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   Winter 2017-18 Issue  

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The Yucatan is so close to home yet has been elusive for ages. It was a long-awaited visit and first impressions were fabulous and long lasting.    (More)

 

It was 1:03 am, but Bangkok was as alive as ever. An immense sense of excitement canceled out the jetlag I felt, as I stood on my 49th floor balcony of the five-star Chatrium Hotel. I had an aerial view of this metropolis of grandeur, the traditional long-tail boats drifting down the river and street vendors selling their homemade pad Thai. The rhythm of this city is like none I have experienced. I smiled.     (More)

 

This would be my third visit to this wonderful city. I feel that I have been very lucky to have spaced out my trips and seen it develop over time. My first was in my late teens, and since then I would rediscover some of my favourite places and note the great changes to this cosmopolitan capitol of Spain.   (More)

 

The heat is on! Those who delight in Japanese cuisine are familiar with freshly grated wasabi, that searing, light green, pungent paste that is often mixed with soy sauce, into which delicate slices of sashimi and sushi are immersed and then savoured.    (More)  

 

AmaWaterways  Avalon  Azamara  Carnival  Celebrity  Costa  Crystal  Cunard  Disney  Holland-America  Hurtigruten  MSC  Norwegian  Oceania  Ponant  Princess  Regent  Royal-Caribbean  Scenic  Seabourn  SeaDream  Silversea  Star-Clippers  Uniworld  Viking  Windstar       (More)

 

This would be our third river cruise with Viking, this time through the wonderful region of Bordeaux. We looked forward to this trip as we have really appreciated our last two cruises, they were certainly memorable ones.   (More)

 

“Welcome aboard Miss Balsinger. Enjoy this glass of bubbly and may we assist you in settling in?” What a way to begin. I strolled the red carpet towards the majestic Seabourn Quest, docked delicately in the Stockholm harbor, ready to embark on a seven-day journey through the Baltics.   (More)

 

Cruise travel is becoming the vacation of choice around the world, quickly outpacing leisure or land-based travel. In fact, according to industry research, over the ten years from 2004 to 2014, global cruise vacations have grown faster in popularity than global land-based vacations by a 20 percent margin.    (More)

 

The World Tourism Alliance + Vienna + Good-To-Go Travel Gear 
World Expeditions + Ethiopia + Warner Brothers + Grand Roue
Turkish Airlines + The Travel Corporation + Tropical Tidbits 
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As a seasoned travel writer specializing in the tropics, I know full well that island tourism boards hate it when you even mention the “H” word (hurricane). They much prefer if you use the words ‘tropical storm’ if you must mention it at all. But this past season there was no getting around it. Many major hurricanes ripped through the islands, and left many totally devastated. It was a season like no other.   (More)

 

At the foot of the Andes lies the town of Mendoza, the home of some of the most famous Argentinian wines. The region is actually home to 1500 different wineries. The city has a laid back feel and none ever seems to be in a rush. Clean and livable, this city is a stark contrast to the capital Buenos Aires.     (More)

 

When we travelled to Huangshan, like most tourists, the first thing on our agenda was Huangshan Mountain, also known as the Yellow Mountain, a UNESCO Heritage site. Properly the most famous of China’s mountains, it is much sought after by painters, photographers and poets.     (More)

 

Cartagena is a major port of call for cruise ships from across the globe, bringing around 350,000 visitors each year. Entry into the Bahía de Cartagena is a dramatic one, as the ships pass through ruins of old Spanish forts.     (More)

 

The Montage Beverly Hills - New China Hotels - Naia Resort and Spa           Puntacana Resort & Club, DR - Courtyard by Marriott in Ginza       
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This was the perfect get-away. Start with a gorgeous, newly built resort on a secluded sandy beach with blue skies and hot sunny weather. Add to that some genuinely friendly Mexican hospitality, fabulous cuisine and beautiful natural surroundings and you get a vacation stay like no other.    (More)

 

The red and gold flag of Montenegro flutters in the breeze on the heights of the San Giovani Fortress, as you climb the last of the 1350 steep stone steps. From a small observation platform, the views from the base of the flag pole showcase Boka Katorska Bay on which the ancient city of Kotor lies...    (More) 

 

‘“Have you tried the pizza, yet?” my family asked whenever I phoned home on a recent visit to the Windy City. “Not yet,” I’d reply. “But I will.”    (More) 

 

From destinations on the rebound, to places where events and investments are making it more exciting or accessible to visit, the adventure pros at G Adventures have been combing through their list of trip destinations to forecast the hot spots and new spots for adventure in 2018. The result is a mix of destinations that blend some of the tourism industry’s perennial favourites, with up-and-coming contenders for the all-valuable tourist dollar.    (More) 

 

I recently had the privilege of traversing thorough Brazil and experiencing true magic in the Southern Hemisphere. Visiting its multiple cities is a great way to introduce yourself to the rich and fascinating culture of Brazil. But the truth is, once you venture to surrounding areas, you come to realize that each place bears a specific and nuanced charm that can be traced back to its respective beginnings.    (More) 

 

Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood are Brother Grimm’s fairy tales we’re all familiar with. But have you heard of the Town Musicians of Bremen? I hadn’t until I visit Bremen, a city located along the Weser River in northwest Germany. Both the tale and the city turn out to be charming.    (More) 

 

Not a lot of people were walking the streets of Dawson City at 6:30 am. In fact, many had just gone to sleep. This was the Discovery Days weekend, celebrating the discovery of gold on Rabbit Creek on August 16, 1896. The anticipation of finding more gold in the area and the wild dreams of sudden wealth resulted in the Creek being renamed “Bonanza Creek” only five days later.     (More)