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16 February 2017

The shared economy is a newer term often used to describe economic and social activity involving online transactions. The shared economy can take a variety of forms, and typically provides consumers with access to goods and services not normally available to them through commercial enterprises. This is especially true with accommodation rentals. According to Rachel Botsman’s book What’s Mine Is Yours, the peer-to-peer rental market is valued at $26 billion, with new services and platforms emerging frequently, and the most dominant of which is AirBnB.

Travel

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28 November 2016

When you plan your trips, do you tend to use the services of a travel agent? While travel agents can make vacation-planning a breeze, there’s also another big perk – access to the Travel Assurance Fund. 

Travel

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18 July 2016

Bruce and Anne* were just three short weeks away from their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa. The couple purchased their vacation through a licensed BC travel agent. A few weeks before their trip, Bruce received an unexpected email from his travel agent. The business had gone bankrupt. Bruce and Anne were not going to Africa.

Travel

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04 July 2016

For many Canadians, tipping is part of our everyday life. Tipping servers at restaurants and taxi drivers may seem natural to you but when you travel outside of Canada, do you still tip the same way? The truth is, tipping rules may vary by country, by region, and by scenario so read on to get some tips on tipping around the world.

Travel

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06 June 2016

What’s on your regular packing list? What you would pack for a short domestic trip compared to a long international trip may be different - but taking a travel health kit wherever you go may be a good idea. For example, medication that you usually use may not be available in another city or you may not be able to read the packaging while traveling abroad. In this blog, we will share what to take in your travel kit so you can be prepared for your next adventure.

Travel

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02 May 2016

Whether you are flying to a tropical destination or driving to visit your friend in the United States over the weekend, you may want to take your pet with you. Although some cats travel extremely well, generally it tends to be more common to travel with dogs so in this blog, we will focus on travelling with dogs and what to prepare before you depart for your trip. (Please note that the information below has come from a variety of sources including the Government of Canada.)

Travel

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31 August 2015

Have you ever arrived at an airport, only to find out your flight has been delayed – or even cancelled – due to bad weather? In this blog post, we’re offering tips on how to navigate through the storm of travel plans and unexpected weather events.

Travel

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26 June 2013

If you have entered our summer travel themed Facebook contest, thank you and good luck! (If not, what are you waiting for? There are great prizes to be won!)

We aren't all about contests though, it's summertime and many of us have travel on the brain. Are you thinking of booking travel this summer or perhaps you are waiting until the fall or winter for that getaway?  If so, here's our list of top 3 things to know before you book!

Travel

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27 May 2013

Did you know that, this year alone, we’ve paid out more than $36,000 to consumers impacted by BC-licensed travel agency or wholesaler failures? 

Travel

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13 May 2013

On this blog, we’ve talked about the benefits of booking with a BC-licensed travel agent. We recently heard from a coworker how her holiday was saved by her travel agent and we thought we would share Joan’s story with you. 

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