China’s Other Capital

As I described in the first post about my recent trip, I hit the ground running in China’s Wild West. Unable to purchase a SIM card due to currency issues and having forgotten the Chinese name of Xi’an famous Bell Tower, I came extremely close to getting stuck at Xi’an airport. The good news is I managed to mime and circumlocute my destination to the taxi driver, and my…

Does Anyone Read Anything Any More?

Why Reading Trends Are Changing – And Why It Matters Two surprising things happened the other day. The first took place at our book club, a thinly veiled excuse to eat tapas and drink wine once a month while discussing the perilous state of world affairs and explore other subjects that perhaps our other halves would wish we’d stop talking about. The other took place in a contract request. As many of you know, I first got into this business with a desire…

“Josh Recommends” for the Week of April 28, 2018 By Josh Garrick

Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: “Josh Recommends” for the Week of April 28, 2018 By Josh Garrick  The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Garden Theatre  NOW to May 27  Based on the Victor Hugo novel, with magnificent music from the Disney film by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, this epic musical finds the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral longing to escape his captivity by …

You can’t go to Ireland and not see these top 10 Ireland attractions

Top 10 Ireland Attractions First time visitors to Ireland have a lot of decisions to make. While small in size, this friendly island nation is loaded with awesome things to see and do. Ireland is arguably one of the best all around travel destinations for families. Last summer, we spent 2 weeks driving around the island nation, including a few days in Northern Ireland. It was our first time visiting Ireland, so we did quite a bit of research before our trip. We put together…

4 Reasons to Love Monaco That Don’t Involve Gambling

It’s not everyday that we are made to feel like rock stars, that we can walk along a stately boulevard with the world’s most famous and well-heeled elite. But then again, Monaco isn’t an everyday kind of place, it’s something special and most certainly unique. Last year I had the unique opportunity to visit many spots along the French Riviera two different times while sailing on cruises. The specific itineraries were a little different, but each ship stopped in a destination I was excited to experience, Monaco. While the specific experiences on each trip…

Rwanda: Next host of the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting

Commonwealth Tourism will put Rwanda on a glbal platform. Branding as the Land of a Thousand Hills, Rwanda has been chosen the next host of the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting the forthcoming two years. Honoured to host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in 2020, Rwanda will be

The Ultimate Guide to Gansu

China is somewhat poorly known outside of Beijing and Shanghai, but attractions like the Gansu China rainbow mountains and the “first pier” of the Great Wall have put more remote regions of the country on our collective travel map. (Attractions and one particular endorsement—more on that in a few paragraphs.) Whether you come to China&#…

Ultimate Desert Glamping: The Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Review

Dawn in the Desert at the Al Wadi Across the sand, something is moving. Slowly. Stuttering. But real. An oryx, I think, white flanks caked in dust, horns piercing the air. It’s almost as though she’s following the sun, appearing with its quiet, dawn-like shift across the dunes. It’s early, but as a new mum, I’m used to early. I’m not that used to quiet. A bird dips its wings in the water and I hold my breath, waiting watching. And I haven’t needed to venture …

Why You Need to Try Bravo Cucina Italiana’s Spring Promotion

Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: On the perfect spring evening, with a warm sun and a clear blue sky, we were lucky enough to dine al fresco at Bravo Cucina Italiana – and sample their spring promotion. Sundays – Thursdays, from April 10 – June 16, guests at BRAVO Cucina Italiana can choose two of BRAVO’s classic Italian dishes and receive a half portion of each. The promotion includes a choice of soup or salad; dishes are priced at $14.99 during lunch and …

3 New ways to earn Aeroplan Miles easily

3 New ways to earn Aeroplan Miles easily A few years ago we wrote about how we accumulate Aeroplan Miles quickly. While all of those options are still available, we’ve started to earn Aeroplan Miles three new ways. We redeem a lot of miles every year, so we’re always on the lookout for new ways to earn more. Today, we want to share these 3 easy travel hacks with you. Every year we redeem our Aeroplan Miles for flights. Redeeming miles is one of the ways we’re able to fly our family of four to expensive destinations. Next month…

Favorite Moments Reconnecting with Rome

Until just a few months ago, my opinion on Rome was fairly muted. I had only visited once before and that was for 1 day many years ago. Somehow I had missed returning until late last year when, in the span of just a couple of months, I found myself in the Eternal City not once, but twice. In the process, I discovered a city that I very quickly fell in love with, from its delicious food to the inviting plazas and of course the history found around every corner. Those trips quickly erased years of travel neglect and instilled …

Thailand Tourism Authority opens office in Toronto, Canada

Around 150 guests including Canadian travel companies, travel media, guests from the business community later attended an evening reception which featured a live music performance by famous Thai saxophonist, Mr. Koh Saxman, a demonstration of fruit and vegetable carving, and making of artificial flowers and carps from palm leaves. All this to celebrate the The […]Click on the headline to read the full article… – Submit your own story idea click here –

Sand Dunes and Smokestacks: China’s Wild West

“Bell Tower,” I said in English, the actual name of the famous Xi’an landmark having slipped my mind. I didn’t have any pictures of it saved in my phone, and since the SIM card desk inside the airport had only accepted WeChat payments, I was unable to get online and show the taxi driver where I wanted to go. …

How to Uncruise Alaska

Into the Wild: Uncruise Alaska My personal account of the intriguing Uncruise Alaska.  I stop in my tracks and hold still, watching him watching me. I can hear my own breathing, fast and focused, and the sound of droplets falling into the deep Chuck River. The rest of the group, all five of them, are almost out of sight and I suddenly appreciate just how alone I am in this quiet, exposed wilderness. A few …