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Amazing Azores of Portugal

Sep 28, 2014 / 5:00 am
Officially known as the Autonomous Region of the Azores, the area is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal, composed of nine volcanic islands which are situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its main industries are agriculture, dairy farms (for cheese and butter products primarily), livestock...

Shop 'til you drop!

Aug 17, 2014 / 5:00 am
YES THIS WAS POSTED IN APRIL, BUT SINCE THE TRIP IS HALF FULL I THOUGHT I WOULD RE-POST THIS COLUMN FOR ANY OF YOU WHO STILL MAY BE INTERESTED IN JOINING ME. Each year I promote a local bus tour that takes shoppers south of the border to hunt for bargains and clear up that holiday shopping...

Haida Gwaii

Jul 20, 2014 / 5:00 am
Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands - Haida Gwaii is 300 km long, in a rough triangular shape from 100 km wide across the top, tapering to a point at Cape St. James at the south end. Tucked under the coastline of islands that form the Alaska panhandle they are 75 km from the American...

Newfoundland & Labrador

Jun 22, 2014 / 5:00 am
Perhaps most famous for its language and food, Newfoundland & Labrador is an adventure of its own waiting to be discovered by the inquisitive traveller. Boasting of impressive landscapes, Viking ruins and landing sites of the early explorers John Cabot and Leif Erickson, this land also offers...

Canada by rail

May 25, 2014 / 5:00 am
What better way to experience Canada than by a great Canadian travel tradition ... rail! Why travel by rail? For one, peace of mind. Anyone who's experienced air travel over the last few years has experienced long lines, heightened security, and a general sense of insanity. (JK) Rail...

Spring fever anyone?

May 11, 2014 / 5:00 am
It's that time of year where we're so close to summer yet it seems so far from the sun, sand and warmth. And those of us who never got a chance to get away over winter have got it.... spring fever! The nagging need for a quick get-away, a rumble outside the valley. A break from life in...

Travel insurance...yay or nay?

Apr 13, 2014 / 5:00 am
Insurance. No one likes it. Who likes to put out money for the "what if", especially if the "what if" never happens. But we do it every day. Cars, houses, life.... we all have some form of insurance. However in my 15+ years of experience an a Travel Consultant, travel...


The Belles of BC

Mar 30, 2014 / 5:00 am
One of my favourite places to visit is the Belles of BC. If you've never been then you`re missing out. Access is by a combination of land and sea or; you can fly in. Bella Bella The island village of Bella Bella is located 98 nautical miles north of Port Hardy and 78 nautical miles west...

Bus touring!

Mar 16, 2014 / 5:00 am
Your wish list is long but your budget is limited. Your wish list and budget are unlimited but you have a short period of time. You have all the time in the world, a long wish list, and no direction.... These 'issues' affect many travelers today. Trying to fit the most...

An Okanagan Valley Spring!

Mar 2, 2014 / 5:00 am
No plans to leave your home over spring break but still looking for a quick get-away, even for just a half day? Here are some great ideas for a half-day, full-day, or even weekend get-away here in our lovely Okanagan Valley and surrounding areas. The Okanagan is comprised of the major centers of...

Tokyo's inner island: Odaiba

Feb 16, 2014 / 5:00 am
Odaiba Island - an artificial man-made island in the heart of the city of Tokyo. Offering one of only two access points to the seashore, this island is located across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, however has become one of...

The hills are alive...

Feb 2, 2014 / 5:00 am
.....with the sounds of fun! That's right - we're only halfway through another OK Valley ski season but there's still a half season left to enjoy. And with this year's mild winter (sans that one cold snap) it's a perfect time to get up to your local hill and enjoy the beauty of...

Hiker's paradise

Jan 19, 2014 / 5:00 am
With spring just around the corner those of us who enjoy 'fair weather' walking are looking forward to getting back out in nature. So where's the best spots to head to for a 'fair weather' hike in our beautiful Canada ? Here's the current top 5 spots for a Canadian...

This one's for the birds!

