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How NOT to fly to South Africa

How NOT to fly to South Africa

Craig Reinhardus missed his flight to South Africa and almost missed a safari. His family would not have been pleased! I was doing shift work in one of the finest hotels in Canada and was … Read entire article »

Finding my way in Italy

Finding my way in Italy

I am from small-town Canada and had never travelled outside my country until I went to Italy. While you may think Italy is like Canada, it is not. It took me a week to find … Read entire article »

Safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Craig Reinhardus recalls the safari he went on in Mala Mala—a private game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. He drove there from Pretoria in a rental car with others in his family. Q: What … Read entire article »

Volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel

Volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel

During her gap year in 1973, Gracie—a non-Jew—spent several months working on a kibbutz in Israel. Her time there was sandwiched between the murder of Israeli athletes and coaches at the summer Olympics in Munich, … 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 »

Being a tourist in Afghanistan

Being a tourist in Afghanistan

Nancy Fanjoy spent six weeks in Afghanistan in 2004, visiting her sister who was working there and volunteering as a civic education trainer. Q: Why ever did you chose to vacation in Afghanistan? A: My life … Read entire article »

Turtles hatching in Costa Rica

Turtles hatching in Costa Rica

Charlotte Fanjoy was in Costa Rica to celebrate a special birthday and woke up one morning to witness baby sea turtles making their way from their nest in the sand to the sea. I was walking … Read entire article »

Surviving India

Surviving India

Memorable moments, both good and bad, are just about guaranteed when travelling in India. One of my worst moments was being in the big traffic circle in New Delhi called Connaught Place and unable to … Read entire article »

The prince and the Great Thar Desert

The prince and the Great Thar Desert

I was travelling on my own in Rajasthan—the Land of the Kings—and it was Valentine’s  Day. So when a handsome young man offered to take me to a place where there were no tourists, where, … Read entire article »

Special moments on the road

Special moments on the road

When you travel in countries unlike home there will be many special moments and memories of them enrich an ordinary life. Like sitting on the top of a pyramid in the middle of the jungle … Read entire article »

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