Families have been flocking to Florida for sunny, warm-weather vacations for decades. Afterall, the state is home to the Walt Disney World Resort (among countless other theme parks), thousands of miles of white-sand beaches and wildlife refuges just waiting for families to get outside and start exploring.
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.
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).
Cuba is synonymous with beaches but, on a recent trip to the lush Viñales Valley, white sand was (miraculously!) the furthest thing from our minds. After two days in Havana, a 1950s Chevrolet whisked us west to the tranquil valley, deemed a UNESCO world heritage site for its majestic mogotes (limestone rock formations).
Sea of Cortez or Pacific Ocean? Work out or work the club scene? ATV or local artisans? In Los Cabos, at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, you'll get all the sunshine, guacamole and margaritas you'd expect from a Mexican getaway, as well as a diverse choice of activities that lets you craft just the vacay you want.
There are many people in the world that dream of visiting the real off the beaten path experiences on their travels, but have no idea where to find them. A great strategy I've always used is to rely on trusty old Google Maps, pick a continent or country that interests you and then zoom in on the countries tiniest island or most rural village -- go there.
Travelling solo is my preferred way to go. I don't have to adjust myself to anyone else's sleep/wake schedule; I can eat wherever I want, whatever I want; I can go to any sites or shops I choose without worrying my companion might be bored; and I can make deeper connections with the locals. Travelling solo can be a lot of fun, and with technology's help, it's never been safer to do so.
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.
I love going on a day hike. Nothing is better than being out with friends enjoying nature and having a laugh. But from time to time, when I am on the trail I do see people who look distressed or uncomfortable. Day hikes are much more fun and enjoyable (and safe too!) when you have the top tips to make your outing great.