Jan 5, 2014 / 5:00 am
For Birder's having a 'Big Year' is a feat achieved only by those with both time and money to spare. Neil Hayward of Cambridge England clearly has both as he set a new record in 2013 for bird watching. He spent 195 nights away from Cambridge, drove 51,758 miles, was at sea for 147...

Country of Georgia

Dec 22, 2013 / 5:00 am
Georgia – one of the most ancient countries in the world. A land of endless wonders, unspoiled by modern tourism and still retaining authentic character. It is a land made up of exciting history, medieval castles and watchtowers with a countryside spotted with fortresses, monasteries and...

Jamaica 'Mon!

Dec 8, 2013 / 5:00 am
Found 145 km south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is an island paradise that is known for its tropical beauty, leisurely pace and lively music scene. Jamaica is best described as a cultural melting pot influenced by a diverse population and thriving tourism industry. The crystal waters of...

Travel agent or internet?

Nov 24, 2013 / 5:00 am
Every so often travel professionals hear those words..... "I saw this online..." Followed closely by the common misconception that Travel Agents always cost more than booking online. So if you see something online; why is it best to check it out with a travel professional first?...

Health retreat travel

Oct 27, 2013 / 5:00 am
There is a growing evidence base about the factors influencing good health and well-being. Researchers are using this evidence to develop effective health promotion and prevention initiatives for a variety of populations. One of these initiatives is Health Retreat Travel. Here are some of the...

A touch of the Caribbean in SA

Oct 13, 2013 / 5:00 am
Guyana is one of the few Caribbean countries that is not an island and, is the only South American nation whose official language is English. Known as the "Land of many waters" Guyana is bordered by Suriname, Brazil, Venezuela and to the north by the Atlantic Ocean; with it's 215,000...

Grenada: the spice island!

Sep 23, 2013 / 5:00 am
The island of Grenada and its surrounding six smaller islands is at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern area of the Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago and northeast of Venezuela. Also known as the "Island of Spice" because of the...

The Island of Menorca - Spain

Sep 9, 2013 / 5:00 am
Minorca or Menorca gets its name from its size. In Latin (Minorica) means minor island. This small Spanish treasure is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea and it belongs to Spain. Menorca has a population of approximately 95,000 and at its highest it rises 358...

Beat the heat!

Aug 26, 2013 / 5:00 am
Scorched? This summer has definitely been a hot one! If you're anything like myself, this heat is a bit too much for you this summer.... some relief would be great! So what can you do and where can you go to get a break from this heat wave? Here are some great ideas for a...

Cruising and your Travel Agent

Jul 29, 2013 / 5:00 am
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is North America’s largest cruise industry organization. CLIA represents the interests of 26 cruise lines and is engaged in travel agent training as well as research and marketing to promote the value and desirability of cruise vacations. CLIA...

Disney's Magic Kingdom

Jul 1, 2013 / 5:00 am
Did you know Disney World in Florida has four theme parks and two water slide parks? To give you an idea of size for those who have never been, all of Disneyland and California Adventure Park in Anaheim California FITS into Disney World Florida's parking lot. It truly is a Kingdom on its own....

Interesting but useless travel facts!

Jun 17, 2013 / 5:00 am
Did you know... 1) Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has an indoor ski hill built on top of the desert. The 22,500 square foot 'building' offers snowboarding, skiing and tobogganing. The 85 meter high 'mountain' boasts of 5 slopes and is home to a Penguin Sanctuary. 2)...

Alaska - more than just a cruise!

Jun 3, 2013 / 5:00 am
Although a cruise is an excellent way to see the beautiful Alaskan coastline, there's much more to explore! It's not just ocean, ice and snow - though those are some of it's most attractive features. With Alaskan cruising being the world's most popular cruise destination for two...

Luxury travel: not for the faint of wallet!

May 6, 2013 / 5:00 am
Luxury..... away of life for some. And for others, a once a year travel experience. Is it worth the extra cost to travel in luxury? Is it something you've considered but are unsure about; the differences between luxury travel product and non-luxury? What defines a luxury travel experience? ...

Happy camping!

Apr 8, 2013 / 5:00 am
It's begun! With the May long weekend less than a month away avid campers are beginning to make their plans. With BC Parks reservations open for sites through the year; plans can be made, that perfect spot can be booked and it's time to go through the camper sorting the necessities to make...

