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How three young Canadian women travelled around Colombia

How three young Canadian women travelled around Colombia

Stephanie Jack and her friends Bridget and Sharon recently travelled around Colombia. At the top of their to-see list were Bogota, the coffee belt, Cartagena and the Amazon. Q: How did you travel around the country? A: After some very useful advice from a Colombian colleague of mine, we decided to take a couple of flights within the country because of the distances involved.  We travelled to more remote locations such as Salento and Santa Rosa by local bus, which was super cheap, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colombia, Memorable moments, Road trips, Travel itinerary

Should I buy a winter cottage in Merida, Yucatan?

Should I buy a winter cottage in Merida, Yucatan?

Quite a few Canadians own a summer cottage, usually a place by a lake that they open up on the long weekend in May and close down on Labour Day weekend in September. I’ve had one myself. But today my longing is for a cottage that I would open in November and close in April, somewhere tropical, of course. A television program that I watch quite faithfully—House Hunters International—has led me to believe that the “cottage” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Memorable moments, Mexico, Places you can stay a while, Travel itinerary

The Maya people of the Yucatan

The Maya people of the Yucatan

When I visited Merida, the capital city of the State of Yucatan on the Yucatan Peninsula, I was struck by how many Maya lived there and how integrated into mainstream life they seemed to be, at least in comparison to the Maya in places like the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Between 750,000 and 1,200,000 people speak Mayan in the Yucatán Peninsula, which includes the States of Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo. The Maya, however, are not … Read entire article »

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My favourite road trip through Canada’s Maritime Provinces

My favourite road trip through Canada’s Maritime Provinces

There are three Maritime Provinces in Canada: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. They are on the Atlantic Ocean on the east side of the country. These three provinces along with Newfoundland form the region known as Atlantic Canada. A road trip through the Maritime Provinces is a wonderful adventure and a great one to do with kids. That’s because there’s lots of variation and you can easily visit the three provinces in 10 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Family travel, Road trips

International Garden Festival, Quebec, Canada

International Garden Festival, Quebec, Canada

Along the banks of the St. Lawrence River in the province of Quebec an international garden festival that receives worldwide acclaim is held every year. This is no ordinary garden show; some would call it weird; the founder says it’s contemporary. Since the festival began in 2000, 110 gardens from 15 countries have been selected by a jury to be part of the exhibition.  290 proposals were received from 31 countries for the 2013 festival and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Gardens of the world

Photo gallery of Sri Lanka’s hill country

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Sri Lanka’s spectacular hill country

Sri Lanka’s spectacular hill country

The heart of Sri Lanka is said to be the hill country and it is astonishingly beautiful, particularly the ‘high country’ where the terrain rises to over 2400 meters (8000 feet) and the cool hills are dotted with Ceylon Tea bushes. Most visitors start in Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands, once a remote city that resisted hundreds of years of colonialism until the British took over the whole island in 1815. Kandy is a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cultural travel, Sri Lanka, Travel itinerary

The makings of a traveller

The makings of a traveller

Editorial: I was reading George Santayana’s Philosophy of Travel the other day and it struck me that my definition of a traveller is too narrow. I tend to think of a traveller as a vacationer or at least someone who is passing through. Santayana, though, included migrants in his definition. Migrants are the most radical form of traveller, he said. Almost 21% of Canada’s population is made up of migrants so this is a country of travellers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editorials, Why travel