It's a worst-case vacation scenario -- you've been waiting for hours at your airline's gate with your tropical itinerary and (increasingly cranky) kids in tow, when they make the announcement: Your flight will not be taking off as planned. Flight cancellations are often panic-inducing, especially if there are connecting flights, ground transportation and hotel reservations on the clock -- and your dollar.
The benefits of travel on the soul do not disappear as we grow older. In fact, there are many instances where travel has proven to be extremely beneficial for seniors, adding excitement, something to look forward to and an overall new perspective on living. In addition, helping your senior loved one recognize the dream of travel into a reality is a priceless gift.
March Break is just around the corner and, like many Canadians looking to get away, you might be feeling a little pessimistic about how the loonie's nosedive is impacting your travel plans. But while many of us may claim there is nothing good about a low dollar the majority of Canadians will still make the most of their March break vacation - whether that means a staycation or snapping up last minute deals. By being savvy, flexible and creative, you might be surprised and just have one of your best vacations yet!
Would-be vacationers could find themselves paying 30 per cent more for their warm-weather getaways this year. As the Loonie hovers around US$0.75, three-quarters admit the weak currency has impacted their trip plans. But cash-strapped travelers needn't settle for a staycation, as a number of travel rewards credit cards can effectively offset travel costs.
The evening was straight out of a travel show. There was laughter, heartfelt conversations, and the best single empanada I've had in my life. We bonded, we learned, and I shit you not, a mime showed up. It was the essence of experiencing the local culture. Who can't get behind a good wine tasting? Spoiler: Me.
Each aurora display is unique: their intensity, the colours, the duration, and how the lights shift and dance will vary every time. I've seen the auroras mostly as sinuous green shapes. But they might appear as horizontal bands, or as vertical spikes; and depending on your own eyes and where you are in the world, you might see any colours of the rainbow. The show might last anywhere from a few minutes to pretty much all night.
My father tells me stories about growing up in Kashmir. He describes it as a wealth of natural beauty tucked high away in India's north, with unique cuisine and local craftsmanship. While years of political unrest makes this state especially interesting to the curious traveller, much of what he remembers has since been washed away.
According to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Toronto is home to Canada's largest Jewish population with approximately 200,000 Jews living in the Greater Toronto Area. If you want to be immersed in unique Jewish culture and explore all that Jewish Toronto has to offer, pack your bags and come on down!
While these animals may not star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio anytime soon, nor likely to be chosen as supporting cast for the next Disney blockbuster, they're still in need of attention. These are threatened species -- some due to hunting, others to habitat loss from industrialization. Today, travelers are digging in to preserve their future, and giving them a much needed turn in the spotlight.
The anticipation of a long-haul flight can quickly turn your travel excitement into dread. After all, no one likes sitting in a cramped chair and eating sub-par microwaved food for roughly 14 hours. However, you don't just have to endure your upcoming long-haul flight -- you can actually enjoy it too.
Legend says that these nine lonely islands, 1300 km off the coast of Portugal, are leftovers from Atlantis. In reality, the archipelago was born out of volcanic activity, and first settled by Europeans starting in the 1400s. Since then, the Azores have flown under the radar for many travellers, partly due to their distance.
Ski bunnies in the know will tell you that the best powder and grooming in the U.S. is in Colorado. Plan on a few trips to this mountain state to shred the slopes and you're best off getting your mittens on an Epic Pass from Vail Resorts, which gives you unlimited access to five resorts in Colorado (not to mention seven others worldwide).
The Baja California Peninsula is the ultimate snowbird (or any time of year) destination. Hot daytime temperatures cool in the evenings, white sand beaches are splashed by turquoise waters, and many of the peninsula's wonders often go undiscovered. There are more must-visit places in Baja than can be counted on one hand, but the following are five you simply don't want to miss.
With millennials expected to take over 75 per cent of the workforce by 2025, they bring with them new ideas and principles replacing the workhorse mentality that marked the professional generation before them. One of the biggest motivators for this "experiential generation" is travel. No longer seen as an exclusive domain of the C-suite, travel has become a regular fixture in job descriptions and perks catered towards this younger cohort of executives.