What was my most memorable experience in Bali, Indonesia? Definitely the cooking class I took in a Balinese village. This class was more than just mastering new recipes — it was also about learning the local culture, customs, and rituals. Continue Reading →
Visiting Montreal this summer? Here’s some radical travel advice: take a break from the outdoor music festivals, and head to the Montreal Botanical Gardens. So landscaped bushes and flower beds may not seem as exciting as a shopping spree at Simon’s. But this is not your average tourist attraction. It’s a socially and environmentally conscious urban hike … Continue Reading →
I glance over at the enormous stack of clean laundry, and my over-stuffed dresser. The task that lay before me is far too overwhelming. I should go for a bike ride instead, and it’ll sort itself out. I wish. I’m leaving in a few days for a cram packed road trip. I didn’t mean for … Continue Reading →
Given the flurry of media attention, Israel and Palestine may not be your first choice for a travel destination right now.
But I’d like to challenge readers to open their minds and look past the political conflict. There’s so much culture and history to explore in this land, and it’s a shame that many travellers skip it. Before you write off Israel and Palestine, consider some of these highlights. Continue Reading →
Durian is known as the “King of Fruits” for its giant size, thorny skin, & its pungent smell. It’s also known as the worst tasting fruit in the world. What’s it actually like to eat it? Continue Reading →
Thou shalt only take designated tourist taxis. That’s what my trusty guidebook had dictated in my pre-trip studies. For once I thought I might actually do some serious research on my destination prior to my arrival. I had never been to a communist country, my Spanish was limited to ‘dos cervazas, por favor’ and I was travelling solo. On day two of my trip, I left the well-highlighted, dog-eared guide in a taxi, all of my homework sped away into the streets, liberating me from such nonsense. Continue Reading →
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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There’s a whole lot of Wild West Coast on Vancouver Island, from rainforest hiking to hot springs. To help you narrow your focus, here are five ways to explore Victoria and Vancouver Island that will ignite your adventurous spirit. Continue Reading →
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 →
One of my favourite places that I have traveled to (so far) is Salalah. It’s a coastal city in the hidden gem of Oman. The entire year Salalah is a desert: dried out land, little vegetation, and hot enough to cook eggs off the roof top of a car, but during the khareef, Salalah transforms into a land of lush green hills, waterfalls, and animals roaming grass fields. Continue Reading →
Every year, I look forward to the opening of my local farmers’ market and this year was no exception. There are two reasons why farmers’ markets rule: (1) fresh produce and (2) knowledgeable vendors. After marking May 3rd on my calendar, I mentally prepared myself for all the culinary possibilities and planned my visit to Sherway Farmers Market. Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
Heading out to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, I wasn’t anticipating sea sickness. Here’s what to know before making the trip by boat from the Whitsundays. Continue Reading →
Think Grandpa’s homemade moonshine was strong? Ha! Just taking a ‘wif’ of Yeni Raki could knock you to the ground. Yeni Raki , also called Raki, is a 90 proof (45% alcohol by volume) liquor, that is considered one of the beloved local beverages in Turkey.
But what’s it like to drink it? Continue Reading →