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  Fall 2016 Issue   

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It is a long flight to the other side of the world, but it is a small sacrifice for a true world traveler and after landing, we were greeted by our guides from Triyaka tours and began our trip with a drive through Thailand’s northern metropolis, Chiang Mai.   (More)

 

Located in North Germany, Worpswede is a charming small town tucked away in the countryside. More precisely, it is situated in the legendary “Teufelsmoor” – Devil Moors, northeast of Bremen, near Weyerberg Hill and has been the home to a lively artistic community since the end of the 19th century, with over 130 artists and craftsmen in residence there.   (More)

 

Once known mainly for its museums and palaces, Madrid’s cityscape is changing. Madrid is working hard to make itself more livable, and the lively city of today has enough street-singing, bar-hopping, and people-watching vitality to give any visitor a boost of youth..   (More)

 

Sake Yasiro is a small bar in the Sannomiya District of Kobe city, where dinner reservations are a must. However, if you arrive in the afternoon, they may be able to assign a table with a time limit so you can check out all the sakes in the display case and order your favourite otokozake, literally ‘man’s sake”.     (More)  

 

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Viking River Cruises have taken all the guess work and hassles out of cruising and they create a comfortable, new way of traveling for many North Americans, and it is a truly perfect way to travel. From the pick-up at the airport to destination debarkation, the trip is seamless.   (More)

 

The sight of the Danube River took Mummy’s breath away. We had finally returned to her hometown of Budapest, a city she holds dear to her heart.   (More)

 

Best Cruises for Multigenerational Travel & Expedition Cruising Offers Inside Access to Europe (More)

 

Today as yesterday, Venice’s fortunes float on the unending tide of tourists who flood the world’s most famous floating city. These travelers, many from the imposing cruise ships, snap countless photos of the unwavering Grand Canal as it slinks like a lazy serpent with its meandering S-shape oblivious to the waves of 21st century sensibilities.    (More)

 

Fujian is a southeastern Chinese province known for its mountains and coastal cities, and is traditionally described as "Eight parts mountain, one part water, and one part farmland”.    (More)

 

Sicily + Ireland + Good-To-Go Travel Gear + Best Caribbean Beaches 
G Adventures +  Cape Breton + Broadway Show ‘Waitress’ +
Tours of a Lifetime - India 
(More) 

 

It keeps astounding me how often I notice the little distinctions in the countries I visit. Travelling the rural roads of India is a journey in itself. Villages popping up when least expected would force us to slow down as the locals would criss-cross the street in calm disorder, oblivious to traffic even though the 2 lane highway we were travelling on is the lifeblood of most of these villages!   (More)

 

The tiny island of Nevis is attracting a lot of attention these days as the birthplace of founding father Alexander Hamilton since the Broadway musical has become such a hot ticket.  (More)

 

As home to more than half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, Uganda often tops the bucket lists of travel enthusiasts seeking to come face to face with a majestic silverback in the wild.   (More)

 

Annecy is located in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. Blessed with natural beauty, history and activities, this town has plenty to offer the World Traveler.    (More)

 

Gleneagles - Scotland, Puntacana Resort & Club - DR, the Hilton Garden Inn in, Hawaii, Viamede Resort - Ontario, The historic Algonquin - NYC and Meliá’s beautiful properties in Cuba.   (More)

 

Tom Castanos stands waste deep in what he refers to as the Mother Ditch and explains that because of this irrigation canal or ‘acequia’ the city of San Antonio is here today.  (More)

 

“The most wonderful thing about Door County is the perfect combination of wilderness and civilization,” reads a quote from the 1969 March issue of National Geographic. It is an article that would forever change this corner of Wisconsin, located on a 70-mile peninsula with Lake Michigan to the east and Green Bay to the west.   (More)

 

There’s a saying amongst birdwatchers that “birding is not a destination, it’s a journey”. However, for birds, birders and travelers in general who seek an inspiring vacation in an equally inspiring destination, you may be surprised to discover that the journey to Ontario’s Southwest provides enticing, exciting and energizing options that include not only one of the greatest bird migration areas in all of North America, but also family fun, adventure, artisanal foods, cheeses, craft beers, wines, chocolates, ultra-friendly locals, and more.    (More)

 

