19 tips for better backpacking

Comfort is key, experts say

19 tips for better backpackingPat Rochon has visited 138 countries – from Brazil to Borneo – and backpacked in many of them. Melisse Hinkle has travelled a lot, too: she’s just back from Baliand Iceland, and soon departs for Peru. So they ought to know a thing or two about packing a rucksack. Fresh off a Rwandan safari, Rochon…

Cutting costs on your next cruise vacation

How to beat those extra on-board charges

Cutting costs on your next cruise vacation[slideshow_deploy id='72472']Hover over image to read caption OTTAWA, ON, Apr 5, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Ruth Cardinal started cruising in 1992. She’s been on 15 sailings with three cruise lines since then. One might well think she’s a savvy cruiser by now. But earlier this year, she was shocked by the extra fees that kept…

Montreal is North America’s festival capital

More than 100 events delight fans of everything from racing to world literature

Montreal is North America’s festival capital[slideshow_deploy id='72083']Hover over image to read caption MONTREAL, Que., Mar. 22, 2014/ Troy Media/ - We aim for the Ferris wheel, but the lineup is a couple hours long. The wait for the 110-metre urban slide, a sort of poor man’s luge, isn’t much shorter. Not a bad crowd for a frosty February evening in…

Wining one’s way through the 1000 Islands

New wine trail winds through historic New York area

Wining one’s way through the 1000 Islands[slideshow_deploy id='71699']Hover over image to read caption Download this travel article for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use CAPE VINCENT, NY, Mar 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - We’re driving through New York State’s storied 1000 Islands, minds firmly focused on wine. Yes, wine. It had come as a surprise to learn…

All the world’s a stage for Shakespeare

2014 marks playwright’s 450th birthday

All the world’s a stage for Shakespeare[slideshow_deploy id='70323'] Hover over image to read caption OTTAWA, ON, Jan 25, 2014/ Troy Media/ - William Shakespeare turns 450 years old in April. Enjoy some cake and see a play. Fortunately that will be easy – no matter where you are this year – because the milestone will be marked in his British homeland…

You don’t have to be a diva to visit the Met

Backstage tours offer insider’s glimpse of Opera House

You don’t have to be a diva to visit the MetMy wife has had walk-on roles in two local operas. Now she calls herself a diva. It was no surprise, then, that she insisted on a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera, the mother ship of divas everywhere, during a recent getaway to New York. In the interest of marital harmony, I tagged along. (In…

Experts name 5 top travel trends for 2014

Learning vacations, river cruising on the rise

Experts name 5 top travel trends for 2014[slideshow_deploy id='69647'] Hover over image to read caption OTTAWA, ON, Jan 4, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Planning a learning vacation for 2014? You’re not alone. That’s a hot trend for the New Year, travel experts say. Other key trends identified by long-time tourism leaders include immersion in local cultures, river cruising, tending to one’s health,…