How to decipher those confusing hotel meal plans

American Plan, Modified American Plan, European Plan, Half board? What does it all mean?

How to decipher those confusing hotel meal plansCan you figure out those hotel meal plans? American Plan, Modified American Plan, European Plan, Half board? What does it all mean? If you're looking up hotels in a book or online, you may see that they have meal plans or dining plans listed. There are different "plans" for providing a room and meals and…

Passport? Check. Insurance? Better check

Are you game to be an eco-Adventure Junky? Or are you looking for some place quirky to stay on your next trip?

Passport? Check. Insurance? Better checkSpring break. Those two words make many people giddy with excitement right about now. But in the fever of getting ready to flee winter’s frigid temperatures, many of us – especially if we’re fortunate enough not to have health issues – often forget about buying health insurance for travel abroad. I can’t count the times…

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotels

Eric Watson explains how MasterBUILT Hotels’ business strategy allows the company to succeed in challenging times

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotelsEric Watson is president of MasterBUILT Hotels. Tell me about MasterBUILT Hotels – the history of the company, the number of hotels and where they’re located. Watson: MasterBUILT Hotels was formed in April 2011 by two prominent Calgary business leaders and friends – Jay Westman and Marc Staniloff – with the mission of developing 75…

Make your own music and memories in Big Pink

The famous house in southeastern New York state was once used by The Band. Now it's available to the public for overnight stays

Make your own music and memories in Big PinkIf you’re a fan of The Band, I have great news for you. You may be aware that this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Music From Big Pink, the group’s first album. But you may not know that the remote house the musicians and their mentor Bob Dylan gathered in to record…

Have you ever considered staying in a hostel?

If you find your travel budget a little tight, take a look at the hostel option

Have you ever considered staying in a hostel?CALGARY, Alta. Oct. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Hostels are probably the very cheapest place you can stay during your travels. Whoa, you may think, dormitory style bunk beds, backpacks, bathrooms down the hall ... and starving students ... no way. But that stereotype is not necessarily true anymore. It is true that the average…

When to stay at an expensive hotel

Look at your itinerary and travel goals before deciding if an expensive hotel works for you

When to stay at an expensive hotelCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Big hotels for travellers can be a great option, but there are also drawbacks. It's a little hard to define the pluses and minuses because what might be a plus for you could be something that would turn another traveller off. Big hotels will probably be the…