Two words. Apparently that’s all it takes to order the City of Brotherly Love’s most famous sandwich. But I’m still worried as I stand in line at Pat’s, Philly’s iconic cheesesteak establishment, which has been operating since 1932.  (More)

 

Established in 2006, this Hong-Kong based airline is recognized for the warmth of its service and the quality of its onboard offering. With one of the youngest fleets in the world, they are proud of their motto, “Fresh and Very Hong Kong”.  (More) 

 

 

  Summer 2016 Issue   

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Located in the southeast of China, Jiangxi province spans the banks of the Yangtze river in the north into hillier areas in the south. For the world traveller, this is a perfect place to visit in China, as most foreigners in China visit other, better known provinces. During our visit, this ‘road less travelled’ offered us less of the crowds that are found in the other popular Chinese destinations.   (More)

 

Tetsuro Koyano’s great-grandfather was a renowned sword master. Five years ago Koyano decided to turn emotion and passion into reality and accomplishment, by starting a collection of historic Samurai armour, helmets, guns and swords. In 2015 he opened the Samurai Museum in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo to allow visitors to get up close and personal with the world of the samurai, and for the action-oriented, the opportunity to practice stances, glares, threats and thrusts (using wooden swords) alongside the resident sword master.   (More)

 

Despite its population of 1.4 million, Munich (or “München,” as it’s called in German) feels small. This big-city elegance is possible, in part, because of its determination to be pedestrian- and bike-friendly, and because of a law that no building can be taller than its church spires. There’s ongoing debate about changing this policy, but there are still no skyscrapers in downtown Munich.   (More)

 

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. How did Egyptology begin? Scholars going with Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of Egypt published the Description de l’Égypte (1809–1828); this publication made huge quantities of source materials about ancient Egypt available for Europeans.    (More)  

 

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As a Canadian World Traveller, spring has become a favorite time for travelling abroad, particularly the month of May! Most Canadians are itching for some new adventures after a long winter, and travelling to Europe is often a top choice. Our plans this year were to travel to France, and with so many great French destinations to choose from, we finally decided on the regions of Rhone-Alps and Provence. For us, there is no better way to experience some of the best there is than on a Rhone river cruise.  (More)

 

From cool and unlikely concept yachts to tabloid-worthy celebrity yachts, we’re fascinated with these worlds on water. And yet, you no longer have to be rich and famous to enjoy one. Whether it's a boutique yachting experience that catches your eye, or extreme adventure that you're after, the latest launches prove there's something for everyone.  (More)

 

I am on the Crystal Symphony luxury cruise liner in search of Italian treasures as we cruise past a myriad of coves and inlets along Italy’s west coast. (More)

 

How can travelers leisurely explore several countries and discover multiple cultures in a matter of days? The answer is sailing on an iconic river aboard a river cruise. According to Cruise Lines International Association's (CLIA) 2016 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, the demand for the river cruise experience is at an all-time high; as of 2015, there were 169 river CLIA member cruise ships* on the water.   (More)

 

Most of us know China for its great landscapes, numerous bodies of water, architecture, and history. But do we know about the lesser familiar attractions? Perhaps one of the lesser familiar attractions is the maritime Silk Road, located in the country’s southeastern coastal areas, making connections with neighbouring countries.    (More)

 

In the ‘Around The World’ section we visit Natchez, Mississippi, 'Travel Back in Time on Luxury Historic Train Rides', view China Tourism's 'New Brand Logo', participate on 'New Active Adventures' with G Adventures and find 'Eight Places To Visit Before They Change Forever' with Contiki Tours.  (More) 

 

Evian-les-Bains, also known as just Evian, is most famous for the curative property of the waters and the bottled water it exports around the world. But the area offers more than a drink, as it is filled with enough history, luxury and Haut-couture to captivate any world traveller. Modern facilities are placed side by side with hundred year-old buildings, creating a wonderful mix to enjoy.   (More)

 

The famous Las Vegas Strip is probably the last place you’d expect to find an eco-park but then again, when it comes to this city you never know what to expect. So on a recent visit I wasn’t all that surprised to find a brand new green oasis, I was however surprised at the gigantic sculpture that punctuates it!   (More)

 

Now that we Canadians are finally getting our fair share of warm weather during our criminally short summer, one might think that it’s not the time to head to tropical climes. But there are some very good reasons to do so.  (More)

 

