If you're coming from the big city, there is nothing more detoxifying than taking in the aroma of Arbutus and Douglas fir trees as you meander the grounds of Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Spa ("House By the Sea" in Gallic). Established by a Scottish family in the 1950s on 22 acres of forested land, the collection of log cabin-style bungalows is rustic luxury at its best.
It's easy to plant yourself in Bangkok for your entire trip to Thailand. It's true, you'll never run out of things to do, flavors to taste or Singhas to sip. However, spending your entire Thailand visit in Bangkok means you're missing out on some of the country's greatest destinations. These five Thai towns and cities are just as impressive as Bangkok, if you can peel yourself away from the capital city.
Sitting pretty just off the southeast Atlantic coast of South Carolina, Hilton Head Island boasts 19 km of scenic sand-dune-lined beaches, oyster-packed marshes and Spanish-moss-draped live oak trees. Regularly touted as one of the top resort islands in the U.S., Hilton Head provides the perfect semi-tropical platform to enjoy all that the South has to offer-- especially before the high-summer season hits.
"Relax, it's Qualicum!" I heard this many times during my visit to this small Vancouver Island community, whose population of 8,900 swells to 16,000 in the summer. They boast the dubious honour of having the highest median age of any city in Canada. But if you think that means this is a sleepy, tea-room filled community, think again.
Many travelers assume all summer getaways should be extravagant excursions to Europe or cross-country road trips. However, America's Midwest region is one of the most affordable, scenic and uncrowded for summer escapes. Even better, the area is loaded with happening cities, picturesque natural wonders and everything you need to make memories during the summer travel season.
A close friend of mine, recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua and she told me it was one of the best adventures she has ever been on. She shared with me, that it had exceeded her expectations in every way. Still not on the tourist's radar, she told me that it was fairly easy travel around, gorgeous beaches, and nice little hotels spotted throughout the country.
Canadians catch a hard time for their funny accents, overly-polite demeanors, and of course, Justin Bieber, but those who are in the know do not tease them about their food. Canadians enjoy an abundance of dishes that many of their neighbours south of the border never get to taste -- and they're missing out.