Our AirBnB Host Cancelled On Us the Day Before We Arrived

Life certainly comes with its fair share of hiccups! One such hiccup is learning how to deal with unexpected cancellations when you’re travelling – like an AirBnB host cancelling the night before because of rats in their air ducts. Hiccups like this can be stressful – especially when last minute hotel deals in large cities come with hefty price tags and compromises. It might seem stressful when it happens, but there’s always something positive to be found!

For us, we ended up in a motel that was $50 more per night, but thankfully had free parking and it was located in a better a location than our cancelled AirBnB. We had to forego the luxury of a bigger bed and nicer furniture, but with the pluses of its central location, no parking fees, I think we really lucked out with our last minute booking arrangements!

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(VIDEO) – Chicago Road Trip Captured Two Ways

While blog posts about our itinerary are nice to share, nothing really beats seeing real human interaction. Itineraries are a great way to know where we went, but I think videos are a better way to get to know the people behind these itineraries. Although we may travel on the same trip, see the same sights, eat the same food, and laugh at the same jokes, what is memorable to one person might be completely different to the other.

Part of SYDE Road’s goal is to allow us to see a trip from multiple angles, different authors, and different photographers. With this in mind, Angelo and I made not one, but TWO video summaries of our road trip from Toronto to Chicago.

It was a fun challenge to see what kind of videos we could come up with at the end of the trip.  Armed with a couple dozen 1-minute footage clips, we each cobbled two different narratives for you to enjoy:

  • Dancing around Chicago’s backdrop
  • What we actually do as tourists

Videos after the jump!

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Quebec city and Montmorency Falls – Unplanned Road Trip

Winter view of the panoramic stairs near Montmorency Falls

Anson, Kent, and I don’t always travel together. The combination of time zone differences and drastically different work schedules make it difficult to co-ordinate a trip together. All of us still get the itch to travel so we’ll go off on our own individual side trips without each other – a SYDE dash trip if you will. Thanks to Family Day, we had a long weekend here in Ontario. So why not take a road trip to Quebec?

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Montreal and Mount Tremblant: Mixing Work with Play

Snowmaking machine and the morning sun on Mt Tremblant's trails

It all happened so fast…

A brief conversation about work, a clink of a few cups of green tea, a critical email, a chat, a quick visit to Liftopia.com …and just like that, we found ourselves in a car at 8 am on the first Saturday of 2017 driving east to Montreal with a receipt for one day pass ticket to Mount Tremblant in our inboxes.

The trip started out as an offhand idea thrown around while sipping tea in someone’s dining room. I don’t think we imagined that our little chat would ever become anything more than a daydream. Since mid-December, my company has been ‘maybe’ thinking of sending me to Montreal for training in the second week of January. This would be the first time I would travel since onboarding training and I was anxious to ensure that it would happen. What a great way to start the year! What would be even more amazing was if I could somehow incorporate a mini-vacation with this too. We’ve lamented in the past over how work travel perks (e.g. sending your ‘spouse’ aka friend over to visit the client’s city) could be better utilised. This conversation was no different.

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