If you want to worry less and feel good, take a hike. Studies have proven that simply taking a walk in nature produces brain waves similar to those that occur in meditation and significantly reduces stress, boosts immune function and improves memory and mental ability.   (More)

 

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

 

I was so looking forward to this trip. Who wouldn’t want to go to a town so famed for its relaxing thermal mineral waters that it is named Hot Springs? But I was surprised by how much more Hot Springs has to offer.  (More)

 

Placed in the heart of America, Nebraska has boundless grasslands, which is used for the major industries of the state, beef, pork, corn and soybeans. Farming and ranching engage most of the some 2 million residents, but there are many other reasons to visit this Great Plains state.   (More)

 

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

 

The heat of the sun as we landed would be a preview of the warmth we would get from the staff at the Tongsai Bay Resort. Comfort and pleasure is the name of the game, and upon arrival at the Koh Samui airport, a staff member was there to welcome us and chauffeur us to the resort.  (More)

 

On July 31st, 2015, divers struck gold when they found 4.5 million dollars’ worth of Spanish coins off the coast of Vero Beach, 170 miles southeast of Orlando. It’s just a fraction of the loot that was lost when 11 ships laden with jewelry and precious metals capsized during a hurricane in 1715, exactly 300 years earlier, on their return to Spain.  (More)

 

A favorite of world travellers, Lufthansa is constantly pushing the limits of comfort, style and technology.    (More)

 

 

  Spring 2016 Issue   

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India is a land rich in many things. An ancient culture, filled with color, flavor, sights and sounds that can overwhelm the senses. It is a special part of the world that needs to be visited by any serious traveller looking for exotic culture and a glimpse of a disappearing world. As with many parts of the world, India has its hidden gems. The Hornbill festival is one such gem and this is surely not the India that most will associate with!   (More)

 

Visiting China tops the bucket list of many North American travelers and according to the latest survey from The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), China will see a 8.7 percent growth in tourism by 2023. While planning the ‘dream’ trip can be a thought-provoking, complex process with so many cities and iconic sites to experience, Suzhou is a hidden gem that offers the perfect combination of rich culture and heritage, classical gardens, friendly locals, and authentic experiences.  (More)

 

Most of Europe’s castles have long been discovered by travelers. These can be fun, offering battle re-enactments, sound-and-light shows, catapult demos, dress-up costumes, fake garden parties, wagon rides, medieval banquets, tourist accommodations, and even Disney-esque amusement park rides.  (More)

 

Fortune smiled on us and after a stop in Mallorca when we took the short flight to Ibiza. What a difference! Where Mallorca has much more grandeur, historical sites and is considered as a center of commerce and politics, Ibiza is laid back, relaxed and a party town!   (More)  

 

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I f you were born to be barefoot like me, you’ll rejoice at the opportunity to explore the Caribbean sans footwear aboard the S/V Mandalay.   (More)

 

One century ago, Roald Amundsen completed his journey through the Northwest Passage. Several years prior, fellow Norwegian Richard With, initiated a coastal steamer cruise along the country’s shoreline. Today, the Hurtigruten (derived from “hurtigrute” meaning “fast route”) cruise line plies the pristine passages for patrons worldwide.  (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)

 

Each year, close to a million Canucks flock to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, many returning year after year. What’s the attraction? For some, it’s the golf. “It can’t be beat in terms of value and quality,” says Don Wood, an avid golfer from Kingston, Ontario, who has been coming to Myrtle Beach on a regular basis for 20 years. His wife, Joni Hartman, loves the beautiful beaches and the fact that ocean-front accommodation is reasonably priced. “Every once in a while we try some place else, but we always come back to Myrtle Beach.”    (More)

 

Turkey, officially known as the Republic of Turkey, borders on two major continents: Europe to the west and Asia to the east. Some of its neighbouring countries include Syria, Greece, Iraq, Armenia, and Georgia. Turkey is also surrounded with major bodies of water, such as the Black Sea (north), the Mediterranean Sea (south), and the Aegean Sea (west). In addition, the country boasts the Bosporus, Sea of Marmara, and Dardanelles. These bodies combined make up the Turkish Straits, which divide Europe from Asia.   (More)

 

In the ‘Around The World’ section we take short trips of discovery to San-Diego, Germany, The Cook Islands, Japan, Israel, Thailand...  (More)

 