Suriname

Mar 25, 2013 / 5:00 am
Suriname’s many landscapes and cultures offer an array of attractions to suit the most adventurous traveller's needs. With such exotic nature, cultural, architectural and historic attractions; Suriname also offers a great variety of cuisine as a result of the different cultures that live...

Spring flowers in festival

Mar 11, 2013 / 5:00 am
We've all heard it : April Showers Bring May Flowers! How about experiencing this truth in a unique foreign setting? Every year there are worldwide Flower Festivals celebrating the season's blooms. Here are some of the popular options that are worth a plane ride to see. The...

Have pet - will travel!

Feb 25, 2013 / 5:00 am
Travelling and wanting to take Fido? The world of travel varies so of course there are times where taking a pet may be necessary and other times where it's not appropriate. As the traveller you must weigh this decision before proceeding with arrangements. Once you've decided that Fido...

Holidays on horseback

Feb 11, 2013 / 5:00 am
Whether you are drawn to the great outdoors for a quiet, scenic trail ride or wish to experience life on a working ranch, horse riding holidays have it all. So much is offered on a horseback riding holiday: endless rugged back country, or snow capped mountains, expansive flatlands of the...

The Republic of Tunisia

Jan 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
A friendly land of contrast, color, spice and scent; Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa. At 165,000 square kilometres (64,000 sq. mi.) in area, this African jewel has a population of just under 10.7 million. Boasting the best of land and water, Tunisia's southern region is...

Travel for foodies

Jan 14, 2013 / 5:00 am
Travel for foodies...and I don't mean delicious airline food! Culinary Travel is becoming more and more popular for the modern day foodie. Thanks to a variety of shows on the Food Network as well as cultural influences; the world of Culinary Travel has opened eyes and mouths to the flavours of...

Stress relief!

Dec 17, 2012 / 5:00 am
With the hustle and bustle of one year ending and another beginning, many are hopeful for a quick get-a-way to de-stress and wind down come 2013. But with airlines taxes soaring and road conditions in the winter less than favourable... where can one go for a night, two, or even three, that...

Cocos Islands

Dec 3, 2012 / 5:00 am
Half way between Australia and Sri Lanka, in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, rest the Cocos Islands; a collection 27 islets split into two flat, low-lying coral atolls. Also known as the Cocos Keeling Islands, the Cocos are divided into 2 main sections.... North Keeling Island and the South...

The Republic of Malta

Nov 19, 2012 / 5:00 am
The Mediterranean island of Malta covers just over 316 square kilometres in land area, making it one of the world's smallest states. It is also one of the most densely populated countries worldwide with a population of 368,250. Malta is world renowned as a tourist destination, with a variety...

Caye Caulker

Nov 5, 2012 / 5:00 am
Formerly known as Cay Corker on early British maps, Caye Caulker is located one mile west of Belize Reef and is a a four mile long island, part of a chain of islands forming the Belize Barrier Reef. This small limestone coral island has a population of only 1,300 and boasts of having a relaxing...

Seattle by the sea

Oct 22, 2012 / 5:00 am
With a total area of 83.9 square miles, Seattle has a population of just over 600,000 and lies on seven hills including Capitol Hill, First Hill, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Magnolia, Denny Hill and Queen Anne. The Kitsap and the Olympic peninsulas along with the Olympic mountains lie to the...

Open season!

Sep 24, 2012 / 5:00 am
The Season is Open! So where are the most exhilarating places to bag that catch? Depends on what you're looking for... but here are a few options to get your gunpowder and lead ready for! Argentina Duck Hunting Just a few hours southwest from Buenos Aires lies a duck hunter's...
About the Author

Laura has been a successful Certified Travel Counsellor since February 1999. She has worked in both Corporate and Vacation travel departments and has extensive experience as an avid traveller. She currently works as a Senior Consultant at one of the Okanagan's most popular agencies.

To reach her for inquiries you can email: [email protected]

 

"If you look like your passport photo - you probably need the vacation!"

Your Travel Agent

Laura-Beth Konschuh-Penney



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