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Where we stay while travelling the world

Where we stay while travelling the world

Editorial: According to the 2013-14 report on world travel trends, where we stay when travelling around the world has changed dramatically over the past few years. One reason for this is the significant increase in the number of youth travelling and their demand for low-cost beds. Budget hotel chains are rapidly expanding and appealing to the younger demographic. Stephanie Jack, a regular contributor to this website, is in her early 30s and when she and her … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editorials, Featured trips, Planning your trip

A just-about-perfect B&B, Oaxaca, Mexico

A just-about-perfect B&B, Oaxaca, Mexico

Casa Ollin Bed & Breakfast is a large house with 11 guest rooms located on a quiet street two blocks northeast of the famous Santo Domingo church in Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s one of the best B&Bs that I’ve ever stayed at. The B&B had a romantic beginning. Jon McKinley, an American lawyer, booked a tour of Oaxaca with Judith Reyes, a professional Mexican guide, and they fell in love. That’s what he told me! And they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mexico, Places you can stay a while, Planning your trip

Wilson Botanical Garden, Las Cruces, Costa Rica

Wilson Botanical Garden, Las Cruces, Costa Rica

There are many reasons to visit the Wilson Botanical Garden in Costa Rica, two of which have nothing to do with the garden itself. The Wilson Botanical Garden is located at 1200 m (3,935 ft) above sea level along a spur of the Fila Cruces pacific coastal range, 5 km from the Panamanian border. To travel there from our rental property in the coastal town of Dominical, we headed to the mountains and the wide valley … Read entire article »

Filed under: Costa Rica, Gardens of the world, Travel itinerary, Uncategorized

Hiking with kids: Stanley Glacier Trail, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia

Hiking with kids: Stanley Glacier Trail, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia

This moderate hike to Stanley Glacier, with not too much elevation gain (395m), is described by Parks Canada as being “fire and ice in equal measures”. The effect of the fires of 1968 and 2003 is evident on the lower trail while on the upper trail there is a clear view of the glacier. The trail is in British Columbia, just over the border from Alberta, and less than one-hour drive from Banff or Lake Louise. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Memorable moments

The art of making Talavera pottery, Puebla, Mexico

The art of making Talavera pottery, Puebla, Mexico

One of the reasons the city of Puebla is so special is because many of its buildings are decorated with talavera tiles, a technique that came from Spain shortly after the city was founded in 1531. Over the years indigenous artists became involved in the process and what evolved became known as Talavera Poblana. Authentic Talavera pottery is notable for its expertly applied paint that has a raised appearance and for its glossy sheen. Puebla is … Read entire article »

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They left the farm to see the world: First stop Thailand

They left the farm to see the world: First stop Thailand

Barb and Ben Dietrich, who live on a family farm in southern Ontario, Canada, retired from their jobs, rented out the land on their farm to others, and set off for 3 months in Southeast Asia. Over the next few issues we will follow them through their letters home.  We have been travelling for over 3 weeks now and there have been so many new and crazy experiences. We started in Bangkok, which has approximately 12 million people. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Thailand, Travel itinerary, Uncategorized