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Tips for an Unforgettable Vacation

Tips for an Unforgettable Vacatiob

Travelling is a great opportunity to explore new places; however, without the right approach, you can find yourself stressed, unorganized and going not making the most of your vacation. Here are four pieces of advice to create a memorable vacation!

Start Planning Early

Trips tend to require quite a bit of planning and starting far in advance gives you ample time to arrange accommodations, research local attractions, begin creating a travel itinerary and most importantly begin putting away funds to support your trip.

Travel with an Open-Mind

Whether you’re travelling to  another country, province or city, you may experience a different pace of life or different customs and practices. From how food is prepared at a restaurant to the main forms of entertainment in a city, social norms may vary from what you are used to.

Try to approach these situations with an open-mind. Part of travelling is getting to experience how people live in other parts of the world.

Take Quality Pictures

Investing in a quality camera will help you to capture those breathtaking moments in a clearer, higher-resolution image. If a new camera isn’t in the budget, most smartphones offer pretty good quality images, in addition to easy convenience.

When it comes to getting the best shots, early mornings tend to offer the best lighting and fewer crowds for you to deal with. And picture-worthy moments may not come immediately, patience is key.

Be Vigilant

When out on the town, make sure to have all valuables (i.e., money, credit cards or ID) securely stowed away, out of sight of those around you. It’s also advised to avoid wearing flashy jewellery, such as expensive necklaces or watches. Having valuable items on your person can increase your chances of becoming the next victim of a robbery or pickpocketing.

Hold Your Next Conference Or Special Event at a Hotel

Hold Your Next Conference or Special Event at a Hotel

With tons of professional staff, large event rooms and accommodations for comfortable overnight stays, there are a number of reasons why your next company conference or special event should be held at a hotel. Here are the top four reasons.

Accommodations for Attendees Coming From Out of Town

If guests are coming from out of town, to attend this conference, holding it at a hotel allows for the utmost convenience as the accommodations and event are all at one location.

Also, many hotels offer reduced rates to guests staying for conferences, making the hotel both a convenient and financially feasible choice.

Located in a City’s Urban Area

Hotels are often located in a city’s downtown core, in close proximity to restaurants and local entertainment. When your guests are not attending the conference, they can easily explore the town and visit different locations in their spare time.

Provides Amenities to Guests

When not at the conference, guests at the hotel will have access to hotel amenities–gym, pool, laundry services and more–which gives guests more options on how to spend their personal time. 

Often Have Designated Conference Rooms

Another benefit to hotels is they generally have designated conference rooms or event rooms that can be rented out. If there is a specific hotel that interests you, calling is generally the best way to attain further details. For example, whether or not their event room is available on the desired day, how many the space can seat and costs associated with renting the event room.  

Experienced Event Managers

In most cases, hotels have event managers on staff or professionals that they partner with to help you realize the vision you have for your conference or special event–from the catering to the seating arrangements. 

Seizing the Picture Perfect Moment

Seizing the Picture Perfect Moment

Photographs have become a staple on trips. These images help increase our awareness of our surroundings and allow us to enjoy special moments for years to come. Incorporate these tips on your next trip to return home with quality photos.

Be Spontaneous with Your Shots!

Don’t return from vacation with a collection of pictures where everyone is in planned poses. Introduce some creativity and originality to your pictures. A photograph should do more than show a person or object; it should capture their emotions in that moment.

Be Prepared for Those Perfect Moments

The perfect picture waits for no one. You must always be ready. Your smartphone is a worthy alternative, if a picture perfect moment arises–such as a sunset or rainbow–and you don’t have access to your camera.  

Give Your Kids an Opportunity with the Camera

This may sound like a terrible idea; however, under your watchful eye, allowing your child to take their own pictures gives them an opportunity to be creative and independent. It also provides you with a sneak preview in the mind of your child. Who knows, you might actually enjoy the world from their perspective!

