• Our Adventures in Peoria, Arizona's Hidden Gem

    If you had told me even a week before it happened that my ten-year-old son would be sitting next to me sipping sparkling juice out of a champagne glass while we got side by side pedicures I would have thought you were kidding. Yet there we were clinking our tall glasses while our pale Canadian feet were scrubbed to perfection. Sure, I have had my share of pedicures, but my son Noah always said "No way!" when I suggested he join me at the spa. I am still not sure what changed his mind in Peoria,
  • 7 Travel Hacks You Need To Know Before Your Spring Escape

    Just as computer hackers modify programs to access otherwise inaccessible information, travel hackers alter their travel methods to bypass some of the less desirable costs and stresses associated with globetrotting. Unlike other forms of hacking, which could unfortunately involve your bank account or hard drive, travel hacking isn't something to be feared. In fact, when used properly, travel hacks will save you time, money, and much of the anxiety that goes hand-in-hand with vacation planning.
  • These 5 Lavish Resorts Are The Stuff Of Bucket-List Dreams

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    Lounging on a 3,500 acre private island without a footprint in the sand, jumping off the porch of an overwater villa into a sparkling lagoon, and wading in an infinity pool while gazing at the St. Lucia's tree-covered mountains. These are the types of experiences you can have in the world's most luxurious resorts, and finding yourself there isn't as farfetched as it seems.These five over-the-top resorts are ones that should be on every traveller's' bucket list for offe
  • How To Survive A Mid-Flight Meltdown

    You're waiting for your flight to board and you receive an unexpected text that sends you to an emotional tailspin. Lucky for you, if you book it the nearest bathroom and compose yourself before heading up in the air. But what if you find yourself unexpectedly sobbing at the ending of a rom-com mid flight? Or you find yourself in the middle seat between happy families and newly engaged couples going to Disneyland and you can't help but replay the conversation in your head.
    Here are some steps yo
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  • 5 Poetic Stays For World Poetry Day

    March 21st is World Poetry Day. It pays tribute to poetic geniuses such as William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde whose words remain as stirring today as the day they were written. And, what better way to honour their legacy than to visit the cities that inspired their work. Whether you're a poet yourself or simply fascinated by their stories, we found the top five destinations that will help spark your imagination too!New York: Walt WhitmanBorn in New York, the legendary poet, Walt Wh
  • Canada 150: 7 Wallet-Friendly Ways To Celebrate All Year Long

    As if you weren't proud enough already, 2017 is the year to get patriotic and celebrate Canada's birthday. This year marks 150 years since the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick formed the Canadian Confederation on July 1, 1867. And, while that day has always been a major time for Canuck pride, who would turn down an extra reason to celebrate?
    So, if this year's sesquicentennial anniversary has you in a patriotic mood, turn that energy into momentum and get out to celebrate our gr
  • Secret Spain: 7 Passionate Destinations Off The Beaten Track

    For centuries, travellers have been drawn to Spain for its breathtaking landscapes, spellbinding architecture, rich history and vibrant culture.No matter where you find yourself in Spain, every corner shimmers and pulsates with inspiration. It's a place where you can define your own passion and live out an experience you've always been compelled to live.What part of the country do you want to indulge yourself in? Barcelona? Madrid? Well, what about digging a little deeper into Spanish cities tha
  • Everything You Need To Know About A Trip To See The Polar Bears In Churchill, Man.

