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Top 10 happiest countries in the world

Perhaps your idea of happiness is a pristine beach off the Caribbean, a glass of vintage red on the French Riviera or an unexpected hotel upgrade, but what about the happiness of a nation? The winner of this year’s World Happiness Report may come as a surprise to some. For the second time in a […] The post Top 10 happiest countries in the world appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Europe, Featured, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, North America, Norway, Oceania, Regions, Sweden, Switzerland, Western Europe

Best summer festivals in Canada

Canada is really the perfect neighbor. Quiet. Polite. And never does much other than say “Maybe you might not wanna do that, eh?” every time America gets drunk and starts yelling about burning the whole world down. Then once in a while, Canada throws a pretty good party too, and is always sure to invite us over. Most of those parties go down in the summer, the perfect time to visit since the weather is actually above freezing. Whether it’s the world’s richest rodeo, North America’s most prest...
Tags: All, Canada, Canada Festivals, Festivals

3 Hotels That Made My Vacations Memorable

Make your next vacation special—sometimes, it’s all about where you rest your head. In This Travel Article You Will Discover: The Importance of a Good Hotel 3 of the Best Around the World Why “Best” Doesn’t Mean “Most Expensive” I believe the right accommodation will make or break your vacation. Sometimes, the “right” accommodation is all about location—a cabin in the woods, or even a tent. But more often, it has the right mix of location, character, amenities, comfort, friendliness and… ...
Tags: Asia, Canada, Europe, Travel Advice

Hokkaido Skiing: The Fabulous Kiroro Resort Experience

Did you know that skiing in Japan is some of the best on the planet, especially on the island of Hokkaido? Try to picture what 21 metres or 69 feet of snow looks like. That’s the yearly average Kiroro Ski Resort receives! While I didn’t catch a powder day, I did get the next best thing – spring skiing weather in early March on great snow with hardly a soul in sight. On a Sunday. Click on my video to get an idea of what the skiing looks like along with some of the other highlights from my week ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, Canada, Skiing, Tokyo, Alberta, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort, Kiroro Resort, Otaru, Kiroro Ski Resort

STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 16 March

The Canadian hotel industry recorded negative year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 10-16 March 2019, according to data from STR.
Tags: Travel, Canada


It looks like a cryovolcano erupted and spat out ice all over the city. There’s more salt on the road and on the sidewalks than in a Breton salt marsh. “We have to go through the garage door,” Feng warns me. “The walkway is just… solid ice. And it’s thick, eh, I tried to break it with the metal shovel but…” Oh yes, I’m definitely back in Canada. A friendly reminder to the rest of the world: To all my European friends who ask if #winter is almost over in #Canada… nope. @IsaUtah
Tags: Travel, Canada, Santiago, South America, North America, Ottawa, Trump, Valparaiso, Mark, Feng, Breton, About Me, Canadian Life, Juliette Giannesini, Ottawa Cold From

Summer Lovin’ Had Me a Blast; Summer Lovin’ Happened So Fast

This post originally appeared on Nomadic Chick. It all began, fittingly, on the first day of summer with a game called ‘tangled’, where everyone puts their hands in the center of a circle, grabs two random people’s hands and then proceeds to untangle themselves to make a circle as this is “team-building” and “creates friendships”. It was our first day as counselors at an American summer camp in up-state New York and we were wondering just what we had gotten ourselves into. In the fray of hand g...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Usa, New York, Australia, New York City, US, Personal, Canada, United States, Ireland, Jane Austen, Buffalo, Pod, Derry, North America

Is it Worth Doing an MBA Foundation course: The Answers You Need and More

If you’re planning on getting into an MBA program, you’ve probably asked yourself is it worth doing an MBA foundation course? Planning out your educational path can be stressful as these are the decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Don’t let this stress put you out though. The critical thing to do is to get the right information before making any decisions. Deciding whether or not to take this course is a matter of how prepared you want to be. If you want to have a solid basis ...
Tags: Travel, Education, Canada

