Rouge Park Ontario

Four Cheap Things to Do in East Toronto

You don’t have to board a plane or spend a fortune for a getaway. For readers in the GTA, Toronto has a big backyard and we’re exploring it in our local travel series.

This week, we went east to Scarborough and Durham to hike trails and dine on farm fare. You’d be surprised how much there is to do for city folk at very little cost.
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American colony hotel

Checking In: The American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem

Long before my trip to Israel and Palestine, I was hearing major hype about the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem. For decades, it’s been a hub for politicians, diplomats, foreign correspondents, and famous people like Lawrence of Arabia, Bob Dylan, Tony Blair, and John le Carré. But what was so special about this historic hotel in East Jerusalem? I travelled 9300 km to find out. Continue Reading →

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A Tasty Chocolate Tour of Toronto

Who doesn’t love spending a Saturday immersed in culture along King West and Queen West…and stuffing your face with chocolates and sweets?! Tasty Tours’ Toronto has a three hour guided walk to six chocolate shops. Along the way, you learn about the origins, history, production and benefits of chocolate – while sampling some of the best chocolate in Toronto. Continue Reading →

Scuba diving Bali

My First Scuba Diving Experience…in Bali!

Imagine this: you’re 15 meters below the ocean’s surface, silently gliding through the water. The only sound is you slowly breathing in and out. Suddenly, you’re face to face with a group of Bumphead Parrotfish….and then a bright orange Clownfish peering from a swaying anemone. You even spot a turtle drifting through the ocean.

Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? It’s even more remarkable to experience scuba diving first hand in the deep blue sea. Continue Reading →