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September 12, 2019 | John Lelis

I am an all-inclusive addict, I confess! I tried an all-inclusive for the first time in 2014 and I have not been able to quit. What makes it even worse is that I am a travel consultant and I keep receiving news almost every day about new resorts opening, new …

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August 19, 2019 | John Lelis

As I wrote at the beginning in part 1 of this blog, it would take a book to tell you everything I wanted about my beautiful country. Even the people are amazing, you’ll see once there, but I am aiming for the young at heart now. Hardly anywhere else in …

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August 1, 2019 | Lois Farley

I’ve been lucky enough in my lifetime to see the Northern Lights in my home province of Manitoba, Canada as well as while visiting Greenland and Iceland. They really are spectacular! Have you ever wondered how those bright dancing lights are created? They are actually collisions between electrically charged particles …

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All-inclusive Addict

September 12, 2019 | John Lelis

I am an all-inclusive addict, I confess! I tried an all-inclusive for the first time in 2014 and I have not been able to quit. What makes it even worse is that I am a travel consultant and I keep receiving news almost every day about new resorts opening, new locations, more Islands and beaches and properties to add to my bucket list. It almost makes me sad that I don’t think I’ll live enough to visit all the ones I want to visit. I am so addicted that when asked a suggestion for this week’s newsletter I immediately responded I wanted an all-inclusive themed one, so that’s why you’re reading this (and thank you for reading it, by the way).

“Why all-inclusive?”, is usually the question people pose to me.

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Portugal is #1 best tourist destination, part 3!

August 19, 2019 | John Lelis

As I wrote at the beginning in part 1 of this blog, it would take a book to tell you everything I wanted about my beautiful country. Even the people are amazing, you’ll see once there, but I am aiming for the young at heart now. Hardly anywhere else in Europe will you find a place with such a vibrant night life as Lisbon. Night clubs and discotheques are all over the city. Each caters to a different crowd and music preference, from the amazing Gothic decor of Kremlin, playing hardcore techno, sometimes with celebrity DJ’s featured to the literally hidden (you won’t find it listed in any Fodor’s guide) Incognito, only playing alternative and dance music. There’s always something to appeal to everyone when it comes to letting go and enjoying the music.

  

And here is an inside secret, clubs in Portugal open around midnight (even if it is considered lame to arrive so early) and are usually open until 4, 5 or 6am. But, if you are an hardcore fan of partying, ask the doorman about the after hours party. Most of them have a secret after hours party (usually on Saturdays) that starts around 7am and goes until there is no crowd there, asking for more. Sometimes the partying may go until after noon!

There’s so much more to tell, but I hope to have at least made you think about doing some partying while you’re in Portugal for holidays. If you would like me to assist you in creating an unforgettable Portuguese experience, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email at John@gctravel.ca.

Our Top Five Places to Watch the Northern Lights

August 01, 2019 | Lois Farley

I’ve been lucky enough in my lifetime to see the Northern Lights in my home province of Manitoba, Canada as well as while visiting Greenland and Iceland. They really are spectacular!

Have you ever wondered how those bright dancing lights are created? They are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. In the northern hemisphere, they are called Aurora Borealis; in the southern half, Aurora Australis.

The colours can appear as green or pink, but have also appeared as shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet. They can look like patches in the sky, scattered clouds, light streamers, arcs and rippling curtains. But I’m sure we can all agree, that no matter what colour they are and what they look like, they will always be a magical sight. Read More >

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