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Stockholm: The Luxury Guide
Jul 17, 2014
After Sweden's induction into the European Union in 1995 and the swift IT boom of the late 90's, the country's capital of Stockholm emerged from its cold, Nordic shadow and became a truly international city. The city is something of a wonder in and of itself, being hailed the "Venice...
Vancouver: The Luxury Guide
Jul 10, 2014
In what is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities, Vancouver lures in visitors with its cosmopolitan flair, multicultural vitality, and the abundance of natural beauty surrounding the city. The city is ringed by forested mountains which taper off into sandy beaches that create a stunning natural backdrop...
Luxury Guide to Dallas
Jul 1, 2014
While Austin may be the capital of Texas, it is Dallas that embodies visitor's impressions of the state, where everything is bigger and bolder. Dallas, or "The Big D," is a glittering oasis of towering skyscrapers that juts out from the vast Texan prairie. While Dallas offers the quintessential Lonestar...
Tokyo - The Luxury Guide
Jun 30, 2014
Between Tokyo's kaleidoscopic lights and the 13 million people that live, work and play in the city, it can be a little daunting to visitors. Tokyo's maze of neighborhoods offers up everything from the serene cherry blossom groves and temples from traditional Japan to the inventively modern bullet trains and...
Toronto - The Luxury Guide
Jun 21, 2014
Toronto, Canada's largest city, is an easy city to like. It is an economic and social powerhouse with a vibrant art and culinary scene as a result of a mix of 200-plus distinct ethnicities that have melted together in one of North America's most diverse cities. With shopping that rivals...
Philadelphia – The Luxury Guide
May 29, 2014
Philadelphia still remains that same old City of Brotherly Love, but it has been on an upward trend of development recently. New beautiful places are springing up all over the place, it’s undergoing an impressive culinary renaissance, and there is something of a colonial cultural revival going on. As the...
Hanoi – The Luxury Guide
May 22, 2014
Hanoi isn't one of those cities that people often think of when it comes to a luxurious stay. However, from the beautiful architecture of the French Quarter to the endless coastline and strong culinary traditions, there is a lot to see and do in the city. And although Hanoi is...
Brisbane – The Luxury Guide
May 15, 2014
Brisbane was founded in 1824 as a penal colony – but oh how the times have changed! After Brisbane abandoned its reputation as a penal colony, Brisbane was, for many years, just considered a big old country town. However, the streets and glittering skyscrapers that now mark the city's booming business...
Boston – The Luxury Guide
May 8, 2014
Boston is a town of dualities. It has fully embraced all things modern without letting go of its colonial past. Modern skyscrapers are nestled next to historic hotels, while rich marketplaces line the cobblestone streets. Boston – or Beantown – has all that beautiful New England charm without sacrificing the...
The Luxury Guide - Houston
Apr 24, 2014
As we all know, everything is bigger and bolder in Texas. Houston is a city that definitely knows this and lives by it! Everything in Houston is just that much bigger, bolder and better – but it is still a city with strong roots. Many of the original buildings from the...
The Latest in Luxury Travel Trends: Boutique Vacation Rentals
Apr 23, 2014
Using Airbnb as proof, travellers are looking for more affordable accommodations. On the flip-side, travellers are also craving a more unique and immersive experience while abroad. With a vacation rental, you can often get a much better price, especially if you're booking as a group or staying a week or longer.  Vacation rentals...
Reykjavik – The Luxury Guide
Apr 17, 2014
Iceland, known as the land of fire and ice, was dubbed the most peaceful country in the world in 2013, and after a short visit it’s easy to see why these two labels are a point of pride for this incredible country. The capitol city of Reykjavik has a small...
Barcelona – The Luxury Guide
Apr 10, 2014
Barcelona is a feast for the senses. The architecture is vibrant, the temperature always feels just right and the smell...
Johannesburg – The Luxury Guide
Apr 3, 2014
From High Fashion To Flea Markets In Johannesburg, there is no shortage of stylish boutiques for the discerning visitor. The city has a huge high fashion scene. Fashion lovers should head to the Eastgate Centre in the Northern suburbs, where international boutiques like Abigail Keats and Stuttafords International store play host...
Paris – The Luxury Guide
Mar 27, 2014
With its cobblestone streets and street side cafes and quaint shop window display, Paris simply oozes old-world charm. And for luxury travellers, it’s a city that’s also at the cutting edge fashion, art and culinary scenes. Here’s what this traditional and trend-setting city has to offer the traveller who appreciates...
