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How are the USA and Canada keeping you safe?

As we continue to move towards the possibility of travelling aboard again, safety is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. So, what are the USA and Canada doing to ensure your safety when you are able to travel back to their countries? 

 

Flights

Most airlines will be in contact with you before you fly so that you are aware of changes taking place throughout your journey

 

Floor decals will be in use throughout airports to encourage social distancing

 

Most airlines have incorporated additional cleaning during check in, at boarding gates, on planes and at baggage reclaim especially for high-touch areas such as tray tables, check-in kiosks and onboard toilets

 

Face coverings will be mandatory whilst in the airport and on the plane

 

Hand sanitizer stations will be available in select locations throughout the airport, including at security, baggage reclaim and on the plane itself. We also advice keeping your own sanitizer with you at the airport

 

Many check-in areas, boarding gates and other service desks will make use of plexiglass screens to protect you

 

Not all check-in desks will be use, creating additional space for social distancing. You may also now be able to scan your own boarding passes when boarding to minimise interaction

 

Most airlines will now board their planes from back to front, minimising your contact with other passengers. The number of passengers boarding at any one time may also be limited

 

The number of people deplaning at any one time will be limited

 

Many airlines have reduced the number of passengers allowed on a flight to accommodate social distancing

 

Food and drink services both at the airport and on the plane may be limited, depending on the duration of your flight. Snacks may be available but it is advised that you bring your own snacks with you, especially for longer flights

 

While on the plane, air filtration will refresh the cabin air every two to four minutes

 

Please be aware that some airports and airlines may operate slightly differently. The above is a summary of the measures in place to help protect you.

 

Hotels 

Most hotels across the US and Canada are implementing enhanced cleaning protocols. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the premises

 

Public spaces and surfaces in guestroom will be thoroughly cleaned more frequently. High touch items may also be removed from guestrooms

 

Food safety protocols will be enhanced to protect you. Contactless room service may be in place and, where breakfast is included, changes may be made where appropriate to enable social distancing and provide meals to you safely

 

Temperature checks may be routinely carried out for hotel staff, and in some cases, guests

 

You may be required to wear a face mask in public areas of your hotel

 

Floor decals may be in use in public areas to encourage social distancing. Furniture in public areas may also be rearranged to create more space

 

The maximum occupancy of some areas of the hotel, such as in lifts and fitness centres, may be changed to promote social distancing

 

Please be aware that some hotels may operate slightly differently. The above is a summary of the measures in place to help protect you.

 

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The Best Wildlife Lodges in the USA & Canada

Spending time in the wilderness and away from large crowds may be a priority for many of us as we look to start travelling again in a post-pandemic world. Many of us have also spent our unexpected downtime dreaming about those destinations and experiences that have been on our bucket lists for years. Perhaps yours includes seeing incredible wildlife in their natural habitat? 
 
America and Canada are home to some of the most picturesque landscapes and amazing wildlife spotting opportunities so we thought we would share with you some of our favourite remote wildlife lodges. 
 
Maybe a visit is in order in 2021? 
 

Knight Inlet Lodge, British Columbia, Canada

Offering 2,3 & 4 night packages, Knight Inlet Lodge is located off the coast of Campbell River on Vancouver Island and is accessible only by floatplane. The Inlet is home to one of the largest populations of Grizzly Bears in British Columbia, and it is not uncommon for there to be up to 40 bears within 10 kilometres of the lodge during the peak salmon run period. This easily makes it one of the best places in the country (if not the world) to see bears. 

You can also take a scenic Inlet cruise, taking in the natural wonders of the area; from stunning waterfalls, ancient glaciers and trails carved through mountains. Take a guided walking tour through the rainforest tracking bears as you go or go sea kayaking or whale watching.

 

Farewell Harbour Lodge, British Columbia, Canada

Farewell Harbour Lodge enjoys a prime location within the border of the renowned Broughton Archipelago Marine Park, making it a true wildlife wonderland. The lodge offers 4, 5, 6 & 7 night packages and is accessible only by water taxi from Alder Bay in northern Vancouver Island. During your stay, you may be lucky enough to see just about every animal Canada is known for, including Grizzlies, Black Bears, Orcas and Humpback Whales as well as Bald Eagles and seals. 

Farewell Harbour also offers specialised wildlife photograpy packages which include 'in the field' and 'evening' workshops, lead by award-winning photography John Lehmann. 

