again. Whenever a plane would fly overhead, I’d check to see where it was coming from or where it was going to and envied those aboard.
If you’re curious about the ebb and flow of flights around the world, then Flight Aware is a great tool to turn you into a planespotter. Or you can simply use it to track the flights of friends and family as they finally fly to reunite with each other.
I’m more of a You Gotta Eat Here guy, but I have probably watched more Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives episodes than I care to admit. That’s why I’ve got lists of restaurants featured on both shows programmed into my GPS for when I’m on road trips in Canada and the United States.
Both shows are Food Network staples and feature amiable hosts discovering local eateries across the continent. On their recommendation, I’ve eaten at some holes in the wall that I never would have known about and they are among some of my most memorable dining experiences.
TV Food Maps is a website that helps you pinpoint restaurants spotlighted not in those two shows, but in dozens of others. It has an extensive searchable database that helps you locate some amazing dining establishments. There’s even a road trip tool to help you plot places to visit while enroute from Point A to Point B. There are also some pre-populated itineraries such as a map of the best restos along Interstate 95, for example.
If you like food, travel and road tripping, then TV Food Maps is worth a stop.