San Francisco – The Luxury Guide
Mar 20, 2014
With its hilly streets and beautiful houses, San Francisco is consistently voted one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. The ‘City by the Bay’ is full of culture, blending both a bohemian and cosmopolitan experience. Shopping, San Fran Style When it comes to shopping, there are two distinct districts for...
The Luxury Guide - Shanghai
Mar 13, 2014
After forty years of stagnation under the thumb of communist rule, it seemed there was no hope for Shanghai. However, now the city has become hipper than Hong Kong and more popular than Beijing. It’s going through one of the fastest economic expansions that the world has ever seen, truly...
The Luxury Guide - Rio de Janeiro
Mar 6, 2014
Rio de Janeiro is a city of parties, white sand beaches and dramatic mountainous landscapes – all of it is under the watchful eye of Christ the Redeemer. A vibrant and youthful city, Rio is also a Mecca for luxury-lovers. Its emerald half-moon cove attracts people to the city from...
The Luxury Guide - Montreal
Feb 27, 2014
With its elegant stone facades, cobblestone boulevards and traditional bistros, Montreal certainly has that je ne sais quoi. Known as ‘Paris-Across-the-Pond’, the city impresses visitors with its innovative cuisine, lively music scene and its French roots. Fill Up On Food                There are three must-buy items in Montreal, and strangely enough they...
Take Off Treatments -- Six Great Airport Spas In North America
Feb 24, 2014
What with all the long lines, heavy bags and huge crowds of people, air travel can be excessively stressful. While...
The Luxury Guide - Mexico City
Feb 20, 2014
Who needs the white sand beaches of Baja or the historic pyramids on the Yucatan, when you have what is considered by many to be the most dynamic city in North America? Mexico City is what is best described as a 'sleeper city 19; it is popular among the sophisticated crowd...
Pucker Up - Eight Romantic Places To Steal A Kiss
Feb 14, 2014
Whether it’s around the world or closer to home, these gorgeous destinations may just be the most romantic places on earth to steal a kiss with the one you love...
Be Still My Beating Heart - Five Romantic Places To Pop The Question
Feb 13, 2014
By Jenna Matthews The moment you pop the question should be completely unforgettable and awe-inspiring. So why not combine the trip...
The Luxury Guide - Sochi, Russia
Feb 13, 2014
Even before Sochi won its bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was very much a resort town in Russia.
The Luxury Guide - Rome, Italy
Feb 6, 2014
Each year millions of visitors from around the world flock to the Eternal City of Rome. Although ancient landmarks like the Coliseum and the Vatican grace the skyline, below is a city that has found a balance between preserving the past and embracing modern trends in food, fashion and luxury...
The Luxury Travel Guide - Sydney, Australia
Jan 30, 2014
Sydney is a glittering playground of sandstone wearing a skirt of white sand beaches. While many visitors choose to indulge in the sea and the sport that everyone in Australia is so fond of, Sydney has grown into one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities - a multicultural hub that...
The Luxury Travel Guide - Belfast, Ireland
Jan 28, 2014
Belfast is the gem of Northern Ireland, with a magical mix of classic Irish charm and modern flair. Historically, Belfast...
Seasonal Stays - Holiday Hotels That Delight
Dec 21, 2013
A hotel lobby is not simply for checking in and checking out. At this time of year they are canvases for the Christmas imagination, as stunning yuletide creative concepts burst to life…...
Fiji - Paradise Islands
Nov 1, 2013
It was a ritual that would become commonplace for me as the week wore on: Sit cross-legged on the floor, facing the chief and his most favoured warrior, both of them adorned with an elaborate costume of colourful flower leis and dry, brown grass...
Seduced By St Lucia - 7 Reasons To Fall In Love With St Lucia
Oct 11, 2013
If you have a sweet tooth, prepare to be amazed: October is Chocolate Heritage Month in St Lucia. “Travellers are in for a sweet surprise when they visit St Lucia during Chocolate Heritage Month,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, deputy director of tourism for St Lucia...
Three Of The Best - Where To Indulge Yourself In New Zealand
Aug 15, 2013
By Ruth Atherley   While there are plenty of budget and reasonably-priced places to stay on New Zealand’s North and South...
Waitomo - New Zealand's Subterranean Wonderworld
Apr 6, 2013
    Just a short distance from Matamata, the stand-in for Hobbiton, is a place depicted to be even nearer than that: Waitomo, or the site of several scenes from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies. In The Hobbit, this is the site of a dangerous show-down at the entrance...