 

Tutka Bay Lodge, Alaska, USA

Tutka Bay Lodge, on the edge of Kachemak Bay State Park, is accessible by water taxi from Homer. It's remote location makes a haven for wildlife and guests alike. The area is on the migratory route for as many as 25 different bird species so spring is a great time to visit for birdwatching enthusiasts; look out for Black Oystercatchers, Rock Sandpipers and Pacific Golden-Plovers. In summer, take a boat trip across to Gull Island, home to nesting Horned and Tufted Puffins. The iconic Bald Eagle is also a common sight. 

Take a bear viewing flight to a remote beach location to see coastal Brown Bears grazing along the shoreline. The journey there is almost as thrilling; see Alaska's incredible landscape from the air; you'll pass over giant glaciers and even an active volcano (or seven)! You can also go trekking to Grewingk Glacier, where you can even take a short walk to a small lake located at the foot of the glacier and paddle amongst ice floes! You can also take a fishing excursion and catch your own salmon or halibut. 

 

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, British Columbia, Canada

Originally built as a hunting and fishing lodge in 1929, Tweedsmuir is located on 60 acres of land in Bella Coola on the edge of Great Bear Rainforest. The accommodations include ten timber-framed chalets on a large lawn, where you may even get to see a grazing bear right from your window. 

The main bear viewing platform is just 300 metres from the lodge, on the banks of the Atnarko River. This means that, unlike many other bear lodges, you won't have to wait for a guided tour and can make your way to the platform whenever you are ready.  

 

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada

Fogo Island Inn enjoys a remote location off the coast of Gander, Newfoundland, on the far eastern edge of Canada. The island has hundreds of kilometres of trails, making this other-worldly location a paradise for hikers and nature lovers of any description. Every summer, Fogo plays host to hundreds of nesting puffins. Watch out too for visiting pods of whales as they pass. Caribou were introduced here in the mid-twentieth century are still roam freely today. In fact, a caribou crossing the road is usually the cause of most 'traffic jams' on the island. You may also come across foxes, beavers or coyotes during your stay. 

Fogo Island is also located within an area known as 'Iceberg Alley' due to the number of icebergs that float by on their journey down from Greenland; a surreal sight. The best time to spot a 'berg is between mid-May and June. 

 

Dymond Lake, Nanuk Polar Bear & Seal River Heritage Lodges, Manitoba, Canada

Seeing Polar Bears in the wild is a true bucket list holiday for lots of us and Churchill, Manitoba is the ultimate place to see them. There are 3 lodges here, each offering tours for up to 13 nights. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you can hope to see a huge array of wildlife. As well as Polar Bears, you could also be lucky enough to see Beluga Whales, wolves, Black Bears, moose, foxes and hares. 

Churchill is also a fabulous place to view Aurora Borealis during the winter months. 

 

This is just a selection of the wildlife and wilderness lodges that are dotted throughout North America. If you would like to visit any of these incredible lodges for yourself, or if you have another one in mind, contact us today to get planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

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A Celebration of North American Travel Writing

September 8 is International Literacy Day so to celebrate, we have put together a list of some of our favourite North American travel books to inspire!
 

1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed sees a woman hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert, through California, Oregon and Washington.

2. On The Road by Jack Kerouac is a classic and follows the authors years of travelling the continent alongside his friend Neal Cassady.

3. Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck sees the iconic author and his dog Charley travel from Maine to Monterey to rediscover his country.

4. State By State, edited by Matt Weiland & Sean Wilsey brings together some of the country’s most well known writers in an appreciation of all 50 states.

5. Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw by Will Ferguson is a book of witty observations of the authors travels across Canada, from Newfoundland in the east to Victoria in the west.

6. The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson sees the author travel 14,000 miles from his home in Iowa, across 38 states, delivering his trademark wit along the way. 

7. All Gone To Look for America by Peter Millar follows the author as he travels from New York to Los Angeles (and back again) by the almighty AMTRAK and the railroads that built the USA. 

8. Wayfaring Stranger by Emma John follows the author as she rediscovers her love of music and, in doing so, finds her spiritual home in America's Deep South. 

9. To Shake The Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins takes us on a journey of self discovery alongside the author as he cycles from Oregon to Patagonia. 

 

If all this reading has you inspired to travel for yourself, contact us today to get planning your novel-worthy trip!

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