What you need to know about travelling with cannabis

Plus great wireless earbuds, off the beaten path in Alberta’s mountains, Cuba boosts its Wi-Fi and new Palm Springs flights

What you need to know about travelling with cannabisIt’s Day 1 of legalized non-medicinal marijuana in Canada, so what does the change mean for travellers who want to bring their stash or cannabis prescription with them when they go on holidays? The rules around bringing cannabis with you when you hit the road are pretty straightforward – if you’re staying inside the country.…

Urban sweat lodge latest Hollywood health craze

PLUS: A three-day raft, bike, hike Moab sampler; plus G Adventures sets sail along Sri Lanka’s east coast

Urban sweat lodge latest Hollywood health crazeLeave it the ever-creative and health-and-relaxation-seeking La La Landers to come up with a kind of wacky way to get your fitness glow on. The Shape House has set up its hot and happening “urban sweat lodge” in West Hollywood (there are also outlets in New York and Los Angeles) for the sweltering 55-minute experience…

Rent an RV, the high seas in style and airborne at cut rates

Travel Insider: airbnb-type RV rental operation gaining traction; eco-tourism adventures on Canada’s West Coast

Rent an RV, the high seas in style and airborne at cut ratesHit the road this summer with an RV from wheelestate.ca Hundreds of RV trailers sit idle in fields for a large part of summer. Cherie and Chad Ball noticed them and got the idea to start a company called wheelestate.ca. The Okotoks, Alta., couple thought that when the owners aren’t using their recreational trailers, they…

What medical tourists need to know to stay safe and healthy

Plus Canmore caving adventures, California dreaming, and flight deals for April and May

What medical tourists need to know to stay safe and healthyMore Canadians frustrated with long wait times for elective surgeries are willing to leave the country and pay out of their own pockets for procedures and treatments. A 2017 report by the Fraser Institute reveals that more than 63,000 Canadians in 2016 elected to have non-emergency surgeries in a foreign country. Janet Bristeir, author of…

Air Transat adds domestic and European flights

More Air Transat flights, China on the cheap, skiing on Vancouver Island, flight deals from Canadian cities

Air Transat adds domestic and European flightsIf you’re travelling within Canada this summer or have a trans-Atlantic holiday planned, you’ll have more flights to choose from between the busy travel months of May and October. Within Canada, Air Transat will start offering direct flights to Toronto and Vancouver from Calgary four times a week. Return flights from Calgary to Toronto will…

Get your vitamin D and do good in the Caribbean

Travel tips: Nordic baths in the Alberta Rockies, music and craft beer festivals for ski enthusiasts, and portable speakers for your next getaway

Get your vitamin D and do good in the CaribbeanBeginning with this column, noted travel writer Lisa Monforton will provide insider tips on new and popular travel destinations, hotel deals, gadget reviews, and unique and affordable experiences for Canadian travellers. If you're wondering how you might afford that surf-and-sand holiday in the sunny Caribbean, here's an idea to consider. In the wake of the…

24 happy hours in a Samara state of mind

At the end of another beautiful day, we sink into our chairs, our drinks in hand, and get into what I can only call a Samara state of mind

24 happy hours in a Samara state of mind[slideshow_deploy id='114152'] 6:00 a.m. ‘Hola!, Buenos Dias. Hola! Buenos Dias!’ The locals – and some early rising visitors like myself – are bike riding or walking down a dusty stretch of a rutted gravel road on the edge of the hamlet of Samara. The Spanish greetings are like a sing-song that join the chorus around…