    It's no secret to Canadians that our country is home to one of the world's best places to view polar bears in their natural habitat — and getting there is pretty easy.
    Churchill, Man. is just a short flight from Winnipeg and, depending on when you visit, there's a good chance you'll see plenty of these majestic mammals frolicking on the shores of Hudson Bay.
    However, there are some things to consider before setting out on a polar bear expedition. We've compiled a list of things you need to
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  • 17 Affordable Last-Minute St. Patrick's Day Getaways for Canadians

    You don't need the luck of the Irish to find affordable last-minute flights for St. Paddy's weekend. March 17 falls on a Friday (a March Break Friday for many), making this an ideal year for a long weekend celebration. And it's not too late to get in on the fun. Cheapflights.ca looked at the average round-trip prices travellers are finding for flights departing for a long weekend (between Wednesday, March 15, and Friday, March 17) and rounded up 17 destinations where the celebrations are epic bu
  • 7 Fun Family Ski Spots For March Break 2017

    No one could have predicted even two years ago that my family would spend nearly every weekend of our (crazy) Canadian winters on the slopes.
    But we do.
    Because there's hardly a better way for us to spend time together -- being active and continuing to learn new skills and apply them each time we snap our boots back into their bindings.
    It's our way of embracing whatever Mother Nature throws at us from December through April. (And throw, she does. We've skied through blazing -32C windchills at T
  • 5 Boutique Hotels Every Traveller Should Visit In This Lifetime

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    Six charming bungalows on a deserted Barbuda beach, villas perched upon the narrowest stretch of Santorini, and a beautified farmhouse nestled among the vineyards of wine country. These are just a few of the boutique hotels awaiting travellers willing to venture off the beaten path.These five boutique-style establishments, from California's Sonoma Wine Country to Beijing, China, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, offer personalized services, authentic cultural experiences
  • What's New In San Francisco For 2017

    I love travelling to new places. They can be around the corner or across the globe.Recently, I was lucky enough to explore San Francisco and found it to be an amazing place to visit with plenty of things to see and do (read: shopping) and innovation!Sacha (author) exploring San Francisco!
    There are a lot of special things about this city and I came across a few new things that will be happening in 2017:
    50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017
    For visitors to San Francisco in 2017, the 50t
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  • 5 Getaways To Spice Up Your Relationship

    With the highly-anticipated, blockbuster hit 50 Shades Darker finally out in theatres, there is no better time to reignite the flame with your bae. We have created this hot list of getaways to revamp your love life to a level spicier than a cinnamon heart. So, swap the flowers and chocolates and check into one of these love nests for an experience you and your main squeeze won't forget!The Drake Hotel, TorontoPack your weekender and head to the Drake Hotel in the trendy Queen West neighbourhood
  • Alternative Ski Resorts Across North America

    There are plenty of amazing places to ski and snowboard in North America, but some are much more popular than others, not necessarily because they're better, but because they are better known. If you're looking for smaller crowds and shorter lift lines on your next ski trip, Cheapflights.ca is here to help (we've got a complete guide for how to fly with skis and snowboards, too). We've rounded up our picks for top alternative ski resorts in North America, where the cost and the crowds are in che
  • Forget The Franchise: Touring Toronto In Boutique Style

    Every time I pass an empty Toronto storefront, I'm filled with excitement. I wonder what local entrepreneur will transform the space into a neighbourhood hotspot with unique and undiscovered foods, glamorous pampering or original clothing. That is until a Disposable Fashion Emporium or The Recently Defrosted Bar and Grill, crushes my dream with its unremarkable grand opening and entirely forgettable service. Travellers, locals, friends! It's time to free yourselves from franchise fatigue. It's t
  • First Nation In B.C. Revives Tree-Cutting Ceremony

    James August spent one hour on a momentous Sunday morning alone with a tree. He stood in the January cold touching the bark of the 120-foot cottonwood that had spent all of its years on the property of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band.New video & article on Vacay.ca about the once-in-a-generation tree-cutting ceremony by the Little #Shuswap Lake Indian Band. Fascinating experience to witness. @quaaoutlodge #ExploreBC #AboriginalBC A post shared by AdrianBrijbassi (@adrianbrijbassi) on Jan
  • 48 Hours In Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Siem Reap was once a home base for exploration of the Angkor Archaeological Park. But in recent years, it has become so much more than that. While exploration of the more than 400-square-kilometre park, which includes the remains of the ancient Khmer Empire, is undeniably a must-see for a portion of your 48 hours in the city, it's not all you should do. Siem Reap has blossomed into so much more than the "Gateway to Angkor Wat," and this is how you can fill 48 hours with adventure, delicious eats
  • The Trappers Festival Made Me Feel Closer To My Canadian Identity

