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How three young Canadian women travelled around Colombia

How three young Canadian women travelled around Colombia

Stephanie Jack and her friends Bridget and Sharon recently travelled around Colombia. At the top of their to-see list were Bogota, the coffee belt, Cartagena and the Amazon. Q: How did you travel around the country? A: After some very useful advice from a Colombian colleague of mine, we decided to take a couple of flights within the country because of the distances involved.  We travelled to more remote locations such as Salento and Santa Rosa by local bus, which was super cheap, … Read entire article »

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Reford Gardens photo gallery

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The Reford Gardens (Jardins de Métis), Quebec, Canada

The Reford Gardens (Jardins de Métis), Quebec, Canada

Elsie Reford inherited Estevan Lodge and the property surrounding it from her uncle. It was primarily a fishing lodge for salmon fishing was excellent in the area. It is located on the St. Lawrence River, 350 km east of Quebec City. This is in the Gaspé Peninsula in one of the northernmost parts of eastern Canada. It is where the river starts to turn into a gulf and where the land is poor. In 1926, Elsie … Read entire article »

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Why travel? Because I want a volunteer experience

Why travel? Because I want a volunteer experience

Some people volunteer internationally because they are interested in having a new and interesting experience. Perhaps they want to meet people they would not normally meet or need a base where they can stay cheaply for a period of time while travelling. I knew that some international work experience would be helpful for a career in development and that the easiest way to get it was to volunteer. Besides, I had always wanted to go … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is an island off Tanzania in East Africa. Historically it was known for its spices and slave markets. Today it’s best known for its beaches and Stone Town. Jessica Sunter spent three months there as a volunteer with Youth Challenge International. I was there working in a youth community centre with another young Canadian. I had studied international development at university and wanted to get some practical work experience. We lived and worked outside … Read entire article »

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Canyoning in Vietnam

Canyoning in Vietnam

The sport of canyoning involves hiking, repelling, swimming and sliding down waterfalls through a canyon. Stephanie Jack went canyoning for the first time in Vietnam and found it exciting, but was a little scared for her life at times. I went canyoning in Dalat, Vietnam. There were five of us—the guy I was travelling with and a girl from Germany and two guides from a local adventure tour company. I was really, really nervous but … Read entire article »

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Should we take the ‘road of death’ to the Amazon?

Should we take the ‘road of death’ to the Amazon?

The ‘road of death’ (aka the North Yungas Road) has been called the world’s most dangerous highway. It starts in La Paz, Bolivia (the world’s highest capital city) and winds down to the Amazon, dropping 3600 metres (11,800 ft) in just 64 km (40 miles). Should Alison Payne and her boyfriend take it or go by plane? Not an easy decision. We wanted to get to the town of Rurrenabaque, which is the gateway town … Read entire article »

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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 when I did this. I thought I could use the year to go back to university for my Masters degree, have a baby (but there was no man currently in my life), or travel around the world. I first decided to … Read entire article »

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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 in China and Charlotte Fanjoy, who was there for five weeks in 1987, recorded her impressions through verse. Culture shock If I can handle this, I can handle anything Crowds and crowds and crowds Nothing familiar: not clothes, or language, or food, or … Read entire article »

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Two sisters in Bahrain

Two sisters in Bahrain

Darlene Burke and her sister, Sue Burke, took the opportunity while living in Kuwait to visit another Middle Eastern country, Bahrain—a visit made extra special because of a connection with members of Bahrain’s extended royal family. My sister and I had the opportunity to live and work in Kuwait for three years, working at a private girls’ school. We explored and learned about the rich history of Kuwait and also travelled to nearby destinations. Kuwait is … Read entire article »

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Birding in Costa Rica gallery

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Birding in Costa Rica with Road Scholar

Birding in Costa Rica with Road Scholar

Darby Bayly and her sister travelled to Costa Rica with Road Scholar (Elder Hostel) to see the birds. Birding is something that has always fascinated me. I started when I was really young, four or five, and going out with my dad. Birding is taking an interest in what’s around you, focussing on the birds and understanding how they fit within the ecology. You look for them, listen to them and try to identify them. It’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Costa Rica, Why travel, Wildlife

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 by myself in South America. In fact, I never felt unsafe. I wasn`t really lonely for I followed suggested itineraries and ran into other travellers. I also took local tours and would meet other travellers then. You tend to meet … Read entire article »

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Climbing a volcano in Ecuador

Climbing a volcano in Ecuador

Alison Payne spent three months backpacking from Quito, Ecuador to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a side trip to the Galapagos Islands.  She often travelled alone and off the beaten path.  Latacunga is a plateau town 89km south of Quito on the Pan-American Highway. It is 2,760 metres above sea level and the climate is cold and windy. I went there to climb the Cotopaxi volcano, which is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world … Read entire article »

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Female friendly places

Female friendly places

If you are a woman travelling by yourself, try to stay at female-friendly properties. Youth hostels are often a good choice, particularly for younger women; some offer private rooms. Or look for bed-and-breakfast establishments or small locally-owned hotels with communal areas where you can easily meet other guests. All-inclusive resorts can be lonely places for women not interested in partying. It’s easy to have casual chats with others over breakfast or while making a meal in … Read entire article »

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Women travelling on their own

Women travelling on their own

It seems more and more women want to travel internationally and if they can’t find someone to go with them then they’re doing it on their own. I’ve been travelling solo for years and while it’s not always easy I now look forward to doing it at least annually. Many of us travel differently when we’re on our own for we shape the itinerary according to our own interests and not someone else’s. I tend to … Read entire article »

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