The bizarre and wonderful world of bazaars

The bizarre and wonderful world of bazaarsI love world bazaars – souks, suqs, markets. Call them what you will, they're just so much fun to prowl in. By definition bazaars are shopping quarters, especially in the Middle East. They were probably the precursors to our flea markets, shopping malls, and supermarkets all rolled into one. The word seems to have originated…

Sampling Trappist Monastery beers in Belgium

If you don't know it already, beer and Belgium go together

Sampling Trappist Monastery beers in BelgiumIf you don't know it already, beer and Belgium go together. Trappist Monastery beers are a unique and terrific little sub-set of Belgian beers, and you could set up a great Belgium tour to include sampling what the monks so lovingly produce. The Trappist monks have been brewing these beers for centuries. Six of Belgium's…

An epic fishing adventure at the Arctic Circle

Ten friends, a rustic lodge and days spent on the pristine waters of Great Bear Lake

An epic fishing adventure at the Arctic CircleBy Grady Semmens “Well, I guess I actually have to do this now that we’ve come all this way,” says Jeff warily as he eyes the cloud of mosquitoes that tracks our every move and bounces off the nets that cover our heads. And with that, he casts off every stitch of clothing save for…

Vacation planning for empty-nesters

The kids are all grown up and out of the house. It's time to think about year-round vacations!

The kids are all grown up and out of the house. It's time to think about year-round vacations! It certainly isn't time to mope about the empty nest: now you can start planning to take vacations when other people's kids are in school. No more thinking about kid friendly places. Now you can plan late…

Flexibility key to a successful vacation

Flexibility key to a successful vacationWhen you're travelling, you have to be ready to be a flexible traveller, even when you've got your itinerary planned down to the last minute. There are just times when it doesn't work out the way you planned. The world is changing quickly all the time and the same holds true from travelling. In fact,…

Tips to healthy travelling

While it may seem obvious you don't want to be climbing on a plane if you have the flu or some serious illness, people do it all the time

Tips to healthy travellingWhile I have discussed health and travel before, if you're going to travel healthy there are some things to add and there are some things that bear repeating! First, you should be healthy when you leave on your trip. A last minute cold aside, you don't want to be climbing on a plane if you…

Should you drink the water while travelling?

Cook it, Boil it, Peel it, or forget it!

Should you drink the water while travelling?Can you drink the water or should you drink only bottled water when you're travelling? Is it safe to drink tap water? Is it safe to brush your teeth with it? These questions come up no matter where you're travelling. In most developed countries, you don't need to drink bottled water all the time. Tap…

Pilgrimage cities of interest to all travellers, not just the religious

From Jerusalem to Rome, from Kyoto to Mecca, from Varanasi to Lhasa, all the major religions of the world have cities of special significance

Pilgrimage cities of interest to all travellers, not just the religiousJust coming off of a trip to Israel, we started thinking about pilgrimage cities of the world. While most people take a pilgrimage for religious reasons, pilgrimage cities are interesting to all travellers. Most have layers of history. There is much to see and learn about in all of them. All the major religions of…

Pilgrimage great way to give travel more meaning

A pilgrimage is a journey to visit a place that has religious or historic significance

Pilgrimage great way to give travel more meaningHere's a different travel idea for you: why not take a pilgrimage? A pilgrimage? Does that sound a little heavy? It doesn't need to. You're right in one sense, however. A pilgrimage means, most often, to go on a journey to visit a place that is religious or has historic significance and, more often than…
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