Landing in Naha Airport can be a hairy experience. I don’t mean it’s dangerous. I mean that when you get into the airport, the baggage conveyor belt is adorned with two large hairy Shisa, the spirit guardians that can be found just about everywhere on the island. These fierce-looking lion/dogs are almost always found in pairs with the closed-mouth male holding in the good spirits and the open-mouthed female warding off evil spirits.  (More)

 

Tourists have been flocking to Israel’s Dead Sea region since Biblical times to witness historical events, appreciate stunning natural attractions and pursue serenity and health.  (More)

 

"Is this not better than suffering in the pollution and traffic-clogged streets of Bangkok?" Ling, one of our group of five, appeared to be content as the invigorating Chao Phraya River breezes, carrying drops of water, soothed our bodies. I wholeheartedly agreed, breathing in deeply the fresh-cool air.  (More)

 

Nothing but heavy fog is encircling our minivan and I doubt we’re travelling faster than 20 miles in a 45 mph limit. We’re on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwest Virginia, known for its scenic views along the Blue Ridge Mountain range. This National Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina. It’s 469 miles of winding, cliffside, convertible top-down worthy road trip terrain. “Have you driven this road before?” I ask our driver. I’m a little nervous when she says no.   (More)

 

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

 

My husband has had the temple of Angkor Wat (in Cambodia) – the world’s largest religious monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – on his bucket list for as long as I have known him (which is a long time!). We recently had the opportunity to visit Siem Reap and we learned so, so much. Not just about Angkor Wat, but also about the warm and welcoming people of this struggling country and about their not-so-distant violent history under the Khmer Rouge regime.  (More)

 

While travelling around Qatar, a land that has leapt quickly into the 21st century, it was apparent to us that the people, even while rushing into the modern world, were still conscious of their history and steeped in tradition. In spite of the oil wealth of the last few decades, Qataris still hold on to the Arab virtues of generosity, hospitality, honour and respect for guests.  (More)

 

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A hop, skip and jump away from the busy city of Mallorca lies a small island paradise where quiet solitude can be found, even at night, depending where you go. Our stopover here was a treat, as we stayed at a wonderful hotel – the Can Lluc boutique hotel. (More)

 

The Hotel Zamora - Amara Cay Resort - AC Hotel Miami Beach    (More)

 

It is -110 C and hard to even begin to fathom that degree of cold, yet I was about to expose myself to just that level of extreme temperature, wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
Why? Because I’m visiting Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan region of British Columbia, and the cold sauna is one of their signature treatments. Also called cryotherapy, it was developed by Japanese and German rheumatologists as a remedy for arthritis, explains Paul Bradshaw, staff kinesiologist, who is leading us through this unusual procedure.
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Orlando is a wonderful place with so many activities, parks, attractions, museums and more that it is exhausting just planning what to do! This trip, we decided to forgo Disney and check out some other attractions. Our big days were spent at SeaWorld, where the rides overwhelmed the animals and their amazing water park, Aquatica, where I learned what ‘freefalling’ means. We then pressed the pedal to the metal in go carts, and rode one of the fastest little roller coasters ever at Orlando’s Fun Spot America, followed by a step into childhood at Legoland and topped off with visit to a chocolate lover’s paradise, the Chocolate Kingdom.  (More)

 

Evergreen Group Chairman and Founder Dr. Chang Yung-Fa created EVA Air in 1989. The first flights to Asia were made in the same year—on July 1, connecting to more than 60 major cities. In collaboration with UNI Air and other airline carriers, EVA Air makes connections with China, particularly Taiwan. This is made possible through EVA Air’s recognition as a Star Alliance member in June 2013.   (More)

 

  Winter 2015-16 Issue   

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Sichuan Province is one of the largest provinces in China, with a generous mix of plains, hills, mountains and plateaus that offer landscapes any artist would love. Located in southwest part of the country, it is a gateway to Tibet, and its capital city, Chengdu, is a cultural and industrial center famous for its luxurious satins, brocades, and lacquer products since the 13th century.    (More)

 

At the beginning of each year, my husband and I make our wish list of places we would love to visit in the coming year. With so many places to see, we take on this task with enthusiasm and prioritize our three key criteria: 1- Time of year we are both free for traveling 2- What we want to see and do and 3- Which country we want to explore… usually by then the location just falls in place!      (More)

 

