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Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide

Mexico City is great! Really. So why do so few foreigners visit, even those who travel… [more]

Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide Visiting Mexico City? Here's my guide

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, England

When touring the gardens of ancient estates, a certain discipline is required to… [more]

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, England Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, England

Bucket List for Kids: Biking the Myra Canyon Trestles, Kelowna, B.C.

The old Kettle Valley Railway use to run through southern British Columbia and a… [more]

Bucket List for Kids: Biking the Myra Canyon Trestles, Kelowna, B.C. Bucket List for Kids: Biking the Myra Canyon Trestles, Kelowna, B.C.

The Day of Silence when Bali shuts its door

(From the vault) When I first heard about Nyepi I didn’t quite get it. Like there… [more]

The Day of Silence when Bali shuts its door The Day of Silence when Bali shuts its door

Bucket List for Kids: Path of the Glacier Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta

The Path of the Glacier Trail in Jasper National Park takes you close to the north… [more]

Bucket List for Kids: Path of the Glacier Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta Bucket List for Kids: Path of the Glacier Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Parker Ridge Trail, Icefields Parkway, Alberta

My brother hiked the Parker Ridge Trail with his family and told me that it was one… [more]

Parker Ridge Trail, Icefields Parkway, Alberta Parker Ridge Trail, Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Burning Man, Nevada, USA

For one week every year, thousands of people gather in the Nevada desert for a festival… [more]

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Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide

Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide

Mexico City is great! Really. So why do so few foreigners visit, even those who travel regularly to other parts of the country? It’s because of the “fear” factor and I think it’s been overplayed. A travel writer with Australia’s Sydney Morning Sun-Herald wrote a rather humorous article on his trip to Mexico City, about how he hardly took any photos the first few days because he was “too scared of being mugged to pull my camera out of my bag.” He went on to say that “every time someone brushed against me, I expected to be thrown into a white van and driven at knife point to the nearest ATM.” Needless to say, he lived to write … Read entire article »

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Parker Ridge Trail, Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Parker Ridge Trail, Icefields Parkway, Alberta

My brother hiked the Parker Ridge Trail with his family and told me that it was one of the must-do hikes along the Icefields Parkway. Since we had time for only one stop on our drive up to Jasper we decided to give it a try. Parker Ridge Trail is rated as an easy hike (albeit requiring some effort), taking 2.5 hours round trip. You are rewarded at the top as there is an exceptional view of the Saskatchewan Glacier flowing out from the Columbia Icefield. It’s 2.5 km to the crest of Parker, with a 250 m elevation gain. The Trailhead is in Banff National Park on the south side of the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North), 9 km south of the Icefield Information Centre, and … Read entire article »

Burning Man, Nevada, USA

Burning Man, Nevada, USA

For one week every year, thousands of people gather in the Nevada desert for a festival dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. Ron Perrier was one of them. Burning Man has become one of the most popular festivals on the planet and I had wanted to go for many years but getting tickets can be a challenge. I finally went in 2014, which was the festival’s 28th year. The concept of Burning Man is difficult to understand and can only be experienced. Burning Man always happens in the week before Labour Day at the end of August/beginning of September. The gate opens at 10:00a.m. on Sunday, the event starts at 10:00a.m. on Monday, the MAN burns on Saturday night, the TEMPLE burns on Sunday night, and … Read entire article »