When Canada gets cold, Canadians tend to prefer places where the sun shines and the air doesn’t hurt your face. Unfortunately, that desire for a winter escape usually means crossing the border.
But what if everything you wanted out of a vacation was right here in your own country? What if we made an effort to visit the parts of our country we know nothing about? Our guest is something of an expert in that department. In 15 years Rick Mercer travelled to over 500 places in Canada for his show, The Rick Mercer Report, and he says we could all benefit from seeing more of our land.
Sometimes the best way to take in a city, region or even country is by driving through it. Other times, taking a road trip might be the cheapest way to get there. Whatever the reason, you buckle up, hunker down with your favourite snacks and take in everything the drive has to offer. Smelly bathrooms and all.
But how do you decide between renting a car or taking your own? If you do rent, how do you get the most bang for your buck? What about extended journeys, should you get an RV? And how do you make the most of the route between destinations?
It’s all in the details says this week’s guest, Amanda Lee. She’s a freelance writer who has taken road trips in almost every vehicle you can think of, and she’s still accumulating mileage.
Standing between every traveller and their next destination is a border crossing, and inevitably, a border services official. Regardless of how many places you’ve been, or officials you’ve dealt with, there’s always a sense of tension and fear when crossing a border—even if you’re entirely innocent. This week we’re talking to Robin Esrock, an international best-selling travel writer, about how to conduct yourself as a traveller at any border. Then we’re asking Border Services Officer, Tamara Lopez, from the Canada Border Services Agency, about how officials see the interaction from the other side of the glass.