The Joy of Travel

Good morning Vietnam

Feb 3, 2016 / 11:04 am

My latest jaunt has taken me to the land of Pho and Tiger beer. Vietnam is an incredible confluence of imagery, culture and cuisine. First and foremost are the...

When wanderlust strikes

Jan 27, 2016 / 11:48 am

Wanderlust, a true autological word, refers to that irrepressible desire to explore, to discover and immerse oneself in foreign lands, cultures and new...

Hollywood lost

Jan 20, 2016 / 4:25 pm

Well, its official. I think I may be getting old . . . I caught myself starting a sentence the other day with ‘I remember when’. We were talking...

Dem bad weather blues

Jan 6, 2016 / 2:36 pm

Where do you stand if your flight is cancelled by the airline? Well, it depends on the cause. If it’s the airline’s fault, such as a mechanical...

Connection do's and don'ts

Dec 16, 2015 / 6:00 am

Hmm, 45 minute connection between my flight to Vancouver and Frankfurt? Seems tight! Well, truth be told, that is what we in the travel biz call a...

Fiji, a Pacific gem

Dec 9, 2015 / 6:00 am

Thought by some as the ‘poor cousin to Tahiti, the Fijian Islands offer so much more in the way of activities, choices in accommodations, and true South...

Last-minute travel

Dec 2, 2015 / 6:00 am

I had a call recently. It went sort of like this. “Hi, I want to find a really good last-minute deal to somewhere warm. It has to leave either Saturday...

European Christmas markets

Nov 25, 2015 / 6:00 am

European Christmas markets Are you a Christmas junkie? Can’t get enough of gingerbread spice, mistletoe kisses, and an overwhelming sense of good cheer?...

Disney Christmas magic

Nov 18, 2015 / 6:00 am

Although it was a grey, dreary weekend in the valley, the powder-sugared hills signalled the imminent arrival of the holiday season. My eight year old...

Travelling with Joy - The End

Nov 11, 2015 / 6:00 am

I had to make my own coffee this morning. No one asked me what I wanted for breakfast, and my bed sure as heck didn’t make itself. Yep, I’m home...

Travelling with Joy pt 2

Nov 4, 2015 / 6:00 am

Ahh, it’s so difficult to describe the utter languid feeling of complete relaxation and confidence that comes with letting go and having someone else deal...

Travelling with Joy

Oct 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

Come along with me - I’m going to keep you updated on my journey on the Tauck Inspire river cruise from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam. Checked in with...

Consultant vs agent

Oct 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

There is still some confusion out there as to how a travel advisor makes his/her income. This week, I had a potential client call to arrange for an appointment....

Travel nightmare

Oct 14, 2015 / 5:00 am

Last weekend, the Star Princess limped into Vancouver port after a 14 day cruise from Hawaii with a truly unwelcome guest aboard: norovirus. A highly...

Be a hero

Oct 7, 2015 / 5:00 am

Are you looking for a family holiday that offers something beyond the all-inclusive indulgence of a mass-marketed resort experience? Something that will bridge...

Gorillas galore

Sep 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

This week’s column was written by my colleague Gonza Ochiel. Gonza writes a blog about African safaris, specifically Tanzania however he is well versed in...

Off the beaten path

Sep 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

For those of you looking for something “off the beaten path”, these three countries offer true, back to basic opportunities to do some wonderful...

Kenya vs Tanzania

Sep 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

Truly a difficult decision as they both offer excellent opportunities for game viewing, cultural exchange and budget to luxury accommodations. Ideally I’d...

Africa - where to start?

Sep 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

Talk to 90% of the population and Africa is in the top three for the Travel Bucket List. It’s a destination evocative of mystery, adventure...

Crystal Yacht Esprit

Aug 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

Crystal Yacht Cruises, the most recent intimate travel experience from the world’s most awarded cruise line, is charting new waters with the maiden voyage...