5 Steps To Becoming a TICO Certified Travel Counsellor or Supervisor/Manager In Ontario

All individuals wishing to sell travel services in Ontario must meet TICO’s Education Standards and obtain the required Travel Counsellor Certification.  It’s the law. There are two levels of exams, the Travel Counsellor Exam for those who wish to sell or counsel for the purpose of selling travel services on behalf of an Ontario registered…

3 Ways To Tell If A Home-Based Travel Agency Is Registered

Travel is a global industry and like many other global industries, the trend of working out of home and being mobile has crossed over in a big way. In Ontario, the travel industry has experienced a dramatic increase in home-based travel agencies and travel counselors working as outside sales representatives on behalf of travel agencies….

7 Tips To Avoid A Travel Scam When Buying Airline Tickets Online

  When searching for the best online deal for airfares, it pays to be cautious. Falling for a travel scam is fairly common and people are regularly tricked into thinking they’re getting an amazing deal when they book a flight online, only to find out too late that they were conned.

5 Travel Tips to Navigate the New Dual Canadian Citizen Entry Passport Rules

If you’re a Canadian citizen with dual citizenship, you can now only fly into the country if you have a valid Canadian passport. This is a recent change as of November 10, 2016. Let’s say you have dual citizenship in Canada and the United Kingdom. Previously, you may have been able to fly to Canada…

10 Travel Tips for Crossing the Canadian/US Border

Thinking about popping down from Canada to the U.S. for a quick road trip? Maybe you want to go shopping, cheer on your favourite team, do some sightseeing, or visit friends and family. Keep in mind that if you’re travelling at peak times, wait times at the border can be painfully long. But with some…

How to Protect Yourself from 2 Common Vacation Scams

As the weather gets colder in Canada, the number of vacation scams heat up. With more people longing for winter travel getaways, fraudsters have more potential victims to target. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) issued a warning bulletin (link to the PDF) outlining two of the most common vacation scams targeting Canadians at this time…

Take the Travel Industry Act Survey – Have Your Say Ontario!

The Ontario Government is currently updating the Travel Industry Act and Consumer Services is inviting you to provide your input! We are encouraging you, the consumer, to fill out a short survey to help the Ontario Government identify areas that will better protect you and your travel investments. This includes bus tours or vacation packages with flight(s)…

Traveling Solo? 9 Travel Safety Tips to Stay Safe

There are plenty of perks to traveling alone. You can do what you like, see what you want, and go anywhere that interests you without having to worry about the whims of your travel companion. Traveling is usually safe, but it’s always important to be alert and aware of your surroundings. You want to be…

Destination Wedding Cancelled? 4 Travel Tips to Avoid Paying More to Still Go

Unfortunately, it happens. The destination wedding you were looking forward to gets cancelled. While you feel sorry about the couple’s change of heart, you or some of the other guests or family members in your group may still want to go to the destination regardless, especially if you’ve booked time off work or if it’s…

8 Backpacking Travel Tips For Students

Planning to head off on a backpacking trip? In the lead up to your next big adventure, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the pre-trip excitement which can cause you to forget and miss even the most obvious things. Some basic backpacking tips can go a long way to ensuring that you…