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Fall 2014 Issue

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People residing in the Hunan Province often consider themselves lucky, as many claim it’s one of the most beautiful areas of mainland China. With surrounding mountains, gorgeous waterways and bountiful acreage for vibrant agriculture, the richness of the land is hard to not fall in love with.  (More)


About midway between the east coast of the United States and mainland Portugal sits the Azores, a collection of nine islands scattered over several hundred nautical miles. The closest point to Europe from the United States, the Azores were once the one-and-only stopping-off point for ocean voyagers traveling between the two continents.   (More)


My son Glenn looks incredulous. He whispers: “Rs.300 for an eight hour cruise? That’s less than CA$8.00. Is the boat safe?” I nod and whisper back. “It’s not a luxury boat – but yes, it’s perfectly safe.”    (More)


With incredible natural beauty, unique wildlife, fabulous food and wine, and fascinating Maori culture, visiting New Zealand is often considered a bucket list trip. However, a dream vacation doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg – there are many ways to see the country on a budget.   (More)


In 2013, my wife Vicki and I were fortunate to lead a dedicated wildlife holiday to the Indian Ocean ‘island’ of Madagascar. A year later, I am still unsure how I feel about the country that I had dreamed of visiting since reading Gerald Durrell’s “The Aye-Aye and I” as a child. It is a place of enormous contrasts, the gravity of which I’ll endeavour to encapsulate here.  (More)


Join us as we explore the worldly cities of Beijing & Dalian, the magnificent provinces of  Shanxi, Guangdong, Henan, Qinghai and the legendary Silk Road.  (More)


Pristine, primal attractions coupled with world class creature comforts prove that nature and luxury can coexist in harmony.    (More)


Situated in the middle of a fertile plain and incorporating many enclosed and open gardens, Marrakesh is surrounded by huge olive, orange and palm orchards, and is overshadowed by the snow-peaked 4,177 m (13,700 ft) high Djebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco. One of the most fascinating and mysterious of cities, this ancient metropolis has a fairyland setting.  (More)


Known as “The Island of the Gods”, this paradise offers great beaches, perfect waves for surfing and wonderful natural locations to visit and explore. In addition to these natural wonders, Bali is blessed with gifted artists and colorful ceremonies that will take your breath away.      (More)


Stretching from the eastern flank of the Andes to the borders of Colombia and Peru, Ecuador’s Amazon is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth. Complementing Ecuador’s natural surroundings are a variety of award-winning eco lodges and spas for travelers seeking an ideal blend between authenticity and sustainable comfort and luxury.    (More)


If anyone had said that some of the prettiest seaside vistas, sand dunes and lighthouses – never mind water sports and sailing - were to be found in the cheese capital of America, I would have taken that with a grain of sand.     (More)