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   Summer 2018 Issue  

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It is easy to love this beautiful city by the sea. Sunny hot days, wonderful cuisine, Caribbean beaches, an exceptional colonial walled city, welcoming people and the list goes on. It was love at first sight and the romance with Cartagena kept on going.     (More)

 

“Does Old Beijing still exist?” I thought to myself as our taxi sped between towering skyscrapers on the way to our hotel. The efficient and modern spic and span Beijing Airport through which we had just passed, the wide impressive roadways and the modern skyscrapers all around us indicated a 21st century city with no signs of the past.    (More)

 

Long before I heard the catchphrase bucket list, I dreamt of going on safari. I’d imagine myself driving through the African plains in an open-air jeep, photographing lions, outfitted like Meryl Streep in the movie Out of Africa. Later Robert Redford would shampoo my hair while quoting poetry… (Okay, I digress.)  (More)

 

Zakynthos has gained notoriety in recent years and is beginning to top travellers’ wish lists across the globe - and for good reason. Off the eastern part of the Ionian sea, Zakynthos finds itself well positioned to accommodate all globetrotters wishing to take in Greece’s beauty and many wonders.    (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)

 

With a steady increase in holidaymakers opting to cruise the high seas (a projected 27.2 million in 2018 according to data generated by Cruise Line International Association, the cruise lines are paying attention. Launching evermore luxurious liners to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes, these behemoths of the sea provide multi-generational entertainment, luxury and a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they sail the four corners of the globe.   (More)

 

Few moments in life prove more blissful thank sitting dozens of meres high the edge of an off-white length in Santorini, nursing a crisp Greek wine, belly full from souvlaki and olives (of course!), as you watch the colors of the sky melt into the Mediterranean below. Yes, this may seem like a scene setting for the climax of a cheesy romantic movie. But, indeed, it was my reality during my recent overnight in Santorini, Greece as part of my seven-day journey on the Celestyal Crystal through Greece and Turkey.    (More)

 

In every direction, there is a gallery of icebergs, frozen freshwater sculptures that floated away from a parent glacier hundreds of thousands of years old. I feel like a great polar explorer. The front of my kayak carves through the glistening “frazzle” –a thin layer of sea ice that coated these Arctic waters overnight.   (More)

 

Peru + Spain + Good-To-Go Travel Gear 
Intrepid Travel + New Zealand + Copa Airlines
Turkish Airlines + The Travel Corporation + Tropical Tidbits 
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Egypt has been steeped into history for the longest time. Because there has been a lot of interest in Egypt’s history, historians coined the term “Egyptology,” which is the study of pharaonic Egypt. Egyptology spanned the period between c. 4500 BCE and CE 641.   (More)

 

Dominicans are one tough people! They showed an incredible resilience in the face of the worst disaster to ever hit this island nation. This I can say after a trip that showed how the recovery from Hurricane Maria was taking shape right before us.   (More)

 

You’ll find the most colorful swath of open road in America along its western coast. The Pacific Coast Highway is 1,700 miles framed by golden sands and turquoise waters, bordered by emeralds rainforests and basalt rock formations, and capped off with kaleidoscopic sunsets and indigo night skies. Get ready for the wide variety of West Coast beaches on an unforgettable road trip.    (More)

 

Belize has been on my bucket list for a long time, so I jumped at the chance to visit a brand new resort hotel development there recently called Mahogany Bay Village- a Curio Collection by Hilton- it’s the newest destination within a destination complex to be built on Ambergris Cay- Belize’s most touristic island.  (More)

 

I am a tad white-knuckled as our tiny Winair prop plane readies for landing after its ten- minute flight from St. Maarten. The apprehension comes from the knowledge that at a mere 1,300 feet, the runway at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is one of the shortest on the planet, and it abruptly ends on a cliff perched over the sea!   (More)

 

Safari Lodge, South Africa - New China Hotels - Diplomat, Hollywood, FL           Puntacana Resort & Club, DR - Fairmont Banff Springs                                    Oceanz Aruba - Presidente IHG Cancun & Presidente IHG Cozumel
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With multiple direct flights per day from both the United States and Canada, the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic allows seamless access to your dream paradise getaway; a mere number of hours transports you to a world of color, of hospitality and of superior hotels, among natural wonder and enriched by fascinating culture.   (More) 

