I'm a list maker. In fact I love making lists. But as time and luck would have it my computer crashed two days before we left on vacation and I couldn't access any of my packing lists. Later when the absence of water shoes resulted in a clam shell injury to one of my daughters' feet, we realized that the first aid kit, newly loaded with all sorts of band-aids, ointments and first-aidy stuff, was left sitting on the kitchen counter.
While dining with an American couple, I mentioned that I would be adding an 18 per cent tip, knocking down my customary 20 per cent a little due to the poor service. Well, you would have thought I had announced my support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad. I was informed that it is now customary at better restaurants in the U.S. to tip a minimum of 20 per cent.
The Montreal Jazz Fest remains worthy of reverence for the same reason any great event or attraction would. It has built up years, 34 of them, of credibility and notoriety. Since Ray Charles headlined the first edition in 1980, the Montreal Jazz Fest has grown into a calendar event, an annual occasion that your mind makes note of every June.
While the black bear is common in some urban areas -- with sightings even in Vancouver's suburbs as the bears search for ripe fruit from the trees and troll the recycling bins -- the grizzly bear is British Columbia's wilderness giant. Visiting with grizzlies in the wild had long been a dream of mine, and this spring we decided to head up the coast to see if we could view some of BC's iconic mammals.
I'm honestly blown away at how many people have connected with my video, Everest -- Time Lapse Short Film. My goal was to bring to life the majestic beauty of the Himalayas and draw attention away from the negativity that has surrounded Everest in the past years. I wanted to remind people of the infinite possibility that the tallest mountain on Earth symbolizes in each of us.
When I leave the country to explore another, I usually take my laptop and phone with me to work on the fly and to check-in on things back home. The problem with using your smartphone in the U.S. or overseas is that data rates can get super expensive. Here are a couple places where you can be a WiFi bandit while travelling.