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In Todos Santos, all the saints are celebrated on Nov. 1

In Todos Santos, all the saints are celebrated on Nov. 1

Don’t bring a suitcase on wheels,” my daughter Jessica told me. “You’ll never be able to pull it up the hill to the house”. When I got off the bus in Todos Santos, a village in a remote corner of Guatemala high in the Cuchumatanes mountains, I knew the big test of my journey would not be making it over roads that had been largely washed out by rain, nor travelling on the so-called chicken bus … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cultural travel, Guatemala, Memorable moments, Spiritual travel

An unexpected trek through Dogon Country, Mali

An unexpected trek through Dogon Country, Mali

Having a wife who works on international missions offers protection from the predictable and the routine.  One day she’s at home taking care of the usual things; three days later she’s on an airplane to the other side of the world – usually with very little notice. I’m never sure when Barbara is leaving but usually I know when she’s returning home.  This was not the case when she finished a nine month assignment in The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adventure travel, Travel itinerary

Canoeing the Barrens for 56 days with 12 teenagers

Canoeing the Barrens for 56 days with 12 teenagers

Vanessa Kohut was the co-leader on this extensive canoe trip beyond the tree line in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The Barrens are in northern Canada. It’s called that because it is above the tree line so it is barren. It’s really a tough environment to be in because it’s super windy and buggy. If it’s not buggy it’s raining. We were there with Camp Wanapitei and flew to the eastern part of Great Slave … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adventure travel, Canada, Travel itinerary

Indonesia photo gallery

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Reford Gardens photo gallery

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The Reford Gardens (Jardins de Métis), Quebec, Canada

The Reford Gardens (Jardins de Métis), Quebec, Canada

Elsie Reford inherited Estevan Lodge and the property surrounding it from her uncle. It was primarily a fishing lodge for salmon fishing was excellent in the area. It is located on the St. Lawrence River, 350 km east of Quebec City. This is in the Gaspé Peninsula in one of the northernmost parts of eastern Canada. It is where the river starts to turn into a gulf and where the land is poor. In 1926, Elsie … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Gardens of the world, Travel itinerary

On staying foolish

On staying foolish

Editorial: There is a travel forum that I occasionally visit where a woman has been posting reports of her travels on a very remote Indonesian island. She is an American, 74 years of age, divorced, and going solo. She travels very cheaply. The places she stays usually cost $8 – $10 a night, breakfast included. She tells of visiting several hotels in an effort to find a room with a bathroom that has a sink so that … Read entire article »

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Getting stuck in Alligator River, Australia

Getting stuck in Alligator River, Australia

Matthew Reinhardus travels for wildlife and scenery – and not the usual kind. One of my favourite places in Australia was Darwin because that’s where all the crocs are. I just needed to find a way to see them other than going out in a croc-tour boat where they throw some meat over the side to attract the croc, which seemed too touristy to me. So when I was talking to a local tour guide at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Memorable moments, Wildlife

Komodo dragons and other Indonesian adventures

Komodo dragons and other Indonesian adventures

Why ever would you go across the world to see the largest living lizards? Why not, says Matthew Reinhardus Indonesia was a great place to visit because it was just so cheap and I could live like a king. Even so, I was living on a budget that was way too big for what I should have been spending, but I tend to do that. The first while when I didn’t know about laundry service I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Indonesia, Travel itinerary, Wildlife

Three generations vacation in Costa Rica

Three generations vacation in Costa Rica

Dianne Bascombe had never been to Costa Rica and wanted to go see the leatherback turtles lay their eggs and hike in a national park where swamps bubble. Eight others wanted to go with her. Nine of us went to Costa Rica for two weeks this winter. There was no special occasion. It just seemed like a good idea at the time. We also had quite a collection of airline points so we decided to take … Read entire article »

Filed under: Costa Rica, Family travel, Why travel

Norway photo gallery

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Three generations visit Norway

Three generations visit Norway

Norway is well known for its fjords and for the Nobel Peace Prize that is awarded every year in Oslo. Randi Goddard and her brother decided to visit the country with their 82 year old mother who had been waiting her whole life to explore her roots. The fact that Randi’s son, Peter, was studying for a semester at the University of Bergen was just the incentive to get them to make the trip. My mother’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Family travel, Road trips, Travel itinerary

Why travel? Because I want a volunteer experience

Why travel? Because I want a volunteer experience

Some people volunteer internationally because they are interested in having a new and interesting experience. Perhaps they want to meet people they would not normally meet or need a base where they can stay cheaply for a period of time while travelling. I knew that some international work experience would be helpful for a career in development and that the easiest way to get it was to volunteer. Besides, I had always wanted to go … Read entire article »

Filed under: Volunteer abroad, Why travel

Photo gallery of Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is an island off Tanzania in East Africa. Historically it was known for its spices and slave markets. Today it’s best known for its beaches and Stone Town. Jessica Sunter spent three months there as a volunteer with Youth Challenge International. I was there working in a youth community centre with another young Canadian. I had studied international development at university and wanted to get some practical work experience. We lived and worked outside … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tanzania, Travel itinerary, Volunteer abroad