Every year we sit down together as a family and update our bucket list – whether that’s Orlando Florida, a European country, or somewhere new in the UK – and this year Lewis had a new addition to our wish list, Canada. I have to be honest, Canada has never been on my radar before, not when it comes to holidays anyway, and yet the more we looked into it the more we realised it has so much to offer! I’ve been putting together some of our ideas for planning a holiday to Canada for when the day comes we can tick it off our list!
Before you travel
Before you travel to Canada you need to make sure that all of your travel documents are in order and you meet the requirements set out by the Government of Canada, Immigration and Citizenship. These include being in good health, appearing willing to leave when your holiday is over, having a sufficient amount of money and no criminal record. It’s important to look into any updated requirements and apply for a Visa if necessary before you go.
Choose your destination
Canada is a BIG country and choosing your destination wisely is important. Should you want to do more of a road trip style holiday then planning your starting destination is a good place to begin, and for us we are particularly keen to see Toronto, Niagara Falls and Montreal.
When will you travel?
With the climate in Canada varying, and with particularly cold Winters, it’s important to get the timing of your holiday right. For us, although I love the look of Canada in Winter, it just wouldn’t be enjoyable with four children, and so visiting during the Spring/Summer would be paramount.
How will you get there?
Deciding on the best route, at the best price, is an important one for us as a family of six. Obviously we would travel by aeroplane which I have already worked out would be far cheaper to fly non-direct. It’s also a good idea to rent a car during your Canada holiday so that on arriving at the airport you are free to travel to your destination without having to navigate further transport. Having a car really gives us our independence during our travels.
Plan your itinerary!
All that is left to do is to plan your itinerary, scheduling in rest days to relax, and it’s as simple as that. Planning our itinerary is always my favourite part, I love reading online reviews and seeking out hidden gems in the countries we visit. Now it’s just as case of saving up….wish me luck!
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