Why You Should Visit Canada This Year

Five reasons to give you all the incentive you need to travel to Canada in 2019. Should I go to Canada? What can I do there? What’s the food like? How much does it cost? Traveling abroad anywhere is enough to spark intrigue and mystery, but choosing your destination can be complicated. If you’re spending time and money on travel, you want to make the most of your experience, especially as choosing the wrong locale means missing out on something better somewhere else. Canada is a great destinatio...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, Canada, Bob, Travel Tips, IEC, Unsplash, Vancouver Quebec City Halifax, Outdoor Living Canada, Bob Hornal, Colombia Canada With

6 Cities That Deserve Another Chance

Travel isn’t always rainbows and puppies. Sometimes bad things happen and sometimes we visit places that we don’t like. I know, I know, there’s something good to be found everywhere; except when you don’t want to find it. Usually when I don’t like a new city or destination it’s because I was in a bad mood or something rubbed me the wrong way. I’m a fairly temperamental person and when I decide I don’t like something, I tend to never deviate from that idea. So in a spirit of reconciliation, I be...
Tags: Travel, Milan, London, La, Toronto, Los Angeles, Canada, Italy, Sydney, Athens, Vancouver, Melbourne, Montreal, Florence, Southern California, Top Travel Tips

Most popular whiskeys in the world

Whiskey is one of the world’s most beloved spirits. It’s both sipped neat and mixed into cocktails, savored and taken as a shot alongside a pint of beer. With this level of universal popularity, it should come as no surprise that countries around the world make the spirit. Each does things a little differently, making exploring the world through a dram or glass all too easy to do. Quick note: America, Ireland, and Mexico use the spelling “whiskey.” Everywhere else goes with the English spelli...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Kentucky, France, Scotland, India, US, America, Taiwan, Canada, United States, Ireland

Best things to do in Calgary

Calgary is a city that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. It doesn’t see nearly the visitor numbers of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, and despite being the largest city in Alberta it’s actually not even the provincial capital. The jumping off point for many of the four million annual visitors to Banff National Park, this city of 1.2 million is a cowtown that’s grown up and found its footing among the country’s modern skylines. It’s one that hasn’t forgotten the roots that make it uniq...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary Flames, Denver, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Banff National Park, All, Napa Valley, Sara, Inglewood, East Village, Central Library

Best doughnuts from around the world

Food isn’t, and never has been, limited by borders or boundaries. The things we eat travel as we do, flying across oceans and into the cultures and diets of their new homes, adapting along the way. But there may be no single food item that’s made its way into every corner of the world quite like the doughnut. Fried dough has been consumed for long enough to be found as fossilized pieces at ancient Native American sites. These days, it’s everywhere in one variation or another. In fact, forms o...
Tags: Travel, Japan, California, Mexico, France, Germany, New York City, US, Spain, Canada, Ireland, Nepal, Italy, New Orleans, North America, Latin America

The world’s top 5 luxury rail journeys

When it comes to exploring the world by train, the choice seems never-ending. For many it’s the destination that makes all the difference, be it the Rockies of Canada or Australia’s far-flung outback. But, it’s also the train itself that truly makes the journey truly unforgettable, whether you’re drawn to the glamour of travel’s Golden […] The post The world’s top 5 luxury rail journeys appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Featured, Australia, France, India, Turkey, Canada, Italy, Middle East, Rail Travel, Peru, South America, North America, Rockies

AC 093

Who the fuck decided it was a good idea to schedule a 10-hour flight at 9:00 am? Not only you have to get up at 5:30 a.m. and find a taxi at 6 a.m., but you waste a full day in the plane and you probably can’t doze off because of the many mundane on-board activities, from meal service to duty-free. I like late-afternoon or night flights. You just sit down, buckle up, sleep and wake up where you’re supposed to be. I knew I’d be leaving in the morning when I bought the ticket, but three months ago...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Toronto, Canada, Santiago, Chile, New Zealand, Montreal, Skype, Calgary, Expedia, Ottawa, Benicio Del Toro, Mark, Sebastian, Feng

