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They left the farm to see the world: Stop #4: Cambodia; Stop #5: Southern Thailand

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #4: Cambodia; Stop #5: Southern Thailand

Barb and Ben Dietrich, recently retired, travelled through Southeast Asia for three months last year and sent emails “home” describing the journey.  Cambodia Cambodia is a country that leaves a special spot in your heart. Cambodians have … Read entire article »

Why Cuernavaca, Mexico, disappoints

Why Cuernavaca, Mexico, disappoints

Cuernavaca (kwehr-nah-vah-kah) is one of Mexico’s better-known colonial cities. It’s easy to get to—just an hour drive south of Mexico City. It even has its own airport. Cuernavaca is best known for: 1) its almost … Read entire article »

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #3 Vietnam

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #3 Vietnam

Barb and Ben Dietrich, recently retired, travelled through Southeast Asia for three months last year and sent emails “home” describing the journey.  North Vietnam We have loved Vietnam and we are now much more seasoned to the … Read entire article »

A magical trip to FloydFest in the Blue Ridge Mountains

A magical trip to FloydFest in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Susan Hubay and her husband took their beloved VW van to the world music and arts festival that is held each year near Floyd, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They were there for what … Read entire article »

Three ways to travel around Laos

Three ways to travel around Laos

Laos is one of my favourite destinations in Southeast Asia. I found the people incredibly hospitable, the landscape some of the most scenic in the world, and the cost of travelling there so affordable. There are … Read entire article »

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #2 Laos

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #2 Laos

Barb and Ben Dietrich, recently retired, travelled through Southeast Asia for three months last year and sent emails “home” about the journey.  We took the slow boat from Thailand into Laos. It was a two-day trip … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

Hiking with kids: Bow Glacier Falls, Banff National Park, Alberta

Hiking with kids: Bow Glacier Falls, Banff National Park, Alberta

Some of the best hikes in the Canadian Rockies can be found around Lake Louise and when we were camping there last summer we looked for a trail that would be easy for children and … Read entire article »

Trying to be a foodie in Puebla, Mexico

Trying to be a foodie in Puebla, Mexico

There are many good reasons to visit Puebla and one of them is to indulge in its cuisine. After all, mole poblano, the “king of all sauces” was invented here. And according to Alonso Hernández, … Read entire article »

Hiking with kids: Lake Annette Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta

Hiking with kids:  Lake Annette Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta

Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies, is a popular place to hike and some trails, particularly around Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, can be very crowded. The Lake Annette Trail in the Paradise Valley … Read entire article »

Vientiane and the weird Buddha Park, Laos

Vientiane and the weird Buddha Park, Laos

Vientiane, capital of Laos, is often described as laid-back and in the middle of nowhere. The French who occupied the country for about 50 years, did redesign its layout and restore some of the monuments … Read entire article »

Best stops along Ontario’s West Coast

Best stops along Ontario’s West Coast

The area that lies on Lake Huron’s southeast shore is appropriately called Huron County. A sister of mine lives there, in Goderich, the county’s largest town. When I go for a visit we usually meet … Read entire article »

Payogan Homestay: Bali

Payogan Homestay: Bali

Debra Lynkowski and her partner Marc Archambault spent 6 weeks at a Bali homestay during their mid-life, 8-month trip around world. Bali surprised me more than any other place in our round-the-world trip. We chose the … Read entire article »

Trekking in the legendary Nam Ha National Protected Area, Laos

Trekking in the legendary Nam Ha National Protected Area, Laos

Ron Perrier, a Canadian who is travelling the world, recently made his way to Luang Namtha in northern Laos, the starting point for the “trekking mecca of Southeast Asia”. The border crossing from Chiang Khong, … Read entire article »

Travelling around China made easy

Travelling around China made easy

My decision to travel through China was rather spontaneous. It was March 2012, and I was travelling around Malaysia. The weather was getting uncomfortably hot and after seeing so many so-called China towns I thought … Read entire article »

Château Montebello, the world’s most luxurious log cabin

Château Montebello, the world’s most luxurious log cabin

There has been a tradition in my family of spending at least a summer, during one’s youth, working at one of the great Canadian railway hotels. I started the trend, taking the train from Ottawa … Read entire article »

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 … 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 »

Turkey from Fethiye to Istanbul

Turkey from Fethiye to Istanbul

This is the final leg of Jessica Sunter and Ian Knight’s honeymoon in Turkey that started and ended in Istanbul and included Cappadocia, Olympos, a Blue Cruise along the Turquoise Coast and, of course, Ephesus … Read entire article »

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