The Informed Traveler is a radio travel show where our goal is to help you become a more informed traveler. Listen every Sunday on Newstalk770 Calgary, 630CHED Edmonton and 980CKNW Vancouver.
In this episode, we check in with travel expert Onanta Forbes who is in Croatia, plus the Silverstar Summer Wine Festival debuts in a few weeks featuring wines from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and other wineries throughout the Okanagan Region of BC so we get the lowdown on that. And we head to Montreal and visit Le Centre Sheraton Hotel in Montreal to see how the summer’s been so far and visiting Montreal in general.
Uncork together at their reimagined wine festival, featuring two Savour the Sun Wine Dinners, wine tasting in the Village, special features, and live music.
Settle in for a comfortable stay in downtown Montreal, Quebec at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel. This pet-friendly hotel welcomes you with thoughtful amenities, friendly service and a bustling city center location.
Travel Expert and weekly contributor to our show shares her adventures in Croatia.
In this episode we’ll get some social media strategy ideas on how to effectively communicate your travel issues from travel journalist and consumer advocate Chris Elliott. Plus we’ll chat with Canada’s newest airline Canada Jetlines which is getting ready to launch their inaugural flight in a few weeks. And we’ll take a road trip with Travel Nevada and learn about the Lake Tahoe Loop.
Within a short scenic drive of Lake Tahoe's pristine shores lie other must-visit Nevada destinations. From Big Blue vistas and all manner of outdoor activities to hip neighborhoods, charming countryside, and Wild West saloons get the inside scoop on the Lake Tahoe Loop.
Canada Jetlines, the brand-new, all-Canadian, leisure airline, announced its inaugural flight out of Toronto Pearson International Airport to Winnipeg is scheduled for August 15 as one of the carrier’s first routes. The first of many future routes to the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico.
For years, travelers have turned to Facebook, Twitter and other sites to extract quick refunds and apologies from travel companies. Although statistics are difficult to come by, it's clear that more travelers are turning to social media when things go wrong.
In this episode, we’ll learn about a company called Ratepunk that searches out the best hotels rates from the various online booking sites so you can shop and compare. Plus we’ll visit a new hotel that just opened in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia called the Evangeline. And we’ll chat with the owner of Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours to uncover Vancouver’s hidden history of dark crime, outrageous intrigue and filthy scandal.
Peek beneath Vancouver’s sparkling surface to uncover a hidden history of dark crime, outrageous intrigue, and filthy scandal. Roam the city with their expert guides in these one-of-a-kind walking tours, and hear the scintillating stories of Vancouver’s secret past.
Rooted in the beauty of Grand Pre, the Evangeline is a five-acre property in the Annapolis Valley that offers a unique and immersive hospitality experience; a variety of carefully considered accommodation options, excellent food and wine at Longfellow restaurant, and the perfect location for exploring the vibrant surrounding area.
Whether you're looking for a stay or just browsing hotels, Ratepunk will find the best possible rate when you book a hotel room.Ratepunk is designed to automatically detect the best rate when you browse hotels on your favorite booking site. When you have Ratepunk installed, you can be sure you’re always getting the best price.
In this episode we’ll learn about Banff & Lake Louise Tourism’s #RoamInTheWild challenge. We’ll also talk about camping and a new survey from Hipcamp which found among other things that people prefer camping with their pets more than their kids or parents so we’ll chat about that and camping in general. And Tourism Saskatchewan, has their #ExploreSask challenge going on to give you some ideas on how to explore Saskatchewan this summer so we’ll hear about that as well.
Looking for a new way to explore Saskatchewan this summer? Tourism Saskatchewan has created a mobile passport that offers the perfect to-do list. Plus a challenge guide to check-in at various attractions, while earning your way to winning monthly vacation prize draws. The more visits you make, the more you earn for draw ballots.
To gain insights into Canada’s outdoor plans for this summer, Hipcamp surveyed 5,000 campers coast to coast and uncovered some surprising and quirky results. Listen to discover some of the top 2022 camping trends in Canada.
Banff & Lake Louise Tourism and Town of Banff have launched a “Roam in the Wild” contest to promote transit use to and within Banff National Park. The challenge asks park visitors to safely capture a picture of a Roam bus “in the wild” and share it on social media to be entered in to win over $1,500 worth of prizes.