    It's that time of year when thousands of Canadians are getting away to a warmer climate for their reading weeks and spring breaks. But instead of the beaches and palm trees I went a different route, I went to the 70th annual Northern Manitoba Trappers' Festival in The Pas, Manitoba.
    The Trappers Festival is a unique experience that reminded me of when my parents used to take me to the Renaissance Fairs. The Festival provides a unique atmosphere in which anyone can experience a part of Canada's h
  • Baja, Mexico Is The Ultimate Road Trip

    Prickly cacti, intermittent cell phone signals, and one-horse towns may not sound like the makings of an unforgettable road trip, but they are. Nearly every dusty dirt road along Mexico's Baja California peninsula leads to a deserted beach, historic town, or out-of-this-world fish taco stand, and they're all waiting to be explored. Baja is one of the most underrated road trip destinations in North America, and these are five reasons why.Deserted Beaches Still Exist
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  • Yukon Hair-Freezing Contestants Have Some Stiff Competition

    A Whitehorse, Yukon, hot spring is hosting a competition to find out who has the coolest hair — literally.
    Visitors to the Takhini Hot Pools are invited to submit photos of their frozen hair in the hopes of winning $750. Stay frosty ❄ ! #experience #level99 #hotspring #takhinihotsprings #whitehorse #Yukon A post shared by Travel | Adventure | Roadtrips (@vancouver_a_deux) on Dec 14, 2016 at 9:01am PST
    The hot springs have some tips for entering the contest, which takes place every w
  • Skating Through A Winter Wonderland At Arrowhead Provincial Park

    There are few things more Canadian than ice-skating through a forest in February. This past weekend, my friends and I spent a whimsical weekend in the woods at Arrowhead Provincial Park and experienced what has been dubbed as "Muskoka's fairy tale skate."
    Living in Toronto, I am always on the hunt for weekend escapes from the city, especially to places where I can bask in the beauty of the outdoors. This winter, I was initially interested in checking out the newly opened Woodland skating trail i
  • 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Wait To Visit Cuba

    As the number American-based airlines traveling to Cuba increase, the rumors circulate even faster. Stories of hoards of American tourists flocking to otherwise tranquil beaches and lavish resorts are butting bed and breakfasts out of the way and cruise ships are flocking there in droves from Miami. While most of the stories you hear are probably just tall tales, the following are five reasons why you shouldn't put off your bucket-list trip to Cuba.You Can Get There Before the RestPhoto credit:
  • WestJet Pilot Treats Stranded Air Canada Flight To Pizza

    A WestJet pilot made some hungry Air Canada passengers very happy last week after they were stranded in New Brunswick.On Jan. 8, an Air Canada flight from Toronto to St. John's was forced to land in Fredericton thanks to the weather.Passenger John Samms wrote on Facebook that an Air Canada employee told passengers no restaurants were open to deliver food at midnight — leaving vending machines as the only option for the hungry crowd."Suddenly, a pilot emerges and says, 'Hey guys, I'm from W
  • Top 5 LGBTQ-Friendly Romantic Vacation Spots

    The abundance of roses, candy hearts and Hershey kisses can only mean one thing, the day of love is almost here. And while we all know February 14th is a Hallmark-invented holiday, it's a great time to celebrate all type of love, because #LoveIsLove. Of course, your darling will want to be whisked away and showered with romance. Sure, roses are lovely, but why not use the upcoming "holiday" as an excuse for a romantic getaway.Booking.com, the world leader in connecting travellers with the widest
  • Quito, Ecuador: South America's Not-So-Hidden Gem

    I knew very little about Quito, Ecuador and had rarely seen it appear in Canadian vacation websites, but a short visit made me realize it's a not-so-hidden gem. South America's smallest capital packs a lot of adventure within its modest borders. From architectural wonders and world-class art galleries to charming backstreets and picturesque hiking trails; from scientific marvels to religious sanctuaries, Quito has something for all types of travellers.For the Cultural ExplorerQuito's Central Squ
  • 10 Tips For Women Travelling Solo

