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Reasons to Rent: Why You Should Never Rush a Condo Buy

A condo is a very large investment. For one, it costs a heck of a lot of money – and in many cases, your purchase will be costing you more in the first few months as you pay off loans and fix the place up. However, as property investments go, owning a condominium is a good way to increase the value of some of your equity, and if the condominium’s board of owners allows it, you could be putting some of that money to work by renting your condo out. Like any big purchase, however, it’s important to be extremely mindful of the cons before you jump on the pros of a purchase as a reason to buy anything in the condominium market. If you feel like you’re ready to make a big property decision in your life, it’s important to know whether or not getting a condominium is really what you want – not just now, but three, five, ten years from now as well. So let’s go over six very simple reasons why rushing to buy a condo is never a wise move, even at the sight of what seems like a great deal: A Condo Is A Long-term Investment Don’t go into a condo buy thinking that the price tag you see is about as much as you’ll have to afford. Condo owners, regardless of whether they’re paying mortgage or not, still have to pay monthly maintenance fees and premiums for fire insurance, etc. It will most certainly take a little while before your big condominium purchase will make you money. The factors that you’ll be depending on include the strength of the housing market in the near and far future, and the interest for condominiums in your area. If you’re buying a condo in order to watch its value rise for a resale later on, or to rent it out to couples and families in the area, then you’ll do best to speak with a professional investment advisor about what options are safest for you and your money. Otherwise, buy a condo to live in it. And if it’ll make you some money in the future, great. In fact, you...

Canada Cares: Youth Programs and the National Parks

Canada Cares: Youth Programs and the National Parks

Oct 30, 2015

National parks are protected areas of stunning countryside that house a diverse mixture of flora and fauna. Canada currently has 37 national parks spread out over its 13 provinces with plans to add many more over the coming years. National parks are ideal places to take children whether for camping holidays or a short visit, and many parks offer games and activities that appeal to kids of all ages. Parks Canada has introduced a number of programs designed to get children interested in nature and encourage them to spend time in some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places the world has to offer. Learn to Camp Camping vacations are ideal ways to experience the great outdoors and teach children valuable skills that will last a lifetime. For families that have yet to experience the fun of a camping trip, Parks Canada offers camping lessons to help prepare children for their first outdoor adventures. Experienced guides are on hand to teach children how to put up a tent, how to cook outdoors and what equipment is necessary for a safe and enjoyable camping trip. Camping is only allowed in designated areas of national parks, and it is advisable to check with Parks Canada to see which parks offer camping amenities. My Parks Pass The My Parks Pass is a fantastic scheme that gives children currently in Grade 8 free entry to all national parks for a year whether they visit with their family or as part of a school trip. The scheme also gives students the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to a national park, historic site, or marine conservation area for their entire class. Parents of grade 8 pupils can order a My Parks Pass online from the main website. Off-roading is one of the best ways to explore everything that Canada’s national parks have to offer, and a Atlantic Dodge dealer can offer some excellent deals on four-wheel drive vehicles. Heritage Chocolate What better way to get kids interested in the outdoors than by offering them chocolate? Heritage chocolate events are held at various historic sites and are designed to teach children about the role chocolate production has played in Canada’s...

Ontario Parks: Smart Safety Strategies for Campers

Ontario Parks: Smart Safety Strategies for Campers

Feb 28, 2015

Ontario’s extraordinary parks are home to majestic wilderness terrain and pristine lakes and rivers. It’s only natural that you’d want to check out RamTruckOffers.ca and then head out in your new truck to explore Ontario’s most extraordinary outdoor spaces. Before you head out on a hike, however, be sure to consider the following safety tips that will make your camping experience a safe rather than harrowing adventure. Know the Weather When preparing for your camping trip, be sure to check the weather reports for the region you are heading. You’ll definitely want to pack accordingly. Even if there’s only a slight chance for rain, make sure you pack a rain poncho and a tarp to throw over your campsite in case a storm blows in to catch you off guard. Naturally, you’ll need to pack plenty of warm clothes if you are camping in fall or spring, but even summer evenings can get cool. Bring a Map A map and a compass are essential when camping anywhere in Ontario’s wilderness lands. An expert camper isn’t likely to get lost in Ontario’s big sky country, because an expert camper would never forget to bring a compass and map along. The more detailed the map, the better off you will be in case you find yourself lost on a hike. Don’t Attract Bears When camping in Ontario, be advised that the province is home to a thriving population of black bears. These predators have been responsible for fatal attacks. You can reduce the likelihood of a bear attack on your camp by eliminating any food scraps from your camp site and keeping all food out of sight–and preferably locked in airtight containers that will prevent its scent from attracting bears. It’s a good idea to have Ontario-approved pepper spray on you in case you come across a bear during your hike. Know Where to Find Emergency Services From slips and falls to encounters with wildlife, any number of unexpected events can occur when you’re camping in Ontario’s parks. Be sure you know where to find emergency services in case someone in your party needs medical assistance. Bring your cell phone to the parks as coverage is...

How To Rent An Apartment On Travel Trip?

How To Rent An Apartment On Travel Trip?

