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Canada 2017 is coming

Canada 2017 is coming

Editorial: I’m a boomer and sure remember 1967, Canada’s 100th birthday, particularly Expo 67 in Montreal. I went with my girlfriends and my mother was terrified that we’d be captured into white slavery when using the … Read entire article »

Do travel legs get wobbly?

Do travel legs get wobbly?

Every day until 2030, 10,000 American baby boomers will be turning 65 and many of them will be travelling. They will need something to fill their days when they’re no longer commuting to the office. … Read entire article »

Becoming a birder

Becoming a birder

Editorial: I once went on a bird safari and it was a bit of a failure. It was in Bundala National Park in Sri Lanka. I even bought binoculars on my way there during a … Read entire article »

Editorial: Don’t stay home. Travel with the kids!

Editorial: Don’t stay home. Travel with the kids!

A few days ago I was listening to Bob McDonald, a science journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, talk about images of Pluto that were coming from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. The images, beamed to … Read entire article »

Riding the buses™ is 5 years old

Riding the buses™ is 5 years old

Editorial: Riding the buses™ had its 5th birthday on March 1, 2015 and it’s taken me this long to write an editorial about it. I’ve been too busy researching trips, taking trips, and writing about trips, … Read entire article »

Travel with Nana

Travel with Nana

Editorial: Carol Kiecher, a blogger I regularly follow, abandoned her travels in Mozambique a short while ago and returned home to the United States early. This was a surprise (and of some concern) as she is … Read entire article »

Travel inspired by Writers and Company

Travel inspired by Writers and Company

Early in 2012, on a bus ride in the Mekong Delta, I listened to a radio podcast that significantly influenced my travel plans. It was an interview with Meira Chand, a novelist who writes fiction … Read entire article »

We love festivals!

We love festivals!

Editorial: I had lunch the other day with a long-time traveller who once hopped planes to see the world but who now spends weekends and vacations hauling a much-loved trailer to music festivals around Canada … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

Travelling with kids

Travelling with kids

There’s a new addition to the Riding the buses team. He’s only three weeks old. Jessica (with her husband Ian) brought him into this world. I’m just the Nana. This weekend the baby is travelling … Read entire article »

Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage destination

Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage destination

Editorial: I was in Mexico again this winter, four weeks ‘riding the buses’ to what I will loosely describe as ‘cities with historic centres’. A friend said I must really like the country since I go … Read entire article »

Inspired by a festival and a garden, Canada and Mexico

Inspired by a festival and a garden, Canada and Mexico

Editorial: It is perhaps difficult to imagine what Stratford, Ontario and Oaxaca City, Mexico have in common other than being on the same continent. This year I re-visited both and was moved by what I saw … Read entire article »

What’s with the Lonely Planet?

What’s with the Lonely Planet?

Editorial: I’ve always felt a special bond with the Lonely Planet, probably because I travelled overland from Melbourne to London the same year its co-founders—Tony and Maureen Wheeler—travelled overland from London to Melbourne. Same trip but … Read entire article »

Lessons from our favourite astronaut

Lessons from our favourite astronaut

Editorial: I was listening to Chris Hadfield being interviewed on TV the other day—he’s the Canadian astronaut who commandeered the International Space Station—and he was talking about the importance of human space travel and why we … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

Indian summer

Indian summer

Editorial: You really should come to my part of the world during an Indian summer. It’s autumn here now in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, a time we often call fall. But it’s warm outside and the light … Read entire article »

Celebrating World Tourism

Celebrating World Tourism

Editorial: There has been a remarkable surge in global tourism over the past few years. Today tourism is considered to be one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world and closely linked to development. Tourism’s … 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 »

A spiritual journey for Jenna

A spiritual journey for Jenna

Editorial: I was helping a long-time family friend reorganize her garden the other day and in front of a newly planted tree she created a small memorial to her daughter, Jenna, who was killed in a … 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 »

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