Sandos Playacar All-Inclusive

November 09, 2017 | Pearl McCallum


Travelling during a destination’s off season has both benefits and drawbacks; prices are lower and attractions less crowded, but there can be risk of being swept away by a hurricane.  We were fortunate that this year’s major storms missed us on the Yucatan Peninsula, although we did have three days of quite heavy rain.

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Private Touring in Havana

October 05, 2017 | Shauna Cook

We booked an All-Inclusive package to Varadero and everyone was telling us to make sure we visit Havana!  We are very interested travelers, and have lots of questions.  We like learning about the people, the economy and history of a place, and sometimes like to have a guide all to ourselves!  We booked a private tour for a day trip to Havana.  We booked this prior to leaving Canada, however with the government restrictions, we were unable to pre-pay it, we needed to pay cash (either USD or Cuban pesos – USD preferred) on the tour day.

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Living la Pura Vida – Costa Rica

October 02, 2017 | Natalie Hébert


Everything is genuine in Costa Rica, from the locals’ smiles to the serenity that pervades everyday life in this country. All that is pure and full of life is right here in this tropical region which, although small, offers a wide variety of landscapes and climates and boasts an impressive 6% of the world’s existing biodiversity. It’s not difficult to find something here for everyone, from souvenir-hunters to adrenaline junkies.

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Travelling with an Infant

September 19, 2017 | Andrea Rempel


The screams, the looks from other passengers and the concern for your child’s ears. These are the concerns, no, shall we say, stresses, that come with travelling on a plane with a young child. To those parents, grandparents, caregivers, etc. travelling with an infant, you are not alone. A lot of us have been there.

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Sleeping above the Crystal Waters

June 16, 2017 | Marlene Nowensky

Picture yourself relaxing in your very own seaside bungalow with the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea just steps away from your bed. The ocean breeze will be blowing gently into your living space and the sun will be shining down on your own private hammock perched right above the water.

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Antigua Winter Getaway

November 22, 2016 | Karen Pearson

In March of this year, I went to Antigua for the first time and I absolutely loved it.

I first spent three nights at Verandah Resort and Spa. It was a wonderful resort with many activities that are all part of the all-inclusive package. I was able to try many activities I normally would not have the opportunity to try here in the prairies, such as wind-surfing, stand-up paddle boards, and sailing a catamaran. I was terrible at all of these but that was certainly not the fault of Andrew, the extremely patient and capable instructor. The service from the rest of the staff was excellent, and the food was very good. I loved that the accommodations are mainly duplexes, because it feels more like private residences or cabins than a hotel complex. Read More >

Beautiful Belize

November 21, 2016 | Lois Farley

As a former British colony, the Central American country of Belize has a unique history.  Although having gained independence in 1981, English remains the official language, easing navigation for North American tourists.

The country is known for diving; the Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts over 100 000 tourists each year.  Additional attractions include Mayan ruins, eco adventures such as ziplining and cave tubing, and of course tropical beaches.  The capital, Belize City, is home to museums and cultural events, including the annual Street Art Festival.  Belize is a popular stop for cruise ships, which is how my family came to visit.

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Cuba – Our mojitos already had mint

July 26, 2016 | Ian Kalinowsky

After reading this very interesting article (it’s not as negative as it sounds and is well worth a read!), I realized that now, more than ever, really is the time to get to Cuba!

If you want to get to Cuba “before it changes,” you’re already too late

The article talks about the nostalgic, but not always realistic, remembrances of the Cuba of “then”; the positive and hopeful changes seen in the Cuba of “now”; and the probably, and not always positive, imagined Cuba of “later”, that is post-influx of American tourists and their dollars.

There are a variety of ways to visit Cuba sooner rather than later.  Fly on a scheduled airline or charter flight and book accommodation in the lively and passionate capital of the country, Havana.  On a sun package that includes charter airfare and hotel accommodation, usually at one of the variety of popular tourist beach locations, and maybe a couple of local tours thrown in.  On an escorted, small group tour that gets you away from the touristy beach areas into the countryside.  Or on a cruise that sails around the island, stopping at a number of diverse and interesting ports.  All of these options are great for the variety of people that want to visit Cuba.  And don’t worry, it really isn’t too late!

       Carolina, a tourist from Chile, jumps while having her picture taken by a friend before a tribute to revolutionary leader Che Guevara in front of the Cuban Interior Ministry (MININT) in Havana's Revolution Square October 8, 2013. Forty-six years after he was captured by soldiers in a Bolivian jungle and executed the next day, the Argentine-born Ernesto Guevara De La Serna, AKA, 'Che', is still a national hero in Cuba where he joined Fidel Castro in an armed uprising that ousted a U.S. backed dictator in 1959. Tuesday will be Guevara's 46th death anniversary. The words on the building read: "Onward to victory, always".