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Travel Tips for the Minimalist Traveler

When you’re looking for travel tips online, what do you usually search for? Most likely it’s how to get the cheapest accommodation, which landmarks you should visit, what are the traditional foods you should try - that sort of stuff, right? But consider the following. You’ve done all your research, you have the best itinerary, you’ve even planned out what to eat and how much everything will cost. Then you get to the hard part:…

10 Things You Should Know About Iceland Before You Go

Iceland is a beautiful country in a raw, powerful way. I recently visited for two weeks and thought I'd done my homework beforehand. But these 10 things I learned will help you to keep your expectations in check, avoid disappointment and have a great holiday. CROWDS in ICELAND - in the off-season Our trip to Iceland was planned for the last two weeks of May as the rates for hotels - and car rentals go up…

100 of the Most Useful and Practical Travel Tips

With travel to 60 countries under my belt I thought that these 100 travel tips - garnered from my mistakes, time on the road and talking to fellow travelers would be of interest.  The travel tips are all broken down by category. GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS Planning a trip is half the fun. Think hard about what you're trying to get out of it; talk over the trip with your travel companion(s) so you're all on…

What to do on a Weekend Getaway in Edmonton, Alberta

For this Calgarian, Edmonton is not the first place I think of for a weekend getaway. But my misconceptions about the city were rocked over three days as I discovered a multitude of great restaurants, shopping, culture and things to do. Edmonton is home to over 30 annual festivals - so plan a weekend getaway around a festival or event you'd like to attend. I had come for the Red Bull Crashed Ice Event -…

7 Reasons to Visit Quebec City in Winter

Why visit Québec City in the depths of winter you might ask? The city receives up to 400 cm (13 feet) of snow per year and the average daily high in December, January and February is only -5.9°C (21°F). Not quite the Caribbean vacation many envision. And yet Quebec City in winter is a wonderful spot to visit. The city has an infectious joie de vivre and there's plenty to do from outdoor adventures to…

Things to do in Dresden, Germany if You Only Have 2 Days

Two days in Dresden, Germany is enough time to scratch the surface of this beautiful city but it's not nearly enough time to see all the sights. Dresden, a city of about half a million inhabitants, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe I have ever had the pleasure to visit. The city was known as the jewel box for its cultural splendour. But towards the end of WWII the city center was bombed and…

A Trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas

In typical Texas fashion, Big Bend National Park is massive. Over 800,000 remote acres are tucked into the western section of the state, much of it just across from the Mexican border. Elevation ranges run from 2,000 feet at the Rio Grande River to nearly 8,000 feet at the top of Emory Peak. Massive canyons, vast expanses of desert, forested mountains and 118 miles of river frontage along the Rio Grande make up Big Bend…

12 Reasons to Visit Canada This Summer

Are you starting to think about what you'd like to do this summer? How about exploring Canada, the second largest country by area in the world? I know as a Canadian I think it's more glamorous to head to Europe. But there are plenty of reasons to spend more time exploring my own back yard - especially during what most Canadians would consider the best months of the year. Here are my 12 reasons to visit Canada…

New York, New York: Our First Visit

Old blue eyes said it best - Start spreading the news, I am leaving today, I want to be part of it, New York New York. Well I have to admit NYC was not on my list of summer vacation destinations.I was actually kinda loathing going. I had no choice but to go to get my son to JFK so why not spend a few days in the Big Apple? All I could imagine was…

Slovenia – 8 Reasons to Visit

Little known Slovenia in Eastern Europe sits surrounded by four countries - Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Its got a small section of coastline along the Adriatic Sea and half the country is under forest. But it's certainly not one of the countries on the main tourist trail. I went through Slovenia 25 plus years ago when it was part of Yugoslavia - and it looks like it merits more time than a quick train ride.…

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