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 […]

Language & Lit Picks for Travel to Italy

Our trip to Italy is drawing near, so it’s time to learn a bit of the language and stock up on reading material. In an attempt to learn some basic Italian, I attended a one-day ‘Italian for Travelers’ class through a local community college. Sadly, I think I came out of it more confused than […]

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 […]

Emotional Immersion in Varanasi

We walked towards the river while it was still dark, making do with only moonlight and the dim beams of lanterns swinging from vendors’ carts to illuminate patches of the rutted roads here and there. Varanasi was surprisingly quiet at that early hour, with just the odd cowbell clanging, the muted buzz of a distant […]

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 […]

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 […]