Forgo Selfies for a Picture Taken By Someone Else

Yes, selfies can be fun but don’t be afraid to ask an individual passing by to snap a quick photo. Most people won’t mind at all! This is the best way to get a quality picture of yourself and any potential travel companions with you.

Include Locals in Your Pictures

Part of travelling to a new place is experiencing its culture and this is best done by immersing yourself with the local people. Capturing these moments in photos, enables you to bring these cultural experiences home with you and share them with family and friends.

Taste the Cuisine in Sudbury’s Latest Restaurants

Taste the Cuisine in Sudbury's Latest Restaurants

With such a diverse population, that’s continuously growing, many different cultural influences are represented in Sudbury’s social landscape. From local attractions to events and even dining options for the food we consume. Below are four of Sudbury’s latest and best-quality restaurants, each of which serves a different type of food.

Wagyu Japanese BBQ

Looking for authentic Japanese-style food in Sudbury? Wagyu Japanese BBQ is one of Sudbury’s newest restaurants, presenting customers with mouth-watering Japanese style BBQ.

In addition to tasty food, this restaurant also provides customers with a unique dining experience. At Wagyu Japanese BBQ, you will be cooking your food on a grill built into your table. For all those interested in an interactive dining experience, this is the restaurant for you.

Beards

If you’re vegan or just looking for delicious, healthy food options, Beards is a great option. This new vegan café, in Sudbury, offers both a relaxing atmosphere to sit and unwind or takeaway,  for those looking for good food on the run. Beards  serves pastries such as cookies, scones and cupcakes.

Cairo

Located in Sudbury’s downtown area, Cairo Café & Take–Away provides top-quality Egyptian food to all customers. Come through to experience exceptional shawarma, for which the café has developed a great reputation. With a 4.8 rating on Google reviews, the opinions of those who have visited this shop are a testament to the professionalism shown here.

Taco Sol

Adding to Sudbury’s diverse cuisine options, Taco Sol prepares genuine Mexican food in Sudbury’s downtown. All dishes are created with fresh ingredients, in-house. Enjoy entrees such as tacos or burritos and complement your main meal with a side of guacamole.

At Sudbury Quality Inn, our location in Sudbury’s downtown core puts us in close proximity to many of Sudbury’s restaurants and attractions. So, if you are looking for a relaxing stay and the best of what Sudbury has to offer, we are the place for you!

Planning Your Travel Itinerary

Planning your travel itinerary

Although spontaneously travelling to another country can sound adventurous and daring, it is not the best way to get the most out of your vacation. Taking time to plan your travel itinerary comes with several benefits such as keeping you organized on vacation, giving you a better sense of what a city has to offer and helping you make the most of your time.

Be Realistic

Consider your vacation’s length and your travel budget when choosing activities and places you want to visit. Doing research prior to your trip enables you to determine pricing and get a sense of which activities may be the busiest and harder to access. Also, online reviews can be a great way to feel out certain activities and see what others thought of the experience prior to signing up for it yourself. Performing proper research helps you narrow down your list of activities and spend your time where it really counts.

Schedule in a Free Day

Once at your travel destination, you may find areas of interest that you were unaware of when planning your trip. A free day provides you with an opportunity to visit those locations and adds some spontaneity to your trip. You can use this time to take a swim at your hotel pool, workout at the hotel gym or just explore the different shops and sights the city you’re in offers.

Consult with Other Travel Members

If you will be travelling with others, make sure to include them in the trip planning process. We all have different ideas of what the “ideal vacation” looks like. Taking the time to sit down with your travel companion(s), gives you the opportunity to share what you expect to get out of this trip and create a plan that everyone can enjoy.

Once you have created the final outline for your trip, make sure to leave a copy with a close friend or family member. This is a very important precaution to take. Should something serious happen while you’re gone, you have someone who knows where you went, how long you will be gone for and the best way to get in contact with you.

What to Do When Weather is Bad on Vacation

What to Do When Weather is Bad on Vacation

Sometimes nature’s plans don’t always align with ours. Torrential downpours, excessive snowfall or even strong winds can prevent you from taking part in your original outdoor activities.

