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Do you have a love for nature, and exploring the sacred wilderness? What about a desire for adventure? If so, why not extend Earth Month and book yourself a secluded retreat. Not only is this a chance be surrounded by incredible landscapes, magnificent mountain ranges and breathtaking scenery, it's also the perfect type of escape to recharge and rejuvenate.
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Local tourism boards are becoming some of the best places to gain insight on destinations from the most knowledgeable people around - the ones who actually live there.
We've revealed some of the most popular sandy beaches around the world. So if you want to hit the beach, be it to explore, soak up the sun, or channel your inner lifeguard, look no further than these beautiful places to stay.
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As much as I craved my mother's warm embrace, the smell of the sea and the happy moments that I did share with my partner in our home, I couldn't help but wonder if my homophobic attackers were still around. And that uncertainty - coupled with the fact that our love is still considered a crime there - was my wake-up call.
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To get the most out of visiting a new destination, we have curated a list of top tips for first time travellers following global research* from the most creditable source -- travellers who have been there, done that and have the passport stamp to prove it.
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Adventures in Canada are as infinite as the country is vast. Any time is the best time to embark on an exciting adventure.
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South America's smallest capital packs a lot of adventure within its modest borders. From architectural wonders and world-class art galleries to charming backstreets and picturesque hiking trails; from scientific marvels to religious sanctuaries, Quito has something for all types of travellers.
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What would change if we spent as much time glorifying start lines as we do finish lines? What if we cheered as wildly for people the moment they assumed their position in the starting blocks as we do when they run through the tape at the end of the race?
Many Canadians may be putting themselves at risk of acquiring a number of preventable, travel-acquired illnesses. For those planning trips to warmer climates, including Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean, it is important to protect yourself from diseases that may not be prevalent in Canada, but are common in other countries.
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Jamaica is a gorgeous island that caters to everyone, whether you are an adventure seeker, a romantic or simply craving culture and looking for paradise.
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While living solo in Bali, I was able to throw in a five day trip to Thailand or take off on a mapless scooter adventure in search of natural infinity pools overlooking postcard landscapes, when I wanted to. Traveling alone allows you to change your circumstances on a whim, where the only thing that matters is making yourself happy, and growing a pair to do something bold on your own.
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With so many winterized cottages, cabins, chalets, and yurts (yes, yurts) across Canada, cottage "season" can be a thing of the past. This winter, keep your hair smelling like campfire even when there's snow on the ground with this list of the coziest and coolest all-Canadian getaways.
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Canada is a natural theme park. It hosts endless mountaintop vistas, dark skies perfect for stargazing, and beautiful waterfalls. Canada's natural wonders are scattered across each province and are usually just a couple of hours away.
Los Angeles is an adventurer's paradise. Home to more than just tanned celebrities, the sprawling metropolis offers everything from modern rock climbing to incredible trails ideal for mountain biking and of course amazing surf spots.
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While it is certainly a city rife with history, there's so much more to see and do beyond "the bell." You may not be aware but this is a lively city budding with delicious cuisine, art culture, beer gardens, local artisan boutiques and so much more.
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Dating back nearly 3,000 years, the annual holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico to honour those who have passed away. Recently, the ancient tradition has gained immense popularity and not surprisingly the country's capital has seen a significant increase in tourism with Mexico City, Cancun and Playa del Carmen being some of the top Mexican destinations booked by Canadians this month.
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Whether you have taken a few small trips, or just wondering what's out there, time spent traveling is one of the most important things you can do. Travel doesn't just broaden your horizons but helps you grow as a person. And if you really want to grow as a person traveling alone is the best way to accomplish that. That might seem overwhelming but let me show you 4 reasons why it can be the best thing for you.
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My mother-in-law Sharyn Mandel was a fierce and fiery force in this world. A passionate educator, her life's purpose was teaching. She had a particular interest in developing the minds of young girls, and fostering their independent spirits. Upon her passing, we discovered that she intended for us to make her often-talked-about dream of founding a school in a developing country a reality.
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Tired of looking at the same gym walls while sculpting your killer abs? What about running mile after mile on a treadmill facing a group of sweaty powerlifters? Switch up your workout routine and stare upon a breathtaking mountain vista or run across a beautiful white sand beach in some of the world's best outdoor locales.
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Travel can be exhilarating but steep culture shock awaits you if you're unprepared for a foreign country's culture, customs, and day-to-day lifestyle. This is not only in reference to external factors...
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We know what you're thinking -- what makes a city 'walkable?' Well, we delved into our 26 million traveller reviews to find the world's most walkable destinations -- based on city walks, public transport, cycling and walking. So grab a pair of comfortable sneakers because it's time to keep your feet on the ground and let your mind soar in a new destination.
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Travelling is like being suspended above a world that doesn't need us to function. We're irrelevant. Despite how amazing travel is, that isolated irrelevance can gnaw at us. So it's important to remember everything ends, even travel. Few ever experience these prolonged journeys. Don't let homesickness or isolation spoil your adventure.
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Just because you're planning a big trip, doesn't mean it has to leave a big hole in your wallet. Although summer tends to be an ideal travel time for most people, especially given the lengthy school break, slightly tweaking travel dates can end up saving you big in the long run.
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Newfoundland is unlike any other province in Canada. With 29,000 kilometers of coastline (including Labrador), boasting the most eastern part of North America at Cape Spear, the topography is constantly changing, and with it the adventures and activities you can do.
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Though tourists often flock to major Canadian cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, you won't experience the Canadian binary of rugged wilderness and contemporary Western culture unless you reach its most easterly point.
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Though summer (and patio season) is soon coming to an end, there's no reason to exchange a cold brew for eggnog just yet. From full-bodied ales to refreshing lagers, craft beer has evolved from a fad to its own market. Whether you're in North America or across the pond, you're bound to find variations of a "cold one." Cheers!
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The small country in Central America is known as the "happiest country on Earth" and it's no wonder why. It is not only beautiful but, it is easy to fall in love with its people too. A place that values sustainability, relishes in nature and has kind-hearted people is a place you just need to visit.
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The history of chocolate in Saint Lucia dates as far back as the 1700s when cocoa plantations flourished in the area. And it's no wonder the crops fare exceeding well here; Saint Lucia benefits from a...
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Canadians are among the world's best when it comes to trivia. We invented Trivial Pursuit, which rewards players for their ability to answer general knowledge and pop culture questions. However, despite selling almost 90 million games in 26 countries, it's a safe bet not many trivia players would know some of the world's best way-off-the-beaten path destinations.
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If you have a desire to sip on an endless string of rum cocktails by the beach -- well, dream no more -- it can be your reality. Feed your piggy banks generously and save up for a trip to Saint Lucia;...
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Although asking yourself what to pack, how much money to bring and what sites to see are important questions, asking yourself "what can I do to ensure I don't look like a tourist?" may be what takes your trip from "OK" to the trip of a lifetime.
Dubai has become synonymous with extravagance, indulgence and luxury. Over the last few years, this adult playground, has been drawing in visitors by the hoards. In fact, it is now the fourth most visited city in the world -- after London, Bangkok and Paris.