Girl’s Trip

Universal Studio lots Mardi Gras Photo Parm Parmar
Dreaming of a Girlfriends’ Getaway to Universal Studios Florida

There comes a time when you need to grab a friend and getaway. Yes, I mean leave the family behind.  No more meals, laundry, and everyday humdrum chores.  It’s “me” time – but with a partner in crime.  You could go solo, but why not share the adventure with a
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The lineup goes out the door for the artisenal milkshakes at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium - photo by Debra Smith
Where to Refuel at Universal Orlando Resort

While international travel is still limited, we love to dream of a time when we will travel again. Universal Orlando Resort reopened after the lockdown, with limited hours and many safety protocols in place. Those of you who like to know where your next meal is coming from can get
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An aspiring surf sister is about to hit the waves at Cox Bay Beach_Lisa Kadane photo
Tofino’s Nature-Based Activities Guarantee Family Fun on Vancouver Island

“I could live in Tofino,” my 15-year-old daughter declares after just a few days in this tiny town on the west coast of Vancouver Island. We’ve ventured west from Kelowna, trading the dry landscape and smoky sky of the Okanagan Valley for misty mornings and wide beaches ringed by rainforest.
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Searching for the sign of a good motel - photo by Emily Overes
Motel Hell-O: Tales of Stays Gone Wrong and How to Avoid Them

Sometimes even the most road-ready travellers, those paragons of research, and disciples of detail manage to wind up in less than stellar accommodations. What happened? And how can you avoid falling into the same trap? Meet five seasoned travel correspondents, people you would never expect to find spending the night
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Punta Cana Dominican Republic - Private beach bar at Royal Level Occidental - Photo Sabrina Pirillo
Family + Besties = Moments at the Occidental Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Travelling somewhere tropical with the whole family, (especially when it’s winter in Canada) makes for a great getaway. What makes it even better is grabbing a few of your besties and their family to get the best of both your world’s together – a girls weekend meets family vacation. Punta
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American Writers Museum Word Map - Photo Denise Davy
More Than the Bean – Finding Unusual and Unique Attractions in Chicago

I admit I tend to over-schedule my trips to make sure I see EVERYTHING there is to see. But a recent trip to Chicago showed me that sometimes it’s the unexpected sites that end up being the most memorable. I was in Chicago with my two daughters and a full
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digital detox. Photo Melody Wren
How to Have an Urban Digital Detox in Downtown Toronto

Welcome to Part One of a series on Digital Detox; exploring how to do a complete disconnect from technology while travelling to different destinations. A digital detox is going without technology for a certain period so phones, TV, radio, computers – anything that connects us to the outside world are
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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit -Ingredients are blended for the mole spa treatment based on Mexico’s national dish - Photo Carol Patterson
Getting Saucy at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Resort’s Se Spa

Instead of eating Mexican mole sauce – a flavourful combination of chillies, nuts and chocolate – imagine covering your body with it in a luxurious spa treatment that smells like chocolate and leaves you as limp as a tissue caught in a rainstorm. At the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit’s Se
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Scottsdale - Hash Kitchen - Photo Codi Darnell
Eat and Drink Your Way Through Scottsdale Arizona

Everyone has their favourite type of vacation. Maybe you’re all about relaxing on a beach, exploring a new city, fueling your inner-child at an amusement park or something completely different. But I can’t be the only one who sometimes thinks I don’t care what we do, as long as we
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Chicago - The Crown Fountain in Millenium Park was in constant movement as the facial expressions changed. Photo Denise Davy
How Chicago Became a True Eco-Tourist Town

Chicago is well known for its gorgeous blue lakefront but a lesser-known fact is that it’s also gone green. Yes, the city with the third-largest population in the States, filled with magnificent architecture and a fascinating crime history is also at the forefront of eco-conscious tourism. Chicago committed to going
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