Maybe it’s the booze. Or it’s the jet lag. Perhaps it’s that travel makes us feel free of our normal societal bounds. Whatever the reason, it seems a lot of us act like buffoons on the road – whipping off our clothes, carving our names into ancient relics and assuming ridiculous (or, worse, offensive) poses in sacred places – before posting our antics for all to see. It’s not even spring yet, and already the Internet is filled with examples of stupid people doing stupid things away from home in 2015. To recap just a few: • Two twentysomething American ... continue reading →

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Haven’t figured out where to go just yet for March break? Or maybe you’ve got an empty spot in your schedule and are looking for something different? I’ve been lucky enough to explore a fair bit of the southern U.S.A., which is an easy drive from southern Ontario and Quebec. And I’ve found some pretty cool destinations that may not be on your radar, but should be. First off is a fantastic little village called Murrells Inlet. It’s about a half hour south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and it’s got charm by the bucketful. You’ll find a short but ... continue reading →

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LAS VEGAS – She took a tumble on the trapeze. But the tattoo gun was cool. And she picked up a few magic tricks, to boot. Kayla Gregoire of Timmins recently returned from competing in Expedia.ca’s “Sinternship” program in Las Vegas, putting herself in some crazy but unforgettable situations as she and other Canadians explored awesome aspects of the city with Expedia.ca’s Las Vegas experts, on the ground locals who have been brought on board with Canada’s leading online travel provider to help craft customized travel itineraries that feature activities and attractions for every type of Vegas tourist. Gregoire said ... continue reading →

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Hotels are going the boutique route. Cruise ships are going the opposite direction. Each year, cruise ship operators seem to be upping their “mine is bigger and fancier than yours game.” And nobody does it better than Royal Caribbean. The cruise line made a big splash, as it were, with its remake of the Oasis of the Seas about five years ago. Then came its ever-so-slightly bigger sister ship, Allure of the Seas. Both ships feature seven distinct “neighbourhoods,” along with a carousel and designer shops, such as Kate Spade, and carry roughly 5,400 passengers. The Quantum of the Seas, ... continue reading →

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Priceoftravel.com has released its annual list of what it costs to spend a day in a whack of European cities. There’s a real science to it, as they look for cheap three-star hotels that have mostly positive online reviews and tally up the cost of one night’s stay (based on double occupancy). They also add in two short cab rides, one cultural attraction, three higher-end restaurants that are still ranked as “budget” and three drinks. Based on those factors it’s amazing how much the cost of a day in Europe can vary. In Bucharest, arguably not a chart topper on ... continue reading →

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Feel like a great holiday in a fantastic hotel in one of the world’s great cities? I’m giving away another in a series of trips to the wonderful Eaton Chelsea Hotel here in downtown Toronto. One (1) winner will receive two (2) nights deluxe accommodation for four (4) – one room, in deluxe accommodation, at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Toronto including underground hotel self-parking. The hotel was given a huge makeover a while back and is both stylish and family-friendly, with a terrific indoor swimming pool and water slide complex, lovely rooms and warm yet modern design features. The Eaton ... continue reading →

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I’ve been saying for years now that the federal government in Ottawa doesn’t understand tourism and doesn’t give it the support it should. Now I see that MP Elizabeth May and TV comedian/pundit Rick Mercer are saying the same thing. Here’s my Globe and Mail blog from Friday, Feb. 20…. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/travel-news/when-will-the-government-give-tourism-the-respect-it-deserves/article23115880/

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