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Weekly Travel Roundup: Has coronavirus altered your vacation plans?

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Plus, four other travel stories that were trending on Canada.com this week.

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Canada is a big place and so is the internet. You can’t be expected to read all of the travel news out there. Each week, we round-up five of the most-read travel stories on Canada.com.

This is what everyone was clicking on this week.

You’re not alone: COVID-19 is ruining a lot of Canadians’ vacations

Passengers wearing a respiratory mask check in at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan, in one of Italy’s quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020.
Passengers wearing a respiratory mask check in at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan, in one of Italy’s quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA /AFP via Getty Images

It’s getting hard to talk about travel without mention of COVID-19 (coronavirus). With borders shutting down, airlines cancelling flights and governments urging citizens to avoid non essential travel, going anywhere for leisure is going to have to wait. One experienced journalist shares her thoughts on why she’s cancelling her international travel plans and what that means for her. Surely, many of us can relate.

Canadian March Break also heavily impacted by coronavirus

Why travelling with your kids is one of the best things you can do

Thousands of Canadians have spent hours on the phone with airlines and travel agents this week in order to cancel their March Break trips. Are you one of them? This week, we look at why you should definitely be taking a staycation this March Break to help curb the global spread of coronavirus and reduce your risk and others around you. Even though you should be practicing social distancing, there are still ways to enjoy spending time together as a family that don’t involve going out into large groups.

Still going out to support local business? These are the best tacos and tequila spots in Toronto

Taste Toronto’s top tacos at these Mexican restaurants
Taste Toronto’s top tacos at these Mexican restaurants Photo by Xavier Crook/Unsplash

Here in Canada, we’re not yet at a point where everyone is being told to self isolate. So, why not eat a taco and drink some tequila while you talk about it? It’ll help numb the feeling that the world is not so slowly unraveling at the seams and at the very least, fill your belly with delicious eats. Toronto is arguably the best spot in the country for authentic Mexican food and there’s no shortage of spots to try, like El Rey’s epic mezcal offering (they have nearly 40), Taco Rico’s all-vegetarian menu and, of course, Leslieville’s Chula Taberna, which does one of the best carnitas around.

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Here’s how to get credit card points pay for your next trip

Credit card travel: everything you need to know about paying with points
It’s possible to travel on points exclusively. Photo by Photo by Shifaaz shamoon /Unsplash

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as putting all of those hard-earned credit card points that you’ve collected over the past year or two to use on a vacation. According to travel agent and globetrotting extraordinaire, Ivona Siniarska, waiting to put them towards travel rather than putting a small amount towards household items or tech gadgets is actually the best bang for your buck. If you’re not using a credit card that earns points for flights, hotels and dining experiences, you’re going to want to read our story about the best cards and what to consider when choosing one.

Is Whitehorse the most underrated city in Canada?

Yukon dog sledding
Yukon dog sledding Photo by Yukon Government

As Canadians, we don’t do nearly enough exploring in our own backyard. The cost to travel within Canada rivals that of somewhere more much exotic, but given the current climate, many of us might be sticking closer to home for longer than we think. One of the most underrated parts of Canada: the city of Whitehorse. It can be a haul to get to the Yukon, but as we learn this week, it’s actually an incredible outdoor paradise for anyone looking to get away from it all. From cozy and relaxing accommodations to adrenaline pumping activities (think snowmobiling, dog sledding and more), there’s something for every type of traveller.

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