Flea markets a great introduction to local culture

You can have lots of fun at flea markets around the world while learning something about that country's culture at the same time

One of the world's largest flea markets is in San Jose, California. It has more than 2,000 booths and sprawls over 40 acres. In all 12.8 km (eight miles) of booth-lined walkways with arts, crafts, jewelry, antiques and junk! Lots of junk. The old saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" tells you something…

Short-term voluntourism one way to enrich your travel experience

Wherever you travel, you will have a more meaningful trip by connecting with locals

Short-term voluntourism one way to enrich your travel experienceVolunteer vacations are becoming so popular that the travel industry has coined a word for this kind of tourism. Now you can search the web for voluntourism and find hundreds of sites that provide travel with a heavy focus on volunteering. Many of those programs have you signing up for a week or two, or…

5 fun things to do in British Columbia

Whatever you enjoy doing in your free time, you can probably find it in British Columbia

5 fun things to do in British ColumbiaBritish Columbia is a beautiful province situated on the westernmost side of Canada. While the capital of B.C. is Victoria, Vancouver is actually the highlight of the province. Vancouver has over four million residents, but there’s still plenty of nature to be enjoyed there. In fact, whatever you enjoy doing in your free time, you…

Exploring the islands of B.C.’s Nuchatlitz lagoon

From sublime beauty to mysteries of an unknown world tucked away at the edge of the Pacific ocean

Exploring the islands of B.C.’s Nuchatlitz lagoonNuchatlitz lagoon, framed by a formidable offshore wall of reefs and rocks, is sprinkled with small islands. Consulting the Canadian Hydrographic Service chart entitled Esperanza Inlet, one is quickly puzzled by their odd place names. While Nuchatlitz Provincial Park and four IRs (Indian reserves) are prominently badged, the entire flotilla of Nuchatlitz islands (I counted…

How to survive your vacation flight

Whether a major holiday or just the summer travel rush, plans for surviving holiday flights will help you enjoy your trip

How to survive your vacation flightSurviving travel during any peak travel season ...  takes some thought and planning. You know there are going to be crowds. There are probably going to be inexperienced travellers. That means lines will be long. What can you do to make it better? Plan your flights strategically. Try to catch the first flight in the…

On the road to travel trauma? How to find a better route

When things aren’t going quite according to plan, breathe. No one likes travel stress, but sometimes we create our own problems and cause unnecessary delay

On the road to travel trauma? How to find a better routeJust when did we all become so sensitive and overreactive to situations beyond our control? Recently, my husband and I travelled to San Diego for a surprise birthday and anniversary party. The weekend was a ton of fun as we connected with family we haven’t seen for a long time. However, the travel was filled…

In the heart of the world’s largest non-polar icefield

All was ice, white curving fingers spilling from mountain valleys. Dark lines of ground rock defined each icy highway

In the heart of the world’s largest non-polar icefieldKLUANE NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVE, Yukon /Troy Media/ – I’ve been a geography nut since I was a kid. My noggin is full of useless facts. In pre-metric days, I memorized details of the world’s highest and lowest: Mount Everest, 29,028 feet; Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, 35,814 feet. As a proud Canadian, I…

Discovering an island of mummucknees in Nuchatlitz

When Capt. James Cook first arrived in this region, the Mowachaht were also surprised that the white men lived without women. “How was that, people wondered?”

Discovering an island of mummucknees in NuchatlitzIn early March of 1778, Capt. James Cook sailed the Royal Navy sloops Resolution and Discovery into Nootka Sound looking for water, solid timber to replace some broken masts and spars, and new lands to claim for King George III. At this point during his celebrated third expedition of discovery, the ships and crews had…

Stratford offers cultural and culinary feasts

From world-class theatre to fine food to fascinating history to micro breweries and distilleries, you'll find plenty to enjoy in this southwest Ontario city

Stratford offers cultural and culinary feastsMy favourite summer visit is Stratford, in southwest Ontario. It's an inviting locale with culture, fine food, history and world-class theatre. Stratford Festival musicals are a prime source of revenue, and with H.M.S. Pinafore at the Avon Theatre and Guys and Dolls at the Festival Theatre, artistic director Anthony Cimolino has added two more winners…

Eating for cheap while on vacation

Following these rules can help you find cheap restaurants that offer both good food and low prices, no matter what part of the world you're in

Eating for cheap while on vacationWhen you're visiting a strange country or city, how do you find cheap restaurants? Travel can get expensive, and whether you're on a big budget or a tight one, you might not want to be eating at expensive restaurants every night. We're not necessarily talking "greasy spoons" here. Low budget food doesn't have to be…