    That's me in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India (2016)
    Women travel for a variety of reasons, from recreation to business to study. For any woman travelling solo, personal safety must be paramount -- regardless of the purpose. Whether you are travelling to a major city on business, taking the road less travelled, or doing the all-inclusive resort get-away, the same principle applies: put your safety first.
    Here are 10 tips to help you enjoy your trip and stay safe:1. Attitude Check: Do not be afraid to tr
  • Do Not Disturb: Sexy Hotel Amenity Kits

    With plush bedding, velvety bathrobes and bathtubs for two, hotels provide the perfect excuse for a steamy weekend away. And, with thenext installment of "Fifty Shades of Grey" hitting the screens, some couples will be jonesing for a naughty night on the town. To cater to those adventurous souls who want to take it a step further, some hotels now offer intimacy kits, quite often right in the minibar, that will put some added spice into a stay.What is an intimacy kit, you ask? Think anything desi
  • 7 Ways My Family Is Kind To The Environment While Travelling

    Travelling is often about self indulgence. We want to eat exotic foods, watch photo-worthy sunsets and lounge by the pool without worrying about deadlines or cooking dinner. But over years of taking family vacations to destinations as near as Banff National Park and as far as Cambodia, I've come to realize that my family's travels aren't all about us.
    Every vacation we take has a drastic impact on the people and places we visit, and it's not always easy to combine the experiences we want to have
  • Pop The Question In A Unique Place This Valentine's Day

    As Valentine's Day draws near, it's time to show our loved ones just how much they mean to us. Better yet, if you're thinking of popping the ultimate question, then now is the perfect time!You've bought the ring, you've practiced your speech and now, all you have to figure out is where to ask. And while you could opt for a familiar place, there's something irresistibly romantic about being whisked away and having your soul mate get down on one knee. So, whether it's a cottage up north, or an iso
  • These 4 Must-See Swiss Towns Can Be Visited In Any Season

    Europe isn't just a destination for summer travelers. In fact, many European towns and cities thrive in all seasons, offering as much winter adventure as summer sightseeing. Switzerland is a country that's known for its postcard-worthy natural scenery, supreme quality of life, and unique culture that can be found everywhere, from the capital city of Zurich to the most minute villages and towns. These Swiss destinations are ones that every traveler should visit, whether it's for winter sports exc
  • Top Spring Travel Style Trends

    I have been travelling more and more, and want to keep my style fresh when I am running through airports or travelling to new exciting destinations.
    I recently picked up some amazing spring style tips from Bradley O'Brien -- xecutive vice president of design and product development for Tommy Bahama. Bradley shared all of her tips for the best travel looks this spring.
    • The Destination Dress: Easy to wear, always pulled-together -- a great dress is a must-have on any packing list. From a sp
  • 6 European Cities That Feel Like Home To Canadian Hockey Fans

    Hockey season is one of the highlights of winter in the Great White North, but many fans don't know that hockey season is one of the best times to be in Europe, too. The European continent is home to more than 100 hockey leagues, and as many North American hockey fans do know, some of the greatest players in the sport, like Saku Koivu and Jaromir Jagr, first laced up skates there.Many of Europe's most culture-filled travel destinations are home to star-studded hockey teams, fan-packed arenas and
  • Unwinding Under A Million Stars On Colombia's Isla Coralina

    There aren't many affordable island paradises left in the world that have been minimally impacted by tourism while maintaining the original mystique that led travellers there in the first place. I've been fortunate to experience a few: Malaysia's Perhentian Islands, Nicaragua's Corn Islands and Bali in the 90s pre-Eat Pray Love and expat overload.In some cases, it's happenstance or a lucky accident. A missed flight, washed-out road or recommendation from a local. Sometimes it's the difficulty in
  • Raglan, New Zealand: The Best Surfing Town You've Never Heard Of

