Friday, May 13, 2022

Canada Shopping Recommendations

The initial information and services to start an overseas travel or shopping trip can be provided by travel agencies or airlines and should include health insurance and emergency services.

We suggest lots of research using publications, travel guides, travel books, traveller experiences, talk to friends who have already travelled to where you want to go, internet sources - websites, blogs and newsletters.

When planning your trip to Canada or the USA students have to consider the weather. Students may have to shop for winter clothes if they are staying in late fall or during the cold winter months.

To pre-plan your Canadian accommodation there are a wide variety of choices: homestay, homestay tutors, hostels, boarding residences, furnished Apartments, AirBnB's, hotels, flat rentals or longer term purchasing real estate.

To pre-plan your local transportation from the airport there are a variety of options and choices: taxi and limousine services, airport buses, public transportation or the ride sharing services..

For on-going local transportation there are car rentals, car leases or for longer term use - purchase a car. Many visitors buy monthly passes and use the public transportation systems to travel everywhere. You can even buy a bicycle and get around faster and cheaper in many of the cities.

For the out of town locations many students will rent a car and travel together. Most car rental agencies and car share apps will rent to students or visitors over age 23 with an international driving license. There are many student and group van and bus tour companies that offer inexpensive travel and group discounts.

To pre-plan your Canadian financial services with: travelers cheques, banking services, bank accounts with debit cards and credit cards and the many online payment systems.

To pre-plan your Canadian telephone with local phone services, long distance phone services, long distance phone cards, cell phones and landline based or wireless internet service providers. Most students or visitors with family able to use computers and internet programs can use VOIP, SKYPE, Zoom, Facetime, Messenger, Meet or WhatsApp for live video chats computer to computer.

To pre-plan your computer needs with tablets, desktops or laptop computers and mobile internet phone devices. There are basic ISP internet connection formats: dial-up or high speed DSL or fibre, and hardwire or wireless. Link to view some internet service providers.

To pre-plan your study supplies: school supplies, electronic dictionary and translator, textbooks, reading books, book stores, magazines, newspapers and online publications.

To pre-plan your meals you will need food. In Canada there are grocery stores, specialty food stores, restaurants, take out and food delivery available. You can budget your time and food and plan your meals with lots of options.

You can supplement your healthy lifestyle with personal trainers and health consultants, dieticians, exercise coaches, fitness and health clubs.

To pre-plan your Canadian shopping with locations of discount outlet malls, shopping malls, and specialty stores. There is extensive catalogue and online internet shopping, coupons and online group buying programs. If you are a student and qualify for one of the many international student discount cards there are lists of available product and service discounts.

To pre-plan your entertainment and visits with lists of tourist attractions, professional sports teams, festivals, celebrations, performing arts, dance and night clubs, radio, TV and cable, tours, cruises and study tours.

To stay longer in Canada you may want to consult with immigration services, immigration lawyers, investment in Canada entrepreneur programs, USA business immigration programs, business development program consultants, Business immigration programs, business lawyers, tax lawyers, retirement lawyers, retirement consultants, RSP, RRSP and RESP advisors.

We will publish consumer information and shopping recommendations based on site inspections, research, analysis, expert evaluations and industry comparisons. We will try to establish a fair and open criteria from the consumer point of view.

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