Tips For Moving To Another CountryWritten by Rod Morris
BE SURE - Moving can be extremely stressful, be as certain as you can be that it's right move for you before you go. If possible visit country before you make up your mind, don't rely on other people's impressions. Ask yourself if new culture will really suit you (and your family).
BE PREPARED - ...For anything and everything to go wrong. Don't assume that you'll be able to find perfect job or house immediately. If possible make sure you've got enough money to see you through first couple of months at very least (preferably longer). And to do that you'll need to...
BUDGET - As unglamorous as it sounds, good budgeting could be what makes difference between a successful relocation and a disaster. Before you go, work out what everything is going to cost during those crucial first months when you're trying to find your feet in a foreign land.
DON'T DELAY - Start preparing as early as possible, just getting all necessary paperwork in order can take a long time. Make a checklist of everything you need to do!
CHECK YOUR BENEFITS - If your company has initiated your move you may be eligible for relocation benefits. Make sure you ask if they haven't told you already!
HEALTH - Make sure that country you are moving to has adequate healthcare facilities and infrastructure to support you (and your family), especially if you suffer from a medical condition which requires treatment or medication.
Toronto, the New York City of CanadaWritten by Clint Leung
Toronto, my city of birth, is largest city in Canada with a population of about 3 million (5 million in greater area) and it keeps growing every year as it seems to be first city of choice for immigrants from around world. With over 100 languages spoken here, Toronto is most multicultural city in world according to United Nations. This is actually a good thing since Toronto can be a model for rest of world in regards to showing how it is possible for different people of many different cultures and faiths to get along peacefully. Friends of different racial backgrounds and religions can be found here where they would probably be enemies in other parts of world.
Having lived in Toronto for most of my life so far, I’m always amazed on how city has grown as a tourist destination. Torontonians seem to take world class attractions like CN Tower and Skydome for granted since many see it every day during their commute. Of course, CN Tower is a very worthwhile visit as a ride to top is a must for every visitor.
Toronto has one of best redeveloped harbourfronts anywhere. This area has boutiques at Queen’s Quay, restaurants, cafes and galleries. Nearby Ontario Place and Canadian National Exhibition are annual favorites among locals. This is also where one takes ferries across to Toronto Islands. The islands are all connected via bike paths and offer a unique view of Toronto cityscape as well as a nice break from busy downtown. Located on main island, Centreville is a petting zoo and small amusement park for kids.
The action is downtown and probably where most tourists should stay. Although hotels prices are higher in downtown than suburbs, Toronto traffic is unfortunately not getting any better so it is best to stay where commuting is kept at a minimum. There is a very efficient transit system for those who want to stay outside of downtown area though. A walk along Yonge Street near Eaton Centre mall will reveal wilder parts of Toronto life. For latest trends, Queen Street West is where funky boutiques and bars are. For upscale shopping, go to Bloor Street between Yonge and Avenue Road as well as Yorkville area.