In this episode we discuss using the services of a travel agent to book your vacation vs doing it yourself using an online booking site. We also visit the Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Plus get an update on what’s new at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family. Explore Universal Studios backlot on the legendary Studio Tour. Then face the action head on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies.
Since opening its doors in 1927, the Cavalier Hotel has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur, blending the timeless luxury of a bygone era with the comfort, amenities and technology that today’s travelers demand.
Ken Stewart from Crowfoot Travel Solutions discusses the advantages and benefits from using the services of a travel agent vs booking your vacation online.
In this episode, we’ll talk about exploring the Canadian Rockies with travel writer and author Debbie Olsen, who is a contributing writer for Fodor’s Canadian Rockies Guidebook. Plus, we’ll head to Charlottetown PEI, home to the Fairholm Boutique Inns, a collection of 32 suites restored in 4 different heritage buildings that date back to 1838. And we’ll get a feel for what Canada is all about by chatting with Brandy Yanchyk, the host and producer of the TV series Seeing Canada.
Canadian journalist Brandy Yanchyk shares her experience exploring the vibrant cities, culinary delights, world-class attractions, unique characters and natural wonders of Canada through her Seeing Canada series.
Fairholm Boutique Inns is a family owned and operated five star National historic property. With 32 uniquely decorated suites among a collection of four diligently restored heritage buildings, Fairholm ensures a relaxing and unforgettable experience for every guest.
Travel writer and author Debbie Olsen discusses her contribution to Fodor’s Canadian Rockies guidebook. The book has everything you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time.
In this episode, the folks at CheapOAir released the findings of a recent survey showing that Canada is the preferred travel destination for a lot of Canadians this summer, so we’ll talk about those results and a few others. Plus travel writer Debra Smith returns to tell us a bit about the One Hotel West Hollywood located at the base of Hollywood Hills, California. And we’ll chat with Icelandair and get some tips and insight on traveling to Iceland.
Icelandair is a leading airline offering flights to, from, via and within Iceland. The airline operates out of Iceland and makes use of the country's geographical location, midway between North America and Europe, to build an ever-growing network of international routes, with Iceland as a hub.
1 Hotel is the first new build in the West Hollywood area in 30 years and sits at the highest point of La Cienega Boulevard where it meets the Sunset Strip with views of downtown Los Angeles or the hills of Laurel Canyon. Travel Writer Debra Smith offers up her thoughts on staying at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood.
The latest CheapOair.ca poll finds a majority of Canadians are planning to play it safe and travel locally this summer, while increased travel fees overtook COVID as the top concern.
In this episode we share our experience visiting Orlando, Florida for the IPW travel conference hosted by the US Travel Association and Brand USA. While we were there we sat down with Visit Orlando to find out more about visiting Orlando and what there is to see and do beyond the theme parks. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, so also got a chance to learn more about that as well and we chatted with Universal Orlando to learn about some of the new attractions there.
We took our show on the road to Orlando, FLA for the annual IPW travel conference where we explored the Islands Of Adventure and learnt more about the park in our conversation with Universal Orlando.
We took our show on the road to Orlando, FLA for the annual IPW travel conference staying at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Located just minutes from major theme parks including Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando. Enjoy shopping, dining and more than 100 unique entertainment options, all within a 2-mile radius of the hotel.
We took our show on the road to Orlando, FLA for the annual IPW travel conference and while we were there we got the chance to chat with Visit Orlando. Whether you’re a theme park enthusiast, bird watcher, foodie, water sports fanatic, sun worshipper, arts patron, serious shopper or anything in between, Orlando offers it all.
In this episode we talk about the different transit options available to get to and around Banff National Park. Plus we’ll head to the Kantishna Roadhouse located in the backcountry of Denali National Park in Alaska. And its iceberg season in Newfoundland so we’ll visit the Iceberg Capital of the World, Twillingate NFLD to learn not only about viewing the icebergs but all the other things to see and do there.
Historic Twillingate, one of Newfoundland's most popular destinations on Canada's north east coast, is famous for delivering extraordinary ocean experiences. An ocean playground with icebergs, whales, rugged coastline and unique island culture.
