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Celebrating Canada’s railway hotels

Celebrating Canada’s railway hotels

There is a famous moment in Canadian history when on November 7, 1885 an iron spike was pounded into a railway tie in Craigellachie, British Columbia signalling the joining of Canada’s east with its west … Read entire article »

Taking a mid-life gap year to see the world

Taking a mid-life gap year to see the world

Debra Lynkowski and her partner, Marc Archambault, were at the peak of their careers when they decided to sell their house, find a temporary home for their cats, and spend 8 months traveling around the … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

Are you an ‘authentic’ traveller?

Are you an ‘authentic’ traveller?

Editorial: I was reading the ITB World Travel Trends Report 2012/2013 and took note that millions of people want to travel and have the money to do so but stay at home because of a disability … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

Why we travel

Why we travel

Editorial: “That sign says ‘Welcome to Massachusetts,” I say to my daughter, Jessica, who is the one holding the map while I drive. “No it can’t say that,” she replies. “Massachusetts is south and we’re supposed to … Read entire article »

Thai festivals to plan your visit around

Thai festivals to plan your visit around

Thailand is well known for its festivals. Many involve making merit at Buddhist temples so it is an ideal time to get-thee-to-a-temple, fade into the background and be part of the Thai culture. Festivals can … Read entire article »

An accountant travels to Africa

An accountant travels to Africa

By Sue Landreville In the past, accountants rarely got to travel as part of the job. Instead, we always seemed to work in cramped dark offices, counting beans just like in the cartoons. But a series … Read entire article »

Why travel with kids? Because it opens up their world

Why travel with kids? Because it opens up their world

Tara Collins has followed her mother’s lead and with her husband Paul has exposed her young children to the world. My mother has always been a traveller and she believed that exposing her children to the … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

Why travel: Because I have a year off and can go around the world

Why travel: Because I have a year off and can go around the world

I was a teacher and decided to enrol in a program where my salary was reduced by 20 percent for 5 years but year five I had off with pay. There were no firm plans … Read entire article »

Birding in Costa Rica with Road Scholar

Birding in Costa Rica with Road Scholar

Darby Bayly and her sister travelled to Costa Rica with Road Scholar (Elder Hostel) to see the birds. Birding is something that has always fascinated me. I started when I was really young, four or … Read entire article »

Boogie Street and beyond: Around the world in two weeks

Boogie Street and beyond: Around the world in two weeks

Kathy said she lucked out during her gap year when a friend asked her to travel around the world using tickets she had won as a door prize. They were both in new jobs and … Read entire article »

A Canadian/Mexican journey

A Canadian/Mexican journey

Canada is a large country so leaving home in Ottawa and travelling to Banff, Alberta is a long journey when you’re 18 years old (4000 km in fact). Banff was the start of Jessica’s gap … Read entire article »

Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Taking a gap year—typically a time of global travel and work between high school and college or university—has long been embraced by Britain and Australia where it is considered a rite of passage. The concept … Read entire article »

Why travel: To appreciate other cultures

Why travel: To appreciate other cultures

Some travellers define culture narrowly. When I told a colleague that I was going to Latin America again she said she was heading to Europe because she wanted a cultural vacation. Like there is no culture in Latin … Read entire article »

Why travel: Because it makes you stronger

Why travel: Because it makes you stronger

Travel in places unlike home can be challenging at times so remember the saying: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. In a letter home from Malaysia I said the three things I hate most … Read entire article »

Why travel: Because it makes life more interesting

Why travel: Because it makes life more interesting

When your senses are a little dull from the routines of everyday life, catch a plane and in a matter of hours you’ll be in another world, another culture. You can head to San Cristobal … Read entire article »