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 […]

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 […]

Free Walking Tours

Why didn’t I figure this out sooner?! Until recently, I had no idea how many free walking tours were available in so many amazing cities. What a perfect way to get acquainted with a new urban setting. Treading around Tallinn I first tried the concept in the city of Tallinn, Estonia during a cruise around the Baltic Sea. We had […]

Travel Money Tips for Canadians

Traveling takes its toll on our wallets, even when we find great deals and aim to spend modestly. To add insult to injury, we also get dinged with all sorts of financial transaction fees if we’re not careful. Canadian banks in particular seem to have mastered the art of profiting from our vacations. Here are some tips […]

Where to Go in January

When it’s the middle of winter, we tend to have one of two objectives for our vacations: escaping winter, or embracing it. Whichever your approach, here are my suggestions for where to go in January. Escaping winter Costa Rica This is where I traveled this past January. I tried my first zip-line and saw exotic birds, animals […]

11 Handy Travel Sites to Bookmark

Aside from booking sites for flights and accommodations, these are the other indispensable websites I consult when planning a trip. You should too! Getting around Rome to Rio – Find the best way between Point A & B, how long it will take and how much it will cost. The Man in Seat 61 – […]

Italy Planning: Tickets & Transport

Once we had the itinerary worked out for our Italy trip in July, we had to decide how we’d be getting around and what activities, if any, to book in advance. Seeing the sights I love exploring on my own, following my own interests at my own pace, and usually that’s what I do. But, once in a […]

Italy Planning: Routes, Rooms & Resources

I’m excited about the Italy trip I’ll be taking with my sister and nephew in July. Visiting in high season will have its challenges, but I’m hoping we’ll survive with our sanity, wallets and relationships intact if we plan things carefully. Neither my 18-year old nephew nor my sister have ever been to Europe, so […]

Best Travel Booking Sites for Flights & Accommodations

I admit it – I’m a planning nerd. I enjoy travel research almost as much as the travel itself. Let me be clear though – planning does not equal scheduling. I leave plenty of room for spontaneity in my trips, but I research and plan so that I can maximize my time and enjoyment, minimize […]

Are Guided Tours Always Completely Lame?

There was a time when I refused to think about joining an organized tour. The last thing I wanted was to be stuck on a big bus with a huge group of possibly annoying strangers, forced to stick to someone else’s idea of the best itinerary. But I’ve learned that there are as many tour […]

Perfect Port Days on a Baltic Cruise

When I booked a cruise with a friend around the Baltic Sea in order to see a few cities in Scandinavia, I felt a bit sheepish. After all, I had done my share of poo-poing the idea of cruising in the past. I felt the need to explain to my friends that cruising isn’t always […]

Business Trip Bonus Days

If you’re trying to see the world while working full time (like I am), it’s important to leverage every possible opportunity for satisfying your wanderlust. Not everyone travels for business, but if you do, I highly recommend working in some Business Trip Bonus Days whenever you can. As long as your company policy allows it, […]

Planning a Trip to Northern India

India is amazing and intense. It will overwhelm every one of your senses and change your perspectives. I think everyone should go at least once, but as a travel destination, it can be intimidating. Unless you’re a seasoned independent traveler with other developing countries under your belt, a local guide or organized tour is worth considering […]

Planning a Trip to Copenhagen

Now that you’re dreaming of 1, 2, or 3 perfect days in Copenhagen, I’ll run through the essential practical information you’ll need to make it a reality, including how to get around, where to stay, and what to read, watch and download to inspire and inform your visit. Transport to the city centre It’s easy […]

Planning a Trip to Jordan

At the time I visited, Jordan had long been a oasis of stability and tolerance in the Middle East. Striking desert landscapes. Historical and biblical settings. The world famous carved city of Petra. These made Jordan the perfect place to experience the Middle East without the dangers and restrictions normally associated with the region. Unfortunately, […]

10 Travel Accounts to Follow on Twitter

Twitter can be an excellent resource for travel planning. Some social networks can be useful for finding out how your friends are feeling about last night’s game, the latest amusing things your friends’ kids are saying, or which hilarious cat videos they’ve recently discovered. All of which can warm your heart (especially the cat videos). But […]

Cruising: Not (Totally) Uncool

To cruise or not to cruise? If you’re anything like me, you’ve turned your nose up at the thought of cruising. I once dismissed cruises as package holidays on water designed for seniors and the track suit & fanny pack set. The idea of restricted dining times, cheesy entertainment, formal dress for dinner and limited […]