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Stirling Dickinson and the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende

Stirling Dickinson and the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende

People who travel beyond the beach resorts in Mexico probably know about San Miguel de Allende.  It’s in the center of the country, in the state of Guanajuato, 274 km from Mexico City and far from any beach. San Miguel has the reputation of being a world-class art center and a stay-awhile place filled with friendly gringos, excellent restaurants, and shops that sell merchandise that would look just right in your living room back home. When … Read entire article »

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Spain and Morocco: Two continents, two countries, two weeks

Spain and Morocco: Two continents, two countries, two weeks

Stephanie Jack and her boyfriend had two weeks vacation, the last week of January and the first week of February. Her boyfriend was working in Europe and Stephanie, a Canadian, had never travelled in Spain and thought it would be one of the warmest European destinations at that time of year. Combining Spain and Morocco—just a short ferry ride away—seemed a perfect fit.   Many people who visit Spain tend to go to Barcelona and Madrid … Read entire article »

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A streetcar tour of Toronto

A streetcar tour of Toronto

Susan Sullivan moved to Toronto, Canada’s largest city, a couple of years ago and has enthusiastically embraced it and its streetcars. Here is her recommended one day, hop-on, hop-off streetcar tour of the city. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and there are little ethnic neighbourhoods everywhere. It is also the city the rest of Canada loves to hate but Torontonians embrace that! Greektown on Danforth Avenue is home to the second-largest … Read entire article »

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A retiree sums up 4 months backpacking in India

A retiree sums up 4 months backpacking in India

Ron Perrier, a retired Canadian physician, backpacked in India from November 17, 2012 to March 13, 2013. It is often stated that you either hate India or love it. I think most western travellers are somewhere in between. It is easily the most completely different culture that you will ever experience. Nothing is like it. I believe it is the safest country in the world in which to travel especially for single women and it is … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Memorable moments, Travel itinerary, Why travel

A blended family of 12 goes to Dominical, Costa Rica

A blended family of 12 goes to Dominical, Costa Rica

Taking a family of 12 on an independent, two-week vacation to Costa Rica involves hours of planning. Here’s how one of our ‘Riding the Buses’ contributors set about organizing such a vacation.  Q: Who all will be on this trip? A: Our two sons and their partners, our four grandchildren and the two daughters of one of our son’s partner, form our blended family.  We 12 will travel at the same time to Costa Rica. Four … Read entire article »

Filed under: Costa Rica, Family travel, Planning your trip, Travel itinerary, Travel tips

Making independent travel easier

Making independent travel easier

Editorial: I was having lunch with a friend the other day and she was telling me about her so-called travel “bucket list” and it struck me that the list hadn’t changed since I first heard about it a couple of years ago, that nothing had been “ticked off” and nothing new added. She definitely knew where she wanted to go and had the resources and time to do it but something was stopping her from moving … Read entire article »

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