Tips and Tracks for travel in Calgary, Canada.

Tips and Tracks for travel in Calgary, Canada.

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CALGARY TRAVEL TIPS

CALGARY TRAVEL TIPS

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Preparing for Your Trip to Calgary, Canada

Book Calgary Hotel and Air Separately

It's like buying a TV with a built-in DVD player. If one component ends-up not working, then the unit as a whole doesn't work. Finding the ideal combination of, or making changes to a package deal, can be restrictive, difficult, frustrating and time-consuming. And just because most ads for package deals to Calgary tout that you will save money, you may find otherwise. Also, you may get a better flight to Calgary, without spending more, when you purchase your airline ticket to Calgary separately. Yes, a Calgary vacation package could be ideal, but we like to urge savvy travelers to check into the alternative. You can easily check Calgary hotel room prices on i4calgary.com when doing your research.

Packing for Your Calgary Trip

Be sure to pack for the climate in Calgary and also for the season. Bring breathable natural fabrics for hot weather, and layers that can be added or removed for cooler weather. Remember that summers and winters are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, with summer in December and winter in July.

Bring a Map of Calgary

Don't leave home without it! If you don't know Calgary well, it will be a huge advantage to buy a Calgary map and look it over prior to your trip. You'll be surprised how much you remember about the major streets and areas of Calgary once you've studied the map and gotten the big picture. It will help you get your bearings once you've arrived. Whichever attractions in Calgary you want to see, you'll have a better idea of where they are from your hotel and how to get there. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for what to do in Calgary. There might even be a map of Calgary tourist attractions.

Check the Weather in Calgary

Before you embark on your trip to Calgary, search Calgary weather on a search engine and find the 10-day forecast for Calgary. It could help you decide which Calgary tourist attraction to see and do on which day.

Taking a Computer to Calgary

There are benefits of taking your computer with you on vacation, such as staying in touch with family and friends and making or canceling reservations on the go. Take advantage of the internet in your Calgary hotel, or if unavailable, locate the closest internet cafe.

Calgary Travel Journal

You may like to keep a small travel journal or notebook for your trip to Calgary to jot down place names, dates and phone numbers of newly acquired friends. These reminders will also be useful if you'd like to blog about your trip to Calgary after you return home.

When You Arrive in Calgary

Check Your Room When You Arrive in Calgary

Now, immediately, is the time to be sure you are happy with your room. If ANYTHING is bugging you, now is the time to ask for a different room or to have any issues cleared immediately. After you've spent the night, or even hours in your room, is NOT the time. Speaking of bugging you, it is a good idea to check the bed thoroughly. Yes, it can happen to any hotel, anywhere. Even the very best and very cleanest of hotels in Calgary could fall victim because the critters can travel the world in people's luggage. So now you can unpack, order extra towels, look at prices on the room service menu and start enjoying Calgary.

Restaurants in Calgary

Isn't going out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner a favorite thing to do for just about everyone and especially when on vacation? You might want to actually think about your Calgary restaurant route ahead of time to avoid - Where do you want to go? I don't know, where do you want to go?- To find a restaurant in Calgary that suits your fancy each day, peruse the Calgary Yellow Pages and ask friendly locals or other visitors for recommendations.

Things to do in Calgary

You probably based your vacation trip to Calgary because of what there is to see and to do in Calgary. But it never hurts to check a little further in case there is an attraction you don't know about. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for What To Do in Calgary. There might also be a map of Calgary attractions. You know... the maps with the cute pictures on them. Just one more Calgary souvenir to take home!

Dining Out In Calgary

Don't be afraid to try regional cuisine in Calgary. When dining out, ask about local Calgary specialties. You'll find that locally sourced ingredients make for the freshest and tastiest meals, and you'll be paying a compliment to your host city in honoring their traditions.

Festivals in Calgary

Local holidays in Calgary may have an effect on the availability of some amenities or attractions, but local Calgary festivals or parades will add to the enjoyment of your trip making Calgary even more memorable.

Celebrations in Calgary

No matter what time of year you're visiting Calgary, there are amazing events to make your trip unforgettable. Contact the Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Authority in Calgary and ask for calendar of local events. This information may also be available on the website for Calgary. This will help you plan your activities to include local festivities you would like to participate in.

Souvenirs from Calgary

Don't forget the folks at home. Purchasing small souvenirs or gifts in Calgary will save you money over airport gift shop prices, and will be appreciated by friends and loved ones who were unable to be with you in Calgary.

Side-trips in Calgary

Spontaneous side trips in Calgary can be made with the help of your hotel concierge, or a local Calgary travel agent. So don't worry about having to plan out every detail of your trip to Calgary before you leave.

Must See Sights in Calgary

If you are visiting Calgary for the first time make sure you decide on the Must See Sights and plan your itinerary accordingly. Guide books on Calgary can be an invaluable resource, listing directions, hours of operation and entrance fees.

Calgary Transportation

Driving in Calgary

If you plan to drive in Calgary it's best to reserve your rental car in advance. Not only will you get the best rates, but you will be assured of a vehicle being available for you, rather than taking your chances upon arrival. Make note that speed limits and other rules of the road may vary in Calgary and may differ from those you are accustomed to.

Public Transportation in Calgary

Subways, commuter trains, trams, monorails, cable cars, taxis, buses and ferries are all modes of public transportation. Not only is it convenient when traveling, but usually it's an adventure! When traveling around Calgary, you'll want to make the most of what is available and what might be, well...an adventure! Be sure to research Calgary transportation online, in advance, or speak with the concierge at your hotel.

Taxis in Calgary, Additional Calgary Tips

When using taxis in Calgary make sure they are legitimate and licensed. Public transportation in Calgary is a viable alternative to taxis and will give you the opportunity to talk to locals who can give you pointers for great restaurants and side trips.

Medical Insurance in Calgary

If your health insurance provider does not provide coverage for Calgary, look into purchasing medical insurance for travelers so that you are covered in case of emergency.

Security in Calgary Hotels

If your hotel room provides an in-room safe, be sure to use it for personal valuables and papers. Otherwise ask the hotel staff about safety deposit boxes. Always remember to thoroughly check all drawers, safes and closets before you leave your Calgary hotel room so as not to leave anything behind.

Health Precautions in Calgary

Waterless hand sanitizers are a boon to travelers, include travel size containers when you pack for your trip to Calgary. These will come in very handy when eating on the go during your sightseeing adventures.

Safety in Calgary

Use common sense when in Calgary as you would anywhere. Don't draw unwanted attention by carrying excessive amounts of cash or wearing expensive jewelry. Avoid undesirable areas and stick with your group.

Prescription Medications in Calgary

Be sure to bring with you to Calgary any and all prescription medications. Pay close attention to airport security regulations for medications, your prescriptions must be contained in their original, clearly labeled containers. It's also a good idea to carry a list of your medications and wear a MedicAlert for any medical conditions.

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