Holiday Travel Tips in Vancouver

Travel Tips — By Natasha John on November 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Photo Credit: Matthew Grapengieser (Flickr)

The holiday season sees many people packing their bags and heading to new and old time favorites each year. Between packing your bags, booking your flight and hotel, and combating unpredictable weather, the holidays can be stressful. Here are a few tips to make sure your visit to Vancouver is stress free:

Packing an umbrella is the number one thing you will need when you visit Vancouver and it’s like a double edged sword that protects you during the pouring rain and blustering snow. It will keep that hair perfect for the holiday party you’re going to.

If you can, book a hotel close to one of the Canada Line stops. The Canada Line is the best way to get to and from the airport; it’s budget friendly and quick.

Checking-in online can be a huge time saver, especially when the airport is already full of travelers waiting to board their flight.

Shopping can be a bit of a hassle, but YVR airport has some lovely shops where you can find things like smoked salmon, maple syrup, spa items and other trinkets that will bring a piece of Vancouver to wherever in the world you plan on visiting.

When you think of British Columbia, snow may be the first thing that comes to mind, but in the city, we rarely get lots of the white stuff that sticks to the roads and sidewalks. However, when it does, it causes traffic to slow down and this could hinder your time planning if you don’t look at the weather. You don’t want to miss your flight, so make sure that if the weather calls for snow, to give yourself an extra hour of time to get to the airport if you’re going by car.

Walk by St. Paul’s Hospital to get into the spirit of Christmas with their opulent light’s display. It’s so big that they start putting it up months before Christmas and it’s put on by volunteers and sponsors.

Here’s to happy and safe travels this holiday season!

Tags: Canada Line, Christmas, snow, Vancouver

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