Posts by: Lisa Jackson

Church of Nativity in Bethlehem

What It’s REALLY Like to Visit Bethlehem at Christmas

Aside from the North Pole, the “little town of Bethlehem” is probably the most Christmas-y place on earth. The birthplace of Jesus Christ is only a bus or taxi ride away from the Old City of Jerusalem within the West Bank. But before making the journey, there are some essential things to know. Here’s how to visit Bethlehem during the Christmas season. Continue Reading →

Photo credit: Eamon Ward & The Outing LGBT Music & Matchmaking Lisdoonvarna Ireland

What It’s Like to Go to the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Ireland

Matchmaking is one of Ireland’s oldest traditions, and for the last 150 years, it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna, a West Coast village near the iconic Cliffs of Moher. For the month of September, this tiny spa town of 800 residents hosts the popular Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – a month-long celebration bringing together hopeful romantics from around the world. Most recently, a gay, bisexual and transgender weekend, called “The Outing,” has been added to the program – the world’s first-ever LGBT matchmaking festival. Continue Reading →

Photo Credit: Rocky Mountaineer

The Best Way to Explore Canada This Summer? Take the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Too often, rail travel gets labelled as the vehicle of the unadventurous traveller. But the truth is, there’s no better way to see the Western Canada than by riding the rails on the Rocky Mountaineer, the only passenger-based train permitted to use the Canadian National Railway. So before you dismiss rail riding, here are five reasons to travel by train across Western Canada: Continue Reading →