When it comes to travel, the majority of us are end-goal oriented. We rate our trips based on destination variables like the weather, the value of our dollar, the people, the food and the activities. Me? I'm a big believer in the journey -- the magical in-between when your trip has yet to be realized and everything still exists in your imagination.
With each new year comes new opportunities to travel. But rather than sticking to the tried and true, make this the year you mix it up with some outside-the-box vacation destinations. You'll be able enjoy new sights and reasonable prices without sacrificing the level of comfort and hospitality you'd expect at typical vacation spots.
As the Canadian dollar continues to fall in comparison the U.S. dollar, Canadians will look for ways to save on winter travel. A tool offers Canadians useful estimates for the total cost of a vacation to 119 different countries around the world. These estimates include all the important factors that go into planning a vacation: flights, hotels, meals, transportation, activities and shopping.
Cocktails on the beach are nice but, at times, we prefer a more active holiday -- something that beautiful Squamish, B.C., delivers in spades. With our gear securely loaded into our Chevy Colorado, we recently made the one-hour drive from Vancouver to Canada's outdoor adventure capital for some serious physical fun.
Once home to fur traders, gold miners and infamous train robber Billy Miner, Kamloops, B.C., now boasts lush farms, a stunning riverfront and the recently created Kamloops Wine Trail. Not one to miss out on a day of wine tasting (not to mention exploring, shopping and spa-ing), we packed our bags and drove straight there.
While Canadians love to travel, often it's on a tried and true path. Many of the most popular destinations are wonderful for a reason, but there is something to be said for charting a different course. To avoid some crowds and to experience something new, why not try an alternative destination to the places on everyone's travel to-do list?
Kathleen Wynne's budget proposed a new tax that will increase the average price of an overseas trip for a family of four by hundreds of dollars. Flying in Canada is already obscenely expensive, thanks to a host of taxes, fees, charges, rents, and regulations imposed by both the federal and provincial governments.
It's no secret that Canadians relish their winter vacations, those two weeks during which they can escape the bitter cold (and their jobs). It's no surprise Canadians seek sunny warm weather and head south but some of the results will raise an eyebrow or two. The top 14 destinations are listed in the slideshow below.
My family and I are city slickers, that's a fact. We love the life that living in the downtown core affords us. People say that "back to nature" is the way to go if you want to get a real perspective on life. Hogwash, I thought... until now. My motor-mouth and city swagger was at once shot down by the scene before me. I had been humbled by the mountains.