The Real Hobbiton - New Zealand's Matamata
Apr 6, 2013
Matamata     First-time visitors to Matamata might think that the idyllic little hamlet that stood in for the subterranean shire of Hobbiton had little to do. The movies certainly depict the place as empty of activities, save the occasional community feast and birthday party. One wonders where to even stay the night,
Movie Travel - Discover The Mystery Of The Hobbit In New Zealand
Apr 6, 2013
    To some, New Zealand is simply home.  To many others, it is a land of beauty and mystery. The small country hit previously undiscovered fame with the Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies, where the beautiful countryside meshed perfectly with the idyllic wonderland of Tolkien’s fantasy. New Zealand has...
Verdi, Verdi Good - 7 Gorgeous Opera Houses Around The World
Apr 5, 2013
  Opera has a special place in history, a mixture of musical expression and political intrigue, nationalist architectural projects and celebrity performances. Opera has been at the centre of more than one military dispute, whether due isolationist fears about its influence or the simple fact that the opera hosted most assassinations...
Travel Tech - 10 Cutting-Edge Solutions To De-Stress Your Vacataion
Mar 15, 2013
        Chargers and portable power solutions are perennial favourites on lists like this, and they will only become more common in the future. They are the gadgets that support all the other gadgets, but funnily enough many of them seem designed to do nothing but sit at the bottom of a...
Going To The Source - For The Best In Fashion, Head Straight To Italy
Mar 9, 2013
    Italy’s large and influential fashion industry is based in Milan, but has expanded widely to include Florence, Rome and of course, the rest of the world. Italian designers have famously created a range of men and women’s clothing lines, handbags and shoes. Designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Armani,
Ten gadgets to keep you connected on the road
Feb 1, 2013
It doesn’t matter if it’s a vacation – these days, there’s no escaping the world. For many people, an email must be returned within the day, sometimes the hour, on pain of business or personal  reprisals, or both. As a result, it’s handy to have pack some gadgets that streamline...
Pleasures Of Paradise - Living the Good Life in St. Lucia
Jan 21, 2013
By Melanie Reffes   Simply defined, guilty pleasures are those indulgences that we really like but think twice about getting like that pricey pair of shoes, a brand new car and yes, a luxury vacation in the Caribbean. West of Barbados and south of Martinique, St. Lucia is that kind of guilty...
Rootin' Tootin' Beach Towns - The Texas Gulf Coast Is All About Fun In The Sun
Jan 9, 2013
By Tim Johnson   Garth Brooks, the best-selling country artist of all time, sings a song called I’d Rather Have Nothing, about banishing his heartache in a rum-soaked paradise – a sort of “Margaritaville” for the cowboy singing set. “Got in my truck and headed for Kansas/Morning found me in Port Aransas/Sipping...
Off to the Movies! - Locations and Film Tours
Jan 7, 2013
By Josephine Matyas   Everyone loves the movies. Letting your clients know about famous film locations at their holiday destination is definitely “value added.” Whether signing up for an organized film site tour or just cruising by spots that may be familiar from the big screen, movie lovers are sure to come...
Fun Ahoy - Kids & Cruises Are A Natural Fit
Dec 27, 2012
By Aaron Saunders   In the old days of cruising, sailing with the kids meant exactly that: dragging the little ones in tow with you every step of the way. Today’s kids, however, are plugged in and turned on – and that requires a little more diversionary creativity. Fortunately, cruising today offers...
Night Moves - SoCal After-Dark Is All About Fine Foods & Fun
Dec 19, 2012
By Merle Rosenstein   By day, California’s Southern Coast tempts winter weary travellers with golden sand beaches, soothing surf and outdoor adventure. At night, the entertainment options are endless. Sun seeking snowbirds can dance to a salsa beat on LA’s Sunset Strip. Or, tune into live jazz in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.
Only In Jamaica
Dec 13, 2012
  With an intoxicating cocktail of natural beauty, seaside resorts, vivacious nightlife and friendly locals, Jamaica has earned legions of adoring...
The Other California
Dec 3, 2012
  California – hmmmm – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Napa Valley…? Right, most of us have never heard of a surprisingly appealing region just an hour’s drive up the coast from the madness of LA. VenturaCountyWest encompasses rich farmland, rugged mountains, miles of sandy beaches and the unique Channel Islands. This is...
Offshore Bliss
Nov 29, 2012
Floridians from more congested parts of the state regard Lee County as a favourite vacation spot and Canadians are starting...
