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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Taking care of your health

Taking care of your health

If you’ve been really sick on the road because you were careless about what you ate and had to spend your time in disgusting washrooms because you had the runs you’ll know what I’m talking … Read entire article »

Taking care of your valuables

Taking care of your valuables

Travellers who are careless about their valuables are most annoying because theft casts such a negative aura. If a tourist walks around with his camera strung loosely over his shoulder he shouldn’t be surprised if … Read entire article »

Meeting the mob

Meeting the mob

Recognize and plan for those times when you need to be particularly careful such as when you arrive by bus, train or plane and the crowd in the arrival area suddenly mobs you, wanting you … Read entire article »

Worried about travel warnings?

Worried about travel warnings?

If you listen to all the chatter about what could possibly happen when you travel to foreign destinations then you’ll never leave home. Travel books devote pages to health and safety issues. U.S. government travel … Read entire article »

What to bring

What to bring

I tend to be a light packer, perhaps influenced by my backpacking days in the 70s when we were advised to bring only two outfits—one to wear and one to carry. The clothes were quick … Read entire article »