In Rome, sunset brings unexpected magic. A stroll in the cool of the summer evening is made memorable by the romance of the Eternal City. The tourist who retreats at night to an air-conditioned hotel room is missing the best time to plunge into Rome. Once the museums close and the crowds thin, Rome relaxes. The city--so grand and monumental by day--becomes intimate and approachable.  (More)

 

The Spanish empire has a long history, and the country has withstood the tests of time to become a world player, and an absolute must spot for a trip!    (More)  

 

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a two day cruise with Royal Caribbean to celebrate the launch of their new ship Anthem of the Seas. They were also celebrating the fact that they have a new homeport for it in New Jersey –and it was a gala affair.   (More)

 

The sea lions frolic. The blue footed boobies preen. The flightless cormorants intertwine their necks in a mating dance.    (More)

 

Istanbul is an ancient city that reflects the cultural influences of the many empires that have ruled this magnificent old-world metropolis. From the Roman-era chariot race Hippodrome to the Egyptian obelisks and on to the iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia featuring a soaring dome and Christian mosaics, there is something for every history buff.   (More)

 

Though our summers here in Montreal are glorious, there is a really good reason to go to Cancun in the middle of August if you love marine life, and are seeking the thrill of a lifetime. That’s the only time of year you are virtually guaranteed to be able to encounter and snorkel the world’s biggest fish- whale sharks!     (More)

 

Outside of Khong Chiam we sat down to talk with the Abbot of one of the forest temples. With our guide acting as interpreter, he told us that after 16 years as an insurance salesman, he came to the realization that his busy city lifestyle was not only stressful but was both unsatisfying and incompatible with his Buddhist upbringing.   (More)

 

“Watch out, eland!” I say it quietly. I don’t want to scare the already skittish eland any further. 

Though the biggest antelopes of Africa -- think moose-sized, with a square-ish cow-shaped body -- these giant eland sensed there were lions nearby. They aren’t wrong.
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This was my first trip to Scotland, and though I am of Scottish heritage (Campbell and Fairbairn clans are my ancestors six generations ago,) for some reason retracing my roots there was never big on my bucket list.  (More)

 

On the last night of our whirlwind six day visit to Israel, I sat on my balcony at the David Citadel Hotel. Before me was the illuminated stone wall of the Old City of Jerusalem and at 6:00 pm the sound of church bells mingled with a muezzin’s call to prayer; a melodious expression of different faiths that has gone on for centuries. It was my first visit to Israel in 25 years and I could not help but think of the expression “The more things change, the more they stay the same”.     (More)

 

“Birding changed my life,” says Barbara Volkle, a Boston Native. Like the birds she observes, Barbara migrates to McAllen, Texas each fall.

“It takes me out of the day-to-day,” she explains. “I look at the world differently.” (More)

 

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

 

OD Port Portals hotel - Hotel Nixe Palace - Jumeirah Port Soller -                 Son Brull Hotel - Belmond La Residencia   (More)

 

The best hotels are ones that go above and beyond, and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is one of the very best -- the largest true ski-in, ski-out hotel in North America, in the continent’s number one ranked ski resort.     (More)

 

La Valencia Hotel - Lowes Hollywood Hotel - Sands Inn and Suites -
Hofsas House - Pier 2620 Hotel  
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Myths about visiting Tokyo include concerns over the expense, the crowds, the frenetic pace of society, the food (raw-fish anxiety) and the language. Travellers need to take a deep breath and experience the city for themselves. They’ll discover at the first smile, the first "Konichiwa" (good day) and the first "Irashemasay" (welcome) that Tokyo can be a very comfortable and relaxing experience.    (More)

 

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

 

Where in Canada do you find balmy beach weather, a perfect vacation getaway that many Canadians overlook. Prince Edward Island of course, where the 800 kilometers of sandy red, expansive beaches feature a warm 21 degrees all summer.    (More)

 

Like many people 40 and over, my travel expectations are different than they were when I was younger. And I’m not just talking about upping the number of stars of the accommodation or travelling business class (although those are the nice little perks of having a bit more money). (More)

 

Glowing reviews and exceptional food are the order of the day for this up-and-coming airline!  Part of the Star Alliance network, Turkish airlines (TKY) offers service to Canadians from Toronto and Montreal, and connections to destinations all over the world from their hub in Istanbul.  (More)

 

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