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Independent travel: Does it matter how we do it?

Independent travel: Does it matter how we do it?

Editorial: A couple of days ago I found myself on a Yucatan bus seated beside a young woman from Denmark. She was also a serious traveller and we shared some stories. I had just been to … Read entire article »

Boomers are travelling ‘outside the box’

Boomers are travelling ‘outside the box’

Editorial: A few days ago, when I was in Amritsar, I ran into a fellow Canadian who has been travelling in India for four months. He’s probably 61 years of age, a medical doctor who retired … Read entire article »

Stories museums tell us

Stories museums tell us

Editorial: The Museum of History in Kowloon has a permanent exhibition called The Story of Hong Kong. It is comprised of 8 galleries and more than 3,700 exhibits and it’s simply outstanding. The story begins 400 … Read entire article »

Do I have to eat vegetables for breakfast?

Do I have to eat vegetables for breakfast?

Editorial: One of the delights of foreign travel is sampling the cuisine of the country that you’re visiting. The best way to do that, so I’m told, is to try everything. Take your cue from the … Read entire article »

Should tourism be more real?

Should tourism be more real?

Editorial: Does tourism ignore a destination’s history, particularly if that history is disturbing? Yes, says Jan Morris, the highly acclaimed travel writer. “Tourism,” she says in an interview with The Paris Review, “encourages unreality. It’s easier … 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 »

Viva Mexico

Viva Mexico

Editorial: It is September, my favourite month, and cooler air is blowing in, at least in this part of the world. It’s actually a relief for the weather has been scorching hot everywhere I travelled over … Read entire article »

Hopping on and off the bus in 4 great cities

Hopping on and off the bus in 4 great cities

Editorial: It’s August, the month when ‘the girls’ go to New York City, not every year, of course, but often enough. Over time we’ve seen most of its landmarks. When we’re there we always take a … Read entire article »

On returning home

On returning home

Editorial: This month I returned home after six months travelling in Asia and day-to-day life has struck me hard. This should not have come as a surprise. I sold my house before I left and put … Read entire article »

Wanting a destination to be what it is not

Wanting a destination to be what it is not

Editorial: Tourism is an important source of income for many countries, particularly developing ones, but it can be detrimental if not well planned. That’s what has happened in South Bali where a recent government study said … Read entire article »

Seeing the world through at-home eyes

Seeing the world through at-home eyes

Editorial: Every day as I travel through Southeast Asia I come upon behaviours that are new to me. Usually I try to understand them logically, albeit from a western perspective. So when I see a family … Read entire article »

Laos stole my heart

Laos stole my heart

Editorial: My joints still ache from riding the buses in Laos, a country that I have fallen for. I started my journey in the north, in the town of Luang Prabang, which is well known for … Read entire article »

Travelling well in Southeast Asia

Travelling well in Southeast Asia

Editorial: It was late in the afternoon when I noticed them. A van stopped at the entrance of the hotel where I was staying in Chiang Mai and two tourists, a man and a woman, probably … Read entire article »

Losing my passport and feeling humbled

Losing my passport and feeling humbled

Editorial: I lost my passport going through security at Bangkok’s international airport. I didn’t leave it in the plastic security container along with my new MacBook Air computer and plastic baggie of priceless carryon liquids (particularly … Read entire article »

Avoiding the tyranny of the ordinary

Avoiding the tyranny of the ordinary

Editorial: I am about to embark on a five month journey through Asia and I am frightfully unprepared. I bought an airline ticket to Hong Kong because I can’t decide if I should start the trip … Read entire article »

When is something a ‘wonder of the world’?

When is something a ‘wonder of the world’?

Editorial: In a few days time, on the 11/11/11, winners of the New7Wonders of Nature campaign will be announced. This has been a widely publicized, global campaign. There are currently 28 countries competing, each with one … Read entire article »

On staying foolish

On staying foolish

Editorial: There is a travel forum that I occasionally visit where a woman has been posting reports of her travels on a very remote Indonesian island. She is an American, 74 years of age, divorced, and going … Read entire article »

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

Editorial: Sometimes when I think back on trips I’ve made, my memories of them are shaped by special anniversaries, some of them tragic. This is the 10th anniversary of 9/11, that horrific day when two planes intentionally … Read entire article »

Family travel

Family travel

Editorial: Travel is something we often do with members of our family and these trips provide special moments to share forever. Many of you are probably on a road trip with family right now so we thought … Read entire article »

Adventure travel

Adventure travel

Editorial: Today is Canada Day, this country’s birthday and a national holiday. Will and Kate—Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge—are here on their first international trip together. As I watched them greet the crowds on … Read entire article »

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