World Report - October 2012
Nov 27, 2012
  HONG KONG Visiting Asia’s World City Since it was reclaimed by China in 1997, Hong Kong has only become more important to Chinese-Western trade, making it a crucial bridge between cultures and one of the premier hubs for world travel. Any world-class metropolis will inevitably develop world-class attractions, and Hong Kong is...
Real Fun
Nov 20, 2012
In Panama City Beach (PCB), it’s all about the beachfront and a “come as you are” kind of attitude (it’s...
10 Destinations For The Nerd In All Of Us - Part 2
Nov 16, 2012
For part 1, click here.   Pythagoras’ achievements may have been entirely his own, or they might have been the compiled findings of his entire order - we really don’t know. What we do know is that the name of Pythagoras was used to publish and popularize some of the most revolutionary...
The World's Luckiest Place
Nov 15, 2012
The towns of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island anchor the busy 39-kilometre stretch of coastline known as the...
Honky Tonks and History
Nov 8, 2012
The young fellow behind the counter at Gene’s Western Wear and Shoe Hospital in Flagstaff looks and sounds just like...
Pure Mexico
Nov 7, 2012
  Think Mexico, and you think beaches and margaritas, right? Think again: If plunging into genuine, rich history, off-the-beaten-path real-deal adventure, exploration,
Settling In
Nov 1, 2012
  Long-stay vacations in the U.S. provide good options for a host of reasons. While you’re hibernating, oops, chilling out in...
Forever Green
Oct 23, 2012
When Canadian golfers think “golf getaway” it’s natural for them to think of Arizona. Take more than 330 days of...
What Makes The World Go Round
Oct 18, 2012
  Money makes the world go round - but it can also make you go round the world. Everything costs money and that’s doubly true for travellers; when abroad, money can come in all shapes, sizes, rules, and values. A single conversion isn’t that hard – just remember that a British Pound...
A Guide Of Your Own
Oct 17, 2012
  Nothing beats a good tour guide; not only do they know their stuff, the best take the time to build real relationships, and invest their groups with a real appreciation for the material and location. However, not all tour guides are good, not all are cheap, and often they are...
Ten Great Travellers' Apps (Part 2)
Oct 12, 2012
Help Call/Pocket First Aid and CPR/iMedJet (iOS, Android, Blackberry) When abroad, wherever you are, it’s important to know how to contact...
Blast Off To Astro Travel
Oct 11, 2012
  Earth is interesting. On it you can find ocean trenches that go kilometers deep or the ruins of ancient civilizations, a pure white beach or a patch of jungle with more species than exist on most whole continents. However, all of these wonders have the drawback of being, in the...
Ten Great Travellers' Apps (Part 1)
Sep 28, 2012
Ultimately, this app will be the most essential on the list; virtually everything requires the Internet these days, and roaming...
10 Fantastic Dinner Trains
Sep 21, 2012
Skunk Train California’s Skunk Train offers an array of relaxing tours in the day and night, prioritizing faithful recreation of the...
10 Great International Movie Locations
Sep 14, 2012
 Indiana Jones - Petra, Jordan The great ruins of Petra, located in Jordan, are one of the more famous locations in...
The Best International Movie Locations
Sep 14, 2012
Indiana Jones - Petra, Jordan The great ruins of Petra, located in Jordan, are one of the more famous locations in...
Culture And Kick-Back - A Two-Tiered Vacation Virtually Risk Free
May 2, 2012
Afraid of making that bucket-list trip to Egypt for fear of political unrest or personal security? You might be surprised to learn that Mexico currently shares the same Travel Warning – exercise a high degree of caution – as many tourist areas in the land of the pharaohs.
Thailand Adventure - Six Days In the Land of Smiles
Apr 11, 2012
One week in Thailand, six days, actually. And our dilemma was how best to spend it? Visiting temples? Touring museums? Heading out into the countryside? Shopping? Spas?
4 Incredible Journeys
Apr 10, 2012
They always say it’s not the destination that counts but the journey. In these cases it really is the trip that is the adventure.
Pearl Of The Antilles - Cuba Is More Than Cigars, Rum & Music
Jun 28, 2010
The Gulf of Mexico harbours the Caribbean’s largest island, only 140 kilometres south of Florida. Cuba, also known as the “Pearl of the Antilles”, boasts almost 4,000 islands and islets that are spread across the Caribbean Sea. The tourism industry is the country’s main livelihood, bringing in billions of dollars...