Five of the best castle stays in Scotland

Five of the best castle stays in ScotlandThere's no more Scottish an image than that of a castle surrounded by swirling mist, and most of Scotland's castles ooze a colourful and turbulent history ... the stuff of swashbucklers, legends and ghost stories. All the classic imagery can be found in abundance: secret passageways, spiral staircases, dungeons, haunted rooms, four-poster beds, old oil…

Everything you’ve ever heard about Paris is true

But like a flirtatious mistress, she will drive you to distraction while capturing your soul

Everything you’ve ever heard about Paris is trueEverything you’ve ever heard about Paris is true: Expensive. Unfriendly. Grimy. Noisy. Gaudy. Congested. So why do I ache with longing whenever I hear the name? And why do I spend every cent I can spare to fly there again and again when there are a thousand-and-one other places in the world I’ve yet to…

Shape up and really enjoy your trip

Travel can wear you out even if it's not an active vacation, so shape up for travel, and happy travels

Shape up and really enjoy your tripOne thing you might not think about is that you should shape up for travel if you want to really enjoy your trip and stay healthy. Your doctor probably tells you all the time that you should exercise more, but some people find it hard to stay motivated to exercise just because they should. Decide…

The ABCs of B&Bs

The term Bed and Breakfast, or B&B, started in Great Britain, with people inviting travelers into their homes to earn a little extra money

The ABCs of B&BsThe term Bed and Breakfast, or B&B, started in Great Britain, with people inviting travellers into their homes, providing rooms and serving breakfast to earn a little extra money. It soon spread throughout Europe, but you can find this type of accommodation almost everywhere now. Oh, no, you're thinking. I've outgrown that bathroom down the…

Tips to stretch your travel accommodation budget

Rather than skipping a vacation, cut a few corners and travel a little smarter by eating and sleeping cheaper

Tips to stretch your travel accommodation budgetHere are a few tips to stretch your travel accommodation budget. Rather than skipping a vacation, cut a few corners and travel a little smarter by eating and sleeping cheaper. I guarantee you will still have a great trip. To stretch your travel budget in Europe, stay in a bed-and-breakfast. It will probably cost you…

Hut-to-hut hike rewards adventurers with epic views

Comfy beds and incredible food await after a long, fulfilling day

Hut-to-hut hike rewards adventurers with epic viewsAs we gaped in awe at Talc Lake, a deep blue expanse hanging above Egypt Lake in the distance, a passing hiker said to us, “It only gets better.” Better than this? we wondered. How is that possible? In the vista before us, a waterfall ribbon from Talc seemed to put the cherry on top…

Flea markets a great introduction to local culture

You can have lots of fun at flea markets around the world while learning something about that country's culture at the same time

One of the world's largest flea markets is in San Jose, California. It has more than 2,000 booths and sprawls over 40 acres. In all, 12.8 km (eight miles) of booth-lined walkways with arts, crafts, jewellery, antiques and junk! Lots of junk. The old saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" tells you something…

A guide to understanding the hotel star system

About the only thing that hotel ratings have in common are their confusing star systems

A guide to understanding the hotel star systemAbout the only thing that hotel rating systems have in common are the stars. If you are looking for a big name, 5-star hotel, you'll more than likely get what you're looking for. It becomes confusing, however, when you get into the 1 to 4 star categories. There are French rating systems, British rating systems,…

Get a little badass on two wheels in Alberta’s Badlands

Sometimes you just need to hightail it out of the city to a place that makes you feel free.

Get a little badass on two wheels in Alberta’s BadlandsBy Lisa Monforton Travel Editor Travel Like This and Doug Firby Publisher Troy Media Sometimes you just need to hightail it out of the city to a place that makes you feel free. For us, that’s Alberta’s Badlands and our exit strategy is on a 600 cc Yamaha motorcycle. Escaping the daily grind cubicle, we…

Discover Alberta’s foothills, tourism association beckons

Tourism expenditures in the Foothills Region could increase from $29 million to $40.1 million over the next five years alone, says the Foothills Tourism Association

Discover Alberta’s foothills, tourism association beckonsVisitors to Alberta often focus their attention on the Rocky Mountains. Now, a tourism organization is pushing tourists to discover the wonders in the foothills next door. The Foothills Tourism Association's new strategy aims to increase tourism to the area just east of the mountains with a goal to expand economic stability, growth and employment.…

Vacation planning for empty nesters

Think about it: No more exploring the world via Disney's Epcot Center

Vacation planning for empty nestersThe 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 because 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…

‘Cheap’ hotels a great way to save

Keep in mind that bargains come in all kinds of packages, and you should be able to find a nice cheap hotel that you can live with

‘Cheap’ hotels a great way to saveEven if your budget only allows you to stay in cheap hotels is no reason to put off your dream vacation. Because a cheap hotel (I'd rather call them inexpensive) can be a great option for the frugal traveller. You're not going to be spending a lot of time in your hotel room anyway, are…

A few tips on tipping while travelling

The rules vary country by country around the world. Just hope you do the right thing

A few tips on tipping while travellingNo matter what anyone says, tipping when you travel is confusing. You know what you're supposed to do at home but, when you're on the road, the rules vary country by country. We're not going to give you guidelines here, we're just going to give you things to think about. You might say tips on…

How to stretch your travel food budget and save like a local

If you just try a few of our tips, you can eat well and stretch your travel budget.

How to stretch your travel food budget and save like a localEating and drinking in grand style will shrink your travel budget and leave you less money to do other things. Fortunately, there are lots of little ways you can save on food when you're travelling. If your hotel doesn't include breakfast in the price of the room, think outside the box and save money by…