Our tips for planning your vacation to France

Planning a vacation in France can be a daunting task, but here are some short cuts which can help

Our tips for planning your vacation to FrancePlanning a vacation in France can be a daunting task, but there are some short cuts which can help. First, understand France as a group of very different provinces. For example, the Riviera is a very different kind of place from the Luberon which is again different from Normandy. Read about the regions and link…

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…

Is the water safe?

Most of the time the water will be safe for drinking and eating and playing in but ...

Is the water safe?When people ask "Is the water safe?", they're usually thinking is it safe to drink. It's a basic travel concern. Can you drink the tap water? Should you brush your teeth with it? Do you need to drink and brush with bottled water? That's important to find out in order to stay healthy, but there…

On your next trip, bring a bag of goodwill

A grassroots Canadian movement called Not Just Tourists encourages you to take suitcases filled with medical supplies to needy countries

On your next trip, bring a bag of goodwillWhen we think of helping people in impoverished parts of the world, we often think of signing online petitions, making cash donations or volunteering. But bringing about meaningful change can be as simple as carrying an extra suitcase on your next overseas trip. Avi D’Souza has been doing that for about four years, since he…

Flea market tips while travelling

While it is fun to go to flea markets and bazaars when you travel, here are a few practical tips to make the experience even more fun

Flea market tips while travellingWhile it is  fun to go to flea markets and bazaars when you travel, we thought we'd offer a few practical tips to make the experience even more fun. The most important flea market tip is to watch for pickpockets and practice all your travel safety skills. Flea markets all over the world attract large…

Vacation planning for empty nesters

Think about it: No more exploring the world via Disney's Epcot Center

Vacation planning for empty nestersThe kids are all grown up and out of the house. It's time to think about year-round vacations! It certainly isn't time to mope about the empty nest because now you can start planning to take vacations when other people's kids are in school. No more thinking about kid friendly places. Now you can plan…

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…