Sintra, Portugal, is simply magical

Sintra is one of those places where there is so much packed in that you'll say to yourself: "Wow! How come I never knew about this before?"

Sintra, Portugal, is simply magicalSintra, Portugal, is one of those places where there is so much packed in, so many fairy tale castles and brooding fortresses that you'll say to yourself: "Wow! How come I never knew about this before?" From Lisbon, a trip to  Sintra is a simple day trip, although you could easily spend a couple of…

Taking the mystery out of breakfast

Ever wondered what you could expect for breakfast in the country you are visiting?

Taking the mystery out of breakfastEver wondered what you could expect for breakfast in the the country you are visiting? While travellers may plan whole trips around their culinary experiences during lunch and dinner, most people don't really give too much thought about breakfast. What you eat depends on where you are ... and, if you're travelling in exotic lands,…

Guernsey is a hot spot for Second World War buffs

Channel Islands were only British territory occupied by Nazis

Guernsey is a hot spot for Second World War buffsIn Guernsey’s darkest hour, Canadians rushed to help. Today’s visitors to this lively, lovely Channel Island, just off the Normandy coast, can’t help but be reminded of that. The Channel Islands were the only British territory to suffer Nazi occupation during the Second World War. For German leader Adolf Hitler, the islands – which include…

Romance is in the (alpine) air in Zurich

Behind its business persona is a romantic setting complete with snow-capped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and dreamy architecture

Romance is in the (alpine) air in ZurichDon't be discouraged by Zurich's identity as the financial capital of Switzerland. Behind the business persona of the city is a romantic setting complete with snow-capped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and dreamy architecture. Zurich is nestled within the Alps on the banks of Lake Zurich. This strategic location provides a beautiful backdrop for the city,…

Passport? Check. Insurance? Better check

Are you game to be an eco-Adventure Junky? Or are you looking for some place quirky to stay on your next trip?

Passport? Check. Insurance? Better checkSpring break. Those two words make many people giddy with excitement right about now. But in the fever of getting ready to flee winter’s frigid temperatures, many of us – especially if we’re fortunate enough not to have health issues – often forget about buying health insurance for travel abroad. I can’t count the times…

You never really know what’s following you until it snows

I’ve adjusted my solo walk schedule and try to be alert to the possibility that a cougar is lurking

You never really know what’s following you until it snowsWe joke in our family about my living a city-mouse/country-mouse existence. Part of the time, I live in a 600-square-foot Vancouver condo and part of the time I live with the land at Skelhp on the Sunshine coast. In Vancouver, I’m visually connected to pigeons, seagulls, and the 4 p.m. return flight of northwestern crows,…

In one fell Swoop, Jetlines gets a leg up on its competition

Canada’s newest ultra-low-cost carrier has made a bold move by changing its home base to Vancouver from Abbotsford

In one fell Swoop, Jetlines gets a leg up on its competitionCanada Jetlines has yet to take its inaugural flight but it’s already flying full throttle in its dogfight with rival airlines. Canada’s newest ultra-low-cost carrier made a bold announcement this month, changing its home base to Vancouver International Airport (YVR). It had planned to be based in Abbotsford, a 90-minute drive away on a good…

Canadians can’t get enough of this year’s international auto show

Thousands crowd Toronto convention centre to see the finest in modern and vintage automotive design

Canadians can’t get enough of this year’s international auto showCanada’s love affair with the automobile is still going strong. Just ask the thousands of people who are flocking to the Canadian International Autoshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Both of the centre’s large buildings are filled to the brim with 1,000 concept cars, luxury vehicles, regular automobiles and vintage models. There’s something to…

Who’s most likely to check their inbox while on holiday?

Plus, warm up for less on the Tahitian islands, Alt Hotel opens in Calgary and the best ski months are still to come

Who’s most likely to check their inbox while on holiday?Anyone who’s said millennials are slackers at work have it wrong. Studies reveal that members of that generation, born between 1981 and 1996, have a strong work ethic that extends to when they’re on vacation. A new study by Allianz Global Assistance Canada, a travel insurance company, recently asked more than 2,000 Canadians about their…

The nomadic life of retirement tourism

Among the many fascinating people found in San Miguel de Allende was a couple who sold everything to travel the world

The nomadic life of retirement tourismI’ve just returned from San Miguel de Allende full of interesting new experiences gathered in a 475-year-old Mexican central highlands town renowned worldwide for its hospitality to culturally creative folk. Those visitors like to rent 300-year-old casas, practise speaking Spanish and participate in a nuanced cosmopolitan life. The local media refer to this phenomenon as…
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