6 Reasons to Try a Home Swap Vacation

Home swapping is such a rewarding way to travel and so this list could have been much longer, but here are six good reasons why you might want to consider going on a home exchange vacation.  1. Saves you (a lot!) of money This is the most common reason people get into home swapping, the cost savings. By swapping homes you completely cut out the cost off accommodation, which is often the most expensive part of a vacation ...especially when travelling with the family. Cutting out the cost ...
Tags: Travel, London, France, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, ANN, Arthur Australia, Joanne North Wales, Kirsty Canary

25 FREE Things to do in Vancouver in 2019

We’ve lived in Vancouver for over 15 years and, during this time, we’ve hosted many first time visitors to the city. We’re often asked the question, “what are the most popular things to do in Vancouver?”  Our responses tend to vary depending on the time of year, but there are several places in Vancouver that we always recommend to first time visitors. The must see attractions that make Vancouver an awesome city. Last summer, we wrote a detailed post that highlights 25 Awesome Day Trips from Van...
Tags: Travel, Asia, San Francisco, Canada, New Brunswick, Alaska, Adventures, Shanghai, Vancouver, North America, Whistler, British Columbia, Chinatown, North Shore, Travel Stories, Top Lists

in which i am a local celebrity

Impudent Strumpet wondered if Allan and I were now locally famous. Well, apparently we are. Things I heard at the library: "I want to do a story on you."The customer who said this is the owner, publisher, writer, and editor of the North Island Eagle, a community newspaper here. Instead of a story about me, I suggested a piece on some of the exciting things going on in our library. She one-upped me: a story about me and an invitation to write a library column. I am thrilled! This is an amazing an...
Tags: Travel, US, Personal, Canada, Allan, Laura K, Life In A Small Town, North Island Eagle, North Island Gazette, Black Press Media, Vancouver Sun the National Post

Why You Should Get A Prepaid SIM Card for Canada

Traveling in Canada is a phenomenal experience! The diversity of the landscape which includes mountains, deserts, rainforest and tundras as well the classy yet extremely culturally diverse cities all around the country. Ohh and let’s not forget the people – Generally known as one of the friendliest in the world! From the frosty tundra of the Yukon to the rough shorelines along the east costs, the mountain range of Calgary over to the rainforests of Vancouver. It is a shame that too many travele...
Tags: Travel, Usa, US, Mobile Phones, Thailand, Canada, Vancouver, Tripadvisor, Google Maps, Calgary, Travel Blog, Sim Cards, Canadian Radio, Canada Canada, Telecommunications Commission CRTC, Public Wi Fi

Can Hotels Sue Their Governments Over Home Sharing? | By Larry Mogelonsky

This is a special case that I've been waiting to write about since it hit the airwaves here in Canada in late October. Most interesting here is that it has a few powerful implications for the fight traditional hotels are facing against industry disruptors coming in the form of home sharing.
Tags: Travel, Canada, Larry Mogelonsky

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla

Most popular travel destinations

Whether you’re trying to join the crowds on holiday, get away from them, or just find inspiration for your next vacation, it can be helpful to know where other tourists are traveling. Get Going travel insurance has conducted an in-depth study on tourism around the world. This includes the countries whose citizens travel the most, their favorite destinations, and nations with the largest tourist to resident ratio. Photo: Get Going Photo: Get Going It’s probably not too shocking to learn t...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, China, Germany, US, Canada, Macau, Andorra, All, Canada Canada, Travel Infographic, Popular Destinations, Top Destinations, Top Traveling Countries, UK Cuba

When is an Airplane (ie B737 MAX) Too Dangerous to Fly?

