What comes to mind when you think of your Best Day Ever? Achieving a lifelong goal? Your wedding, or the birth of your children? A once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity?
When it comes to travel, my list of best days ever includes my honeymoon. Following a fabulous wedding with family and friends, my new husband and I flew off to spend a week at the romantic El Dorado Resort on stunning Maroma Beach. This charming property caters to couples and was the perfect getaway for us after a busy time. The best way to unwind? A couple’s massage in a palapa on the beach, where the sound of the water heightens the sense of relaxation.
A favourite activity for us was enjoying the gourmet offerings at the resort. From an outdoor feast of freshly-prepared paella to the delightful variety of international cuisine, there was no end to the culinary delights. A highlight and our best evening ever included a private candlelight dinner on the beach.
A vacation on the Mayan Riviera offers a dizzying array of activities, from nature parks to ATV adventures; camel rides to shopping. We chose to tour the magnificent Tulum ruins, perched atop a cliff on the Caribbean Sea. Our guide wisely planned a morning visit to beat the full heat of the day, but we were still grateful our time ended with a refreshing dip in the cool waters of a cenote.
The Mayan Riviera, and specifically the El Dorado Maroma, holds a special place in my heart where I have spent some of my best days ever.
When considering a sophisticated, urbane destination, Glasgow does not immediately spring to mind. The city’s rough-and-ready reputation has followed it through time, due partly to an industrial history of railways and shipbuilding. Glasgow has sometimes been unfavourably compared to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, with its castle and cobbled wynds. However, the Dear Green Place is surprisingly rich in culture. Besides its magnificent 12th century cathedral and world-class School of Art, Glasgow boasts a myriad of museums. Read More >
Travel to The Netherlands is always a treat for me, combining the fun of exploring more new places with an opportunity to visit friends in the northeast province of Drenthe. My recent visit was no exception; this time we spent a day exploring the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem. World War 2 history buffs will recognize the city’s name from a major battle, the largest airborne operation ever. In September 1944 the Allied Forces failed in an attempt to break through German lines in and around the city. The battle is chronicled in Cornelius Ryan’s A Bridge too Far. Read More >
I have been in the travel industry for many years and have travelled to many different places. And in all these years and all the different places, I have learned quite a lot. Here is my top five things that I have learned while travelling: Read More >
Vietnam is a wonderfully diverse country offering experiences that are found nowhere else. Its storied history has resulted in a unique blend of language, tradition, even religion. My friends and I began our adventure in Ho Chi Minh City, with its bustling markets, underground maze of tunnels, and ever-present traffic. Our Canadian eyes were opened to an entirely unfamiliar way of life, and of course that is the reason we travel in the first place. Delicious pho is found at too many restaurants to count, and for those so inclined there is a high end shopping district. Read More >
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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Edmonton to France is a long way to go for two days, but fortunately KLM is lovely so the flights were actually a great part of the trip. The connection in Amsterdam was about five hours outbound, six hours on the return; long enough to run into the city. However, Amsterdam’s airport, Schipol, is almost a destination unto itself, offering many shops and restaurants to fill time between flights. Better yet, plan a stopover to spend some time enjoying the many highlights of Amsterdam. Read More >
The relaxed pace of river cruising is one of the major benefits of this type of travel. Picture yourself enjoying a European coffee while sailing serenely down a scenic river. As you are travelling with only 100 – 200 other guests, you may experience the comforts of a luxurious ship without feeling crowded. Take in the view from the outdoor sun deck, the comfortable lounge, or perhaps even your own stateroom’s panoramic window or balcony. Staterooms are well designed to maximize space. Motion discomfort is rarely an issue, as the ship’s movement is extremely smooth. Read More >