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    Have you heard about the hidden hangout on New Zealand's west coast?
    Decades ago, Raglan was considered an "old backwater town." Now, crowds flock to this tiny surfing town, known as Whaingaroa by the local Maori. It's teeming with environmentalists, surfers, hipsters, and creative types who thrive in this arty and environmentally-conscious community. It's no wonder: National Geographic named Raglan as one of the "Best Surf Towns in the World."
    "Seriously - everyone
  • Paddle Boats Of Afghanistan: A Country Of Contrasts

    It's been almost three months since I ran the Marathon of Afghanistan and I have been asked many questions about the race. However, that was only seven hours out of an 11 day trip and I would like to share with you some of the other incredible aspects of my experience.I arrived in Kabul on the morning of October 28th and, along with three other racers, was met by James Wilcox, founder of the company, Untamed Borders, the group with whom we were travelling. After dropping our bags at a guest hou
  • The Essential Travel Checklist To Keep You Covered

    Traveling internationally brings a specific set of challenges to travelers well beyond that of any domestic trip. Documentation, licensing, insurance, healthcare and bill payments at home are all important considerations. I have created a checklist to keep you covered and hopefully help ensure a problem-free international trip:
    Check for country specific entry/exit requirements including visas, country warnings and advisories. You can find this on your government's travel website. In the US this
  • If You're Studying Abroad Here, Take A Quick Trip There

    Studying abroad is a popular way for students to combine education and travel. What better travel adventure is there than immersing yourself as a student in a destination that captures your imagination? There are many popular study abroad destinations that each offer something different in terms of culture, pace and education. And the best part is, once you find yourself in a particular destination, you're also within easy reach of other travel opportunities, even if you're travelling on a stude
  • 8 Dive Bars That Will Make You Want To Move To Montreal

    The City of Saints begins to feel a lot more like Sin City when you're searching for a place to grab a drink after a long day of sightseeing. As the second most populous city in Canada, Montreal is home to so many bars and eateries it can be difficult for visitors to find those laid-back, hole-in-the-wall establishments where the locals hang. These eight must-visit Montreal dive bars are ones where the workers and patrons may not know your name yet, but they probably will before you leave.
    Mad H
  • 5 Ways To Celebrate Canada's 150th In The Great Outdoors

    If ever there was a time to take a Canadian stay-cation and explore the Great White North, 2017 is it. From coast-to-coast Canadians will be celebrating Canada's sesquicentennial -- a grand party for our nation's 150th. And what better place to mark the celebration than in the great outdoors?Tourists flock to our airports each year, with their sights set on visiting our near-mythic lakes, mountains and backcountry wilderness. This year join their ranks and be a tourist in your own backyard. Here
  • 5 Unusual Attractions That Made Me Fall Back In Love With Toronto

    As a traveller, staying in one place for an extended amount of time makes me uneasy. And after several years of globetrotting, I expected to return to my hometown of Toronto feeling less than satisfied. For weeks, even months, I fought the post-travel blues like it was a relentless cough, vanishing in the daytime and returning to keep me awake at night.But as the Turkish spices began to flee my tastebuds and I started to forget the handful of Indonesian phrases I'd learned, I knew I had to dig m
  • 4 February Festivals To Watch Out For

    February is one of the most trying months in the Great White North. The winter chill has fully settled in, and the warmer temperatures of spring are more than a month away. While many Canadians use this as a time to escape to the warmth of Florida, the Caribbean, or Mexico, others look within the country for winter carnivals, festivals, and other anticipated annual events. These four February festivals across Canada will encourage you to embrace the best of winter in the Great White North.Canadi
  • 8 Tips To Beat The 'Winter Blues'