 

You can spend an eternity in Malawi and not discover it all. Though it may be small in physical size, this southern African is a fascinating country that is just as culturally diverse as it is geographically diverse. Amidst a mountainous landscape and verdant scenery lies Africa’s third-largest lake: Lake Malawi..   (More) 

 

The Driver’s Bar in the town of San Juan de los Remedios, in the northern Cuban province of Villa Clara, has a 1950’s retro look, thanks to the mural behind the bar. While they serve beer, mojitos and sandwiches to locals and visitors alike, the Bar is a magnet for curious photographers and art lovers.    (More) 

 

 

 

   Spring 2018 Issue  

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Ethiopia has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Twelve African countries later, it was finally time. As I would find out, it has a lot of similarities to other African countries with the abundance of wildlife, indigenous culture and stunning landscapes. But what makes it stand out is that the country can trace its long-recorded history back millennia.     (More)

 

Follow an Ox to Zenkoji! This sage advice is explained by a legendary Japanese fable. We stood before the main hall of the 7th Century Zenkoji Temple in the city of Nagano as our guide related the story of the old, faithless woman who lived in a small village nearby.    (More)

 

Portugal has garnered a lot of positive attention in recent years. It’s been on the top of travel lists everywhere; tourism has seen record numbers for six years in a row, and even Madonna has decided to make Portugal her home.   (More)

 

Two hours after leaving the booming metropolis of Shanghai, we parked at the entrance of Wuzhen, fondly called by some of its admirers the ’Venice of the East.’ In a few moments, we had climbed into a pole-steered large barge that ploughed the waterways of Wuzhen - the last of China’s ‘water towns’ to be opened to visitors.    (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)

 

I had a wondrous opportunity to experience the Crown Princess this past December, on one of the first weeklong sailings back to the Eastern Caribbean following the disastrous hurricanes earlier in the fall of 2017. The experience was an eight-day sail, beginning in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and porting in St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Thomas and Grand Turk.   (More)

 

There’s an expression: “Once you drink from the Nile you are destined to return.”    (More)

 

It's one of the most common cruising questions: When is the best time to cruise Alaska (or the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii or Europe)?   (More)

 

Spain + Germany + Good-To-Go Travel Gear 
World Expeditions + South Africa + Ethiopian Airlines + Panama
Turkish Airlines + The Travel Corporation + Tropical Tidbits 
(More) 

 

Northern Arctic Europe is a living paradox—physically defined by the contrast of the unceasing darkness of its winters and the perpetual light of its summers, when the midnight sun rests contently in the sky.  (More)

 

In recent times, Ubud has emerged as a bonafide hotspot in Indonesia offering tourists much to see and do and even acts as Bali’s cultural hub. Known for its traditional crafts and dances, visitors are often spoilt for choice when setting their itineraries.   (More)

 

When travelers picture Namibia, the southern African country that sits on the eastern coast of the continent right above South Africa, they likely imagine sprawling sand dunes of the Namib Desert that the country is so famous for.    (More)

 

Hanoi is a thousand-year old city that truly represents the heart and soul of Vietnam. In just a week, you can immerse yourself deeply into its culture, without leaving exhausted or regretting not seeing everything.   (More)

 

InterContinental New York Times Square - New China Hotels                               The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina - Puntacana Resort & Club, DR Bombay Peggy’s, Dawson City - Martinhal Resorts, Portugal                                 Hotel RIU Palace Paradise Island - Grand Residences Riviera Cancun                 Holiday inn, Panama City - Holiday Inn Resort Aruba   
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New Orleans has a cousin, and her name is Mobile. She’s cool and quirky, artsy but down-to-earth, and has a love of fun times and good food that is true to her French roots.  (More)

 

Ireland is one of those magical places on earth where the land of make-believe becomes real if only for a moment. Case in point: The brooding edifice that sits atop Kilmantin Hill in County Wicklow is out of this world.    (More) 

 

