Flexibility key to a successful vacation

Flexibility key to a successful vacationWhen you're travelling, you have to be ready to be a flexible traveller, even when you've got your itinerary planned down to the last minute. There are just times when it doesn't work out the way you planned. The world is changing quickly all the time and the same holds true from travelling. In fact,…

Should you drink the water while travelling?

Cook it, Boil it, Peel it, or forget it!

Should you drink the water while travelling?Can you drink the water or should you drink only bottled water when you're travelling? Is it safe to drink tap water? Is it safe to brush your teeth with it? These questions come up no matter where you're travelling. In most developed countries, you don't need to drink bottled water all the time. Tap…

Pilgrimage cities of interest to all travellers, not just the religious

From Jerusalem to Rome, from Kyoto to Mecca, from Varanasi to Lhasa, all the major religions of the world have cities of special significance

Pilgrimage cities of interest to all travellers, not just the religiousJust coming off of a trip to Israel, we started thinking about pilgrimage cities of the world. While most people take a pilgrimage for religious reasons, pilgrimage cities are interesting to all travellers. Most have layers of history. There is much to see and learn about in all of them. All the major religions of…

Pilgrimage great way to give travel more meaning

A pilgrimage is a journey to visit a place that has religious or historic significance

Pilgrimage great way to give travel more meaningHere's a different travel idea for you: why not take a pilgrimage? A pilgrimage? Does that sound a little heavy? It doesn't need to. You're right in one sense, however. A pilgrimage means, most often, to go on a journey to visit a place that is religious or has historic significance and, more often than…

More budget travel tips that will save you money

All these little budget travel tips could add up to more travel time ... so watch all those little things carefully

More budget travel tips that will save you moneyThere are endless little budget travel tips that can save you a little money here and there. None of them will save you tons of money, but all those little bits can add up to an affordable trip. If you're visiting a big city, hotels tend to be expensive the closer you stay to the…

Short-term voluntourism one way to enrich your travel experience

Wherever you travel, you will have a more meaningful trip by connecting with locals

Short-term voluntourism one way to enrich your travel experienceVolunteer vacations are becoming so popular that the travel industry has coined a word for this kind of tourism. Now you can search the web for voluntourism and find hundreds of sites that provide travel with a heavy focus on volunteering. Many of those programs have you signing up for a week or two, or…

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,…