To the centre of the earth: Volcano viewing

This one is for my nephews and all those fascinated by fire, explosions, molten lava and the the raw power of Mother Nature. Volcanoes are dangerous and alluring at the same time, a combination many of us can’t resist. I’ve seen four of them on my travels so far, and  I hope to see more. […]

Best Destinations for April

It’s time for a spring adventure. The weather is perfect in so many places and peak season has often ended (along with peak prices). Here are some of the best destinations for April. North America Utah It was my first American road trip. I’ll never forget the stunning red rock scenery; so strangely familiar even though I’d […]

Thinking Back on Belize

My recent vacation in Costa Rica reminded me of my last Central American trip over a decade ago. I’ve written about the Guatemala part of the trip before, but I wanted to relive the Belize memories too. The jungle I was backpacking with my friend Janet, and we started out in San Ignacio to explore […]

Zip, Glide, Float: Riding Through the Rainforest

There are so many ways to get around in the rainforest, especially in Costa Rica. It’s one of the original eco and adventure tourism destinations. You can hike, rappel, raft, cycle, climb, zip-line, kayak, spelunk, drive, paddle, ride an ATV or saddle up a horse. And I’m probably missing a few. Zooming on a zip-line It […]

Healing Waters in Costa Rica

It must have been something in the water. Since arriving home from Costa Rica, I’ve felt none of my usual back pain and I’m getting much better sleep. Theoretically a relaxing vacation anywhere could provide those benefits, but I swear I’ve never felt so healthy after a trip. Maybe I’m just old enough now to […]

Costa Rica: The Hummingbird Affairs

The middle days of January have been an emotional time for me in recent years. I celebrate my birthday, but it’s also the anniversary of my Dad’s death the day prior and his birthday the day before that. This year, the week in question happened to be good timing for both my friend Leanne and […]

Piranha Fishing in the Amazon Rainforest

My fascination with the jungle began when I was a teenager. I remember reading some now long-forgotten novel about researchers trekking through the rainforest in search of lost tribes and mysterious healing plants. It was an exotic world away from our prairie town, and just the sort of adventure I thought I should have some […]

Sensory Guatemala: Colour, Sound & Scent

Guatemala is such a treat for the senses. Pastel colonial buildings line the streets in Flores and Antigua. Vibrant textiles, brightly patterned traditional clothing and decorated buses present a swirl of colour. Markets and jungles are a cacophony of sounds and smells, and festivals bring even more sensory delights to the streets. Ancient civilization meets jungle

Peru: The Inca Trail Hiking Experience

Trekking the Inca Trail was both physically and mentally challenging, and the 4-day hiking experience definitely involved some roughing it. Was it worth the effort? Here’s how it all went down …and up … and down … and up. Day 1: uphill all the way Our group of 15 hikers knew we were in for about […]