I first heard about Guatemala when I was a young girl and received Guatemalan worry dolls as a gift. According to the legend, you tell your worries to the dolls, place them under your pillow and by morning, the dolls will have taken all of your problems away. I remember looking at these cute little worry managers, thinking that I would like to visit Guatemala one day. Any culture that wanted to help me with my problems was one I wanted to check out.   (More) 

 

Last year my family and I spent our winter vacation in St. Petersburg, Florida. However, when it came to shopping and dining, we found ourselves making the 30 minute commute to Tampa on a fairly regular basis. We liked what we saw and were sure to make it our base this time around.    (More) 

 

 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) 

 

   Fall 2017 Issue  

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One of the nicest things about visiting San Francisco is that, although the city is “big” in terms of attractions and amenities, it is geographically small – only 49 square miles. Consequently, it is very easy to see and do a great many things in a short period of time.    (More)

 

As a typical Canadian snowbird, trading in our frigid Montreal winter for Australia’s 37°C summer has been my lifelong dream. This year, I was fortunate enough to turn that dream into a reality.     (More)

 

“Do you know the three most famous things in China?” Quickly, our Shanghai guide, answered himself. “Of course, you know the first! It’s the panda. As for the second, it’s the Sichuan women and the third are the men of Shanghai. I’m not kidding! Just look at me!”    (More)

 

In Croatia, you say “Živili” when you click glasses before drinking. It altruistically means “be filled with life” and in so many ways, this toast represents the exuberant Croatian travel experience: friendly people, great conversations, amazing sites, walkable cities, safety during all hours of the day and night, sunshine 300 days of the year, great food, wine and beer, and a ton of positive energy.    (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)

 

Recently I had the privilege of spending a week aboard The Viking Sea, sailing in luxury and comfort from Barcelona to Lisbon. Although I am by no means a connoisseur, I have dabbled in my fair share of voyages over the years on a variety of different vessels—large boats, small boats, luxury boats, family boats. (Let’s just say I’ve seen a boatload).   (More)

 

For seasoned travelers looking for an experience that will challenge the senses and intellect, river cruises hold a timeless allure. These cruises offer a memorable blend of scenic river views with “slices of history” that reflect some of the most magnificent cultures in the world, according to the cruising experts at AllThingsCruise.com.  (More)

 

There are many exciting new trends constantly emerging in the travel industry. Here are some of the industry’s hottest trends that will create "wow" moments and memories that will last a lifetime.    (More)

 

Japan+ Great Britain + Good-To-Go Travel Gear 
World Expeditions + Nicaragua + Washington DC + El Salvador 
Turkish Airlines + Trafalgar Travel + Tropical Tidbits 
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Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta recently added a new incarnation of their signature Rock Spa® to the property, and trust me, it’s a very welcome addition indeed! I finally got to try their famous trademark Rhythm and Motion massage there- a unique vibrational treatment that also incorporates music and beats into the bed in a synced soundtrack.   (More)

 

Any serious scuba fan has heard of Bonaire, it’s a tiny outpost off the coast of Venezuela and the “B” of the Dutch Caribbean ABC Islands. But you need not be a diver to enjoy a visit there.    (More)

 

 

You wake to the roar of howler monkeys and the smell of locally grown coffee. Mug in hand, you pad barefoot out onto your front porch, breathing in air supercharged with green. You gaze out over waves breaking on the beach, or a steep-sided volcano across the valley, or scarlet macaws like flying rainbows winging toward the rainforest canopy.     (More)

 

About two months ago I received a meticulously wrapped package in the mail. And, as soon as I saw what it was--my two month Eurail Global Pass-- I knew an adventure was in store.     (More)

 

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta  New China Hotels  The Hilton San Francisco  Puntacana Resort & Club, DR   Fox Harb’r Resort in Nova Scotia                AlSol’s Awesome Cap Cana Collection   Upscale Holidays Down Under
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Iceland has seen a huge boom in tourism in the past year, with projected figures for 2017 in the region of 2 million visitors, according to The Iceland Monitor, an English language news and information site (http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is). In spite of high prices and erratic weather, especially in the summer, Iceland is a hot spot, both literally and figuratively.    (More)

 

 

With a shovel in hand on an island once covered in coconut groves there I was digging a hole for one lonely coconut whose mission it will be to grow to maturity and bear fruit.    (More) 

 

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