BerndtCanada Travels

Travel smart...Travel frugally...Travel often!

This is the personal website of Erich and Carol Berndt, two avid travelers from Calgary, Canada. We have created this travel information site to offer our insights and ideas to fellow travelers who wish to travel frequently; exploring, learning, and appreciating the geography, culture and history of the places being visited.  We hope you will find this website useful in imagining and planning your travels.



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Learn about some of our Travel Destinations

by clicking on any picture or label found below:

North America

Asia Pacific

Scotland & Ireland

Mexico

Austro-Hungary

Mediterranean

Hawaii

Spain & Portugal

Baltic Cruise

Caribbean Collection

Panama & Costa Rica

European Excursions

Australia & New Zealand

Asia Collection


 

 

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Accommodations

Preparation

Gadgets and Apps

About Us

Flights

 

Travel Information


Pre-planning a trip ensures the best possible experience. Booking in advance saves considerable time and money. Knowing in advance what to expect, what attractions to see, what transportation methods to use, and what kind of accommodations and services are available allows for the most efficient use of time and the best fit for your interests. There are many excellent resources with reservation services, destination descriptions, recommendations and reviews.

See the Preparation page for more information and practical tips for preparing to travel and experience diverse destinations.


Using Online Planning and Booking Tools

The availability and ease of online travel tools keep improving, and new apps keep being added.

Best Online Travel Sites 2022  rates the most popular travel sites for their value and ease of use.

9 Best Places to Book Tours, Excursions, Activities and Experiences Online links to the major travel booking sites and describes their benefits and features.

The 17 Best Websites to Book Cruises at the Cheapest Prices identifies the most popular websites used to book cruises and compares prices. We prefer Vacations to Go for finding cruise deals.

Most travel websites are now aggregates which show flights, hotels, all-inclusive vacations, vacation rentals, car rentals, cruises. Some specialize in ticketing for various modes of transportation, or for excursions, tours and attractions. Many include reviews of properties, attractions and restaurants. Many offer discounts to frequent users or to those who bundle reservations. These are some of our favorite travel planning websites:

       
         
Tripadvisor 

     Expedia

     Booking.com 

     Rome2Rio

 Viator

 

   
 


See also the Flights page for further suggestions for booking flights and travel packages online. See the Accommodations page for more advice about booking lodgings.
 

Immersing in Literature

One of the most pleasurable ways to learn about travel destinations is to read literature written by residents, ex-pats or dedicated travellers. This large body of literature including travelogues, memoirs, novels, and short story collections, will inspire and provide insight into the personality of a place. Here are some suggestions:
 

15 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

50 Best Travel Books of All Time
 

   
 

 

Getting Advice from Experienced Travelers

The following sites offer useful practical information and advice and are inspirational for planning and dreaming:


Lonely Planet is a travel inspiration site. Following the success of its print publications, the website provides information about travel destinations categorized as adventure travel, art and culture, backpacking, beaches, family holidays, festivals, food and drink, romance, road trips, wildlife and nature, travel gear, and travel on a budget.

Frommer's is a useful travel site with information about destinations, trip ideas, and practical advise about topics such as air travel, cruises, getting around by car, bus and rail, entry requirements and customs, luggage, safety, currencies and fees, etc.

CNN Travel Destinations provides an alphabetical list of destination guides, with links to articles about sights and experiences is each location.

Wikivoyage is a sister site to Wikipedia, featuring searchable information for transportation, sightseeing, activities, cuisine and accommodation in locations around the world. It is available in multiple languages.

Tripsavvy offers advice to help travellers "vacation like a pro." It has destination guides, trip planning information, and news items for locations around the world.

Rick Steves Europe is patterned after the series of useful guidebooks. It has destination and travel planning information, photos, clips from his TV shows, his blog and a travel advice forum.

Neverending Voyage is a website developed by a couple who claim to be digital nomads who travel forever. There is practical information about various locations and travel tips in general.

Travel Independent.info provides advice about how to prepare, what to pack, where to go and what to see in over 100 countries.

 


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