We want to eat exotic foods, watch photo-worthy sunsets and lounge by the pool without worrying about deadlines or cooking dinner. But over years of taking family vacations to destinations as near as Banff National Park and as far as Cambodia, I've come to realize that my family's travels aren't all about us.
Traveler, Writer, VP of Operations at Leading Canadian Travel Agency
Through becoming a tourist in my own hometown, I discovered green spaces, museums, galleries, restaurants and attractions I never knew existed.
02/01/2017 11:13 EST
I anticipate my winter escape all year long. It's that time in mid- to late-January when I forget about shoveling my apartment's walkway and sip margaritas on the sand instead. However, there's a point in every vacation, whether I'm away for a week or a month, that I begin to dread returning to my usual routine. The phrase, "There's no place like home," couldn't seem more untrue when I imagine returning to my back-breaking office chair and scraping ice off my Toyota Camry's windshield at 7:30 a.m.
01/24/2017 05:43 EST
I've realized that fear is a completely acceptable emotion to feel while traveling. And instead of trying to eliminate my fears, I embrace them and use them to make each travel experience a fulfilling one. The following are three recurring fears that bump up my blood pressure before every flight or road trip, and how I cope with them on every journey.
01/16/2017 06:45 EST
You'll never travel if you don't commit to your next trip long before it's time to board your flight. The notion that you have to be rich to travel is a false one, because if planning is performed pro...
01/09/2017 03:05 EST
Travel is more than rest and relaxation for me. It's how I learn, grow, and find inspiration for my sometimes dull life at home in Toronto. Every trip I take has a profound impact on me, but I want it to have a profound impact on the people and places I visit too. These five simple ways I travel consciously -- both environmentally and socially -- are easy for any traveler to implement and are guaranteed to make every holiday more beneficial for you and your destinations.
01/03/2017 02:25 EST
Thanks to Google and a few lessons I've learned over the years, I think this trip may be different. I've been diligently researching the best ways to beat the crowds at popular ski resorts during the insane holiday season, and I'd like to share my findings with all of the other overwhelmed ski moms out there.
12/21/2016 08:22 EST
Photo credit: Peter Gronemann Holiday shopping can be stressful, but not if you're traveling while you're doing it. The world is home to a long list of extravagant malls, offering everything from hund...
11/08/2016 06:59 EST
The Caribbean sees more than 25 million visitors every year. It's no wonder many Caribbean destinations are more crowded than the pictures in the brochures suggest. However, the Caribbean is home to more than 7,000 islands and 25 nations, some of which are drastically less crowded than others.
10/31/2016 03:10 EDT
Halloween is all about ghosts, goblins, and hair-raising haunted houses. The spooky holiday doesn't just take place on October 31, in Vancouver -- it lasts an entire season, and these five scream-worthy haunted houses are open and ready to make you want to run and hide.
10/26/2016 01:48 EDT
As stores trade beach displays for winter ones and Starbucks starts to smell more like cinnamon, Canadians notice the first hints of holiday cheer. It's no secret that Canada becomes a lot more magical during the holiday season, with guaranteed snow in many areas and fun holiday activities like sleigh rides and dog sledding always on schedule. However, these five Canadian towns and cities go above and beyond to turn their downtown streets into real-life winter wonderlands.
10/18/2016 07:52 EDT
Ontario, Canada, is one of the best places in the world to watch the green maple, oak and birch leaves of summer turn orange, crimson, and gold before falling in time for winter. And nothing makes an Ontario leaf peeping trip more complete than using one of the province's quaintest small towns as your home-base.
10/11/2016 02:38 EDT
Leaves are falling, pumpkins are donning doorsteps, and costumes are starting to take the place of beach gear in stores. Halloween is just around the corner, and Toronto is one of the best places in the country to celebrate the spooky holiday. Consider one (or more) of these five must-visit Halloween festivities to get spooked and embrace fall this October.
10/04/2016 07:59 EDT
A trip to the falls is more than visiting the incomparable natural wonder, it's about experiencing the nonstop action that happens around the legendary attraction. These five awesome things to do are ones you don't want to miss on your visit to Niagara Falls.
09/27/2016 04:35 EDT
The Canadian Rockies are a favourite summer and winter destination for travellers around the world. But many are missing out on the more mellow fall months, when crowds are thin, temperatures are just right, and the scenery is arguably more photogenic than any other time of year.
09/19/2016 02:53 EDT
Travellers flock to Cape Breton Island's Cabot Trail and Quebec's Laurentian Mountains to admire Canada's fall foliage this time of year. However, fall travellers are missing out on a number of lesser known Canadian destinations that pack just as much punch in terms of fall fun.
09/13/2016 03:03 EDT
Florida isn't just a spring break destination. It's one of the best U.S. states for stretching your summer well beyond September. Must-visit fall festivals combine with warm (but less humid) weather, uncrowded beaches, and more affordable prices to create the ultimate autumn escape. These six reasons to take a Florida vacation this fall are guaranteed to make you forget about the chilly air and snowflakes that are just around the corner.
09/06/2016 08:41 EDT
Montreal wows its visitors in all seasons, but the French-speaking city is more colourful than ever in fall. In addition to the brightly-colored leaves of the city's trees in autumn, Montreal comes to life with fall festivals, vibrant nightlife, bountiful public markets and so much more. There are some things you can only do in the cobblestoned island city in fall, and these five are the best of the best.
08/31/2016 11:08 EDT
Bordered by the Hudson Bay, home to some of the country's most fascinating wildlife, and littered with charming cities and small towns, Manitoba is a place that will help you recognize the true heart of Canada. Discover just how wild this province can be by experiencing these four things you can only do in Manitoba.
08/22/2016 03:33 EDT
Canada is a country known for its outdoor adventures, but some of the best Canadian escapes are experienced indoors. The country known for its cool temperatures keeps visitors steaming hot with some of the world's best spa retreats.
08/16/2016 09:57 EDT
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