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Weekly Travel Review

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...

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


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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