Kantishna Roadhouse offers an all-inclusive once in a lifetime Alaskan travel experience. Located 90 miles into the pristine natural wonder of Denali National Park in a remote area where few are lucky enough to travel, you will find adventure, tranquility and an escape from every-day modern life.
Relax and enjoy the scenery, even before you reach the park, using several transit options from Calgary to Banff National Park. Choose from On-It Regional Transit (seasonal) or Banff Express for a hassle free journey to Banff.
In this episode we talk about home security when you away on vacation. The experts at Home Hardware have five tips to keep your home safe while you travel so we’ll discuss those. Plus we’ll visit the Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort, an adults-only resort which has recently transformed into a fully immersive wellness property with new amenities. And we took a short day trip last week to the Crowsnest Pass in Southern Alberta and spent a few hours at the Frank Slide Interpretative Center to learn the story of the Frank Slide and some of the myths around it so we’ll share that as well.
The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, in southern Alberta's spectacular Crowsnest Pass, overlooks Canada's deadliest rockslide. See and hear first-hand what happened the night Turtle Mountain fell. Enjoy engaging storytelling, interactive displays, gripping accounts, and award-winning shows.
Enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in Punta Cana and an exclusive 5-star resort for adults only with everything included. Discover a wellness experience that will stimulate all your senses, amazing dining options, YHI Spa, fantastic swimming pools, and everything you could ever dream of.
Leaving your home unattended for an extended period of time can leave your home susceptible to break-ins, water damage, weather damage, and more. Learn about the home protection measures you can take to keep your abode safe while away.
In this episode, we talk with the folks from CATSA, the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority on what you can do to make the process of getting through airport security a little quicker. Plus, we’ll learn about Urban River Adventures, who offer glamping experiences located just outside of Edmonton, AB. And Susan Catto from TravelZoo joins us to share what there is to see and do in the Cayman Islands.
This trio of Caribbean islands — lively Grand Cayman, rugged Cayman Brac and tranquil Little Cayman — stands apart from other tropical destinations. This is the place where, after a day of snorkelling with sea turtles or unwinding on white sands, you dine on an impeccable meal and watch the setting sun paint the sea with vibrant pinks and reds.
Created to give Edmontonians and Albertans the opportunity to experience the local, natural adventures within their own city. A lot of people don't take advantage of the amazing outdoor resources that the North Saskatchewan River offers. They are there to make it accessible and easy for you to enjoy.
Whether you are at a regular screening line or at a CATSA Plus screening line, the folks from the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority offer up some tips to make the screening process less stressful and more efficient for everybody.
In this episode, a new survey from the Tire and Rubber Association show that two thirds of us are planning to cancel or shorten our road trips this summer due the high price of gas. So we’ll chat about the survey and how checking your tire pressure can help with gas mileage and keep you safer on the road. Plus we’ll head to St Lucia and learn about the Collection de Pepites which showcases a wide variety of unique island accommodations, including local villas, B&Bs, boutiques and inns. And we’ll visit with the folks from VIA Rail to learn about their Jasper to Prince Rupert route this summer.
This train journey takes two full days to complete, passing over nearly 1,200 kilometers of the Canadian wilderness along the way. With views of centuries-old mining towns, canyons, mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges, tunnels and more.
Saint Lucia is world-renowned for its natural beauty and range of spectacular resorts. Introducing Collection de Pépites – showcasing a broad selection of unique island jewels, including local villas, B&Bs, boutiques and inns.
Two-thirds of Canadian drivers will be staying closer to home this summer, according to a new Leger survey for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada. Industry studies show motorists can improve their gas mileage simply by keeping their tires inflated to the recommended pressure. The TRAC offers some tips.
In this episode, Patrick Sojka from Rewards Canada will join us this week to talk about how you can utilize your reward points for an all-inclusive vacation. Plus, travel writer Debra Smith will share her experience staying at the St Regis Hotel Toronto, a luxury stay in the heart of downtown Toronto. And the Cruise Guru, David Yeskel returns to tell us about the inaugural sailing of the Discovery Princess and in particular the new high-tech cruising experience onboard.
David Yeskel, The Cruise Guru discusses his experience sailing on the inaugural voyage of Princess Cruises’ Discovery Princess and in particular, the cruise industry’s embrace of cutting-edge technology,