Warmer weather brings an increase in travel. If you’re planning a Spring getaway or business travel, here are some tips to keep in mind.

1) Make sure you have your passport, visa, paperwork and ticket ready long before due time. Your travel agent can help determine the requirements, or check the government website for the country you are visiting.

2) Money: Canadian dollars are not widely recognized.  Euro and US dollars much more so.  Let your bank know you are travelling so they don’t flag out-of-country transactions as suspicious.  Carry cash.  Bring your cash in new bills; some countries don’t accept ‘old’ and crinkled bills.  I always have lots of US$1 bills ready for tips.  Have local currency.  Have money in several places – in case one bag is lost or stolen, you still have some money somewhere.  Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket; travel with valuables close to you.

3) If you have prescription medicine, carry it in its original bottle.  Make sure you have more than you need just in case the airline goes belly up or the weather is not cooperating.

4) Have local phone number handy for Canadian embassy or consulate, your travel agent, and anyone you need in a hurry.

5) Travel light; don’t pack more than what you can comfortably carry.  Before packing each item ask yourself – do I really need this? Also, remember that airlines have baggage restrictions and you do not want to be charged for excess fees.

6) Never discuss the country’s internal politics.  If they ask you, be evasive:  “I don’t know enough to comment” (even if you do.)

7) Learning how to say hello, please and thank you in the language you need goes a long way.

Safe and happy travels!

Upcoming Workshops

Tiny Tots
Ages 5 to 7
Workshops run 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (unless otherwise stated)
Saturday, September 28
Sunday, October 27
100 Dowling Avenue, Toronto
$30; $50 for two

Ages 8 to 12
Workshops run 10 a.m. to 12 noon (unless otherwise stated)
Sunday, August 25
Sunday, September 29
Sunday, October 27
100 Dowling Avenue, Toronto
$40; $70 for two

Teen Etiquette
Ages 13 to 17
Workshops run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise stated)
Saturday, October 26
100 Dowling Avenue, Toronto
Includes three course lunch
and an 8-page workbook
$140; $250 for two

Adult Etiquette
Workshops run 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise stated)
Saturday, September 21
100 Dowling Avenue, Toronto
Includes three course lunch and quiz
and an 11-page workbook
$295, $450 for two persons

Meals & Manners
Please call for appointment
100 Dowling Avenue, Toronto
Includes three course lunch or dinner and quiz
$175; $295 for two

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