The Joy of Travel

Your travel bucket list

May 22, 2018 / 5:00 pm

There are so many sad tales of unrequited travel plans from recently retired people. Either they’ve been struck by sudden illness or they simply...

Cuba, Part II

Feb 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

The direct nonstop service between Kelowna and Varadero is what predicates this area as being many of my clients' “first impression” of Cuba....

Cuba bound

Jan 31, 2018 / 6:00 am

The air was warm with a mango-scented breeze when we arrived in Varadero. The Customs officials take their job seriously with stern faces and brusque queries....

An amazing family vacation

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

Have you heard the acronym “SKI” Holiday? Rather than leaving it all to the kids, today’s Baby Boomers are choosing to “Spend the...

Luggage tariffs looming

Jan 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

The people of Europe and the U.K. have long been accustomed to paying fees for their air travel. Low-cost airlines randomly offer airfares for as little as one...

Does Santa eat sushi?

Dec 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

In today’s ever shrinking world, travellers may find themselves “outside the box’ during the Holiday Season. What can you expect from...

The land of Thor

Nov 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

With ever popular Viking-inspired series such as Game of Thrones and The Last Kingdom, it’s no wonder that Norway has become one of the most sought-after...

Know when to cancel

Nov 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

CANCELLATION INSURANCE 101 You’re booked! You’ve spent hours agonizing over the right resort or cruise and you’ve finally pulled the trigger. ...

Barge on in

Nov 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

Still too young for a river cruise? Love the idea of getting up close to local culture and cuisine? Enjoy daily active ways to explore nearby villages and...

Live large; take a limo

Oct 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

Airport transfers You’re exhausted from your overseas flight. You stagger through Customs, struggle with comprehending the heavily accented English and...

Group travel 101

Oct 11, 2017 / 6:00 am

Why travel as a group? It’s an opportunity to share adventures and experiences with people with whom you can later commiserate and laugh with. ...

Take the inside track

Sep 27, 2017 / 6:00 am

Every now and then, over the course of my 30-odd years in the industry, I am surprised and pleased to discover little gems that make my life and profession that...

Travelling for healthcare

Sep 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

IN SEARCH OF THE $1,000 FACELIFT According to Patients Beyond Borders, more than eight million patients from around the world travel to obtain medical treatment...

The aftermath of Irma

Sep 13, 2017 / 6:00 am

We watch in awe as Mother Nature bares her teeth and discredits the climate change nay-sayers. Irma’s clean up will be deceptively quick in some areas...

Music on the seas

Sep 6, 2017 / 6:00 am

Holland America is not your Grampa’s cruise line any more. Fabulous new interactive entertainment avenues aboard her new ship The Koningsdam and...

Nice is really nice!

Jul 12, 2017 / 6:00 am

Long the playground for the European elite, Nice is still a viable and affordable destination for the everyday vacationer. The gem of the Cote d’Azur,...

Driving in France

Jun 27, 2017 / 3:00 pm

I am certain I would travel regardless of my profession. However due to my diligence to ever expand my knowledge and experience, I make note of my surroundings...

Paris in springtime

Jun 20, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Paris has not disappointed; it is truly a city for romantics It’s been a whirlwind three-day exploration, which has not allowed for an in-depth view of...

Leaving on a jet plane

Jun 13, 2017 / 3:00 pm

I’m leaving for France later this week. I’m spending three nights in Paris and then heading to Aix en Provence to connect with a girlfriend and...

10 must-have travel apps

May 30, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Travelling can be stressful at the best of times, but you can use your phone as the ultimate connection tool. Here are 10 free apps that can help make that trip...