Patrick Feary, communications strategist for Hotelchamp, makes a bizarre request at every hotel he stays at. He asks that there be a “hand-drawn Godzilla” in the room when he arrives. Three hotels have obliged so far, proving what you can get when you ask for it. It’s no secret that there are tricks and tips frequent travellers should use to try and snag a cheap flight – and there are plenty of ways to enhance your hotel experience, too. For most people, this involves trying to get a bigger, better room or perhaps a bottle of champagne – but one man has made a habit out of asking for something a bit more unusual. Patrick Feary, communications strategist at Hotelchamp – a hotel startup which helps hotels personalise their guests’ stays – travels all over the world for work. However, instead of asking for luxury perks, he asks for one specific (yet optional) thing from every … [Read more...] about A frequent traveller asks every hotel he stays in for a ‘unique drawing of Godzilla’ upon arrival — and it proves what you can get away with if you just ask
Budding entrepreneurs and athletic cheerleading squads are among Toronto District School Board competitors who may be permitted to travel to the United States this year after all.After an outcry from youth who’ve spent months working to qualify for international competitions and events, trustees on the TDSB’s governance and policy committee have concluded that taking away those opportunities wouldn’t be fair — despite a restriction on U.S. travel imposed by the board last spring.So they plan to move a motion at next month’s board meeting that would exempt students attending “secondary school student competitions and professional development opportunities” from the policy preventing trips south of the border.“We’re responding to the student voice,” trustee and committee chair Alexander Brown said Monday.“We want to show some flexibility. We don’t want to limit their opportunities.” … [Read more...] about Let TDSB students travel to U.S. for competitions, trustees say
It can’t be easy to tell high-achieving students that they can’t attend international competitions in the United States. But that’s exactly what the Toronto District School Board did last year after President Donald Trump imposed a ban on residents from six mostly-Muslim countries. TDSB chair Robin Pilkey explained at the time that the board is committed to equity and inclusiveness so “it’s not appropriate that some students would not be able to attend based on their country of birth.” In other words, everyone should go, or no one should go.That was the right decision then and it’s the right one now. The board should stick with it despite a rising tide of pleas from some students who are worried about missing out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Among them are Maisha Fahmida and Maheep Bagha, who last year travelled to a conference held by DECA, an international association of high school and college students in business, finance and … [Read more...] about School board should not bend on travel ban to U.S.
A winter weather travel advisory has been issued by Environment Canada for the eastern side of Toronto as well as York and Durham regions with snowfall expected to result in icy roads. The weather agency said a “bands of flurries” coming off of Lake Ontario could reduce visibility and bring up to 5 cm of snowfall across the east end Monday morning. Five additional centimetres could land on the city in time to disrupt the afternoon commute. The snowfall could quickly make roads slick and dangerous, so commuters are being warned to take care. Temperatures are expected to hover around -4 C over the day, but windchills may make the temperature feel closer to the double digits in the negative. A low of -6 C is expected overnight, with any leftover flurries tapering off by Tuesday morning, Environment Canada said.It is worth noting that it could be worse — 19 years ago yesterday then-Toronto mayor Mel Lastman called in the Canadian army to help clear about 27 cm of the … [Read more...] about Winter weather travel advisory issued as snow returns to forecast
Travelers who landed at JFK International Airport over the weekend are reportedly waiting to receive around 5,000 bags. Over the weekend, travelers using the airport dealt with delays, cancellations, and a burst pipe that submerged some bags in cold water. The Port Authority said in a statement Monday that domestic airlines “have expedited the process of returning baggage to customers,” adding that it has urged international airlines to do the same. Travelers who landed at JFK International Airport over the weekend are waiting to receive around 5,000 bags, NBC News 4 reports. Over the weekend, travelers using the airport dealt with delays, cancellations, and a burst pipe that submerged some bags in cold water. Much of the dysfunction was attributed to last week’s “bomb cyclone,” which resulted in frigid temperatures and snow that was difficult to clear from the … [Read more...] about Travelers are reportedly still waiting for 5,000 bags to be returned from New York’s JFK airport days after a pipe burst and caused a flood