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Glamping Around the Globe

Even if camping is not your style, you might want to look at “glamping”—the portmanteau of “glamour” and “camping”—which combines luxurious accommodation with the beauty of Mother Nature. Glamping destinations are now available around the world and accommodation ranges from domes to yurts and tiny homes. Here are a few examples: Just seven miles from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Fireside Resort offers the amenities of a luxury boutique hotel in the atmosphere of a wooded …

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Disconnect to Reconnect

As summer wraps up, many of us, I’m sure, are wondering, “Where did it go?” I know I am. If you’re like me, your time is probably spent chasing deadlines and trying to keep ahead of hectic schedules that distract us from taking care of ourselves or from pursuing personal interests. Remember when Sundays were a mandated day of rest? The internet didn’t exist and nothing was open. So, regardless of our faith, we were …

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Wild and Quirky Festivals

Festivals appear to be in our very nature. Regardless of where we live, humans seems to have an affinity to celebrate everything from normal everyday occurrences to the ridiculous. In fact, if you want to understand a country’s culture better, try attending one of its festivals. Music, art, food and wine harvests are commonly the focus for many mundane festivities; however, some challenge the height of absurdity, making them all the more appealing and utterly …

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Medical Travel Insurance. Never leave home without it!

I cannot say this often enough! Medical travel insurance is not an option—it’s a necessity, especially today. And I don’t care what age you are. Equally vital is making sure everyone involved is well informed on the reporting procedures. My husband travelled on his own to Portugal to visit family. Normally, I would have accompanied him, however, due to tight editorial deadlines on the magazine I edit, I could not. It was a freak accident. …

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Spas are Pure Bliss—and More

I absolutely love spas and everything about them—the tranquility, the scents, the ambiance, the sounds, the colours, the soft-spoken therapists, the treatments, the lounges, the bathrobes and slippers, the refreshments… All appears to be so perfectly orchestrated and I completely surrender to the experience the moment I walk in. I am rarely disappointed. I also enjoy a good story and often spa treatments are based on a country’s culture, which usually includes beliefs, legends and …

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Travelling on the Canadian Dollar

Canadian travellers are feeling the bite as we exchange our Canadian dollars for euros or American, Australian and New Zealand dollars but that doesn’t seem to be holding us back. In order to make our limping loonie go the distance, we just need to be creative and search for money-saving options and opportunities. Google “Canadian dollar at par vacations” and a number of deals pop up in Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Costa Rica and …

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Travel in an Uncertain World

If you’re watching the news these days, you might wonder, like me, what in the world is happening? Why is everyone so angry? Why does anyone want to hate, much less harm, someone—anyone? What possible reason could there be to justify such vicious acts onto someone else? What self-hatred or fear could possibly reside within these terrorists who live among us? Who taught them to hate or to fear others? Why? Where is their moral …

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Canadian Summer Festivals — 2019

Celebration by Kool & the Gang should be adopted as our Canadian summer theme song. Or perhaps Dancing in the Streets by Martha and the Vandellas is more apropos. After enduring a long winter and fickle spring weather patterns, our souls scream to be unleashed as we spill out onto the streets to embrace summer in all its glory. Rain or shine, Canadians from coast to coast are notorious for celebrations and festivals. So grab …

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What’s Your Travel Personality?

It can be hard to decide where to vacation next. Why not look to the stars for inspiration? Where would your Zodiac sign have you go? Hard-core adventurers, Aries need vigorous activities to keep that fire burning. Camping on the mountainside of a volcano in Ethiopia, hiking up to Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru or fiery destinations like Rotorua, New Zealand; Reykjavík, Iceland; and the Big Island of Hawaii are right up …

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Travel Advisory from the Government of Canada

It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Historic plummeting and soaring temperatures, snowstorms, forest fires, hurricanes, floods, political upheavals and unrest, a fluctuating market—and that only sums up what was happening in countries commonly referred to as “stable democracies.” How can travellers adjust to such an unpredictable world? The Government of Canada’s travel advisory states: “If you plan to go abroad, even on a day trip to the United States, you should purchase the best …

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