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Fall 2015 Issue

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Often over-shadowed by the Rocky Mountains in neighboring Colorado, the skiing adventures available in the New Mexico portion offer some of the best skiing in North America!    (More)


In Japanese mythology, the word ‘Hannya’ refers to a female serpent-demon filled with hatred and jealousy. Hannya masks are featured in many traditional Noh Theatre plays where they take on the appearance of devils, with two sharp horns, leering eyes and a gaping mouth filled with fangs. Interestingly enough, ‘Hannya’ means wisdom. Yet in Koyasan, we learned a whole new intoxicating meaning of the term.     (More)


In the ‘Around the World’ section we take short trips of discovery to Anguilla, Vermont, Alabama, Nanning-China, The Cook Islands, Rwanda and Isan-Thailand.  (More)


The first time I heard of this wonderfully accommodating Mexican town was during the 1970’s Love Boat show, where the Pacific Princess, a cruise ship, traveled between Los Angeles and Puerto Vallarta.    (More)  


A sensuous kiss atop the Eiffel Tower under gently falling snow…A walk arm-in-arm along the Champs-Elysées, cuddling close against the cold…A romantic evening stroll along the banks of the Seine…    (More)


Jinci Temple - As one of the oldest wooden structures in the country, the Jinci Temple (Jin Ancestral Temple) is a combination of historical and cultural relics located within a beautiful landscape.  (More)


Today more than ever, young people across the globe are indulging their wanderlust and exercising their desire to see the world; travelling has become an exciting rite of passage for many. And while travelling can certainly provide its fair share of partying, it turns out that today’s generation is after more than just a good time. Based on this insight and informed by over four decades of experience, Topdeck Travel has compiled a list of some of the most unique and authentic cultural experiences from across the globe.   (More)


AmaWaterways  Avalon  Azamara  Carnival  Celebrity  Club-Med  Costa  Crystal  Cunard  Disney  Holland-America   MSC  Norwegian  Oceania Paul-Gauguin  Ponant Princess  Regent  Royal Caribbean  Seabourn  SeaDream  Silversea   Uniworld   Viking  Windstar    (More)


My husband and I have enjoyed spending our summer vacation for the last few years traveling across Europe, discovering charming cities by foot, car and train, but this year we would be trying something different… We would be spending our vacation aboard the prestigious and renowned Viking River Cruises for a 7 day journey along the Romantic Danube River through the Bavarian region of Germany, Austria and Hungary.     (More)


AllThingsCruise Consumer Reviews Reveal Most Popular Cruise Ships.

What do passengers really think about their cruise experiences? asked travellers to review their cruises right after they return, while impressions are still fresh on their minds.    (More)


Luxury Hotels...Grand Resorts...Charming B&B...Opulent Villas...Quaint Country Inns...Luxary Safari Camps...Ecolodges...Ice Hotels...Cave Hotels...Treetop Hotels     (More)


I’ve traveled extensively around the Caribbean with my adult daughter Jessica, but since she’d never been to Mexico, I decided that it was time she see some of my favourite spots south of the border. And her 28th birthday was looming, so I planned a two-pronged stay throughout the Cancun/Riviera Maya /Tulum region with some exciting adventures along the way. We stayed at two different Dreams brand resorts- both very different in design and vibe-but both family-friendly all-inclusive.  (More)


T he schedule is not for the faint of heart at Mountain Trek, a weight-loss resort located east of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley in the Kootenay region.

A typical day looks something like this:
6:30 – Yoga 
7:30 – Breakfast
8:30 – Hiking (lunch on the trails)
3:30 – Return to lodge
4:00 – Stress Management seminar
5:15 – Dinner
6:00 - Spin/cardio class
8:00 – Massage
All of this on 1200 calories and no caffeine.    


Indian history dates back to 3000 BC. Excavations in Punjab and Gujarat reveal that the Indus Valley civilisation was a highly developed urban civilisation. In fact the two cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro, situated on two sides of the river Ravi, are known to have been built on a similar plan. But that only meant a new wave of urbanisation was taking place along the Ganges around 1500 BC.  (More)


Does anyone do Christmas better than Disney? I think not!   (More)


We’ve asked our globetrotting contributors what they must have when on the go; here are a few of their suggestions…   (More)