    As the winter blues starts seeping into our lives, it's clear that "the most wonderful time of the year" is sadly behind us. And whether you enjoyed a festive-filled staycation or a trip away to see family, it's normal to find yourself in a bit of a funk during the winter season.But every dark, cold winter cloud has a silver lining, and we recently found that 77 per cent of people book a holiday to cheer themselves up. So, until you're ready for your next escape, here are some tips that will hel
  • The 5 Best Cities Around The World To Ring In The Year Of The Rooster

    People around the world will be welcoming the Year of the Rooster come January 28 with extravagance and excitement. No one city in the world celebrates the Chinese New Year the same way over the 15-day long festivity. From organizing a dragon parade to orange tossing by the river, Chinese New Year is one of the most interesting time to visit some of the cities with the largest ethnic Chinese population.We have scoured the globe and handpicked the top five destinations to experience Chinese New Y
  • Los Angeles Film Locations From Your Favourite TV Shows

    Even if you have never been to Los Angeles, you know the city better than you think. For years, the City of Angels has been a fixture in your living room on the television, and you may not have even known.Airing countless shows, from dramas and comedies, to talk shows and reality TV programs, the metropolis has been front and centre of the TV scene. With awards season just around the corner, what better time to go jet setting and explore some of L.A.'s key hot spots that have made an appearance
  • These Ski Resorts Are North America's Best-Kept Secrets

    While crowds of skiers and snowboarders are flocking to Whistler Blackcomb, Aspen Snowmass and other world-famous resorts, you could shredding (and saving) big at Shames, SilverStar or Whitewater.Haven't heard of them? That's what makes them so special.
    As the 2016-2017 ski season reaches its peak, the travel experts at FlightNetwork.com have released their list of the top 35 best-kept secret ski resorts on the continent. Although some of the resorts, like Vermont's Jay Peak and Washington's Cry
  • The Best Winter Travel Spot Is Hidden In Plain Sight

    Winter escapes are all about long days lounging in the sun -- or are they? Many North American travelers are seeking more than just a warm place to sip Pina Coladas. They want heaping doses of culture, picture-perfect scenery, and authentic cuisine thrown into the recipe too. One of the few warm-weather travel destinations in the world that offers history, authentic traditions, and more mouthwatering eats than you can cram into a single visit has been right under our noses all along.Mexico is a
  • Top 10 Tips To Make Travelling With Your Dog Easier

    If the prospect of vacationing without your dog breaks your heart, cheer up traveling with Spot has never been easier. You will need to do some advance planning and thoughtful packing to ensure both you and your dog have the best experience possible. Use this checklist as you plan your dog-friendly adventure.
    ✓ Visit the vet. If you are crossing state lines or leaving the country, you will need to have a certificate of health dated no more than ten days before your departure. This proves
  • Canada Is Tuning Into Aboriginal Tourism

    George Paul cried in a way he hadn't cried before. It was 1982 and he had travelled from New Brunswick to the plains of Alberta and Saskatchewan in search, he says, of his "original culture." That culture came to him in an onslaught of ceremonial prayers, song, dance and speeches during the World Assembly of First Nations, a momentous eight-day gathering of reportedly more than 25,000 aboriginal people from across North America -- the largest such collection ever.
    It took place in Regina and Pau
  • How I Beat The Post-Travel Blues After A Winter Escape

    I anticipate my winter escape all year long. It's that time in mid- to late-January when I forget about shoveling my apartment's walkway and sip margaritas on the sand instead. However, there's a point in every vacation, whether I'm away for a week or a month, that I begin to dread returning to my usual routine. The phrase, "There's no place like home," couldn't seem more untrue when I imagine returning to my back-breaking office chair and scraping ice off my Toyota Camry's windshield at 7:30 a.
  • Top 5 Places To Stay In Tremblant

    O, Canada -- I know it's cold out there.The key to embracing the winter months is to do something that can only be done when there's a chill in the air and snow on the ground.After a childhood of tobogganing, I successfully avoided winter sports for the bulk of my teenage years and well into middle age. But after a single visit to Mont-Tremblant's charming little village this time last year, I was hooked on winter.
    And, no, not because the snow-makers shooting trillions of perfect flakes into th