Hostel International and Moose Travel Network Promo trip to Whistler

Guess what we did the other day? Well, our PR Team went on a trip to Whistler!
It was a promotional tour organized by Hostelling International and Moose Travel Network.

We started out meeting at Doolin’s Comfort Inn and took off at 3.30pm.IMG_1036
After about an hour drive we made an intermediate stop at Shannon Falls which has really beautiful scenery. Following our break there, we moved on to the HI-Whistler Hostel close to 2010’s Olympic Village.
At that point we were all pretty hungry, so Remy (one of our tour guides from Moose) fired up the BBQ while the rest of the group was shown the hostel’s facilities.
After eating our hamburgers, hotdogs and salads, everything became quite fast-paced. We quickly got ready because we wanted to catch the bus for a night out at the Village which turned out to be a Pub Crawl! That’s right. We visited several bars and clubs where we could 1 free drink at each one! We even ran into countless bachelors and bachelorettes. The Pub Crawl was crazy fun!

The next morning breakfast was pretty early from 7.45am-8.15am. The reason we forced ourselves out of bed after such a night? That’s because we had a mission. We had to return to Whistler Village. This time, it was in order to go zip-lining. Now, what is that exactly? First, you are strapped into a harness from which you will then hang and ride across a wire hundreds of meters above ground at speeds up to 80km/h! I have to admit that I have a slight fear of heights which made me quite nervous on the first zip line. However, a few seconds after jumping off and realizing I’m not going to die, the experience was incredible!

For anyone out there who’s fighting against a fear of heights as well, this is a great first step to conquering it. I was even a little disappointed that we could only go for 5 times.

Afterwards, we had a drink at the Longhorn Saloon and made our way back home to Vancouver, stopping at the Porteau Cove for an in-between break.

 

Thank you Moose Travel Network and Hostelling International for this great trip!

Hostel International and Moose Travel Network Promo trip to Whistler

This past weekend INTERNeX was invited to join Moose Travel Network and Hostelling International for a trip to Whistler.
Whistler is located about 1.5 hours from Vancouver and is famous for it’s slopes. During winter time the village is packed with people who like to go skiing and snowboarding. But year round there is so much more to do around Whistler, such as mountain biking, hiking, and zip lining! Also, in 2010 the Olympic Winter Games were held in Whistler and that is why Hostelling International decided to build a place where the athletes could stay: Hostelling International Olympic Village. After the Olympic Games the hostel opened to the public and now hosts many international travellers who come to visit Whistler.
The Moose bus was waiting for us on Granville Street and took us to Whistler at 3pm last Saturday June 6th. We had a group of about 13 people which we got to know better during the ride. On our way we stopped at the Shannon Falls, which was amazing, because the weather was absolutely perfect and there was no rush whatsoever. Everyone strolled around for a bit and after half an hour we continued our journey to Whistler. The sea-to-sky highway is incredible. It runs 400 kilometres from the US border, through British Columbia, all the way up north. As mentioned before, the highway is amazing! It runs along the Pacific ocean which means that there are so many beautiful views on the ocean and the surrounding nature.
When we arrived in Whistler the group split up and went to their rooms to put away their belongings. After that Claire, working for Hostelling International, gave us a tour through the building and told us more about the Olympic Games and how the hostel hosted the athletes. The building is quite new, as it was only built in 2010, and looks great!
Both Moose Travel Network and Hostelling International had prepared a barbecue dinner for the group including many beers! We sat outside in the sun on the patio while we enjoyed our beers and burgers. It was a cozy atmosphere. Anthony, working for Hostelling International as well, had organized a Bar Hop for our group, and so we left the Olympic Village for Whistler Village and had a great night out with many more drinks and great people!
The next morning we had to wake up early for an exciting day. We were going to go zip-lining. Zip-lining is when you fly down through the forest while being tucked into a harness. So much fun! Ziptrek Ecotours organized an Eagle tour for us. With awesome tour guides we started our journey through the forest experiencing different lines. The first line was most exciting as no one actually knew what to expect – but it is amazing and went sooo fast! People even conquered their fear of heights, what an achievement!
The zip-lining tour took about 2.5 hours and after that we decided to have a drink to enjoy Whistler a little longer. We ordered some beers and Caesars which made our hangover disappear. As soon as we hit the road back to Vancity most of us fell asleep immediately. Along the way we made another stop at Howe Sound to enjoy the sun a little and stroll around for a bit.
We arrived back in Vancouver at 4.30pm and there’s nothing left to say but thank you Moose Travel Network and Hostelling International for this trip to Whistler. We enjoyed!

INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

It’s not that everyone talks to strangers on the bus in Germany (not at all actually) but over here it seems to me as if people completely shut themselves off when they’re on public transit. As a rough estimate, I’d say there are at least 90% of people on buses and trains who are using earphones and/or constantly tapping away on their smart phones. I do like music too and I am not too keen on making friends on the bus either but nevertheless, it is an irritating behavior for me since where I am from, people still read books and newspapers on their way to work – how old school of them, I know! 😉

Simon, one of our colleagues at INTERNeX, recently came into the office with a flyer in his hand. It said “Say HI on the bus” and obviously aimed at making people acknowledge other riders and interact with each other on public transit rather than listening to music and facebooking. There is this one bus driver in Vancouver who started this initiative and consistently asks his guests to take a moment and say “hi” to the person sitting next to one, see how their day is going and find a way to relate to him or her. Apparently, Simon had a blast on this bus ride chatting to random people and even singing songs with a bunch of strangers. Sounds like fun to me!! The bus driver’s last advice on the flyer is “Be good to yourself. Be kind to each other.” I think this whole project is a super cool idea, so maybe keep it in mind and wish someone a good day the next time you’re getting off the bus, you would make somebody happy and yourself too. 🙂

What is your experience with public transit in Vancouver? Is it different to where you are from? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Hope you’re having a nice Sunday!

Cheers

Marianne

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: SmartSaver Vancouver

As most young travelers we all try to spend as little money as we can so we are able to go to more places. A hostel, as we all know, is a great opportunity for us to save on accommodation. HI is the world’s largest budget accommodation network that helps us to keep our money where it belongs – in our pockets. But beside the low prices they always offer, there is a special treat for hostel bookers right here in BC. You shouldn’t miss the chance to visit beautiful Whistler and stay in the HI-Whistler.

Not only is the hostel brand-new and chic, the house has a special history as it was originally used as part of the Whistler Athletes’ Village during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games! This hostel has amazing facilities including an onsite café, a large self-catering kitchen, and a BBQ on the deck. Additionally, there is a TV lounge, fireplace and free pool table – great place to spend your evenings at no cost. More free things are Wi-Fi access, on-site parking and an equipment storage for bikes in summer and snowboards in winter.

But there is more for your low-cost stay in Whistler! Get more free entertainment with the hostel’s free movie nights and popcorn or stretch in yoga classes after a hard day in the mountains. HI Whistler offers their guests even more cheap and discounted activities that can be booked at the front desk. They have it all: from Whistler Brewing Company Tours to zip lining, from club crawls to sport equipment renting!

You can save even more on activities, transportation and overnight rates with an HI membership! Check out their discount partners that even include bungee jumping! Memberships can be now purchased at the INTERNeX office!
SPECIAL NOW! For INTERNeX candidates HI Whistler offers an exclusive deal: get $8 off a private room and $4 off a multi-share for up to 2 nights! Just pick up the vouchers at the INTERNeX office and save in Whistler! Use this summer to see Whistler – the vouchers are valid until September 30th 2012.
For more information and other awesome activities and deals take a look at the HI Whistler website!

     

Cheers,

Your PR-Team

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com