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, […]

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 […]

Beyond the Glitz: Cultural Sites in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Dubai is the best known of the Emirates comprising the UAE. It’s renowned for its flashiness, wealth and audacity. A place constantly striving for bigger, taller and more incredible. But if you find yourself there on holiday or as an intriguing stopover or on a business trip, it also has a quieter, authentic cultural side. […]

Romancing the Sandstone: Hiking Petra in Jordan

My day hiking Petra, Jordan’s ancient red rose city: 1500 steps, 25 kms of walking over 9 hours, 600 m of elevation change, 28 degrees Celsius, 2.3 L of water and two lemon mints gulped down, one twisted ankle, 92 photos, one magnificent ancient carved sandstone city, and a whole bunch of stunning views. The Treasury by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Calgary Downtown Public Art Walk

Here’s a self-guided walking tour covering some of the Calgary’s most dramatic downtown public art. You’ll also find insider tips on where to eat and drink along the way. Starting the walk Begin at the C-Train platform on 7th Ave SW, between 5th & 6t Streets (the green grass icon in the map above). Look up […]