Nov 25, 2014

For some people, staying in hostels is their number one choice. This is probably because they love the companies of others and would like to socialize while traveling alone. As for me, I can be in between. There are times when I like the environment of a hostel where everything seems to be livelier than staying in an apartment. But what if you need a personal time and want to try renting an apartment on travel trip? Well, here’s a few ways to determine how you can do it : What Is Apartment Rental For Travelers? Basically, individuals and companies will often advertise their apartments on sites. Instead of paying for a hotel or hostel, you will be staying in someone’s apartment. The process of booking is pretty much the same as any other type of accommodation. First, you will need to go online and find the sites you like. Then, you search through for apartment and create and account. After that you will book a place and when they’ve finally verified you, you will be able to talk tothe apartment’s owner. Major apartment rental operators are Airbnb, Home Away, 9flats, Wimdu and Roomorama. (image by : University of Nottingham)   Who Is This For? Personally, apartment rental are for business travelers, couples, families or anyone who will be spending a long time in a single place. They apparentsly do not want to spend the whole week in a hostel but are not able to afford the Hilton as well. Therefore, renting an apartment is the best option for these people. It represents in-between space of hostel and hotel. If you’re a businessman and traveling for business purpose, you won’t probably choose hostel if you long for the comfort of home. However, we all know how expensive hotel can be. Therefore, renting an apartment is the perfect compromise of your dilemma. How Much Is Renting An Apartment Will Cost? Are they safe enough? Just like hostel and hotel, renting an apartment during travel trip will vary accordingly. In general, the price is about half of what you will pay in a hotel. Even though they are as good as hostel in term of bargain...

Fantastic Island Views In Vanuatu

Fantastic Island Views In Vanuatu

Nov 20, 2014

There are 83 islands making up the archipelago of Vanuatu which, I must say, offer fantastic island views. Other than that, Vanuatu boasts the unforgettable Pacific hospitality, beautiful rainforests, landscapes and great diving activities with lots of fish. When being compared to other Pacific Islands which tend to be expensive, Vanuatu is actually a lot more cheaper since it is not yet a “hotspot” for tourists. Some of the places to visit include the Mele Cascades, Port Villa, Chief Roi Mata’s Domain, Hideaway Island Marine Reserve, Mystery Island and the Vanuatu Jungle Zipline. Accommodation and Food There are a lot of budget hotels around Vanuatu and I was not quite surprised to know that Vanuatu does not have a lot of hostels around. I paid USD40 for a doubke room but the range can raise until USD60. Shop around for the best price and best service before you settle in. That always work out for me. As for the food, casual local meals and lunch had cost me about USD15 per serving but this could get to USD40 if I would spend on a nice hotel dinner. The food vary accordingly though just like any other places. (image by: carawah)   Transportation and Activities There are public transportation in Vanuatu, so you don’t have to worry about it. For each way on bus, the ticket would cost me about USD1.50. When I went to Hideaway Island, I was told that there were free ferry rides to a few islands. I took advantage of the free ferry rides to Hideaway Island and saved on my budget. In Port Villa, the taxis can cost slightly higher than the bus ride. So unless you need to take a taxi ride, do avoid this if you don’t feel like paying more. Activities in Vanuatu are relatively priced. For USD28, I went for snorkeling for a day and the admission to the Cascade waterfalls was about USD22. Tips On Money Saving First, when you arrive in Port Villa, do exchange your money because it often have bette rate than anywhere else around Vanuatu. Then, if you’re planning to see the Cascades, I would definitely recommend taking the bus for...

Dracula Country Called Romania

Dracula Country Called Romania

Nov 15, 2014

The most ridiculous I had ever heard of while planning my trip to Romania was when someone told me that Dracula could be found in that country. I went there, half-expecting it was true but I came back with disappointment. No, Dracula doesn’t exist in Romania’s tourism. But if you’re looking for beautiful countryside, wonderful people, stunning architecture and the delicious food, Romania can give all of these. Accommodation and Food For a night in a hostel dorm, I paid USD8 but the range can go up until USD10 per night. If you’re looking for a private double room, the range is between USD35-USD40 for each night. As for the hotel, the cost is about USD40 for a double room in a cheap, 2-star hotel. Yes, food is relatively cheap in the country with most of my small meals cost me about USD5 per serving. However, in major tourist cities like Sighisoara or Brasov, restaurants would charge about USD25 for meals with drinks. I didn’t cook during my stay but some of the travelers I met had claimed that groceries cost them about USD40 per week. (image by : Sofica )   Transportation and Activities A single journey ticket on city buses or trains cost me about USD1 and USD10 per ride was the cost I paid for intercity trains and buses. A second-class ticket is rarely higher than USD20. Most places of attractions and museums would cost me between USD5-USD10. I didn’t spend a lot of money in Romania, not because I was being cheap. But it was because the country itself was cheap enough for budget traveler like me. Apart from tips on couchsurfing, cooking your own food and eating local meal, I don’t really have any other tricks to share on how to save your budget. Because traveling to Romania don’t really need you to spend a lot of money. What Did I Do In Romania? Well, one of the first things I did when I arrived in Romania was wandering through Alexandru Borza Botanic Gardens which is situated in Cluj Napoca. It features Japanese garden, a rose garden, an observation tower and even rolling green hills. Secondly, I went to...