Remains of the Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX 8, in the crater caused by its crash. This question, very similar to “how high is up” has been much in people’s thoughts this week with the Boeing 737 MAX and its two recent crashes.In an interesting duality that reflects how public debate has not flourished in the social media era, there was first a clamor of people demanding all 737 MAX planes be grounded, and then, as each successive national authority duly did so, even more pressure was felt by the ...
Tags: Travel, Wikipedia, US, Tech, Canada, Current Affairs, Airbus, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, Southwest, Trump, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air, Dennis Muilenburg, AOA

Norwegian Cruise Line free cruise

To celebrate the North American launch of its new ship Norwegian Joy in May 2019, as well as Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10, 2019), Norwegian Cruise Line giving away free cruises to 15 educators and their plus ones in the US and Canada via its Giving Joy campaign. If you know any exceptional teachers, nominate them before April 12 on the Norwegian website. Teachers can also nominate themselves. Once the nominations are in, anyone can vote for their favorite teacher. In addition to the se...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, US, Los Angeles, Canada, Alaska, Miami, West Coast, Panama Canal, Seattle, All, Norwegian Cruise Line, Mexican Riviera, Cruise line, Andy Stuart

STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 9 March

The Canadian hotel industry recorded mixed year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 3-9 March 2019, according to data from STR.
Tags: Travel, Canada

Failing, Succeeding, Pausing, Deciding and Thriving with Chronic Illness

Today, I’m writing about some prompts that were given to chronic illness bloggers at A Chronic Voice‘s monthly chronic illness link-up party. Thank you, Sheryl! The writing prompts we were given for this month are: Failing, Succeeding, Pausing, Deciding, and Thriving with chronic illness. I’d like to start by observing my last post which was about receiving my Ankylosing Spondylitis diagnosis over a decade ago. I celebrated that milestone with a new article called Ankylosing Spondylitis – 10 Yea...
Tags: Travel, Health, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Expat Life, Pierre, Sheryl, North Bay Ontario, Arthritis, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS, Crohns

In Defense of Not Grounding the 737 MAX… Even Though It’s Now Grounded

When the 737 MAX operating Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed on takeoff from Addis Ababa last Sunday, the pressure immediately began to mount. Since this accident happened during the same phase of flight as the Lion Air accident last year, the dots were instantly connected… even if they shouldn’t necessarily have been. Calls to ground the airplane mounted from all sides except from those who actually fly the thing. Everyone caved quickly except for the US and Canada. Then yesterday, the ...
Tags: Travel, California, US, Canada, New York Times, Faa, Boeing, United, Max, Government Regulation, Southwest, Addis Ababa, Ntsb, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air, 737

President Trump Grounds Boeing 737 MAXs in the US

I've just written that I believe the FAA was reasonable not to ground the Boeing 737 MAX, and that doing so brings along its own safety risks. I wrote that I hoped that new data would be what guides any shift in position. Minutes after writing that, though, President Trump announced a grounding of the aircraft type. It's not obvious that there's been any actual new information which has become available since the FAA resisting doing so. The only meaningful news item has been Canada's decisio...
Tags: Travel, Advice, US, Canada, Faa, Boeing, Trump

Millions of butterflies migrating

Seeing one butterfly is enough to make us giddy, so the swarms of millions of painted lady butterflies currently flying at speeds of 25 mph from southeastern California to the Pacific Northwest and Canada for the spring season are just blowing our minds. The painted ladies are cousins to the monarch butterfly, and are colored orange, white, and black. The population explosion this spring is due to the heavy rainfalls in the desert of northern Mexico and southeastern California and the flower ...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, Los Angeles, Canada, UC Davis, Flowers, Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles Times, All, Shapiro, Arthur Shapiro, Department of Evolution and Ecology

After analyzing satellite data on 737 MAX crash, Canada bans the plane from its airspace

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said his agency had analyzed satellite data earlier in the day, allowing experts to track data points such as the fluctuations in the vertical profile of the aircraft.
Tags: Travel, Business, News, Canada, Marc Garneau, Nation & World, Boeing & Aerospace

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