Take Advantage of Hotel Amenities

You may not be able to go swimming in the lake anymore; however, what’s stopping you from enjoying the refreshing waters of your hotel swimming pool? Just because bad weather has removed outdoor activities as an option, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a hotel’s amenities.

Go Shopping or Explore Indoor Attractions

If heavy rains or snow are preventing you from exploring the outdoor aspects of a city, use this opportunity to checkout its indoor attractions, such as shopping centres. Sudbury is home to indoor attractions and activities, such as:

  • Dynamic earth;
  • Science North;
  • Or Arc Climbing

Brave the Elements

Bad weather conditions can quickly put a damper on outdoor plans (i.e., hiking, canoeing or a picnic in a park, etc.) Depending on the severity of the weather conditions and if you’ve packed appropriate clothing, you may still be able to carry on with your plans; however, it’s important to always make safety a top priority. Never participate in outdoor activities if unfavourable weather conditions put your safety at risk.

Catch Up On Sleep

Maybe your vacation has been filled with non-stop action and this provides the perfect opportunity to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. Whether that’s relaxing to your favourite TV show or just taking a nap, you can get the refresher you need to continue on with your trip and return home well rested.

 

Don’t let the weather dictate how much fun you have on your vacation, use these tips to get the most out of your trip. Here at Sudbury Quality Inn, we are proud to provide all our guests with top-quality service, so, even in the event of bad weather, the fun can still continue!

How to Avoid Getting Sick on Vacation

How to Avoid Getting Sick on Vacation

Has your vacation been brought to an abrupt halt, due to illness? Vacation is the perfect opportunity to leave the stresses of work and your daily responsibilities behind and have some much needed down time. Taking time to rest and relax is actually very important to us functioning at optimal performance while we are at work. So, what happens when sickness threatens to destroy your trip? Use these practical tips to avoid getting sick on vacation and should you find yourself ill make the best of the situation.

Regularly Wash Your Hands

We use our hands to interact with so much of the worlds around us. Unfortunately, our hands also come into contact with a large amount of germs as well. Whether you touch a staircase railing, doorknob or shake somebody’s hand, there are numerous ways for us to come in contact with germs that can cause illness.

Maintain a Healthy Diet on Vacation

Although vacation is often seen as the time to let loose of strict diets and self-indulge, maintaining a balanced diet is key to keeping a strong immune system that can fight off illness.

Eating a diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables helps you get high amounts of fiber, vitamins and potassium in your body. This keeps you strong and healthy and reduces your chances of getting sick.

Disconnect From Your Daily Responsibilities

A huge aspect of trips is the opportunity to disconnect from your work and home responsibilities and just enjoy your travel destination and the company of those around you. Stepping away from responsibilities allows us to de-stress, which comes with health benefits of its own. Stress is not only bad for our mental health but our immune system as well and makes us more susceptible to colds. 

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival

What was the last movie you watched? With so many genres, there are movies that appeal to all of us. Whether it’s opening a door into a life you never got to live or exploring an incredible new world, movies provide us with the opportunity to experience it. These unique characteristics of cinema have enabled it to entertain, inspire and educate us for decades.

With the huge impact cinema has in shaping and developing our culture, why not check out a festival dedicated to honouring superior films. This is the exact goal of the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, also known as the People’s Festival. Established in 1989, this event was mainly attended by locals – who at the time came from a mine-oriented community. Even then this three-day event was a success. With each passing year, the event has continued to grow, drawing in people from surrounding cities and even other countries.

Today the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, screens upwards of 125 films to the 34,000 attendees that come through. Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival is one of Canada’s premier film festivals and will be running from September 16–24, 2017. The films that are shown include full-length features, shorts, documentaries and animations.

At Sudbury Quality Inn, our location in downtown Sudbury gives you easy access to all of Sudbury’s events, such as the Film Festival, so, let us worry about accommodations while you enjoy your favourite events!