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A Canadian’s guide to seeing Lisbon, Portugal

A Canadian’s guide to seeing Lisbon, Portugal

I know it’s a little presumptuous to propose a walking tour of Lisbon after being in the city for only a couple of days but I knew I had to figure the place out quickly … Read entire article »

Travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway? Read this first!

Travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway? Read this first!

Ron Perrier took this infamous railway from Moscow to Irkutsk in September and shares the experience. One of the world’s iconic railway journeys, the Trans Siberian Railway conjures up all sorts of romantic visions. Extending 9,259 … 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 »

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 »

A just-about-perfect B&B, Oaxaca, Mexico

A just-about-perfect B&B, Oaxaca, Mexico

Casa Ollin Bed & Breakfast is a large house with 11 guest rooms located on a quiet street two blocks northeast of the famous Santo Domingo church in Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s one of the best … 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 »

A blended family of 12 goes to Dominical, Costa Rica

A blended family of 12 goes to Dominical, Costa Rica

Taking a family of 12 on an independent, two-week vacation to Costa Rica involves hours of planning. Here’s how one of our ‘Riding the Buses’ contributors set about organizing such a vacation.  Q: Who all … Read entire article »

How I travelled around the Yucatan by bus

How I travelled around the Yucatan by bus

Thinking about riding the buses in Mexico and don’t know the language? Here’s how an “older” female, travelling solo, with no Spanish, did it last month. I hadn’t planned to go there. In fact, I … Read entire article »

May I introduce: Jesús Lopez, my driver in Mexico

May I introduce: Jesús Lopez, my driver in Mexico

When I reflect upon the various drivers who have transported me within countries as diverse as The Gambia, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan, I am struck by the contribution these men have made to my … Read entire article »

The Nijmegen March: 4 days, 40 km/day

The Nijmegen March: 4 days, 40 km/day

The Nijmegen March in the Netherlands is a rigorous and prestigious event that annually draws over 40,000 walkers from 50 nations and is witnessed by over 1 million spectators along the 160-km route. Gerrit Reinhardus … 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 »

China: Looking back

China: Looking back

There have been profound economic and social changes in China over the past few years and a much improved tourist infrastructure is now in place. Not so long ago it was a challenge to travel … Read entire article »

Travelling as a solo female in South America

Travelling as a solo female in South America

Alison Payne travelled in South America for three months. Half the time she was on her own. She shares her solo travel tips with us. I was actually surprised by how easy it was to travel … Read entire article »

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 »

Celebrating my 60th birthday in Costa Rica

Celebrating my 60th birthday in Costa Rica

Charlotte Fanjoy wanted to celebrate her 60th birthday in a special place and decided on Tamarindo, Costa Rica. But who would join her and would they be happy? Q: You recently celebrated a very special birthday … Read entire article »

Travelling with young kids in Costa Rica

Travelling with young kids in Costa Rica

Craig and Carla spent three weeks travelling in Costa Rica (Tamarindo and around Arenal) with their young children. Zack was four years old and Lucas was eight months old at the time. Most of their friends … Read entire article »

Finding the beaten path

Finding the beaten path

Many people travel inside a protective bubble, herded from place to place group or staying in an all inclusive hotel and never leaving the property. They may think, “It’s comfortable in this bubble and what lies beyond?” … 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 »

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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