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Ever since I saw my first photo of the enchanting overwater bungalows of Tahiti, staying in one and visiting the South Pacific islands has been high on my bucket list.   (More)


Yukiaki Tenpaku has an excited glimmer in his eyes when he picks up, what appears to be a charred piece of wood, from a tray in his dark factory-showroom. In fact it’s a Bonito, related to Skipjack Tuna, that’s been recently cured and it’s about to change our lives!    (More)


For many people, the Maya ruins are the Yucatán Peninsula's greatest attraction, with their massive pyramids and palaces and amazing artistic and astronomical features. It’s rare for a visitor to have time in a single trip to explore every site.   (More)


A warm light appears in front of me. I peek over my shoulder. The sun has just come up over the horizon. By the time I grab my camera and ask Steffie to stop the vehicle, the sliver of sun is a big yellow glowing ball in a bright orange sky. The sun rises quickly at the equator.    (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)


Chasing Canada’s pig-tailed red headed darling wasn’t what I had in mind on a shore excursion through Anne of Green Gables country but I did.  (More)


Nothing says luxury quite like an exclusive experience, and with their pristine beaches, aquamarine waters and a variety of adventures both in the water and on the shore, a visit to a cruise line’s private island certainly qualifies.   (More)


Exploring the world from the comfort of a cruise ship is a memorable experience and today’s travelers have more choice than ever when it comes to affordable, yet luxurious, cruising.   (More)


Montréal + Himalaya Trail + Good-To-Go Travel Gear + Nimmo 
G Adventures + Toronto + Gujarat + Waterloo, ON + Durban
Hawaii + Turkish Airlines + Manitobah Mukluks 


Never have I encountered a country with as much contrast as Japan: thousands of years of tradition and the most futuristic of technology; hallowed shrines and Hello Kitty; seas of gray suits and the craziest of costume-like getups; welcoming and distant. You can experience this contrast throughout the entire country, but even also within a couple of city blocks as we found out on a visit to Nihonbashi, Tokyo, a city district just north of Ginza and Tokyo Station.    (More)


Best known as a “Diver’s Paradise”, Dutch Caribbean Bonaire is also one of the world’s best places to learn how to windsurf! With onshore steady trades and shallow crystal clear water, beginners will revel in this wonderful learning environment. Kids start young there, sometimes still in diapers! .     (More)


The painted sign on the wall above the open kitchen at Tintoque Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico reads, “Los majores sueños son los que no te dejan dormir”. The translation is, “The best dreams are those that don’t let you sleep”. And the meaning refers to the riveting excitement of ideas and the energy of creative thoughts that keep us awake at night.   (More)


“The Great Wall of China! Of course, when I travel to China I am going to see that unparalleled creation of man. It’s one of my utmost dreams!” I remarked to a Canadian friend who advised me to place the Great Wall at the top of my travel itinerary. He smiled, “I am sure that you will never forget your trip to the Great Wall. I will always remember the first time that I climbed that Chinese landmark.”   (More)


Luxury Conrad Style, NYC   Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa                    Westin Playa Bonita, Panama   Puntacana Resort & Club, DR                   Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya & Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun
Don CeSar in St. Petersburg, FL  Le Parker Meridien New York and
The Trapp Family Lodge, VT 


Entering New York City is always a pleasure, whether for the first time or the 50th, and this would be the kids’ first visit and the first time in a city with skyscrapers. New York is so filled with energy that the ambiance pulls you right in and you can sometimes get lost in the shuffle!   (More)


If you are looking to spend some time on Florida’s Gulf Coast, then consider the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area.   (More)


Everyone’s heard of Scotland’s mythical beast, the Loch Ness Monster, and of course, there’s Big Foot AKA Sasquatch. But Northern Michigan has a legendary creature of its own, which we learned about one very dark night.  (More)