Category: Travel

Volunteering vacations: how to give back by getting away

We’ve all heard the old expression that it’s better to give than to receive. So the chance to “receive” a rewarding vacation adventure, while at the same time giving much needed aid and assistance, is a rare opportunity. For a growing number of Canadians, a volunteering vacation is the perfect way to experience a unique … read more

7 tips for the ultimate Canadian road trip

Canadian road trip

Perhaps it’s because we live in one of the world’s largest countries with an incredible range of vistas, or maybe it’s simply that Canadians have an inherent wanderlust. But an epic road trip is a rite of passage for many of us. Whether you long to follow the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver as … read more

Rediscovering a passion for two wheels

One of the fastest growing demographics in the motorcycle industry is the over-40 set. With the kids now more or less on their own, and a little more disposable income available, older riders are taking to the roadways in greater numbers. In many cases, former motorcyclists are returning to the sport after a long absence … read more

How an extended absence impacts Canadian pensions and benefits

Extended Absence and Your Pension and Benefits

A couple of months back, we published a piece in the Oaken Blog outlining how the sharing of border information now makes it easier for U.S. and Canadian authorities to track how long travellers spend outside their home country. The article looked specifically at the implications for Canadians spending considerable time in the U.S., and … read more

7 tips to stretch your travel budget

7 travel trips

With the holiday season now long behind us, and several months yet until the busy summer travel season begins, we’ll soon be into what the travel industry refers to as the “shoulder season”. Running from April to mid-June, the shoulder season is a good time to look for travel bargains before prices rise, as inevitably … read more