Here's how to mix business with pleasure in Canada's capital city.
Millions of people travel to Ottawa each year on business. Politics, law, high tech, conferences, universities - some trips last just a few hours, while others go on for a week or more. But even if you're on a tight schedule, Ottawa offers plenty of attractions and amenities for business travelers to enjoy. So whether you have a day or even just an hour to spare, make sure to visit some of the city's best attractions before you leave - and check out our insider tips that will have you getting around town like a true local!
This is our airport delay playbook... just in case!
Delays are an inevitable part of the travel experience and, believe it or not, not all delays are bad. After all, they're often caused by safety concerns or are the result of an earlier accident - both circumstances that will make you grateful you're only aggravated, not injured. But an optimistic attitude can only go so far, especially when you're in an airport.
Airport delays are the frustration of all frustrations. Maybe it's the pressure and panic of how a delayed departure will influence the rest of your travel plans. Or perhaps it's being surrounded by the general anxiety and grumpiness of hundreds of other passengers. Or maybe it has to do with the fact that airports and airlines still have a ways to go when it comes to customer service. Or maybe it's a little bit of everything, rolled in with jet lag, bad coffee, and scratchy toilet paper. No matter the cause, a little planning, preparation, and research can go a long way to help with delays.
Flying with Turkish Airlines has opened our eyes to a different style of travel.
Lemonade, mint soda, or fruit punch? Step inside the most colorful, coziest, loveliest way we've ever gone from point A to point B! Traveling from Montreal to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines business class was an unforgettable experience and a wonderful lesson in travel elegance. We will never look at travel the same way again!
This trip marked the one and only time we've ever flown in business class (well, okay, there was that time Ryan managed to weasel his way to first class while on route to Las Vegas but that's a sore point). And, just like you'd imagine, it was absolutely divine! But it comes as no surprise that flying in business class is "nice." We wanted to bring you behind the scenes to see just what our experience was like so you can decide for yourself if the upgrade from economy to business is a smart move for you.
Can one tiny product conquer my frustrations - and the goats?
What's the strangest place you've ever tried to connect to Wi-Fi? For me, it was in a tree house, in the pouring rain, in the middle of a no-cell service zone of Hawaii's Big Island, with lava raging destruction just a few kilometers away. We were promised by the property's owners that we would be able to pick up Wi-Fi from their nearby farmhouse -but given the circumstances I think just about anyone would share my dubious skepticism! Happily I had a little trick up my sleeves for just such an occasion.
Keep the pushers, priers, and predators away.
There's some special attention that is very welcome when you travel - perhaps when a hotel clerk seeks you out for an upgrade or an airline staffer selects you to sit in first class (or so I'm told!) But not all attention feels so good. It's hard to seamlessly blend in when you travel to a new destination and sometimes you feel like a lightening rod, drawing in attention when all you want to do is fade away. From pesky sales touts to more dangerous harassers, it can be exhausting to always feel like you're on your guard. Fortunately, when it comes to protecting your privacy from these unwanted eyes, there's a lot you can do in advance to stay safe and enjoy your trip.
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