October travel ideas

For some, the beginning of September is about back-to-school. In my case, it’s time to start thinking about planning new trips for the season ahead. Here are some places around the world that would be great for October travel. Africa & Asia Tanzania We saw spectacular wildlife in the Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater and Tarangire National […]

Yellowknife say 2: Great northern outdoors

Since our first day in Yellowknife stretched on so long, we got a bit of a later start on the second one. But that didn’t stop us from squeezing a lot into it. After all, we knew the sun would never really set. It became a day of mostly outdoor adventure. (Late) morning hike: Cameron […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Years, 5 Favourite Trips

The end of the year is often a time of reflection, so I’ve been thinking back on my recent travels. All of my trips have been special in some way. These favourite over the last five years provided some of my most memorable experiences. Jordan & Dubai I was on a break between jobs and a friend had recently […]

On Safari: Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

It didn’t take long before we had our first breathtaking wildlife encounter in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Between 15 and 20 elephants were huddled close together in the shade of a grove of acacias, only 10 meters in front of the land rover. We stood up to get better views through the jeep’s open […]

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 […]

Camels & Dunes: Wadi Rum Desert

The back of a 4×4 pickup is a bumpy, windy and downright fun way to see the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. Wind in my hair, holding my scarf tight so it doesn’t fly away, the afternoon sun pulsing down, and Arabic pop music wafting out from the driver’s open window. Golden red rock formations, […]

Rocky Mountain Ice: Winter Hike in Grotto Canyon

When Tammy suggested the Grotto Canyon Ice Walk for this mid-February Sunday, I was a bit nervous. After all, I don’t own ice cleats (those metal spiky things you put on your boots), and I certainly don’t have any ice climbing experience. But now that I’ve done it, I can’t believe I’ve lived in Calgary […]

Hiking in Tanzania: the Usambara Mountains

We didn’t have enough time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro after our safari, but we still wanted to experience some hiking in Tanzania. The Usambara Mountains are the perfect place to do this, and Lushoto made a good base for exploring the area. So we hopped on a public bus in Arusha for the 5-hour ride to Lushoto. We sat […]

Planning a Safari in Tanzania

Going on safari is a lifelong dream for many, and Tanzania is a wonderful place to make it a reality. Being the home of the famous Serengeti National Park, there are countless safari operators in Tanzania catering to all budgets, styles and schedules. Many operators can help with bookings for any onward travel in the […]