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Tour the Galapagos With the Experts

Decades before the larger cruise lines decided to add the Galapagos to their list of itineraries, Ecoventura was introducing travellers to the wonders of these stunning islands where the up-close view of wildlife is remarkable, fascinating, and yes, at times heartbreaking. Nowhere else on Earth can you get so close to the wildlife, which never developed a fear of humans. Mother Nature rules here and no one tries to interfere with the cycle of life. …

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It’s Springtime in San Antonio, Texas.

Is winter getting you down? Head to San Antonio, Texas, a place that has boundless variety no matter what age you are. From historic sites like the Spanish Missions and the Alamo to the adrenalin-fuelled fun at the area’s theme parks, San Antonio has a wealth of places to experience. New attractions this spring include the Sea Life Aquarium at the Shops at Rivercenter. Take a relaxing 35-minute river cruise along the city’s famous River …

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3 Novel Stays in Japan

Japan is renowned for its unique culture and traditions. Sure, you can stay at a brand-name hotel, in a bed and breakfast or in a hostel in the centre of bustling city. But the true beauty of Japan is found in its rural settings, where you can experience other accommodation options. For instance, stay at a temple in the ethereal mountains cape of Koyasan, Wakayama, which serves as the seat of Shingon Buddhism in Japan. …

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Adventure Awaits You in Canada’s Arctic—and Beyond

For the third consecutive year, Adventure Canada has been named Best Adventure Cruise Line in USA TODAY! Many veteran travellers circle the world before checking out Canada’s great natural wonders. And Adventure Canada aims to remedy that with a 2020 roster of “Voyages of Discovery” into the Canadian Arctic and Atlantic Canada. Consider an expedition into the “Heart of the Arctic” in July or August, which takes you on a 12-day journey on board the …

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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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