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I normally jump, well maybe not jump in the skydiving or bungee sense, but certainly embrace opportunities to try new experiences. Edgewalk outside the CN Tower? Sure. Munch on Chapulines, fried grasshoppers, in Mexico? Why not?    (More)


Noboru Shibata set the sashimi platter before us at Wasuke, his seafood Izakaya located in Tokyo’s Kappabashi district. The colourful arrangement verged on symmetrical perfection, with delicate, meaty slices of mackerel, tuna, octopus, yellowtail and Kuro Soi (Black Rock Fish) interspersed between small mounds of white ginger, green wasabi, radish and seaweed, with garnishes of hojiso (perilla), two tiny red Japanese maple leaves, and even a small yellow flower.    (More)


Everyone knows the Big Island of Hawai‘i has beaches and sunshine. But the island is so much more than its unbelievably good weather. It’s not hard to get off the beaten path here: the majority of the Big Island offers seclusion and adventure with easy access.   (More)


Calling it "the gem of the world", the 9th century German nun, Hrosvitha went on to describe Córdoba, Arab Spain's capital: "In the western part of the globe, there shone forth a beautiful ornament - a city well cultured - rich and known by the famous name of Córdoba, illustrious because of its charms and renowned for all resources, especially abounding in the seven streams of knowledge, and ever famous for continual victories."     (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)


Founded by the Swan family in 1988, Adventure Canada is supported by the people who work for them, their passion for delivering unsurpassed experiences, and creating trips that offer travellers exploration, education and enjoyment. There are many cruises to choose from, including Narwhals & Polar Bears, the Mighty Saint Lawrence and Heart of the Arctic to name just a few of the more than dozen available. Our trip, the Circumnavigation of Newfoundland, proved to be everything advertised and more!   (More)


Beneath the sun-kissed azure waters, schools of iridescent angelfish, damsel fish, and rainbow wrasses glide though the coral reefs that teem with clusters of anemones and sea cucumbers. Above the speckled blue sea, piercing squeals from a pod of dolphins is the early morning wake up call. In a New York minute, the entire boat load arrives on deck to discover a bluenose playing on the bow wake. Welcome to the Sea of Cortés otherwise dubbed “The Galapagos of Mexico.”    (More)


Exploring the world from the comfort of a luxury cruise liner is an unforgettable experience. Breathtaking views, exciting port excursions and one-of-a-kind onboard experiences are all trademarks of the new standard in luxury cruising.  (More)


I planned to take my mother on a European river cruise for her 80th birthday last fall and I also wanted some alone time with her just to reconnect as we live in different cities. After perusing the many interesting European itineraries Viking Cruises has to offer, I settled on their Portugal River of Gold. Though this cruise focuses on Portugal’s port and wine region along the Douro river, I didn’t choose it for that reason- neither of us are really big wine enthusiasts - I really chose it for the weather.    (More)


The city of Nanjing has played a significant role in the history and development of China, having served as the country’s capital on 10 occasions since ancient times. Today, Nanjing’s historical sites seamlessly meld with modern architecture, sophisticated cultural attractions, and a cosmopolitan vibe, offering travelers a perspective on China beyond the traditional tourist route. Nanjing is incredibly accessible by high speed rail via a 90-minute trip from Shanghai and a three and a half hour trip from Beijing.     (More)


Hong Kong + Scotland + Good-To-Go Travel Gear +  G Adventures + Broadway Show Hamilton  + Ethiopia + Amalfi + Wildwood + Topdeck Travel + Luxury Gold (More) 


What’s new on Aruba? Lots!

I often visit Aruba to sleuth out what’s new to enlighten my readers so that they can get a true picture of the “One Happy Island” vibe. So this edition is all about one of my favourite tropical spots and what to check out on island now.


‘Cienfuegos Passion’ seemed to be an apt description of the city founded by Don José Cienfuegos at the turn of the century. But in this case, the ‘passion’ referred to the name of the welcome drink concocted by the staff at Club Cienfuegos on our first day in Eastern Cuba. Fresh pineapple juice, coconut liqueur, rum, curacao and grenadine provided a refreshing and sweet way to recuperate from our early morning flight to Santa Clara. The Zarzuela de Mariscos, a delicious seafood stew of lobster, shrimp and fish followed.   (More)


The New B Historic Hotel - Savannah, Delta Chelsea - Toronto, The Austria Collection, Puntacana Resort & Club - DR, Secrets Papagayo - Costa Rica
Dreams Las Mareas - Costa Rica, Fern Resort - Ontario, Hoshinoya Tokyo and SpringHill Suites. 


I am obsessed with travel. I read the magazines, watch the TV shows, follow the bloggers, and click on all of the top 10 lists that I see on social media. I am always in the process of planning, going on or coming home from some type of trip. And when I go, I want to make the most of it. One of my favourite ways to travel is to go local and really learn about the place, the people and the culture – hands on, up close, feet on the ground.  (More)


South America’s second largest country is a rollercoaster ride of passion and suaveness that rubs off on even the most resilient of visitors. The cities of Buenos Aires and Córdoba offer only the fast lane, yet being on-time may as well be a crime. The humid north offers arguably the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, while the glaciers and snow-capped mountains of the beautiful Patagonian south gleam as if frozen in time. Throughout the country you will find a wealth of proud and friendly locals who will insist that their famous steak and wine is the world’s best. Many visitors find it hard to disagree.  (More)